We are so excited to introduce you to Amy’s new book, The Magic Pattern Book!
The Magic Pattern Book features 6 magic patterns that can be transformed into 216 different looks. Complete with beautiful full-color photos, step-by-step instructions and a CD of printable patterns, this easy-to-follow guide shows how 6 patterns x 6 looks x 6 fabric suggestions for each look results in a complete wardrobe.
So what is a magic pattern? It is a single master pattern that can be transformed into many different styles—for example, a single basic skirt pattern can create an A-line skirt, a maxi skirt, a pleated hem skirt, a pencil wrap skirt, a flared bias skirt, and a ruffled mini. Below, see all the different styles in the tank top family.
Each pattern comes with six fabric suggestions and can be made to fit sizes S – 2XL. Many can even be crafted with re-purposed fabrics such as menswear or denim jeans. Overviews of fabric types and preparation, plus basic sewing, alteration, and finishing techniques are also included, making The Magic Pattern Book a reference that readers will turn to again & again.
Inspired by the first lady of fashion Mary Brooks Picken’s belief that each design is like a different woman, Amy has playfully named each pattern variation and given it distinct personality – that is, until you stitch your own identity into it! And as fashions evolve, each design can easily be tweaked and changed – all you need is a little creativity.
The book includes six chapters: The Tank, The Skirt, The Dress, The Cardigan, The Coat, & The Accessories. Six different fashion styles are included in each chapter, each style with another six suggested fabrics. So many options!
Learn more about Amy’s journey writing The Magic Pattern Book over on her blog. While you are there, enter to win a copy of The Magic Pattern & Vintage Notions! And stay tuned for information on our upcoming BurdaStyle Magic Pattern challenge – September 2014!
Upcoming Magic Pattern Events & Activities:
Sewing with Nancy – two-part PBS series titled Magic Patterns. Episodes begin airing September 2014. Check your local listings.
BurdaStyle Design Challenge – Create one of Amy’s Magic Patterns & you could win a Baby Lock Imagine Serger. Challenge begins September 2014. Sign up for our newsletter or check back here for further details as they become available.
The American Sewing Show - September 26 – 18, 2014 – Novi, MI
Quiltcon – February 19 – 22, 2015 – Austin, TX
Traveling Fashion Show – Original Sewing & Quilt Expo events across the country will feature fashions from The Magic Pattern Book in their runway shows, with Amy Barickman emceeing in select cities (starred below):