Coming from exactly the right publisher (remember "Stitch 'n Bitch" and "Generation T"); this title introduces "S.E.W." is the beginning sewer's bible.
A reinvention of the post-war sewing how-to, here is a hold-your-hand guide that marries attitude and instruction, that speaks the language of today's crafters while teaching them everything they need to know from winding a bobbin to sewing a dart to customizing a pattern.
Diana Rupp, the author, comes from a long line of crafters, and parlayed her passion into a career as the founder of Make Workshop, a unique DIY school that's been written about in "Elle", "Real Simple", "Time Out", "Vogue Patterns", and more.
In "S.E.W", Rupp brings the workshop home: buying the right machine; setting up a space and furnishing it with the right tools; introducing fabrics - manmade vs. natural fibres, woven's vs. knits, colour theory, buying vintage fabric on eBay; the art of laying out a pattern and cutting; and becoming one with your machine, from best posture to seam allowances, buttonholes, zippers, and the finer points of hand-sewing. Then comes the fun: 25 amazing projects, 8 with patterns included, all handled with clear, step-by-step instructions - gingham wrap skirt, gauchos, drawstring pants, silky top, downtown hobo/laptop bag, patchwork throw, dog sweater, unisex boxers, vintage apron, more.
- Format: Spiral bound
- Pages: 208 pages, full colour illustrations
- Publisher: Workman Publishing
- Publication Date: 12/11/2007
- Category: Needlework & fabric crafts
- ISBN: 9780761139737
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Review by selfcallednowhere
I am currently teaching myself to sew and this book was SO helpful. It really does explain absolutely everything you need to know. I've successfully managed two projects from it so far.
Review by catspec
Extremely well written sewing tutorial. Includes ten paper patterns included in a package in the front cover of this spiral bound inner book with a hard outer cover. It will lie flat and is sensibly organized to guide one through a step-by-step sewing course. The projects are NOW, the instructions are complete, and the sewing style is a combination of trends popular now with technique that doesn't slack off from a finished look.. I have sewn for decades and yet this book is quite helpful! GREAT as a textbook in a sewing class.