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1.0 out of 5 stars
Dont buy it. Massive disappointment., 30 May 2013
I have been making the Tunic top for a few days now, and have had problem after problem either with the instructions or the pattern its self. This is not the first time Ive tryed to make something, I would class myself as a beginner dressmaker with some basic sewing skills.
Problems with pattern:
- No notches to help with correct alignment.
- No allowance was made to hem when darts are put in making the front 1cm shorter than the back.
- Missing / incorrect cutting marks at bace of zip, downloadable pattern has an extra cutting line, both are however wrong as it should be a diagonal cut.
- Interfacing is too shallow when attached to the tunic causing it to not stay put. Because of its size, the facing moves and can be seen over the neck opening and bottom of am holes.
- Facing is impossible to attach in the way described, it says to stich from the shoulders, this is pretty much impossible and the only way I managed to attach it was by sewing from the bottom of the arm hole.
Problems with instructions:
- No instruction on how to sew the revealed zip needed for the first garment.
- Instructions are not very clear and misleading in places.
- Directions for attaching facing are complicated when they dont need to be, I have a pattern by Simplicity that does it much better.
- Steps are missing regarding the direction darts should be pressed in.
- No measurements given for any of the garments in the book, I made my top to a "size 12" went to try it on and it was more like a size 10.
Overall the book is riddled with spelling and gramatical errors, and wasn't even written by Patrick Grant and Mary Martin (pictured on the front). All they did was the forewords and practical tips. If you were hoping to make the button back blouse you can think again as the pattern has been removed from the downloads most likely due to copywrite as they only way to get it is off Tilly herself and it will cost you £7. If the first project in this book is anything to go by I dont even want to attempt the others, and I am currently returning the book to Amazon as it is quite simply not fit for purpose! I wouldn't even trust the "basic sewing skills" section.
I would recommend that any one thinking about buying this book gets Vogue sewing instead, the sewing skills are easier to understand and as for patterns you would be better off buying them from your local fabric shop. Look for the *easy patterns buy Simplicity, they are not too expensive and are nice and easy to understand.