Stylish and practical techniques that make sewing simple.
Simple Sewn Gifts
Author: Helen Phillips
Publisher: David & Charles
Stitch 25 Fast and Easy Gifts from the Heart Every one of these gorgeous gift ideas is so simple to make up, leaving you free to get creative with the embellishments. Yo-yos, appliqué, embroidery and other stitching techniques add that essential touch of personalization and care to every project. They also provide the perfect opportunity for you to try your hand at new decorative tricks on a small and easy scale.
Sewing for Boys
Author: Shelly Figueroa, Karen LePage
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Shares instructions for creating handmade clothing for boys from infancy through age eight, providing patterns that accommodate seasonal and activity needs.
Presents information about the steps that plastic, glass, and cardboard items go through when they are recycled.
Sewing Vintage Style
Author: Mary Jo Hiney
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Step into a bygone era with the nostalgic projects in this unique sewing collection. A keepsake in its own right, this beautifully designed and illustrated volume shows how to recycle precious textile fragments of the past and transform them into tasteful treasures for today. Master a range of needlework techniques, including crazy quilt, trapunto, pin tucking, monogrammed embroidery, redwork, and cutwork. Create a lasting legacy in your own home with stylish vintage projects from an embroidered sundress to an organza pintucked pillow, a fabric covered box to a cross-stitch sampler. Pattern transferring tips and stitch glossaries are included. Whether newly created or refashioned with antique embellishments, all the pieces contain an echo of the elegance of an earlier time.
Sewers who have ever longed to create clothing with the distinctive look of haute couture will love this book. They'll learn the finer points of hand sewing, shaping, and finishing for a high-end, professional look. This book is for all sewing enthusiasts who appreciate fine workmanship.
Fashion isn't art. The latter can just be admired, while the first needs to be sold. How do designers create constant objects of desire? In this book, 100 designers give 1000 tips on what it takes to be a great fashion designer. These tips address a number of issues: flare inspiration, collection concept, the promise of clothing, the use of fabrics, and more. New talents and renowned names provide insights and ideas for both expert and up and coming designers.
Author: Karin Neuschutz
Adults and children alike will love making and playing with these dolls, which are all made from natural materials. Patterns are provided for a range of dolls: small dolls for the littlest child, baby dolls, larger dolls to dress up, knitted dolls and dolls with moveable arms and legs. With different hairstyles and clothing options, the dolls can be varied endlessly.The book contains all the necessary patterns and detailed instructions, and is richly illustrated with colour photographs and drawings.
Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Sew chic, dark-toned clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe. Basic Black is the English edition of a classic Japanese sewing book which provides sew-it-yourself Western-sized patterns for 26 basic garments, along with detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions. Author Sato Watanabe has published many books that are favorites among Japanese sewing fans. In this book she shows you how to make truly professional-quality pieces easily and inexpensively at home. DIY Sewing designs include: Lace Shirred Blouse Tiered Sleeveless Dress Zip-up Vest with High Neck Frilled Shirt in Charcoal Flannel Short Coat And many more… All of the styles and fashion are easily customized to create your own personal style, and there is truly something for everyone and every occasion in this book—from a smart two-texture combo dress to a relaxed, bohemian tunic—and everything in-between. All the styles are thoroughly modern and practical, ranging from softly feminine or straight-line simple to smartly-tailored or loosely-deconstructed. Simple lines make these garments perfect for women of all ages and all sizes. This book includes a complete western-sized sewing pattern for each design that is easily adjusted to fit your body form. The understated, graceful designs in this book are ones that you'll come back to again and again.
Author: Wenlan Chia
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
A fashion designer shares sewing patterns from her popular line Twinkle by Wenlan--including Origami Blouse, Flapper Camisole, and more--and teaches how to sew a seam, insert a zipper, and interface fabric. Includes CD with printable patterns for all twenty-five designs, sizes 0-16.
