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Sewing for Boys: 24 Sewing Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe for the Boy in Your Life
Sewing for Boys: 24 Sewing Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe for the Boy in Your Life
by Karen LePage
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £14.46

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 29 Oct 2011
I have to admit I have been very excited every since I heard this book was being written, not just because Shelly & Karen are talented the owners of independent pattern company Patterns By Figgys but because as the mum of a 3 year old boy I know how poorly they are catered for compared to girls.

I am pleased to report the book is a good as I hoped it would be. It is packed with 24 projects including trousers, t-shirts, jumpers, jackets and even pyjamas as well as a few accessories like a car mat, pencil roll and a brick bag amongst others. The instructions are detailed and are supported by black & white diagrams and lovely photographs.

The best thing is there are 8 full size pattern sheets in the back! When you think that the book is currently selling for less than the price of just one of their patterns it is certainly amazing value for money too. If you have a son/grandson, or know a sewist friend who does this book would be a great buy.
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The Shirt off his Back: 30 projects for transforming everyday shirts into a range of home accessories
The Shirt off his Back: 30 projects for transforming everyday shirts into a range of home accessories
by Juliet Bawden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas, 12 Oct 2011
This innovative upcycling book makes use of a material we all have around us - Mens shirts. Those of us with men in the house will undoubtedly have no longer used shirts lurking at the back of wardrobes. Those who don't have a shirt wearing male to acquire shirts from can pick them up fairly cheap from the charity shop. Plus of course there is no reason why women's shirts can't be used for these projects either.

The projects in this book are cleverly categorised by type of shirt used to make them: businessmen's shirts, creative men's shirts, outdoorsy men's shirts and sporty men's shirts. The projects include soft toys, quilted duvet cover, a beach bag, storage boxes, and a pretty peg bag and they make use of the whole of the shirt including, cuffs, collars and buttons.

The instructions for each project are set over several pages with large step by step photos to guide you as well as a photo of the finished project plus any templates you need are at the rear of the book. The book is easy to follow and would be suitable for all levels of experience.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


Jake & The Never Land Pirates
Jake & The Never Land Pirates
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £22.39

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full versions of songs from the program, 8 Oct 2011
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Very good value for money (Only £[] - almost half the price of the version without the bandana! Track wise this cd contains the full versions of the songs from the Jake & the Neverland Pirates program (longer than the ones on the program), all the kid's favourite catchy songs are on here. My 3 year old absolutely loves it!

It also comes with a free pirate banadana which is a good quality large black and white cotton banadana which can also double up as a pirate flag. It has skull & cross bones on it as well as a Jake & the Neverland Pirates logo in the middle, and is 53cm x 51cm so a good size.
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The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
by Lucinda Ganderton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so pretty..., 29 Sep 2011
When you think of Liberty fabrics the first words that come to mind are patterned and luxurious, the same can be said of their sewing book. This cloth covered book is a visual delight with the trademark Liberty prints appearing throughout; both used in the projects and on the pages of the book themselves.

The book starts off with an introduction to the history of Liberty Fabrics which makes and interesting read, and then goes into the projects. The projects are split into 3 categories: Essential, Organisation and Luxury and include several different cushions & bags, a beanbag, Roman Blind and Kimono amongst others. The projects are of course made up in beautiful Liberty fabrics and are accompanied by gorgeous detailed colour diagrams as well as several pages of instructions. The detailed instructions & diagrams mean the projects would be easy enough to make even for a novice sewist. You will also find a useful Sewing Basics section at the back of the book.

This book is a must for any Liberty fans, and great for novice sewers looking to make beautiful things for the home as well.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


Sewing Patterns: 200 Questions Answered
Sewing Patterns: 200 Questions Answered
by Sophie English
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy guide, 29 Sep 2011
This book is the latest addition to Search Press's 200 questions answered series and covers many questions which beginner dressmakers would ask. The questions are split down into 11 chapters covering topics such as sewing equipment, preparing & cutting fabric, machine stitching, seams, darts and hems and many other techniques.

