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Not as good as it could have been...,
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This review is from: Jane Austen's Sewing Box (Paperback)
I bought this on the strength of the other reviews. I expected it to be a real feast of a book; indulgent in its writing with inspiring little projects I'd want to start making straight away.
Sadly for me, it didn't quite meet my expectations. It's a classy-looking book, beautifully presented: what lets it down is the the dry style of writing. It reads much like a history book recalling facts and relies on quotes from Austen's works to make it more colourful.
Jane Austen's Sewing Box is first and foremost a book for reading: the sewing element is secondary. If you buy the book purely for the projects, you will probably be disappointed: there are 18 projects in total and although there are instructions, not all the projects include diagrams to aide your understanding and make the process easier to grasp. This will be fine for experienced sewers but those relatively inexperienced (like me) may struggle.
This book will be best for existing Austen fans who will probably appreciate this regardless. I think it might also appeal to those interested in regency-period style, fashion and interior design. Overall it's not a bad book but for me, it falls short of being something really special.