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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2004 09:23:17 PM »

I agree with shade_n_shadow about Make your own patterns by Rene Burgh, it's the first book I used (I got it out of the library, you could check your local library to see what they've got).  I draft all my own patterns, because that way they are exactly how I want them (in theory, anyway, things don't always turn out how I think they will) and they FIT me properly.  Skirts, especially, are really really really easy (emphasis on the easy) to draft and hard to get wrong.

I also have a big fat Readers Digest sewing and knitting guide book tht I got from a town fair, and it tells me everything I need to know once I've designed and got my pattern - facings, linings, waistbands....

Also, there are some night classes (I use the term loosely) at a local high school where I live that you can go to and the woman who takes the class will help with anything from learning the basics to more complicated manouvres.

Hope that all helps. 
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2004 06:53:49 PM »

i'm in providence, but my friend & i often drive up to N.Attleboro, the jo-anne fabrics there is better than any other one i've been to.  especially if you're looking for cheap - they mail you that awesome 50% off coupon that i always forget to use...  there's an incredible place here in RI called Ryco that has fabric, ribbon, trim, styrofoam, fake flowers, little plastic things... super cheap & the velvet remnants are incredible...  it's definitely worth a trip for any crafty person.

the most helpful book i've got is "sewing made easy" which my grandmother got as a christmas present in 1952!  i know there are lots of fun flashy & picture-full books out there, but when ever i need to know a straight-forward basic clothes-sewing technique i open this book.  not that you can find this book anywhere, like schquimpy said, a local used book store probably has tons of old sewing manuals.  these books are much more practical, and the illustrations are awesome

and the helpful advice!  "Are you top-heavy? If you bust is large in proportion to your waist and hips.....  No frilly collars unless you want to look matronly."


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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2004 06:59:58 PM »

Hey there!  The lady who wrote Sew Fast Sew Easy owns a school where she makes easy to use patterns.  I attended her courses and used all of the patterns on the site.  I highly recommend reading the book and check out her site, www.sewfastseweasy.com, for additional patterns.  Otherwise, kwik sew patterns are easy to find.

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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2004 09:48:44 PM »

I like www.reprodepot.com for fabrics. They have everything.,

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