- Love this book! Review by Angela Anderson
I have made 2 of the projects from this book so far, and I love the designs. I have been checking it out from my library, this one is definitely a must have for me! I can't wait to have my own copy.
(Posted on 12/27/11)
- Sewn with Love patterns Review by Lynne Shields
Starting with the positives, this book contains some lovely vintage patterns for infant and young children's clothing. The patterns are available on a CD. They print out with number guidelines that really help you tape the pieces together. This is a very nice feature. I made the baby playsuit and it turned out very nicely. That being said, if you are not quite a good seamstress, I do not recommend this book. The pattern piece for the front bottom of the playsuit had the pocket outline stamped on upside down, so it showed the pocket opening going downward toward the legs. The directions were quite scanty and incomplete. For example, for the button placket at the back, the instructions say to manage the right and left sides each in a different way, but does not specify 'with the outside facing' or 'inside facing', so one has no frame of reference. If I did not already know how to make a button placket, I doubt I'd have been able to do it given the instructions. At times, the instructions say to refer to the picture, but the picture does not really illustrate what is to be done. My final comment relates to finishing. The author points out that the finishing details are important in making vintage clothing. I agree, but in her instructions, she often directs one to finish an edge with the zig zag stitch, where a good seamstress would turn under and sew, as in for the button placket on the play suit. The only seams one would finish by using a zig zag stitch would be the long seams. Proper finishing, particularly if you want the vintage look, should look more professional and truly 'finished'. So, this is a great book if you already know how to sew and have a good command of various aspects of garment construction. Just watch the patterns for errors before you start cutting and sewing.
(Posted on 9/15/11)