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About the Author

Dana Willard is the creator of the popular blog MADE. Her patterns and designs have been featured in sewing publications such as Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause and Sew magazine, as well as on blogs and zines such as Craft, Odeedoh, Sewfearless, and Refashion. She lives in Texas. Visit her website at dana-made-it.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799566
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Heather F. on April 17, 2012
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I am thrilled with this book. I sat down and read through the entire thing as soon as I got it. It gives detailed explanations on what qualities different fabrics have and what kind of projects they are good for. As an avid quilter I am very knowledgable about quilting fabric. But, as a novice clothing and bag sewist I need some help when it comes to what kinds of fabric are good for diffrent projects.

Not only does she give info on fabric, but she also includes descriptions about notions and pattern symbols. I think this is a great reference book for anybody who sews.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Vaughan on July 6, 2012
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I was wary of buying this book b/c I wasn't sure what it would contain. It isn't a "reading" book, but more of a reference manual. Something that is very handy for a self-proclaimed "beginner-intermediate" sewer. It has categorized all the types of fabrics according to weave and each one has it's own page. She describes how the fabric was made (interesting), how to care for it, what kind of needles to use with it, etc. Never again will I wonder what to do with cotton voile or anything else I either have never used or don't use often. This is like the modern encyclopedia for fabrics!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By discodanjunior on April 3, 2012
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This book is packed with colorful pictures and descriptions to help seamstresses of all levels select and purchase the right fabric type. Perfect for sewers of all levels and a must have for any craft library!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sewmonster on April 3, 2012
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Just got my book in the mail and have already breezed through half of it...even though it is a resource book and doesn't have to be read cover to cover! Love the size for carrying around to stores, love the writing style, love the pictures, love the layout and love the information! Definitely worth buying if you like to sew but want to know more about what you're working with. Great book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karen G Lee on April 13, 2012
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I really like the information about the many types of cotton. Before reading that section of the book, I only knew about "thin and cheap" and the thicker stuff from the quilt shop. Now I know why quilting cotton isn't the best choice for making baby clothes and what kinds of cotton would be better. The color photos clearly show the fabrics.

The sections in the back that cover needles, notions, tools, etc., are very useful.

I haven't finished the book yet, but a lot of the mysteries, confusions, and gaps in knowledge have been cleared up. It is written in a concise yet friendly way and is enjoyable reading. This book is worth the money and I'm very glad I bought it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spencer on April 3, 2012
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Dana's knowledge and experience with fabrics and sewing in general really shine through as she presents this fantastic volume on the subject. Not only as a reference book, but also as a reading experience, I highly recommend picking up this book. A great addition for not only a hobbyist creator, but also for experienced and professional sewers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By meomy on November 8, 2012
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the book is really specific on all fabrics and listed the caring, properties, definations and working tools. It would be better if there are pieces of fabric rather than just photos to indicate the touch of the fabric, but still, it is a great book to collect and use.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RHL on February 26, 2014
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I was hoping I could recommend this book to my new sewing students as an all-purpose guide, but just browsing through it I saw a number of inaccuracies and generalizations that I felt would confuse a new sewer. The close-up pictures of the fabrics are not that great and way too small, and there is not enough consideration given to the differences between fibers and weaves, and overall I was disappointed.
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