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2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best, 14 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Dressmaker's Technique Bible: A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing Techniques (Spiral-bound)
I was given this as a present by a thoughtful friend. It had been on my wishlist for a while, and so I was qutie happy to receive it. Until I opened it.

It's spiral-bound and small, which makes it handy to handle (although it still doesn't bend backwards, it does keep its page when opened flat), but greatly reduces image size and detailing. Instructions aren't as detailed as they could be and I often found myself going "HUH?" when looking something up or randomly reading. And I have a fair amount of experience, as I make my own dresses (!!).

My personal recommendation, whether you're new to sewing or more experienced would be to get "The Sewing book" by Alison Smith instead (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sewing-Book-Alison-Smith). Large images, brilliant step-by-tiny-step explanations... and some advanced projects at the end of the book to inspire you to go further.
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Initial post: 18 Mar 2011, 10:18:33 GMT
Great review - very helpful, especially the recommendation which has gone straight onto my birthday wishlist!

Posted on 3 Sep 2011, 17:55:19 BST
Hel S says:
Thanks for your review. I had planned to buy the Alison Smith book but was having a look at others before commiting myself. You've helped make my mind up.

Posted on 10 Feb 2013, 22:18:13 GMT
Crafty Fox says:
Very helpful review. I had planned on buying the "Technique Bible" and after reading the review, I took the gamble and purchased "The Sewing Book" instead...and what a great buy it has been!! it is my bible for reading and referring to during my projects and it is certainly inspiring!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2014, 13:43:51 BST
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2014, 13:44:29 BST
Mousecub says:
I was doing the same thing ie planning on buying the Alison Smith book but comparing others before buying it. So glad I came across this review as this book looked like a good alternative.
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