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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409384632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409384632
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.3 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alison set up her own shop, Fabulous Fabric, and sewing school, the Alison Victoria School of Sewing, near her home in Leicestershire. Her school is the largest independent sewing school in England and offers courses and workshops on all aspects of sewing. Alison is a regular contributor to Sewing World magazine, and has appeared on the ITV television series Ladette to Lady teaching dressmaking skills.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julie on 27 Oct. 2013
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bea on 24 April 2014
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LUISA VASCONCELOS on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By isalovi on 11 Dec. 2012
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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H. Colthup on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrstk77 on 3 Jun. 2014
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This book is full of lovely glossy pictures and information plus a great selection of patterns (I used the pdf format). It's very useful generally. However it does lack detail in places and seem to assume a certain level of expertise of its readers which slightly contradicts the introduction which sets out things like equipment and techniques as if you'd never sewn before. I attempted to make a shirt for the first time using the pattern and followed the instructions for enlarging the shirt to fit my cup size but it was really difficult to follow and I ended up improvising using my previously gained but limited knowledge. When it came to the collar and cuffs the instructions were next to hopeless and I had to resort to you tube for help. if nothing else I got a load of patterns for £10 which is great value.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By apie demps on 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 By BVLenci on 12 Mar. 2014
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I bought this for my daughter, who has recently begun sewing her own clothes. She likes it very much. It has generalized patterns for basic wardrobe items, that can be modified as you please. I noticed that some said the styles were old fashioned, but the point is that you're supposed to change them to suit your own personal style. The book gives lots of guidance for modifying patterns.
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