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This is the only sewing reference you will ever need, with step-by-step photographs to show you how to sew absolutely everything.
250 step-by-step techniques will guide you whether you are sewing clothes, making soft furnishings, or doing alterations. Master hand and machine sewing with close-up photographs and clear instructions to demystify even the trickiest techniques, and choose from 15 stylish projects to practise your sewing skills. Every project is brand new for this updated edition of the ultimate sewing bible, with 5 new sewing techniques now added.
With in-depth coverage of sewing tools, techniques, and fabric, this is the ultimate sewing resource for beginners, students, and seasoned stitchers alike.
This comprehensive guide explores the fundamental sewing methods fashion designers need and teaches professional garment construction. Chapter One introduces sewing tools and machinery (including industrial machines). It discusses how to work with patterns and explains cutting-out methods. Chapter Two is devoted to different fabrics and how they work, focusing on the construction of a garment, including fastenings and trimmings, and the use of materials to support structured pieces, such as corsets. Hand-sewing techniques and basic seams are explored in Chapter Three. Techniques are demonstrated with step-by-step photographic guides combined with technical drawings. A guide to making garment details and decorations, such as pockets, waistlines, and necklines, is found in Chapter Four. Chapter Five addresses fabric-specific techniques, for everything from lace to neoprene. The best technical approaches to use for patternmaking and construction are discussed for each fabric. Catwalk images demonstrate how these kinds of techniques are employed by designers.
Coloring fabric offers a means of making the ordinary unique, and is an immensely satisfying process. Lampshades, curtains, blinds, tablecloths, screens, clothing, picture frames and even shower curtains can be personalised with the simplest of fabric decorating techniques. Whether your taste is for bold strokes of bright colors, or precise lines and soft, muted tones, there are projects in this book to suit all styles. There are ideas suitable for a novice as well as challenging projects for those with more experience. All the skills you need for each technique are illustrated in step-by-step photographs.
Fat Quarter: Toys is the latest addition to a fabulous series of stash-busting sewing books. There are 25 cute and colorful toys and games to make for young children, all from fat quarters or fabric scraps. Each project has clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful accompanying photography, and there's a useful tools and techniques section for those who are new to sewing. Ideal for using up leftover remnants of fabric, and the projects make great gifts. Projects include: tiger rattle, rabbit cuddle blanket, teddy bear, fox in sleeping bag, fishing set, bean bags, stacking rings, memory game, alphabet letters, number cubes, rag doll, picnic.
Stylish and practical garments to sew for active children, inspired by Japanese traditions. This beautiful new book of functional, stylish designs for children contains over 20 original sewing projects for shirts, dresses, tunics and tops, as well as skirts, pants, jackets and charming accessories. This collection has been designed with active boys and girls in mind. The cut is classic and the fabrics are beautiful, with delicate detailing and impeccable finishing. Every garment is handmade with love. Combining true practicality with contemporary style, Mariko's unique designs will inspire you to create comfortable and attractive clothing for your children. Includes an envelope of paper patterns with all pattern pieces in four sizes, printed at actual size ready to trace off. Word count: 30,000
The distinctive style of the Regency period is a source of endless fascination for fashion academics and historians, living historians, re-enactors and costume designers for stage and screen. Author and fashion historian Cassidy Percoco has delved into little-known museum hoards to create a stunning collection of 26 garments, many with clear provenance tied to a specific location, which have never before been published and never - or very rarely - displayed. Most of the garments have an aspect in their construction that has not been previously documented, from a style of skirt trim to the method of gown closure. This practical guide begins with a general history of the early 19th-century women's dress. This is followed by 26 patterns of gowns, spencers, chemises, and corsets, each with an illustration of the finished piece and description of its construction. This must-have guide is an essential reference for anyone interested in the fashions or the history of the period, or for anyone wishing to recreate their own beautiful Regency clothing.
Looking for a new calm in this crazy world? The Little Book of Sewing is your pocket-sized guide to creating your own zen with nothing more than a needle and thread.
This little book is packed with essays, anecdotes, quotes, how to guides and practical tips and contains all you need to channel your creative energy and start sewing today. It will show you how to: Sew yourself calm, thread a needle, sew a gift, turn your passion into fashion and much more!
From sewing box to sewing machine, this inspiring and enlightening introduction to a useful and enjoyable skill explains all the fashion and furnishing techniques you need to know. Perfect for complete novices and filled with clear instructions and clever tips, it's an indispensable guide to everything you need to know about sewing. Starting with the essential items for your sewing box through to the core skills, it provides a wealth of know-how that will give you the confidence to make and customise clothes and home furnishings. From stitching neat seams and inserting zips to basic quilting and embellishing, key techniques are presented in an accessible way alongside 20 gorgeous projects that will help you to consolidate your skills including a simple bias-cut skirt, a tailored cushion, and a lined tote as well as useful basics such as a curtain, blind, child's dress and customised T-shirt. Whether you haven't used a sewing machine since your school days, or you just need a helping hand to master some of the trickier techniques, this complete guide to sewing has it covered.
