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The Beginners Guide to Dressmaking: Sewing techniques and patterns to make your own clothes Paperback – 7 Nov 2014

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (7 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446304949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446304945
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Wendy Ward has her own business based in Brighton: MIY Workshop, where she teaches sewing, dressmaking and pattern cutting to adults. She also designs and sells her own range of sewing patterns: MIY Collection.


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iam a new sewer to dress making and found this book very helpful and have already made the shift dress from the patterns enclosed with the book , the instructions were easy to follow . I've learned a lot from this book
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This is a great book for beginners. Clear instructions and pictures. Some of the pieces are a bit short though.
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I wish all sewing books were as well written as Wendy Ward's. Every detail is well thought out and easy to follow. A book to truly guide a dressmaker along the right path.
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Very good book love the paterns good and easy instructions came quickly and packaged very well thank you
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I'm am returnee to sewing so am using this book as a refresher for myself and in that context it's a great , easy to follow and nicely laid out. If however, I was a complete beginner I think this book fails in a big way. The fact that the individual patterns have to be traced from master templates which contain all the garments described in the book isn't for the faint- hearted. I would have been much better to have had at least one of the patterns, say the T-shirt as separate pattern to cut out immediately to get started on, rather than face the daunting task of untangling the right lines for each piece of each garment from the template. The book does contain a section on how to trace the patterns, but personally I think you need some experience to know how important it is for the right markings to be in the right place in order for the item to be made up and fit correctly. For a total beginner I would suggest a New Look or Simplicity easy sew pattern and maybe this book or something similar alongside it. to get you off to a confident start.
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Excellent book with very detailed step by step instructions. The bonus is the inclusion of full size patterns which on their own would cost more than the book. Would highly recommend this book to beginners and those with more experience.
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Fantastic! For a complete beginner it has clear instructions and good, easy to follow diagrams. I have just completed my first ever T-Shirt. It fits perfectly and everyone comments on the fabric everytime I wear it. A huge Thankyou to Wendy.
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I have no sewing ability but would like to create my own dresses. If you have basic sewing skills this is a great book. Very clear instructions and simple projects. It is actually possible to create something wearable
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