Linen, Wool, Cotton
Author: Akiko Mano
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Objects sewn with all-natural fabrics have an unmistakable look and feel that makes them stand out from the “ordinary.” Natural fabrics are more interesting, almost always more comfortable, and they lend themselves wonderfully to all sorts of homemade projects. The simple sewing projects in this book offer home accessories made from linen, wool, and cotton. From aprons to blankets and lunch bags, each project will add a little bit of warmth and comfort to any home. Through clear instruction and easy-to-follow diagrams, all of these projects are perfect for the novice sewer; yet the sophisticated charmand utile nature of each item will also appeal to the more experienced seamster.Projects include:Linen: Sarong Apron, Handkerchief, Slouch Bag, Hand Towel,Wastebasket Cover, Duvet Cover, Pillow Case, Kitchen Cloth, Fruit Bag, Apron Wool: Muffler, Socks, Room Shoes, Blanket, Bottle Cover, Lap Blanket, Messenger’s Bag Cotton: Jumper,Wall Pocket, Bath Mat, Small Bag, Sweets Mat, Lingerie Case, Lunch Bag, Parent and Child’s Bag
Sewing with Oilcloth
Author: Kelly McCants
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
20 fresh patterns to sew a variety of fun and functional projects with oilcloth Sewing with Oilcloth covers sewing with the family of specialty fabrics collectively known as oilcloth. You'll get easy-to-follow instructions, special tips and tricks needed to get the most out of these fabrics, the unique applications of each, and how to treat and care for the finished pieces. From home goods to accessories, from baby gear to outdoor decor, you'll find oilcloth sewing projects that unlock the potential of both traditional choices and new designer prints. You'll follow along helpful, trouble-free instructions to sew oilcloth projects like a simple tablecloth, garden apron, farmer's market tote, baby bib, and so much more. Includes patterns for making 20 fun and functional projects to sew with oilcloth Offers valuable instruction and a clean, appealing design Features beautiful and polished full-color photographs of all projects Whether you're a seasoned stitcher or just starting out in the exciting world of sewing with oilcloth, this one-of-a-kind book gives you everything you need to easily get the most out of this specialty fabric.
Author: Choly Knight
Publisher: Design Originals
Nothing is cuter than a baby, but this book comes close with simple and adorable sewing projects that are almost as cute as your little one! Step-by-step instructions, how-to photographs and approachable patterns show you how to add sweetness to the nursery with darling baby clothes, stuffed animal plushies and practical accessories. Eighteen easy-to-sew projects cover all of the basics that babies need for their first few years of growing. They feature charming appliqué faces inspired by the kawaii fashion sense-In Japanese, kawaii means cute, adorable, or loveable. Faces are one of the first things that babies are programmed to recognize, so why not surround them with lots of loving, handmade smiles? Projects range from very easy to intermediate, so they're simple to understand and come together quickly. All you need is a sewing machine, some inexpensive fabric, and a few basic sewing tools. So go ahead and create some beautiful toys and cute little clothes to make some lasting memories with your one-of-a-kind baby!
Author: Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Flouncy, flirty skirts with delicate layers of polka-dotted fabric and a paneled skirt with decorative trim come directly from the pages of today's most popular catalogs. Skirts of all kinds, long and short, billowing or tailored, are stylish--and fortunately, so easy to sew. Geared toward the novice and those who need a refresher course, this attractive guide features fun graphics, contemporary designs, friendly hand-holding advice, and (of course) a great selection of chic patterns. One garment features an exposed seam with unfinished edges and an elastic waist with a tie. Another charming and ultra-feminine design uses the extremely popular eyelet fabric. Each project builds on the previous one, so sewers progressively develop a wide repertoire of skirt-making skills.
Sewing Clothes Kids Love
Author: Nancy Langdon, Sabine Pollehn
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
A collection of patterns for making kids' clothes utilizes a variety of fabric styles and decorative embellishment—including embroidery, patchwork and trims--with variations for long and short hemlines and sleeves, various necklines and adjustable lengths and ranging in size from 18 months to kid's size 12.