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DIY Couture

Fashion one-off outfits with this handy series of do-it-yourself guides

by Fiona Killackey in Style on 20 July 2010

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In the quest to sew a piece of well-fitting fashion for yourself, finding the right pattern can often be the most time-consuming part. To simplify this stress, DIY Couture offers straightforward advice for beginning sewers to skilled seamstresses alike.

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Created by a group of design-savvy, craft-loving creatives in London, DIY Couture offers simple books illustrating exactly how to make one item—such as a pleated skirt or Grecian dress—in a series of step-by-step instructions. They also offer an essential guide on "affordable and non-exploitative" fashion as well as an in-depth look online at fabric shops around London.

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"Sewing is a visual activity and needs to be explained visually," say the DIY Couture crew. "With this in mind, we take a different approach from that of conventional sewing patterns, using diagrams and photographs to explain the making process."

Eleven issues strong, DIY Couture sells internationally from their online shop for £9 each or £22 for three.

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