• Crafts & Hobbies

No Patterns Needed

DIY Couture from Simple Shapes
Author: Rosie Martin
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 9781780678283
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 208
View: 2929
If you want to sew your own clothes but are put off by the idea of cutting out pattern pieces covered with dotted lines and symbols, this is the book for you. Using Rosie Martin's innovative method, you begin with nothing but a rectangle, circle, or triangle of fabric and some basic body measurements. Next, follow the detailed step-by-step photographs and diagrams to complete your garment. You'll need a sewing machine, but no special equipment or expensive fabrics. With plenty of variations suggested for each garment, there's lots of room for your own creative touches, too.

    • Design

DIY Couture

Create Your Own Fashion Collection
Author: Rosie Martin
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 9781856697996
Category: Design
Page: 208
View: 3780
The DIY Couture collection features 10 stylish, easy to make pieces of clothing that can be endlessly reinvented in different fabrics, textures, and colors. Anyone who enjoys sewing and creating something unique will love using this book to make their own couture wardrobe. With simple, visual instructions and cool styling, DIY Couture will inspire people to join the handmade revolution. Where eco-fashion meets street style, this is the antithesis of fast-fashion. Absolutely no patterns required!

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Freehand Fashion

Learn to sew the perfect wardrobe - no patterns required!
Author: Chinelo Bally
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 1910904651
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 192
View: 2493
Before appearing on the BBC's The Great British Sewing Bee, Chinelo Bally had never used a sewing pattern. She wowed the judges with her ability to create stylish, fitted garments using a freehand cutting method that was taught to her by an aunt. In Freehand Fashion, Chinelo lets us in to the secret of how she does it. Using a series of basic garment blocks, she explains how this innovative technique can be used to create a whole wardrobe of fashionable clothes that will fit every shape and size - with no patterns required. Based on a traditional Nigerian technique, Chinelo has developed her own freehand cutting method. The emphasis is on the individual’s own body measurements, and getting the perfect fit. This is a surprisingly simple technique that anyone can learn. No fancy equipment is needed - just a sewing machine, measuring tape, chalk and of course a good pair of scissors. Using step-by-step illustrations, the book shows how to draft, cut and construct the five basic blocks that are used - either singly or in combination - to make every item of clothing in the wardrobe. Once you have your basic blocks, you are ready to tackle the projects - practical garments that are fashionable, modern, stylish and versatile. There are tops, skirts, day dresses and eveningwear. This is an exciting sewing technique that will be brand new to most people, even experienced dressmakers. There really are no limits - and the beauty of this technique is that it can be applied to any body shape.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Little Green Dresses

50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More
Author: Tina Sparkles,Erica Beckman
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 1600851215
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 250
View: 1451
Author Sparkles offers up an array of project ideas that are both earth- and user-friendly. She includes 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more. Included are sewing and shopping resources and a fitting guide.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Patternless Sewing Mod Style

Just Measure, Cut & Sew for the Perfect Fit! - 24 Garments for Women and Girls
Author: Patty Prann Young
Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1617451819
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 147
View: 1421
Sew a complete wardrobe without the hassle of pricey paper patterns! Learn to properly measure, cut, and sew for a fabulous fit every time. From a maxi skirt to a shirred blouse and even a raincoat, these projects are ideal for beginning sewists and women and girls of all sizes. Customize looks with a variety of pockets, belts, and hem bands. This entire collection costs less than a few tissue-paper patterns!

    • Crafts & Hobbies


25 Stylish DIY Fashion Projects
Author: Kit Lee,Shini Park
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781742706535
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 159
View: 971
Demonstrates how to create stylish outfits and accessories based on the authors' top-25 "do-it-yourself" projects, including embellished collars, a kaftan dress made from scarves and a flower-adorned skirt.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Fashion Pattern Cutting

