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Bold & Beautiful Easy-Sew Clothes: 15 Unstructured Designs That Fit and Flatter Every Shape, and Are Simple to Make
Sew stylish separatesfeaturing swinging silhouettes that flatter every body type. The tunics, vests, dresses, jackets, and skirtsare both easy and comfortable to wear, and withone-size-fits-all constructionthey are easily made up andadaptable to makea look that suits you. Included areconcise instructions for getting the fit right, andchoosingfabrics, plusall the dressmakin ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published March 1st 2013)
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I fail to see how wearing random pieces of cloth will "Fit and Flatter Every Shape". This book has some of the most unattractive - not to mention just plain weird - clothing I've ever seen. The model is gorgeous but even she can't carry off these off-the-wall, off-the-charts, off-her-rocker designs. Most of them I wouldn't wear even around the house, much less out in public where someone might see me and ask "Did you make that yourself? For heaven's sake WHY??"
The instructions in this book are clear and easy to read. The patterns are very well laid out and are undoubtedly easy to copy and enlarge. And this is all a shame because the clothes themselves are, IMHO, unattractive. It's not simply that they wouldn't work for my, admittedly large, body type. In the fabrics selected for the pictures in this book, they look ghastly on the model. I am certain that the designer had different fabrics in mind when she came up with the concept. In traditional Turki ...more