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Basic Black


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Sew chic, dark-toned clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe.

Basic Black is the English edition of a classic Japanese sewing book which provides sew-it-yourself Western-sized patterns for 26 basic garments, along with detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions. Author Sato Watanabe has published many books that are favorites among Japanese sewing fans. In this book, she shows you how to make genuinely professional-quality pieces quickly and inexpensively at home.

DIY Sewing designs include:
  • Lace Shirred Blouse
  • Tiered Sleeveless Dress
  • Gauze Stripe Over-Blouse
  • Blocked Quilting Zip-Up Jacket
  • Zip-Up Vest with High Neck
  • Boatneck Dress with Bust Darts
  • Whimsical Vest in Chiffon Lace
  • Whimsical Vest in Corduroy
  • Dress with Elbow Length Sleeves and Tuck Pleats
  • Jumper Dress with Square Neckline
  • Hick Neck Shirt with Three-Quarter Length Sleeves
  • Frilled Shirt in Charcoal
  • Seersucker Shirt with Collar
  • Polka Dot Jacquard Dress
  • V-Neck Midi Dress
  • Gathered Dress with Shawl Collar
  • Tailored Jacked with Raw Edges
  • Tweed Jacket with Rounded Collar
  • Dress with Stitched Skirt
  • A-Line Block Skirt
  • Asymmetric Jumper Dress
  • Tunic Blouse with Lace-Trimmed Armholes
  • Asymmetric Blouse with Tape Trim
  • Cheongsam with Ribbon Details
  • Flannel Short Coat
  • Raglan Coat with Pin Spots
All of the styles and fashion are easily customized to create your personal style, and there is something for everyone and every occasion in this book — from a bright two-texture combo dress to a relaxed, bohemian tunic — and everything in-between. All the styles are thoroughly modern and practical, ranging from softly feminine or straight-line simple to smartly-tailored or loosely-deconstructed.

Simple lines make these garments perfect for women of all ages and all sizes. This book includes a complete western-sized sewing pattern for each design that is easily adjusted to fit your body form. The understated, graceful designs in this book are ones that you'll come back to again and again.

About the Author:
Sato Watanabe studied clothing and accessory design at the Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to cooking and sewing books. Watanabe specializes in uncomplicated, elegant homemade couture with room for a touch of individuality.