Good dressmaking bookPosted: November 25, 2013 Filed under: Books, Pattern Cutting | Tags: Books, Pattern Drafting 10 Comments
Between sewing and other jobs I had a trip to a library in the next town to my own. Only 3 miles away – nothing like some of my American blog friends have to cope with (Hi Bev!). Now this library always seems more appealing than my own home library. Why would that be?
Anyway, while I was there I picked up a copy of ‘Dressmaking to flatter your shape’ by Lorna Knight. I didn’t really check it before I had it scanned out, but I have really had a good look since then. A really good look.
This book give such a lot of good, straightforward, sensible advice you want it to be your Auntie. Lorna Knight covers some very elementary stuff in a non-condescending way, but follows with sections on adapting patterns to solve all sorts of problems – but in the sort of way that you might hope to find but rarely do. Bust adaptions are all together, as are sleeves, as are…. you get the idea. Even if you have sewn for some time this is a useful resource.
Whilst this book would be a brilliant ‘go to’ handbook for a beginner there is enough content to make it very useful for any sewer. I checked out all of the adaptions and found variations on the way I usually do things which I will be trying out in the future.
Even if you don’t want to actually spend the money and buy a book I would strongly recommend you have a trip to the library – maybe even a strange library – and see what they have to offer. You might find a copy of this to borrow. You might find something completely different but equally wonderful. If you do don’t forget to tell us about it!
Thanks for sharing! It sounds worth next visit to a bookstore 🙂 Next one to my sewing library 🙂
Well worth a look – and possibly worth spending on once checked out. I enjoyed my ramble trough it 🙂
Bev says,.I so envy you. But.I made the choice to move here. No one forced me. 99.99 % of the time, I have no complaints about the location of my domocile.
I’m very lucky – almost anything I would want in easy reach. I’m sure your location is fabulous though- even if it is a long way from everywhere!
I’m off to the allegedly ‘World Famous Birmingham Rag Market’ this morning – and it will only take me an hour to get there. That’s quite enough for me – though I will stretch the point for Linton!
Thanks for the review, I just checked Amazon & it’s only £12, so I may get it. Looks like it would be good to use in my sewing classes.
It is pretty clear so I am sure a fairly novice sewer would enjoy its content. I have sewn for ‘mumble,mumble’ years and still spent a good time looking through.
What I love about being in England (well, one of the many things!) is my local library 🙂 And if they don’t have this book they’ll order it for about 50p..marvellous! I am sure I have a book in Spain by Lorna Knight which was excellent too.
Got to love a library 🙂
Looks like a terrific book!! And, that’s really the key, isn’t it? What might look nice on somebody else’s body type, may not hang especially great on yours. Thanks for the review!
Its great to find a book that knows we aren’t all shaped like pencils. If only some of the magazines would start showing clothing on more realistically shaped women too!