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Provides step-by-step instructions for fitting women's patterns for all shapes and sizes, and presents techniques for sewing and creating personalized designs
From tissue-fitting pioneers Pati Palmer and Marta Alto comes a new book whose title says it all: The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting: Sew Great Clothes for Every Body! Fit Any Fashion Pattern.It's been 20 years since their last book about fitting and altering sewing patterns, Fit for Real People. For Palmer and Alto, that means 20 more years of hands-on learning and experience from fitting more "real people" of all shapes and sizes from around the globe. Having long ago dispensed with tedious measuring or making a muslin to check the fit of a sewing pattern, the authors have mastered the process of tissue-fitting. This means simply "trying on" the pattern's tissue pieces to check systematically for where to alter the pattern for a custom fit. The pattern pieces themselves become the "muslin.""Systematically" means following the tissue-fitting sequence they've developed and refined. It's a no-guess order of fitting that ensures success. The book reinforces this sequence since the alteration chapters themselves are ordered in the same sequence. Readers are instructed to start with length and width, move on to the back, check the neck and shoulders, all before even considering how the pattern fits in the bust. As they work through the pattern, sewers will alter the tissue and try on again until the tissue fits well. The book then instructs how to pin-fit the fabric for a final tweaking before sewing.The book explains all facets of pattern fitting and alteration to give readers the background and guidance they need to achieve a custom fit on any pattern from any company. Instructions include:* Take just one measurement to determine the right pattern size to buy. Find out what to do if you are between sizes or a different size top and bottom.* Make a "body map" with a close-fitting dress pattern to see how you differ from the "standard" on which sewing patterns are based.* Learn from "real people" examples of a variety of bodies and their individual alterations. * Use the book's new "wrinkle dictionary" to identify a needed pattern alteration. "Wrinkles point to the problem," say the authors, and now you can look up the page reference for a solution. * See how age can affect body shape, from preteen to octogenarian.* Take note of the latest sewing techniques for garment details that affect fit, such as darts, zippers and sleeves, for enhancing the look of a well-fitted garment.* Learn basic skills for designing or redesigning for myriad variations using the same pattern.Throughout the book, step-by step instructions are accompanied by full-color photography and a new style of technical art that is extremely clear. Short captions explain each illustration.As a bonus, the authors detail the evolution of ready-to-wear and pattern sizing over the past century, along with their own history in pioneering the art and practice of tissue-fitting.
Kids can sew too! This inspiring guide includes 21 fun sewing projects for children ages 5 and up. With easy-to-follow illustrated instructions and cut-out patterns, young crafters will quickly be sewing up colorful pillows, potholders, dolls, blankets, and more. These kid-tested projects require only minimal supervision and most can be made using simple hand stitches, so no sewing machine is required. With plenty of encouragement and helpful tips, Sewing School ® helps young sewers develop their skills while sparking a passion that will last a lifetime. Also available in this series: Sewing School ® 2,Sewing School ® Fashion Design, Sewing School ® Quilts, and Sewing School ® Box Set.
2020 weekly Planner special designed for Sewing, Quilting, or Crafting Lovers! A perfect Daily & Weekly Planner for Track your day-to-day activity, daily tasks or notes, things to remember. This 135 Pages, 8.5" × 11" large-sized planner is both practical and easy to use. With 52 Weekly/Daily schedule views, 2 pages/week, each weekly calendar is divided into seven-day plans, in addition to planning the daily itinerary, you can also write down the weekly plans. There are also rooms for priorities, victories for the week and looking ahead to next week. In addition, there are left blank lined pages to jot down notes or capturing ideas. There are also included 15 pages of personal expense tracker to record the amount of money spent. This is a lovely Sewing & Quilting weekly planner and organizer book makes a perfect gift for all Sewing lovers. Great for moms, friends, coworkers, boss, family members. Make a great gift for the new year's resolution planning and goal setting. 2020 Weekly Planner Details 12 months, January 2020 to December 2020 2020 at a glance calendar page 52 Weekly/Daily Detailed Schedules 13 pages - blank Wide Ruled Lined Notes 15 Pages - personal expense tracker Stylish Soft Matte Cover Grab one for yourself and one for your friends. Let's get organized!
