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Dressmaking [Hardcover]

Alison Smith
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Book Description

3 Sep 2012

All the know-how you need to create your own wardrobe

Dressmaking gives you all the tools you need to make, alter and customise your own clothes, from choosing the right fabrics to key techniques such as hemming and hand stitching.

Create a complete wardrobe with 12 basic scalable patterns and step-by-step instructions for classic items such as pencil skirts, dresses and jackets plus how to customise them to make them your own so you can make 30 garments in total.

Dressmaking is packed with essential advice, inspiration and the patterns you need to create beautiful clothes making this superb value and the dressmaking bible no seamstress can be without.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (3 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409384632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409384632
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 3.3 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potentially really good... 7 Aug 2013
I was given this book as a birthday gift and as with all DK books it's beautiful. My real problem with the book is the .pdf patterns that are included with the book. The book says you can either photocopy and enlarge the patterns as they're printed in the book, draw them yourself using the grid lines as a guide (I was useless at that sort of thing when I was a kid, I'm no better now), or go to the website and download the .pdf and print them out.
I tried doing that and after waiting a good five minutes for the DK site to load the page and files were unavailable. Perhaps if you buy this as a kindle book you might have more luck, but I wanted to print out the pattern pieces without having to photocopy and enlarge repeatedly.
It's a shame because I wanted to try out some of these patterns...I'll have to give the photocopying a go.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! 27 Oct 2013
By Julie
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I love Alison Smith's books as they are so clear to read and understand and this book is no exception. It is very weighty with a huge content. Lots of images and instructions on how to do a wide range of techniques as well as information on how to make a range of key items.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book 11 Dec 2012
By isalovi
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This is a very good book, because it teaches a person how to cut a pattern and the various types of stiches and how to make different various clothes from classical to little bit more modern.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressmaking 20 May 2013
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It has all I expected to find.Very complete illustrations and explanations of the whole process of sewing.Very useful, either for beginners or experienced sewists.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners 5 Jan 2013
By Natalie
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Ive only had this book since christmas but chose it myself as I liked that it includes patterns and has step by step instructions which is useful for me as I havent done any sewing for years. This book is ideal for beginners as has everything you need to know about dressmaking and is easy to understand. l feel confident now that I could make a garment without any problems and look forward to making my first piece. I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of taking up dressmaking
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, all-round book 17 Jan 2014
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If you are a beginner or an experienced needlewoman, you will find this book full of invaluable hints and information. A veritable dressmakers' bible!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners! 4 April 2014
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I've recently become interested in sewing but as a complete novice needed all the help I could get. I bought this as a starting out reference book because I read it had great projects and came with downloadable patterns. I was very impressed with the book itself. It's beautiful and very detailed. I bought it alongside Alison Smith's other book 'The Sewing Book' after reading a review which said they go well alongside one another. I'm not sure I agree! Much of the information in The Sewing Book is verbatim repeated in Dressmaking although to a more basic level. If you want a book to use as reference to give you a complete guidance on almost anything you could want to do, The Sewing Book is for you. Although I wasn't as impressed by the sewing projects it featured. If you want just a basic covering of techniques (although still rather expansive!) and great projects to try them out on then Dressmaking is for you. I wouldn't buy both again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book! 24 April 2014
By Bea
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A lovely hardback book, well written, easy to understand instruction, with clear illustrations (has a modern feel doesn't feel dated) I'm returning to dressmaking after several years and felt I needed a reference book to this effect; although I think this book would suit a beginner too.
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