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Sew What! Fleece: Get Comfy with 35 Heat-to-Toe, Easy-to-Sew Projects! [Kindle Edition]

Carol Jessop , Chaila Sekora
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Book Description

Don't be hemmed in by traditional patterns! The Sew What! series introduces you to a whole new sewing style — free-form, improvisational, and self-expressive. With no prior experience, you can easily create simple, colorful wearables using not much more than a tape measure, some fabric, and a basic sewing machine.

In Sew What! Fleece, designers Carol Jessop and Chaila Sekora have created 30 fleecy projects with endless possibilities for personal variations. Plush hats, scarves, wraps, and jackets offer superior warmth when cold weather hits. Yoga pants, a robe, and adorable baby accessories, including booties, buntings, and blankets, are excellent projects for fleece so thin, it's hard to believe it's fleece. And what collection of fleece projects would be complete without a few dog accessories? Doggie Do Rags, a collar, and a jacket are quick to sew and guaranteed to please the most discriminating canine.

A creative approach, playful photographs, and super-simple instructions give you the confidence to try every project and experiment with personal touches and embellishments. Sewing is officially fun again!

Editorial Reviews


“The cozy pieces include something for everyone, from the whimsical to the practical, and even a novice will find the instructions encouraging.”



From the Back Cover

Give Fleece a Chance!

Feeling hemmed in by fragile fabrics and complicated patterns? Versatile, forgiving fleece allows you to skip right past difficult linings, traditional seam finishes, and tedious ironing. So choose a project, add a touch of personal flair, and SEW YOUR OWN STYLE!

Product Details

  • File Size: 7504 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WTQ4EQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wearable and Workable! February 11, 2008
I love the Sew What! Skirts book, but didn't think I'd be too interested in the fleece book. I was very suprised! In spite of the projects being made of fleece, everything is cute and wearable. Projects range from the very simple scarf to a peplum jacket. The book also includes a few baby and pet pattens. Just like the skirts book, the projects rely on making your own pattern based on a formula and your own measurements. The instructions are very clear and give you plenty of help when it comes to tweaking fit.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect find for pattern haters December 29, 2008
I've been frustrated with the way commercial patterns never, ever fit my body, and nothing bums me out more than buying a pattern only to spend all kinds of time and energy modifying it to look right. "Sew What! Fleece" breaks garment construction down to a matter of connecting the dots, and gives me hope that I can learn enough tricks to start skipping patterns altogether. Oh, and pssst...if you don't like fleece (not a big fan myself) these patterns and ideas work beautifully with your fabrics of choice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I'm about to make the fleece vest for my daughter. I didn't think I'd like having to do all the measuring myself to make the pattern. It's really simple, tho. The vest is a gift and I didn't have dd here with me to take measurements from, so I've taken measurements from a ready made fleece garment. I also made the leprechaun baby booties and hat as a baby present. They are adorable, even if you don't make all the ribbon embellishments that they show. The booties came out fine. The hat seemed way too small, but I was just guessing at measurements, since that too is a gift. This even has a pattern for a fleece skirt. Don't think I would make that one, but mittens, scarves, shrug, jackets, vests, robe...all look great. Including the adorable baby stuff. Oh, and I can't forget the fleece PJ pants. There's alot here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great projects with a great fabric! June 2, 2008
Sew What! Fleece is a fabulous book of simple designs and complete, clear directions to allow you to make whatever your imagination dictates in the most easy-to-work-with fabric in the world!

All the time-consuming over-edging, pressing, etc. that keep you from finishing your project fast are not required here. And the fabric is the most luxurious, comfy fabric in the world!

Isn't it about time that you were able to treat yourself to the perfect fleece outfit -- without searching endlessly through the shops and paying outrageous prices?

Ladies (AND Gentlemen) -- add this wonderful book to your collection and all your soft, warm, flee-cee dreams in the world will come true!

