Sew Serendipity: Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear (Anglais) Reliure à spirales – 30 juillet 2010
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This fantastic book includes tissue pattern inserts for making the skirt, tunic/dress and jacket, each with 6 variations totalling 18 ways to show off your skills and style.
Key techniques and project variations:
Sewing Techniques - Pressing Intentional Creases
- Double Topstitching
- Installing an invisible Zipper
- Adding Facings
- Making Gathers
- Using a Ruffler Attachment
Skirts - General Construction
- Applique Skirt
- Tailored Skirt
- Multi-Fabric Skirt
- Three-Fabric Skirt
- Ruffled Skirt
- Floral Skirt
Tunics & Dresses - General Construction
- Damask Tunic
- Ruffle-Trimmed Tunic
- Frayed Tunic Dress
- Geometric Tunic Dress
- Flirty Tunic Dress
- Romantic Floral Tunic Dress
Jackets - General Construction
- Silk & Linen Jacket
- Parisian Jacket
- Cozy Wool Jacket
- Denim and Faux Fur Jacket
- Classic Tailored Jacket
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Le livre comprend les patrons en taille réelle, avec les surplus de couture inclus dans les pièces. Ces patrons sont sur des feuilles séparées dans une petite enveloppe à la fin du livre, donc pas de problème pour les décalquer et tracer.
Dernier détail sur la présentation: le livre bénéficie d'une belle couverture rigide, mais à l'intérieur les pages sont reliées par des spirales. L'avantage de ce procédé, c'est que le livre reste bien ouvert à la page choisie, donc on peut tranquillement utiliser ses 2 mains pour travailler tout en se référant au livre à chaque étape.
Passons au contenu. Le principe du livre est de fournir quelques modèles de base (jupe, tunique/robe, veste) dans une large gamme de tailles (du 36/38 au 50) et de proposer un certain nombre de variations de ces modèles, avec différents niveaux de difficulté.
Les variations concernent soit la longueur du vêtement, soit des petits détails tels que le choix des tissus, la présence de volants, de broderie etc. Ainsi, avec peu de modèles, qui par ailleurs sont relativement simples, on peut réaliser un grand nombre de vêtements différents.Lire la suite ›
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I booked myself into a private six week class and I was not impressed. The tutor was a dragon, I couldn't do anything right, the clothes never fitted and I gave up after about four weeks. Eventually I taught myself to sew, but I found it a difficult, tedious task to accomplish. I wasn't ever really satisfied with much of the clothing that I made for myself, though I did become pretty good at making clothing for my toddlers. And of course, my passion for patchwork and quilting came from the wonderful scraps left from dressmaking.
Krause Publications recently sent me a complimentary copy of Sew serendipity (Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear) by Kay Whitt. After reading this publication I wish I had access to a book such as this when I was taking my first learn-to-sew steps.
My first delight occurred on opening this book and seeing the extensive chapter on Custom Fitting. I realise that this is a very important part of dress making - without custom fitting, the garments aren't going to fit as well as you'd like. This chapter is comprehensive and written in user friendly language and covers important topics such as Steps to a Custom Fit, Taking Measurements, Making the Muslin and Adjusting the Fit. I really could have used this advice 30 or more years ago.
Kay Whitt then goes on to address the important tools of the trade. Not only how to use your sewing machine and sewing tools, but the accessories and indispensable notions that are available these days to give your creations a professional finish.
Sewing Techniques are then addressed. Kay not only offers great instructions for constructing the garments, but delivers some great advice for the best practice of the not so standard techniques that are very popular in fashion today, such as Pressing Intentional Creases, Double Top Stitching, Making Gathers and so forth.
The publication then includes various Skirt, Tunic & Dress and Jacket patterns (with full sized patterns sitting in a pretty pocket at the back of the book). But these patterns are very modern, and suitable for all skill levels.
I really like the way this book has been thought out. I particularly like the language that is used to describe complicated instructions. The graphics and photographs are fabulous and the overall feeling of the book is that the garments are accomplishable.
As most readers to my reviews know, I just love a book that is spirally bound, and this has been achieved spectacularly. The book sits flat, and is a good size for instant glimpsing at whilst sitting on the edge of your sewing table.
This book would make a great reference book in your library and a great gift to that young person starting out with dressmaking and developing a style of their own.
