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bags in four styles
on 15 November 2008
Handbags are high fashion with the appropriate high prices attached. Imagine the joy of using four fold-out patterns to make your own individual styles. The four patterns are for a tote, clutch bag, drawstring bag and beach bag. Step-by-step, comprehensive instructions and photographs show you how to create bags to suit your wardrobe. The ideas come from a team of experts at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Once you have mastered the designer secrets they teach, you can customise the patterns. For non-sewers, there are ideas to embellish existing bags.
A variety of fabrics are used from denim to leather. My favourite is the felt appliqued tote.
I feel the patterns could have been a little more varied, but there are plenty of examples of the different looks you can achieve with just four patterns. A gallery of designs offers inspiration to spark your own creativity.
There are some English sources of materials included, but these are mixed in with American sources, not listed separately. The chapter headings appear to be misleading as they include other styles that should not appropriate to that chapter. I don't particularly feel that the subtitle is defined by the contents.
Overall this is a good book for the beginner bag maker, who then wants to develop their own ideas. A well-presented, handsome and useful book.