Sew Your Own Wardrobe: More Than 80 Techniques Spiral-Bound | February 9, 2021

Alison Smith

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This is your complete guide to dressmaking, from designing, creating, and customizing your clothes. Master every dressmaking technique in the book!

Fully illustrated and easy to use, this dressmaking book covers all the essential skills and techniques you need to make timeless wardrobe staples. It's a must-have for beginners and expert stitchers alike.

Fed up with fast fashion and keen to make your own clothes? This is the ultimate dressmaking guide for absolute beginners. Comprehensive, step-by-step guides and dressmaking patterns cover everything from choosing the perfect fabric for any project to trying your hand at a range of machine-sewing techniques. 

Inside the pages of this sewing book you’ll discover:

   • Step-by-step instructions and techniques, accompanied by clear, full-color photography
   • Thorough sections on tools and equipment, to help the reader choose the right items for each project
   • 13 downloadable patterns for skirts, dresses, trousers, tops, and jackets that can be used to create 31 different garments
   • Over 80 techniques, including how to cut out a pattern, machine stitch, and hand stitch

Accompanied by close-up photographs, clear instructions, and a glossary of dressmaking terminology to demystify even the trickiest technique. This book will help you advance from a sewing learner to a seasoned stitcher in no time. Zoomed-in photographs of hand and machine tools show you the best dressmaking equipment for the job and teach you exactly how to use it.

All the techniques and projects are graded by difficulty level, from the simple and straightforward to the more complex and challenging ones. Put your new-found knowledge to the test with 13 downloadable patterns that can be easily adapted to create more than 30 stylish garments. Learn how to make classic dresses, skirts, tops, trousers, and jackets, alongside creative ideas for giving your old clothes new life!

The Essential Guide to Dressmaking

Sew Your Own Wardrobe guides you through every hand stitch, machine stitch, and sewing technique you'll ever need. We've included the best way to stitch, alter, put in linings, seam and hem, so you can make your favorite bespoke outfits to suit your unique style.
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 074402689X
Item Weight: 3.4 lbs
Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.0 x 11.1 inches
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Alison Smith is a sewing expert and tutor. Her sewing school, the Alison Victoria School of Sewing, is the largest independent sewing school in England, and offers courses and workshops on all aspects of sewing. Alison regularly speaks at specialized sewing shows and has had projects and articles published in a variety of magazines. She is a regular contributor to Sewing World magazine, and has appeared on the television series Ladette to Lady, teaching dressmaking skills. In 2013 Alison was awarded an MBE for services to sewing and corsetry.