49 Sensational Skirts: Creative Embellishment Ideas For One-of-a-kind Designs Paperback – Apr 1 2008
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"Allison Willoughby's circle skirts...are strikingly attractive." - The New York Sun, in the review of an exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery
"If you know and admire Alison Willoughby's work, then [this book] is an absolute delight--and an absolute must!" - Suite101.com
"Alison Willoughby doesn't just want you to see her work--she wants you to make it yourself." - Whipup.net
"Detailed photographs and easy construction techniques ensure even beginning seamstresses success in creating a unique garment and stir the imagination of the more experienced." - Monsters and Critics.com
"It's pretty, it's practical, and it's simple, too...This might very well be one of the top ten sewing books you will ever need." - Make It Mine
"Unleash your sewing machine and get your hands on this book." - Bangor Daily News
"Full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary." - Knitting News
"The author's color and design sense are fantastic, and I'm intrigued by her practice of recycling thrift store finds." - Fiber Art News
About the Author
Alison Willoughby has been running her own business in London since graduating from The Royal College of Art. She has exhibited, sold, and lectured internationally.
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That said, I would like to rant a minute: all the books about making clothing out of recycled thrift clothes with odd styling and peculiar decor are aimed at teeny and tiny sizes - and young and younger ages. Believe me, those of us who were both those things in the 70s and loved doing that very thing then, are still interested. Well, some of us are! I make skirts, shirts, and dresses out of mens shirts, linen calendars, neckties, cut up overalls, machine felted sweaters and vintage dresses - and have been doing it for decades. People stop me on the street and tell me they love my clothes, and occasionally someone asks me if I sell them - I don't. I get peeved at the assumption that women my age and size aren't into recycled couture books. I may not be emphasizing my hips - or even acknowledging them! - but I still make and wear some pretty fun and unique clothing. It wouldn't kill the publishers to keep this in mind - and might well increase sales if they do.
Okay, enough said on that subject - until I review another book about recycled clothing, anyway. However, I would recommend 49 Sensational Skirts as a fun approach to making and remaking garments.
There are some fun ideas--but they mostly involve lots and LOTS of repetitious work, and almost all the skirts have circles of something on them--see cover. How many ways can we put circles on dresses? Ribbons, flowers, paint, rolled fabric, folded fabric, buttons, etc. It's really not that creative overall. If you're looking to spend hours and HOURS to make a skirt into a piece of art (an unwashable one!), this is for you.
The images are excellent, the information and directions are logical and very easy to understand, and best of all there is an Alison Willoughby pattern to use as a starting point. What a talented young lady!!!
This would be ideal for someone who wanted to make a work of art that her friends would marvel over. There are needlework projects that I would spend this kind of time on. These skirts did not look worth it to me. For me, there is not an heirloom quality to them.