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Dressmaking: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making your Own Clothes Hardcover – August 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780756698201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756698201
  • ASIN: 0756698200
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book a few days ago and I love it. I have been sewing for years, but I still like to read new sewing books for new techniques. I like how this book breaks down the how to's of sewing. The photos are clear and easy to understand at any sewing level. I recommend this book to anyone who likes visual aids to help their understanding of sewing techniques.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on December 21, 2012
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I just received this book and was sooo excited to finally get it. It has very detailed pictures and patterns in the back to enlarge and copy. However... I was hoping it would show how to make your OWN patterns. It shows how to make your own clothes as the book states and how to adjust ready made patterns. I am happy I bought it though, it has a lot of very good information.
I woul recommend this book to anyone who is just starting to sew or someone who is looking to learn more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By marcy on November 19, 2012
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I enjoyed this book...it's very helpful.
i'v already made 3 skirts. the only problem i did have was with the website and dowloading the partterns. you had to go to BK and ask to be unlocked for the patterns
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GrnLadyBee on July 15, 2013
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As stated before the pictures inside the book are of poor quality sewing. I love the idea of basic patterns that can then be altered, and access to these basic patterns in downloadable format. However, with much care and attention to detail on my part, it was clear that the pattern I used had some major flaws. For example, some of the seam line marks are missing on some of the pages (which you'll have to tape together), but it is easy to just dot them in 5/8ths inside the cutting line. Specifically I printed out the pattern for basic dress design 1 in my correct size and the resulting "dress" was gaping at the armpits, pointy at the side seam bottom edge, and way too bowed out at the sides. To make it work I'd have to add shoulder darts, more bust darts, trim the sides and reshape back neckline and add a strip of elastic in the front under the bust hidden by a bow or something to make it work. What was once an exciting project is now a sad time-hole. Poor pattern does not a dress make.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By April A. on April 12, 2014
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I purchased quite a few sewing books at the same time here on amazon they were all pretty good but this one was by far the most explanatory one and easiest to understand. Just about anything I needed to look up was listed in here. Whether it be shorting or lengthing any part of a pattern or altering it to my specific measurements. It had good photography and was written to be easy to understand, it didn't assume I knew all the sewing terms and slang. I will use this book over and over.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dan on December 26, 2012
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I purchased this book for my granddaughters (ages 10,12) and the pictures are very helpful to maintain intrest. So far it has worked and I am Super Granddad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trini on March 8, 2014
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I love how this book breaks down everything and makes things soo simple. I really appreciate her fabric and pattern making section.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiny Bubbles on October 22, 2013
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I gave this book 5 stars because it is full of ideas, instruction and is a large book for the price. I would recommend this to anyone trying to learn a sewing skill.
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