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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2010
I liked the idea of this book much more than the actual book, I'm afraid. It's a nice enough little read, and I like the fact that it includes knitting and sewing patterns, some of which I haven't seen in other places. (Though in the case of the knitted dungarees, there may be a good reason for that!)

The format of the book didn't work for me at all. It's much smaller than most sewing books, and the patterns at the end need a lot of blowing up. The instructions seemed too crammed in for my liking. While the layout does enhance the vintage feel of the book I found it so off-putting that I haven't even attempted any of the projects in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2011
Really disappointed with this book. It's not really a craft book with doable projects. Tried the snowdrop bootees but there are so many errors in the pattern and I can't find a schedule of errata anywhere. So am not inclined to try any thing else from the book. The dresses are pretty but no instructions or patterns. Begun to think that it's a cynical attempt to get crafters to buy what they think is a 'vintage' craft book but it's really insubstantial albeit lovely to look at.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2011
I am so annoyed with this book. I bought it purely for the Heirloom Gown, the instructions for which, now I have come to make it, are incomplete. If you would like to make a gown with no sleeves or back yoke, then fine, if you expected to make a complete item then DO NOT buy this book. The front cover is deceptively cute and some of the project photos look nice but really, the whole thing is a waste of money. If I had read all the reviews I would never have bought the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2011
I was very disapointed to recieve this book, because there is a lot of photos of beautifull dresses that are not included with a pattern in the book. All the dresses I bought the book for a not included in the book. The book is also very small and thin. If a had seen it in a shop I would never had bought it.
But the layout and the book is real pretty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2010
I bought this book as I am into little sewing projects and probably rate as an intermediate. I thought this would be a lot of sewing but a lot of it is knitting or blankets making whereas I prefer making garments. The pictures are lovely but the book is quite small as is the writing and the patterns. I was a bit disappointed as I didn't think the description matches the book...however if you're into knitting or making presents for people this is the book for you but be prepared to get photocopying as the book is small.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2011
This book is lovely to look at,it is interesting and inspiring to read, but it is very difficult to make the clothes from the instructions in the book. I made the Down-Home Overalls, but the instructions were not clear and the photos did not show what I needed to know...Why is the waist band so long? Do the sides fasten? How exactly is the bib attatched?
I then went on to the Heirloom Gown, but there is no pattern to copy, and the instructions contain dimensions only for the front yoke and skirt.What about the back yoke and sleeves?
Shouldn't these things be tested before publication?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2010
The book is very inspirational, but it's a shame it doesnt include a full sized pattern, that also featured the clothes in more sizes. I will use this book as an inspiration to give the clothes I sew for my daughters a retro look (loved the rickrack dress). I loved the texts with the story behind each featured item, and I find the color and print suggestions very helpful.
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on 19 December 2012
I bought this book based on the 'look inside' facility, which features photographs of some very pretty vintage style girls' dresses. These dress patterns are not in the book and I was therefore rather disappointed when it arrived. Having said that, it's not a complete loss, there are some things I would be happy to make. All in all, I don't think it will be the most well thumbed book on the bookshelf.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is fantastic. A nice mix of beginner to more advanced projects - all of which are interesting and not just the normally booties, scarf, easy jumper projects you see in so many other craft books. Fantastic photography. I love it!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2010
A really lovely book, nice photos, clear diagrams and good patterns and lots of ideas. Such a good size to work with as well. The only quibble I have is the patterns in the back. Books used to present these on squared pages that you could scale up onto commercial paper. In this book these are sized at 15% of the original to be enlarged on a copier which cannot be done at home. However this quibble does not detract from this gem of a book and I will get my squared paper out!
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