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Vintage Style for Kids: 25 Patterns for Timeless Clothes & Accessories [Paperback]

Fiona Bell , Vanessa Davies
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Book Description

25 Oct 2010

Vintage Style for Kids is a charming collection of 25 unique designs for children’s clothes and accessories, developed by Fiona Bell, founder of Their Nibs kids’ clothing brand.

Recognising that the children’s clothing market was crying out for a vibrant, fresh and inventive alternative to mainstream brands and high street stores, Fiona opened Their Nibs in Notting Hill in 2003. It quickly established itself as a destination shop for parents who want to dress their children as children, with originality and flair. Many of the designs are based on styles from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and the signature prints –which include Toadstool Fairy, Retro Planes, Butterflies & Carriages, Mermaid, Russian Doll and Pirate- also have a distinctly vintage feel.

Vintage Style for Kids contains selections from Fiona’s favourite and best-selling designs. In chapters focusing on ‘Babies’, ‘Playtime’, ‘Parties’ and ‘Bedtime’, she reveals how to make and style many gorgeous garments, from cute babies’ clothes and pretty party dresses to classic shirts and pyjamas.

These beautiful, whimsical designs will appeal to children and adults alike, reminding us of the simple pleasures of a gentler, slower-paced era, when mothers took time and care over making clothes and keepsakes for their children.

Vintage Style for Kids comes complete with cutting patterns on a disc and easy-to-follow instructions.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (25 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190641744X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417444
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Beautifully presented and photographed throughout'

(Sewing World )

‘The charming collection is totally beautiful'

(Crafts Beautiful Magazine )

‘Gorgeous patterns'

(Practical Parenting and Pregnancy Magazine )

'It's described as ‘adorable' by Kate Moss and ‘beautiful' by Sadie Frost. Fiona reveals how to make her gorgeous garments, from cute babies' clothes and pretty party dresses to classic shirts and pyjamas.'

(Achica Living )

‘The most satisfying thing about the vintage look is its appeal for everyone-from a proud grandmother to the trendiest mother.'

(Junior magazine )

About the Author

Fiona Bell gained a degree in business studies before securing a job in her dream industry: fashion. She worked as a fashion buyer in Sydney, Australia, for several years before moving to London, where she was head of buying for various areas at Laura Ashley. The birth of her son, Finn (affectionately known as ‘his Nibs’), focused her mind on children’s clothes and the gap in the market for a more eclectic look than that provided by major brands. In 2003 Fiona opened her first shop, Their Nibs, in London’s Notting Hill. As well as the unique range of Their Nibs clothes, accessories and homeware, all produced in the distinctive signature prints, there is also a vintage collection of original retro clothes, which are often the inspiration behind new designs. A second shop opened in 2007 and Their Nibs range of gorgeous clothes is also available from www.theirnibs.com and in various stores and boutiques around the world, including Mothercare, John Lewis, Harrods, Selfridges and Le Bon Marché. Fiona lives in London with her son, Finn, and partner, Charlie.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT NOT NOT for a beginner 6 Jun 2011
By lozknit
I got this book because the dresses look gorgeous. I started to make the 1950s pintuck dress last night. I spent 2 hours trying to pintuck the bodice, before swearing, screaming, and re-cutting the fabric bigger. I read reviews on amazon.com and other people have discovered the pattern pieces for this dress are drafted wrong, so phew, it's not me, but so so cross that I wasted all that time, and energy, and expensive fabric. It seems that three pieces are wrong, and as I am a relative beginner I think redrafting the pattern is beyond me, so it's all been a waste, and I have a very disappointed 6 year old with no dress to go to her party in. These dresses look lovely, but do not attempt if you're a beginner, it will cause dangerous blood pressure.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Patterns: you need a printer and about 10-20 sheets of paper. Once printed, you need to stick them together to create actual patterns. I found the indicators (red circles) are quite misleading: they look as if they should be overlaid but in fact you need to use your imagination to place papers in the exact place. I have used other patterns with notches and indicators so it's easy to assemble, but not this one.

In actual fact, I started sewing the playsuit, but found that the pattern was wrong! Upside down! I had already sewn pockets on to the trousers according to the pattern, but then noticed that wouldn't work. The playsuit pattern is upside down, be warned.

Instructions: Not so easy to understand. Pretty pictures, but you need to know a lot about sewing. I have been sewing for quite a while but I found some instructions are too simple. It tells you to do things but doesn't tell you how to do.

