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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Pck Spi edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811861287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811861281
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Expectant mothers everywhere will breathe a collective sigh of relief when they see how wonderfully and seamlessly Amy has translated her sophisticated style for their young one's new world." Djerba Goldfinger, Repro Depot Fabrics

About the Author

Amy Butler designs fabric, sewing patterns, and more. The author of In Stitches, the Sew-It Kit, and Found Style, she works from a small studio in Granville, Ohio, and distributes her products globally.

Colin McGuire is a photographer based in Columbus, Ohio.

More About the Author

"Utility can be beautiful. Comfy can be stylish. Organization is healthy. Handmade is best!" --Amy ButlerAmy Butler is an artist/designer who has become well-known for her lavish and sophisticated take on vintage-modern fabrics. She designs and globally distributes multiple fabric lines, stationery, sewing patterns, handbags, home décor accessories, and scrapbook materials. Her work has been seen in various books, magazines, and television shows. She also designs fabrics for licensed manufacturers in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. Amy has produced and written lifestyle and décor stories for Country Living Magazine since 1998. She co-manages Art of the Midwest Studio in central Ohio.

Customer Reviews

This is my go-to book for making baby gifts.
sigs
This is a wonderful book - lots of great ideas, the pictures are beautiful, and the patterns are clear and easy to use.
salliesue
I love all the beautiful and modern patterns that Amy Butler has given us in this book!
jimmyzrock

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By M. Klink on March 17, 2009
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first let me say this is a beautiful book with artistic photographs, showing most of the products in use and being worn by attractive moms and very cute children. the spiral binding and the convenient folder to hold the patterns is a practical bonus. if that were all I expected this would rate 5 starts.

the problems with the book are as follows: there are NO clear or concise diagrams or photos of the finished products.

the instructions are at times vague, incomplete or all together lacking as in not there at all.

not all projects in the book have patterns, this can be most vexing if you have never made your own patterns before.

I am an experienced sewer, I can complete and alter vogue patterns, so when I say this is not a book for beginners I have an understanding of difficulty. some of the projects are simple and very easy to sew if you know how and do not require clear concise diagrams and instructions. if you are new to sewing, or unable to sew on the fly, this is not a book for you.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By JBK on August 22, 2008
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If you're sewing for baby boys, don't despair there is only one dress pattern and one girly shirt (a super cute one actually) in here. Most of the projects are nursery decor (bedding and more), toys, or things for mama. The 2 diaper bags in here are both great looking patterns - nice and roomy with lots of pockets. I'm having a hard time choosing which to make and I think those 2 patterns alone make the book worth the cost (but I am a bag junkie!)
Be aware that the clothing for babies have 4 sizes: 0-3 months through 9-12 months, so not for older babies.
My only complaints:
- a lack of diagrams in the instructions. They are wordy as usual, but sometimes it's easier to just glance at a picture of the next step. There are a few diagrams sprinkled throughout, but it seems like many projects don't have any.
- the photography is gorgeous but doesn't show the details of the projects always. The modern diaper bag has no shot that shows the interior at all or even the cell phone pocket on the exterior. You need to read well into the instructions to see what kind of pockets it will have.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By sewing mum on August 29, 2008
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The designs were amazing and just made her fabrics even more gorgeous. Loved the bags and the baby clothes, but the sizes were only from birth to a year, so I can't make matching sets for my two daughters.

My main gripe was that the instructions were too wordy and there were too few diagrams. I made a pair of cutie booties as they looked easy and just what my 3month old needed right now. There was only a simple diagram at the end of the instructions, so I had to read and re-read everything at least 3 times before stitching so that i will not have to end up unpicking. A diagram could be more self explanatory and cut out the wordiness which is pretty intimidating. I'm still trying to decide which project to start on next since trying to figure out the instructions take quite a while.

This book is probably not for the novice sewer as it refers to sewing terms that are sometimes explained in the appendix but without diagrams as well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mommy on December 29, 2009
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I LOVE the look of this book, and immediately wanted to make almost all of the projects included. I bought fabric for the Everything Bag, Kimono-Style pajamas, Empire Waist Top, Jumper Dress and bloomers, with enough to make the adorable shoes. I made the Everything Bag last night, and the pants for the Kimono-Style pajamas this afternoon, and I am SO DISAPPOINTED.

I found that both patterns were flawed - the divider for the Everything Bag is too big and distorts the bag, and the pajama pants are oddly-shaped and the elastic is way too big. In addition, I found that the design of both patterns was just not up-to-par. Additionally, the instructions are not clear and there are too few diagrams and/or photos that show crucial parts of what you're making. I've been sewing since I was a young girl, and have successfully made everything from clothes to custom-fitted slipcovers with piping, pleats, etc. Unfortunately, I would be very cautious about buying this book for anything but beautiful photography and inspiration. I know that I will not be making anything else from this book. Now I need to decide if I want to keep the book around for inspiration, or just get rid of it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By salliesue on October 22, 2008
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This is a wonderful book - lots of great ideas, the pictures are beautiful, and the patterns are clear and easy to use. My warning - when I made the kimono pj's, I found that the pants pattern did not allow enough room for a diaper. I have substituted another pattern I had on hand for the bottoms, and just love it now. Everything else I've made up has been just great. I can't wait to make the cheeky monkey bag!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SB on March 6, 2010
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I really like In Stitches but I'm disappointed with this book.

I've made two projects from it that were very time consuming and the end results were disappointing. The Comfy Jumper Dress was just too intense...i.e bodice, lining and band as well as a skirt lining. It seemed like way too much fabric on an 18 month old. I followed the directions to the letter and the bodice was tight and constricting especially with a tee shirt underneath. The booties are cute but when sewn in the smallest size were bulky and not so flexible due to the many layers of fabric, lining, interfacing and fusible fleece. I felt as though both projects were more "constructed" then sewn.

My biggest problem with the book, however, is the clarity of directions. The content is very wordy but more frustrating is the visual quality. The typeface is small and light and printed on green, blue, pink and yellow backgrounds. This makes for a visually appealing book but reading instructions is frustrating.

Amy Butler is such an amazing designer. I would have liked her to include some simpler ideas that in the end would have been more comfortable and practical for both sewer and baby.
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