So this cold weather is getting really yawnsville now...
But never mind there's always lots of nice crafty stuff to keep us busy inside the house. I for one have a bag book photography shoot list (as long as a bus) to prepare for. For anyone wondering, a photography shoot list is a list of instructions as to what needs photographing. My lovely publishers have been very generous with the amount of photos allocated to my book. Lots of pics will make life sooooooo much easier for all readers - but will amount to lots of photo prep work for me :( That's why you don't always get a ton of step by step photos in craft books; they take a lot of time, work, and they cost. I'm lucky that my editor is a craft fiend who agrees that photography really helps clarify text instructions.
Anyways, whilst I get on with fabric cutting for the book (ohh just wait until you see the fabrics!) here's a super sneaky peek inside Wendy Mullin's (of Sew-U) Built by Wendy: Dresses book - it's not even in the shops yet!
The pattern pieces are actually for 3 different dress shapes: (left to right) Shift, Sheath, and a Dirndl all of which can be modified to make up 25 dresses (or more - as your imagination allows). Dress sizes covered are: Bust 32" thru to 41"; waist 25" thru to 34"; and hip 35" thru to 44".
How to modify pattern and clothes to better fit your body. I find this section most useful because (I'm a short stuff and) it's always easier to gain dressmaking confidence from modifying shop bought clothing before you take the plunge and start from scratch.
One of the pretty summer dress you can make. The following 2 photos are the pattern altering, layout, and sewing instruction for the above dress. All of the projects are laid out in this way: options are given for altering the pattern to you (if necessary), then you are shown how to lay out the fabric, and finally you are shown how to sew up the dress. ALSO there is an alternative suggestion provided for each dress (which is really nice touch I think).
My verdict of Built by Wendy; Dresses.
I love this book! I haven't yet looked at her other 2 titles, but I think on the strength of this book I'll check out her Stretch book. Wendy has a clear and friendly writing style. The plentiful line diagrams are as clear as day. The book is written to be instructive (which it really is!) but she also peppers her instructions with lots of cool suggestions. Included is a whole heap of useful dressmaking information and tips (more than than I could ever blog about). I think a beginning sewist could pick up this book and make themselves a simple but striking dress. More experienced sewists can explore the finer details of getting the perfect fit and playing around with collars, sleeves and so on. Yep, this book is well written, inspiring, and great value for money. One to pop into the wish-list methinks!
Have you folks seen Wendy's other books or sewn with her patterns? What do you think of them?