Synopses & Reviews
Want a fast and easy way to look completely put together? Throw on a dress! Now, with the help of Wendy Mullin of BUILT BY WENDY, sew your own custom-fit creations—25 in all.
Dresses are as useful—and as crucial—to your wardrobe as your most beloved pair of jeans. You can throw one on in summer or winter, for a night out in heels or a day in beaten-up boots: It’s maximum style for minimum effort.
That’s why Wendy Mullin, designer of Built by Wendy—label of choice for fashion-forward actors, musicians, and artists—has created a book of DIY dress designs that are simple to sew but pack plenty of fashion punch.
All of the featured dress styles are based on three basic dress shapes: the sheath, the shift, and the dirndl. These three full-size patterns are included in the book, complete with step-by-step instructions for how to use them. From those basic dress shapes, Wendy offers multiple customizations, giving a total of 25 different dress options.
Beginner sewers will find all the basic information they need to get started. More advanced sewers will see precisely how slight pattern adjustments, such as changing a collar or sleeve or switching fabric, can create limitless possibilities for unique looks. Built by Wendy Dresses covers the basics and beyond—and proves that dresses are a girl’s best friend.
The dress, the most iconic and essential piece in any woman's wardrobe, is experiencing a comeback. There has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of this versatile garment with rocketing sales and front-page news coverage. Downtown designer Wendy Mullin embraces this renewed interest by offering up BUILT BY WENDY DRESSES, a sewing handbook with 25 fully customizable variations of her favorite 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, customizing, and sewing dresses for every situation and occasion. She explains how to assess your 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.
From the founder of the Built by Wendy clothing line comes the reference every 20- and 30-something with a sewing machine has been waiting for. The sewing handbook contains 25 fully customizable variations of her favorite dress silhouettes, along with three full-sized patterns from her own line.
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 authored Sew U and Sew U: Home Stretch; designed a line of sewing patterns for Simplicity; and worked on many collaborations, including a specialty denim collection for Wrangler Jeans.