- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (May 7 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617456047
- ISBN-13: 978-1617456046
- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.8 x 24 cm
- Shipping Weight: 680 g
- Customer Reviews: 48 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
SEW ... The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge: Real-Life Lessons from a Serial Sewist Paperback – May 7 2018
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Choosing the Right Pattern
So much of sewing success depends on the right pattern. So how does a sewist identify a good pattern? What’s the code? What should a sewist look for on the envelope and inside on the guide sheet as indicators to a well-drafted pattern?
Be wary of patterns that are all straight lines, because people aren't.
Easy Zippered Pocket
Be alert for many tiny pattern pieces that must be precisely fitted together, often with small seam allowances. A classic case is in the insertion of a zippered pocket, a detail so often added to an otherwise simple bag pattern or jacket. Rather than being concerned about all that marking, about zipper facings, and about making sure both pocket bag pieces line up, I use my own dependable 'hunk of fabric' method, always with great results.
Choosing Pattern Sizes
Don’t pay much attention to the actual numbers when choosing a pattern size. Sewing pattern sizes bear little relationship to ready-to-wear sizes. It is common for a retail size 12 to fit a size 18 or larger in patterns, so don’t panic. This seems to be particularly true in the way the major pattern companies determine sizes. Many indie patterns seem to have sizes that are a closer match to those found in retail clothing, and some even use letters instead of numbers to avoid the issue altogether.
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The kind of stuff you would learn at you’re grandmother's side if you had *that* grandmother. Or the stuff that you might have learned back in the days when they taught sewing in junior and senior high schools.
In the world of sewing and craft books this one is practical and not just eye candy.
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I had not heard of Barbara's blog. I wish I had! I'm a fan now! This book is amazing. It is like having a friend in your sewing room! I have sewn since I was 13, I'm now 61. She has tips for everyone- beginners and long time sewers.
I love her style of writing. I love her quotes.
I had to laugh when she describes the Visual learner. (that's me) She hit the nail on the head! She is a gifted teacher! Thank You Barbara! I still have much to learn! And learning it with you is a joy!
This book is particularly strong on teaching very simple drafting and pattern adjustments in an approachable and well-illustrated way, even for pants and children, which many "beginner" books avoid entirely.
I’m a lifelong intermediate beginner sewist that has made some successful projects. But I’m intimidated by making clothes. No early sewing mentors and I didn’t pay attention in Home Ec.
A few years back I made a Scarlett O’Hara declaration that I will learn to sew my own well fitting clothes! But I live in an area devoid of fabric stores, sewing classes and non-quilting sewing groups. What I needed was time with an experienced sewist, that had the kind of information and wisdom I’ve been missing.
I first discovered Barbara on the Clothes Making Mavens podcast and knew she was the sewing teacher I was looking for. Knowledgeable? Check. Easy to understand? Check. Humorous? Check. The most important quality of a good teacher? They know that a student needs confidence to stay motivated during the rough patches.
Barbara’s book delivers it all. Her reassuring writing style, ‘this isn’t so hard, you can do it, see...’. Most importantly she covers why we do certain things. I’m looking forward to buying her next book.