Built by Wendy Dresses

Built by Wendy Dresses

The Sew U Guide to Making A Girl's Best Frock

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
Want a fast and easy way to look completely put together? Throw on a dress! Now, with the help of Wendy Mullin of BUILT BY WENDY, sew your own custom-fit creations—25 in all.

Dresses are as useful—and as crucial—to your wardrobe as your most beloved pair of jeans. You can throw one on in summer or winter, for a night out in heels or a day in beaten-up boots: It’s maximum style for minimum effort.

That’s why Wendy Mullin, designer of Built by Wendy—label of choice for fashion-forward actors, musicians, and artists—has created a book of DIY dress designs that are simple to sew but pack plenty of fashion punch.

All of the featured dress styles are based on three basic dress shapes: the sheath, the shift, and the dirndl. These three full-size patterns are included in the book, complete with step-by-step instructions for how to use them. From those basic dress shapes, Wendy offers multiple customizations, giving a total of 25 different dress options.

Beginner sewers will find all the basic information they need to get started. More advanced sewers will see precisely how slight pattern adjustments, such as changing a collar or sleeve or switching fabric, can create limitless possibilities for unique looks. Built by Wendy Dresses covers the basics and beyond—and proves that dresses are a girl’s best friend.

Baker & Taylor
The creator of the Built by Wendy clothing line instructs young women on how to customize 25 variations of favorite silhouettes to sew dresses for a variety of occasions, explaining how to identify flattering styles, add simple adjustments and work with different fabrics.

Publisher: New York : Potter Craft, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307461339
Branch Call Number: 646.432 M917b
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 24 cm. + 3 patterns (folded to 16 x 16 cm.)
Additional Contributors: Hartman, Eviana


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Dec 07, 2014

All of the dresses looked dowdy to me, probably because Mullin consistently favours an Empire waistline or loosely fitted shifts.

Jul 15, 2013

Yes! A book that will inspire young sewists to create wearable clothing. Adding belts, scarves and jewelry will update these garments although the target is aged 15-30. Some good tips.

Jun 18, 2012

I'm a teenager and I loved most of the designs! Anything can look fresh and modern, depending on how you style it, what fabrics you use, and what accessories you wear it with. Plus, vintage is most certainly a trend we are seeing now! :)
Anyhow, I really loved this book and want to make at least 4 of the dresses. :D

May 09, 2010

Good instructions, but the designs are things I wore as a child, so they look terribly "old-fashioned" to me.


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