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on 6 February 2014
This is undoubtedly a beautiful book with ideas for truly gorgeous toys and decorations in it. I read through it and then dashed off to my local fabric store to buy fabric to make a princess doll.
This is where the BUT comes in! Most of the other reviews here comment on the books beauty and at some point say 'haven't had time to make anything yet'. Unfortunately it becomes a rather frustrating experience when you do. The fact that there are variations on many of the patterns means that there is an awful lot of 'as for page 109' in the instructions, so you have to flick back and forth many times before you are confident of the directions. Quite a few of the templates are mis-labelled - OK it's not the end of the world if something says its an arm when it's clearly a leg, but it's annoying. The book instructs you to cut out the toys after you have sewn the seams (which is an idea that is new to me but may be familiar if you make small, detailed toys like these?) which means the toy piece templates don't have seam allowances. There are some templates for clothes and I have no idea from the template or the instructions (which read in places as though they have been badly translated) whether the seam allowance is included or I should add it. Again, it's not the end of the world and I can work it out through trial and error (and I tend to tinker with patterns anyway) but it's annoying. It seems that the patterns weren't tested properly, which is a shame.
So in summary, beautiful ideas, but patterns / instructions are not of the same standard and less than I would hope for the price of the book.