Built By Wendy Dresses

Because I had company over the weekend, I really didn’t have much time to spend with all my new books, but I did cuddle up with one last night – Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl’s Best Frock. I have to say, I think this is her best book yet. While I don’t wear many dresses, I really feel motivated to make a few after looking at her book. Why? I love how she takes 3 basic designs (the sheath, the shift, and the dirndl) and turns them into completely different looks (25) and makes it look so easy! Wendy also covers some of the basics: body types, pattern alterations (be sure to add seam allowances to your traced patterns as well), adding collars and sleeve options, seam finishing, facingslinings, and basic pockets. The information is great, but keep in mind many of these options (like collars and some of the sleeves) are not included in the book so the designer (you) is left to draft your own.
Overall this is a fantastic book for those who love to sew dresses and are looking for a bit more of a challenge in drafting some of your own styles, but I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners (maybe one of her other titles might be a better place to start) given that there a lot of steps (and not a lot of hand holding) in this books to create your finished project.

2 thoughts on “Built By Wendy Dresses

  1. Cindy

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been thinking of this book for a while. I don’t wear dresses, but love to wear tunics over pants, so dress patterns cut short work for that.
    What fabrics are the patterns suited for? Is it mostly knits? I’m still afraid of knits..need to get Wendy’s other book to overcome that 🙂

  2. Kirsten D

    I just picked this up two weekends ago. I have not had the time to look it in detail. But it does look like it’s a great book, and one that I can use. Hmm Maybe a sew along?

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