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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes

Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking

Love at First Stitch gives you all the know-how you need to start making the dresses of your dreams. Written for novice stitchers by the author of the popular sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons, Tilly Walnes demystifies dressmaking for the generations that have never been taught to sew. This book presents the core sewing basics in an informal style, with Tilly's friendly and encouraging voice cheering the reader on throughout. Instead of overwhelming the novice dressmaker with theory, this book is about learning by doing. Each chapter presents practical tips and inspiration to guide you through creating a made-to-measure garment from one of the seven versatile and adaptable patterns included with the book, which can then be personalised to suit your individual style. Peppered throughout the book are Tilly's top sewing tips, including everything from what to look out for when buying - or borrowing - your first sewing machine, through how to behave in a fabric shop to appear like an expert, to techniques for pressing perfection.

I have enjoyed watching the brilliant Sewing Bee programmes on BBC2 and would love to have a go at dress making but have always felt nervous following a disasterous attempt to make a longline waistcoat at high school. However, when I received this book, I am feeling a little more positive (although I haven't bought fabric or dusted off my sewing machine just yet).

The book is very clearly set out. It is split into seven chapters - each based around making a specific garment. THere is an introduction which details the basic equipment list needed before beginning any project and also gives a rough guide to buying a sewing machine.

Each chapter's aim is to make one item: The Brigitte Scarf; Margot Pyjamas; Dephine Skirt; Megan Dress; Clemence Skirt; Mimi Blouse and Lilou Dress. There are photographs of each finished garment, along with variations of each project. The chapters begin with a technique section, which build up to make a fantastic skills course in simple dress making. The paper patterns for each project are also included (full size, with eight sizes included) along with step by step instructions. They are very clear and in both photographs and words. 

This would make a great gift for a wannabee clothes designer or tailor. It is perfect for teenagers or older people, the projects will suit all ages and the style of the book will appeal to all ages. It is written assuming that the reader is a complete novice and is neither confusing or assuming.

I received this book through the Amazon Vine Programme.

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