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Stylish Skirts Hardcover-spiral – 7 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover-spiral: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.; Spi edition (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579907245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579907242
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,993,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stirling Books on 28 May 2007
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I was terribly exited to get this book home once i had bought it, only to be extremely disappointed from the set off. I found the tone of the book extremely patronising, or maybe arrogant is more apt. The ideas of the skirts in the book were quite pleasant, but very unprofessionally described and the reader was told how to make them in a very wishy-washy manner. If i was a beginner in the art of making clothes, i would be stuck making anything with this inadequate book. My copy was resold on ebay :)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ponytail VINE VOICE on 27 April 2007
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A really nicely laid out book, very inspirational (two days after buying it, I have material for a skirt next to me) but...

For some bizarre reason, no patterns are included in this book. 10 different styles, a guide to how to put together each one, but no actual patterns to tell you how to cut the material. The author(s) expect you to buy the pattern - of course, finding one that matches one of the 10 featured in the book - and then use their guide to put it together. This is something I could use - patterns never really have enough information on them for a nervous sewer like myself - but a more experienced dressmaker would find this very irritating.

So, personally, I love the book, but be prepared to shell out more money to get patterns before you can actually make your skirts.
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Very disappointing 3 May 2006
By Galex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
This book is very disappointing. You need to find and purchase patterns in order to make these skirts. This book would be better if it showed you how to modify a basic pattern into the various skirts. It is just good for ideas and should sell for less. I don't even think ideas presented here are original. You can get these ideas and more by looking at skirts in the store and a little imagination.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Fails to tell pattern numbers 31 Mar 2007
By Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I checked this out from the library.

I'm very disappointed in the book. The skirts are cute. The problem is that the author vaguely references an unknown paper pattern in each skirt write-up. There's no pattern number included!

There are no paper patterns included in the book, just some vague tiny hand drawn schematics to show what I guess is the main pieces of the skirt. I have no idea what size to make the pieces based off this hand drawing, I'm not skilled at skirt making.

At the end of the book she credits McCall's and Simplicity for their patterns she used, adding which page numbers in the book are featuring their skirts. However she completely fails to let the reader know what pattern number to buy. I would rate this book a whole lot higher if I didn't have to waste my time trying to hunt down what pattern was used on page 88.

I just spent the last half hour trying to find the correct patterns for various skirts at the respective pattern company websites and have failed on all counts. The book is a huge disappointment because of that lack of information.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Worthless 4 May 2006
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I saw this book at Barnes & Noble and I'm really glad I did before I made the mistake of purchasing. It only tells you how to make skirts with premade patterns and on top of that doesn't even give the pattern numbers.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Pattern numbers for these skirts 9 Jun 2009
By cjayd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I found this book very easy to understand and the pictures are great. The one problem is, as other reviewers have stated, no pattern numbers are listed for the patterns they show you how to create. I have found what I believe to be the correct pattern numbers for several of these skirts. They are as follows:

The assymetrical skirt is Simplicity #4966.
The elegantly edgey skirt is Simplicity #4753.
The sophisticated simplicity skirt is Butterick #4519.
The artfully arranged skirt is I believe McCalls #4783 but could be #5331.
The elegantly embellished skirt is I believe Simplicity #5914.
The flirty flounce skirt is similiar to Butterick #4858, McCalls #5184 and Simplicity #4882 (I could not find the exact skirt but these all have a center back zip with a lower flounce and the same pattern piece count).

I didn't find specific patterns for the others as I didn't care for them or already had a pattern that will work. Any A-line skirt pattern works for the very first skirt. Most of these sprecific patterns are now out-of-print, but can still be found fairly reasonable on eBay.

I don't understand why the author chose to show fantastic step-by-step instructions on how to create these skirts and then failed to state which specific patterns they are. I found their explanation of how these are basic styles and any number of patterns could be used to be silly. I believe instead that they didn't want to pay to get permission to acknowledge them. Anyone learning to sew (which is who this book was written for) will not feel comfortable finding just any similar pattern to work on with this book. And the step-by-step instructions may not work with just any pattern. Hopefully with these pattern numbers some readers will take the plunge and give this book a try. The instructions and pictures really are very good compared to a lot of other books.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent learn-to-sew book, but title needs work. 25 Oct 2006
By silversurf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover-spiral
I wish they had chose a better title for this book. I would have called it "Learn to Sew by Making Stylish Skirts". If you are looking for a reference book for advanced sewing or fashion design methods, this is not the book you want. But other than that, I think this is a well-designed instructional tool for novice home sewers.

The sewing industry has had to wake up to the fact that young people haven't been taught to sew and don't think of it as an interesting activity. This has resulted in a lot of new books and patterns targeted at younger sewers. The challenge is to get their attention, and then give them information that is helpful and clearly explained-and that beginners can digest in short segments of free time. I think this book is one of the better ones I have seen. The layout and design of the book is bright and attractive, and the sewing information is accurate and clearly explained.

The book is written for beginning sewers, and assumes no previous knowledge. It covers all the basics that you need to know before starting a first garment project: how to select a pattern, how pattern sizing works, purchasing a machine, selection of sewing notions that are actually useful, etc. There is good advice on choosing fabrics that are easy to work with and that are suited to the pattern chosen. I am an experienced dressmaker who has taught beginners to sew, and I think someone who has never sewn a garment before could definitely complete a creditable first project with the help of this book.

The target demographic for the book seems to be young working or student-age women who would like to sew their own clothes, but haven't had access to a good sewing class or teacher. The author takes the approach that the learning experience will be much more appealing and fun if the student starts with something she actually wants to wear, as opposed to traditional beginner projects like pillowcases and (ick) aprons. (If you are a male wishing to learn to sew, you can still use this book even if you don't wear skirts yourself. Make some for your mom, sister or female friends - or yourself - and impress them with your creative side). She also assumes that most of her target audience are pressed for time, so she doesn't burden the reader with too much information. Rather than have a total beginner struggle with pattern drafting or complicated fitting methods, the author advises selecting a commercial skirt pattern in a basic style as a starting point. Choosing skirts is a great idea. They are probably the easiest type of women's or girl apparel to construct and fit. Pattern styles are suggested, with tips on how to interpret a pattern envelope to be sure you are getting what you expect. As patterns go out of print quite frequently, no specific pattern brands or numbers are given. However, excellent patterns for skirts can be found in every major pattern catalog, so finding a good one won't present a problem for even the most clueless beginner.

The bottom line: an excellent textbook for a beginner's sewing class, or for motivated would-be sewers who want to do it on their own.
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