"Stitchin' Kiwi"
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The Crafter's Companion by Anna Torborg
The Crafter's Companion by Anna Torborg
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was a bit hesitant about buying this book - more famous people tooting their own horns - but the reality couldn't be more different. I loved everything about it from the gorgeous photos to the interesting bios to the simple yet striking patterns. I teach 11 and 12 year olds to sew and together we have made almost EVERY project from this book. Sure many of the projects are very simple bags and purses but the fabric choices and the embellishing make each project extra special and that's exactly what I was looking for. And then the links to blogs for ever-changing inspiration - magic! A wonderful, wonderful book.
Hip Handbags: Creating and Embellishing 40 Great-l&hellip by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book has many great points including clear instructions and great photographs but thing I like most is that it gives you 5 basic designs and then describes all sorts of ways to develop and embellish them. From a fairly plain idea, you can really let your imagination run wild. I've used this book over and over and I manage to come up with a different look every time.
Sew Teen: Make Your Own Cool Clothes by Sheila Zent
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed!, 15 Sep 2007
My daughter, completely inspired by Project Runway, tried to sew herself a few outfits but was frustrated when nothing fitted like she wanted it to. When I saw this neat little book, I knew it was the answer to her problems.

It has some very simple pattern drafting, even explaining which buttons to push on a calculator to get the measurements you need. My daughter loves maths and this approach was right up her alley. On the day I brought this book home she made the diagonal halter without any help from me and was thrilled with how well it fit and how cute it looked. She also worked out the measurements she needed for the tiered eyelet skirt and cut out the fabric she… Read more