Oftentimes sewing books will feature only a few really nice projects but I love ALL the designs in this book and can't wait to get sewing.
Not just skirts, this book also features, tunics, dresses and jackets. The designs are chic, stylish, modest and totally wearable.
Full sized tissue patterns from XXS to XXL are included and the custom fitting and sewing techniques will be a welcome addition to the new or inexperienced sewer.
The directions are thorough with plenty of drawings along the way and the lay flat binding a big plus. The layout of the book is charming and fun.
I am very pleased with this purchase --it was an impulse buy that turned out to be a winner!
But I was disappointed that what is supposed to also be a book about making tops, dresses and jackets fails -- miserably -- to measure up in those other areas.
Again, it's a great book about making skirts, and lot of attention is paid in the early chapters on precisely cutting and sewing skirts that fit an individual's waist and hips. That's fine as far as it goes -- and as any seamstress will tell you, making skirts is relatively easy (notice I said relatively). But the real fitting instructions stop there. I wish the author had devoted half as much to the top/dress and jacket patterns, where achieving a precise, custom fit is more problematic because of variances in women's shoulder slopes and bust size and position.
It's frustrating, and not at all what one is led to expect, because the book even says, on page 11, that "even if you wear a size medium and your best friend does too, your bodies are simply not the same." The author goes on, on same page, to deride "most pattern companies" for "picking a standardized length" for things such as "shoulder slope." But she is guilty of the same sin! The patterns in the book assume that every woman wearing them has the same shoulder slope, and needs the bust-darts at the same depth and in the same position. Nowhere in the book are there suggestions, instructions, or provisions for changing these things. Instead, the chapters on tops and dresses and jackets emphasize cutting and placing pockets and collars and pleats and gathers -- embellishments, basically (maybe to distract the eye from the imprecise fit).
The tops (referred to as "tunics" throughout) and dresses differ from one another only in terms of length, and both have raglan sleeves, as does the jacket. The author says on page 14 that raglan sleeves "are super forgiving, and look great on just about anyone." Well, there are raglans and there are raglans -- some raglans slope more than other raglans, and every woman knows that not all are equally flattering: A slope that looks good on narrow shoulders can be too tight across broad shoulders, and one that flatters broad shoulders will bag on narrow ones. Not including detailed instructions on fitting raglans is a major oversight in this book, considering the extent to which it relies on them.
If you follow the instructions and make the garments in this book, you will end up with a gorgeous, custom-fitted skirt, but a top and jacket that fit you no better than ones you bought off the rack, or sewed directly from a regular commercial pattern.
I was a bit concerned that ruffly peasant style was not MY style, since I am old enough to have worn them the first time around I was worried that I was trying to wear stuff that was not "old" enough for me. But I receive complements whenever I wear my new stuff, and I used ruffles in moderation. Also, there are not just ruffly peasant style things in here, and peasant style might not be the correct term anyhow. The jacket is just fabulous, the skirts are easy and so variable. Every design in the book is so easy to vary and make your own, and I believe they are all flattering on any body. If you're in doubt, make a muslin first, which you should do anyhow.
This book is good for both those who have not done any garment construction sewing and those who have. Kay's instructions are easy to follow and nothing is difficult to do. There is something for everyone to learn, and even if you know it all already, it's fun to sew garments using fabrics you love and - like the title says - fresh designs!
There are some techniques like "intentional creases" that I had not done before, and I had never used a ruffler attachment. Was it ever fun! I was familiar with making a muslin first and did that with my first dress from the book, it is SO helpful and instructional as to how the designer's pattern fits YOU and how to tweak it to be perfect. I couldn't believe how nice fitting and comfortable my first dress was, I wore it all day long and love how it looks on me.
There are pictures of the garments being worn by models who run the range of sizes given - from small to XL so you can see how they look on everyone. There are basic construction pages then instructions specific to each particular variation. Color photographs and line drawings, I think everything is easy to understand and follow. The patterns are tissue and in a sturdy envelope in back. The spiral binding lies flat. I loved using this book and the patterns and designs.
I liked these designs so much that I bought some of Kay's other patterns and have been sewing for the past two months. It's like an infection I can't get rid of, but that's OK with me! Kay has plenty of other designs on her website, including hand bags. I'm thinking that I now need bags made to match my new outfits.....