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Personalize any knitting pattern for a perfect fit and style all your own, with expert help from Margaret Hubert!
Customize Your Knitting teaches you how to adjust standard patterns to fit your unique measurements. Through techniques that Margaret has used for years to teach classes on custom fitting, you can learn to adjust patterns for a perfect fit for yourself or someone else.
Diagrams and illustrations throughout the book will help you understand body shapes and easily compare measurements. Garment construction, specific increases, decreases and other shaping methods, as well as finishing techniques and embellishments are all explained and photographed clearly. Make every project perfectly tailored to you!$27.99
A feminine fitted jacket that creates an instant hourglass figure! This great-fitting modern jacket is perfect for work, weekend or a special night out.
Princess seams and peplum seaming form a flattering silhouette. Choose from a flirty double peplum, or keep things simple with flat peplum seaming instead. The collarless neckline allows you to wear your favourite scarves easily! Jacket is fully lined, with pleated sleeve cap detail and zip front closure.
Whether you pick a dressy fabric like brocade, or a weekend fabric like corduroy, this jacket is sure to become a wardrobe favourite.
Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller bust and waist, larger hips.
Sizes: 0–16 (all sizes are included in one pattern)
Skill Level: Intermediate$22.00
Here's a colourful needlecrafter's menagerie of cloth animal designs and toys that will delight babies and toddlers. Rebecca Shreeve presents easy-to-follow animal patterns for decorating babies' T-shirts, bibs, socks, blankets and more.
Additional patterns include a play mat embellished with friendly monsters, a whale towel, and a kitten pillow. There are templates for making charming, colourful stuffed-fabric toy animals. They include Ella the mouse, Olivia the sheep, Lucy the elephant, Luke the monkey, and Henry the Pig. A final project shows readers how to make a delightful cloth book filled with charming show more.$24.99$12.99
Tessa includes three pieces – crop, tunic and pants with insert detail.
All Tina Givens sewing patterns are beautifully printed on white paper stock, with easy to follow instructions and detailed technical drawings.
Multi-sized: XS – 2XL
Fabric Suggestions: Light to medium weight fabric.$28.00
The authors, who run the popular botanical painting course at the Eden Project, have created a practical, inspirational guide, with all the how-tos of capturing flowers, fruits and vegetables on paper.
- Covers everything from familiar bananas and pineapples to extraordinary orchids and carnivorous plants, explaining the drawing process
- Includes plenty of exercises, step-by-step projects, worksheets, colour swatches, sketches and stunning paintings
Exotic Botanical Illustration is a master class in vivid colours, complex textures and the pleasing challenges of unusual forms.$39.99
Wren is a feminine, wrap-style knit dress that is sure to flatter every figure.
Version 1 is a sleeveless dress that is perfectly suited for warmer months. The wrap bodice is embellished with a gathered neckband, and the fitted, 6-gore skirt finishes just at the knee. The smooth, streamlined look of this dress is perfect for layering, so it transitions beautifully into cooler months.
Version 2 offers the same wrap bodice, with the addition of short sleeves. The gathered neckband is gracefully echoed in the gathered A-line skirt. This dress has a charming silhouette that can be styled up or down.
Make Wren in a colorful cotton jersey for the perfect day dress, or stitch this pattern up in a black silk jersey for the ultimate little black dress.
Skill Level: Beginner
Sizes: XS – 3XL$29.00