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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (7 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697996
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rosie Martin is the director of creative fashion label DIYcouture, which showcases her signature method of explaining sewing with colourful, visual instructions. Rosie also runs clothes-making workshops in London. She has also styled and made costumes for music videos on both sides of the Atlantic and worked as a machinist for Kylie Minogue's dance troupe.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By VL on 27 May 2012
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I absolutely loved this book! This book has a really neat and easy to understand layout that follows the author's appraoch to sewing - a visual activity needs visual understanding. The first section goes through basic sewing techniques and the equipment that you will need throughout the book. Again, these sewing instructions are very easy to understand and the book uses both visual and literary explanations throughout.

The second and main section goes through the garment construction. There is a lot of inspiration from this book as the reader gets to see the author's interpretations of her garments, which can then be transferred to your own garments when planning what to sew. The pretty interesting part of this book I found were the techniques used. The book says 'no patterns required' and that is absolutely true! All you really need are some of your own clothes and a measuring tape.

I think this book is perfect for anyone who is interested in sewing. If you are a beginner, this is an ingenious book which will start you off at the basics and even if you're more advanced, it's pretty inspirational.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fox_E on 27 Feb 2014
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I found this books approach to dress making to be a bit sloppy.

I find the concept of slashing up fabric with chalked out markings to not be the best. Tricky to get clothes symmetrical using this method.

Personally once I got to grips with using paper patterns and read a few other books, they were not that daunting after all and this book was a waste of money. I never went back to it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dizzle on 14 April 2013
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I was given this book as a Christmas present. I had never, ever had any training in sewing at all. I am from the generation where textiles, food tech, and all the practical things my parents were taught in school, were deemed unimportant for my education. Anyway, I felt inspired by my Christmas gift. I bought a sewing machine and a few accessories and just got on with it. The instructions are super easy to follow, and really shows that anyone can make clothing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiny Flim on 27 April 2013
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This book encourages using your own clothes and things that fit you well already to work from in order to make garments yourself. Although I have always been taught to make my own patterns, I think that this is a very good alternative for when I don't have much time or want to make something quickly.

The instructions are clear and do not miss anything out. I especially like the 10 different styles to choose from as they are all totally different so you can stick to just one or mix it up with bits from each of them.

Overall a good book for the money :)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Madscouser on 12 Aug 2012
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This book consists of 10 stylish, easy to make items of clothing that can be continuously reinvented using different fabric, textures and colours to create a wide variety of unique garments. The book is crammed full of great illustration & photo based instructions, which is great for those like me who work better with visual directions. I love one of the key messages of the book "don't worry too much about the details" meaning that you don't have to be a perfectionist to make great unique items of clothing. This is sewing the DIY way.

I've studied `proper' pattern cutting and hated it, too much maths, fuss and fiddling! So was a tad nervous when I saw the big yellow `No Patterns Needed' sticker on the front. However, I'm very pleased to say that this book involved no pattern cutting, just garments you already own being used as templates. As you make our own patterns it means that every size and shape can be catered for this book.

I love the fact that the 10 garments are each made as part of 8 different collections, each giving them a different look showing just how versatile they are. These cover everything from a simple straight skirt and waistcoat through to the more complex hoody and romper suit. Looking forward to giving the cloak a go myself with some lovely Welsh wool I have in my stash.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. D'cruz on 9 Jun 2013
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So many great ideas in this. The only pattern I'm not bothered about is the goddess dress, which would only look good on someone with no boobs whatsoever. The rest of the patterns look great though and I'm looking forward to giving them my own twist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By blossom1044 on 14 Jan 2014
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I am an experienced sewer and I still think this book is great. It shows how people can make a "range". I think this should be taught to all teenagers at school. They would then learn that they can be creative and design their own clothes and not just buy off the peg.
The book is informative with clear pictures and descriptions.
I am going to be using it to help teach some of my nieces and nephews whom have asked me to make things for them. I'd rather teach them to make something than make it for them myself.
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