01 Oct Famous Frocks Giveaway!
The kind staff from Chronicle Books sent me a newly released book to review entitled,
Famous Frocks – The Little Black Dress by Dolin Bliss O’Shea. (not to be confused with the book Famous Frocks by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt)
What a beauty!
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.
The first part of the book is 40-page chapter devoted to general sewing instructions.
Part 2 features the ten iconic dresses and variations. Each garment and variation are photographed on a model resembling the iconic figure who inspired the pattern.
The instructions include fabric layouts, a list of the sewing techniques used, adequate step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
The book and pattern pieces are encased in a high quality jacket which opens to reveal both.
The patterns are neatly tucked into the red envelope, and offered in five sizes from XS to XL (33″ to a 45″ bust) They are drafted for a 63″ – 66″ height and printed on the front and back sides of the paper making it necessary to trace the pattern.
I’ll be reviewing individual patterns from the book in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I’m eager to share a copy of the book with one lucky reader! Please let me know if you would like to be entered in the giveaway by leaving a comment.
The random winner will be announced on Sunday, October 5!
Good Luck 🙂