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Vintage Style for Kids: 25 Patterns for Timeless Clothes & Accessories
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2011
I got this book because the dresses look gorgeous. I started to make the 1950s pintuck dress last night. I spent 2 hours trying to pintuck the bodice, before swearing, screaming, and re-cutting the fabric bigger. I read reviews on amazon.com and other people have discovered the pattern pieces for this dress are drafted wrong, so phew, it's not me, but so so cross that I wasted all that time, and energy, and expensive fabric. It seems that three pieces are wrong, and as I am a relative beginner I think redrafting the pattern is beyond me, so it's all been a waste, and I have a very disappointed 6 year old with no dress to go to her party in. These dresses look lovely, but do not attempt if you're a beginner, it will cause dangerous blood pressure.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2011
Patterns: you need a printer and about 10-20 sheets of paper. Once printed, you need to stick them together to create actual patterns. I found the indicators (red circles) are quite misleading: they look as if they should be overlaid but in fact you need to use your imagination to place papers in the exact place. I have used other patterns with notches and indicators so it's easy to assemble, but not this one.

In actual fact, I started sewing the playsuit, but found that the pattern was wrong! Upside down! I had already sewn pockets on to the trousers according to the pattern, but then noticed that wouldn't work. The playsuit pattern is upside down, be warned.

Instructions: Not so easy to understand. Pretty pictures, but you need to know a lot about sewing. I have been sewing for quite a while but I found some instructions are too simple. It tells you to do things but doesn't tell you how to do.

I do like the designs (but then again, many of them look so nice because such lovely fabrics are used) and I am inspired, I'd love to make all of them in the book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2011
Whilst the clothes look gorgeous in the photographs the instructions for making them are not as comprehensive as they need to be. As a professional dressmaker I eventually had to abandon the book and use my expertise instead. All in all, not a book I would recommend for the beginner which is a shame as there are some beautiful clothes in it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2011
As an experienced sewer, I bought the book because it was full of clothes for boys as well as girls so I could make them for my little niece and nephews. However, the instructions are very unclear. There are no size references on the pattern pieces (e.g. square saying 'this measures 1 inch')and I love the comment that you have to use your imagination when piecing the bits together. I made the short sleeved shirt twice- the 2nd time without the instructions and alterating the length of the body pieces considerably (the measurements in the book were far too short). The chiffon and lace dress, made with the measurements given in the book, is 4 inches too wide, making it look very square and boxy. The top of the sleeve was missing, collar was too small and you had to guess as to how wide the sleeves should be, especially as there are no instructions on how to do the sleeves other than 'look at the picture'!
I commented and asked questions on her facebook page two weeks ago but haven't had any reply yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2014
I purchased this in 2010, I am a professional seamstress, so I am no stranger to complex patterns.

You should be aware that there are a HUGE amount of issues with the patterns not lining up when printed, as well as pattern instructions not being clear or in some cases completely wrong.

The biggest glaring flaw I came across is in the 1950's pin-tuck dress, where no mention is made of putting the pintucks in, THEN cutting the fabric. The materials list calls for 2" elastic for the back waistband, but the pattern piece is only drafted at 2". Once you take out seam allowance, you either need to redraft the front and back waistband wider or use narrower elastic. I also had to re-cut the front waistband as it wasn't long enough. If you read the Amazon reviews, this problem is mentioned over and over as a considerable amount of people have ended up having dresses spoiled.

Someone else has mentioned starting to sew the playsuit and reported the following "found that the pattern was wrong! Upside down! I had already sewn pockets on to the trousers according to the pattern, but then noticed that wouldn't work. The playsuit pattern is upside down, be warned".

Another minor annoyance is that the seam allowance is only given on the pattern pieces. As in, you have to measure it on the pattern piece. Most of the time, the SA was 3/8", but there were a few pieces that had 1/4" SA. It would have been nice if the author had included this information in the instructions, or if she had a uniform SA for all pattern pieces. It would help avoid some confusion.

In addition to this, the patterns only call for one amount of fabric, no matter what size you plan on making. For example, the playsuit (which can be made in sizes ranging from newborn to 12-18 months) calls for 1 3/4 yards. A newborn size playsuit would not need nearly that much fabric which can be frustrating, especially if you're using expensive fabric.

It's also hugely annoying that unlike pretty much every other publisher of pattern books, there is no errata published or updates made to the cd of patterns to download. Are there plans to do this soon?

Also, please be aware that this is the exact same book as 'Sewn With Love', with the exception of the title and the image on the front, plus a minor layout adjustment to the inner front.

There is NOWHERE online that mentions that this is the same book, word for word, picture for picture, and pattern for pattern. I cannot express how disappointed I feel, not to mention cheated.

I feel like this is hugely misleading. Not to mention the fact that the exact same errors are present in BOTH books, NEITHER publisher has bothered to have this checked for errata or published with errata online, or even bothered to inform people that this is the same book.

My husband is disappointed that my birthday gift is effectively useless, as am I. What an absolute, misleading waste of money and expensive fabric that was bought specially to make my daughter a birthday dress that is now ruined because of their poorly drafted patterns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2011
I have just made 2 different sizes of the cover dress. They were quite easy, but I agree that some previous experience is necessary. I thought the instructions were quite good. They came out exactly like the photo shots and I am really pleased with the results. I am looking forward to making some of the other designs. The fabric I used was very similar to the photo and I bought it from HobbyCraft store, not that expensive.I recommend this book to anyone who likes to make special clothes for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2014
The styles are gorgeous but the patterns and instructions are not helpful in trying to achieve the look by hand yourself. I got very frustrated with it and was very disappointed. There just aren't enought visual steps and the patterns could have more of the keywords on them to help match up left, right, front, back etc I suspect it's just a promotional tool to get you to give up and buy them direct from her online store! At great expense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2013
the book contains precious designs and well explained with drawing

It has the cd with the patterns, the photos are inspirational!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2013
An excellent book for the price with beautiful patterns, as well as nice ideas for things to do. I just wish there were actual traceable patterns rather than a disc to print them off as a pdf.
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The photoes are gorgeous and the fabrics used are just adorable. At first reading I was disapointed though, to find out that the dress on page 10 (with details showed on page 11) was not included in the pattern section. You would definitedly expect a pattern to go with a full page photo. Regarding the patterns: At least one of the patterns are very bad adjusted, that is the sleeves in the "Tulip-Shaped Dress". You can even see it on the photoes inside the book. And then there are the simply faulty patterns. I recommend you use this book as an inspiration book, do not use the patterns, they are constructed much to sloppy.
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