book review: Skirt-A-Day Sewing

there’s a new clothes-making book on the block! let me introduce Skirt-A-Day Sewing, by one of my long-time stitchy pals, Nicole Smith. i’ve worked with Nicole for many years while she was an editor at various sewing mags, including Adorn and Sew Stylish. if you love sewing skirts, you will definitely want this one in your library! it shows you how to draft your own skirt sloper, then turn that sloper into 4 key skirt silhouettes, and then modify those 4 patterns in 7 different ways, for a total of 28 skirt projects!

the first chapter, Gear Up, focuses on the tools and materials you’ll need to make the projects. the second, Construction Zone, shows step-by-step tutes on sewing techniques you’ll be using, such as seam finishes, zipper installation, and ways to hem. the third chapter is the one which explains how to draft your own custom skirt sloper, which will be the foundation for making all of the skirts in the book fit you.

here are some of my favorites:

there are lots of cute skirt styles in the book, to suit every taste. i love the green Twiggy Skirt with its big buttons and topstitching. and the pleated Great Scot skirt is rather adorable too…

the 4 main silhouettes are: wrap, straight, flared and high-waisted. i’m partial to the flared ones because i think they’re the most flattering.

the Block Party skirt includes a clever play on stripe direction, something i always love to play with too!

i think my favorite skirt in the book is Piece Gathering. and that ikat fabric? divine! [note to self: must ask Nicole where she got it!]

the Girlie Show Skirt is also super cute and seems like a staple wardrobe piece everyone could use in their closet, easy to dress up or down…

if you want to get radical, the New Wave Skirt has spiral-y curved darts that are super cool.

i think this book is perfect for all of you who have my book and want more challenges and styles in the skirt department. this should keep you busy! it also goes into much greater detail about the sewing aspect, and will be a great reference resource on techniques and options.

leave a comment below saying what is your favorite style of skirt, for a chance to win a copy of this book! comments will close at midnight on Monday, 9/23 and i’ll announce the winner on Tuesday.

you can also see a preview of the book over here, and check out the other stops on the tour for more chances to win a copy (some may have ended since i’m the 2nd-to-last stop, sorry!):

9/9   Jane of All Trades
9/10 Sewing Rabbit
9/13 Kollabora
9/16 Windy Lou
9/17 Brett Bara
9/18 Craft Buds
9/19 Hodge Podge Farm
9/23 Sew Mama Sew

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