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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Flirt Skirts

I received a review copy of Flirt Skirts a few days ago.

If you are learning to sew and want to make skirts, Flirt Skirts by Patti Gilstrap and Seryn Potter would be a good book for you.
The first section deals with the basics: Your workspace, sewing machine and other necessities for garment making; how to determine size and fit; using the templates and patterns included at the back of the book and building the basic skirt, instructions that apply to any of the skirts.
The rest of the book deals with three basic skirts - A-line, pencil and flare. For each type of skirt the authors have given basic instructions and also variations or decorations for personalizing each style. Many of them are interesting and not too challenging for a beginning seamstress.
My biggest problem with this book is the illustrations. While I appreciated the fact that the models looked like real people, not rake thin professionals, I was not very impressed with the choice of fabric and color used in the skirts. Many of the fabrics were bold prints that disguised the details they were trying to illustrate. Also, I did find that several of the color combinations seemed to clash with each other, but that could be just my taste.
That being said, I think you would find this a good basic book on skirt making. The 20 designs from the three basic skirts would be a starting point for your own creations.

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