Sewing Made Simple is a book packed full of instructions and clever tips, it demystifies the subject and provides a wealth of know-how that will give you the confidence to make and customise clothes and home furnishings.
It is a beautiful book, the illustrated steps are concise and clearly thought through. I feel it instills confidence in both the beginner who may not know where and how to start when sitting in front of their new sewing machine, and also those at the intermediate level of sewing, who may want to broaden their capabilities and feel ready to tackle bigger projects.
· An indispensable guide to everything you need to know about sewing, starting with the essential items for your sewing box through to the core skills that will enable you to make your own cushions, curtains, clothes and more
· From stitching neat seams and inserting zips to basic quilting and embellishing, key techniques are presented in an accessible way
· Practical advice and tried-and-tested tricks that will help you to achieve professional results
· Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and step-by-step illustrations
· Includes 20 specially designed projects that will give you the confidence to try your hand at making anything
The author, Tessa Evelegh, is an expert in her field with over 30 titles to her name and a previous career at the British magazine Family circle, her work has also been in Ideal Home and Homes and Gardens magazines. She learnt to sew as a child and has continued to make clothing and soft furnishings to this day.
Where other sewing books i may have bought in the past focused more solely on inspiring projects, this is a real how to book, taking you through the practical sides, with pretty pastel drawings, that are easy to understand and a wealth of explanation on various topics such as types of materials to choose and how to measure for and use a pattern.Then there are some projects towards the second half of the book, for things like curatins, cushions, tablecloths and dresses.
Here is a overview of what's covered....
The first five chapters introduce you to all the tools, equipment and materials you will need for sewing success.
‘The Sewing Box’ explains different threads, needles, pins, scissors and other haberdashery must haves
‘The Secrets of Sewing-Machine Success’ guides you around your machine and its accessories, and includes a useful section on troubleshooting.
‘Stitch Craft’ teaches you the essential hand- and machine-stitches – the building blocks of any sewing project.
‘The Paper Pattern’ explains how patterns work and how to use and adapt them for expert dressmaking.
‘Fabric Choices’ reveals how to select the most appropriate fabrics for your project, taking into account colour, pattern, composition and weave.
The last chapter, ‘Basic Sewing Skills’, shows you how it’s done, with the essential techniques for making almost anything explained in plain and simple terms – from sewing on buttons and stitching darts to appliqué and piping.
Interspersed are 20 gorgeous projects that will help you to consolidate your skills. The projects range from a simple bias-cut skirt and tailored cushion to a more complicated apron and lined tote, and include useful basics such as a curtain, blind, child’s dress and customised T-shirt
The publishers Jaqui Small, who gave me a copy to review,
have also kindly offered one as a giveaway to Secrets readers who live in the UK.
So to be in with a chance of owning your own inspiring copy all you have to do is
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The giveaway will close a week today, good luck! And do remember its Uk only
Find Sewing made simple by Tessa Evelegh on this link at amazon