3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lovely to read & use,
This review is from: Jane Austen's Sewing Box (Paperback)
I loved this book both as a fan of Jane Austen and Regency history in general, and as an enthusiastic craftswoman. It is a beautiful idea for a book, and its potential is fully realised.
The book's main strength is in its thoroughness. Each sewing project has a chapter of historical information with it, informing the reader about the nature and use of the object in question. These passages are enlivened with quotes from Jane Austen's books mentioning the use or creation of some similar type of object. The projects are well illustrated with drawings and glossy photos, and the instructions are detailed, quite easy to follow, & specific.
Furthermore there is an introductory chapter detailing the history of sewing and women's work around the Regency period, together with a few pages devoted to the materials one would need to make these projects were one a Regency home seamstress.
My favourite projects are the ladies' accessories 'muff' and 'tippet' (do we remember Miss Bates' concern about Jane putting on her tippet to walk in to supper at the ball?), and also the gentleman's cravat - complete with a collection of illustrations showing how to fold it, and fourteen different ways to tie it!
Fine quality paper and lovely photos make this well worth a browse even if you don't sew. However, some of the projects are so easy they could be attempted without much - or possibly any - prior sewing experience.