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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 02 December 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781617458729
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £12.50 (2 available)
  • Size: 191x241 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: £24.99
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A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing


Explore 30 Timeless Garments with History, Styling & Tips for Ready-to-Wear Results by Sarah Gunn & Julie Starr

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Book Description

Discover the secrets to sewing a stylish wardrobe with staying power! This guide walks you through thirty timeless garments to create, including a must-have button-up shirt, a flattering A-line dress, and a modern classic pencil skirt (pattern included). With a conversational narrative, the authors have created an engaging, informative guide to sewing by tracing the garments’ origins, offering styling and sewing tips, and sharing a modelled photo gallery and charming fashion illustrations by Beth Briggs.

About the Author

About Sarah Gunn

Sarah Gunn is a member of the Mood Fabrics sewing team and a popular blogger. She is recognised for hosting an annual Ready-to-Wear Fast and inspires thousands of women to sew rather than buy clothes. She lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina. For more information visit www.goodbyevalentino.com

About Julie Starr

Julie Starr is a favourite contributor to the 300,000+ global member website Sewing Pattern Review, where she won four consecutive annual awards based on member votes. She also participates in the Goodbye Valentino Ready-to-Wear Fast. She resides near Charleston, South Carolina.



Fashion may change throughout the years, but some outfits never go out of style. This informative guide walks you through the origins and style tips of 30 timeless garments, with charming illustrations and a modelled photo gallery - check out the must-sew blazer, shift dress and palazzo pants!


Patterns come and go but style is eternal! This book describes 30 classic garments which have endured the test of time, such as the boxy blazer, shift dress and palazzo pants. But best of all, the guide includes a full-size pattern for a modest pencil skirt.

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The first thing I must point out is that if you are expecting a book filled with sewing patterns then this book will disappoint.

I loved The Tunic Bible by the same author and have used it constantly, making several of the garments for myself and my friends, it has been high on my recommend list to people, so I thought this book would be just as brilliant.

A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing has one full sized pattern, a pencil skirt, and is filled inspiration for using and sourcing your own patterns.

The illustrations are lovely, and the photography of the garments worn by the authors is amazing.

The clothing range is gorgeous, and along with each design comes a 'How to Style' guide, it includes a Fabric Suggestion, and Sewing Tips for completing your garment and achieving a professional finish.

The history of each garment was interesting and has a Who Wore It, the list of famous names include Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and even Marlon Brando gets a mention.

I would have loved the patterns for the garments to have been included, especially as the Halterneck dress is just beautiful, and I feel that this would have made this book more appealing... that said, this would make a lovely coffee table book and I enjoyed flicking through the pages.

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