The Essential A-line: Make 17 Flirty Skirts from 1 Basic Pattern

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9781607056690: The Essential A-line: Make 17 Flirty Skirts from 1 Basic Pattern

In this how-to book, The Essential A-line, accomplished seamstress Jona Giammalva shows you how to whip a chic A-line skirt in no time! It features a single pattern with easy variations to make 17 stylish skirts in a range of sizes from 0 – 2x. Detailed step-by-step instructions and informative color photographs will guide and inspire sewers of any skill level—especially beginners. In addition to a new wardrobe of skirts, you'll also learn a variety of essential dressmaking techniques from inserting a zipper to mastering the perfect pleat.

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Jona Giammalva has been an avid seamstress for more than 25 years. Her sewing adventures and tutorials can be found on her popular blog. She also produces sewing patterns of her original designs under the name Jona G. Pattern Co. She lives in Arizona.


From a single pattern (included) learn how to create seventeen versions of the flattering A-line skirt - in sizes 0 to 20. The Essential A-Line describes how a no-waistband silhouette can create everything from a lace skirt to a double-pleated skirt. (Stitch With Style, May 2013)

The title really says it all. Jona teaches you to make your first basic A-line and then branch out into a wide range of styles. Beginning with a basic guide to sewing accessories, she takes you step-by-step through skirt construction. The rest of the book shows how to make 17 easy variations on this simple design in styles that range from folksy Bohemian, urban hipster, retro, all the way to an elegant skirt suitable for a bridesmaid. There are even instructions for a maternity A-line skirt (would that make it an H-line?). Jona's basic A-line paper pattern, which is included, is by itself worth the price of the book. Plus, it's adjustable from size 0 to size 20. (, 8/12/13)

Jona Giammalva's The Essential A-Line comes from a seamstress who tells how to make an A-Line skirt from a single pattern using 17 variations to make skirts in a range of sizes. Color photos throughout accompany step-by-step instructions in a fine guide packed with keys to producing A-Line skirts with a range of 'tweaks' so they all look differently appealing. It's extraordinary to see some seventeen variations created from one simple pattern. It comes printed on both sides so one will need to trace the pattern to use it, but the clear photos and directions leave nothing to wonder. Any sewer who likes skirts in general and the basic A-Line in particular will love this book. (The Needlecraft Shelf, 9/6/13)

Here's how to take one basic skirt shape, add some creativity, and end up with 17 fashionable variations. The pattern, a simple no-waistband A-line in sizes 0 to 20, is included. (American Sewing Guild Notions Magazine, Spring 2013)

For those who love variation and creativity, but who need the how-to as well as the inspiration, this book shows you how to make 17 different skirts from one basic sewing pattern. (Burda Style, Spring 2014)

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