Friday, 31 May 2013

'DIY Couture' by Rosie Martin - the dressmaker's holy grail

A little something for fellow sewing newbies (you're welcome).

Dubbed the "antidote to fast fashion", Rosie Martin's DIY Couture marks a revolution in amateur dressmaking. Complex patterns and mind-numbing number crunching are ditched in favour of creativity and self-expression.*

With eight 'collections' to choose from, this book's genius is in its versatility. Wardrobe staples can be "endlessly reinvented" to suit personal style and shape. Go back to the 60s with a vintage dress from the american road trip collection, or give your romper a preppy update in the tea picnic collection.**

The easy-to-follow instructions assume no previous knowledge, making every project inviting and accessible. Experimentation is encouraged throughout, with free-hand drawing readily used as a tool for garment construction. 

DIY Couture is as much about the process as the end-product, indulging the inner-designer in every one of us.


*Yes, sewing CAN be 'fun'. Stranger things HAVE happened (although, admittedly, I fail to think of any just now...).

**My favourite has to be the 'jungle punk' collection. The crazy prints and funky colour scheme are SOMETHING ELSE.