Don't hesitate for one moment to buy the book for yourself or a friend!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended pick for any collection February 3, 2008
Feeling hemmed in by fabrics that are hard to work with and complicated patterns that go beyond the usual skillset? SEW WHAT! FLEECE offers easy tips on projects which move beyond hard seam finishes and linings to encourage the creation of a personal style. Over thirty projects for all kinds of fleece clothing from skirts and tops to pants provide beginners with easy yet contemporary clothing construction projects. A highly recommended pick for any collection catering to beginning sewers looking for forgiving fabric and easy projects.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun ideas for experienced - or at least bold - sewers September 29, 2011
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Fair warning: this is not really a pattern book, this is a "how to make your own pattern" book. Time for brutal honesty: I am a lazy sewer who really hates messing with patterns. I love to tell myself that I am good enough and smart enough to make my own and not have to deal with all those confusing darts and diamonds and whatnot. But I am also not very experienced, and must admit that in practice I've never had much success making anything more complicated than a hat with a drafted pattern. So I probably won't risk the time, fabric, and frustration of a pair of pants, fancy shirt, or skirt - even with as affordable and forgiving a fabric as fleece. That said, I did make an adorable hat for my infant daughter, a functional (if not elegant) poncho for myself, and gained inspiration for several other projects I may try and bite off when I have more time and space.
If you are experienced, brave, patient, or all three, then by all means use this book to learn how to draft a top or pants for yourself. But patterns are cheap, so you might prefer to simply browse this book for ideas, then buy a simple pattern for your actual project and up your chances of success by about 80%!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use September 30, 2011
By Sparrow
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Finding the right fit isn't an issue when you are making your own patterns. Easy to add extra seam allowances if you want to use a material, other then fleece, that is fray-able.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Kathy
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This is a really nice book with lots of good ideas, but the fact that you have to create your own patterns is
a huge draw back for me! I didn't think it would be such an issue....but it is. There's a darling jacket in bunch, and there are directions for making the pattern, but I guess I just don't have the place to start playing around with creating a pattern for the jacket. The book is great in its format with the spiral binding. IF you are not concerned about the challenge of making the patterns for the projects, then you will probably really enjoy it...but if you mind, you might want to look around for other books. Great quality, super price...not bad, just a bit of a draw-back for me with regard to the patterns.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars good book
Easy to understand for us who sorta sew but would like to learn more. Great instructions
I enjoyed this book
Published 2 months ago by jan
3.0 out of 5 stars Sew What Fleece Get Comfy
It had some nice things to make and ideas. But not as much as I thought it would have. Will use the few ideas I got from it.
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth Marschall
5.0 out of 5 stars New to sewing
I never knew Fleece was soooo easy to work with until I looked at this book. Great ideas and simple projects to make. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Vicki
4.0 out of 5 stars great looking projects
Great looking projects. Directions are clear. Wish it had a PJ top to go with the pants besides the kimono . Many ideas
Published 14 months ago by Merry Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars good interesting
some good ideas, good presentation, simple text, nice pics, easy to read format, binding will keep
could use more patterns but ok
Published 17 months ago by angelika
5.0 out of 5 stars You get to draw your own custom-fit patterns.
I thought this book included a pattern pack. It doesn't. It doesn't need it. I really like the designs in the book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know how to handle fleece and now am more comfortable with it
I purchased bundles of fleece then got intimidated. Now I have a good idea on how to use it? It is just like other fibers. Try it and see.
Published on February 8, 2013 by Lindern
5.0 out of 5 stars Sew What! Fleece
Cute book! Nice to have instructions on how to figure designs based on your own body measurements, along with tips for altering garments. Read more
Published on October 30, 2012 by Abssinth
5.0 out of 5 stars if you want to sew fleece this is a great little book.
Published on April 14, 2012 by sbk
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute ideas for Fleece.
I did however buy another book on fleece that I think is much better: Adventures With Polarfleece by Nancy Cornwell. Read more
Published on March 26, 2009 by Robin in Vermont
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