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A Beginner's Guide to Making Skirts

Learn how to make 24 different skirts from 8 basic shapes

All the techniques, clear step-by-step artworks, and patterns you need to make 24 wonderful skirts

All the techniques, clear step-by-step artworks, and patterns you need to make 24 wonderful skirts

INCLUDES THREE FULL SIZE PATTERN SHEETS FOR US DRESS SIZES 4 TO 22

Follow Wendy Ward’s tutorials to make a wide range of stylish skirts. From 8 basic shapes—circle, A-line, stretch pencil, wrap, bubble, tailored pencil, front-opening, and culottes—you will learn the skills to make variations that have pockets, color blocking, gathers, ruching, darts, and much more. All the basic techniques you will need are also explained, so you’ll feel confident with essentials like inserting zippers, attaching waistbands, gathering, pleats, making buttonholes, and adding linings. There are also handy hints and tips on how to take measurements and on choosing the right fabric. Skirts are the perfect first garment for beginner dressmakers, and there are some really simple designs here—the jersey pencil skirt is just two pieces of fabric with an elasticated waistband! So arm yourself with this book, some fabric, and Wendy’s sewing wisdom, and you’ll be on your way to updating your wardrobe with unique skirts that are a perfect fit.

Wendy Ward has worked as a designer in the fashion industry since 2000—for a range of companies from niche retailers to large high street chains, including Matalan and M&S. In 2007 Wendy started teaching dressmaking, pattern cutting, and textiles for adults. She has a degree in Fashion Design, an MA in Design and is a fully qualified teacher. In 2012 Wendy opened MIY Workshop in Brighton and launched the first of her own design sewing patterns. Wendy is also a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She is a regular contributor to Sewing World Magazine and her first book My Fashion Label about fashion design for kids was published in 2014. Her first sewing book for adults The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking was also published in 2014, and Wendy is the author of three books with CICO Books: A Beginner's Guide to Making Skirts, A Beginner's Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics, and Sewing Basics for Every Body. Wendy lives in Sheffield, UK.

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