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  • Kitchen & Home: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cico (10 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190652579X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906525798
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Hardy is a stylist and designer who has worked on various lifestyle and interiors magazines, including Country Homes and Interiors and Marie Claire. Her previous books include Sewing in No Time (ISBN 9781906094256), Quilting in No Time (ISBN 9781906525293), Fast, Fun Cards (ISBN 9781904991304) and Green Crafts for Children (ISBN 9781904094744), all published by CICO.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By rosiecotton on 28 Sept. 2009
Format: Kitchen & Home
I bought this book off a shelf at a store so knew it was primarily girls clothes, suits me fine. I liked a lot of the items and from reading through, the patterns seem fairly straightforward to make (I am a relative beginner). There are a few patterns for boys, not many but I will make the PJs, dressing gown and possible the shorts for my son. Some gorgeous skirts, pants and tops for girls. Photography is beautiful in it and the patterns look so achieveable I made the cover item straight away in only a few hours from some leftover fabric. It turned out lovely, I can't wait to try something else.

If you are new to sewing/dressmaking this would be a good buy, but if you are more accomplished it might be a little too simple.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Bancroft on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Kitchen & Home
This book was bought for me as a present. I make quite a lot of clothing for my grandchildren so it was ideal.

I do find having two grandsons that the book is indeed biased towards girls. I made the boys long shorts and they do look really lovely. I made a pair for my granddaughter at the same time but used girlie fabric and they are nice.

I think the full size patterns are very useful, I never buy a book if you have to photocopy and scale up the patterns, can't be bothered so that is a plus.

The patterns are easy to follow but I did make a couple of little changes as I felt I could do the same thing in an easier way.

Thumbs up for nice clothing.

Thumbs down for lack of boys clothing.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Nicola K. Bane on 30 Sept. 2009
Format: Kitchen & Home
I haven't tried any patterns becuase I only got the book yesterday-but like the other reviewers I agree it is very biased towards girls. There are only a couple of boys items, and the boys shirt is not particularly trendy!
The book says clothes from 0-5 years but the majority of the patterns are for 2-5 yrs with a couple of items for babies, for example the very cute shoes are 0-9 months so too small for my daughter who is just going into 12-18 months size but practically everything else is too big for her, although I will look at scaling down the patterns.
Don't get me wrong, once she is bigger I will make lots and lots of the designs in the book, it is beautifully photographed with really clear instructions I just feel it should have been titled Making clothes for Girls!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Treena on 25 Jun. 2012
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I have made a few things from this book now and the sizing is way off. Great for ideas but patterns are not great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Wood on 17 Mar. 2010
Format: Kitchen & Home
I bought this book to make girls clothes for my daughter. I couldn't wait, they pictures entice you t make things.
I made the dress on the cover to start with, but the pattern didnt seem right, it only made a top because there was only a pattern for the lining not the full length dress (my daughter is only 2). I couldn't find any aditional pattern markings like it said there should be, also i didnt have enough fabric from what it said on the instructions. My friend couldn't make sense of it either. BUT because i have been sewing for sometime I was able to adapt the pattern. I was very happy with the outcome in the end and will be attempting loads more things from this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ElizaBGoode on 8 Aug. 2011
Format: Kitchen & Home
Was very excited to get this book as the photos make the projects look wonderful. Have tried two of the projects so far (pinafore dress and capri pants) and found both to be really frustrating. The instructions seem incomplete or just plain wrong at times and the sizing is all over the place. I would say this book is useful as a starting point but you need to have the skills and confidence to adapt the patterns & instructions so that they actually work! Try Carefree clothes for girls insteadCarefree Clothes for Girls: 20 Patterns for Outdoor Frocks, Playdate Dresses, and More (Make Good: Crafts + Life)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Moodie on 11 Oct. 2010
Format: Kitchen & Home
For just over seven quid you get 25 patterns, which is a bargain in my book (har). The patterns I have made so far have worked perfectly (the cape and the unisex trousers; perhaps it's the capri trousers that others are complaining about? Too girly for my daughter so I'm not going to bother making them anyway), but it's the inspiration that I value. I've got a whole stash ready to make most of the projects in this book; the simple nature of the patterns means they can cater to all occasions and many cloths. They may not be cutting-edge, but you can make them that way with your own creative spark, by dint of their design. However, their simplicity makes them cutting-edge in their own way: the boy's shirt is an example, where the naive style makes it look pretty blooming modern.

On the flip side, there are a couple of good old-fashioned party frocks in there too, ready for Christmas time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kerryo231 on 30 Mar. 2010
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Bought this book a couple of months ago with the intention of making summer clothes for my 2 daughters. I've used the basic trouser pattern a couple of times now for costumes and seems simple enough. Some of the other patterns look easy too so can't wait to try them out once I find some suitable fabric.
Lovely pictures too - though be warned if you used the same fabric as that in the book the outfits could work out to be quite expensive!
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