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Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking Paperback – Illustrated, 8 May 2014
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'A stylish, practical guide to stitching for novice dressmakers.'--Bookseller Buyers Guide, 1 February 2014
'All of her down-to-earth- knowledge and expertise, along with her selection of unique designs, are contained in one beautiful book! Each project in imbued with Tilly's own vintage-inspired style. With useful examples of additions and extra detailing to make the projects your own, it is simply a must-have for all you aspiring dressmakers out there!'--Making Magazine, Tuesday 1 April 2014
'Stylish and practical guide for novice dressmakers. Her designs are rather scrumptious.' --The Bookseller, 14 February 2014
About the Author
Tilly Walnes is dressmaker turned designer and was a contestant on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee, and author of the UK's most popular sewing blog, Tilly and the buttons (http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/). Between teaching dressmaking classes at sewing schools in both London and Birmingham, Tilly is developing her own range of dressmaking patterns.
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1. For a total and utter beginner, you haven't got a clue what to do
a) Learn to Sew with Lauren (Lauren Guthrie) - is brilliant and gives all the basic information along with some clothing,
accessories and home sewing projects, perfect to start with.
2. To follow on from above I would recommend
a) Sewing machine basics & Sewing School basics (Jane Bolsover) - really good techniques, and some very good mixed
b) Sewing made simple (Tessa Evelegh) - mixed projects
c) Elementary Sewing Skills Merchant and Mills - very simple very basic and is just dressmaking skills
d) Love At First Stitch - (Tilly Walnes) - as reviewed
3. A bit more adventurous
a) The Great British Sewing Bee ("From Stitch to Style" version) - lots of all round useful techniques and clothing
4. If you want to get more advanced/in depth techniques
a) The Sewing Book (Alison Smith) - step by step photo's of individual skills, very thorough
b) Dressmaking Technique Bible (Lorna Knight) -very good handbook of individual step by step skills
c) Complete Dressmaking (Jules Fallon) - excellent and well thought out all rounder
5. Aspire to be expert/would be able to use to tackle ANYTHING
a) Reader's Digest complete guide to sewing (1970's version) - you could be a professional tailor with this along with
home sewing as well!
b) Vogue Sewing (1980's version) (I found both the 1970's version and latest reprint were a bit confusingly laid out) - I
like this book very much, it makes me feel, well, "elegantly enabled" to accomplish anything!
I bought the book for £5 which I’m over the moon with. As I understand it, this is a deal that comes up every couple of months so, while I think the book is worth the full price, it can be had for a bargain.
I would say that any beginner to intermediate sewer would find something useful in this book. I certainly have!
Explanations are clear, the photos help you visualise what is supposed to be happening and I really like the skill building format in which the projects are ordered. I love it so much I bought a copy for a friend of mine, too.
I was a Tilly fan before and the book has cemented that feeling. Well done, Tilly, and thank you very much!