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Sewing Patterns: 200 Questions Answered Paperback – Abridged, Audiobook, Box set

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184448758X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844487585
  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 1 x 90 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Got a sewing problem you can't solve? This useful 'chunky' little book will come to the rescue, answering 200 questions on a vast range of sewing pattern topics. Includes advice on choosing, using and adapting sewing patterns, given in a straightforward question-and-answer format. Information on choosing the correct pattern for your size and shape. Ideas for making your own patterns for simple clothes, household items and soft furnishing.-Sew Today Take the mystery out of commercial sewing patterns with this great little guide that explains every aspect of using a paper pattern from taking accurate measurements to cutting, marking, understanding symbols and perfecting the fit. Ideal for beginners and intermediate sewers, it focuses on getting the full potential out of a pattern and expands on the information they provide in terms of appropriate fabric, interfacing and notions before clarifying the standard terminology used by pattern companies. The sections on altering garments to improve the fit or incorporate style changes are particularly helpful with clear photos and detailed explanations whilst the final section concludes with tips and techniques to achieve a professional finish.-Sewing World Being married to an architect, I have always had an interest in patterns, as there is a strong similarity between getting a flat dressmaking pattern and turning it into a three dimensional garment and turning a working drawing into a building. I was surprised that there were 200 questions to ask about patterns, but the book covers the use of patterns in its broadest sense. For example : What sort of interlining to use and how to find out your body shape. The book starts with essential equipment and choosing fabric, shows how to take measurements accurately and then goes onto the more complex business of adjusting and changing patterns. There are problem solving answers to questions such as how do I fix a gaping neckline? How do I adjust for a sway back? What do I do if the back of the armhole is gaping on a sleeve? For me the most useful information given was how to reproduce a favourite pair of trousers. At GBP9.99 this book is real value for money as it will enable you to adjust and change any patterns you already have as well as explaining what everything on the pattern envelope means.-Sewingdirectory.co.uk

About the Author

Sophie English graduated from the London College of Fashion in 1992 and went on to work with various designers including Nicole Farhi. She began her business in 1993 making couture clothes and launched her first bridal wear collection in 1995 which sold through her showroom in Pimlico as well as a wholesale collection selling through retailers across the UK at Harrods, Liberty and Dickins & Jones. A chance meeting with a restaurant manager who was dissatisfied with her current staff uniforms started a new successful venture offering designer uniforms to clients who are wanting well-thought, well-cut practical outfits. Sophie also teaches a Dressmaking Skills course at Westdean College, an internationally renowned study centre, specialising in crafts and visual arts.


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I bought my first sewing machine a couple of years ago and although I have done a lot of hand stitching of 'simple' projects I have never been quite brave enough to follow a commercial pattern because I did not fully understand the terminology used. This book is great, it answers questions about how to alter patterns, explains the terminology used and how to lay a pattern onto your fabric, also what fabrics to use and how much to buy plus many more questions. I think this is a wonderful book for beginners just learning how to use a pattern for making clothes etc.
Every page has either colour and/or black and white photographs and colour drawings.
If you want to learn about sewing/dressmaking buy it!
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A handy references for any sewing questions you may have. Beginners and experienced sewers alike will find this useful. All manner of questions are answered from types of equipment, measurements, fit and all about sewing patterns. Learn how to create and adapt patterns. It is well illustrated and easy to use. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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I must agree with the other reader. It helps a lot for a novice like me,whom totally depend on books, DVDs and websites to embark on a sewing journey! LOL! A must have for new comer! Apart from 200 questions answered, it also gives you tips and extra knowledge on sewing itself. Am happy with my purchase. Again, bought this together with the other book from Waterstone. Sorry Amazon... :-
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By Sewing Directory TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2011
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This book is the latest addition to Search Press's 200 questions answered series and covers many questions which beginner dressmakers would ask. The questions are split down into 11 chapters covering topics such as sewing equipment, preparing & cutting fabric, machine stitching, seams, darts and hems and many other techniques.

It guides you through garment making from choosing the right fabric and pattern, understanding and using the pattern to cutting the fabric, piecing the garment together and adding finishing touches. Most of the questions have a full page of text answering the question as well as a photo to demonstrate. There are also useful sewing tips scattered throughout the book.

This is a handy little reference guide for anyone planning to sew garments, a mine of information for beginners and should provide some useful time saving tips and new techniques for more experienced dressmakers.
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I have a few of the 200 questions answered books and love them all, I started by reading them through from start to finish and now refer to the relevant sections as and when required, for someone with not much experience they have been really useful.
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I don't know about you, but after sewing for some 40 years (I started young!) I am a very experienced sewer, but my memory lets me down occasionally. You know, post menopausal and the faculties are proving slow to return....that is if they ever do come back. Well whilst I am waiting, this little baby sits by my machine, and is invaluable for all sorts of stuff. It can't do anything about the weather or make me a cuppa, but it's my companion nonetheless :-)
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this book is excellent for beginners, it is written in simple English which makes it easy to follow with loads of illustrations.
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This is the other book that my Partner ordered. Once again she is very pleased with it. there's so much in it for a small book. It answers all the necessay questions that you need to know when altering patterns for yourself. In fact it's amazing. Also the delivery
service was very prompt. 5 stars
From Mr H
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