Lauren Gardner has been sewing, partly out of necessity, since her teens. Now the busy social worker supplements her income with her unique handmade clothing. Designing her best friend’s wedding gown, however, has been her hardest project to date. In addition, her cheating ex-fiancé, Doug, is back in town just as Lauren is becoming reacquainted with Bryan Dawson, a friend from high school. Juggling her growing attraction to Bryan, dealing with Doug’s manipulations, and meeting the challenges at work and at her beloved local food pantry are stretching Lauren to the limit. The usually composed counselor is implementing the anxiety-management techniques she advises her clients to use! The flagship in Bryan’s family business, Mohr’s Department Store, is in desperate financial trouble. He wonders if Lauren’s designing talent could be the key to rebranding Mohr’s as a destination for women’s special occasion clothing. But Lauren bristles when she feels Bryan is courting her with the goal of using her to save the store. Other life complications are also in play for Lauren—a troubled young client is keeping secrets, the food pantry is at a crisis point, and a management shake-up results in a new supervisor with little regard for Lauren’s clinical work. Bryan comes to realize that Lauren’s devotion to her family, friends, and profession makes her the most attractive woman he’s ever met. Her dark good looks don’t hurt either. As they work together to deal with their obstacles, will they discover that helping the one you love can create a team that will last forever?
Whether you want to make a quilt, reupholster a chair seat, or fix a hem, sewing is one of the most essential and useful skills you can master. But if you've never even turned on a sewing machine before, learning to sew can seem like a daunting task. Not anymore! Geared toward the absolute beginner, Idiot's Guides®: Sewing teaches the basics of sewing in a series of lessons using full-color, step-by-step illustrated instructions that enable the reader to clearly see how every technique is executed, from threading a sewing machine to creating a buttonhole and reading a pattern. The lessons are accompanied by practice projects, allowing the reader to try out their newly learned skill. As the lessons become more advanced, so do the projects, giving the reader instant gratification as they become more proficient as they learn and have the motivation to keep going. In addition, Idiot's Guides®: Sewing includes over a dozen unique projects for beginner and intermediate-level sewers. This completely illustrated guide is an essential tool for any person who wants to learn to sew. Features include: - Tailored to the beginner who has never used a sewing machine before, with clear, easy-to-understand instructions. - Comprehensive, step-by-step, color instructions teach all the basic techniques of sewing, from threading a machine to various stitches and construction. - Practice projects throughout help the reader learn and practice techniques. - Handy guides teach how to read a pattern, choose and prepare fabrics, create seams and finishes, and more.
Objects sewn with all-natural fabrics have an unmistakable look and feel that makes them stand out from the “ordinary.” Natural fabrics are more interesting, almost always more comfortable, and they lend themselves wonderfully to all sorts of homemade projects. The simple sewing projects in this book offer home accessories made from linen, wool, and cotton. From aprons to blankets and lunch bags, each project will add a little bit of warmth and comfort to any home. Through clear instruction and easy-to-follow diagrams, all of these projects are perfect for the novice sewer; yet the sophisticated charmand utile nature of each item will also appeal to the more experienced seamster.Projects include:Linen: Sarong Apron, Handkerchief, Slouch Bag, Hand Towel,Wastebasket Cover, Duvet Cover, Pillow Case, Kitchen Cloth, Fruit Bag, Apron Wool: Muffler, Socks, Room Shoes, Blanket, Bottle Cover, Lap Blanket, Messenger’s Bag Cotton: Jumper,Wall Pocket, Bath Mat, Small Bag, Sweets Mat, Lingerie Case, Lunch Bag, Parent and Child’s Bag

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