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not for complete beginners...
on 23 July 2011
This is the first pattern book I have bought, as i've only recently started sewing from patterns to make things. The book is well presented, beautifully coloured, and features close-up images of detailing on each of the toys, which serve well to show how each detail should look when finished. (sometimes helpful, if like me, you are fairly new to this)
however, there are a few things you might want to know before buying this book.
1. in order to make the toys, you have to enlarge all the patterns (included at the back of the book on printed pages, not on template paper) by 200%, which means purchasing pattern paper (or template plastic as the book suggests...), I decided the plastic template method was too expensive and time consuming for someone who is only going to make one or two of each toy, and as i already have a scanner, printer, and some pattern paper to hand. i decided to scan the templates in to my pc, enlarge them, and print them out as many times as i felt the need. this worked fine for me and the toys that resulted from it... but did mean that as my printer is A4, some larger parts of the patterns ended up split over two pages.
2. its not spiral bound. this put me off at first, as when you have hands full of fabric and pins, you end up wedging the book open with whatever is at hand - for me it happened to be my machine and material scissors)only to find that i then had to use said items, and hence had to shut the book, sew a bit, and try to find the page i was last at.... i made a mental note to buy a bookstand, however, the need for the use of the book obviously depends on how often you make the toy, and how quickly the steps become etched in your mind. if like me, you're new to this, you might find it a bit frustrating.
3. only some melly and me patterns are included. eg. i was hoping for the Ninja, but you won't find him in this book... which leads me to...
4. i was a bit disappointed by Lily the Panda. for one, she doesn't look anything like a panda, which was disappointing, as all the other patterns at least look like what they are designed to be, but perhaps this is just my personal perception. personally if i had chosen the patterns, the ninja would have gone here...
this book is definately not intended for complete beginners. i found some techniques were a bit beyond my skills, however, the steps are straightforward if you know your way around basic sewing. there are sections at the end of the book that show the hand stitching and additional techniques required, as well as tips on choosing appropriate fabrics and trimmings and tools needed, and a list of recomended suppliers.