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Half Yard Sewing Club
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 21 February 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217473
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $26.99
  • Series: Debbie Shore’s Sewing Room Secrets
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Debbie Shore's Sewing Room Secrets: Essential Skills for Dressmakers


Top tips and techniques for successful sewing by Debbie Shore

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Book Description

Packed with key skills and friendly know-how, this essential guide is ideal for anyone taking their first steps into dressmaking.

Packed with key skills and friendly know-how, this essential guide is ideal for anyone taking their first steps into dressmaking.

The latest title in Debbie Shore's Sewing Room Secrets series, this essential guide is packed with key skills and friendly know-how and is ideal for anyone taking their first steps into dressmaking. It covers the important basics such as: how to read and adjust a pattern; how to choose, mark and cut fabric; how to add zips, pockets and buttons; how to adapt old, misshapen or over-sized garments, and how to do some basic mending all shown step-by-step.

This book is a toolkit designed to equip you with all the dressmaking skills you need; it contains ten inventive projects for you to try your hand at using your own pre-loved clothes, and gives you all the knowledge you need to make your own clothes from scratch using the pattern of your choice.

Table of Contents

About this book 5
About me 6
my quick tips 7
dressmaking essentials 8
Tools & equipment 9
Fabrics 20
Fabric terminology 23
Interfacing 24
Threads 25

Dressmaking know-how 26
Pressing vs ironing 27
Measuring yourself 28
Choosing a pattern 31
Understanding pattern symbols 32
Cutting your pattern 34
Transferring pattern symbols 36
Cutting fabric 38
Making a toile 39
Machine stitches 40
Special stitches 42
Darts 43
Seams 44
Hems 46
ProjectKimono Jacket 48
Bindings 50
Zips 52
Closures 57
ProjectTunic Sweater Dress 60
Pockets 62
ProjectShirt Skirt 64
ProjectOld to New Joggers 66
Shirring 70
Sewing elastic 71
ProjectSweater Skirt 72
ProjectWrap Skirt 74
ProjectCircle Skirt 76
ProjectOff-the-Shoulder Top 78
Appliqué 80
ProjectChild’s Shirt Dress and Headband 82
ProjectBatwing Dress 84

Make it fit 88
Mend it 92
Index 96

About the Author

About Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore is a best-selling and award-winning author. She began her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has developed her own range of fabrics, designed her own patterns, writes for several popular sewing magazine and has written over 20 books for Search Press with several more underway. She is the winner of Craft Influencer of the Year 2020 in the Craft Business Awards, and Social Media Influencer of the Year 2019 in the British Sewing Awards.

Debbie has over 230,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, which has over 30 million views. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the megaselling Half Yard series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award. For more details about the club visit
Debbie lives in Lincolnshire, UK. Visit her website



I just adore Debbie Shore books. They are informative and give practical as well as technical advice.

Perfect for the beginner but also ideal for the advanced sewist, Debbie Shore holds your hand and enables you to make a wearable and beautiful garment. This book is a brilliant addition to the collection, and if like me you collect them all, you will also know that they are the books that you frequently go to for your ideas and inspiration.

Her tips are brilliant and the visuals are truly a help. There is no jargon with the instructions so you will know exactly what to do and what you need.

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