Line, Shape and Volume
Author: Zarida Zaman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147258340X
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 144
View: 2804
Designed to boost draping confidence and design creativity, Fashion Pattern Cutting is a step-by-step guide to the pattern cutting process, from finding inspiration for a fashion-forward design through to creating the finished product. - Clear visuals show each step from mood board to patterns and possible design variations - Written in a friendly, approachable style by an experienced designer and teacher - Provides readers with the tools and techniques to experiment and create their own unique designs Fashion Pattern Cutting is a creative pattern cutting book that pushes the boundaries of experimentation on the mannequin stand. In this book, experienced fashion designer Zarida Zaman explains how to make garments bearing in mind the relationship between fabric, drape, weight and 3D forms. Taking architecture, origami and natural forms as her three key sources of inspiration, the author shows how to create varied and exciting contemporary styles using crisp folds, bold shapes and natural fabrics. Written in an accessible style with clear visuals and plenty of tips and tricks, the book gives readers the tools and confidence to experiment creatively. Included in this book are hand-drawn illustrations of pattern pieces, complete with measurements, and suggestions for how to apply techniques across a range of garments. The patterns reveal the deceptively simple draping techniques used to create stylish, minimalist designs, and enable readers, whether beginners or experienced pattern cutters, to put together stunning and innovative designs themselves.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Cut-Up Couture

Edgy Upcycled Garments to Sew
Author: Koko Yamase
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 9781596685956
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 88
View: 5861
Cut-Up Couture is a cutting-edge design book that teaches how to use the copious fabric in men's clothing items to make 34 innovative garments and accessories. The simple sewing techniques showcase how to turn men's shirts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts into beautiful dresses, ruffled blouses, draping tops, and gorgeous jackets for women. You'll learn how to cut, re-sew, and re-shape clothing into cherished garments that resemble trendy, urban boutique findings with lessons in creative "upcycling" and stylish yet simple sewing. Plus, several of the garments in Cut-Up Couture are reversible or can be worn in several ways, such as a dolman-style top that transforms into a skirt, or a skirt/cape variation. Explore a wealth of innovative advice and inspiration for making each project inexpensive, and still very chic. The stylish projects featured are for beginner and advanced sewists or for those simply interested in fashion design.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

The Magic Pattern Book

Sew 6 Patterns Into 36 Different Styles!
Author: Amy Barickman
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 0761171622
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 310
View: 1418
Presents six dressmaking patterns that can be used to create an entire wardrobe that has thirty-six different looks and a total of over two hundred garments and accessories.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Handmade Fabric Flowers

32 Beautiful Blooms to Make
Author: You-Zhen Lu
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250009022
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 160
View: 1063
Offers a step-by-step guide to making sophisticated craft flowers from a range of fabric materials including silk, lace, and velvet, providing next-step instructions for using handmade flowers as accessory embellishments.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Couture Sewing Techniques

Author: Claire B. Shaeffer
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 1600853358
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 250
View: 6590
Sewers who have ever longed to create clothing with the distinctive look of haute couture will love this book. They'll learn the finer points of hand sewing, shaping, and finishing for a high-end, professional look. This book is for all sewing enthusiasts who appreciate fine workmanship.

    • Art

Exotic Botanical Illustration

With the Eden Project
Author: Rosie Martin,Meriel Thurstan
Publisher: B T Batsford Limited
ISBN: 9781849940313
Category: Art
Page: 143
View: 9442
Offers step-by-step instructions and exercises for drawing and painting flowers, and includes tips on incorporating color, composition, texture, and pattern into a work.

    • Health & Fitness

Shop Your Closet

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style
Author: Melanie Charlton Fascitelli
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061751820
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 176
View: 7654
Just when you feared your overstuffed, eyesore of a closet was a lost cause, here's the antidote to all your closet woes. Closet expert and style maven Melanie Charlton Fascitelli is here to help you whip your closet into shape, refreshing your wardrobe and saving you time along the way. With this accessible, stylish guide, you'll find out how to redo your closet and organize your clothes so that you can, yes, go shopping there—sort through shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, scarves, and shoes, all in perfect condition and ready to go. From the first closet face-off to long-term maintenance, Charlton Fascitelli takes you step by step through the entire process of turning your closet into a "safe haven" for your clothes. Learn how to: Face your inner packrat and clean out your closet Shop for and pick items that flatter your body Craft the best wardrobe for your lifestyle Create space in your closet by reworking it logistically Store your clothes and shoes so they last longer Charlton Fascitelli also covers consigning or donating all your old stuff; keeping your closet clean and tidy; packing smartly and efficiently; storing your linens; and organizing other areas of your home, including your medicine cabinet, pantry, or CD collection. Clearing clutter, organizing clothes, and remaking your wardrobe has never been so easy or attainable. Shop Your Closet is your go-to source for closet nirvana.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Boundless Style

