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A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing


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About the Author

Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr are authors of the award-winning book The Tunic Bible. They share their enthusiasm for fashion sewing through book signings, appearances, trunk shows, and workshops throughout the US. They both live in South Carolina, USA. For more information visit www.goodbyevalentino.com.


Fashion may change throughout the years, but some outfits never go out of style. This informative guide walks you through the origins and style tips of 30 timeless garments, with charming illustrations and a modelled photo gallery - check out the must-sew blazer, shift dress and palazzo pants!

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The first thing I must point out is that if you are expecting a book filled with sewing patterns then this book will disappoint.

I loved The Tunic Bible by the same author and have used it constantly, making several of the garments for myself and my friends, it has been high on my recommend list to people, so I thought this book would be just as brilliant.

A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing has one full sized pattern, a pencil skirt, and is filled inspiration for using and sourcing your own patterns.

The illustrations are lovely, and the photography of the garments worn by the authors is amazing.

The clothing range is gorgeous, and along with each design comes a 'How to Style' guide, it includes a Fabric Suggestion, and Sewing Tips for completing your garment and achieving a professional finish.

The history of each garment was interesting and has a Who Wore It, the list of famous names include Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and even Marlon Brando gets a mention.

I would have loved the patterns for the garments to have been included, especially as the Halterneck dress is just beautiful, and I feel that this would have made this book more appealing... that said, this would make a lovely coffee table book and I enjoyed flicking through the pages.

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Patterns come and go but style is eternal! This book describes 30 classic garments which have endured the test of time, such as the boxy blazer, shift dress and palazzo pants. But best of all, the guide includes a full-size pattern for a modest pencil skirt.

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