Learn to sew beautiful, simple handmade clothes and begin a journey to loving the body you have.
Draft patterns and sew clothes that fit your unique body! In this garment-making primer, sewing is an act of radical kindness and self-care. Learning to sew for yourself enables you to make exactly the kinds of clothes you want, and empowers you to solve the fit issues that come with buying commercial clothing designed to fit one "ideal" body type. Sanae Ishida, author of the award-winning Sewing Happiness, guides you through the process with her inspiring personal story and gentle instruction in the simple art of pattern-making and garment sewing.
Create a complete capsule wardrobe of tops, bottoms, dresses, tunics, and outerwear. Each of the 15 projects (including variations) is designed to look good on a wide variety of body types—they're fashionable yet timeless, and let you move with ease. Every pattern is self-drafted (no printed pattern sheets here—you will learn to draft and customize basic shapes to your own body measurements for a comfortable fit). Patternmaking has never been easier than in this intuitive, fully illustrated book.
Lookbook with photographs of the projects on diverse models
Primer on basic sewing, pattern drafting (slopers and muslins), and fitting
Step-by-step illustrated instructions for all 15 projects and variations
Heartwarming personal essay on the author's journey to body positivity
About the Author
SANAE ISHIDA writes, sews, draws, and takes photos almost every day. She lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle. She is the author of the sewing books Sewing Love, Sewing Happiness, and Animal Friends to Sew, as well as the Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl picture book series, and Little Sumo, a board book series. Both she and her daughter have too many handmade clothes. Find out more about her work at SanaeIshida.com.
"Stitchers rejoice! In Sewing Love, Sanae Ishida demystifies pattern making and steers you through the process drafting a sloper or template of your unique body measurements. From there, it's onto different ways to modify the base pieces into gorgeous garments. With this book as your guide, you'll soon be ‘sewing up some love’ for yourself." —Sonya Philip, author of The Act of Sewing
"Sewing is positioned as self-care in this uplifting [guide] . . . The real gold comes in an in-depth section that teaches readers how to create and customize their own patterns based on their personal measurements by drafting paper pattern pieces and sewing up a muslin to test them out. This guide to garment sewing is a must-read for crafters of all levels." —Publishers Weekly
"Sewing Love is, at heart, a love poem to bodies and sewing along with an in-depth method for creating your own sloper and then just-right-for-you patterns." —A Happy Stitch