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The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstressby Sarai Mitnick
Synopses & Reviews
Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe by Natalie Chanin is a companion to the Alabama Studio Series: Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. In this final volume of the four-book series, Chanin offers, by popular demand, three new core patternsandmdash;the A-Line Dress/Tunic/Top, the Long and Short Wrap Skirt, and the Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardiganandmdash;and a guide to customizing garments to fit and flatter. For ease, convenience, and to ease its ecological footprint, this book comes with a CD rather than paper patterns. The disc contains patterns for all of the garments from the previous books in the Alabama Studio series with additional sizing for XXL, the three new patterns, plus five Alabama Chanin stencil designs, including the Polka Dot in three sizes, the popular New Leaves, and the classic Magdalena (all for readers to print as needed for their individual sewing purposes). Printed and bound in the USA.
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The mid-20th century was an amazing time for American womenandrsquo;s fashion! Following the war, women started looking to American designers rather than French couture houses for inspiration and to demand clothing they could move in, even play in. In this follow-up to Gertieandrsquo;s New Book for Better Sewing, Gretchen andldquo;Gertieandrdquo; Hirsch celebrates the classic casual styles that icons like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, and Rosie the Riveter made famousandmdash;think wide-legged trousers, fitted capri pants, beach rompers, shorts, knit tops, jeans, and day dresses. In Part I, Hirsch introduces key techniques for sportswear constructionandmdash;from working with knit fabrics to the intricacies of pant-makingandmdash;and in Part II, she showcases a 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.
Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns is the book Alabama Chanin fans are begging for! This exciting compendium takes the Alabama Chanin library to the next level, offering all the patterns from Chaninandrsquo;s first three books on a convenient CD, plus instructions and patterns for 12 new skirts, dresses, tops, and jackets, with illustrated guidelines for customizing the fit and style of each. Chanin teaches readers the ins and outs of refashioning shapes, raising and lowering necklines, taking in and letting out waistlines, and many more key forms of customization; she also provides guidelines for adapting patterns from other popular sewing companies to the Alabama Chanin styleandmdash;stitched by hand in organic cotton jersey and embellished with stencils, embroidery, and beading.
About the Author
Natalie Chanin is the founder and head designer of Alabama Chanin and author of Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. Her work has been featured in Vogue, the New York Times, and Town and Country, among other publications, and on CBS News. She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
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