Another brand new sewing pattern, McCalls semi-fitted knit dress introduces you to adding an easy flounce and invisible back zipper. Bettine Dress from Tilly and the Buttons is a simple to make pull-on dress with scoop neckline and elasticated waistline.
The plain skirt version is perfect for those new to sewing. The Marianne Dress from Christine Haynes is a casual knit dress with a figure skimming shape, round neckline and binding. This dress sits just above the knee. This woven dress is suitable for absolute beginners, and features this season's fashionable kimono sleeve. It also has a cinched waist courtesy of princess seams plus a handy bust pocket. Wear it by itself or with leggings and boots. It comes in sizes xxs-xxl so is a good choice to learn to work with lightweight fabrics. Burda features a series of patterns for throw-on double knit jersey or sweater knit casual jackets with wide collars.
Perfect for wearing in the car and when a large coat isn't comfortable. Selecting the right fabric can make or break a finished garment.
Avoid sewing patterns where you need to cut the fabric on the bias as this adds an element of stretch to the equation. Read the sewing pattern several times before doing anything. I know she meant to sound approachable, but it makes the book feel a bit flavor-of-the-month and less like a respectable sewing reference. Her section on f My biggest beef with this book is the writing style: I wish Ms. Her section on fabric types wasn't meant to be expansive but I still wish it had been more comparative. Descriptions are nice but less useful to people who don't have samples on hand to determine whether organza is lighter than chiffon.
I also wish that she hadn't snubbed quilting cotton wholesale.
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I thought it was odd that she passed over denin and chambray--the classic casual shirtwaist fabric--in her section on fabric types but included gingham, apparently because it's cute. Most gingham readily available today is either sloppily-woven faux homespun or awful cotton-polyester blend, and the stuff that isn't is usually, well, printed quilting cotton. Furthermore, if you're in the market for a crisp white cotton blouse, you cannot do better than Kona, which is opaque and an absolute dream to handle as anyone who does applique can tell you. I agree, too, with the reviewer I read somewhere Amazon?
Between the drawings and the photographs, there is an awful lot of Gertie in the book. Not that we don't like her, but she happens to have a figure that lends itself well to 's-style clothing, and those of us who have figures that don't would like to see what her designs look like when adapted, say, for my thin shoulders and low bust.
Page Half-size patterns ". Rather, petite patterns are sized in odd-number body measurements bust 37, for example instead of the even-number measurements bust 34, 36, etc. Petites are also proportioned a little differently to fit womanly figures. Juniors' patterns are given odd size numbers size 11, 13, etc. I have not yet had time to try the patterns but I like the way the directions are laid out, with necessary materials and "Key Skills" in a colored box on the first page of the project.
I wish, though, that Gertie had been standing in the picture of the drop-waisted cocktail dress so we could see what it looked like, and I wish overall that the dresses in the examples had been made of lighter fabrics without busy patterns so that their details would show up better. Bloggy language aside, this is a nice book overall and I think would be especially useful as a bridge book between beginner projects and more advanced and demanding dressmaking. I would say it's advanced-beginner level. Despite my kvetching, I'm not at all sorry I bought it. Readers will need to be familiar with standard sewing terms and comfortable with their machines but won't already need to have learned more than basic skills.
None of the information here is groundbreaking but she does a nice job of explaining not only what to do, but why it should be done. More advance seamstresses might want it just for the patterns, which are worth a lot more than the price of the book. Update: You know what? Scratch that. I think there is enough good advice here that can be found in other books. It was also pointed out to me that, despite what she says, there are some issues with the patterns.
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Most obviously, the waist darts didn't match up on at least one of the dresses the darts in the bodice didn't line up with the darts in the skirt , which is such a basic thing that it's an error that should never have been made. I sold the book. I have other sewing books and I know enough about what I'm doing that I don't need to store this one. Sep 22, Betty rated it liked it. The first part of this book is great. Lots of information on vintage sewing techniques explained in an easy to understand way.
The art for the book is spectacular. Sun Young Park is a wonderful talent and I look forward to seeing more of her work. The problems are centered around the patterns. First- the size chart doesn't have an accompanying figure to show you where exactly to measure yourself.
Not really a big deal except earlier Gertie talks about measuring and recommends using your high bus The first part of this book is great. Not really a big deal except earlier Gertie talks about measuring and recommends using your high bust measurement. But it's still not clear if she wants the reader to use a high bust or bust measurement. Second- there are no technical drawings of the garments.
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There are some artistic renderings throughout, but not all of them match the patterns, nor are they paired with the patterns. And there are no technical drawings of back views. Third- the patterns seem drafted in an intentionally vintage style and lack lengthen and shorten lines. Fourth- some of the patterns seem like they're not just inspired by Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing, but that they are the exact same Vogue patterns.
It appears to be the same dress, slightly different neckline, but same uneven dart placement , and the bow-tied blouse. Anyway, the first part of the book is wonderful, the information for sewing the patterns is ok, but the patterns present a few problems. Apr 12, heidi rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , paper , craft.
I have been waiting eagerly for this book for months! And it was worth the wait. This book is a bunch of techniques and tips for a mid-level sewist who is looking to start working on vintage and vintage-style patterns.
It is not for a novice sewist, one still getting used to the idea of assembling patterns. I really enjoyed reading about all the little things I could be doing to get a more tailored and fitted and classy and stable piece of clothing. Like there's a tip on how to make dress shields, I have been waiting eagerly for this book for months! Like there's a tip on how to make dress shields, so you have to launder less often. And there are five different ways to finish seams, and a discussion of when each is the most appropriate.
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There is a lot of hand-sewing, and to be honest, I am not that excited about hand-sewing, but when Gertie explains it, I can understand why it might be the best option for some things. I'm actually kind of nerdily hoping that I get around to making a frock coat complete with pad stitching and shoulder pads and padded peplum by next winter. It would be so classy. The garment selection is reasonably broad -- no pants, but pants are a mysterious beast all on their own. The mix and match of tops and skirts and dresses gives one a feeling of bravery about being able to do it oneself.
There is a brief note about how to attach some crinoline to a skirt lining, but many of the dresses and full skirts are modeled with a crinoline, and it would be helpful if we had some tips on making our own.
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I was strangely delighted when she said the same thing that I've been thinking since I made the Walk-Away Dress. Without some serious undergarmentage, you end up looking like you are wearing a hospital gown. But with the help of this book, I am thinking about cutting off the bodice and making the skirt of my Walk-Away dress into a high-waisted skirt. I also agree with the commenter who said it would be useful if there was a section showing the dresses on different body types, but happily Flickr has you covered in that department.
I never make anything without looking it up on Flickr first. Overall, I was delighted with this book. It is exactly in my comfort-to-aspirational range.
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