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Design and Sew It Yourself: A Workbook for Creative Clothing

4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0911985009
ISBN-10: 091198500X
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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Edges Design (June 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091198500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911985009
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The techniques are clearly presented and nicely illustrated. The suggestions and drawings will give you lots of inspiration for surface decorations, closures and special finishing touches. It also discusses cutting up patterns to get new lines to embellish and totally new looks to your old pattern. It gave me lots of imaginative ideas for my sewing projects.
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I started weaving and designing clothing back in the 80's, and picked up this book at a conference somewhere. I studied the drawings and really fell in love with the concept of this book, and the creativity behind it. Somewhere along the way, I must have loaned it to someone. Note to self. NEVER loan books, especially your favorite one! I couldn't remember the title, just the insides, and ordered a book from Amazon thinking it was the right one. That was Opening & Closing by Lois Ericson. Also a great book, but not the one I was looking for. I kept checking back, and finally found another book, and ordered it. It's mine, and I will never loan it out. I truly love this book.

Something about the fact that many of the ideas are drawings rather than photographs spurs me on to think about using that concept and building on it. I really do love everything about this book. Ms Ericson is gone now, and I admire her equally talented daughter, Diane. Such an amazing amount of talent in one family!
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This book is unlike any other design book I have seen. It contains inovative ideas from cover to cover. Every time I look through it I get so many inspirations I don't know which one to try first.
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This book brings back fond memories of the best of the 1960s and early 1970s. If you love Folkwear patterns, buy this book. You won't be disappointed.

The designs are very simple. I love that because I like simple designs that are easy to sew and easy to fit to my measurements. I'd rather put the time into fun, cool embellishments. And, Lois includes lots of embellishment ideas in this book, as well.

If you love ethnic, Boho, or hippie-style clothing, you'll be delighted with this book.

All in all, if you need a new wardrobe and want something distinctive, this oldie-but-goodie is still a great starting point. It's also ideal for someone who's creative, but new to sewing. (Some trial-and-error may be involved. Don't expect form-fitting darts or precision tailoring.)

This book is a classic. Buy a copy while you can. I'm glad I did.
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