Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Skirt-A-Day Sewing by Nicole Smith

This one has been in the stacks since 2013 but remains an absolute must for anyone who has ever used a store bought sewing pattern and been thoroughly disappointed with the fit of the resulting garment. Once upon a time, I thought it was too hard to make my own sewing patterns, but Skirt-A-Day Sewing walks you through the process of making a skirt pattern tailored to you using simple English and clear pictures.  

This book is pattern design for a novice pattern maker and is a great starting point if you’re looking to understand how and why sewing patterns work. Because of the general simplicity of fitting a skirt, the author comments that they’re “the perfect project to help you get your footing in pattern-drafting and sewing.”

Smith—who is a sewing instructor, fashion designer, and frequent contributor to many sewing magazines— teaches how to make a basic straight skirt and then shows how that pattern can be adapted into styles for wrap skirts, flared skirts, and high-wasted skirts. She gives step-by-step instructions for making the patterns for twenty-eight unique and stylish skirts.  

Once you’ve made your perfectly-fitted and easily adaptable pattern using this book, you can use it to make skirts from other books in the VBPL collection such as Flirt Skirts or The Essential A-Line. If you want to go from here to more complicated pattern design, check out The Pattern Making Primer or Howto Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns.

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