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The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room

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ISBN13: 9780823033300
ISBN10: 0823033309
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Mary Adams is my new goddess. The Party Dress Book is the most knock-out book on pretty dresses that I've seen in awhile, and certainly the best guide on how to sew them. While this isn't for the beginner, Adams shows, step by step, how to sew the basics of these beautiful dresses so that you can recreate her style after your own fashion. If you like flirty and fun dresses, this book will make you very happy.
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The best dress. In any room. On any occasion. That’s a promise.

Attention fashionistas, glamourattis, and twirling enthusiasts everywhere: The Party Dress Book is the book you've been waiting for. Get an inside look at the inspiration, work, and techniques of creative dressmaking of celebrated New York designer Mary Adams. A unique combination of striking and wearable, Mary's gorgeous dresses are a glam departure from the norm. In this book, you'll learn the secrets to designing her trademark wearable decadence and how to sew your own delicious creations.

Start with Mary's influences, process as a creative dressmaker, and essential techniques, and then move into step-by-step instruction on how to produce a scene-stealer of your own. With Mary's straightforward, self-taught techniques, classic and customizable pattern, and inspired whimsy, making jaw-dropping dresses is simple and fun. The real work will be feigning modesty when you say, “Oh, this dress? I made it myself.”

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Get an inside look at the inspiration, work, and techniques of the creative dressmaking of celebrated New York designer Adams. In this book, readers will learn the secrets to designing Adams's trademark wearable decadence and how to sew their own delicious creations.

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New copies include a full-size pattern in sizes 4-14.

About the Author

Mary Adams, owner of Mary Adams The Dress, designs and creates party and wedding dresses. Her creations have been featured on Good Morning America and in New York magazine, the Village Voice, and other publications. She studied art at the University of Oregon, from which she received a BFA in printmaking. An early pioneer of the fashion movement on the Lower East Side, Mary opened her studio in 1984 on Ludlow Street and relocated to Murray Hill in the spring of 2008. This is her first book.

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lulubell, January 18, 2011 (view all comments by lulubell)
For those of us with limited imagination, Mary Adams just opened the door! The Party Dress book includes a pattern for only one dress, but with oh so many ways to adapt it. This dress pattern is a timeless design. There are photos of at least 50 beautiful dresses in the book; all using the same pattern. Adams thoughtfully details useful techniques and offers inspiring discussion on color/fabric ideas. The detailed instructions read easily and seem to be spot on.
This book would make a great gift for anyone who likes to sew and loves a good dress. It's a quick read if you can stop goggling at the fantastic photos.
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Wrighter, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Wrighter)
A fun read. Mary Adams opened her dress shop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early '80s. Her shop offered a nice escape from the battered surroundings making the world a more beautiful place one dress at a time. She writes a bit about the the times and events that have influenced changes in fashion -- not just her own designs but fashion in general-- and has a quirky take on things. And her dresses are like wearable cupcakes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780823033300
Author:
Adams, Mary
Publisher:
Watson-Guptill Publications
Foreword by:
Sedaris, Amy
Foreword:
Sedaris, Amy
Author:
Sedaris, Amy
Subject:
Fashion
Subject:
Sewing
Subject:
Dressmaking
Subject:
Dresses.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Crafts - Sewing
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
SPIRAL
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 4-C PHOTOS; 20 BandW ILLUS; 2 PATTER
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10.45 x 8.51 x .74 in 1.66 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Mary Adams is my new goddess. The Party Dress Book is the most knock-out book on pretty dresses that I've seen in awhile, and certainly the best guide on how to sew them. While this isn't for the beginner, Adams shows, step by step, how to sew the basics of these beautiful dresses so that you can recreate her style after your own fashion. If you like flirty and fun dresses, this book will make you very happy.

"Synopsis" by , Get an inside look at the inspiration, work, and techniques of the creative dressmaking of celebrated New York designer Adams. In this book, readers will learn the secrets to designing Adams's trademark wearable decadence and how to sew their own delicious creations.
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