No Patterns Needed: DIY Couture from Simple Shapes

By Rosie Martin

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  • Paperback
  • 850 illustrations
  • 208 pages
  • 9¾ x 8⅜
  • ISBN 9781780678283
  • Published July 2016

If you want to sew your own clothes but are put off by the idea of cutting out pattern pieces covered with dotted lines and symbols, this is the book for you. Using Rosie Martin's innovative method, you begin with nothing but a rectangle, circle or triangle of fabric and some basic body measurements.

 Next, follow the detailed step-by-step photographs and diagrams to complete your garment. You'll need a sewing machine, but no special equipment or expensive fabrics. With plenty of variations suggested, you can play with the designs to make garments exactly the way you want them.

About the Author

Rosie Martin is the director of creative fashion label DIYcouture, which showcases her signature method of explaining sewing with colourful, visual instructions. Rosie also runs clothes-making workshops in London. She has also styled and made costumes for music videos on both sides of the Atlantic and worked as a machinist for Kylie Minogue’s dance troupe.

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Body measurements

A note about fabrics


Make with Rectangles

Maxi split skirt

Asymmetric mini skirt

Cape sleeved top

Deco drape dress

Shirt dress


Make with Circles

Segment dress

Drip drape skirt

Spot pocket skirt

Ripple wrap blouse

Ruffle dress


Make with Triangles

Keyhole caftan 

Insert skirt

Four slice sweater

Deep V tunic

Triple triangle dress

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