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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (25 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715326953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715326954
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the crafty novice with big ideas, Sew What! Skirts is a must, with 16 super simple and colourful skirt designs to ease you into clothes making --Quick and Crafty

Inspiring book. Great introduction to both dressmaking and simple pattern cutting and good value at just £12.99 --Bookshelf

This is an inspiring book for those who want to learn to create their original designs.With emphasis on fun and fashion, this super guide shows how to make sewing a stress free experience. --Sewing World

Please note that on page 65 of the book, an instruction is given to divide the waist measurement by 6 - this should be 3. --David & Charles

This is an inspiring book for those who want to learn to create their original designs.With emphasis on fun and fashion, this super guide shows how to make sewing a stress free experience. --Sewing World

Please note that on page 65 of the book, an instruction is given to divide the waist measurement by 6 - this should be 3. --David & Charles

This is an inspiring book for those who want to learn to create their original designs.With emphasis on fun and fashion, this super guide shows how to make sewing a stress free experience. --Sewing World

About the Author

Francesca DenHartog has a lifelong passion for beautiful and unusual fabrics and is always looking for new and innovative ways to use them.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. Mcbirnie on 4 Jan. 2008
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I've been sewing for a short while now, have just bought myself a new machine, and I'd say my skill level is pretty basic. This book is everything I wanted, clear and simple instructions, timeless and inspirational designs, all in all very exciting. I love the shape of Monsoon skirts and I can recognise many of their basic styles in here, now I'm looking forward to having a go myself. Unlike one of the other reviewers, my book is also spiral bound but I find this quite useful, you can open the pages up fully while you are working without having to break the spine. Although the fabric sellers listed in the back are based in the US, I have actually ordered fabric online from a couple of them in the past, and found them to be very reasonably priced compared to here in the UK, with an excellent selection and really fast delivery. All in all, this book is amazing! Do the writers have an online blog, I wonder?!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ponytail VINE VOICE on 25 May 2007
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Lovely ! This book shows you how to make a variety of skirts, with appropriate changes of tone. Therefore, when you want to be inspired, it's quite light-hearted about choosing styles and fabric, but when you need it to be authoritative - such as shaping your skirt using darts - it tells you what you need to know.

The reason for four stars is because the construction of the book was pretty poor - the pages were stuck together at the spiral spine, so to read it I had to tear the pages slightly. Disappointing, but if there's a new edition coming out that doesn't have this (or if I was just unlucky with my copy) then it should get five stars.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Happyfamily VINE VOICE on 12 May 2007
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A great book about sewing your own skirts. The styles shown in the book are all easy to sew and most importantly flattering for all shapes. The instructions are very clear and cover some basic information about sewing so even beginners can feel confident they will be able to sew one if not all of the skirts. The easiest one is the wrap skirt where you only need fabric and thread. The author advises you to either draw directly on the fabric or if you prefer you can use a large sheet of paper to easily make a pattern. The advantage of using this book instead of shop bought patterns is that you will sew a skirt with a perfect fit, shop bought patterns usually require you to make amendements to them in order to give you a good fit. And, even with designer fabrics such as Amy Butler fabrics, it is quite affordable to sew your own skirts and certainly cheaper than buying a ready to wear one from the shops, plus you will have the pleasure of wearing a unique or personalised design.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hannah on 26 Oct. 2010
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I am a self taught sewer and fancied turning my hand to dress making, this book is perfect as I hate patterns and always get lost in instructions. The skirts cover all the basic shapes you need and are not dated at all infact I found them up to date. I have already started my first skirt, I found the self measuring is very clever and simple. Highly recommended to anyone who has basic sewing skills and a little creative flare.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Billie on 10 July 2011
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This book is fantastic. I am a straight out the box newbie to sewing, and dressmaking patterns are far too confusing for me to follow. With Sew What Skirts, you choose your style from a range of basic skirts and what kind of waist fitting you want use, no zip if you don't want to!

If you like classic, elegant and personalised style, without stress and trauma, get this book. Suitable for complete beginners new to sewing. If you can thread your machine and find the straight stitch on it, you can make the skirts in this book!

I hate shopping for skirts as I like a style but not the fabric used, or like the fabric but not the style. This book makes you the designer, you create items you want in the fabrics you choose. This Sew What book series is especially good as you learn the skills on basic designs then when you get more confident, you can embellish and alter them to you hearts content.

Another great point is that you are making your own patterns. Its not as scary as it sounds and means you can alter your design any time, changing length/flare etc as you wish. You can make ANY size, in any length, giving you plenty of scope for your unique style. The book costs less than one dressmaking pattern and gives you so many options you will be delighted.

A great place to start for anyone wanting to make their own clothes, without lots of jargon. All techniques are clearly explained and no prior knowledge is assumed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By alibali on 1 Dec. 2011
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I ordered this book after reading the goood reviews it had already received. I have not been disappointed. I have already made one skirt and it has helped me alter another quite dramatically. I am on the look out for new fabric to make the next masterpiece. There is step by step instructions on almost everything you need to know from making a pattern (or not) to completing the finishing touches. I am a novice and think its an ideal book to help those who want to be a bit different or to make a more unique item.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mintybuttons on 31 Dec. 2010
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This book has finally helped me take the plunge and make my own skirts. It takes you through step by step and if you want to start off with the more simple ones you can, and then move on to (gulp) putting in a zip ... Trust me, it's not as tricky as you think, I don't know why I've left it so long. It's a great book for the beginner, written in plain English and with a sense of humour. The only downside is that I am going to need a bigger wardrobe!
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