Couture doesn’t have to be for the upper crust of society and designers are not the only ones who can make brilliant clothes. That’s the mindset of Rosie Martin, author of DIY Couture; a book whose credo it is to democratise fashion, and which offers a step-by-step guide to personally tailored clothes without the need of patterns. Frustrated by the stuff available on high-street, Rosie Martin started making her own clothes with only beginners’ sewing skills. Collecting accolades from everyone, the private passion soon turned public as she decided to put together ‘how to’ guide booklets for different garments. Now, these various booklets and much more are collected in the first ever DIY Couture book, by Laurence King Publishing.
DIY Couture features ten collections ranging from flashy Rude Disco to romantic Tea Picnic. Each collection features a straight skirt, Grecian dress, skater skirt, waistcoat, cloak, slouch top, goddess dress, a hoody, trousers and romper, which vary according to collection’s theme. The step-by-step instructions are visual, simple and will give you the confidence to make clothes no one else is wearing. Get your scissors ready!
870 colour illustrations, 208 pages
Laurence King Publishing
Text by Grashina Gabelmann