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Skirt-a-Day Sewing: Create 28 Skirts for a Unique Look Every Day [Kindle Edition]

Nicole Smith
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Design a skirt for every day of the week! With these 28 irresistible projects, you'll learn all the techniques you need to custom-design and sew fabulous skirts that fit you perfectly. Smith shows you how to draft a pattern for a custom fit and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared, and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct and delicious looks -- one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for sewists at every level, including beginners.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20904 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (3 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANSW822
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars good idea, poor practice 3 Dec. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book on the basis of positive reviews on Amazon sites (British/USA).
I am quite a good amateur seamstress.
Why this book disappoints?
The author assumes that the reader has an unlimited supply of patterns and skirts to copy. If this was the case -why even publish the book?!

I lost count of times when the author's advise goes like this: compare to a big4 pattern you own..., analyse a skirt you own... etc. Or worse: play with the pattern till you are happy... PLAY?! At which point would I know that the "design" is actually going to work in practice?! The book does not give an answer.
Instead, it shows extremely anorexic, and I stress the word: anorexic girls, which have neither waist, nor hips, or for that matter any other features of a normal woman(do compare the preview pages, one such a photo is included).
Even the most basic skirt design, is NOT going to work as written up in this book. I do know that much. I tried. As for other practical advice?
2yrs of material for EVERY -pattern?! There is NOWHERE an indication how long the skirts are, what basic sizing the author uses, but instead, the advise: draw by hand, try various designs. Great... if you happen to have unlimited supply of patience,paper, fabric and TIME.

I really WANTED to like the book. It is meant to be practical. In reality:
I was NOT able to use ANY "unknown" design -from those I neither owned nor knew how to copy! The book does NOT teach you how to do it.
It only gives very, very general ideas, more suited to fashion student under the guidance of a tutor than an amateur on her own.

My advise: buy a good basic pattern from Simplicity/McCall's/Butterick etc. do not waste your time on this book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 22 Nov. 2013
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Bought this based on reviews, but disappointed to find that the designs were mostly for younger people. They were mainly quite short and I know that you can make them longer but as there was no examples of this, it made it difficult to decide if the style would look okay. I could make a sample longer one but I bought the book as an easy way of doing things not creating my own patterns.

Probably okay for a beginner to start out with some basic designs but not for me.
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Excellent book for the sewer and armchair reader. Lots of good ideas. An experienced sewer will find inspiration and a complete beginner will be a little challenged unless starting with the most easy of skirts.

Good designs and instructions

Some designs will only look good on a stick insect as they add bulk to the waist and skirts have a tendency to be somewhat short. The matchstick models all look fabulous - remember to imagine the design on your body shape. There is little in the way of advice regarding choosing the right design for your body.
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