Author: Nicole Smith
Genre: non-fiction, crafts, hobbies, sewing, dressmaking
First Published: 2013 by Storey Publishing
Pages: 242 (advance ebook version)
I am generally not a skirt person and only one lone skirt hangs up in my wardrobe. However, as I have just acquired a sewing machine, I have been looking into some patterns to sew some of my own clothing and this has caused me to re-evaluate my skirt wearing habits. Because I have been debating sewing skirts, this book appealed to me as it specialises in the one item of clothing that I am missing and the promise of 28 designs looked hopeful that I might find a skirt that I would wear!
This book lives up to its promise, and offers a great range of 28 skirt patterns which are divided into categories including, ‘wrap skirts’, ‘high-waisted skirts’ and ‘straight skirts’, to name a few. Each category of skirt includes instructions to make seven variations of the basic pattern, each varying in design, length and style, which makes it easy to find at least a couple of designs in each category that appeal to you.
The first quarter of the book offers detailed instructions of everything from choosing and cutting your fabric to designing your own variations for the more advanced stitchers. This information is invaluable to a beginner such as myself as it walks you through each step of how to measure yourself to ensure that the skirt is the perfect fit and clearly lists what supplies you will need. There are also detailed sections on hemming, adding fasteners and zips and decorative stitching, covering all of the techniques that are used in the book.
The designs themselves range widely, and most of them appeal to my taste. I’m not a huge fan of long skirts, but there is a still a large range of knee length and short skirts which I love. The split between long, mid-length and short skirts is pretty equal so there is something for everyone. While some of the designs appear rather unusual or dated for my preference, this book has tempted me to try making a few skirts and adding them to my currently dismal collection!
I received this book as a free Advanced E-Reader Copy from NetGalley. This book will be available for purchase on 15th May 2013 in USA and 26th June 2013 in UK.