The Great British Sewing Bee: Sustainable Style
by Caroline Akselson and Alexandra Bruce
The companion book to the sixth series of this flagship BBC2 show, The Great British Sewing Bee: Sustainable Style accompanies sewers at all levels on their creative journey to reduce, reuse and recycle - ultimately creating their own considered closet.
Starting with the essentials, sewers will learn how to maintain and care for their sewing machine, find out the secrets to using an overlocker (and what to do if you don't have one) and the key to pattern matching. With a guide that demystifies the fitting process, and with expert sewing tips on making alterations, you'll be able to choose from 27 projects, for both women and men, that will ease you into the world of sustainable sewing.
For burgeoning dressmakers, this book showcases a vast array of sustainable and natural fabrics, reveals how to breathe life into old garments and entices the would-be sewer to dress handmade. Interspersed with sustainable tips from advice on keeping an eco-friendly sewing space and how to better care for your garments, to guidance on recycling old clothes, using up fabric scraps and making repair, this book is an indispensable reference to a more considered approach to sewing, that will encourage you to create long-lasting projects to cherish.
The book includes five full-sized pattern sheets with 27 projects for women (sizes 8-22) and men (sizes XS XL).
About Caroline Akselson and Alexandra Bruce
Alexandra Bruce and Caroline Akselson run an independent, London-based sewing company. Having both studied costume design, they have a wealth of combined knowledge on garment construction and have independently worked for a number of high-profile clients, including Lulu Guinness, Kate Spade, the Hamilton musical and the Aladdin musical. They teach and speak about sewing and sustainability throughout London, inspiring people to make their own clothes and lead a more sustainable life through sewing.
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