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Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s
Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s
Hardcover      ISBN: 1617690740
The sewing expert behind and PBS' It's Sew Easy celebrates post-war fashions by offering patterns and techniques for creating more than 30 pieces of casual-vintage clothing inspired by icons Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn and Rosie the Riveter.
Sewing for All Seasons: 24 Stylish Projects to Stitch Throughout the Year
Sewing for All Seasons
24 Stylish Projects to Stitch Throughout the Year
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452114285
From autumn's bursts of orange and red to spring's lush greens, summer's long-lasting golden light and winter's cool whites and grays, the changing seasons provide endless artistic inspiration. InSewing for All Seasons, author Susan Beal offers 24 beautiful projects imbued with the spirit of each season. Home sewists will enjoy stitching a cozy patchwork throw for autumn, a bright gardening apron to welcome spring, a colorful picnic quilt for summer, and soft woolen slippers for those chilly winter nights. With how-to illustrations, helpful templates and patterns, tons of color, and eye-catching photography, this book will leap off shelves and inspire crafters all year long.
Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones
Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones
Paperback      ISBN: 1564777219
When the baby shower is looming, rely on "lickety-split" quilts! Whip up a quilt for a newborn, toddler, or even a kid at heart in no time. Large traditional quilt blocks require less cutting, fewer seams, and just a few fun fabrics. - Choose from 15 beginner-friendly quilts that feature butterflies, ducks, stars, bugs, plus classic quilt-block motifs - Make a few of these fantastic quilts by sewing just one block - Discover how to enlarge your favorite pieced blocks with a simple step-by-step method
The Palmer / Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting: Sew Great Clothes for Every Body. Fit Any Fashion Pattern
The Palmer / Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting
Sew Great Clothes for Every Body. Fit Any Fashion Pattern
Paperback      ISBN: 1618471015
From tissue-fitting pioneers Pati Palmer and Marta Alto comes a new book whose title says it all: The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting: Sew Great Clothes for Every Body! Fit Any Fashion Pattern. It’s been 20 years since their last book about fitting and altering sewing patterns, Fit for Real People. For Palmer and Alto, that means 20 more years of hands-on learning and experience from fitting more “real people” of all shapes and sizes from around the globe. Having long ago dispensed with tedious measuring or making a muslin to check the fit of a sewing pattern, the authors have mastered the process of tissue-fitting. This means simply “trying on” the pattern’s tissue pieces to check systematically for where to alter the pattern for a custom fit. The pattern pieces themselves become the “muslin.” “Systematically” means following the tissue-fitting sequence they’ve developed and refined. It’s a no-guess order of fitting that ensures success. The book reinforces this sequence since the alteration chapters themselves are ordered in the same sequence. Readers are instructed to start with length and width, move on to the back, check the neck and shoulders, all before even considering how the pattern fits in the bust. As they work through the pattern, sewers will alter the tissue and try on again until the tissue fits well. The book then instructs how to pin-fit the fabric for a final tweaking before sewing. The book explains all facets of pattern fitting and alteration to give readers the background and guidance they need to achieve a custom fit on any pattern from any company. Instructions include: • Take just one measurement to determine the right pattern size to buy. Find out what to do if you are between sizes or a different size top and bottom. • Make a “body map” with a close-fitting dress pattern to see how you differ from the “standard” on which sewing patterns are based. • Learn from “real people” examples of a variety of bodies and their individual alterations. • Use the book’s new “wrinkle dictionary” to identify a needed pattern alteration. “Wrinkles point to the problem,” say the authors, and now you can look up the page reference for a solution. • See how age can affect body shape, from preteen to octogenarian. • Take note of the latest sewing techniques for garment details that affect fit, such as darts, zippers and sleeves, for enhancing the look of a well-fitted garment. • Learn basic skills for designing or redesigning for myriad variations using the same pattern. Throughout the book, step-by step instructions are accompanied by full-color photography and a new style of technical art that is extremely clear. Short captions explain each illustration. As a bonus, the authors detail the evolution of ready-to-wear and pattern sizing over the past century, along with their own history in pioneering the art and practice of tissue-fitting.
