Sewn with Love Classic Patterns for Children's Clothes and Accessories

Construct charming and fashionable children's clothes with Fiona Bell's 25 eclectic and unique patterns, influenced by the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

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An eclectic and unique collection of patterns and designs, Sewn with Love showcases the work of Fiona Bell, the founder of Their Nibs, the U.K.-based children's clothing shop and label. Known for their contemporary retro styles and prints, with distinct influence from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Fiona offers 25 of her favorite and best-selling pieces, from boy's classic shirts and playtime dungarees to girl's party dresses and summer pajamas. Fiona's beautiful, whimsical designs appeal to children and adults alike, and are ideal for sewist eager to dive into classic sewing techniques with contemporary results.

Divided into four sections (babies, playtime, parties, and bedtime), each project has easy-to-follow instructions and full-size patterns on an included CD-ROM.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Vintage Style

Baby’s Dress & Sun hat
Baby’s Bubble
Vintage Quilt

Button-Through Dress
Dirndl Skirt
Vintage Check Shorts
Classic Shirt
Cover-All Apron
Boy’s Short-Sleeve Shirt
Notice Board
Beanbag Frog

Full-Circle Dress
Silk-Chiffon & Lace Dress
Tulip-Shaped Dress
Handkerchief-Sleeve Dress
50s Pin-Tuck Dress
Boy’s Pin-Tuck Shirt

Duvet Set
Classic Boy's Pajamas
Girl’s Summer Pajamas
Laundry/Toy Bag
Tooth Fairy Cushion

Sewing Guidelines & Tips
Making the Paper Patterns
Size Guide

About the Author
Fiona Bell opened Their Nibs, a children's shop and label with clothes, accessories, and homeware in 2003. Her couture sewing expertise and eye for fashion allowed Fiona to bring her range of gorgeous clothes to online retailers and various stores and boutiques around the world, including Mothercare, John Lewis, Harrods, Bon Marche, and Avoca.  Fiona lives in London, England.
“Is there any new parent who has not looked for the clothing of yesteryear to dress their newborn or toddler?  This book has all the basics to create those clothing that are so sought after.  I can see the patterns filling many baby shower gift needs as well as enhancing wardrobes of the many young children in our families.” - Debbie Colgrove, Guide to Sewing

“All patterns are charming and fashionably influenced by the 1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s.” – Apron-icity

“Patterns in a more classic mode that make children look like children instead of tiny adult women.  A fine array of traditional looks for toddlers and young children.  Bell selected fabrics with a vintage ambiance so the designs in the book have an ageless ‘feel’ that channels the 1940s and 1950s.” - Bangor Daily News

 “A beautiful collection of classic children’s clothes and accessories that anyone who loves to sew for little ones will adore.  The styles are inspired by the classic designs of the 50s and 60s, and really are timeless.”  - FabTalk

“With a special little person in your life, whether your own or a grandchild, niece or nephew, this book is sure to entice you to make something  mini.  The styles and patterns address the idea of children dressing age appropriately, perhaps with a bit of nostalgia found with the full skirts, smocking, rickrack and other retro details.” –

“I have to say, I love it.  Not only are there beautiful dresses for little and big girls alike, there are practical and cute items for boys as well (and by that I mean, clothing that you can put on your little boy that they won’t argue about wearing).  To top it off, there are a number of unisex items included… a little something for everyone!” – Stacy Schlyer,
“The dresses are just lovely.  Adorable!” — Kate Moss
“I love Their Nibs’s clothes because they make little girls look like little girls.” —Thandie Newton
“My mother and I flipped through the book together, oohing and ahhing and sighing at each beautiful design.  The proprotions, the details, the styling, even the fabric choices in her examples, are all spot on.  These are the clothes that will never go out of style." - Sewing Guide

SKU: 10SW03

Author/Speaker/Editor: Fiona Bell

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596683495

Number Of Pages: 144

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Customer Reviews

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)