49 Sensational Skirts Creative Embellishment Ideas for One-of-a-Kind Designs

Make head-turning, show-stopping skirts using simple sewing techniques and inexpensive, readily available materials with 49 Sensational Skirts.
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Make head-turning, show-stopping skirts using simple sewing techniques and inexpensive, readily available materials with 49 Sensational Skirts. This fabulous sewing book shows how to give a new lease on life to a favorite old skirt, transform thrift store finds into runway-worthy fashions with clever customizations, and how to make and decorate a skirt from scratch using the handy bound-in pattern template. No previous sewing knowledge necessary!

Author Alison Willoughby, an innovative textile designer who made her mark in the fashion world as "skirtgirl" for her work on hand-constructed intricate skirts, offers up forty-nine fabulous skirt designs-plus one sassy mini skirt-in this innovative sewing and customizing book. Core techniques are illustrated with step-by-step photographs, from sewing fabric into seams, to pleating and ruching to screen printing and adding embellishments. Learn how to manipulate fabric to create fabulous effects such as ruffles, loops and layers; produce unusual decorations using beads, buttons, badges, ribbons, and myriad found objects; create unique prints and patterns with pens, paints, and foil. Step-by-step instructions for making a wide range of skirts are included, plus instructions for numerous stitch techniques, and descriptions of various fabrics, fastenings, and finishings. Also included is a special section by the author on inspiration exercises to get your creativity flowing.

49 Sensational Skirts has all of the information a sewer needs to get started creating custom fashions. You'll be spoiled for ways to work that skirt!

Reviews:"This book is full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary."-Knitting News

"It's pretty, it's practical, and it's simple, too.... This might very well be one of the top ten sewing books you will ever need."-Make It Mine

"Detailed photographs and easy construction techniques ensure even beginning seamstresses success in creating a unique garment and stir the imagination of the more experienced."-MonstersandCritics.com

"It's wonderful.... has some great and fun ideas for making your own kind of skirt out of a 'find'. Inspiration happens as you thumb through this one."-This Recycled Life

"Alison Willoughby doesn't just want you to see her work - she wants you to make it yourself. . . . 49 Sensational Skirts compiles some of her ideas and techniques and makes them friendly to the home crafter."-Whipup.net

Additional Info
Additional Info
Product Type Book
Binding Paperback
Number Of Pages 128
ISBN 13 9781596680616
Author/Designer Alison Willoughby
Customer Reviews (1)
As a long time sewer I was disappointed in this book, I had read a bio about her and the book and decided to buy it when I could. But I found it didn''t live up to expectations and a waste of my limited resources. Repetitive techniques and designs used throughout many of the 49 projects in all too heavy layers would be impractical to comfortably wear these skirts. Some interesting ideas but very few new innovative ways to add design and texture. She obviously likes the rough unfinished look of edges that will soon fray the fabric bits into rags, as most of the designs have this look, some it suits others look like she just couldn''t be bothered finishing them. I gave it three stars because there are some techniques that have given me some ideas or reminded me of things I have done in the past and forgotten. Get it from the library first if you can before you buy. Review by NULL NULL (Posted on 1/22/2010)
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