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Our Review

If you're starting to tire of the collections in high street stores and lust for some affordable couture, it's time to start making your own. Make Your Own Clothes by Marie Clayton has 20 stylish patterns, designed to teach you the dressmaking basics.

Filled with all the know-how, from seams to stitches, the book has step-by-step instructions to teach you pattern-making, construction and finishing.

The book even comes with pattern making software for your computer, so it's easier than ever. With pieces such as a simple Flared Skirt, a perfect fit Tailored Blouse and a classic Beret, you'll be strutting around in your own creations in no time. Watch our Westwood and Gaultier, we're going DIY!

You can pick up a copy of the book from Anova Books or Amazon now.

CO+K Reader Offer: Order a copy for only £14.99 including free UK p&p. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1031.

Publisher's Description

With Make Your Own Clothes, creating custom-fit garments has never been so easy. Learn how to lay out the pattern pieces, transfer markings onto fabric, and create classic and contemporary styles with confidence.
Each project includes easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photography for key stages with handy technique reference numbers.
All the patterns featured in the book are included in the accompanying PatternMaker CD. With this disk, simply enter your own measurements and the software generates a pattern made to fit your body. These can also be adjusted to ensure a perfect fit.
Lastly, useful reference flaps fold out with information for pattern symbols and basic hand and machine stitches. Regardless of your skill level, this easy-giong collection will appeal to both novices and seasoned experts.