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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2010
I just finished tracing and cutting out the pattern pieces for dresses, tunics and skirts for my daughter. The layout is wonderful and I appreciate that the pieces translate from one garment to the next. This makes it so much easier to build a wardrobe on a budget and limited time. I'll write more once I get things sewn.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2010
I love the styles, the ease, the advice, the creativity -- I have made 2 different skirts so far, and am ready to tackle the linen and silk jacket. This book has been inspiring, easy-to-use, and the clothes have fit great, and look like they come from a fancy boutique.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2011
I am very very new to sewing. I bought a machine about a month and 1/2 ago, and a handful of beginner patterns and a "how-to" book. I tried at a few Simplicity patterns, but was mostly unsuccessful because of the lack of detailed instructions. I purchased this book after drooling over the cover picture for a couple of weeks. My expectations were somewhat low, but I read all the instructions for the basic tunic and skirt before I went out and purchased some fabric for my first go. I wish, I WISH I had read this book and tried some patterns before ever attempting any thing else. The instructions are so easy--and illustrated--and if you have any questions this author has a blog and a very in-depth tutorial of the skirt online. My tunic has turned out beautifully and I cannot wait to tackle the skirt (I have a tutorial for it ONLINE!!) A beginner would benefit hugely from this book on how to finish beautiful seams, how to install a hidden zipper (I even did it without a zipper foot!), and how to make perfect gathers. I love that her garments are segmented, so you can use many different fabrics for a patchwork look, or you can use one one or two for a more conservative, but very professional and tailored appearance. VERY VERY highly recommend this book. The patterns and ideas alone are worth quadruple the price of the book. At least.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2011
I've already made the tunic dress from this book. It is very chic! The pattern sizes go from XXS to XXL but the XXL = a store-bought Size 14. I just added an inch width wide down the center of the front and back from top to bottom for a size 16 and it worked out great. I found that there is really no need for a side zipper. It will fit right over your head.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2010
I think I will be making a skirt, dress and adorable jacket from this book. My one small gripe would be the lack of option to line the jacket but I'm sure I can figure that out myself somehow. The basic patterns are lovely and there are so many options to make them different. Some of the styling is a little ruffled and floral for my tastes but the beauty of this is it gives you the freedom to choose your own detailing in your own style. Fantastic value book when you consider the number of (want! need!) patterns it gives you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
I love this book! Even if you do not use the patterns in the book, you can apply all of the fresh design ideas to any commercial pattern.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
First problem, the patterns in this book come printed in the thinnest possible tissue paper. It is very messy to open the sheets of paper in order to be able to copy the patterns. Also, a bit difficult to figure which pattern corresponds to which garment; the author could have made it clearer. Also, most dresses looked quite childish, so if you passed 30 you probably won't like the baby doll-looking dresses with baby doll sleeves; too much "doll" for my taste! Some interesting clothes, but such a hassle to copy them, I simply gave up. I am glad I got it from the library before I bought it. (Do the same and make sure you will like it before you spend the $.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
I have been sewing for 50 years and this is the best sewing book I have ever purchased.
The directions are so clear and easy to follow and I learned some new, clever techniques.
I have had issues with patterns fitting as my body shape changes, so I was thrilled with
the section on pattern alterations and even more thrilled when the skirt fit perfectly!
Finally, with her creative, but simple suggestions for varying the patterns, I can't wait to start the next project!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
I love this book. I have made several of the skirts and going to work on the dresses and jackets next. I love the way it's laid out. The pattern size is right on! The photos and instructions are great!
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
This book had some really cute ways to change up a pattern for a 6 gore skirt. The basic skirt has a series of variations -- with pocket, without pocket, with a bottom band, ruffles etc. I like the way prints are combined, the designer seems to really like to play with color and prints. So I did find the book interesting, but not really informative as far as actual construction or alterations -- though it was fine in these areas there are however, books that are better suited to pattern alteration and fittings. I am glad I bought the book, I enjoyed it. I believe there where 3 basic patterns (skirt, tunic) and then variations on those themes -- short tunic = top ...... long tunic= dress that sort of thing. The styles reminded me of the late 60's and early 70's. It was a fun book.
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