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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 August 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215936
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £9.99

Your Skirt, Your Way

£9.99

Draft your block, choose your shape, customise your own design! by Jenniffer Taylor

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Book Description

This brilliantly simple book teaches you exactly how to design and create your own gorgeous, unique skirts, with no need for shop-bought patterns.

This brilliantly simple book teaches you exactly how to design and create your own gorgeous, unique skirts.

Start by creating your own block and toile using a few basic body measurements; select a skirt shape; choose your fittings and fastenings; add your chosen details; then put the whole thing together with ease! The entire book is colour-coded by section and contains clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow instructions. The skirt tutorials are shown in miniature, which makes them incredibly easy to understand.

The book contains a 'recipe' section at the back, which gives you 10 different options as a starting point for inspiration, created by mixing and matching the techniques covered in the book.

With no need for shop-bought patterns, this book ensures that you can easily pull together all the design elements you really want into your perfect garment!

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
How to use this book 8


Getting started 10
Sewing kit 10
Dressmaking essentials 13
Drafting tools 14
Fabricology 16


Your body, your block 20
What is a block? 20
What is a toile? 20
What details should I include? 20
Taking your own
measurements 22
How to draw out your
own block 24
Making a toile and
checking the fit 28
Creating your skirt 33


Skirt shapes 34
Basic skirt 34
Pencil skirt 35
A-line skirt 36
Flared skirt 37
Boxpleated skirts 38
Gathered skirts 42


Fastenings & fixtures 40
Traditional waistband 46
Wrapped waistband 48
Facing 50
Zip fastenings 52
Button placket 56


Added details 58
Patch pockets 58
Inseam pocket 60
Adding a yoke 62
Yoke pocket 64
Back vent 68
Hems 70


Putting your skirt
together 74
Skirt recipes 76
Option 1 76
Option 2 78
Option 3 80
Option 4 82
Option 5 84
Option 6 86
Option 7 88
Option 8 90
Option 9 92
Option 10 94
Index 96

About the Author

About Jenniffer Taylor

Jenniffer Taylor's addiction to sewing began when she decided to design and make her own wedding dress. The experience unlocked her creativity and for the first time she found she was able to express her individual style, empowering her to create garments that she always wanted but was unable to get. 

Jenni's husband Kirk recognised her passion for sewing and secretly submitted an application for the Great British Sewing Bee 2014. After the show finished, Jenni was determined to make something of the experience and she is now a prominent and popular personality on the sewing scene, running 'sewing revolution' workshops, presenting on TV and being featured in sewing magazines, exhibitions and shows.

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