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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Pap/Com edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250023650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250023650
  • ASIN: 1250023653
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

HABIBE ACIKGOZ creates stylish clothes for modern women. Designed to suit all ages and body types, she takes elements of traditional dress from the Ottoman empire and uses them to embellish garments which appeal to women around the world. Habibe was born in Turkey and studied pattern-making and tailoring before moving to London in 2000. After working as a dressmaker for three years, she began designing clothes and selling them at design fairs through specialist boutiques and online.

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I can't wait to try making one or more of these....
Lyn
I love the fact that the clothes look comfortable, designed for all sizes (especially us plus sizes-YIPPIE)!
JC Smitty
I have already invested over 24 hours just in printing out, taping together, and cutting out the patterns.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Francesca on April 3, 2013
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First let me say that I really like all of the designs in this book. There isn't one that I wouldn't wear. BUT, and it is a big but, the finished garment may look simple and elegant but some of the patterns are quite complex. I love the skirt and am planning on making it, but I am rather nervous about it. There are twenty four pattern pieces to the skirt, not my idea of simple! Just cutting it out is complex enough - the directions for layout are clear - the instructions for putting it together are mostly clear, but there seem to be a couple of steps missing. The instructions say to "Fold and pin tucks into the bottom of the assembled skirt front and back, as marked on the pattern, stitch and press" What tucks? What markings? . 30 minutes later after puzzling over it and looking at the skirt pattern pieces, and the photos of the skirt itself, I realize that what looks like notches on the bottom of the skirt pieces just may be there , not as notches to be joined to something else, but where you fold the fabric, but then I can't work out how you would stitch it as it is curved and then has to be sewn to a separate hem panel. I went to another part of the book that has a dress pattern with a similar shape/folds to the skirt and which has the same markings but for that pattern there is no mention at all about how you would stitch or fold it.

So I am really nervous about making the attempt. If I do it, I will probably make it in muslin (rather than the linen recommended ) as a trial and see if I can figure it out. I like the design enough to make the attempt!

The author has spent a lot of time making the book easy to read and as user friendly as possible. It is well laid out. There are instructions referenced throughout the book. The designs are lovely.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By JC Smitty on April 9, 2013
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I received a demo copy a few weeks ago.I reviewed the book, patterns and the DVD.

Pros:
1) Most of the sewing will be straight seams.
2) CD.
3) CD has measurements in UK and US measurements (a huge plus).
4) I like the fact that the pattern pieces are shown laid out which is very beneficial to beginners.
5) Separate chapter on the various pockets and how to sew them
6) Separate chapter on sewing techniques
7) Pictures average sized (not too small). I tend to like larger pictures just to make sure, but that's me. :-)
8) I love the fact that the clothes look comfortable, designed for all sizes (especially us plus sizes-YIPPIE)!

Cons:
Someone mentioned my first one, but for number 1
1) Too many pattern pieces and may be overwhelming for a beginner. One would need some sewing experience.
The least pattern pieces I found with one outfit was 4, the most pattern pieces to one pattern was 20.
2) A couple of patterns say one number (example: one says 15, but it's really more pieces because you have to use a piece more than once).

Concluding, I'd probably start with patterns that have less pieces and work my way up. Since I'm still a beginner, I'd probably practice some of the stitches that are needed in the garment (which the author lets you know upfront).

The book (as mentioned) is very well priced considering it also includes a DVD. Thanks St. Martin's Press. :-)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By CostumeDesigner on April 21, 2013
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Bold and Beautiful Easy-Sew Clothes presents patterns for 15 garments in the lagenlook style (though author Habibe Acikgoz does not use that term). Lagenlook means "layered look" in German, but it's more than just wearing layers. Lagenlook focuses on loose (even oversized), simple styles rendered more interesting by asymmetry or by unusual hemlines, closures, or seams. All-natural fibers (especially linen), solid-colored fabrics, patchwork effects, and huge pockets are often part of the look. Lagenlook is popular with middle-aged and/or plump women and needs to be scaled down if you are small. Lagenlook designer clothes tend to be expensive, rendering the 15 patterns in this book welcome to lagenlook lovers who sew. I like most of these very much, though I need to shorten everything and omit all those pouchy patch pockets. I'm also thinking about using contrasting fabric colors to create patchwork effects in the styles that have seams in decorative rather than purely functional locations.

I don't mean to discourage anyone, but these styles are not for beginning sewists. Many have quite a number of pattern pieces. Their complicated shapes mean any lengthening or shortening will likely have to be done in more than one place on each pattern piece. The tunic hems with all the narrow dangling points, the crenellated front closures, the fancy pleated panels, and some other details are just not going to look as neat as the ones in the photos unless you have some experience. And although fabric layouts and basic assembly instructions are given for each pattern, this book does not teach you many of the techniques you'll need. However, intermediate sewists should have no problem.

The patterns are provided not only on a CD, but graphed in the book.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Burke on April 5, 2013
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I realize tastes differ. I bought this for the outfit on the cover, and it's the only stuff in this book I'd wear. I find the styles inside lumpy and ungainly. This is one book you really need to browse through before purchasing.
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