Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains, and More [NOOK Book]

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These 101 creative sewing projects can all be completed in less than a day--some in less than an hour! Playful and inventive, the projects include clothing for all ages, accessories, home decor items, and furnishings. Most feature embellishments and decorative effects -- simple touches that personalize a project with charm -- and use interesting textural fabrics, such as jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl! The authors walk readers through the sewing basics, demystify the lost art of simple ...
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Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains, and More

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Overview

These 101 creative sewing projects can all be completed in less than a day--some in less than an hour! Playful and inventive, the projects include clothing for all ages, accessories, home decor items, and furnishings. Most feature embellishments and decorative effects -- simple touches that personalize a project with charm -- and use interesting textural fabrics, such as jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl! The authors walk readers through the sewing basics, demystify the lost art of simple pattern-making, provide visual guides to stitches, and give easy instructions for techniques such as applique, doodle-stitching, and layering of fabrics.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This large volume, packed with full-color photographs, is a must-add for sewers who want to work outside the parameters of paper patterns and precise measurements. “It’s about enjoying the journey as your thread travels across the fabric,” Blum and Immergut write, “...and in the end, you’ll have made something lovely and wonderful.” This soothing, empowering style of teaching sewing is a nice contrast to the more rigid directions promoted in other recent sewing books (e.g., 1-2-3 Sew and Sewing in a Straight Line). Blum and Immergut show how to use measurements to draft five basic designs—a two-panel dress, a four-panel dress, a two-panel skirt, a wrap skirt, and a stretch panel skirt (all in Chapter 3)— which then become the basis for dozens of variations in the rest of the book. A concise, basic overview of sewing techniques and how to measure accurately round out the initial help. From there, readers will learn techniques such as bias-binding, ruffles, and ruching to add details to their clothes. As their subtitle promises, there are more than 100 patterns here, making this a deeper resource than many beginning sewing books. One caution: the vast majority of these patterns employ knit fabric. The authors provide a good overview of working with knits, in their typical calm, empowering style, but those who hate working with knit will be disappointed by its prominence. This book is well worth the price; there’s lots to daydream about and run across the needles. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603428125
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 193,860
  • File size: 39 MB
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Meet the Author

Nicole Blum is an artist, crafter, blogger, and sewing entrepreneur who sells her sewn jersey creations through her blog, One Golden Apple, and at craft fairs.

Debra Immergut is a senior editor at FamilyFun magazine. She is co-author of Improv Sewing and blogs with Nicole Blum at Improv Diary.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Getting Started
2 Finding Your Fit
3 Five Basic Designs
4 Ruffles, Pleats, and Trims
5 Lines
6 Doodling, Sketching, and Writing
7 Applique
8 Stenciling
9 Beyond Fabric
10 Upcycling
11 Instant Gifts, Instant Gratification
Templates
Our Favorite Sources for Fabric and Specialty Supplies
Acknowledgments
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    This book is truly unique and inspiring. In the first week i had

    This book is truly unique and inspiring. In the first week i had it, I made four of the projects, and they turned our really beautifully. I love the easy, breezy style. And it's a great value, with 1010 projects it will keep me going for a while!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Blue's history

    Blue comes from a city called "SingleCity". SingleCity is a corrupt and greedy city hose people have no freedom of apeech or anything. All have to have a single name and one purpose in life: a job. Defects were killed when they were born. Defects are kids born with abilities or more than one purpose in life: to save SingleCity and take down President Day. But unlike the rest, Blue was spared. She grew up doing what normal singlecity residents did: work. Blue thought that it was time to take down president Day so she set out to find the resistence, singlecity residents who want to stop President Day. Blue befriended a teddy bear , which is actually a real bear but changes form because of foreigners in its territory, named Seven. Blue has the power to summon anything out of he air at anytime and she can even multiply things. And that's my history! Hop u enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Help

    I'm a new sewer and is this somthing that i can do or do i need to improve???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Rissencrest

    Folows her.

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    Posted December 25, 2012

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