The Act of Sewing: How To Make and Modify Clothes To Wear Every Day

Roost Books. Apr. 2021. 176p. ISBN 9781611808339. pap. $26.95. CRAFTS
This basic introduction to sewing clothes explains common terminology, essential tools, and elementary procedures, before going on to instructions for making four simple garments: a T-shaped, short-sleeved top; a skirt; pull-on pants; and a long-sleeved shirt with set-in sleeves. Patterns for each item are included in an envelope inside the back cover. Philip also offers modifications for each garment, such as making a square neckline instead of round one; lengthening or shortening; adding cuffs, elastic, or a drawstring waist; and adding pockets. There are some surprising omissions, however. There is not one word about darts, for instance, although tucks are covered thoroughly. The binding of the book makes it lie flat when open, which is a great plus. The writing and diagrams are clear.
VERDICT This would be a useful addition to public library craft collections, especially for teens and tweens, but it is not an essential purchase due to the omission of certain important sewing elements.
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