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Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains, and More [Paperback]

Nicole Blum , Debra Immergut
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Book Description

May 8, 2012
These 101 creative sewing projects can all be completed in less than a day--some in less than an hour! Playful and inventive, the projects include clothing for all ages, accessories, home decor items, and furnishings. Most feature embellishments and decorative effects -- simple touches that personalize a project with charm -- and use interesting textural fabrics, such as jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl! The authors walk readers through the sewing basics, demystify the lost art of simple pattern-making, provide visual guides to stitches, and give easy instructions for techniques such as applique, doodle-stitching, and layering of fabrics.

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Editorial Reviews


Publisher's Weekly:  "This large volume, packed with full-color photographs, is a must-add for sewers who want to work outside the parameters of paper patterns and precise measurements. This soothing, empowering style of teaching sewing is a nice contrast to the more rigid directions promoted in other recent sewing books."

Library Journal: The authors' "five basic designs" are broken down so clearly and concisely that any stitcher, regardless of experience, could create a well-fitting, attractive garment. These designs alone are worth the cost of the book; the 96 other patterns, which include household goods and accessories, make it an even better value.

About the Author

Nicole Blum is an artist, crafter, blogger, and sewing entrepreneur who sells her sewn jersey creations through her blog, One Golden Apple, and at craft fairs.

Debra Immergut is a senior editor at FamilyFun magazine. She is co-author of Improv Sewing and blogs with Nicole Blum at Improv Diary.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603427406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603427401
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Improv Sewing by Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut is a collection of projects and patterns that you can make on the fly and sew using a standard sewing machine.

It's my favorite kind of sewing book. It doesn't depend on couture techniques or fussy cut detailed patterns. The patterns are made of simple lines and easy to create in the size you need. They leave some things unhemmed because knits don't come unraveled. Lots of embellishment techniques to create a look for yourself, your child or your home that's unique and artistic.

It starts with an introduction to fabric types and tips for sewing using a sewing machine with those fabrics, how to clip seams , use foldover elastic and ideas for thrift store shopping.

The instructions are very complete. If you're a novice sewer, you'll want to read through the chapters in order to understand how to put together the basic patterns before you get into the embellishments.

The clothes I wear the most are comfortable jersey knit skirts and dresses, and I like things that are easy to make and can be made with thrifted finds. Chapter 2 is Finding Your Fit- starting with how to take measurements, then using a well-fitting teeshirt your willing to cut up to use to make basic patterns. You will learn how to make a pattern for an a-line skirt that will fit perfectly with an elasticized waistband and how to make dress patterns with different necklines using the teeshirt pieces. The patterns use jersey knits for easy sewing.

Chapter 3 is Five Basic Designs. While there are several projects for children in this book, these patterns are for adults. They explain different sleeve types, and the patterns are easy wear casual pieces with lots of style.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best sewing book ever! August 22, 2012
By debra
i had my doubts when i first got this book, as i've seen so many sewing books that are, well, blah...but was i impressed! it totally takes the fear out of sewing your own way. i kinda like doing something original and not having a whole lot of structured (read difficult) instructions and rules when i'm creating, and this book is just the ticket. i've never really made a clothing pattern of my own before, and within a couple of days, i had read through, drew up a pattern, and created the 4-panel dress, and it fits great, looks great, and it was really easy and fun-no kidding! i've converted a top into a cardigan, and i'm just getting ready to make a couple of skirts, and i've only had the book for about a week and a half! it is truly inspirational! if you love to sew, or you want to learn to make really cute, on trend clothing and other items, in a relaxed, creative, and non-stress-inducing kind of way, this is the book for you! you will not be disappointed by this book, trust me!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational May 14, 2012
I bought the book a few days ago and have paged through it several times already. A friend who was visiting saw it and bought it the next day. It's beautifully put together and shows a lot of thought and talent behind it. I can't imagine anyone who reads it not being inspired to take on a project or two. Personally, I'm a make-it type person and I've always wanted to figure out how I could refashion old t-shirts. Now I've got several ideas in mind and can't wait to get started.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Create Your Wardrobe! September 21, 2012
This book is simply fun and inspirational!

I have some knowledge about knits and have been sewing several years, and wanted to get into garment making. This book really breaks it down and makes it easy. Being a creative right brain person ,sometimes books are not the thing for me, this book really breaks down and makes it easy. I have never made a pattern before but after this book I have made a dress, and two knit shirts! I am now cutting up my old shirts that were loved and worn and creating new shirts and dresses that will last!
Are you tired of buying knits that are too see through and don't last from the department stores. I have been getting tired of investing my money and throwing my clothes out after a few wears, ridiculous! Now I can create my own shirts, and dresses and know the knits are quality, and quality made.

Also check out there beautiful step by step videos on
Worth the investment and can help and inspire a beautiful and simple wardrobe!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars improbable, not improv August 15, 2012
By kk
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Making whole garments without hems, structure, reinforcement at seams, and then showing pictures of people in these garments with nary a bulge, bra or panty line indicates if you are going to make clothes out of scraps of fabrics, plan to invest in amazing undergarments, or really nice photo retouching, or only making garments for cardboard type of figure.
I bought this book after seeing an article to make a large t shirt into a sleeveless dress in another magazine and actually did this project with my daughter, and went well. So when I bought the book, this is what I was looking for. There are many comments in the book on repurposing clothes, etc, but the projects shown are more about using jersey, and don't appear to be redone t shirts, and so forth. And the sleeves that I struggled with as a beginning sewer back in the day are glossed over, and generally not included, and so the tops or dresses are frequently sleeveless, and the armholes have no finish, nor do the neckline.
The accessories that are done in a haphazard method are pleasant, and strike and interesting modern approach to embelleshment, but the garments are not anything that would hold up to washing, nor would you actually want to wear them for anything other than pajamas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Temporary clothing
Fairly good how-to directions for a new seamstress/ter. But most designs use jersey knit and most projects are unfinished - temporary clothing at best.
Published 1 month ago by Johanna Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars Now, to the Thrift Store for more T-shirts!
This book is so cool, and right up my alley in its laid back approach. I will probably hand sew everything, since I don't have a machine right now, but I appreciate the authors'... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea Marquis
1.0 out of 5 stars Improv?
When I think of improvisation I think of those who have hewned their skills to the point where they can take any chance creatively and make it work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary G.
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
Good bussiness n very nice products. Come fast . i ll look for more products for my projects soon.tks a lot
Published 2 months ago by Mysterious
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas!
This really revs up my creative juices. I'm very pleased with this book. I love to cut up old clothes and refashion them into new. Highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by holly a sarver
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Some nice ideas.
Nothing radical.
I don't really have that much more to say about it, good or bad.....
Nice pics..
Published 4 months ago by tracym
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent & Accessible Foundation For Novices
The most descriptive thing I can impart on you about this book, is that they make what can be very confusing concepts very, very simple to understand. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sparrow By The Rail Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for a fun project
These are easy and fun projects for my daughter who likes to wear things that are a little bit different.
Published 6 months ago by Marjorie S. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information
I got alot of good information from this beautiful book, glossy, insite on knits, I would have like to seen models in plus sizes. Every item is easy to design for yourself. Read more
Published 7 months ago by shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Cotton-Jersey Maniacs!
When I was in college, it was a "look" to take a pair of scissors to a cotton jersey tee, re-do the neckline, cap the sleeves or make it midriff-baring. Read more
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