Buffi's Dress Design: Sew 30 Fun Styles

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In this fun, hip, easy-to-follow guide, Project Runway contestant Buffi Jashanmal shows you how to design and make your own custom-fitted dresses from start to finish. You’ll learn how to create custom patterns for three basic dress shapes – the shift, the sheath, and the princess seam – and how to make them rock by exploring nine variations for each basic shape. Buffi also shows you how to revamp secondhand and vintage dresses, for a total of 30 unique and stylish dress designs. Your dresses will fit your body, ...

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Buffi's Dress Design: Sew 30 Fun Styles: Make It, Own It, Rock It

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Overview

In this fun, hip, easy-to-follow guide, Project Runway contestant Buffi Jashanmal shows you how to design and make your own custom-fitted dresses from start to finish. You’ll learn how to create custom patterns for three basic dress shapes – the shift, the sheath, and the princess seam – and how to make them rock by exploring nine variations for each basic shape. Buffi also shows you how to revamp secondhand and vintage dresses, for a total of 30 unique and stylish dress designs. Your dresses will fit your body, suit your taste, and express your individual style like nothing you can buy in a store!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
Jashanmal is a former Project Runway contestant, and her first book is in tune with that program’s DIY aesthetic. She thoroughly explains the process for drafting and using patterns based on one’s measurements, and provides an overview of tools, fabrics, and sewing techniques. Then variations on three basic dress patterns— the shift, the sheath, and the princess seam— are provided, with clearly illustrated instructions. In total, the book provides a reasonable facsimile of a beginning dressmaking course such as one might find at FIT or Parsons School of Design. Unfortunately, the photos— many of which include Jashanmal modeling her own designs— that illustrate the pattern variations can be off-putting. Jashanmal favors a “crafty” style that can look sloppy, and she too often uses fabrics that seem garish, especially when posed next to busy backdrops. Some simpler designs— a strapless number or a cute sailor’s style outfit— are more broadly appealing. Buy this one for the instructions, not the design inspiration. Color photos and illustrations. (Feb.)
Library Journal
11/15/2013
Fashion designer Jashanmal has been designing for over ten years, but she made a name for herself as a contestant on the reality show Project Runway. In her first book, she shares tips and tricks for sewing dresses to fit and flatter women of all shapes and sizes. The key is taking precise body measurements and using those measurements to create a sloper, or a type of pattern template that can be used accurately to draft dress patterns. Each of the dress designs falls into one of three basic categories (shift, sheath, or princess-seam), and a number of variations are presented, allowing sewists to choose the style, length, and embellishment that work best for their body type and their personal preference. Jashanmal's own style is flirty and feminine, and she injects her personality into the whole book—even the rundown of basic sewing supplies. VERDICT Patternmaking is an essential skill for sewists who want to make the step toward designing their own clothing, and Jashanmal's advice and guidance is top-notch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120300
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 781,271
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Buffi Jashanmal has been in the fashion industry for over 10 years. She was a popular contestant on Season 10 of Project Runway. She currently lives in Dubai but has lived in New York City, where she taught sewing workshops to children and adults at Space Craft, Burda Styles, the Textile Art Center, Hewitt School, and Etsy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1

Fabrics and Tools

Chapter 2

Slopers, Patterns, and Muslins

Chapter 3

The Shift Dress

Chapter 4

The Sheath Dress

Chapter 5

The Princess Seam Dress

Chapter 6

Vintage Transformation

Illustrated Glossary

Acknowledgments

Index

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