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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best sewing book of all time July 24 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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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This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to make more than silly frou-frou things and other stuff that collects dust. I prefer utility, and these clothes are utility and fashion at the same time. I've made two tuxedo shirts, two dresses (one cowl-necked with a matching scarf), seven pairs of slim pants, one t-shirt, and plan to make a lot more, plus some I haven't done yet. These are the clothes that look good, are easy to make, easy to wear, and have endless variations. Soon I hope to make a nice poly/wool jacket, and maybe a cool-weather dress with a vest. I'm still thinking about trying the palazzo pants, but I didn't buy this book for that. The other garments are not going to be out of style anytime soon, even if the palazzo pants are. Unfortunately, I think about how to make these clothes while I'm driving, which is not safe in Houston. But really--measure twice, cut once, and enjoy the easiest to make modern clothes around.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly classic, but easy to sew. Nov. 12 1997
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Format:Hardcover
The sewing instructions are easy to follow. Many of the designs feature over-sized clothing, but are still flattering. I especially like the tuxedo shirt - it's a twist on a real classic.

Still, I'm wondering whether pull-on palazzo pants are "classic" or if this is just elephant pants revisited from the '70s that will be out-of-fashion in 2 years? Some of the fitting advice doesn't make sense -- for example, to adjust the crotch depth, compare whether the pants you buy are long or short crotch depth - now, really, as if one would knowingly buy pants that fit poorly! Ignore the wardrobe advice section - it's absurb to still read the dated notion that all women over 30 must wear makeup.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not brilliant June 11 2004
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Format:Hardcover
(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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful source for building a workable wardrobe May 28 1998
Format:Hardcover
Of my three feet of sewing-related books, this one has been the most useful to me. Before my efforts seemed to be creating wonderful bits and pieces that never coalesced into a practical, versatile wardrobe. I still go off on creative tangents now and then, but when I need simple clothes I can really wear, I go back to this book every time. (There are a few styles that leave me dubious, let the sewer beware.)
As a large woman, I have not been able to test the patterns on myself, so I cannot speak on them. They look good to me and the instructions are clear and complete down to variations.
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