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  • Spiral-bound: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown Book Group; Spi edition (14 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316118370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316118378
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Downtown fashion darling Wendy Mullin follows the success of Sew U with a hip how-to guide for sewing stretch fabrics.

About the Author

Wendy Mullin is a self-taught seamstress whose hip clothing line Built by Wendy has found fans amongst musicians, artists, and actors such as the Beastie Boys, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Pharrell. She was tapped by Wrangler to reinvigorate their label and created the new Wrangler 47 line

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Padwick on 18 Nov. 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I bought this book after getting fed up of the time and hassle involved in putting zippers in and getting non-stretch fabrics to fit exactly right. I wanted a simple introduction to knits, and as I noticed that there were patterns included with this book, I figured that made it good value as well. There are a variety of casual and smart tops to make, as well as skirts and dresses, and what appealed to me was that you can mix and match tops and bottoms using simple alterations to create a unique garment!

I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is the most helpful book on sewing I have bought. I was able to make up a fabulous 60s style mini dress in glitter knit fabric, in four hours (and probably less next time I try it, now I know what I am doing!), and I am guessing the simple top styles would only take an hour or two. All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book, and I am definitely going to get the other 'Sew U' book hoping that will be just as helpful for non stretch fabrics.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Es Green on 8 May 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I was a novice sewer about a month ago and I bought Sew U first which gave me a great and easy to follow guide to the basics in stitches and following patterns from scratch. I then started wanted to branch into stretchy fabrics and so bought 'Home Stretch'... and as expected it was also fantastic! The language is friendly and reassuring without being patronising and Wendy takes you through how to handle the fabrics with a serger machine and without. She also gives super useful tips on what to buy and what to look for without feeling like she has a hidden agenda of any kind (refreshing). The versitility of the patterns is the best feature I find now, she shows you how to adapt 3 simple patterns into a whole plethera of iother shapes and designs and I feel confident to design my own garments after only a few weeks with the book. I wouldn't buy any other self learn sewing book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on 28 Jun. 2009
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Very good book for getting me over my fear of knits - which my sewing machine really doesn't like. My only quibble is that the patterns are quite basic but are good for learning the methods rather than necessarily making clothes I'd wear. Perhaps that's just my personal taste though rather than a real criticism.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Watts on 30 April 2011
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I'm feeling very pleased with myself as I've just completed my 3rd project in this book and have to say that it really is excellent. Having just a basic level of dressmaking experience I was pleased to find how clear the instructions were and how they enable you to apply the same pattern to a range of designs and a range of levels. This is perfect for anyone who wants to get beyond ready made patterns but isn't ready for creating their own block from scratch, ie. me!

Definitely worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Georgia Brown on 31 Aug. 2014
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I have been sewing for years but never had the courage to tackle knits before now, so I invested in this book in the hope of getting the guidance I needed and some starter patterns thrown in.

On the good side this book is very well laid out and full of great guidance and advice - if you buy it for this alone it is good value and I would give it 5* except that there is no mention that I have yet found of sewing with a twin or double needle, which for those of us who have not yet shelled out for an overlocker (or serger) is a really useful tool for both topstitching and finishing the raw edges of hems and sleeves at the same time. So on that basis I could not give it more than 4*.

However, although the general guidance and information is good, I suspect the patterns have not been as well thought through. Like many before me I chose the book in part for the 'Breton top' pattern pictured on the cover and this was the first pattern that I tackled.

I had quite a few problems as the fabric I had picked up in the sales for my first project was probably not the best choice for a beginner at sewing with knits - lightweight, slippery and very stretchy - but I am not blaming Wendy for my poor choice of fabric.

However I would like to point out a few issues with the 'Breton top' pattern (page 122) that I think could be corrected in the next reprint or edition of this book:
- the pattern advises buying way more fabric than you need - it says 1 1/2 yards - I had bought a bit extra - 2 metres of 150cm wide fabric (sold by the metre in the UK). I planned to make the largest size and also the fabric was in the sale and I wanted to allow extra for mistakes on my first venture into knits.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DaneMum on 8 Jun. 2011
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Have you never sewn in knits before? This book will give the knowledge and knowhow on this special materiale in the sewing world. Are you an intermediate and experienced seamstress then I doubt you'll lean anything new -perhaps a trick or two - but nothing groundbraking using this book. Overall it's a decent and well written book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo Batey on 31 Jan. 2012
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I have made the minidress from this book and found the instructions very clear and easy to follow. I think I need to revisit the chapter on fabrics though, as I struggled to get the fabric to keep still and a baggy slightly puckered neckline resulted. All in all a good buy.
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