The Act of Sewing is the first book by Sonya Philip, the genius designer behind 100 Acts of Sewing patterns! It offers an in depth guide to sewing simple garments for both beginner and experienced makers.
Arranged in two sections, the first provides an introduction to sewing terms and techniques. It also includes four patterns: a short sleeve top, skirt, trousers and a shirt with set in sleeves. The sizes range from XS to 5X. Detailed instructions and diagrams accompany each step.
The second section of the book cover adjustments for fit, as well as modification to change the necklines, sleeves, waistbands, add pockets and a selection of techniques for easy embellishments. Mix and match the different elements to select your sewing adventure. Don't dread getting dressed, make the clothes that you want to wear!
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"Sonya Philip gave very clear and detailed instructions on all aspects of clothes making. She started with the basics of definitions and working with patterns then moved into more advanced skills of tailoring clothes to a persons body and fashion sense. She goes over simple tailoring like lengthening and shortening the patterns then progresses to more complicated alterations like changing the bust of a shirt or the seat and rise for pants. After the sizing she goes over adjustments, she moves onto altering the patterns for style changes like changing the sleeve style, neckline, or hem of any garment pattern. Each sections clearly details how to make the alteration and is accompanied by clear illustrations so you don’t get lost. She makes sure that the instructions are good enough that anyone would be able to apply them to a multitude of patterns not just the four she provides. I’d feel comfortable using her instructions in the book to make any of the alterations or embellishments to a pattern." ~ Jordan
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are the patterns the same as 100 Acts of Sewing patterns?
While there are stylistic similarities, these are new designs. The Top and Shirt have Front and Back pieces, with necklines included. The Skirt and Trousers have separate waistbands.
Do I have to trace out the patterns?
Yes, the patterns included on the book are printed on both sides of the pattern sheets and there are some pieces that overlap. This makes it necessary to trace them out.
Can I use the adjustment and modification sections on 100 Acts of Sewing patterns?
You can definitely use the instructions and swap in the patterns you already own.