49 Sensational Skirts: Creative Embellishment Ideas for One-of-a-Kind Designs

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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

Monsters and Critics.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.
Make It Mine
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.
Bangor Daily News
Unleash your sewing machine and get your hands on this book.
Knitting News
Full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary.
Life
It's wonderful . . . has some great and fun ideas for making your own kind of skirt out of a 'find.' Inspiration happens as you thumb through this one.
Fiber Art News
The author's color and design sense are fantastic, and I'm intrigued by her practice of recycling thrift store finds.
KLIATT - Shirley Reis
Alison Willoughby is an innovative textile designer who has created runway-worthy skirts. She assumes no prior sewing experience and offers complete instructions for making your own skirts. An introductory section provides basic information about the following: deconstruction of old clothing items; construction using new materials; decoration with a wide variety of embellishments; working with paper patterns; sewing techniques and different styles of closures. Full-color photographs and detailed instructions provide the necessary inspiration and instruction. This attractive book shows how to give a new lease on life to an old favorite skirt, transform thrift store finds into gorgeous garments, or make a skirt from scratch using the handy pattern template provided with the book. Alison Willoughby is an established and innovative textile designer. Her chosen form is the skirt because she is fascinated by its geometry. She has received awards for her innovative work with fabric. Who knew that a basic skirt could have so many variations! This will appeal to a wide variety of seamstresses. Reviewer: Shirley Reis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596680616
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,039,596
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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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