- 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)
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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More vintage patterns for the person who loves the vintage look.Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Jacqueline A. Thomas
Fabulous book, I'm delighted I purchased it. I've read the introduction and have almost everything I need on the list to get started. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dee McMul
I love this book, it's well written and full of projects. The history is very interesting and the patterns are retro but have been updated to suit modern tastes. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2012 by Christina