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Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide with 25 Fabulous Original Designs, Including 10 Patterns Spiral-bound – November 8, 2007
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"This is the sewing book I've been waiting for! Like the hippest home-ec teacher on the planet, Diana Rupp guides readers through every step of the process. It's fun, it's inspiration, it's everything you need to know."
—Debbie Stoller, author of Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's hip (think Project Runway), it's hot (with a potential audience of 45 million), and it's coming from exactly the right publisher (remember Stitch 'N Bitch and Generation T). Introducing S.E.W, the beginning sewer's bible.
A reinvention of the postwar sewing how-to, here is a hold-your-hand guide that marries attitude and instruction, that speaks the language of today's crafters while teaching them everything they need to know from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern. Diana Rupp, the author, comes from a long line of crafters, and parlayed her passion into a career as the founder of Make Workshop, a unique DIY school that's been written about in Elle, Budget Living, BUST, Real Simple, Time Out, Vogue Patterns, and more. In S.E.W, Rupp brings the workshop home: buying the right machine; setting up a space and furnishing it with the right tools; introducing fabrics—manmade vs. natural fibers, wovens vs. knits, color theory, buying vintage fabric on eBay; the art of laying out a pattern and cutting; and becoming one with your machine, from best posture to seam allowances, buttonholes, zippers, and the finer points of hand-sewing.
Then comes the fun: 25 amazing projects, 8 with patterns included, all handled with clear, step-by-step instructions—gingham wrap skirt, gauchos, drawstring pants, silky top, downtown hobo/laptop bag, patchwork throw, dog sweater, unisex boxers, vintage apron, more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is, I think, filled with very good information on technique, and is aimed primarily at the beginner (that's me). And, there are some patterns, for garments mostly, included, and they seem to be real patterns.
I'm stumped at step 12 shown in the accompanying photo here. The other pic is to show you my fabric.
The pluses: Very clear, concise and step-by-step instructions. The book doesn't assume you know anything, which I really appreciate. Having the book AND the Craftsy class that I could watch (and re-watch, and re-watch...) was helpful for my learning style. I feel like I now have a pretty good grasp on some basics.
The minuses: Very few! It's been pretty slow and tedious for me to learn some of the main skills but that's not the book's fault. I'd really like to see the patterns in the book updated to reflect more modern trends. For example, high-waisted skirts, crop tops, vintage styles etc... Most of the patterns in the book look pretty dated and look very "I MADE THIS" as opposed to something more professional. On a similar note, the author has her patterns written in such a way to reflect "modern" fit (i.e. vanity sizing) which think is a mistake, because I'd prefer to get a feel right from the get-go what I can expect from "real" patterns at the store.