49 Sensational Skirts Creative Embellishment Ideas for One-of-a-Kind Designs

Make head-turning, show-stopping skirts using simple sewing techniques and inexpensive, readily available materials with 49 Sensational Skirts.

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Make head-turning, show-stopping skirts using simple sewing techniques and inexpensive, readily available materials with 49 Sensational Skirts. This fabulous sewing book shows how to give a new lease on life to a favorite old skirt, transform thrift store finds into runway-worthy fashions with clever customizations, and how to make and decorate a skirt from scratch using the handy bound-in pattern template. No previous sewing knowledge necessary!

Author Alison Willoughby, an innovative textile designer who made her mark in the fashion world as "skirtgirl" for her work on hand-constructed intricate skirts, offers up forty-nine fabulous skirt designs-plus one sassy mini skirt-in this innovative sewing and customizing book. Core techniques are illustrated with step-by-step photographs, from sewing fabric into seams, to pleating and ruching to screen printing and adding embellishments. Learn how to manipulate fabric to create fabulous effects such as ruffles, loops and layers; produce unusual decorations using beads, buttons, badges, ribbons, and myriad found objects; create unique prints and patterns with pens, paints, and foil. Step-by-step instructions for making a wide range of skirts are included, plus instructions for numerous stitch techniques, and descriptions of various fabrics, fastenings, and finishings. Also included is a special section by the author on inspiration exercises to get your creativity flowing.

49 Sensational Skirts has all of the information a sewer needs to get started creating custom fashions. You'll be spoiled for ways to work that skirt!

Reviews:"This book is full of innovative new ideas for creating an outfit out of the ordinary."-Knitting News

"It’s pretty, it’s practical, and it’s simple, too.... This might very well be one of the top ten sewing books you will ever need."-Make It Mine

"Detailed photographs and easy construction techniques ensure even beginning seamstresses success in creating a unique garment and stir the imagination of the more experienced."-MonstersandCritics.com

"It’s wonderful.... has some great and fun ideas for making your own kind of skirt out of a ‘find’. Inspiration happens as you thumb through this one."-This Recycled Life

"Alison Willoughby doesn’t just want you to see her work – she wants you to make it yourself. . . . 49 Sensational Skirts compiles some of her ideas and techniques and makes them friendly to the home crafter."-Whipup.net

About the Author

Alison Willoughby is an established and innovative textile designer, selling and exhibiting her work both in Britain and abroad. Renowned for her highly individual and hand constructed intricate skirts, she became famous as ‘skirtgirl’ but has recently branched into menswear and womenswear, and more recently into shop and gallery installations. Alison has been running her own business in London since graduating from The Royal College of Art, graduating with an MA in Constructed Textiles Mixed Media. Some of her design clients include: Habitat, Oilily, Tse Cashmere, Club Monaco, and Tait and Style Knitwear. Her work has been sold in The Pure Living Lounge at Selfridges, Labour of Love, Mint, Dialogue Between Art and Fashion, Johnny Moke, Yum Yum Jelly, Ysh in Tokyo and Coco Ribbons in Kuwait and Dubai. She previously completed commissions for Liberty and the Arts Council of England. Her solo shows include the British Council’s window gallery in Prague; Urban Outfitters in both Glasgow and London, during London Fashion Week; Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset; and The Atrium Gallery, Glasgow.

SKU: 08FA2

Author/Speaker/Editor: Alison Willoughby

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680616

Number Of Pages: 128

Customer Reviews

Disappointing Review by NULL NULL

As a long time sewer I was disappointed in this book, I had read a bio about her and the book and decided to buy it when I could. But I found it didn''t live up to expectations and a waste of my limited resources. Repetitive techniques and designs used throughout many of the 49 projects in all too heavy layers would be impractical to comfortably wear these skirts. Some interesting ideas but very few new innovative ways to add design and texture. She obviously likes the rough unfinished look of edges that will soon fray the fabric bits into rags, as most of the designs have this look, some it suits others look like she just couldn''t be bothered finishing them. I gave it three stars because there are some techniques that have given me some ideas or reminded me of things I have done in the past and forgotten. Get it from the library first if you can before you buy.

(Posted on 1/22/10)