A Mix-And-Match Sewing Pattern Workbook
Author: Kristiann Boos
Publisher: Fons & Porter Books
ISBN: 9781440242106
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 176
View: 854
CD-ROM includes PDFs of printable patterns for sizes 2-16.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

DIY Fashionista

40 Stylish Projects to Re-Invent and Update Your Wardrobe
Author: Geneva Vanderzeil
Publisher: Carlton Books Limited
ISBN: 9781780971704
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 176
View: 1553
Features stylish projects that reuse already-owned or secondhand garments to recreate catwalk trends at home, in a reference that illustrates sewing and altering techniques while explaining how to easily customize clothes.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Top-Down Crochet Sweaters

Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit
Author: Dora Ohrenstein
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612126111
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 176
View: 5847
Welcome to the new era of crochet. Making garments from the top down is a favorite knitting technique that allows knitters to test and adjust the fit as they go. Now, thanks to designer Dora Ohrenstein, crocheters will benefit for the first time from a pattern book featuring the same beloved approach. These 14 fashionable patterns are sure to flatter bodies of all shapes and sizes. Show-stopping original photography, an extensive discussion of the benefits of top-down construction, and detailed instructions on how and why to adjust the patterns to ensure an exquisite customized fit will have crocheters tying themselves in knots to start strutting their stuff!

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Handmade Chic

Fashionable Projects That Look High-End, Not Homespun
Author: Laura Bennett
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 1609613015
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 208
View: 5652
In Handmade Chic, Laura shares simple strategies for creating 40 small luxuries and high-fashion accessories, from a smart leather iPad portfolio to a feather-embellished evening bag. With sections organized in skill-building order and based on type of accessory--small leather goods, agendas and notepads, electronics, bags and wallets, and evening items--Laura offers patterns, easy-to-follow diagrams, and detailed instructions for fabricating each glamorous project, whether it involves sewing from scratch or embellishing a prepurchased garment. While showcasing her own creative designs, she provides readers with the basic techniques and encouragement they need to come up with variations and create their own signature pieces. Packed with Laura's signature flair and finesse, vibrant four-color photos, step-by-step drawings, and a complete list of suggestions on where to purchase materials, Handmade Chic is an accessible guide to at-home crafting that is elegant enough for the most modern, fashion-savvy of women.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Vintage Knit

25 Knitting and Crochet Patterns Refashioned for Today
Author: Marine Malak,Geraldine Warner
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 9781780671666
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 176
View: 3319
Vintage Knit offers lovers of retro style 25 beautiful knitting patterns from the 1940s and 1950s, regraded to fit modern sizes (small, medium, and large) and to knit with yarns easily available today. A short introduction describes each garment and suggests how to style it, followed by clear instructions for knitting and making up. Details of the exact yarn used are given to ensure perfect results at home. Each garment is photographed on a model, letting you see how the styles of the past can be part of a very up-to-date look. A useful section on equipment and terminology, plus a list of useful resources, gives you everything you need to knit the patterns in the book.

    • Crafts & Hobbies

Stylish Dress Book

Wear with Freedom
Author: Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804843157
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 80
View: 8218
Sew your own chic and original dresses with this stylish sewing book. Japanese style has long been admired for its grace and artistry. Add to that a sense of fun, and you have the sew-it-yourself Stylish Dress Book. Complete with stunning full-color photos, this Japanese sewing book (in English) gives you instructions and pull-out patterns for unique Japanese fashion—26 relaxed and comfortable yet elegant dresses and tops—pretty, timeless pieces that can be worn year after year, by women of all ages and sizes. The detailed diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions take you step-by-step from layout to finished garment. The no-rules looks pictured in this book are perfect for today's carefree fashion sensibility and will inspire you to have fun with fabric and style. Simple lines make these garments perfect for women of all ages and all sizes. This book includes a complete western-sized sewing pattern for each design that is easily adjusted to fit your body form. The concise diagrams and simple instructions allow you to develop your unique style with ease and confidence.