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No Time To Sew: Fast & Fabulous Patterns & Techniques For Sewing A Figure-Flattering Wardrobe [Hardcover]

Sandra Betzina
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Oct. 15 1996
Classic clothes, quick techniques, and goof-proof patterns add up to a perfect wardrobe for the busy sewer. No matter what your size, you can create a wardrobe with designer details by following the expert instructions of sewing star Sandra Betzina.

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Betzina is well known to home sewers, both for her lively television series, Sew Perfect, and as the author of "Power Sewing," a syndicated column emphasizing time-saving techniques. This book demonstrates that in a short amount of time, a woman can create a complete wardrobe that will be more flattering and comfortable than any ready-to-wear garments she might buy. Nine items, from full pull-on pants to a shawl-collar jacket to an oblong scarf, are the basic elements of this wardrobe. Most can be completed in an evening or two. Betzina suggests appropriate fabrics for each garment and then takes readers through the garment-making process in easy-to-follow timed segments. Note that the Rodale Designer Collection, a collection of multisize patterns, accompanies the book and may need to be stored separately. Even those who prefer hand sewing to machine work may be tempted by this book to drag out the sewing machine and give it another try. Highly recommended for public library sewing collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not brilliant June 11 2004
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(Most of) the designs are classics and the instructions are very clear and straightforward - no difficult steps at all, so suitable patterns for beginners. Replacement patterns are still available from Betzina's website - do a web search for "Sandra Betzina Rodale Patterns" and it'll come up no problem. Wardrobe advice is very dated now, unless you like the Annie Hall layered look. All in all a good buy but most of the designs are probably available in similar commercial patterns at your local fabric store if you don't already have something in your pattern drawer. The sewing techniques recommended in the book can be adapted to any commercial pattern, including the pants...
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3.0 out of 5 stars good advice, dated wardrobe June 3 2004
I bought this book used, so of course the patterns were not included. I used the Internet to search for the author's website to get replacement patterns which arrived in a few days. The styles are a bit outdated for the tuxedo shirt and the jacket, but the advice is great for use with other patterns. The t-shirt and both styles of pants are classics. I found the suggested notions like the elastic on-line as chain sewing stores don't have them. This book is OK as a starting point, but the author has newer books that provide more in depth sewing tips.
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I have just gotten my copy of this book (used). There are a couple of items that could be really, really useful to me such as the full pants, the full teeshirt, the skirt, and perhaps, the shawl-collar jacket. Here is my problem. Are the patterns she uses for the book still available, anywhere? I have never seen Rodale patterns in a store. Nowhere in the book does it tell where you are supposed to get them. I THINK I can substitute similar patterns from other lines and make changes in them, but it would be far simpler if I could just get the patterns the author uses. Perhaps the patterns were supposed to be included with the book. If so, they were gone before I got my copy, used.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy this Book if you are Plus Size Sept. 12 2000
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The book description states it is for any size but then only supplies patterns for S-M-L.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best sewing book of all time July 24 2000
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If you are a beginning sewer, don't hesitate, buy this book now. Basically the content of this book is expanded pattern directions, written step by step for someone who has trouble following a commercial pattern. If you have tried to sew many times and things dont come out right or you have problems figuring out standard commercial pattern directions--you will love the way Sandra walks you through everything. I am a pretty experienced sewer and reading this book over and over is like a breath of fresh air! The fashions are classic, they are very attractive made up...I hesitated to buy this book because I thought some of the styles were frumpy, they are not at all frumpy when you sew them in real life...The palazzo pants are my favorite...I get tons of compliments everytime I wear them (I have made several...this pattern is worth the cost of the book alone) I was shocked they looked good on me, I am only 5-2 and not slim! I also LOOOOVVEE the vest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! Something for the REAL figures! Feb. 6 2000
This is the first book that addresses the subject of most of us -the less-than-perfect figures- in an easy to understand format. Each page is designed to be eye-catching and readable without the clutter or boring formats of other books. Sandra Betzina makes you feel as if you are her friend and are in her home. Directions make what used to be difficult or undecipherable into simple instructions. Many thanks to this author, seamstress, and new friend.
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