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3.0 out of 5 stars
Some good projects, but not great instructions., 10 Feb 2010
I've waited for a bit to review this book because I wanted to complete some projects from it first so I could give a more comprehensive review. It all looks very pretty, but it's a sewing book so it's more important that the projects work and are easy to make rather than having pages and pages of fancy photos!
I've made three things so far - the children's messenger bag, the folklore bag and the petite diaper tote. They've all turned out ok, but there were problems along the way - the Folklore bag pattern had errors in it (you can now get the corrections on the publishers website), and the diaper tote was hard to put together as there were so few diagrams. In fact I think that's the biggest problem with this book, the instructions are nearly all text and there aren't nearly enough pictures to help you understand how things go together.
The other problem is those lovely photos of the finished projects. It looks like some of the photos are of prototypes rather than the finished patterns - the folklore bag pictured in the book has two bottom / side pieces rather than one and there's no top stitching although the instructions tell you to. It also looks much larger in the picture! The petite diaper tote is only pictured with the change pad unfolded, so I really didn't know what the bag would look like when it was finished and the change pad was folded away!
All of this aside, it's good value for money. There are lots and lots of projects to sew, and if you like bags or have little kids to sew for, you should find things that take your fancy. But those errors and lack of diagrams are frustrating, so be prepared to read through the instructions carefully and double check everything.