Dress Making App
Amanda Kaufmann | Date posted: May 26th, 2011
As far as I can tell, I have just found the coolest app for the iPhone and iPod for the fashion sewer—a book on dressmaking for the beginning sewer. At $0.99, Dress Making: Beginners Guide to Making Your Own Dress offers great bang for the buck, particularly considering the longer app version for sale is $9.99 and any actual book would be even more expensive.
(Don’t feel left out Kindle-users—Amazon sells the Kindle version of “Dress Making” for $0.99 too.)
This condensed e-book has 12 chapters, each extraordinarily descriptive in a relatively short amount of text. For instance, the second chapter instructs the reader on measuring one’s self (including measurements that are less-often taken, like the side bodice and the shoulder length) and includes a measurement keeper chart. Chapters also include what kinds of silhouettes, colors, and style lines to go for according to one’s figure type and hair color; which fabrications work best with different dress silhouettes, figure types, and sewer’s skill level (e.g. gingham is good for beginners, crepe for semi-skilled, and jersey for skilled sewers) as well as what to look for when buying fabrics; sewing terminology and different types of stitches and threads; and how to create styles when you can’t find a pattern for them. If it sounds like the book covers a lot, that’s because it does!
Amanda Kaufmann is a New York-based writer and editor. Since 2006, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance columnist, book editor, website content editor, proofreader and fact-checker. She is constantly in the pursuit of...