Book more than sew-sew

Aloha to all you sewing (or “just want that perfect outfit”) readers out there! This book’s for you!

How often have you wanted to have that one dress/skirt look the way you know you want it but weren’t sure where to get it and can never find it on the racks at the stores? Have you noticed how incredibly perfect our business women dress on Kauai? Well, this book can give you many sure-fire ways to have that dress or skirt you’ve admired, fitted just perfectly for you!

Just released, “Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: The Ultimate Dressmaking Guide,” by Tanya Whelan, is a great tool (and secret weapon) for those who are seasoned in sewing or are just new to the sewing world. With this “choose-your-own-adventure” approach to sewing, “Sew Many Dresses” gives you the latitude to create up to 219 fitted dresses.

It features a collection of patterns with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step diagrams with pattern pieces and drafting instructions for six skirts and eight bodices that line up at the waist, four sleeve styles, and four necklines! The book covers basic dress construction and altering techniques for women of all shapes and sizes.

There are numerous tips throughout, from in depth explanations on basic sewing, information on hems and why some are better than others, sewing darts, even a how and why to choose the fabrics for the dresses you are going to make.

With “Sew Many Dresses,” you can customize a dress based on what makes you feel most comfortable. You can even just make a skirt from what this book provides! How great is that? The perfect skirt (or dress) can be SO hard to find sometimes, right?! Well, now it’s your turn to dress just the way you want to!


Ed and Cynthia Justus are the owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.


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