Saturday, 5 January 2008

Sew U

Sew U, is a nine-chapter book written by Wendy Mullen (Built by Wendy's designer). Sometime ago, she saw the need to write a book for those of us who are tired of looking at cheap clothes at high street stores and being clones, or who simply want to be creative.

The first five chapters explain everything about the tools, sewing machine, fabric types, patterns and cutting. She also remarks how important is to be organized.

The next three chapters are dedicated to the skirt, shirt and trousers, appearing in order of difficulty. At the end, there are patterns enclosed for each type of garment. The last chapter explains how to work with your tailor.

My only complaint about the book, is the lack of a dress pattern.


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17 comments:

atelier said...

It sounds interesting, especially if you are about to starting to sew your own clothes. I want to see the result of that book as soon as possible;)

Aretha said...

It seems the perfect book for me, I love to sewing I do it with my grandma a lot, and that's the best way to get your own original clothes

marie said...

ooh, i've been thinking about getting a built by wendy pattern, i'm okay at sewing (but not brilliant!) - do you think i would manage? (i'd like to try a dress)

Allure said...

marie, I can't tell you for sure, because I haven't started with the patterns yet. But everything in the book is very well explained, and Wendy certainly knows how to make things easier.

Mash said...

oh great I would like to try to do my own clothes &hearts is it written in english ?

Allure said...

Mash: yeap, the book is in English.

Bojana said...

I have it!! I have it!!

(Thank you Alexxxxx !!!!!!!!)

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cotton candy said...

ooh...but first of all, i need a new sewing machine since my last one just sputtered and died. *sobs*

Mer said...

Great! Thanks for this post, I´ll buy the book for sure...

xxx

Héloïse J. said...

you will probably have to have a lot of spare time to make your own clothes no? i would love the idea if i had plenty of time. i will definitely be waiting for your first shirt!! (oh it sounds so difficult) :)

ELLE said...

It seems an odd question but do they have a pattern for high waisted shorts/skirts? I've been looking for a pattern for some time. If it has, please let me know as I will be buying it straight away!

coco said...

it looks great
it seems like it is simple to follow

Allure said...

Elle, the book doesn't include a pattern for high waisted skirts. It only includes a pattern of a regular skirt, and then it teaches you ways to modify it. High waisted skirts are not mentioned, but it doesn't seem like a difficult thing to do. In fact, my first DIY will be a high-waisted skirt.

aka scrunchie girl said...

Ahhhh, happy happy happy to hear!
Wanna try!

Style Bite said...

I've been meaning to buy this book, I love the idea of it and I love Built by Wendy. I think now is the time to finally invest in a copy.

fashionchronicles said...

have it and love it!
besides the presentation is just great.
:)

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