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Flirt Skirts: Learn How to Sew, Customize, and Style Your Very Own Skirts Paperback – May 17, 2011

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Patti Gilstrap and Seryn Potter are the team behind Flirt Brooklyn, fashion-forward boutiques that feature emerging designers, and Home Ec, a workshop space where fashion and creativity meet in hands-on, project-focused classes teaching sewing, knitting, and more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586698
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cultured Purl on December 3, 2011
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I am a seamstress and knitter that loves books on sewing and knitting, so I have a tendancy to order most of the newer books that come out~ I had very high expectations for this book but was disappointed for several reasons~
First of all, I do think this book caters to a very unigue age demographic. and not to women of all ages that wear skirts
This was the first thing that bothered me, b/c I DO wear skirts ( a LOT!) and bought it looking for refreshing ideas to add to my wardbrobe.
Being a die hard knitter also. I look for ideas that I can wear w/ my handknits, and I never make something that is what I call an " orphan" , I always sew something that can be worn w/ at least 3 items I already own

There is nothing new or exciting about this book .and the largest problen I DO have w/ this book ..is that I will have to spend extra time and money to enlarge the very simple patterns that are in this book!

How hard would it have been to include the * three* fullsize patterns in the back of the book cover that most of the other books I have recently purchased are doing??

I am talking about THREE skirt patterns here,,,not 10!

I am certain that I will not keep this book,I will send it back, b/c it does not appeal to my personal asthetic ~ there is nothing in this book I would consider making,
I already own 3 patterns that are in this book purchased on sale for a grand total of 99 cents when on sale or self drafted( for that matter y0u can get a Vogue patterns on sale for as little as 3$$ which are far more classy than these patterns and pattern ideas are here!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffersonian on January 16, 2012
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Let me first say that the method of construction shown in this book is, sadly, what is found in even quite expensive high-end ready-to-wear clothing these days. The book isn't teaching tailoring or fine sewing methods, nor does it set out to. But I also agree with much in Cultured Purl's review. I bought the book because I saw couple of skirts in magazines recently that I really loved but thought the prices were outrageously high for what they were. We've all had the "I can make that for a lot less." reaction if you sew or craft in any way!! I've sewed since I was in high school and used to make almost all my own clothes because I'm tall. I stopped when life got too busy, and tall clothes that weren't "big and tall" became more available. So it's been over 20 years since I seriously sat down to sew clothing. As I read through all the instructions for each of the variations and styles, it was clear to me that a new or inexperienced sewer coming into this cold wasn't going to understand a lot of the directions particularly for the skirt variations. I know how to do what the authors wanted me to do and the written instructions weren't helpful in explaining how to do it. Perhaps it's different if this was a teaching aid in their classes where the authors are simultaneously showing someone how to do something, but it's quite inadequate alone. And I seriously detest having to go to the copy store and have patterns blown up. The charted grid in the back of the book is an improvement over that in that it allows you to dot grid your own muslin and make a permanent pattern, or do the same with pattern paper. The styles are clever and cute, and I did find one that would allow me to replicate one of the skirts I saw in the magazine, so I'm not sorry I got it.Read more ›
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I bought this book after reading it in a bookstore. It seemed to propose great ideas for cute skirts based in just 3 simple patterns; that was very appealing to me, as a novice to clothes making, but not a novice to sew. But when I started making a skirt, I realized it is not very easy to use. The reason is very silly: I'm having a hard time getting the patterns to real life size.

I thought that enlarge and print it was going to be just a moment, but I had to scan the patterns (making sure they are straight), cut all extra spaces (since I don't want to waste paper in titles or empty spaces), enlarge them and print them in separated pages (something not as straightforward as I thought), and use tape to glue 6 different pages together, carefully ensuring dot lines were straight and the distance between dots was preserved in every union. You'd think it's not that hard, but in the great scheme of things, I don't understand why the authors decided not to include the patterns in real size, opting instead for getting me very frustrated before I can even think of getting the fabric out of the drawers.
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