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which I actually remember and use when I’m doing my sewing projects. There are a couple of free patterns which you can download from the blog as well. The Sorbetto top has become one of my wardrobe staples and I’ve made it in a couple of different fabrics. Like all of Mitnick’s patterns, it combines simple lines with classic style.


56 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2012


I’ve been making the Taffy blouse from the book and thanks to all clear instructions it has come together beautifully – despite the slippery sheer fabric, extensive use of French seams and the 5 meters of bias tape I made. (We won’t mention the unfortunate accidental snipping of the blouse front. Mercifully I was able to hide it in one of the aforementioned French seams.)


Mitnick not only teaches you the techniques to become a competent seamstress, but how to be a confident one too. This is an invaluable skill. I would recommend anyone who wants to learn how to make their own clothes to pick up a copy of this book. You can have a wardrobe full of glamorous couture clothes – and you can make them all yourself!


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