One of the main reasons new sewers buy a machine is to start making their own clothes. However, beginners sewing books tend to include only a few basic projects, often with very little focus on making clothes. With easy-to-follow instructions, clear illustrations, and simple, downloadable sewing patterns, Skirts & Dresses for First Time Sewers fulfils a need for a practical resource of clothing projects aimed at novice sewers who want to start making their own clothes. Covering a wide range of popular classics from A-line and pencil skirts to wrap and shift dresses, each chapter begins with fashionable visual inspiration. Basic information details the key characteristics of each style, together with the most suitable fabrics to use, and creative styling tips. These overviews are followed by detailed step-by-step tutorials that show readers exactly how to sew their own version of each dress or skirt, using easy-to follow text and simple illustrations to guide them through every part of the process.
Patterns for every sewing project are easily accessible via handy QR codes, while suggestions are also offered for making simple adaptations to each style in order to create different looks. A useful chapter on embellishments concludes the book, showing how to add a variety of basic trims to finished garments, including lace edging, collars, and applique.
Christine Haynes is a prolific seamstress, lecturer and author who has been sewing nonstop since the age of 10 when her mother taught her the craft. Since that time, she has developed several of her own collections that were showcased in fashion and trade shows, and sold in boutiques around the world. Christine's work has been featured in print, online and on TV via The New York Times, Sew News Magazine, Martha Stewart's Radio Channel, People.com, NBC's Today Show and PBS's Sew it All, among others.