Learn to sew a gathered dress without a complex sewing pattern! DIY Couture books contain a set of simple, visual instructions, including variations so the garment can be almost endlessly re-invented. Diagrams and pictures take the maker through the creation process, so that unique, personally fitted pieces of clothing are accessible to anyone.
In its simplest form the gathered dress is a straight tube that is gathered in at the chest by multiple rows of elastic to create an empire-line style.
The dress can also be made to flare out, so that the skirt area hangs in folds. It can be made from light fabric that keeps its shape, or with heavier or floppier fabric that hangs down with gravity. The top edge of the dress can be shaped to create a flattering curve above the chest. The dress can be made to sweep the floor, or so short that it becomes a top. It can be made with or without straps. It can be finished with elastic at the bottom to create a bubble shaped skirt.
DIY Couture's books are beautifully designed with fresh, clean photography and colourful diagrams. They measure 260mm x 210mm (slightly shorter than A4) and have a simple matt paperback cover.