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Skirts & Dresses For First Time Sewers
Christine Haynes

Search Press
29 January 2015 / ISBN 9781782212188
How-To Books/Dressmaking

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Want to make your own clothes but think it looks too hard? Here are fifteen projects for simple pieces that will fill your wardrobe and teach you all the basics of dressmaking.

As it says on the cover inside this book you can find "patterns, tutorials, tips and advice." Find out what you need to buy to stock a basic sewing box, get to grips with your sewing machine and practice basic skills such as darts, zips, pleats and gathers. The patterns themselves are downloadable; just print them out in sections and glue them together, then cut them out. This saves buying a lot of patterns and the instructions in here are more accessible to a total tyro. There are pages of layouts too, with advice about sizes. The garments themselves are either fairly loose or semi-fitted, with sizes ranging from 10-18. All are pretty classic, and each garment comes with advice on which figure type it suits best, a couple of alternative ways of styling it and photos as well as illustrated instructions. Choose from an A-line skirt, smocked sundress, baby doll dress, circle skirt, pleated skirt, etc. and upcycle existing garments with the men's shirt, a skirt and a T-shirt dress. Many of the garments might appeal more to the younger stitcher, or at least the young at heart but there is nothing too quirky in here, nor anything that will date too badly.

If you cannot find a good range of dressmaking materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015