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Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to adapting and making your own clothes

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to adapting and making your own clothes

Taylor, Jenniffer, author

This stylish, on-trend book shows the reader how to upcycle and adapt items of clothing, as well as creating their own unique clothes to fit their personality and shape. Using Jenniffer's fun and imaginative ideas, this book teaches how to transform items of clothing into new and exciting outfits; how to customise clothes with doilies, tassels, tie-dyeing and block printing; and finally how to measure yourself and create patterns and make clothes from scratch, including dresses, skirts, tops, trousers and a coat

Book. English.
Published Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Search Press, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Jenniffer Taylor
ISBN: 1782214569, 9781782214564
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 144 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm
Subject: Sewing.; Dressmaking.; Beauty and Fashion.


  1. Introduction
  2. My sewing journey
  3. Basic sewing kit
  4. Sourcing clothes
  5. Getting started
  6. Pincushion
  7. Scarf top
  8. Jumper gloves and snood
  9. Festival pouch
  10. Customising your clothesá
  11. Doily detail on a T-shirt á á á á á áá
  12. Block printing and tie-dyeing on a shirt and jeans
  13. Tassel T-shirt
  14. Shirt reverse
  15. Making clothes from scratch
  16. Measuring yourself
  17. Carousel skirt
  18. Batwing dress
  19. Kimono dress
  20. Cross-back top
  21. Sumer top with box pleats
  22. Blanket coat
  23. Gilet variation
  24. Dunga dress
  25. Dunga variation
  26. Wrap trousers
  27. Glossary
  28. Index

Author note

Jenniffer Taylor studied Dance and Visual Arts at the Northern Contemporary School of Dance and then completed her BA Hons Degree at Brighton University. She enjoys painting, cooking and photography as well as being the vocalist and lyricist for a band called Snooty Bobs. Her 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 recognized her passion for sewing and secretly submitted her application for the Great British Sewing Bee 2014. After being eliminated at week 5, Jenni was determined to make something of the experience she had gained from being on the show, and she is now a prominent and popular personality on the ‘sewing scene’, running ‘sewing revolution’ workshops in and around the Midlands where she lives, presenting on Create & Craft and being featured in several sewing magazines, exhibitions and shows.