Many readers are scared to death to sew clothes for themselves, but one taste of success is all they need to try more. Kay Whitt gives them that taste by gently introducing them to clothes-making. She shows readers that it's not a trade secret to alter a pattern to fit your figure and style - anyone can do it! Friendly math (half-inch seam allowance, not five-eights!), solid coaching on how to measure for the best individual fit, and an overview of all the required sewing techniques ensures that readers will be on their way to making a coordinated, customized wardrobe.
About the Author
A licensed designer for McCall's and regular exhibitor at spring and fall Quilt Markets as Serendipity Studio, Kay Whitt has been designing and selling patterns for the past 10 years
I really love this book. What caught my eye in the first place was the style and print of the material used on the skirt on the front cover. When I received this book it did not disappoint. I love the skirt, tunic, dress and jacket patterns. Can't wait to get started on it.
My first delight occurred on opening this book and seeing the extensive chapter on Custom Fitting. I realise that this is a very important part of dress making - without custom fitting, the garments aren't going to fit as well as you'd like. This chapter is comprehensive and written in user friendly language and covers important topics such as Steps to a Custom Fit, Taking Measurements, Making the Muslin and Adjusting the Fit. I really could have used this advice 30 or more years ago.
Kay Whitt then goes on to address the important tools of the trade. Not only how to use your sewing machine and sewing tools, but the accessories and indispensable notions that are available these days to give your creations a professional finish.
Sewing Techniques are then addressed. Kay not only offers great instructions for constructing the garments, but delivers some great advice for the best practice of the not so standard techniques that are very popular in fashion today, such as Pressing Intentional Creases, Double Top Stitching, Making Gathers and so forth.
The publication then includes various Skirt, Tunic & Dress and Jacket patterns (with full sized patterns sitting in a pretty pocket at the back of the book). But these patterns are very modern, and suitable for all skill levels.
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