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At Home with Modern June: 27 Sewing Projects for Your Handmade Lifestyle Kindle Edition

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McCants's first book covered sewing with oilcloth (and was titled just that), and this follow-up will be welcomed by her readers eager for more of her bright, cheerful, and often-oilcloth-centered designs, many of which she developed for her own Virginia home after a hurricane damaged it extensively. The selection of patterns focuses on the home, with simple but well-finished instructions for basic needs, such as lined baskets, curtains for the shower and windows, and a bed skirt. Crafters looking to outfit their sewing room will especially like the ironing table, sewing machine cover, and Giant Mood Board, a bulletin-type board for design ideas. The ironing table and the mood board, like the chalkboard-fabric Easy Eyelet Place Mats, are no-sew projects, a few of which are scattered throughout the book. Instructions, suggestions, and tips throughout will help the beginning sewist accomplish these mostly intermediate-level patterns, while commendably complete instructions on sewing with oilcloth will be of great help to most readers. The wonderful full-color photos are motivating; both they and the text make it clear that careful finishing will lead to an attractive, useful, and cheerful result. --Publishers Weekly; 1/20/14

About the Author

Kelly McCants learned to sew at 13 years old and is devoted to stitching and pattern making. In addition to writing two blogs, she operates an online store selling fabric notions and her line of hand-sewn housewares. Kelly lives in Virginia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 30924 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stash Books (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7ZG2FQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #905,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Clear instructions and lots of illustrations make this ideal for a beginner, but as an experienced crafter I didn't find anything new or challenging. It would appeal to Pinterest users, and features the kind of crafts which seem popular there. A charming book, but would recommend perhaps only for beginners.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e481048) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x8f4a8384) out of 5 stars If I can make these, then literally anyone can 3 May 2014
By Mary Lavers (in Canada) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I don't consider myself much of a seamstress (I was going to say 'sewer' but then I realized that 'sew-er' as in 'one who sews' is indistinguishable from 'sewer' as in 'where poop goes'...which is probably why people say 'seamstress') but I can mend torn clothes, sew a hem, and make simple things like doll clothes or pillow covers. But even I found the projects in this book easy. As in, really easy. So easy, in fact, that I probably didn't need a book to tell me how to do them (like make a place mat or a simple pair of curtains).

At the same time, if you are someone who loves the look (or idea) of handmade items for your home but have absolutely no idea where to begin, this book might be perfect. The photos are aspirational and--as promised--modern, even though they're referencing a nostalgic time gone by. For instance, the author refers to her grandmother as "the only person she ever knew who wore an apron" then shows you how to make an apron. It's the book for people who find Pinterest exciting but too complicated.

But because the projects are so simple, At Home With Modern June does make me want to try the few ideas in the book that are slightly more intimidating (to me at least) like the Roman blind or the bed skirt ruffle. Since the other things are so easy, how hard could these ones be? If I actually do get a Roman blind finished, I'll be sure to update you with my results!

Ultimately Kelly McCants captures perfectly the current trend of "modern nostalgia," mixing old-fashioned patterns and ideas with modern sensibility and accessible techniques. The projects are probably too simple for the serious sew-er (see? it's hard to write that word) but are a great starting point for someone who desperately wants to be able to point at something in their home and say proudly, "That? Oh yeah I made it."

(This review originally appeared on my blog, Cozy Little Book Journal)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e895150) out of 5 stars Kelly McCants has turned out a fun and inspirational book 27 Mar. 2014
By Ann French - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again, Kelly McCants has turned out a fun and inspirational book. Being an all around sewer and an owner of a 1930's Sears & Roebuck kit home this book couldn't be more perfect for the decor in my home. From floor to ceiling great ideas abound along with super "how to" information to guide you through working with fabrics like oil cloth, chalk cloth and laminates. She guides you easily on what tools and techniques will make your project a success!
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HASH(0x8e928918) out of 5 stars Love the prints & colors the author put together! 12 May 2014
By Cody Dynamite - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was full of fun sewing projects. There were maybe half that I'd be interested in trying, but the other stuff was great to just look at. The colors and prints the author puts together makes this book eye candy. Instructions were clear & easy to follow and the author added in bits of entertaining commentary. Highly recommended for crafty/sewing book lovers.
HASH(0x8fbddc24) out of 5 stars like a pro 30 Nov. 2014
By Sarah Pressler - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very inspirational and I've successfully made a few of the projects! When I got stuck on one of the projects and posted about my frustration on Instagram, Kelly responded with some tips that worked...like a pro! This is one of my favorite books to just flip through. Everything about it is fresh, modern, whimsical, inspiring and engaging.
By Josie Y. McKnabb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great, actually useful projects in this book, with easy to follow instructions. In the projects, the author guides you in how to measure your materials to suit your own needs, rather than everyone print/cut the same pattern and do exactly the same thing. I taught myself to sew from books and YouTube and out of all the sewing books I've read, I made the most projects out of this one.
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