The Act of Sewing
How to Make and Modify Clothes to Wear Every Day
CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Fiber Arts & Textiles
Apr 27, 2021
8.18 x 10.21 x 0.79 in | 1.75 lb
An in depth guide to sewing simple garments—with four full-size patterns and all the tricks of alteration and embellishment explained so that you can make a wardrobe all your own.
Maybe you learned to sew in school and have a sewing machine, but it hasn’t seen the outside of the closet since your last move. Or maybe you are completely new to the craft, with a lot of enthusiasm, but no idea how to thread your machine. No matter where you’re coming from in terms of experience, this sewing workbook offers four basic patterns—two tops, a skirt, and a pair of pants—that empower you to express your personal style and make clothes that are comfortable for your body type.
After explaining the basic concepts of sewing and construction, 100 Acts of Sewing designer Sonya Philip then provides suggestions for mixing the basic patterns together to create new garment iterations as you gain confidence—structural adjustments such as full bust, no bust, long torso, big, small, etc., as well as a range of possible alterations and embellishments including sleeves, pockets, hems, and more! Going beyond simple pattern instructions, this book will make sewing garments accessible for every body type—each pattern comes in sizes ranging from XS to 5X. With inspiring essays on Sonya’s sewing philosophy that speak to the slow and ethical fashion movement, this will be the go-to guide for all aspirational and seasoned sewists.
Message of empowerment and body positivity: Author is a beloved figure known for her body-positive message and for getting people to start sewing their own clothes. This book helps sewists of all experience levels learn to make clothes or embellish ready-to-wear garments. It offers a way to reclaim personal style and take back all the choices about a garment, from the fiber content of the fabric to the color, print, cut and style.
Provides entry point for beginners as well as alterations for more experienced readers: Simple garments provide a wonderful base for modification, allowing readers to design and decide. Mix and match the different elements to build unique combinations! This book encourages experimentation and customization. Its goal is to make sewing accessible.
Dovetails into the slow, ethical fashion trend: The slow fashion movement continues to gain followers and this book is at the center of it with the maker philosophy.
Plays into the trend of wardrobe simplicity: Instead of spending a lot of money and thought to decide what to wear, you can create your own capsule wardrobe (a big trend these days) and choose only pieces that bring you joy (another trend) to take the guesswork out of wearing what looks good on you.
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Author Website: www.100actsofsewing.com
Author Social Media: Instagram @sonyaphilip 17k followers; Instagram @100actsofsewing 22k followers