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Sew Retro: Simple Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl & A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Jul 2010

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; Spi edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760336873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760336878
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.9 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A smart, pop culture history of women and sewing over the last 150 years, complete with 25 stylish, modern projects inspired by the past. --Cloth Magazine, Issue 8, Summer 2011

About the Author

Judi Ketteler is never happier than when she’s merging her two passions: sewing and writing. Judi is a regional contributor for Better Homes & Gardens and has written about sewing, decorating, and other inspiring DIY projects for magazines including Creative Home, Decorating, Do It Yourself, and Quilts & More. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, son Max, two cats, and a basement full of fabric and glue guns.


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I bought this book as I thought it would contain some classic vintage dress patterns. I wasn't thinking many but one would have been nice. This book is more about the history of sewing fashion for 1800 - 1980 as opposed to actually giving you anything to make. Personally, vintage to me (and implyed by the book) is 1930 - 1950.

You'll notice this book announces it has '25 vintage inspired projects' inside. Of all these projects only 2 are clothes (skirts) and there are pretty hideous. The rest of the patterns consist of the usual bumf of shapeless bags, purses, scarves, aprons and tablewear.

I really can't think of a reason to recommend this book. I suppose the history of sewing is sort of interesting but I'm sure there are better, more comprehensive books than this if thats what you're looking for. Perhaps if you're a complete beginner and you want to make some very simple items purely for practice then this could be useful?

I hate to sound like a moaning minnie by I really am disappointed by this book. If you're considering buying this book just ask yourself what you hope to gain from it. If the words attractive, useful or clothing enter your mind then look else where because you won't find that here.
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I brought this as I am very interested in retro sewing patterns and making retro clothing and accessories. There are a few nice patterns in the book and they are explained quite well, but nothing you couldn't find online for free.

I found it touches on little bits of everything from the history of sewing to fabrics used though the years but there wasn't enough information to make it a true reference book and the simplicity of the patterns included left me feeling a little lacklustre. I wanted to know about little details that would give my patterns that retro feel, and I didn't really get that from this book.

I think experienced sewers would find this is missing something exciting and have probably made a lot of the patterns early on, although they might appreciate it as a gift for a rainy day read. Beginners may like this book if they want to try retro sewing without buying expensive patterns, and to learn a little about sewing through the years without going in to too much detail.

It's a nice read once or twice, but I don't think it's one you'll be coming back to year after year.
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I bought Sew Retro on the strength of the first part of the title, but I have actually found the material on the history of the sewing revolution more interesting and more useful. It's very topical, as we are coming to recognise just how much we owe to the women who developed the sewing practice that we are now most familiar with. There's a really good bibliography for following up on bits that have intrigued you---I went on to studies on how women understood their own sewing---drudgery, affirmation, inspiration---which helped me to put my own work with vintage textiles into context. The balance between practical sewing projects and the cultural and historical context is well judged, so I will be keeping this one.
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I bought this present for a friend who is taking up a sewing class. She is very into the 'rockabilly' and retro era and was delighted with the book. It really does make a great present for those who are interested in sewing a little differently.
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A very good service orderd on the 11th jan and recieved on wednesday 14th january. This book was brought for a birthday present for my mum who loves all the vintage items and had a sewing machine for christmas and cant wait to start sewing some of the items in tge book. A very happy customer thank you :)
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