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End Those What-To-Wear Woes!

“Christine Haynes’s clear and encouraging instructions (coupled with classic fashions) will inspire even the most inexperienced sewers to create their own personalized clothes and feel proud wearing them.” —Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching

Chic & Simple Sewing is the perfect how-to book for the novice seamstress! Inside you’ll find e
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Potter Craft
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Hoan
My friend gave me this book as a gift, and it is so sweet! The best thing about this is that it's got patterns that you can interchange with other patterns, like use this sleeve on that dress or that bottom with that top. Simple instructions and pretty pictures! Though it is for a beginner so you'll only find very simple lines and shapes. If you're looking for more unique or complicated embellishments, you should get an advanced sewing book. Otherwise, if you're a novice like me, you will enjoy ...more
Janet
I just happened along this book at the library looking for skirt patterns/designs. This was a great find. The patterns are given to you inside the front cover and the designs are great.
Mellissa
I've made several garments from this book. I personally do not find any of the patterns to be challenging and have this book on my shelf as a "when I want to make a dress in an hour" go to.

Lisa
I didn't actually read this book cover to cover, but a friend bought it, and it's FULL of super cute patterns. If I had interest in making my own clothes, I'd definitely pick this up.
Amanda
This book is on my wish list. I want to sew almost every pattern in this book. It is very current and the clothes are gorgeous.
Mandy
The only book I bought this year since it has patterns. I'm excited!
Lois
we liked the classic wrap dress. comes with patterns.
Scarlett Sims
I've made three items from this book now and am working on a fourth. When I bought this book, I had just bought a sewing machine after not having sewn in 15+ years. The instructions are mostly pretty easy to follow... there were a few bits that were kinda confusing to read but then when I got started they became more clear. The things I made look pretty good; the only thing is that since the patterns are meant to be very easy there are no buttons or zippers, most of them have elastic which can l ...more
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
I know it says simple and chic, but everything looked soooo generic and cheap. The only thing I really looooved was the off shoulder poncho. Now that had POTENTIAL!
Amanda
May 18, 2012 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Cute dresses... And loved the multiple use of the same shapes.. Ie a wrap dress from a wrap shirt and circle skirt pattern. I have plans to make about half the pieces!
Gaile
I read this book in two hours. Alas! It had nothing to teach me. I have already sewn every garment featured in it. Perhaps I should write my own sewing book!
Jillian
Totally cute styles and photos. Comes with patterns and I can't wait to get started!
Karen
This has 9 patterns that I plan to make. These are just my style!
Nicole
Jul 20, 2009 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: know
Seems good, seems easy. Will pick up when I start sewing...
Miss Mouse
Cute patterns but just not my style.
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Christine Haynes has been sewing since she was 10 years old, when she learned from her mother in small-town Michigan. She has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and started her own line of vintage-inspired sewing patterns in 2011. Her first book, Chic & Simple Sewing, published by Potter Craft in 2009, led to a career teaching sewing, which she still does today in Los Angele ...more
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