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DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection Paperback – May 16, 2012
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Rosie Martin is the director of creative fashion label DIYcouture, which showcases her signature method of explaining sewing with colourful, visual instructions. Rosie also runs clothes-making workshops in London. She has also styled and made costumes for music videos on both sides of the Atlantic and worked as a machinist for Kylie Minogue's dance troupe.
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The book has a nice layout. There is a section at the beginning illustrating sewing techniques used for the garments. Then, there's an overview of the 10 different garments, with a section of photos showing eight variations of the garments. The following 10 sections are by garment, with instructions on how to make them in the different variations. The book has no patterns to trace, but rather step-by-step illustrations on how to lay out your fabric, adjust for sizing (most based on tracing or measueing garments that already fit you well), cutting and sewing. Most garments use basic sewing techniques, such as binding, hemming and zipper placement.
I think this book would be great for seamstresses of all skill levels. Beginners, especially, could learn handling fabrics, practicing stitches and just getting a feel for garment sewing in general.
Overall, a great addition to my sewing library. I can't wait to try the hoodie and Grecian dress! The Grecian dress, especially, could easily become a wardrobe staple for the summer.
If you haven't sewn much but want to start right away with fun creative stuff, this is a great way to develop an appetite for sewing and designing.
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This is a book for any sewer who wants to learn how to design simple women's clothing pieces...Read more