- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Paperback with Flaps edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4805313072
- ISBN-13: 978-4805313077
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
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Stylish Skirts: 23 Easy-to-Sew Designs to Flatter Every Figure Paperback – June 3, 2014
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"Long or short, pleated, straight, ruffled, or gathered, skirts are fabulous fashion stables to have on hand…and with the patterns in Stylish Skirts, you're sure to find something to flatter every body type. Perfect for beginners and advanced sewists, these patterns are easy to follow and will work with all kinds of fabric. If you've been wanting to learn to sew your own clothes, now is the time…and this book will help you every step of the way." —FaveCraft blog
"There are 23 skirts to make […] you can custom the skirts to fit you perfectly!" —Japanese Sewing Books blog
"With 23 skirt styles to sew, there is bound to be something for just about everyone […] From A-line skirts to balloon skirts and a variety of lengths this book has skirts pretty well covered. There are several great ideas for embellishing the skirts as well" —Sweeter Than Cupcakes blog
"[…] with 23 choices available, almost every one of them something I would wear […] Stylish Skirts is definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a skirts fan like I am!" —Crafty Staci blog
"I do love all these designs. Sato Watanabe always has some great added detail that elevates the simplest garment." —CraftyPod blog
"So the radically different thing about this book is that there are no pattern sheets. You can see a sampling of the skirts included in the book above, and as I browsed through the styles, trying to decide which one to sew, it finally hit me that the instructions were for drafting the skirt patterns from scratch. […] Perhaps because I started the skirt late at night, it took me a lot longer than I estimated, but it's an utterly straightforward skirt to sew, and I really, really like it. Maybe even love it. It's casual with interesting bits (there are varying sized panels gathered in different parts of the skirt), and it's an ideal summer item. Maxi skirts are the best." —Sanae Ishida blog
"[…] there is great inspiration and many of the projects will get your own creative wheels turning, and you may find yourself getting lots of ideas for your own individualized projects from the book. […] There are 23 in all . So if you love skirts, you are in luck!" —Sew Country Chick blog
"I enjoyed this book and all the different styles and patterns it had […] instead of having patterns to trace, each skirt has a pattern with instructions for drafting. This is perfect for someone who likes to jump right into working with the fabric instead of doing lots of pattern-work first." —Feather's Flights blog
About the Author
Designer Sato Watanabe specializes in simple, elegant homemade couture with room for a touch of individuality. She studied clothing and accessory design at the Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to cooking and sewing books.
Top customer reviews
Other pattern pieces will be easy enough to use the slash and spread method. If you have an A-line skirt in the wardrobe that fits well use it to work out your alterations to pattern pieces
The 12 panel skirt is easily adapted to larger sizes by adding extra panels as required - just make sure you buy enough fabric.
All in all the book has some very easy skirt patterns and some you can include more technical details like the embroidery work to personalize.
I like that a lot of the skirts have a zipper closure and then a waistband casing with a drawstring tie so that they accommodate various sizes (but what are the sizes they fit???).
Am looking forward to making some skirts ready for next spring.
The one thing that would have been very useful that is not mentioned in any of the patterns is measurements of the finished garments, specifically the waist & hip measurements, which you need when drafting to accommodate a larger size than the pattern may accommodate. It is this important oversight that has made me only give 4 stars to what is essentially a great pattern/idea source book..
While the one drawback to the Japanese style pattern book is that you have to actually draw the patterns out yourself onto pattern paper, this practice in itself makes it easier to personalize a pattern. I wish U.S. publishers would start making this type of book.