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The Busy Girl's Guide to Sewing: Unlock Your Inner Sewing Goddess: Projects, Advice and Inspiration for a Creative Lifestyle [Paperback]

Carrie Maclennan
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Book Description

26 Aug 2011
This title is designed for crafters who find there is never enough time in the day - which is most of them! The fun, quirkily styled projects can be completed in a day, or spaced over a few weekends, so crafters can have the satisfaction of finishing, as well as starting, projects. This title is written by a truly busy gal with bags of personality and experience, as she learns to sew and discovers how to fit it into her lifestyle. It includes advice on sourcing fabric, upcycling, blogging, joining online communities and more for the ultimate experience for busy girls who sew.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (26 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715338684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715338681
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.4 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carrie Maclennan is the main creative mind behind The Made In The Shade Maisonette; a shop/gallery/crafty hangout, promoting off-beat design, creativity and vintage lifestyle in Glasgow. Running a successful business has left her with little time for her own crafting, making her an expert on quick projects and time management for creative gals-on-the-go. Carrie lives in Glasgow.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 21 Aug 2011
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
Unlike most sewing books this book is not written from the perspective of an expert looking to teach you how to sew, but from that of a beginner inviting you to share her journey in learning to sew.

The author, Carrie, has called on her friends to write sewing projects starting from the very basic (pin cushion, needle case) to the more complex (a crafty fox, a pouffe, a skirt). The projects increase in difficulty the further you get into the book so for a beginner it would best to start from the beginning and work through. The projects are also split in to 3 groups based upon the time taken to make them (30 mins, 1 hour or less and 4 hours or less).

What I really like about this book is all the extra information included between projects, on becoming involved in the craft community, the world of craft forums & blogs, running a craft party, sourcing second hand supplies, having a stall at a craft fair etc making this a lifestyle book as well as a project book. This book would be a great resource for someone new to sewing and crafting.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't suit beginner or more advanced sewer 6 Mar 2013
I found this book really disappointing !
It is not really suitable for beginners, as it doesn't really tell you about the basics to do with sewing, such as how to tell if the tension is correct on your machine, which needles to use with which materials and so on. You would actually need to purchase another book for that.
For the more advanced sewer, like myself, there is nothing of much interest here. I was really looking forward to receiving this book as it promised to "unlock my inner sewing goddess". The projects won't unlock much of a goddess unless you really need a quite boring fabric hanging tree ( which looks like a stuffed triangle with a string for hanging ), or a rather boring large pincushion which looks like erm.... a small badly stuffed pillow. All these projects, and more inspiring ones can be found for free online at sites such as freeneedle.com.
Also, I am getting tired of the whole idea of "vintage" styling. Just because the author likes to surround herself with contrived vintage items - I mean does she REALLY use a manual typewriter - and wears 40's style lipstick, doesn't mean the rest of us do.
Take away the styling and you are left with a book which has rather boring projects ( apart from the duvet cover skirt ) and little in the way of helping novice sewers to master the skill.
Also, do people really want to be told how to blog in the crafting community or host a crafting party - doesn't common sense tell you how ?
Sorry to have spent the money :(.
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By Lesley
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I loved this book as it is written with humour by Carrie who is a novice sewer. She describes how she tackled the projects and also writes about the designers and you can dip in and out of the book and find something to interest you without even tackling the sewing, The projects themselves range from very basic to more involved and will suit anyone from total sewing novices upwards. I have already made the foot stool with great results!
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