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Merchant & Mills
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Book Description

18 Oct 2012
Keep it simple and do it well. The Merchant & Mills Sewing Book contains fifteen step-by-step projects aimed at guiding you gently but firmly through the basics of sewing. Each project you make from this book will be stylish, but above all, useful. Part I of the book presents a fundamental overview on the art of sewing, the tools and materials you will need and homegrown tips on essential good practice. In Part II, seasoned dressmaker Carolyn Denham leads you step by step through fifteen achievable projects, each building on the skills gained as you progress through the book. First, equip your sewing room with practical items you never knew you needed, such as a Tailor's Ham, Sleeve Roll and an Ironing Board Cover (essential items for good pressing practice), a Hussif (the ever ready portable sewing kit) and a Maker's Apron (utilitarian chic for good workers). Then go on to use your new sewing skills to make cushions, throws and bags before progressing on to garments with the Tailored Shawl and Fisherman's Top, using the paper patterns provided in the back of the book. Make them all and you will be a very capable dressmaker with a raft of functional, beautiful, handmade goods. Word count: 50,000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (18 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908449098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908449092
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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…a thoroughly inspiring book for beginners and competent stitchers alike --The Good Book Guide

Anyone wanting to teach themselves the basics of sewing should get a copy of this new book by seasoned dressmaker Carolyn Denham --Reloved, August Issue

Anyone wanting to teach themselves the basics of sewing should get a copy of this new book by seasoned dressmaker Carolyn Denham --Reloved, August Issue

About the Author

Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field are Merchant & Mills. They launched the company at the Hay Festival in 2010. They produce a range of cardboard patterns and ready-to-make kits and also source superb notions that they sell in stark, utilitarian packaging, standing in profound contrast to the pretty, flowery image of the average haberdasher. Carolyn has a degree in fashion and has lived and worked in Italy and New York. She spent several years in Interior Design. Roderick is an established photographer and writer with works in the National Portrait Gallery. He is currently working on a range of Merchant & Mills postcards and is in talks with Waterstone's about producing an oilskin Kindle cover. Merchant & Mills products are stocked by the Design Museum, Liberty, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Selvedge as well as independent retailers all over the UK and selected outlets in France, Japan and the US.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sewing is the new black 1 Nov 2012
I'd forgotten about all the clothes I used to make and how to make them, but reading this beautiful book has reminded me how rewarding it is to spend time making things. If you're a novice, or like me you had the knowledge once upon a distant past this book gives you wonderful ideas and precise instructions. Can't wait to visit their new shop in Rye for their paper patterns and beautiful haberdashery. Then, before long I'll have an entire new wardrobe. If you are looking for a perfect Christmas present, this is it. You can't go wrong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 7 Nov 2012
By Mr. R. N. Lock VINE VOICE
I bought this beautiful book for a friend who has just starting sewing for a hobby and she thinks it's amazing - I showed it to a few other people before i parted with it who also fell in love with it too. It takes you back to when sewing was an art form and thousands of women loved to work creatively with their hands. There are great tips throughout; also the quality of the book is first class. Merchant & Mills have quality products and this book is no exception. I only wish my nan was still here to experience this wonderful book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 15 Nov 2012
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Words like "Timeless" and "Classic" come to mind when describing this book. The Merchant and Mills philosophy of "Keep it simple and do it well" is amply illustrated in the text and content of this book as well as in their patterns. Their advice is brilliant: it is as if they distilled all the best traditional knowledge and practice in to these pages. It would be lovely for a beginner as the patterns start with easy things to sew and become more complex. I enjoy the weight, style and feel of the actual book as much as the content. It is well illustrated and timeless - no polyester or fashion statements - just pure quality and enduring style. I love this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab 30 May 2013
It's been a while since I've bought a sewing book that I enjoyed and trusted. This book is very matter of fact about the world of sewing and shares tried and tested methods. Really interesting and useful regardless of whether you're a sewing novice or otherwise! Would highly recommend!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for sewing enthusiasts 7 April 2013
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Lots of ideas and helpful tips regardless of sewing ability. Some things included that I have never seen in other guides.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pen pusher by day, pin pusher by night 27 Oct 2012
By Fieldy
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This book is to sewing what Brief Encounter is to railway travel! It takes you back to a nostalgic, romantic era where your senses were aroused, your imagination stimulated and your creative instincts mobilised! Back to a time when people uttered words like haberdashery and draper and when Gran or Mum would close one eye, lick the end of the cotton, and artfully thread the needle before embarking on a creative journey and emerging with a homemade garment. This is the perfect practical, yet beautifully illustrated and scripted, guide to sewing, for the modern busy individual who will value spending quality time producing a quality finished item.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 11 Jan 2014
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It's a really beautiful book, I love the lay-out, the simple way , it's my cup of tea ( and I'm dutch), it "s almost perfect, but was really dissapointed that the patterns weren't full-size, you have to go to a shop and that takes time and money, and there's room for it so why not full-size, otherwise I'm really pleased with it
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible 6 Nov 2012
By beccain
Merchant & Mills have done a great job bringing sewing back. As an amateur in the sewing world i found this book incredibly easy to read, with the great images & patterns. The language used is suitable to someone who knows nothing of the sewing lingo and it's written beautifully. I couldn't recommend this book more - thankyou Merchant & Mills!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
style over substance
Published 23 hours ago by LAUREN
4.0 out of 5 stars One good book
This book is wonderful. So helpful. The people at Merchant and Mills are so helpful. Go and visit them .
Published 26 days ago by Judith B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a lovely coffee table book
Just not sure I'll get much use from it. Really beautiful, but not really learned much from it and not keen on the projects in it.
Published 28 days ago by Dandelion
5.0 out of 5 stars Carolyn is a genius...
I bought this book for some inspiration and it had plenty of it. Great explanations and ides that you could add your own creative input into. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Finished Book
I'm new to the sewing world, if you don't count a couple of home economics classes almost a decade ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chopsticks
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
The old fashioned almost hand-made design of the book with some interesting (and what I thought not very difficult) sewing projects made me buy this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars I could have really liked this book
It is more of a reference book; than a craft book. I could have really liked this book. Not sure that the book would last the test of time, with a lot of use; the quality of the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be taken in by the pattern
I was looking forward to this book and pattern.It cost me 4 to have the pattern printed at a printers,which took ages ,coming away with so much paper that I threw the lot away as... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Get sewing!
I wanted to get back into the swing of sewing and this is a good reference book with simple projects to get you going.
Published 9 months ago by Gail L Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
If you would like to understand sewing better then this is a brilliant book to get.
Clear instructions and fun & useful projects to practice on.
Published 9 months ago by miaf
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