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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but notnecessarily workable, 14 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Making Vintage Bags: 20 Original Sewing Patterns for Vintage Bags and Purses (Paperback)
I was so excited when I recieved this that I couldnt wait to get sewing. I reproduced the pattern faithfully as instructed at 165% and was dismayed to discover that the bag I created looked beautiful but you could barely get your hand through the opening,(and I have very slim hands.) My purse certainly wouldnt fit in! It is a real disappointment - a bit like a flashy cookery book where the recipes dont work!
oh well - another waste of money
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Initial post: 18 Mar 2010 23:35:05 GMT
Amy Smith says:
Do you not realise how ignorant writing a "review" like this makes you look? To give it one star when most people gave it five, suggests that it is you who is lacking rather than the book. Clearly no-one else has had problems getting their hand in the openings! They are small bags so they are hardly going to have huge zips!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2010 20:07:24 BDT
I totally agree with you Ms Smith. I've read this person's reviews on her 'parcel of three disappointing books' and all she does is moan and complain, as though she doesn't have anything better to do. I have this book myself but haven't had the time to make any of them up so cannot comment on the smallness of the the bag opening (would have been ideal if she had stated which bag she had made), but the patterns can surely be increased by more than the 165% as stated in the instructions. This is sewing, a craft, and therefore you can do anything you want. This reviewer obviously doesn't have any imagination. Might be ideal if she stayed with the cookery books and left the sewing ones alone.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2010 10:57:17 BDT
Day Tripper says:
Judging by Amy Smith's reactions to the two negative reviews of this book she is either the author or the author's manager . . .

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 07:41:23 BDT
Shantimar says:
If size is your only problem with the bags, don't despair, you can very easily enlarge the patterns. See my comment on the review "Not Bad but not Great" for detailed instructions.
Generally, you should be more open to adapting things from books. Don't be too faithful. With recipes too, by the way. If you know that you don't like things too sweet, next time cut down on the sugar. A recipe (or pattern) book is not the Bible.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 07:44:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Aug 2012 07:45:12 BDT
Shantimar says:
OK, Bohemian Mizfit, I agree with the gist of what you say, but it would be nicer if you said it more politely. The two last sentences were very offensive, why would you want to offend a perfect stranger? We're all crafters here, we share a love of the same things, and we exchange views. Insulting each other is totally pointless and uncalled for. Maybe it's not that she lacks imagination, but she is timid because she's a novice, and with a little helpful advice she could bloom and start expanding her crafting experience. I believe that helping each other, not generating hurt feelings and anger, is what gets the best results.
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