Girl with a sewing machine The no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes

Jenniffer Taylor

Book - 2017

Create your own unique clothes to fit your personality and your shape. This stylish, instructive book from The Great British Sewing Bee 's Jenniffer Taylor shows you how to make and adapt your own clothes in a simple, no-fuss way. Using Jenniffer's fun and imaginative ideas, this book will teach you how to get started transforming unloved items of clothing into new and exciting outfits; how to customize clothes with doilies, tassels, tie-dyeing and block printing; and finally how to me...asure yourself, create patterns and make clothes from scratch, including dresses, skirts, tops, trousers and a coat.

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Subjects
Published
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press 2017.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
144 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN
9781782214564
1782214569
Main Author
Jenniffer Taylor (author)
  • Introduction
  • My sewing journey
  • Sewing kit
  • Fabricology
  • Getting started
  • Customising clothes
  • Making clothes from scratch.
Review by Booklist Reviews

The Great British Sewing Bee was a TV series in the same tradition as the Great British Bake Off, and for four seasons, it featured amateur home sewists (not aired in the U.S. but episodes can be found online). Taylor was a contestant on the second series and has since started running workshops and advocating for home sewing. Here she outlines basics for sewing garments, both from scratch and for altering existing items to remake them into new shapes and functions (both staples of the TV series). Each project is outlined in steps, accompanied by color photographs, which include useful information on making adjustments to fit one's measurements as well as explanations of why to do things a particular way. Specific skills are highlighted in each project, and each of those skills is indexed for quick reference. Taylor notes throughout that she is self-taught and provides encouragement for aspiring sewists. Basic sewing tools and fundamentals are outlined, and projects include a skirt, dresses, tops, a coat, and more. Measurements are given both in metric and U.S. customary units. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Taylor, a former contestant on The Great British Sewing Bee, brings her retro style to this collection of easy-to-sew projects, including several that repurpose thrift-store finds. The first section focuses on customizing clothes by repurposing or altering them, and the second features easy garments, often showcasing reclaimed fabric. Some garments are a bit sack-like and shapeless, including a top made of two square scarves sewn together, and others are just plain odd, such as the T-shirt that has been altered so "tassels" hang off the arms. Still, Taylor's easygoing manner and free spirit will appeal to sewists looking for quick, fun projects with a retro vibe. VERDICT Taylor's easy-to-sew projects will help beginners build confidence, and the down-to-earth tone is a pleasant change from the Pinterest-perfect aesthetic that often plagues similar sewing books. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Provides instructions for creating unique clothes from scratch or transforming unloved items of clothing into new and exciting outfits with doilies, tassels, tie-dyeing, and block printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This beautiful, instructive book from The Great British Sewing Bees Jenniffer Taylor shows you how to make and adapt your own clothes without the need for shop-bought patterns. Using Jenniffer's fun and imaginative ideas, this book will teach you how to get started transforming unloved items of clothing into new and exciting outfits; how to customise clothes with doilies, tassels, tie-dyeing and block printing; and finally how to measure yourself, create patterns and make clothes from scratch, including dresses, skirts, tops, trousers and a coat. The book is packed with all the tricks of the trade that Jenniffer has learned along her sewing journey, and it will get you started on your own #sewingrevolution!