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Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this Japanese Sewing book, there's no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of ...

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Overview

Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this Japanese Sewing book, there's no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of styles—from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and textures—so the options are truly endless. The enclosed patterns and instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

Author Sato Watanabe has written many of the most popular Japanese sewing books on the market. In this new book, she shows you how to make professional-quality skirts easily and inexpensively at home. She studied clothing and accessory design at Tokyo's famous Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to creating bestselling books!

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"Long or short, pleated, straight, ruffled, or gathered, skirts are fabulous fashion stables to have on hand...and with the patterns in Stylish Skirts, you're sure to find something to flatter every body type. Perfect for beginners and advanced sewists, these patterns are easy to follow and will work with all kinds of fabric. If you've been wanting to learn to sew your own clothes, now is the time...and this book will help you every step of the way." —FaveCraft

"There are 23 skirts to make [...] you can custom the skirts to fit you perfectly!" —Japanese Sewing Books

"With 23 skirt styles to sew, there is bound to be something for just about everyone [...] From A-line skirts to balloon skirts and a variety of lengths this book has skirts pretty well covered. There are several great ideas for embellishing the skirts as well" —Sweeter Than Cupcakes

"[...] with 23 choices available, almost every one of them something I would wear [...] Stylish Skirts is definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a skirts fan like I am! —Crafty Staci

"I do love all these designs. Sato Watanabe always has some great added detail that elevates the simplest garment." —CraftyPod

"So the radically different thing about this book is that there are no pattern sheets. You can see a sampling of the skirts included in the book above, and as I browsed through the styles, trying to decide which one to sew, it finally hit me that the instructions were for drafting the skirt patterns from scratch. [...] Perhaps because I started the skirt late at night, it took me a lot longer than I estimated, but it's an utterly straightforward skirt to sew, and I really, really like it. Maybe even love it. It's casual with interesting bits (there are varying sized panels gathered in different parts of the skirt), and it's an ideal summer item. Maxi skirts are the best." —Sanae Ishida

"[...] there is great inspiration and many of the projects will get your own creative wheels turning, and you may find yourself getting lots of ideas for your own individualized projects from the book. [...] There are 23 in all . So if you love skirts, you are in luck!" —Sew Country Chick

"I enjoyed this book and all the different styles and patterns it had [...] instead of having patterns to trace, each skirt has a pattern with instructions for drafting. This is perfect for someone who likes to jump right into working with the fabric instead of doing lots of pattern-work first." —Feather's Flights

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805313077
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 770,618
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Designer Sato Watanabe specializes in simple, elegant homemade couture with room for a touch of individuality. She studied clothing and accessory design at the Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to cooking and sewing books.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    As a bookseller at B&N, this book came home with me the firs

    As a bookseller at B&N, this book came home with me the first day I shelved it! I love all the simple but elegant designs. Most skirt books I see are huge books with countless"variations" of the same pencil or gathered skirt. This title has 23 different skirts ranging from simple gathered styles to elegant a-lined and gored styles which will flatter a more rounded figure like mine! I have over 40 years experience sewing and find commercial patterns lacking. There are not paper patterns with this book but rather very clear directions for drafting your own basic pattern pieces and very clear step by step diagrams for construction.  A true beginner may need to reference a basic sewing manual for construction techniques and I would advise every one to compare your true measurements against the pattern diagrams and adjust (very easily) to your measurements accordingly. Again this info will be found in any good sewing reference. What I love about this book is the simple straightforward way everything is presented. You do not have to search through the book to find directions for something only to find out the one cute thing you love in the picture is the one "alternate" item that is not given in the book! 

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