With an emphasis on Jane Brocket's 'gentle' approach to craft, this book celebrates the simple act and very enjoyable pleasures of stitching. In a collection of more than 40 projects, Jane will show you how to make simple, stylish, and eye-catching pieces for your home. Whatever you choose to make, from quilts and samplers to needlepoint pin cushions and stitched greetings cards, Jane's unique take on stitching will ensure that the creative process is as enjoyable as seeing the finished object. The author's text and photographs outline her inspiration for each project, and includes her top tips on the best places to find fabrics, ribbon, buttons and everything else you need to create beautiful, gentle stitching. With techniques as varied as Japanese Sashiko, kantha quilting, traditional cross stitch and modern day 'crinoline ladies', there is something here for every keen stitcher. Word count: 50,000
In the '50s and '60s, Simplicity released their popular line of Jiffy sewing patterns, which had minimal pattern pieces and simple constructions, yet were chic enough for fashion-conscious customers. This approach appeals now more than ever as stylish women are continuously looking for ways to fit their love of sewing into busy lives filled with family, work, school, and countless other obligations.Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses is Gretchen Hirsch's modern reinvention of this simple idea, focusing on easily mastered sewing skills, minimal pattern pieces, and fabulous designs. And the best part? Readers will end up with a sparkling wardrobe of easy-to-wear, fun-to-style dresses that will fill busy modern lives with retro charm.
Painting with Wool is the introductory and must-have text for fiber artists and other crafters looking for a new and exciting art form to explore. Increasingly popular, Dani Ives's style of needle felting uses wool fibers and a felting needle to layer and "paint" embellishments for pieces that are bursting with texture and depth. Whether you want to decorate a tote or garment, or create frameable artwork, Painting with Wool is the guide to everything you need to know-including the tools required, the basic techniques, and how to get started. For fiber lovers who want to broaden their skills, needle felting is an easy, therapeutic form of self-expression that offers beautiful, unique results. Ives is a pioneer in this art form and a skilled instructor who makes learning this craft fun and approachable for all.
New Ideas in Fusing Fabric by the author of the best-selling Fusing Fabrics takes a new look at the techniques of the soldering iron that have revolutionized textile art. The author takes you through the key techniques of cutting, bonding and mark-making and then expands on the various new ways you can use these techniques, particularly while using new synthetic materials such as Evalon, Lutradur and polymetallic materials. Many traditional embroidery and sewing techniques have been the inspiration for Margaret Beal's latest ideas, and some of the techniques discussed use the principle of drawn thread work, insertions, patchwork, seams and layering. She has developed new and challenging approaches by experimenting with a variety of synthetic fabrics, creating new surface textures, distorting surfaces and combining and manipulating these to form three-dimensional pieces. The author gives detailed instructions on all the techniques, and a beautiful display of some of the most exciting textile art being made today.
Get cosy with a warming drink and a new sewing project for autumn. In Tilda Hot Chocolate Sewing, bestselling author Tone Finnanger returns with a stunning new collection featuring the Tilda BirdPond fabric range. Featuring over 20 projects, you can choose from quilts and softies, bags and dolls, pillows and purses. Autumnal motifs include reindeer, mice, apples, butternut squash, ducks, birds, houses and more. This heartwarming collection will bring warmth and magic to your sewing, with beautiful lifestyle photography and step-by-step instructions and diagrams to ensure success.
Readers will learn to create beautiful accesories to enhance their home using stunningly simple but incredibly effective techniques. A subtle color palette and lovable designs combine to create a fresh and fun collection of over 35 projects. Easy-to-follow instructions, gorgeous color photos and delightful illustrations accompany each project. With ideas for the enitire home from the kitchen to childrens bedrooms, Sew Pretty Homestyle has a project to suit everyone's taste.
Make your own knickers with this collection of flirty, frilly pants from Delia and Erika at Flo-Jo Boutique. Knickers are the perfect quick-to-stitch sewing project and this collection includes six different styles of handmade lingerie for you to choose from. It also includes graded patterns for UK dress sizes 8-22. Delia and Erika's patterns have vintage appeal with their sweet retro styling and cute design features including ribbon ties and ruching. Choose from Liberty print briefs, lacy cotton pants, French knickers and stretch lace briefs, among others. There is even a pattern for how to transform a silk scarf into the perfect pair of knickers. Why not host your own knicker party with friends, wine and this collection of handmade lingerie sewing patterns? Includes patterns for all the knicker styles at 50% or you can download full size templates at the link featured in the book. Happy sewing!
There are no scary couture-type techniques that real sewers never use, no painstaking procedures that don't actually make your sewing easier, or help it look better, and no complicated methods of doing anything. Instead you will find easy-to-understand, practical and decorative techniques that make sewing simple, even if you have never used a machine before. There are lots of clever tips plus shortcuts that can make things faster and easier to do, with clear advice on when you can use these speedy methods and when it really is better to do something the traditional way. Everything is illustrated with clear step-by-step photography and finished samples, with variation samples where appropriate. As well as techniques, there are some easy projects you can make on your sewing machine and although they are simple, they don't skimp on style.
