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Making life more beautiful


Making Life more Beautiful; paperback, 220 pages, full colour print. Free postage within the UK. Available now. If you are outside the UK I am sorry that the shipping costs are so high.

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If you like this blog then Making Life more Beautiful is for you!

Over 200 pages of sharp observation, half a century of dressmaking knowledge and glorious photographs of beautiful women – all brought together to help you make your life more beautiful.

From the Introduction

This book provides practical advice on beauty, style and making clothes. It is mainly for women, including the thousand or so who already follow Fabrickated, and others who want to make themselves more beautiful by understanding colour and style. Every day Fabrickated people make life more beautiful through using their hands, sensitivity and skills. The book will also appeal to people who have never tried to make textiles or garments, and would like to know how.


Part 1 on ‘Beauty’ is not just about colours and style but about empowering people, especially women, to throw off the undermining constraints of gender stereotypes and unattainable images of ‘perfect’ beauty; to instead find and celebrate their unique style and self.


Part 2 on ‘Making’ isn’t just about crafting, but about finding life-enhancing connections and building communities. For women specifically, it is about claiming time and space for themselves so they can develop their creative capacity and generate greater self-esteem.

Includes 13 Makers Projects so you can make a Schiaparelli hat, vintage slippers, a Westwood skirt, a Nordic sweater, a pencil skirt pattern  and Fisherman’s Pants, and other items.

How to make a colourful yoke sweater
How to make a colourful yoke sweater



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