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Dressmaking Step by Step
Dressmaking Step by Step
Paperback      ISBN: 1465429816

Learn how to make your own clothes with sewing techniques explained in a clear, simple way with Dressmaking Step-by-Step. Don't let dressmaking become a lost art learn how to make a dress or how to make clothes as gifts for friends with this step-by-step guide.

Compact but comprehensive, Dressmaking Step-by-Step includes classic fashions that fit in any wardrobe and can be customized to your own personal style. This is the modern sewing book for the modern sewer, a combination of dressmaking pattern book and technique guide to get you started as a dressmaker and help you grow with new techniques as you gain confidence in making your own clothes.

The Tools and Techniques section includes clear, visual guides to marking and cutting, creating darts and gathers, making waistbands, pockets, zippers, and more. Anyone new to dressmaking will love this resource, and even experts will appreciate Dressmaking Step-by-Step as a concise refresher course in the art of dressmaking and making your own clothes.

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Understanding and Using a Sewing Machine
Understanding and Using a Sewing Machine
Paperback      ISBN: 1785004999

With accessible and clear instructions, this book teaches and builds upon basic skills to build up a repertoire of techniques and ideas, until you are able to design and adapt your own ideas and develop an individual sewing style. It guides you though winding the bobbin, threading the machine up correctly, and adjusting the settings. It discusses the skills necessary for making simple projects, such as measuring, cutting, pinning, tacking, and understanding fabrics, and goes over common techniques for inserting a zip, taking up a hem, and more. There are several gorgeous projects with step-by-step instructions to provide practice and inspiration.

Love Leather Accessories: 20 Easy Leather Accessories to Sew
Love Leather Accessories
20 Easy Leather Accessories to Sew
Paperback      ISBN: 1446304795

Love Leather Accessories a totally unique title focusing on cute leather accessories and jewelry from very cool designer Zoe Larkins.

Young crafters will love this collection of 20 kitschy, cool leather accessories with Zoe explaining the steps you need to take to hand stitch each design and achieve great results really quickly

Designs are striking and reflect seasonal themes such as love heart shoe clips for February, a dippy egg necklace for April, and juicy strawberry earrings for June and will certainly appeal to modern crafters working with a new material.

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. In Sewing 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.

Sew Serendipity: Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
Sew Serendipity
Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
Hardcover      ISBN: 1440203571

Lay it out, cut it out, sew it up, put it on

Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studios proves that all you need to re-make your wardrobe are a few key things: Great fabric, easy-to-make patterns, a handful of simple skills, and your own personal sense of style

Use Sew Serendipity to create a fresh, new look.

  • Included in the book are tissue pattern inserts for the skirt, tunic/dress and jacket--each with 6 variations detailed in the book. 3 basic patterns x 6 variations = 18 ways to show off your skills and style
  • Kay provides the master instructions for each basic garment, and individual instruction for each unique look. Once you master the basics, changing it up is a snap
  • Each clothing pattern is graded in seven sizes (bust: 32-44; waist: 24-36; hips: 34-46) from XXS to XXL. Use the "Custom Fitting" section of this book to learn how to measure yourself and adjust the patterns to get the best possible fit
  • Embellish your designs to match your style, whether you're feeling the need for classic, tailored elegance, or you're in the mood for a little ruffled whimsy. Kay's simple embellishments make it a breeze to adapt your design to the look you want.

With Sew Serendipity, you'll find out how to lay out the pattern pieces, cut them out and sew them up. All you have to do is put them on and strut your stuff

Superhero Sewing: Playful Easy Sew and No Sew Designs for Powering Kids' Big Adventures--Includes Full Size Patterns
Superhero Sewing
Playful Easy Sew and No Sew Designs for Powering Kids' Big Adventures--Includes Full Size Patterns
Paperback      ISBN: 158923944x

Help your kids look the part for their imaginative play with Superhero Sewing and bring superheroes, pirate captains, wizards and more into your living room.

