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Sew stylish DIY dresses with an elegant flair using this easy-to-follow sewing book. For parties, weddings, banquets—any occasion that calls for that special dress—this is the book that lets you DIY sew something stylish and elegant, for a lot less than you'd pay for ready-made. These 26 dresses and separates range from short to long, from sweet to sophisticated, and from simple to dramatic to suit your mood, your style and the event. Beautiful photos feature garments sewn in a variety of elegant fabrics to inspire you to choose colors, prints and textures for a dress that is just right for you and for the moment. Sewing patterns include: Gathered-skirt dresses with lacy overlays Simple, elegant shifts and empire-waist styles An easy, flattering shirtwaist dress A pintucked smock style dress Shirt and blouse combos that allow you to mix and match Dresses sporting a few well-placed frills for a look that's both girly and subtle Little bolero jackets for when you want a little more coverage And more… Full-size sewing patterns are offered in six sizes and can be altered to suit most body shapes and personal measurements. The instructions and diagrams are easy to follow. Pick up the book and browse. They're some of the easiest, prettiest DIY sewing projects you'll ever make.
It is a common belief that Australians take little interest in their appearance. Yet from the first white settlement, clothing was of crucial importance to Australians. It was central to the ways class and status were negotiated and equally significant for marking out sexual differences. Dress was implicated in definitions of morality, in the relationship between Europeans and Aboriginal people, and between convict and free. This 1994 book, a history of the cultural practices of dress rather than an account of fashion, reveals the broader historical and cultural implications of clothes in Australia for the first time. It shows that the colonies did not always slavishly follow British fashion, and also looks at the impact of the gold field experience on Australian dress, the nature of local manufacturing and retail outlets, and the way in which rural men and their bush dress, rather than women's dress, became closely related to Australian identity.
Social Climbers by Evita de Gor is a hilarious tale of a family desperately seeking prestige and status among the worlds elite. Abraham Gold, a humble Polish migr, comes to Australia penniless. By dint of hard work, common sense and uncanny business acumen, within a few years he becomes an extremely wealthy property developer. Still, he continues to live frugally, quite content to see his constantly accumulating wealth. When he accidentally overhears a conversation about a possibility of buying an aristocratic title, he senses an opportunity to change his priorities and transform his life. After getting the necessary legal advice, he institutes a series of changes in his household. In comes the highly-recommended English butler, his residence is stylishly redecorated, and a brand new Rolls with a chauffer is ready to take Abraham and his family on a brand new adventure. As the story unfolds, the Golds experience a series of baffling setbacks and epiphanies. Their daughter, Rosie, is subjected to compulsory charm school, foreign language tutoring, European tours, and baffling beauty treatments. Various suitorsimpostors and real aristocratscompete for Ms. Golds plump hand. In the meantime, Abraham Gold has an affair with a young and voluptuous woman, who later turns out to be his sons fiance. Not to be outdone, Abrahams wife, Tania, surgically restores her youthful looks in order to better compete for her husbands fading charms. When Rosie eventually meets a man of her heart, it turns out that he is only a poor musician and a feverish search for a suitable beau must urgently resume. At long last, when Rosies wedding to an impoverished and thirty-something French comte is announced on the front pages of tabloids, it seems that the Golds have finally reached the pinnacle of high society. In a final plot twist, the wedding does take place in Venice, albeit with some unexpected changes in the cast of revelers. Throughout this heartwarming tale, the author deftly sketches all characters and cleverly resolves the stories of Abraham and Tania, Rosie and her real love, and various other members of the colourful Gold household.
Author of the bestselling I Love Your Style Amanda Brooks shares her personal stories, and sartorial highs and lows, from a life in fashion, with beautiful, eclectic, and inspired photographs throughout. An authentic voice in the world of style and how-to books, Amanda Brooks, with her unique and enviable yet accessible style, has inspired thousands of women of all ages to find their own personal look and explore their identity through the clothes they love to wear. In the past twenty years, Brooks has worked as a photo assistant for Patrick Demarchelier, a “gallerina” at the Gagosian Gallery, and at various fashion posts, before finding her dream job as fashion director for Barneys New York. Along the way—and wearing more than a few of the kinds of outfits we’ve all regretted at one point or another—Brooks has discovered the key to creating her personal style, combining influences as wide-ranging as childhood prep school, Grateful Dead concerts, contemporary artists, pop culture, and her current home outside of the fashion bubble, a farm where she lives with her family (and a host of animals) in England. Brooks recalls her early career aspirations and explores the evolution of her own personal style in stories of successes and failures alike, and offers fashion and beauty tips and inspiring photographs throughout. Always Pack a Party Dress is a must-read for high fashion or street style aficionados. In this gorgeously produced gift book, Brooks shares her expertise and insider view with warm, candid, and witty prose.
Counsels engaged couples on how to adhere to a wedding budget in spite of inflated prices and typical high-pressure scenarios, sharing hundreds of cost-saving tips for finding discounts for everything from gowns and flowers to invitations and honeymoon packages. Original.
From the former trendmaster of Target—how the power of contradictory trends can help reframe your business strategy Contradictions are everywhere! These days we wear Old Navy with new Gucci, Hanes T-shirts with Armani suits, couture Chanel with vintage denim. Suburban mansions are filled with flea market finds, and we show off our Michael Graves teakettle from Target on Viking stoves in our gourmet kitchens that might even include cabinets purchased from IKEA. When Robyn Waters began her career in the late 1970s, a trend was defined as something that everyone wanted at the same time. Fashion and business magazines proclaimed what was "in" and what was "out." Back then, it was fairly easy for companies to determine the next big trend, and ride it all the way to the bank. In today’s marketplace the "next big thing" has been replaced by a thousand next big things. And in order to discover what consumers are hungry for companies need to discover what’s important…to them. Today a cookie cutter approach no longer works. Waters explains that for every trend there’s an equally valid countertrend. In The Hummer and the Mini, Waters explores the new trend landscape and urges companies to stop looking for the one right answer in their industry. There are many good ways to design products, develop a line of goods, merchandise a store, or craft a marketing message. You can thrive by selling huge cars (the Hummer) or tiny ones (the Mini). You can turn something old into something new and desirable (the Vespa) or turn a commodity into a luxury (In-and-Out Burgers at the Oscars). You can even customize a product designed for the masses (personalized postage stamps) or sell less as more (Minute Clinics). Through lively tales of influential trends and countertrends, The Hummer and the Mini will show you how to live with the contradictions, make the most of the inconsistencies, and embrace the paradoxes of business as a source of fresh ideas.

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