It guides you through garment making from choosing the right fabric and pattern, understanding and using the pattern to cutting the fabric, piecing the garment together and adding finishing touches. Most of the questions have a full page of text answering the question as well as a photo to demonstrate. There are also useful sewing tips scattered throughout the book.

This is a handy little reference guide for anyone planning to sew garments, a mine of information for beginners and should provide some useful time saving tips and new techniques for more experienced dressmakers.


Simplicity Sewing Book (Simplicity Pattern Company)
Simplicity Sewing Book (Simplicity Pattern Company)
by Simplicity
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference guide, 17 Sep 2011
This book is a reworked/updated version of the bestseller published 20 years ago (which has sold over 1 million copies). It is billed as the essential reference guide for home sewers. It covers understanding patterns, buying tools & materials, fitting, universal basics, sewing techniques and sewing with special fabrics. There are also some patternless projects at the rear of the book as well as a very detailed glossary.

The book itself is in a useful spiral bound format so you can easily leave it open on the page you are working from whilst sewing. There are detailed descriptions and advice accompanied by coloured diagrams and pictures. The only thing that makes it seem a little dated to me is that there are no photos in the book at all. I'm used to glossy photograph filled books and the lack of photos did make this look a little drab in contrast. That said it is a very useful reference guide that I will certainly be keeping hold of.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


Di Van Niekerk's Roses: in Silk and Organza Ribbon
Di Van Niekerk's Roses: in Silk and Organza Ribbon
by Di van Niekerk
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 17 Sep 2011
I have to admit when I first saw this book I was a little unsure how you could fill a book on making Silk & organza ribbon roses, and quite what you would use them for. However, once I opened the book I was wowed! The roses in this book are truly stunning and can be used for a range of projects including quilts, fibre art, embroidery, card making, clothing embellishment, to add to bags, jewellery boxes or jewellery.

The book starts by covering techniques and materials; there is also a stitch gallery too. Then each chapter covers a few different roses, and other designs which work well with the rose such as birds, butterflies and other flowers. Each project tells you what materials, threads and needles you will need and then tells you how to make each part of the rose with photographic aids. If you put together all of the projects in the book you can great a gorgeous sampler (template in the back of the book.)

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.


Tilda's Studio: Over 50 Fresh Projects for You and Your Home
Tilda's Studio: Over 50 Fresh Projects for You and Your Home
by Tone Finnanger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jam packed with Tilda projects, 21 Aug 2011
This latest book in the Tilda range has 50 projects to create items with the Tilda feel. Projects include fabric jewellery & embellishments, different versions of the Tilda angel, bags and gadget cases amongst others. My personal favourite is the felt slippers which look so snug and cosy.

There are a lot of large/full page photos in the books which immerse you into the pastel coloured floral world of Tilda. There are a lot of projects in the book, of varying sizes, so there should be something for everyone, and it is good value for money.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory


Stumpwork (RSN Essential Stitch Guides)
Stumpwork (RSN Essential Stitch Guides)
by Kate Sinton
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £8.79

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to stumpwork, 21 Aug 2011
This book is part of the excellent reference series of Essential Stitch Guides from the Royal School of Needlework, which I have to say are a brilliant reference series. Firstly, for those of you wondering what stumpwork is (I wasn't sure myself to be honest) it is the name given to techniques used to give embroidery a 3d effect.

The book starts by telling you the history of stumpwork, followed by details of materials & equipment you will need. The majority of the rest of the book consists of a useful stitch guide with clear photographs and a few projects/examples incorporating the stitches so you can practice them and understand where and when to use them.

The latter section of the book covers a variety of techniques, including a chapter on stumpwork figures. The book is easy to follow and will illustrated, a great guide for anyone looking to learn the basics of stumpwork.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.


The Busy Girl's Guide to Sewing: Unlock Your Inner Sewing Goddess: Projects, Advice and Inspiration for a Creative Lifestyle
The Busy Girl's Guide to Sewing: Unlock Your Inner Sewing Goddess: Projects, Advice and Inspiration for a Creative Lifestyle
by Carrie Maclennan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.82

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners, 21 Aug 2011
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.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory


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