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The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection by Frances Tobin

February 23rd 2017 | Quadrille | Paperbacks

The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection is a book for women of any age or shape who want to dress well but cannot always find what they want to wear on the high street.

Designer Frances Tobin has taken the key shapes from some of the most enduring fashion trends, such as the pencil skirt, the cigarette pants and the tie-neck blouse, then refined them into clear dressmaking patterns with easy-to-follow instructions. Frances has sourced the perfect fabrics to suit each garment in a highly-wearable palette and then shows four alternative looks for each pattern to provide further technical know-how as well as style ideas to enable the home dressmaker to make their own capsule collection of garments unique to them. For example, the pencil skirt is shown in taupe woven stretch gabardine to suit an elegant working wardrobe, but alternatively this skirt takes on an edgier look when made up in metallic copper stretch PVC fabric with a raw hem.

The essential collection of garments includes:
- The stretch pencil skirt
- The drape-front top
- The cigarette pants
- The tie-neck blouse
- The book bag
- The raw-edge coat
- The wrap skirt
- The over-sized t-shirt

With the dressmaking patterns supplied in the pack alongside the book, and given in sizes UK 8 to 20, The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection makes it possible for all women – whether dressmaking novices or accomplished seamstresses – to own an enviable selection of timeless and adaptable staple garments.

Author Frances Tobin trained in Fashion & Textiles and graduated from London’s prestigious Royal College of Art. She has designed range for many leading brands, including Gucci, Les Copains, Esprit, French Connection and Warehouse. She founded her pattern brand, The Maker’s Atelier, on the belief that the simplest shapes in the finest fabrics make the most successful clothes.

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