Make a blouse, shirt, or top that fits you perfectly in the style and fabric of your choice with the help of sewing professional Laurie McWilliams. Intended as a companion to commercial patterns, this handy reference features helpful tips, step-by-step instructions, and full-color photographs to help you complete your garment using the quickest and easiest methods. Novice sewers will appreciate the guidance offered in buying a sewing machine and serger, selecting and working with patterns, fabrics, and other supplies, and the sewing essentials. Clear, close-up photos illustrate the "how-tos" of sewing collars and necklines, pockets, seams, sleeves, hems, buttons and buttonholes, and more. If you ve always wanted to sew but felt you didn t have the time, patience, or skill, now is your chance to try your hand at making clothes that express your personal style. 96 pages (all in color), 8 1/4 x 10 1/2.
Like many other conveniences of modern life, your sewing machine can be a best friend or a worst enemy. If you ve ever feuded with yours (or if you ve even avoided making the acquaintance of one) you ll probably be ready to take it to a party by the time you re finished with this book. McWilliams takes the frustration out of all those previously unpleasant little tasks that kept you from the enjoyment of sewing: choosing equipment; altering patterns; working curves and corners; attaching collars, sleeves, cuffs, and plackets; making pockets and buttonholes; adding designer details; and more. Best of all, you ll be proud to wear your creations because they ll look professional, not homemade. --Amy Handy