Sundressing: Sew 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls
Sew 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls
Paperback      ISBN: 1440244545
"Featuring 10 women's dresses and 11 dresses for girls, and ranging from toddler to plus-size, each project starts with instructions for a bodice and a skirt, but from there, it's up to you! From the simple and pretty lines of the classic Primrose sundress to the edgy and stylish shape of the city-chic SoCo dress, you'll find the instruction and inspiration you need to make your own unique and custom-fitted dresses. Change the skirt length or style, try different fabrics and prints--make each dress a one-of-a-kind piece!"--
Urban Scandinavian Sewing: 18 Seasonal Projects for Modern Living: Includes Nordic Recipes & Traditions
Urban Scandinavian Sewing
18 Seasonal Projects for Modern Living: Includes Nordic Recipes & Traditions
Paperback      ISBN: 1617450154
Stitch your way to Scandinavian style as you embrace minimal, sleek design. Luxuriate in the textures of summery linens and winter wools as you sew 18 projects, from upscale home decor to wearables. You’ll love the chic yet beginner-friendly stitching and embroidery patterns—the perfect way to embellish ready-mades or to sew from scratch. These projects offer beautiful, functional designs for contemporary living. Designer and author Kirstyn Cogan immerses you in her Nordic culture, with handcrafted modern items to make for your home and family—plus scrumptious-sounding recipes and scintillating tidbits about the regional traditions.
Amy Butler's Piece Keeping: 20 Stylish Projects That Celebrate Patchwork
Amy Butler's Piece Keeping
20 Stylish Projects That Celebrate Patchwork
Hardcover      ISBN: 1452134472
In this project-based sewing book, Amy Butler teaches what she does best: sewing, quilting, and pattern making. From lampshades to pillows, quilts to statement jewelry,Piece Keeping is the perfect go-to for the crafty. With clear sections on traditional sewing themes, tools, and methods, this book will appeal to Amy's core fans as well as those simply drawn to beautiful fabrics and DIY projects. The 20 inspiring projects include dozens of how-to diagrams, plus 9 sheets of full-size patterns stored in an attached envelope.Piece Keeping is both a practical guide and a source for stylish home décor and fashion inspiration, brimming throughout with Amy's unique color sense and eye-catching textile designs.
Quilt Block Geometry: Sewing Blocks from Squares, Rectangles, Triangles, Diamonds, and Curves
Quilt Block Geometry
Sewing Blocks from Squares, Rectangles, Triangles, Diamonds, and Curves
Paperback      ISBN: 1589239083
Quilters of all skill levels will love the geometric quilt block patterns offered in this book! Quilt Block Geometry includes rotary cutting basics followed by block instructions for 13 different quick-pieced quilt blocks, all made from geometric shapes. With its mix of original designs and modern interpretations of traditional patterns, this 32-page booklet offers something for both beginners and experienced quilters. Each block can be interpreted using endless fabric combinations, so you'll gain a color-shifting kaleidoscope of inspiration. Whether you choose to use the blocks for full quilts, small decor pieces, or even fashion accents is completely up to you. Follow the step-by-step instructions to quickly learn the order of construction and directions for pressing seam allowances, while color diagrams of the blocks show them used in multiples so you can plan out your full quilt as you go along. Let the quilting begin!
Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles
Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book
A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles
Hardcover      ISBN: 1617690759
The popular sewing blogger and author follows up her crowd-pleasing Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing with an essential collection of dressmaking techniques and 23 patterns for making frocks for a variety of occasions. 35,000 first printing.
Simple Gifts to Stitch: 30 Elegant and Easy Projects
Simple Gifts to Stitch
30 Elegant and Easy Projects
Paperback      ISBN: 0307347567
Introduces an innovative selection of personalized gift ideas for every occasion, featuring thirty modern stitching projects that take no more than a few hours to complete, ranging from a modern apron for a housewarming to a terrycloth rattle for a baby shower, accompanied by a host of inspirational ideas and expert advice for crafters of all skill levels. Original. 15,000 first printing.