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This Old Thing: Fall in Love with Vintage Clothes by Dawn O'Porter
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… Read more
Patch! by Cath Kidston
Patch! by Cath Kidston
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 by Barbara Delinsky
Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky
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.