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Famous Frocks: Patterns and Instructions for Recreating Fabulous Iconic Dresses--10 Patterns for 20 Dresses in All! Hardcover – October 12, 2011
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About the Author
Hannah McDevitt has been affiliated with Stitch Lounge and Craft Haven Collective. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Kerrie Hess is a leading fashion illustrator who has illustrated for Neiman Marcus, Vogue, and Chanel.
Top Customer Reviews
First off, size large is 37 - 30.5 - 40.5. Which is not very large at all.... I knew this, as I had taken full advantage of the limited amount of preview pages... and it's fine for me, but it still annoys me! Why so limited? I usually make or buy a medium size, and don't consider people a size larger than me to be XL - so why do the writers? Is it only 37 busts that can wear iconic frocks? Hey - wait a minute - Bette Davis was busty! In fact, I wouldn't make her frock because I don't feel curvy enough!.... ahem....
Secondly, I was a bit disappointed with the use of knits in quite a few patterns - I didn't expect the Rita Hayworth, Farrah Fawcett and STevie Nicks designs all to be in knits. A wrap dress (Fawcett) doesn't have to be knit - Stevie Nicks - well, I expected something else, it's basically a tank dress with a handkerchief point skirt - but Rita Hayworth - hello? It would likely have been silk satin, but jersey???? Easy way out. Totally unimpressed with Diana Ross's so called frock - it's basically a bit T shaped tunic cut in one piece. Madonna's frock is the like a virgin corset topped tutu skirt look. Hepburn is the cover frock. Monroe is the famous white halter on a subway grating except the skirt is gored, not gathered. Twiggy is a A line mini - duh. Bette Davis is a nice one - lots of bias sections and a sleeve flounce that extends to the back. And Jackie O's is a dress with a fitted bodice and A-line skirt. Nice.
What I REALLY DON'T like is the use of fashion sketches to show the designs - have any been made up? If so, couldn't we see photos? If not, are the patterns any good???Read more ›
The book is pretty and glamorous and has decent illustrations and directions. I'm still glad I bought it, but if you are looking for authentic replicas, keep looking.
I think they went the "cheap" route with the entire book and what could have been a great book is just a huge disappointment.
I was expecting replicas of the iconic garments, not modern interpretations. The modern interpretations are fine, and I'll likely sew a few, it's just not what I had in mind when I purchased the book.
There are only 10 dresses - each design has two interpretation of the design.
I'm really, really disappointed that no photos of the actual sewn garments were included in the book. There are only illustrations. Lovely drawings, but still... The Big 4 pattern companies do that at times and I've learned to be leery of the patterns that do not include sewn samples. Sometimes there is something a bit off with the design. I really hope that's not why no samples are shown in this book.
Because I didn't pay full price I'll keep the book, but I can't help but feel just a bit cheated. Hopefully I'll sew one of the dresses, it will have a fabulous fit, turn out beautifully and I'll change my mind. One can hope, right?
I reworked the entire pattern to add the length and make it more like Marilyn's dress and I used tissue paper to trace the patterns so I could cut them out without destroying other patterns.
My dress turned out phenomenal but it was a challenge. I wouldn't recommend this book to a beginner because I really had to think out of the box to make these patterns work. But in the end I did get what I had wanted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my daughter who needed patterns for her college portfolio. Was a great inspiration. Would totally recommend.Published 16 months ago by Roseann & Robert Pistella
This book is easy to use, with clear directions and patterns that are accesible for a new sewer. The dresses are modern versions of vintage inspirations, which make them a lot... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jenn Goble
I may never make one of these frocks for myself but the concept is really fun. I'm hoping maybe for my grand daughter one day. Well written and nice illustrations.Published 23 months ago by nancy pennington
I absolutely love this book! I was expecting just a packet of patterns, but when it arrived it was so much more than that! Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Kindle Customer
An excellent resource. A wonderful selection of patterns to work with. Fashion changes but stays the same with a few minor changes.Published on October 15, 2013 by jennifer cravens
Kendra, our granddaughter cannot wait to choose dresses for her and her sister. She couldn't believe the patterns were included. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Laurel Jones
I love the patterns included in this book. I haven't made any yet so I can't address how well the patterns are written. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Vicki Embrey
This was not what I expected. All of the patterns were very similar to each other. I returned the product since I knew I would not use it.Published on June 2, 2013 by Diana E