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Famous Frocks : The Little Black Dress: Patterns for 20 Garments Inspired by Fashion Icons [With Pattern(s)]
by Dolin Bliss O'shea and Daniel Castro


Overview - Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly. . . . Each of these women had an influential take on the most classic wardrobe staple of all: the Little Black Dress. In this chic sewing book, patternmaker Dolin Bliss O'Shea pulls inspiration from famous LBDs throughout history including Mary Quant's mod mini, a classic wrap dress worn by Liza Minelli, Princess Diana's smart A-line, and more and offers patterns for reinterpreted versions that are perfectly stylish.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly. . . . Each of these women had an influential take on the most classic wardrobe staple of all: the Little Black Dress. In this chic sewing book, patternmaker Dolin Bliss O'Shea pulls inspiration from famous LBDs throughout history including Mary Quant's mod mini, a classic wrap dress worn by Liza Minelli, Princess Diana's smart A-line, and more and offers patterns for reinterpreted versions that are perfectly stylish. Including 10 full dress patterns with sewing variations to make 20 garments in all, a primer on sewing techniques, vintage photographs of style icons, and full-color shots of the finished pieces, this book has everything fashionistas need to bring timeless style right into their closets."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781452123653
  • ISBN-10: 1452123659
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
  • Publish Date: August 2014
  • Page Count: 176
  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-07-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Author O’Shea knows that many women long to combine the “perfect LBD” (little black dress) with the sought-after style of such celebrities as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Princess Diana. Her solution? This stylishly presented collection of sewing patterns for 10 LBDs; O’Shea also shows how each pattern can be adapted to another look. Whether readers want to copy the swinging ’60s miniskirt style of Mary Quant, the knitwear elegance of Coco Chanel, or Ava Gardner’s sultry evening gown, patterns and careful instructions are here along with designs based on photos. Just a glance through the book should alert sewists that these are complex and demanding patterns, and, indeed, the instructions assume that users are at least at an intermediate level. While patterns are tucked into the cover (and the author and publisher should be commended for including sizes S–XL), even they will require careful preparation before use. But the designs are lovely and classic, making this book a wonderful addition to the experienced sewist’s idea cache. (Aug.)

 
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