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Sewing Made Simple: From sewing box to sewing machine: fashion and furnishing techniques explained [Hardcover]

Tessa Evelegh
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012

Sewing Made Simple is an inspiring and enlightening introduction to an incredibly useful and enjoyable skill. Filled with clear instructions and clever tips, it demystifies the subject and provides a wealth of know-how that will give you the confidence to make and customise clothes and home furnishings. The first five chapters introduce you to all the tools, equipment and materials you will need for sewing success. ‘The Sewing Box’ explains different threads, needles, pins, scissors and other haberdashery must-haves. ‘The Secrets of Sewing-Machine Success’ guides you around your machine and its accessories, and includes a useful section on troubleshooting. ‘Stitch Craft’ teaches you the essential hand- and machine-stitches – the building blocks of any sewing project. ‘The Paper Pattern’ explains how patterns work and how to use and adapt them for expert dressmaking. ‘Fabric Choices’ reveals how to select the most appropriate fabrics for your project, taking into account colour, pattern, composition and weave. The last chapter, ‘Basic Sewing Skills’, shows you how it’s done, with the essential techniques for making almost anything explained in plain and simple terms – from sewing on buttons and stitching darts to appliqué and piping. Interspersed are 20 gorgeous projects that will help you to consolidate your skills. The projects range from a simple bias-cut skirt and tailored cushion to a more complicated apron and lined tote, and include useful basics such as a curtain, blind, child’s dress and customised T-shirt that every reader will want to try.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417659
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

What a brilliant but busy summer/autumn I had in 2013!
As well as writing the latest Great British Sewing Bee Book ( which reached #4 Amazon Bestseller) to companion the BBC2 TV programme, I spent sunny days down at Mapledurham, the film location for BBC2's new programme, The Big Allotment Challenge, researching and styling that companion book.

A professional journalist and author of more than 30 books, I've been writing about all things home, garden and making for about 30 years. I've always believed everyone is creative and love to inspire anyone who wants to flex those creative muscles to have a go! I do this by showing-them-how through photographs, illustrations and words. I see myself as a kind of translator - taking what seems to be complicated and making it simple to understand and easy to do for the reader.

I'm loving the current resurgence of interest - passion, even - to acquire lost traditional skills and use them in new ways. I also think, once you have those tools, one form of creativity can inform and enrich another. I live in a particularly vibrant and creative neighbourhood in South East London, which provides me with a constant source of inspiration. I personally believe simplicity in design is often the most beautiful, and this is what I aim for in any projects I produce. I hope that gives people the confidence to develop their own sense of style and creativity.

For me, I've been sewing since I was five years old and my interest in gardening started not long afterwards as I trailed behind my horticulturally-trained grandmother around her vegetable garden and flower garden. I've been writing about crafts and sewing and gardening for more than 20 years in newspapers, magazines and books, and for about five years, I had a regular column in Practical Gardening magazine.

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‘An inspiring and enlightening introduction to an incredibly useful and enjoyable skill. A basic fool-proof guide that you will go back to time and again for reference.’

(Creativesalvage.com )

‘For a beginner, this is a fantastic resource…The projects part of the book is well laid out with clear instructions.’

(Ukhandmade.co.uk )

‘A neat format with excellent photos and illustrations.’

(Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk )

‘Jam-packed with facts and diagrams and detailed instructions…a very lovely looking book’

(Bugsandfishes.blogspot.co.uk )

‘Contains all the information you’ll need to get to grips with the fundamentals of sewing’

(Mrxstitch.com )

‘If you are a beginner or you need to refresh your sewing skills, this book is just what you need…This would make a great gift for someone starting out on their sewing journey’

(Sewing World )

Your must-have guide to everything needle-and-thread.

(Mollie Makes )

About the Author

Tessa Evelegh is a writer and stylist specializing in stitchery of all kinds, crafts, interiors and gardens, with more than 30 titles to her name. These include Window Workshop, Simple Home Style and Sheer Style. Prior to going freelance, she spent eight years at Family Circle magazine, overseeing the dressmaking, interiors and fashion departments. Her work has been published in the Daily Telegraph, Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home and Woman and Home. An enthusiastic dressmaker since the age of five, when she ‘cut her teeth’ on dolls’ clothes, she still makes and customizes clothes, home furnishings and upholstery. Tessa lives in South London and has two (almost) grown-up daughters who also love to ‘make their own’.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use, great projects 12 Mar 2012
This book has a lengthy introduction showing ribbons, zips and all the accessories and tools of the trade. It shows the anatomy of a sewing machine, details on stitches, sizing for patterns, fabrics and a lot more. The instructions are easy for anyone to understand, a lot of stitchers will already know the information, so this book is aimed at beginners. The information is presented in a neat format with excellent photos and illustrations. Learn all about sewing basics - seams, curved seams and more. The projects are suitable for any skill level from beginner up. They include a handsome window blind, tote bag using enclosed seams, pyjama trousers, pintuck camisole, girl's sundress, curtains, washbag, cushions, drawstring bag, bolster, customized t-shirt, aprons, evening purse, skirt, tablecloth and napkins and small quilt. Each project features a technique, which is amply explained beforehand. Templates are also included. If you have never quite understood sewing or your projects don't look professionally finished, this is the book for you. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics blog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sewing made simple 17 April 2012
By Mo
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well worth buying.Sraight forward and clear advice.A book that will not go out of fashion and you could pass on to your children/grandchildren.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for beginners 17 April 2014
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Just what I was looking for. No nonsense book that covers all I need to know and more. Great buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE REFERENCE BOOKS 4 Oct 2013
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It is great book, just what I wanted to remind me of so much forgotten craft skills from the youth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple sewing superb! 22 Jun 2013
By BB85
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I love this book. Even this morning I took to reading it again in the early hours, determining that I will slip stitch the edge around the Swedish blinds that I am in the process of making, something that I'd never thought possible! I recommended this book as essential to all homes.
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