I do like the designs (but then again, many of them look so nice because such lovely fabrics are used) and I am inspired, I'd love to make all of them in the book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended for beginners 8 Feb 2011
Whilst the clothes look gorgeous in the photographs the instructions for making them are not as comprehensive as they need to be. As a professional dressmaker I eventually had to abandon the book and use my expertise instead. All in all, not a book I would recommend for the beginner which is a shame as there are some beautiful clothes in it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame 14 Dec 2011
By MsK
As an experienced sewer, I bought the book because it was full of clothes for boys as well as girls so I could make them for my little niece and nephews. However, the instructions are very unclear. There are no size references on the pattern pieces (e.g. square saying 'this measures 1 inch')and I love the comment that you have to use your imagination when piecing the bits together. I made the short sleeved shirt twice- the 2nd time without the instructions and alterating the length of the body pieces considerably (the measurements in the book were far too short). The chiffon and lace dress, made with the measurements given in the book, is 4 inches too wide, making it look very square and boxy. The top of the sleeve was missing, collar was too small and you had to guess as to how wide the sleeves should be, especially as there are no instructions on how to do the sleeves other than 'look at the picture'!
I commented and asked questions on her facebook page two weeks ago but haven't had any reply yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it 22 April 2011
By Daisy
I have just made 2 different sizes of the cover dress. They were quite easy, but I agree that some previous experience is necessary. I thought the instructions were quite good. They came out exactly like the photo shots and I am really pleased with the results. I am looking forward to making some of the other designs. The fabric I used was very similar to the photo and I bought it from HobbyCraft store, not that expensive.I recommend this book to anyone who likes to make special clothes for children.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT for beginners! 6 Sep 2014
I purchased this in 2010, I am a professional seamstress, so I am no stranger to complex patterns.

You should be aware that there are a HUGE amount of issues with the patterns not lining up when printed, as well as pattern instructions not being clear or in some cases completely wrong.

The biggest glaring flaw I came across is in the 1950's pin-tuck dress, where no mention is made of putting the pintucks in, THEN cutting the fabric. The materials list calls for 2" elastic for the back waistband, but the pattern piece is only drafted at 2". Once you take out seam allowance, you either need to redraft the front and back waistband wider or use narrower elastic. I also had to re-cut the front waistband as it wasn't long enough. If you read the Amazon reviews, this problem is mentioned over and over as a considerable amount of people have ended up having dresses spoiled.

Someone else has mentioned starting to sew the playsuit and reported the following "found that the pattern was wrong! Upside down! I had already sewn pockets on to the trousers according to the pattern, but then noticed that wouldn't work. The playsuit pattern is upside down, be warned".

Another minor annoyance is that the seam allowance is only given on the pattern pieces. As in, you have to measure it on the pattern piece. Most of the time, the SA was 3/8", but there were a few pieces that had 1/4" SA. It would have been nice if the author had included this information in the instructions, or if she had a uniform SA for all pattern pieces. It would help avoid some confusion.

In addition to this, the patterns only call for one amount of fabric, no matter what size you plan on making.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a practical guide
The styles are gorgeous but the patterns and instructions are not helpful in trying to achieve the look by hand yourself. I got very frustrated with it and was very disappointed. Read more
Published 29 days ago by TCIF
5.0 out of 5 stars Home made boutique style
Yes some experience of sewing is required to make the dresses in this book. Having just completed the full circle dress I can say that the instructions given by the author were... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. E. J. Longhurst
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
the book contains precious designs and well explained with drawing

It has the cd with the patterns, the photos are inspirational!
Published 11 months ago by helenca
3.0 out of 5 stars Some experience needed
I found that when I made one of the baby outfits that there was simply not enough diagrams to follow. You need to be quite an expert to use the book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by weewesty1
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Style for Kids
An excellent book for the price with beautiful patterns, as well as nice ideas for things to do. I just wish there were actual traceable patterns rather than a disc to print them... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lisa Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Made baby's bubble playsuit
I love the clothes for girls and the dress shirt for boys. Sadly the peasant-type blouse shown in the picture is not one of the patterns. This was a disappointment. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by Carol Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars ooh exciting!
love this book! truly beautiful designs, including just the thing i was looking for, an absolutely adorable little 'bubble' romper suit.
Published on 11 July 2011 by happymum
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