How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns
When making or designing your own clothes, sewing patterns are a useful starting point, but often need to be altered to achieve a good fit. Lee Hollahan, a fashion and textiles expert, explains how to use and adapt patterns, from choosing the right size and understanding the markings to translating flat shapes and pattern blocks into wearable garments.
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects
From dolls to dog jackets and sarongs to shower curtains, this well-illustrated and comprehensive compendium presents over 150 projects suitable for all skill levels. Basic techniques are explained for hand and machine sewing as well as other craft skills, and glossaries of fabric, threads and tools are included. The accompanying CD contains full-size clothes patterns and templates that can be printed out.
Cath Kidston Sewing Book
Over 30 Exclusive Projects Made Simple
Cath Kidston’s cheerful, ‘modern vintage’ designs are tremendously popular; with the Sewing Book you can make your own home accessories, bags and kids’ stuff to her original patterns. Starting with the basics for those new to sewing, the book presents instructions for over 30 projects, including cushions, a gym bag and a baby gift set. To kick-start your adventures in needlework, the book comes with everything you need – fabric, zips, binding etc – to make a pocket sewing kit.
Quick and Easy Pillows and Cushions
50 Step-by-Step Projects
Suitable for novices and experienced sewers, this well-illustrated guide provides designs both simple (secured with ties) and complex (using zip fastenings), with comprehensive instructions for making home furnishings including patchwork pillows, ruffle-edged cushions, ottomans and beanbags.
Home Sewing Techniques
Essential Sewing Skills to Make Inspirational Soft Furnishings
Ideal for beginners, and including basic information on equipment from pencils to sewing machines, each technique in this practical guide is explained with tips and colour photographs and followed up with an activity: from sewing seams to making a tablecloth; piping to stitching a headboard cover; pleating to upholstering a footstool. In addition, 30 easy-to-follow household projects include a throw, cushions and curtains.
Make It, Own It, Love It
The Essential Guide to Sewing, Altering and Customizing
Matt Chapple, one-time winner of The Great British Sewing Bee, shares his skills, outlining the essential toolkit for marking, cutting, stitching and making patterns. Starting by customizing and decorating existing garments with patches, pockets and darts, the reader can then attempt seven projects from scratch, from a bow tie to a summer dress. There are tips for maintaining clothes and all instructions are clearly explained and well illustrated.
How to Sew
Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner
For the absolute sewing novice, this manual provides information on materials and tools, as well as tips on how to measure and get organized. Starting with basic stitches, followed by a simple bunting project, the techniques progress to hemming, binding, gathering and appliqué, while projects include a tote bag, an apron, a cot blanket and a covered coat-hanger.
35 Stylish Projects to Stitch
Using simple Scandinavian style and colours, these projects include traditional folklore bunting and a Christmas stocking, alongside more contemporary iPad and laptop cases, as well as fun ideas for mug warmers and toys for the nursery. All are presented with clear step-by-step instructions, while information on tools, techniques and a list of suppliers can be found with the templates at the back of the book. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair
Inspired by the Scandinavian seasons, this how-to book provides 21 year-round projects: a baby’s winter cover; a quilted birds’ nest for spring (complete with birds); a fishy sampler for the summer, and a colourful tree scarf for autumn. Focusing on quilting, appliqué and embroidery techniques, there are tips, templates to copy and a section on finding inspiration.
Step by Step
Alison Smith’s guide for novice dressmakers provides ‘all you need to know to make a basic collection of clothes’ – skirts, dresses, trousers, shorts, tops and jackets. The book begins with a detailed, illustrated guide to basic materials, equipment, cutting out and sewing techniques, then goes on to the step-by-step instructions for making 19 different garments. The final section contains the patterns, with notes on how to copy or download them. American spelling.
A Manual for Learning to Sew with 25 Projects
Designed for beginners keen to try their hand at sewing and dress-making, this clearly laid out, practical guide covers basic sewing skills from basting to making buttonholes, along with 28 projects to build sewing skills and confidence. Apart from mastering the techniques required, there will be the end results to enjoy – among them, a tunic, pyjama trousers, bags, blouses, dresses, a patchwork throw and basic curtains.
How to Speak Fluent Sewing
The Indispensable Illustrated Guide to Sewing and Fabric Terminology
With chapters on tools, needles, machines, stitches, fabric, patterns and garments, and techniques, this is a handy directory of over 300 sewing-related terms, covering everything from basic hand-sewing needles to the flat-felled seam. Each entry provides a simple line drawing or diagram of the object or process and explains what it is, what it does and why it is used.
There are detailed step-by-step instructions for creating 12 tiny dogs in this handy book for needle felters of all levels of expertise. The tools and techniques are clearly explained, and close-up photographs show each stage of the process. The canines include pugs, poodles, terriers, dachshunds and beagles, and there are plenty of scenes showing the finished animals to inspire your creativity.
The Needlecraft Style Directory
Offering new challenges for novices and the rediscovery of forgotten skills for old hands, this visual guide describes 50 needlework styles and more than 160 different stitches. The styles are in sections on surface embroidery, counted-thread work, quilting, patchwork and appliqué, and special techniques including needle lace and smocking, each one illustrated with photographs of examples. The stitches are explained with diagrams and range from basics to shisha stitch – an ancient Indian technique for attaching tiny mirrors.
Beginners' Upholstery Techniques
This guide teaches all you need to know to tackle a wide range of upholstery projects, from a simple stool to more complex pieces such as armchairs. Basic techniques, tools and materials are discussed, before the twelve step-by-step projects are explained with support from photographs and diagrams. Contains material first published in Upholstery: A Complete Course (1990) and Upholstery: A Beginners' Guide (2004).
The Home Sewer's Guide to Practical Stitches
The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Seams, Hems, Darts... and More!
This collection of machine and hand stitches provides a useful reference for every kind of sewing project, from dressmaking to repairs. It gives a step-by-step illustrated tutorial for creating more than 60 stitches, as well as information on common applications for each and the best fabrics, threads and needles to choose. The diagrams are clear and the photos of the stitches in use give a good idea of the finished effect. (Previously in Postscript as Super Stitches Sewing.)
Making Vintage Accessories
25 Original Sewing Projects Inspired by The 1920s–60s
Accessories have always been economical and inventive additions to any outfit. This collection of 25 pieces inspired by the fashions of the past – from the 1920s to the 1960s – includes hats, scarves, belts, jewellery and bags. A helpful introduction explaining techniques and fabrics is followed by step-by-step instructions for each project, with plenty of detailed photographs and pattern templates for photocopying.