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Alison Smith

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Dressmaking Step by Step

Learn how to make your own clothes with sewing techniques explained in a clear, simple way with Dressmaking Step-by-Step. Don’t let dressmaking become a lost art — learn how to make a dress or how to make clothes as gifts for friends with this step-by-step guide.
Compact but comprehensive, Dressmaking Step-by-Step includes classic fashions that fit in any wardrobe and can be customized to your own personal style. This is the modern sewing book for the modern sewer, a combination of dressmaking pattern book and technique guide to get you started as a dressmaker and help you grow with new techniques as you gain confidence in making your own clothes.

The Tools and Techniques section includes clear, visual guides to marking and cutting, creating darts and gathers, making waistbands, pockets, zippers, and more. Anyone new to dressmaking will love this resource, and even experts will appreciate Dressmaking Step-by-Step as a concise refresher course in the art of dressmaking and making your own clothes.

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Dressmaking: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Making your Own Clothes

Perfect for anyone interested in sewing — whether it’s updating an old top or creating an A-line skirt from scratch — Dressmaking covers everything one needs to know to make, alter, and customize clothes.

Sewers will discover what supplies to buy and how to use them, the best fabrics to choose based on drape and weave, how to understand patterns and alter them, and the essential general techniques to master — plus patterns and detailed step-by-step instructions are provided for a skirt, dress, shirt, tee, jacket, and pair of pants — including suggested variations!

Finishing up with tips and inspiration on alterations, repairs, and customizing any clothes, from dealing with holes and tears to lengthening and shortening sleeves, this handy guide is the dressmaking bible no budding seamstress should be without.

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Brenda K.B. Anderson
Crochet Ever After: 18 Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Fairy Tales

18 projects to crochet happily ever after.

From the whimsical mind of Beastly Crochet author Brenda K. B. Anderson comes a funtastic collection of 18 fairy-tale inspired crochet projects. Shows and movies based on fairy tales are incredibly popular, and crafty crocheters now have a book of fabulous projects that pay homage to their favorite stories. Little Red’s hood with integrated infinity scarf will stay put when she’s being chased by the Big Bad Wolf. Sleeping Beauty now has just the right nightie to wear while waiting for Prince Charming to wake her up. Gretel can take her snacks to go with her cupcake purse. Plus the Evil Queen will know exactly who the hottest in the land is when she gazes into her Mirror, Mirror on the Go makeup case.

Heroines, fairy princesses, witches, and big bad wolves are all accounted for in this fanciful collection of crochet accessories, toys, bags, kids’ clothes, and more.

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Mary Scott Huff
The Mitten Handbook: Knitting Recipes to Make Your Own

For years, students have asked knitting instructor Mary Scott Huff for a book on their favorite topic—knitting mittens—but one that empowers them to create their own mittens their own way. This is that book. The Mitten Handbook is much more than an instruction book—it provides a list of mitten ingredients (thumbs, cuffs, tops, edgings, and different constructions), then outlines the best tools and techniques for readers to combine them to knit their own unique creations. The book is organized into three sections. The first presents mitten elements, with a menu of choices that makes get­ting custom results easy. The second section covers the key aspects of construction, including how to measure for the perfect fit, yarn and gauge considerations, and which direction to knit. And the final section provides 20 complete mitten patterns.

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Hitomi Shida
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida

In the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible knitting guru Hitomi Shida shares some of her favorite needlework patterns.

Shida’s strikingly original designs and variations on every imaginable classic stitch result in intricate patterns that form the basis for beautiful and unique knitted fashions. This is the perfect book for the experienced knitter who is looking for new stitches that yield spectacular results! This Japanese knitting book features a wide range of rewarding and intricate stitches including:

cables
popcorn stitches
twisted stitches
edgings
and many more…
A set of detailed, step-by-step diagrams show you how to execute all the basic stitches. Instructions and diagrams for a series of small projects offer practice working with large patterns, lacy patterns, pattern arrangement and round yokes among other things. The knitting projects include:
A classic hat made using large patterns
An elegant scarf in lacy patterns
The ever-popular fingerless mittens
Thick socks that can be made using various patterns
A feminine collar using round stitching
And much more!
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible represents a whole new adventure for knitters and is sure to become a valued reference for beginning knitters and experts alike.

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Susan Waggoner
Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s-1960s

In her newest volume, Susan Waggoner recaptures the magic of Christmases past with the vintage crafts projects readers have been craving. Inspired by the most sought-after treasures from the 1920s through the 1960s, Waggoner recreates a tempting array of decorations and provides step-by-step instructions that allow anyone to deck their halls with cellophane wreaths, glittered glass ornament balls, beaded bell garlands, and whimsical, tinsel-bedecked treat cups. Those pressed for time will also find quick crafts for every decade, along with style notes and decorating tips to pull it all together. Nostalgic bonus art throughout provides a host of images to use in greeting cards and photo holders. And to keep spirits merry and energy flowing, Waggoner includes a sampler of easy-to-make candy recipes, from Mackinac Island Fudge to old-fashioned soft caramels.

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