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Sew U Home Stretch [Spiral-bound]

Wendy Mullin
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Book Description

14 Aug 2008
Looking to give your wardrobe some pizzazz? Start sewing! Like knitting before it, sewing is being reclaimed by a new generation, one that celebrates individual creativity.
Fresh on the heels of her first book, Sew U, which focused on sewing with woven fabrics, Wendy will now teach the creatively inclined how to make perfect t-shirts, dresses, and hoodies, all with soft knit fabric. She'll take your sewing to the next level, providing step-by-step instructions (both for sewing with a serger and without) and patterns directly from her own studio. And with tips on how to alter T-shirts and clothes you already have, you'll soon be revamping all your clothes to make fabulous custom creations.


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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 23.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,110 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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sew good for beginners! 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic follow up to Sew U 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hand-holder for stretch knits 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have just completed 3rd project ...... 30 April 2011
Format:Spiral-bound
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner's book for sewing knits 8 Jun 2011
By DaneMum
Format:Spiral-bound
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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