This is the perfect girt for any crafter who cycles. They will love this selection of funny, practical and decorative craft projects to brighten up their bicycle. Suitable for beginners, they can try their hand at a range of different crafts to decorate their bikes including crocheted bunting, a knitted knitted ear warmers, and a carry all clutch - practical and pretty! Projects also feature hand crafter cycle accessories including leg and arm warmers. They can choose from 20 multi craft ideas including sewing, knitting, cross stitch and crochet projects. The projects are designed by a group of international bloggers who love to craft and cycle, from popular blogs such as Lulu Loves and Swimbikequilt.
Whether you're a beginner crafter or experienced maker, this book will help you build on your sewing skills as you learn how to make a range of bags from a simple drawstring tote to a stylish colour-block rucksack. As you work your way through the 18 projects, you'll learn how to create interesting shapes (such as a cubed bag or round bucket bag), work with different fabrics (cotton, canvas, linen and more) and discover how to work in zips, poppers, pockets, straps and other add-ons. Step-by-step guidance, plus a wealth of tips and tricks, mean you'll always feel confident in developing your technique, while modern designs and design-focussed details will inspire you to get creative with your makes. Bags is the ideal book for those looking to expand on their sewing skills, create beautiful, lasting additions to their wardrobe or make impressive and covetable gifts for friends and family. The projects include: a simple tote, shopper bag, iPad case, basic big duffel, curved purse, pompom bucket bag, retro backpack, overnight bag, boxy hand-luggage, contract clutch, fold-over backpack, drawstring toiletries bag and many more.
Melly & Me present a fun and fabulous collection of personality-packed designs that will have readers sewing adorable toys in no time! Each of the brightly colored characters is a joy to sew for all abilities, making them the perfect gift for children or adults, or a trendy home accessory. Projects combine simple sewing techniques with funky fabrics, embellishments and color palettes to add zing and excitement to readers' sewn toy creations. Easy to follow step by step instructions, quirky photography and full-size templates make this book a delightful gift as well as an irresistible addition to sewing collections.
Tilda's Spring Ideas, Tilda's Summer Ideas and Tilda's Winter Ideas presented in one beautiful collector's volume for Tilda fans everywhere. Enjoy the best of Tilda throughout the seasons with this wonderful collection of sewing and papercrafting projects by world-famous designer Tone Finnanger, all made using gorgeous Tilda fabrics and embellishments. Inside you'll find patterns and step-by-step instructions for angel dolls and a range of adorable outfits, bags and purses, soft toys, garlands and cushions, storage boxes, notebooks and cards, table decorations, pretty accessories and unique DIY gifts - taking you from the first buds of spring up right to the festive season. The projects are accompanied by clear instructions, beautiful photographs, colour illustrations and full-size templates, making them perfect for crafters of all abilities.
Boasting countless benefits and applications, handmade felt is a chunky, durable and non-fraying fabric that can be used for fashion and home projects. With Complete Feltmaking, any crafter can learn the art of creating felt with a little fleece, water and soap. This exciting book covers all aspects of feltmaking, from making simple flat felt to felting 3D shapes, as well as felting knitted work, needle felting and some slightly more advanced techniques such as cobweb felting. Each technique is carefully explained in detail with step-by-step instructions and accompanied by several projects to keep you constantly inspired. From a cheerful polka-dot bag and cozy felted slippers to a whimsical mobile and heart-warming tea cosy, this spirited primer offers a range of projects for beginner and advanced felters. Once the crafter has become comfortable with basic techniques, they can graduate to more complex felting techniques in the advanced chapter. This book includes everything you need to bring the highly sought after handcrafted style of felt to your wardrobe and your home.
Discover how to create odd and endearing one-of-a-kind creatures from all your old socks. Stray Sock Sewing blends lovable how-to projects with zany and whimsical narrative. A thorough basic techniques section breaks down the sewing essentials into easy to follow lessons. Eight full step-by-step projects show you how to use your new-found skills to make cute and cuddly creations such as the lotus kitty, sock pig and Indian elephant.
"Kawaii" is the Japanese word for "adorable," "cute," or "lovable" and has grown from a national trend to a worldwide phenomenon. Kawaii Craft Life takes advantage of this growing and popular movement, with a focus on embroidery, cross-stitch, and feltcraft. Featuring approximately 35 kawaii-style projects from a fudge pop plushie and coffee cup cozie to a succulent smartphone case cover and a narwhal brooch, and more than 35 beautiful full-color photos and step-by-step illustrations that showcase the adorable projects. Also included are templates for projects and instructions for creating gifts with a kawaii touch: apple pie apronsushi magnetsmilk and cookie earringssweet dreams slumber maskanimal wine charmsavocado gift tagwoodland critters garlandand more!
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