Book Review: Easy Guide to Sewing Skirts

Easy Guide to Sewing SkirtsHave you ever wanted just a little extra help when trying to understand a patterns sewing instructions or just wanted to do things just a little different or wanted to make that ordinary skirt pattern and make an extraordinary skirt, then this is a book you need in your sewing library. This book helps with choosing the correct pattern for your body type to fitting and all stages of construction. It even gives you a little test on your skills at the end. Of all the books in my library when I’m sewing a skirt and need help or looking to do something different this is one of my first books I go to.

This book is one of the very first books I purchased when I first started sewing. It was just on a whim, I had stopped past BAM and they were having some kind of book clearance sale where they had all these books on a table and were selling them really cheap. Sewing was just starting to become an obsession for me so of course my eyes quickly landed on the sewing books. At the time I didn’t understand most of it but over time it became one of my favorite go to books. This is the first book to teach me about straightening the grainline on my fabric.

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This book was written by Marcy Tilton who is well-known in the sewing world from her patterns with Vogue, former school and articles she has written for Threads magazine. She has written the book using four main chapters that take you from choosing your skirt to fabrics and fitting and finally construction. The book is written in the same order you would normally construct a skirt so your flow through to book is easy and continuous. It uses both pictures and illustrations to show the different techniques. The illustrations are just plain black and white and clear enough to understand. But the pictures are the majority in this book. It is like a mini skirt sewing class in a book.easy guide sewing skirts

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With all that this book has to offer I was a bit surprised that it doesn’t include shaped waistbands, but other than that this book will help you through sewing most skirts and is worth the investment if you like to sew skirts.

Easy Guide Series

This book nor any of the other books in this series are no longer in print but you can find them on some of the used book sites and on Ebay here and there. Taunton did publish an all in one book called “Easy Guide to Sewing Tops and T-Shirts Skirts and Pants” but not sure of how much it is like the original book and if it was undated at all.But if you want me to review any of the other books in the series do let me know in the comments section.

And until next time, happy sewing…

September is…

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September is National Sewing Month, now I won’t promise anything in the way of new post for this month but I do have plans on a few post for those of you wish to get started starting, need some inspiration, or maybe just thinking about it. For those of you that do sew there is ┬ásome extra fun going on, it is the #sewphotohop going on on Instagram, you could even win a prize. I may pop in a photo every now and then but with school starting back up it won’t be a top priority for me, but I do have a lot of sewing planned and do plan to show that to you.

Until next time, happy sewing…

 

Book Review: Sew What! Skirts

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Sew What! Skirts is one of those books I think anyone who sews and enjoy wearing skirts would really appreciate. With this book you can draft and sew an entire wardrobe of one of a kind skirts made to fit you or who ever you sew for. Even if you follow the latest trends their is a skirt in here for it. This is a very easy book to read and understand, but that said I would only recommend it to someone who has some sewing experience, since it is not very heavy on showing you how to sew the skirts once you have drafted them. With that said here is a quick review of what you get.

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The book contains 9 chapters

  1. How to use this book
  2. Basic skills
  3. Which waistline?
  4. The Classic A-Line
  5. Wrap It!
  6. Circles & Squares
  7. Play it straight with flair
  8. Layer It
  9. How Many Tiers?

There are all pretty much pretty explanatory with each chapter containing at least two skirts.

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The book is a hardback with a spiral binding, which is good for someone like me who can be a little hard on books and is easy to keep open when following the directions to drafting a new pattern.

 

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The book has both pictures and illustrations. The illustrations are used to show drafting, cutting layouts, and some sewing instructions. The pictures are of the finished skirts.

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Of all the books in my sewing library, is ONE I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to draft their own personal set of skirt sewing patterns. I use this book to draft my first version of the Sabriya Maxi wrap skirt about 10 years ago, which I have since improved upon with more professional drafting techniques.

Do you have a favorite book for drafting skirts, if so do let me know in the comments. And as always until next time, happy sewing…

10 In 10 Minutes or Less

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As a m.o.m. (mother of many) I’m always trying to find ways to make use of my small free time. There are some days I don’t get a chance to just sit down and just sew but I can eek out a few minutes here and there and there are somethings one can do in those brief moments that I can have a big impact on a sewing project,. Here are just a few that I hope can help you.

  1. Pretreat your fabric– I do most of my laundry between other house chores and other things. When I know what I am going work on next I just run to my studio grab it up and throw in the washing machine and if I have like colors to go with it in they go too.

  2. Pull out your pattern If you have a pattern collection like I use to have then this can take a few minutes, but having a system for storing your envelop patterns can help a lot.
  3. Press your fabric– Now this may take more than 10 minutes but if you can leave your ironing board up and iron out just doing it a little here and there can get it done sooner than you know it.
  4. Iron your pattern pieces– If you use a lot of big 4 and some indie patterns the tissue paper wrinkles like crazy even (at least for me) after I take the time to
  5. Mark your pattern pieces– If your like most people, you don’t fit commercial patterns right out the envelope and need to do some adjusting. I almost always have to do some type of adjustment.
  6. Gather your notions– For me I just like to put everything on my cutting table and off to the side. I have heard of people using small shoe size storage containers or gallon size storage bags to keep all of their notions for each sewing project.
  7. Thread your machineI don’t have to do this a lot since I stick to only a few colors
  8. Pin a few seams– ┬áNothing here to add
  9. Stitch any straight seams– If you are already familiar with what you are sewing then some seams can probably be stitched out-of-order without interfering with other parts of your project.
  10. Sew on a button– For me this happens at night when the kids are asleep because I find handsewing to be relaxing. For others who wish to use a machine, a button or two can be done in about 10 minutes.

Things like actually adjusting your pattern pieces for fit and cutting out fabric can take me more than 10 minutes, but for some super fast people this could also be done in 10 minutes. These are things I like to reserve for when I do have larger amounts of time to commit and get them done in one session.

How about you, do you have anything that is quick to do that gets you sewing sooner when those big chunks of are available? Do let me know in the comments.

Until next time, happy sewing…