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49 Sensational Skirts
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Alison Willoughby, an innovative textile designer who made her mark in the fashion world as "skirtgirl" for her work on hand-constructed intricate skirts, gives a complete sewing rundown in this fabulous guidebook. Throughout its accessible chapters, this resource shows how to give a new lease on life to a favorite old skirt, transform thrift store finds into runway-worthy fashions with clever customizations, and how to make and decorate a skirt from scratch using the handy bound-in pattern template. With 49 fabulous skirt designs plus one sassy miniskirt, core techniques are illustrated with step-by-step photographs--from sewing fabric into seams, pleating, and ruching to screen printing and adding embellishments.Sewers of all levels--no previous knowledge necessary--learn how to manipulate fabric to create amazing effects such as ruffles, loops, and layers; produce unusual decorations using beads, buttons, badges, ribbons, and myriad found objects; and to create unique prints and patterns with pens, paints, and foil. Step-by-step instructions for making a wide range of skirts are included, plus instructions for numerous stitch techniques, construction and deconstruction, decorative stitches, and descriptions of various fabrics, fastenings, and finishings. Rounded off with a special section on inspiration exercises to get creativity flowing, this crafter's companion has all of the information a sewer needs to begin creating custom fashions.
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About the Author

Alison Willoughby has been running her own business in London since graduating from The Royal College of Art. She has exhibited, sold, and lectured internationally.

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"Alison Willoughby doesn't just want you to see her work--she wants you to make it yourself." --Whipup.net "If you know and admire Alison Willoughby's work, then [this book] is an absolute delight--and an absolute must! --Suite101.com "Detailed photographs and easy construction techniques ensure even beginning seamstresses success in creating a unique garment and stir the imagination of the more experienced." --Monsters and Critics.com "Unleash your sewing machine and get your hands on this book." --"Bangor Daily News" "Full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary." --"Knitting News" "The author's color and design sense are fantastic, and I'm intrigued by her practice of recycling thrift store finds." --"Fiber Art News" "Allison Willoughby's circle skirts . . . are strikingly attractive." --"The New York Sun," in the review of an exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery "It's pretty, it's practical, and it's simple, too. . . . This might very well be one of the top ten sewing books you will ever need." --"Make It Mine" -Allison Willoughby's circle skirts...are strikingly attractive.- - The New York Sun, in the review of an exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery -If you know and admire Alison Willoughby's work, then [this book] is an absolute delight--and an absolute must!- - Suite101.com -Alison Willoughby doesn't just want you to see her work--she wants you to make it yourself.- - Whipup.net -Detailed photographs and easy construction techniques ensure even beginning seamstresses success in creating a unique garment and stir the imagination of the more experienced.- - Monsters and Critics.com -It's pretty, it's practical, and it's simple, too...This might very well be one of the top ten sewing books you will ever need.- - Make It Mine -Unleash your sewing machine and get your hands on this book.- - Bangor Daily News -Full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary.- - Knitting News -The author's color and design sense are fantastic, and I'm intrigued by her practice of recycling thrift store finds.- - Fiber Art News "Allison Willoughby's circle skirts...are strikingly attractive." - The New York Sun, in the review of an exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery "If you know and admire Alison Willoughby's work, then [this book] is an absolute delight--and an absolute must!" - Suite101.com "Alison Willoughby doesn't just want you to see her work--she wants you to make it yourself." - Whipup.net "Detailed photographs and easy construction techniques ensure even beginning seamstresses success in creating a unique garment and stir the imagination of the more experienced." - Monsters and Critics.com "It's pretty, it's practical, and it's simple, too...This might very well be one of the top ten sewing books you will ever need." - Make It Mine "Unleash your sewing machine and get your hands on this book." - Bangor Daily News "Full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary." - Knitting News "The author's color and design sense are fantastic, and I'm intrigued by her practice of recycling thrift store finds." - Fiber Art News "Allison Willoughby's circle skirts...are strikingly attractive." - "The New York Sun," in the review of an exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery "If you know and admire Alison Willoughby's work, then [this book] is an absolute delight--and an absolute must!" - Suite101.com "Alison Willoughby doesn't just want you to see her work--she wants you to make it yourself." - Whipup.net "Detailed photographs and easy construction techniques ensure even beginning seamstresses success in creating a unique garment and stir the imagination of the more experienced." - Monsters and Critics.com "It's pretty, it's practical, and it's simple, too...This might very well be one of the top ten sewing books you will ever need." - Make It Mine "Unleash your sewing machine and get your hands on this book." - "Bangor Daily News" "Full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary." - "Knitting News" "The author's color and design sense are fantastic, and I'm intrigued by her practice of recycling thrift store finds." - "Fiber Art News" "Allison Willoughby's circle skirts...are strikingly attractive." -- "The New York Sun, in the review of an exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery" "If you know and admire Alison Willoughby's work, then [this book] is an absolute delight--and an absolute must!" -- "Suite101.com" "Alison Willoughby doesn't just want you to see her work--she wants you to make it yourself." -- "Whipup.net" "Detailed photographs and easy construction techniques ensure even beginning seamstresses success in creating a unique garment and stir the imagination of the more experienced." -- "Monsters and Critics.com" "It's pretty, it's practical, and it's simple, too...This might very well be one of the top ten sewing books you will ever need." -- "Make It Mine" "Unleash your sewing machine and get your hands on this book." -- "Bangor Daily News" "Full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary." -- "Knitting News" "The author's color and design sense are fantastic, and I'm intrigued by her practice of recycling thrift store finds." -- "Fiber Art News"

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