- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (20 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849494142
- ISBN-13: 978-1849494144
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 4 x 26.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe Hardcover – 20 Feb 2014
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'The projects included in the book offer something for everyone, including a tea dress, a waistcoat, a tote bag and a range of cushions.' --Country Homes & Interiors, June 2013
'The official tie-in book to the BBC Two series of the same name provides an irresistible collection of more than 25 projects to sew. They offer something for both sexes and all ages, including garments, such as a tea dress, pencil skirt, pyjama bottoms and a waistcoat, and homewares and accessories, such as aprons, a tote bag, a laundry bag, cushion designs and three different window dressings.' --Daily Mail, 14th November 2013
'If you're feeling inspired by the BBC show, here's the tie-in book, packed with crafty ideas and patterns.' --Heat, 13th April 2013
'The book takes you through all the basics in easy to understand language and with useful illustrations.'--Heat, 22nd March 2014
'An absolute essential for fans of the show. Five full-size pattern sheets are included in a range of sizes - so there's no excuse for not having a go!'--Inside Soap, 15 March 2014
'It offers up invaluable advice for beginners from fabric and trimming selection to fitting garments to your own measurements and creating the perfect finish. With fashion forward designs, this book will see you creating beautiful one-off garments in no time.'--Making Magazine, 1 April 2014
'This book contains a fabulous selection of projects for inspired sewers to complete. Based around wardrobe essentials...there are a huge range of projects for sewers of all abilities.' --Sewing World, May 2014
'With gorgeous staples such as a pencil skirt, wrap dress, prom dress and 60s style coat, there's something for newbies and more experience sewists...We were chuffed to find the pattern sheets in sizes from 8-18 too, hoorah.' --Mollie Makes, Saturday 15th March 2014
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Tessa Evelegh has written more than 30 books on crafts, interiors and gardens. Starting as a journalist, she has worked on top selling magazines including Family Circle.
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They range from missing notches (the shift dress pattern), to really bizarre instructions (the bound buttonhole instructions for the coat make no sense - they suggest adding them in the second-to-last step using a method that doesn't finish them on the inside of the coat. Also annoying things about the photography, for example the book never shows how the simple T-shirt should look on a person, the main photo obscures the neckline which means that like the other reviewer, I ended up with a massive thing that fell off my shoulders! A lesson to always measure the pattern pieces and make a muslin!
I still think it's excellent value for money in terms of the number of patterns provided, but the instructions, mistakes and poor proofreading leave a lot to be desired, which means this book is actually not that fit for purpose if you consider its target audience of non-experts. A shame.
There are some good tips, but I am only on page 40 and have spotted many mistake/errors/omissions.
For example, in the chapter on Fit there is a reference to "Stitch the shell" when, unless I missed it, we have not been told what a shell is.
And in the hemming section, under curved hems, I think a few sentences have been missed out. The text reads "...Cut along that line. When you get back to the beginning fold under the remaining end so that it aligns with the seam line". This makes no sense at all! Only after re-reading several times and looking at the diagram did I work out there is a step mixing about applying the bias binding to the cut edge. I have been sewing for years and this threw me. If I was new to dressmaking I wouldn't have had a clue!
This is a real shame as on the whole the book is good and the TV series was inspiring. May and Patrick clearly know their stuff and so should be more careful in putting their names to a sub-standard publication.
At the very least could the BBC and/or Quadrille Publishing review for errors (sewing construction errors not just typos) and publish errata online?
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I don't usually do book reviews, but having just tackled the men's shirt from this book , have to say that it is a nightmare for beginners. Read morePublished 2 days ago by H. Shuttleworth
I bought this book for Myself and as a gift for my mother. We both loved the book! It arrived well packed and on time. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer