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A Beginner's Guide to Making Skirts: Learn how to make 24 different skirts from 8 basic shapes Paperback – 25 Oct 2016

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books; Pap/Acc edition (25 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782493700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782493709
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.3 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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'Armed with this book, some fabric and Wendy's sewing wisdom, you'll be well on your way to a stylish array of unique skirts that will give you a perfect fit.' --Sew Magazine, October 2016

'Wendy Ward's second book has all the know-how and patterns you need to sew up 24 skirts from eight basic shapes.' --Simply Sewing, December 2016

About the Author

Wendy Ward has worked as a designer in the fashion industry since 2000, for a range of companies from niche retailers to large high street chains, including Matalan and M&S. In 2007 Wendy started teaching dressmaking, pattern cutting and textiles for adults. She has a degree in Fashion Design, an MA in Design and is a fully qualified teacher. In 2012 Wendy opened MIY Workshop in Brighton and launched the first of her own design sewing patterns. Wendy is also a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She is a regular contributor to Sewing World Magazine and her first book My Fashion Label about fashion design for kids was published in 2014. Her first sewing book for adults The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking was also published in 2014. Wendy lives in Brighton.


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I am not an absolute beginner but I wasn't happy with the results I was getting. I have bought a number of books and endless paper patterns. This is the first book that has perfected all the skills that I have been hit and miss with. I found the patterns included difficult to trace. However, once I had deciphered the sizing and made the adjustments, I discovered that the fit was perfect (something I hadn't achieved before). You need to be prepared to flit about in the book. The instructions for the patterns are at the front of the book and the skills you need are at the back. I found that as long as you perfect each step before moving on, the results look really professional and nothing like the home made efforts I had been turning out before. I think, as long as you follow the instructions to the letter, this book is an excellent choice for those who are new or almost new to sewing.
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This book is Wendy’s second dressmaking book and focuses on teaching the reader to sew their own skirts. The book covers 8 basic styles of skirt: Jersey pencil skirt, wrap skirt, circle skirt, A-line skirt, bubble skirt, pencil skirt culottes and front opening skirt as well as variations on each giving you 24 designs in total. As you work through the book she teaches you skills and techniques that build your confidence in making your own wardrobe and allow you to customise your skirts. They would also prove useful not just for the skirts in this book but for other garments you may like to make in the future.

The projects are sorted in order of difficulty and follow this format: intro, measurements, fabric guide, fabric requirements, cutting information, step to step guide for putting the garment together and advice on variations. There are plenty of useful diagrams to help you with both the cutting and construction.

The last 30 pages of the book is a detailed techniques guide helping you get to grips with hems, seams, zips, darts, top stitching, fitting, fastenings, waistbands and more. The patterns themselves come in a packet at the back of the book and are full sized ready for you to trace off. They also cover a great range of sizes going from a size 8 to a size 26! I do love to see a book with both full size patterns and a good size range represented. I have attached some images of the patterns you'll find in the book.

The book is a really comprehensive beginner’s guide presented in an easy to follow format plus the skirts are very fashionable too. If you want to start making your own skirts this is the book for you.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory
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This is described as a beginners guide. A beginner can't make the items from this book unaided. The book requires to much knowledge. For example, the first project enjoins the reader to be accurate. Well, most people will be as accurate as they can. A project requiring accuracy is not a project for a beginner.
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I loved Wendy's 'Beginners guide to dressmaking' and have up to now made five garments from it with 3 more on the list. When I found out that there was to be a new book concentrating on skirts, even though I don't wear skirts I thought I had to have it even if it is only for the sewing skills and the ideas on how to make each garment your own.

Well, I have not been disappointed. Three of the skirts are on my list with two variations of each which means I will need to buy some tights, but I think it will be worth it.
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What's not to love about this book? It's excellent. Clear and concise, great for both a novice and not so novice dressmaker. The information at the back is superbe, all those terrifying things like zips, button holes and fitting are explained/taught simply, with no gobbledegook! Love it.
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This is a brilliant book, with clear instructions and illustrations. The possibilities are almost endless with the various styles of skirt, I want to make all of them! And it costs less than you'd usually pay for one pattern.
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Amazing book with brilliant patterns and clear instructions. Definitely recommend to novice sewers....I am a beginner and have successfully made two of the skirts so far.
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