--Stitch With Style; May 2013
The title really says it all. Jona teaches you to make your first basic A-line and then branch out into a wide range of styles. Beginning with a basic guide to sewing accessories, she takes you step-by-step through skirt construction. The rest of the book shows how to make 17 easy variations on this simple design in styles that range from folksy Bohemian, urban hipster, retro, all the way to an elegant skirt suitable for a bridesmaid. There are even instructions for a maternity A-line skirt (would that make it an H-line?). Jona's basic A-line paper pattern, which is included, is by itself worth the price of the book. Plus, it's adjustable from size 0 to size 20.
-- www.sew4home.com; 8/12/13
Jona Giammalva's The Essential A-Line comes from a seamstress who tells how to make an A-Line skirt from a single pattern using 17 variations to make skirts in a range of sizes. Color photos throughout accompany step-by-step instructions in a fine guide packed with keys to producing A-Line skirts with a range of 'tweaks' so they all look differently appealing. It's extraordinary to see some seventeen variations created from one simple pattern. It comes printed on both sides so one will need to trace the pattern to use it, but the clear photos and directions leave nothing to wonder. Any sewer who likes skirts in general and the basic A-Line in particular will love this book.
--The Needlecraft Shelf; 9/6/13
Here's how to take one basic skirt shape, add some creativity, and end up with 17 fashionable variations. The pattern, a simple no-waistband A-line in sizes 0 to 20, is included.
--American Sewing Guild Notions Magazine; Spring 2013