- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (May 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856697991
- ISBN-13: 978-1856697996
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is a book for any sewer who wants to learn how to design simple women's clothing pieces without a pattern.
No, this book is not only for people under 25. The collections she photographed in the book are her collections. The only one I would wear is the black and white collection with modifications.
But that's not the point, nor is that the magic in this book. The magic is that you pick your own fabric choices, accessories, and modifications that you like best. This is how you create a wardrobe that you would actually wear.
For instance, I plan to make the straight skirt in a maxi length, the trousers with a wider leg, various versions of the cloak and hoodie, the jumper with wide straps, the skater skirt in a longer version and both as a circle and a square, and the goddess dress in a maxi length. And I'm in my 40's and wear modest clothing.
I'm especially looking forward to adding my own embellishments, like piping, linings, color blocking, etc. just to see what I can come up with!
My only complaint is that the clothing would have looked a lot better in the photos if the pieces had been ironed, and better models were used.
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.