Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains, and More Paperback – May 8, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
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 the co-author of Improv Sewing, 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.
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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 Creativebug.com
Worth the investment and can help and inspire a beautiful and simple wardrobe!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own, purchase and borrow a large amount of craft/art/creative/design/skill books. However, I can't always afford such luxuries, so I am EXTREMELY picky. Read morePublished 7 days ago by ★ThinkB4uComment★
I started out sewing almost exactly one year ago knowing zilch about sewing machines or sewing. I have taken three classes in sewing over this year and have made two pajama pants,... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jenny
It's a nice book, but I wanted more projects dealing with women's clothing. Has some very good tips for sewing general items that are upcycled.Published 1 month ago by Debra A Burke
Found this at library then purchased - great patterns and sewing tips! Look forward to using this as a resource for years to come. Fun contemporary designs.Published 8 months ago by LoveBugRadio
I love this book! It provides clear instructions and the designs are gorgeous---Thank you!Published 11 months ago by K. Scanlon
Oh I am soooo impressed with this book. I always wanted to sew and the other books were soooo technical that I was scared off. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tanya Alexander
Very helpful hints. Thanks for the prompt service and great price.Published 16 months ago by Mahatmeru10