This book is fantastic! I’m talking about the book written by the great british sewing bee contestant Tilly Walnes. The title: “Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking” could not better describe how I feel about this book. I feel that right from my first attempt at the very first pattern in the book I had fallen in love with sewing, and it certainly has demystified all of the ideas involved that had previously scared me away.
If you are new to sewing and want to begin making your own clothes then I cannot reccommend this book highly enough. There are a number of projects that can be made to suit your own style as the garments themselves are quite plain but can be created in a range of fabrics to your own choice.
The instructions are really simple to follow with basic patterns and instructions for the more advanced sewer to in depth tutorials for the beginner. There are pictures to guide you all the way through and the language used is simple enough for anyone to understand but at the same time technical sewing terms are introduced gradually so as to provide you with a basic understanding should you wish to progress to other (less considerate to the beginner) patterns.
So far I have made the first three clothing items out of the book and feel that my sewing skills have improved vastly thanks to the tutorial and I have three perfectly wearable items, something which I would not have expected before beginning!