"SKIRT-A-DAY SEWING," by Nicole Smith, Storey Publishing, $19.95, 240 pages (nf)
"Skirt-a-Day Sewing" by Nicole Smith provides sewing enthusiasts with tools and techniques to improve garment-making skills, while also adding variety to their wardrobes.
Smith uses the simplicity of the skirt to show that with the proper tools and little patience anyone can make their fashion ideas into realities.
The first half of "Skirt-a-Day Sewing" gives an overview of the basic tools and skills needed to create a custom skirt. All sewing levels are considered in this section, which includes fabric know-how, seam finishes, pleats, color blocking, ruching and drafting a customizable skirt sloper.
After teaching the skills, Smith provides opportunities for practice with a month of skirts to sew. There are four classic styles from which to choose: wrap, straight, flared and high-waisted. Smith also provides seven variations of each style, providing a new look for everyday of the month.
Sewers can create a basic-style skirt or stretch their sewing muscles implementing customizable techniques. "Skirt-a-Day Sewing" has color photographs of each skirt design with clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions for drafting the pattern and sewing the skirt.
Smith is a part of the Etsy marketing and merchandising team. She teaches sewing in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is regular contributor to Stitch magazine.
Tequitia Andrews is a freelance writer and artist based in Virginia.