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A bit disappointed,
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Having really enjoyed watching the program and being a novice dressmaker - ie last made something when I was at school - I thought that the book would help me to start making clothes. Although the book is very nice to look at I was very disappointed by the lack of paper patterns and also by the fact that the patterns in the book only go up to a size 16 and I am a very ample size 18 on top. This more than anything has put me off trying to make anything as I really don't want to try and make a pattern bigger just yet and also I wanted the pattern there not one that I have to print off or as in the case of the really nice blouse that Tilly made having to scale draw the pattern. I would not recommend this book to anyone other than someone who is confidant in making clothes.
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2013 19:23:01 BDT
I found it a bit off that if you want this pattern you have to pay another £7 to buy it from Tilly's Blog. Why include the instructions for a project that is not included with the book. I wrote and complained to Quadrille.
Posted on 17 May 2013 09:43:02 BDT
Mama D x says:
if you follow the pattern instructions and basic shape for a smaller size but alter to fit your own measurements before you cut the fabric. add around 2cm all around for a seam allowance and you'll create something just as nice but made to measure whatever your size. you can buy dressmaking pattern paper from auction websites to make your own version of the patterns before you start. i'm 45 and have been sewing for 40 years. I had a gastric band fitted 3 years ago and have gone from a size 26 to 14 so I know how problematic it can be when you have a few curves in the right places. don't be put off by small details, if you're confident enough to buy the book in the first place i'm sure you have the ability to make a few changes along the way.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 10:32:00 BDT
S. Hadley says:
Thanks very much for the advice!! I've got some pattern paper so I shall try that out.
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