Superhero Sewing presents easy sewing projects for encouraging and satisfying your child's love of richly imaginative play. Lane Huerta, a mom and the owner of Lovelane Designs, a noted independent maker of imaginative, silk-screened playwear, shares her creative know-how and adapts her charming designs for sewers and other crafters.

Following an overview of essential materials, tools, and techniques, Superhero Sewing offers 20 projects in five playful themes - heroes and heroines, pirates, fairies, magicians, and animals - with color palette suggestions for both boys and girls. Each project is marked with a level of difficulty -- no sew, easy, or intermediate -- and two full-size pull-out patterns sheets are included.

Whether you have a young heroine that needs cuffs that give her super strength, or a pirate sea captain that needs his hat specially made, Superhero Sewing has plans for ever situation.

Bandana Crafts: 11 Beautiful Projects to Make
Bandana Crafts
11 Beautiful Projects to Make
Paperback      ISBN: 1784944629

From its practical origins in the 'Wild West', to a fashion statement today, the basic size and design of bandanas has altered little over the years. Available in an array of colors and patterns, the timeless bandana can create a striking design statement when upcycled and transformed into these eye-catching and practical makes.

Projects include: notebook cover, shopping bag tidy, knitting bag, card holder, camera strap, needle case, flag, covered coat hanger, wreath, shoe bag

- 11 unique projects made from bandanas

- Clear step-by-step instructions and pictures

- Comprehensive techniques section

Simple Sewing With Lola Nova: With 25 Stylish Step-by-step Projects That Celebrate Your Handmade Life
Simple Sewing With Lola Nova
With 25 Stylish Step-by-step Projects That Celebrate Your Handmade Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 1845336984

Sewing is at the forefront of the new craft revolution and part of its charm comes from rediscovering the skills of our grandmothers and learning to recycle treasured scraps of fabric. Celebrated Oregon-based craft blogger Alexandra Smith, AKA Lola Nova, has created the perfect sewing book for the new crafters. With 25 highly original projects arranged into chapters on Boho, Vintage, Natural, Eclectic and Whimsy, you will soon be raiding thrift stores and yard sales for material to transform in to gifts, home accessories, clothes and bags. Projects include a Little Joy Dress, Lola Handbag, Into the Woods Throw, Deer Diary and Call Me Cushion. For each project there are step-by-step instructions (illustrated with photographs) that will guide the beginner through the making process, while Alexandra's innovative ideas will provide fresh inspiration for the experienced sewer. Gorgeous photography by top lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura captures the sheer pleasure of turning junk-store fabrics into something beautifully handmade.
The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion: The Essential Guide from the World's Most Famous Fabric Store
The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion
The Essential Guide from the World's Most Famous Fabric Store
Hardcover      ISBN: 1617690880

"Designers, we're going to Mood "

More than 10 years ago, Tim Gunn and Project Runway introduced millions of viewers to New York's ultimate fabric mecca, Mood Fabrics. Now, the experts behind this fabric power- house bring their fabric and fashion know-how--plus their behind-the-scenes stories--to the sewing public. The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion is the ultimate guide for home-sewers, fashion students, aspiring designers, and Project Runway fans who want to learn everything they need to know to choose and use quality fabric. Drawing upon the expertise of the Mood staff, the book teaches readers the fundamentals--from where fabric is produced to the ins and outs of its construction--and features a fabric-by-fabric guide to cottons and other plant fibers, wools, silks, knits, and other specialty fabrics.

Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
Threads of Life
A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
Hardcover      ISBN: 1419739530
A globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard

In 1970s Argentina, mothers marched in headscarves embroidered with the names of their "disappeared" children. In Tudor, England, when Mary, Queen of Scots, was under house arrest, her needlework carried her messages to the outside world. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry, World War I soldiers coping with PTSD, and the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, to the AIDS quilt, Hmong story clothes, and pink pussyhats, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. Clare Hunter, master of the craft, threads her own narrative as she takes us over centuries and across continents--from medieval France to contemporary Mexico and the United States, and from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland--to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing. Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we have to tell our story.