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Sewing Clothes Kids Love: Sewing Patterns and Instructions for Boys' and Girls' Outfits Spiral-bound – 1 Feb 2010
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Nancy Langdon is the president and principal designer for Studio Tantrum. She also hosts the blog at fledgeflyingiseasy.blogspot.com.
Sabine Pollehn is president and principal designer for the sewing pattern company Farbenmix. She also hosts klickundblick.de and farbenmix.blogspot.com.
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Just as a P.S. I have made up some of these clothes in more classic fabric combinations (velvet combined with liberty prints) The patterns have worked well and the look although totally different, they were lovely and much admired- especially the fluted hem jacket.
BOYS and GIRLS
To be honest, there's not much scope for boys clothes in general; it's pretty much trousers/shorts, long/short-sleeved tops, shirts and then jumpers/hoodies, and this book covers all of those!
Imke Shirt - basically a hoodie; options for short/long sleeves and round hood/pointed/hood and no hood - SO easy, have made four or five of these now
If you make it out of polar fleece, it's a super warm hoodie, but if you make it out of more stretchy cotton jersey type material, it looks more like a regular top or t-shirt.
Riviera Leggings and Shorts - Whilst the book doesn't say that's it's for both sexes, you could easily omit the ruffles and ta daa! Boy leggings and shorts! And if you wanted to play with the pattern, these could be 3/4 length trousers too.
Dortje Trousers - Think camo trousers without pockets Again, whilst the book doesn't specifically say that these are for boys as well, with fewer ruffles and plainer `boy' colours, these could easily be for boys!
Silver Lake Windbreaker - yet again, doesn't specify that this is a multisex pattern but it really is.
So, it pretty much does cover ALL the basics, I think the problem that people have with this book when they say that it doesn't have enough patterns for boys clothes is that they don't have enough imagination!
Brooklyn Shrug - really simple, and easy to make
Brooklyn Tank Top - simple pattern to make vest tops, very easy
Insa Skirt - lots of different options for customisation and changing up the pattern
Avalon Jacket - Little more complex, but still stunning!
Feliz Party Dress - AMAZING dress when finished, but definitely the toughest pattern in the book to make! I felt that some of the instructions could have been much clearer; I managed to experiment my way through, but I imagine a beginner would have some trouble with this one.
Manhattan Special Occasion Dress - More complex again, not suitable for the younger ages. As one of the Amazon reviews points out, the shape and cut just isn't suitable for tubby toddlers, but it does look great in the bigger sizes.
I genuinely LOVE this book. I love the bright patterns and colours and embellishments, but I think people who prefer `calmer' clothes might be put off, but again, you need to use your imagination and look at the PATTERN and not the FABRICS. The Feliz dress especially looks amazing in ANYTHING!
The skirt, the rainbow one on one of the pages is NOT in the book, which was annoying. It is a different Farbenmix pattern, (here if you want it---> http://www.farbenmix.de/en/redondo.html ), and again is pretty simple but it annoys me that it's SO beautiful and the photo of it is in the book but not the pattern to make it!
There is a LOT of information at the start of the book about sewing topics; choosing fabric, fabric requirements, `Sewing Room Must-Haves', how to measure a child then adjust the patterns to fit the child's individual measurements, it has standard body measurement charts too. It talks about seam allowances and pattern tracing, how to make a `kinderquin' dress form to work from, laying out and cutting, sewing and embellishing, how to do gathering and French seams, advice for working with knit fabrics.
Each pattern has a full recommended fabrics list, notions list, a comprehensive pattern piece cutting list, as well as individual size measurements that relate directly to making that item so you can size it up properly.
Not only that, Sabine Pollehn and Nancy Langdon are very active on their Flikr group for this book, and always answer questions and help with issues you might have, which is really lovely! And the Flikr group gives you an even more ideas of what different fabrics can do to each pattern, and shows some of the more muted, calmer incarnations of their patterns that other people have made. http://www.flickr.com/groups/1319796@N20/
Some people have complained about the flimsiness of the pattern sheets, but personally, they're no thinner than any other pattern sheets from Simplicity or Butterick.
I also like how the book starts with the easier patterns and then works up to the more complex ones, although each pattern has its own 3 button difficulty rating (1 button being easy, 3 being the hardest).
The three downsides are the rainbow skirt on page 12 not being in the book as a pattern as I mentioned before, the book only shows the more vivid, colour-bright options for the items which I think puts off people who like more calm clothes for their kids (those without imagination anyway! *wink wink!*) and the instructions for the more complex items may seem lacking in detail for some novice sewers. But this could easily be solved by getting someone to help you, either a friend or utilising the Flikr group, or just experimenting.
Other than that, the clothes are beautiful in ANY colours and fabrics, be them bright and clashing or just plain, I LOVE all the options for adding embellishments and changing up the pattern to make it your own.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!
This is a great book and I am so pleased I got it, the possibility's are endless, and I am sure I will be making clothes for my daughter up to her teens from this book.
However,! I decided to make the Manhatten dress for my 3 year old grand-daughter
I ended up almost completely re-drafting the bodice as it was cut with a very pronounced waist shaping,totaly wrong for a toddlers 'tummy' body.
Luckily I was able to do this as I am not a novice and found the sewing directions basic and adequate as experience filled in the gaps, but a newbie would find it difficult
If you are new to sewing remember to add seam allowances (which is a bit disconcerting for a newbie)
Overall lots of lovely inspiration so worth keeping for ideas if you know what you are doing!
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