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Date: 3/30/12 8:52 PM

I just purchased a book at Barnes and Noble called FAMOUS FROCKS written by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt. This book is a collection of patterns based on 10 fashion icons : Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Diana Ross, Farrah Fawcett, Stevie Nicks and Madonna. It is a cool collection of dresses with some modern variations.

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Date: 3/30/12 9:16 PM

Sounds interesting. Maybe you could write a book review? Please. See left, Sewing Reviews, Sewing Books.

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Date: 4/1/12 5:12 AM

I bought this for my birthday in Dec. I think interested parties should know that the dresses are inspired by more than knock-offs of the iconic dresses. Except maybe for the Twiggy shift dress.

I have scanned the line drawings if anyone is curious.

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I did this because I keep print-outs of all my patterns in a 3-ring binder for ease of reference.

And I have yet to make up a pattern from the book. I'll try to put up a review today.
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Date: 4/1/12 7:00 AM

Making and posting copies of a book is a copyright violation.

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Date: 4/1/12 7:32 AM

Thanks for the scans: I was interested in seeing what some of the content was like.

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Date: 4/1/12 9:25 AM

I took the book out of the library. It wasn't bad.

it's true it is an "insrpired by" kind of a book. I wish some of the photographs of the finished dresses were better.

i do like that this book does not suffer from what so many current sewing books suffer from, the overly myopic photography that is so close in on the details that you have no idea what the finished project looks like or how it is made.

Even if you don't follow the patterns there is a good idea to be gleaned per dress. I did my own version of the diana ross dress that i have mixed feeling about...it was a good exercise for me...I'm not sure about how it actually looks on me. that is my husband didn't like it much but eveyone else seems to love it.

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Date: 4/2/12 8:49 AM

I thought it was a fun book. Very girly. I bought it because I like to support woman who do this. I haven't had a chance to try a pattern yet. I am interested in the Twiggy dress and Stevie Nicks dress.

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Date: 4/2/12 3:01 PM

I did put up my review. I tried to list my pros and cons.

I don't think the book is a bad one, just maybe not as beginner friendly has their tone might suggest.

Oh, and @Scrappy Gram: my album is not set on public so only those who know to come here can find the link. I also did not appropriate the content i.e. pass it off as mine. Further, if you search online for the reviews, you will see that practically all the content has been posted among the various reviewers.

But if the copyright owners feel differently, and they contact me, I will make the album private.

ETA To further clarify, the link above is to an album of the LINE DRAWING included in the book. I have a personal reference system where I print out line drawings of all my patterns and magazines so I can't find stuff without having to go through the physical pattern sleeves and issues. Clear?
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Morphology: Petite at 1m53 (5'), Burda size altered 19 or altered 38, Big 4 size 10 or 12 depending on ease;
Alterations: Petite, Narrow Shoulders, Slim Arms, Narrow waist, Increase Back Crotch Depth. Considering: Forward Neck/Rounded Upper Back, Slight Swayback;
Style: Feminine, Colorful, Fitted, Clean lines;
Favorite Garment type: Dress;
Favorite Colors: Purple, Navy, Brown, Shocking Pink, Coral, Aqua;
Favorite Fibers, Weaves or Patterns: Cotton, Linen, Cotton Silk blend, Seersucker, Swiss Dot, Lawn, Denim, Stripes, Chevron, Window pane Plaid, Bias;
Blog : http://fashionmate.blogspot.com
Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/lakaribane/

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Date: 4/2/12 3:53 PM

I think you can argue that it's fair use, given that the value of the book is not in the flats, but in the patterns. Moreover, reproducing the flats allows for substantive criticism of the book.

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