Chic & Simple Sewing: Skirts, Dresses, Tops, and Jackets for the Modern Seamstress (Spiral)

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More of an introduction. There is a wonderful "Basic Techniques" chapter that includes choosing seams, and fabrics that are best suited to each pattern. The patterns are enclosed in a tidy envelope at the front of the book, and the spiral binding allows you to leave the book open while you go back and forth from your work to the book. Quite a handy reference to have for more formal and office attire. (Wonderful and Funky Spring Jacket on page 98.)

— From Jessilynn


End Those What-To-Wear Woes!

“Christine Haynes’s clear and encouraging instructions (coupled with classic fashions) will inspire even the most inexperienced sewers to create their own personalized clothes and feel proud wearing them.” —Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching

Chic & Simple Sewing is the perfect how-to book for the novice seamstress! Inside you’ll find everything you need to know about sewing basics, in an easy-to-follow conversational tone. Plus, the projects are cute to boot!” —Sue Daly, founder of the Renegade Craft Fair

No more spending more than you can afford on clothes! Chic & Simple Sewing shows you how to make modern, stylish, and fun clothes you’ll want to wear every day. Plus, you’re in control. You pick the fabrics, the cut, the size—all tailored just for you, not mass-manufactured on an assembly line. For about the price of two or three commercial sewing patterns, this book will give you full-size patterns to make the more than 20 garments, including a classic shift, A-line skirt, and figure-flattering wrap dress. What are you waiting for? Your new, one-of-a-kind wardrobe awaits!

About the Author

CHRISTINE HAYNES is a regular Renegade Craft Fair and Felt Club participant, and her designs can be found in boutiques from Los Angeles to London. Her work has been featured on "The Today Show" as well as in "The New York Times, The New York Post," and "The Los Angeles Times."

Visit her online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780307451095
Publisher: Potter Craft
Publication Date: April 14th, 2009
Pages: 128

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