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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc (28 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805313072
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805313077
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Miss A M P Pearce on 8 Oct. 2014
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Didn't realise no pattern present.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Full of cute skirts, but not clear on how to make different sizes 8 Jun. 2014
By earthymama - Published on
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The skirts in this book are all so cute. I can see myself making nearly all of them for me, or my sister, or my girls (even my mom!) I was going to wait to review the book until I had made something, but wanted to say that, as the other reviewers noted, there are no pattern pieces included. The layout drawings give measurements, but I am having a hard time trying to figure out how to make bigger sizes. For example, it's easy to change the size of the waistband to fit me, but if I'm making the waistband bigger, I need to also slightly increase the size of the panels. It would be helpful to get directions from the book on how to grade various sizes (if you add 2 inches around the waist, the bottom of the skirt should be x inches fuller, for ex) So I'm brushing off my math skills and going to have to make a muslin for at least the first few patterns to see how it all goes. I know it's good sewing practice to make and adjust a muslin, but I don't have a lot of time to sew and I'm afraid I won't get as much done with the book as I wanted.

Still, if you are the right size to fit these without making any adjustments, the skirts look very straightforward to sew. The patterns are really cute and give options for all seasons and occasions from everyday to fancy dress.There's also a nice range from classic to more edgy style.

Overall, this is a fun book, but you should know what you are getting into before you get it. And if anyone sews from the book, post your pictures so others can see!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Another lovely Japanese Sewing book 17 Jun. 2014
By All things sewing - Published on
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There are a lot of patterns sewn from rectangular fabric pieces so essentially one size fits most as you then determine where your side seams will be (or use the whole fabric width) and just cut a waistband to fit you. For larger sizes maybe make pleats smaller or wider apart.

Other pattern pieces will be easy enough to use the slash and spread method. If you have an A-line skirt in the wardrobe that fits well use it to work out your alterations to pattern pieces

The 12 panel skirt is easily adapted to larger sizes by adding extra panels as required - just make sure you buy enough fabric.

All in all the book has some very easy skirt patterns and some you can include more technical details like the embroidery work to personalize.

I like that a lot of the skirts have a zipper closure and then a waistband casing with a drawstring tie so that they accommodate various sizes (but what are the sizes they fit???).

Am looking forward to making some skirts ready for next spring.

The one thing that would have been very useful that is not mentioned in any of the patterns is measurements of the finished garments, specifically the waist & hip measurements, which you need when drafting to accommodate a larger size than the pattern may accommodate. It is this important oversight that has made me only give 4 stars to what is essentially a great pattern/idea source book..
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Stylish and unique 4 July 2014
By JC Smitty - Published on
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For those that sew, you probably know there are a lot of sewing books out there. The thing that makes this book stand out is that the skirts are not the typical, average skirts that you see in most books.

For one thing, the book starts out with all of the skirt views IN COLOR, then tells you the page numbers.

Unlike some of the author's other books, this one does not have the actual patterns in the back--but then again, that could be because this is a demo copy.

Measurements are given in both the metric and inches so this makes it user friendly for both US and sewers abroad.

Page 33 has a dedicated "Tips for Making Better Skirts" section and the last couple of pages have sewing terms and symbols used.

As far as one's sewing skill, if you consider yourself an advanced beginner and upward, this book is perfect.

One definitely has to have sewing skills and knowledge. As always, way to go Tuttle Publishing. :-)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Promising book 6 Jun. 2014
By Natalie L Hamilton - Published on
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Just received this new book so haven't made anything yet... indeed there are no pattern pieces but I'm intrigued with its detailed instructions for drafting. I've done a little drafting many years ago but figure drafting skirts is a great place to try again. Looking forward to trying some soon.
Great Value 30 Oct. 2014
By peace - Published on
Format: Paperback
Love all the beautiful skirts on it. It has a good description of the skirts and how to get fabric for each, how to draft, cut and sew. It is lovely. I just want to try out all of them. Good for beginner, but best for intermediate or professionals (would be easier understood by them). Good value for money.
Wished I could have something like this for tops and gowns.
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