Friday, 3 January 2014

Book Review Built by Wendy Dresses

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The dress, the most iconic and essential piece in any woman's wardrobe, is experiencing a comeback. Designer Wendy Mullin embraces this renewed interest by offering up a sewing handbook with 25 fully customisable variations of her favourite dress silhouettes, complete with three full-sized patterns from her own line. From the perfect little black dress to a breezy summer tunic, Wendy guides readers through the process of fitting, customising and sewing dresses for every occasion. She explains how to assess body shape and provides suggestions about which silhouettes will flatter the most. She inspires readers to be their own designers as she shows how simple adjustments such as adding a collar, changing a sleeve or switching fabrics can lead to endless sewing possibilities.

Hardcover-spiral: 208 pages
Publisher: Potter Craft; Spi edition (7 April 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307461335
ISBN-13: 978-0307461339

About the Author
Wendy Mullin founded Built by Wendy, a NYC-based line of women's and men's clothing and accessories in 1991. In addition to designing her collections and running her retail business, Wendy has authored books; designed a line of sewing patterns for Simplicity; and worked on many collaborations, including a speciality denim collection for Wrangler Jeans.

Frocks Rock: Why Dresses are a Girl's Best Friend and Fun to Sew Too
Book Smart: What to expect

Chapter One
Design Within Reach: How to Create he Perfect Dress for You
Triple Treat: Getting to Know Your New Dress Patterns
Body Language: Know Your Figure Type
Small Wanders: Details to Dress Up Your Design
Dream Weavers: Choosing Dress Fabrics
Linings: The Inside Scoop
Bells and Whistles: Trims to Try
Vision Quest: Considering Design, Shape and Fabric

Chapter Two
The Shape of Things: Dress Patterns, How to Make Them, How to Remake Them
Tool Time: Patternmaking Supplies
The Large and Small of it: How to Determine Your Size
On Your Marks, Get Set, Go: Understanding Patterns Markings
Shape Shifting: Techniques for Altering Basic Patterns
Testing, Testing: Making a Muslin
Altered State: Perfecting Your Patterns
Your Aim is True: Finalizing the Pattern

Chapter Three
Snip to It: Prepping and Cutting Like a Pro
Tool Time: Cutting Supplies
Prep School: Getting Fabric Ready to Cut
Cut: Built by Wendy's Seven Simple Steps for Cutting

Chapter Four
In Stitches: How to Make Sewing Your Dress a Success
Tool Time: Sewing Supplies
Equipment: Rise of the Machines
Sewing Dresses: A Crash Course
Seams: Easy as 1, 2, 3
Finish What You Started: Fray Proofing Seams Allowances
Secure Stitching: Hold to It
Living on the Edge: Finishing Raw Openings
The Heat is On: Pressing
An Open and Shut Case: Buttons and Buttonholes
Zip, Zip Hooray: Sewing Zippers
Pockets: The Inside Story

Chapter Five
The Sheath Dress
Pattern Pieces
Sewing Notes
Built by You Projects

Chapter Six
The Shift Dress
Pattern Pieces
Sewing Notes
Built by You Projects

Chapter Seven
The Dirndl Dress
Pattern Pieces
Sewing Notes
Built by You Projects

Chapter Eight
Recycling: From Rags to Dresses

Built by Wendy Dresses is available from Amazon

Disclosure: The lovely people at GMC Group sent me this book to review. I am not being paid for writing this review. All my reviews are honest and on things that I genuinely love and would recommend to my readers.

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