Improv Sewing Book Giveaway + Free Pattern

on Sep 28, 2012 in Books | 87 comments

Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques features 101 fast, fun, and fearless projects for dresses, tunics, scarves, skirts, accessories, pillows, curtains and more!

The arrival of knits at Pink Chalk Fabrics has prompted a lot of discussion about quick and easy garments using this very forgiving textile. Perfect timing that Storey Publishing has offered a copy to Pink Chalk Studio readers of this new book by Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut.

Here’s a description from the book’s flap:

“Free your creative sewing instincts with 101 projects that invite you to try everything you can imagine doing with fabric and thread — from doodled stitches to stacked applique. There are no patterns here and hardly any rules. Simply choose your fabric (forgiving, stretchy knits work great), take a good set of measurements, and begin sewing.

Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut provide five basic clothing designs that become templates for dozens of stylish dresses, tunics, skirts, and tops, all waiting to be embellished as you like. From a ruffled sundress adorned with ribbons to a flattering t-shirt doodle-stitched with a pebble pattern, this is soft, casual clothing you’ll love to wear yourself or personalize for friends and family.

In addition to dozens of wearable projects, you’ll find stylish decorative items for every room in your home. From pillowcases and duvet covers to tea towels and placemats, many of these projects can be completed in an hour, and you’ll be using them and enjoying their good looks for years to come.”

I have to admit that I’ve always been a very precise-cut-the-pattern-out-exactly-as-designed type of garment seamstress. I’m totally intrigued by the trend of improv sewing for clothes. The combination of easy designs and the right textile result in no-fuss fit and quick-to-make projects. Diana has been leading the way here and inspiring us all with her fearless creations.

In addition to the book giveaway, Storey Publishing is providing a free copy of the Stacked Dot Scarf pattern. Enjoy!


Leave a comment sharing what you think of the improv garment sewing trend. I’ll a select a winner next week.

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