Wednesday, 24 November 2010
book review:: make it perfect
penguin australia sent me an advance copy of toni coward's book "make it perfect" to review last month and i have to say*, this is one good sewing pattern book. there are over twenty multi-size patterns provided (with detailed instructions) and they include both children's and women's projects, which i dig. the intro section has handy tips and techniques for beginner sewers or those with a fear of zippers, like myself, plus it has lots of patterns that are actually useful - cute skirts for women and girls, kid's pajama bottoms and basic kid's pants and shorts - and some really interesting ones, like house slippers, a girl's cape and a women's jacket.
i used the Snug as a Bug PJ pattern to sew mae some quick, lightweight summer pj bottoms out of a vintage sheet and have plans to make many, many more. it's a great, simple pattern with a nice shape and these were super fast to make. i made a size 3 so mae has plenty of room to grow into them over the long, hot summer.
i definitely want to make the amour skirt for myself once i shed my last chunk of baby weight (ahem, if i can stop eating leftover canadian halloween candy that my sister brought with her).
and this skirt is so beyond cute. it is hard to tell from this photo but it has these interesting overlapping tiers that make it extra sweet. definitely one for maesey in the cards...
make it perfect should be hitting the book shops this week or you can order a signed copy here and i'm pleased to say that i have an extra one to give away! simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you look for in a sewing book and i will use a random number generator to choose one lucky winner monday, november 29th (open to international readers, too).
*i mean, i don't actually HAVE to say that this is a good book. penguin was very good about sending it to me and then emailing me a few days later to see if it would, in fact, be something i would be happy to review and i was happy to say yes, indeed. i would never promote something that i wouldn't buy and use myself and i would recommend this book for beginner and intermediate sewers even if i hadn't been sent a free copy. but i'm pretty pleased that i was : )