Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl's Best Frock
Want a fast and easy way to look completely put together? Throw on a dress! Now, with the help of Wendy Mullin of BUILT BY WENDY, sew your own custom-fit creations--25 in all.
Dresses are as useful--and as crucial--to your wardrobe as your most beloved pair of jeans. You can throw one on in summer or winter, for a night out in heels or a day in beaten-up boots: It's maximum style for minimum effort.
That's why Wendy Mullin, designer of Built by Wendy--label of choice for fashion-forward actors, musicians, and artists--has created a book of DIY dress designs that are simple to sew but pack plenty of fashion punch.
All of the featured dress styles are based on three basic dress shapes: the sheath, the shift, and the dirndl. These three full-size patterns are included in the book, complete with step-by-step instructions for how to use them. From those basic dress shapes, Wendy offers multiple customizations, giving a total of 25 different dress options.
Beginner sewers will find all the basic information they need to get started. More advanced sewers will see precisely how slight pattern adjustments, such as changing a collar or sleeve or switching fabric, can create limitless possibilities for unique looks. Built by Wendy Dresses covers the basics and beyond--and proves that dresses are a girl's best friend.
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