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Good book, but a few niggles
on 22 June 2014
First the good bits:
The bags are really lovely and the patterns do work well, once you get your head around them.
I also like the way that Lisa Lam describes the processes and goes into great detail about the materials and components.
Now for the niggles:
As others have mentioned, aarrggh - that pale grey font! WHY oh why is it everywhere at the moment, from books to
tablets? What's wrong with black, or at least dark grey? Pale grey is tricky enough for those with decent eyesight, let alone people whose eyesight isn't so perfect - it's just too similar to the white paper it's printed on - there's no contrast.
Next, those instructions! What on earth was the author thinking, putting the instructions for each bag all over the place, and using totally different fabrics for the tutorials from the pictures of the finished bags?
Even as a very experienced sewer, I had great difficulty following the tutorials as I couldn't see which bag was which, and which section applied to which bag. I actually gave up trying to follow them in the end, and just used the patterns only, making them up in my own way. I can well understand how a beginner might be put off making bags forever!
A few tweaks and this book could go from just three stars to five.