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This Old Thing: Fall in Love with Vintage Clothes
This Old Thing: Fall in Love with Vintage Clothes
Price: 7.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Fashion history rather than practical guide to adapting vintage items, 29 Aug 2014
I borrowed this book from the library and am glad I did that instead of buying it. Dawn O'Porter certainly suits the 60s clothes she loves to buy and she is full of enthusiasm for vintage clothing owing to its quality and superior finish, fabrics etc. However from the TV series I expected much more practical information on how to update and alter vintage items for modern tastes and shapes, and there is little of this other than an extremely basic (even inadequate) guide to sewing on buttons, hemming etc. Most of the book is a history of fashion through the decades which may be of interest to those who did not live through those times, and there is guidance on how to buy vintage items with a list of vintage shops round the UK and online shops. So OK on that basis, but if you need advice on how to make old items wearable in the ways demonstrated on the TV shows this is not the book for you.


Patch!
Patch!
by Cath Kidston
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.30

3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable book but not good examples of stitching for beginners, 28 July 2014
This review is from: Patch! (Paperback)
There are a few nice ideas in here for using what would otherwise be scrap materials such as old embroidered tray cloths, and the photography is excellent but the main problem for me is that the hand stitching shown is often poor: irregular and badly formed stitches spoiling a potentially good "make". Not a good model for the beginner. Templates included but in the new copy I was sent from an Amazon seller, the items marked "free inside" as shown on the Amazon photo were not included.


Sweet Salt Air
Sweet Salt Air
Price: 2.21

3.0 out of 5 stars Poor characterisation and stereotyping in this very American tale, 18 July 2014
This review is from: Sweet Salt Air (Kindle Edition)
Stereotypical characters, in particular the poorly-drawn men, and a sentimentalised story spoilt this book for me as did the sometimes impenetrable Americanisms and acronyms for which I needed a dictionary! The premise of the tale (set in a suffocatingly insular community) and its MS medical dimension is sound enough, but the main male character is straight out of Mills and Boon and most unconvincing. Highly predictable events, and insufficient was made of the herbal aspect which purported to be the foundation of the main female characters' wish to write a cookbook. It seemed to me that the author had very limited knowledge of either herbs or MS. An inconsequential read.


Fiskars 209921 Soft Touch Micro Tip Scissors
Fiskars 209921 Soft Touch Micro Tip Scissors
Offered by Barnyarns
Price: 9.84

5.0 out of 5 stars a left or right handed person can use the pressure of the palm alone to cut thus alleviating painful pressure on the joints, 9 July 2014
Encouraged by the positive feedback I bought this item, and they are absolutely ideal for those with compromised hand movement and dexterity. Rather than inserting thumbs and fingers into the hard handle loops of conventional scissors, a left or right handed person can use the pressure of the palm alone to cut thus alleviating painful pressure on the joints: whatever grip you happen to have, these snips will work with it. I am going to reserve these for craft and sewing use but am tempted into another pair for other activities.


Fiskars 208801 Soft Touch Multi Purpose Scissors
Fiskars 208801 Soft Touch Multi Purpose Scissors
Offered by Pinetrees Trading Ltd U.K.
Price: 12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great item for sewing purposes if you have arthritic hands or limited finger dexterity, 5 July 2014
I have enlarged joints on my thumbs and conventional dressmaking scissors now cause me a lot of pain, compounded by difficulty in squeezing the blades shut owing to arthritis. These sprung shears are an absolute godsend and a joy to use as the blades open and close without expending any effort, and there is no hard scissor handle pressing down on the thumb joint. Even my husband is impressed by the design, quite a compliment! Ideal for cutting out fabric, but you could keep them for any craft type purpose. I have now ordered the fine snips from the same range to replace my smaller sewing scissors too.


This Boy
This Boy
by Alan Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written account of grinding poverty and prejudice in the 1950s, 5 July 2014
This review is from: This Boy (Paperback)
This is a piece of social history seen through the eyes of children and their beleaguered mother in the poverty stricken streets of west London in the 1950s which sets in context just how far we have come in a relatively short time, and the appalling treatment of women and immigrants tolerated in those days as acceptable. Alan Johnson writes beautifully and with an openness which is at times heart rending. A superb book, as informative and thought provoking as it is enjoyable.


The Girl On The Landing
The Girl On The Landing
by Paul Torday
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing insight into psychosis, 20 April 2014
My second Torday novel to date and it did not disappoint. A tale of a marriage undermined then revived, and ultimately destroyed by man's torment from schizophrenia and its brutal treatment during which the lines between different realities are exposed: some serious themes here about how society regards mental differences as "illness", and the impact of medications in terms of depriving people of their true selves. I was torn between viewing the story as a Wilkie Collins style detective tale, or one of a tragic haunting, but it was intriguing and a satisfying read.


The Warden's Daughters
The Warden's Daughters
Price: 9.30

2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and lame story, 1 April 2014
The premise for this story, that of an Edinburgh man taking up a Scots Highlands youth hostel warden post in 1959 accompanied by 2 adult daughters, was promising enough. I had not read anything by this author before and was very disappointed to find an almost total absence of characterisation: one-dimensional stereotypes resulted. The writer has a penchant for overusing commas to break sentences into pointlessly short clauses and stating that people "cry" rather than say their words, which make for an irritating and repetitive style. Errors have been missed in the editing: one character is referred to by 3 different names, and a declaration by one of the daughters that she could not associate her male friend with the word "tranquil" is preceded earlier by her using exactly that description! I waited in vain for any decent storyline or convincing dilemma as suggested by the cover, but all involved the daughters' desperate search for male approval and melodrama over completely trivial incidents. Even for 1959, it's an anachronistic, one-dimensional fiction about young women of the time.


UK-Gardens Large Pink Orchid Artificial Potted Plant 46cm Tall With Silk Flowers In a Ceramic Round Black Planter Pot - House Office or Indoor Use - Stunning Houseplant
UK-Gardens Large Pink Orchid Artificial Potted Plant 46cm Tall With Silk Flowers In a Ceramic Round Black Planter Pot - House Office or Indoor Use - Stunning Houseplant
Offered by UK-Gardens
Price: 14.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic faux orchid, 12 Jan 2014
My husband is allergic to pollen and I am a keen gardener and flower lover, so I asked for this faux orchid as Christmas gift which was a bit of an experiment. I was not disappointed: the flowers are very realistic and a beautiful vibrant shade exactly as I have seen in the real thing but cannot have in the house. The black pot does not suit my decor but is easily disguised within another container. I am very pleased and will be ordering more to brighten up the hall etc.


Vogue Sewing
Vogue Sewing
by Vogue
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute boon for the home clothing maker, 7 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Vogue Sewing (Paperback)
I searched everywhere for a copy of an even older edition which I had borrowed from a library when making my wedding dress and after reading reviews of this edition on Amazon decided to buy it. The book is an absolute boon and must-have reference work for anyone wanting to make clothes: there are plenty of instructions on fitting, lining etc and although the photographs of garments are a bit dated many of them are classics. Well worth the money: you will save it quickly by avoiding mistakes and getting a superior professional finish to your projects. The writers do not assume knowledge but nor is it patronising.


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