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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandmother's wisdom in a book, 16 July 2012
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This review is from: Easy Guide to Sewing Tops and T-shirts, Skirts and Pants (Easy Guide) (Hardcover)
I bought this along with The Colette Sewing BookThe Colette Sewing Handbook: 5 Fundamentals for a Great Sewing Experience, having made a skirt once and wanting to really get to grips with making my own clothes.

The Colette Sewing Book gave me a great framework for thinking about the whole dressmaking (as opposed to sewing) process, from choosing the right projects to some basic skills which are needed with most projects. This book doesn't do so well at setting out a framework in the same way, but what it spares in structure it gains in detail - five paragraphs on interfacings, what the technical differences are, and then how the author chooses and uses interfacings. Those paragraphs are replicated throughout with factual followed by the wisdom of experience and advice. It's like having your grandmother constantly on hand to offer advice, although the photos are styling are probably more to a Grandmother's taste than my own! The book goes through four projects, t-shirts, tops, skirts and trousers. In each section you encounter and are taken through technical skills for the first time.

I plan to use the Colette book to plan my projects, and dip in and out of this book as I encounter more technical issues where i want more detail than the pointers the Colette book offers.
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