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Make It Sew Modern: Gather, Twist, Pleat, Texture Paperback – January 10, 2012
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Vanessa's designs are part of an emerging modern quilt aesthetic. Her fresh, improvisational approach to a traditional craft is apparent in the creative and functional handbags, quilts, fabric jewelry, scarves and home accessories made for this book. She shares a variety of projects with readers--from the 1" "Flower Ring" to a two-toned, monogrammed "Everyday Quilt" with pleated edges--in this "fun to sew, and sew easy" book. The simplicity of the frilly "Picture-Perfect Dress" and embellished "Market/Beach Tote" can be made just in time for spring and summer. Attach one of Vanessa's favorite accessories, the "Satin-Ribbon Flower," to any project for even more color and character. With over twenty simple sewing ideas, Make it Sew Modern inspires creativity using fabric--even if you are just learning to sew! --Quilt Trends Magazine
Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. has successfully written a book that will please her blog followers--and new readers as well. Make it Sew Modern echoes her fun and quirky blog style and is full of great projects ranging from totes to fabric wreaths. Christenson has a knack for adding embellishments like flowers and ruffles to ordinary pieces to make them modern looking. With about 21 projects, this book is well worth the price. --Modern Patchwork Magazine
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Usually, with books like this, I'll get sucked in, buy it and then only want to make one or two projects. I would like to make all of the projects in this book, and they are all simple. I can actually do it.
The book is divided into four sections: Ruffles, Twisting, Gathering and Pleats and includes several charming projects in each section using these techniques. There are patterns for everything from bracelets to wreaths, purses to pillows, all with a simple, modern aesthetic.
Many of these projects, dare I say all, would be wonderful as gifts. The projects are elegant and feminine and give the impression that they are more intricate and difficult to make than they actually are. I'm always looking for patterns like this! The instructions include diagrams and photos to aid in construction.
I enjoyed the fresh feel of these designs and was thrilled to discover the Appliqué Doily Quilt pattern since I have a collection of doilies at home and now have the perfect pattern in which to use them. I can even do the quilting that they show on this project - it's one of my specialties!
Vanessa includes a section on Tips, Terms and Techniques specific to the projects in the book to help you complete them successfully.
The color photographs are beautiful. Although I haven't made any of the projects yet, I did read through the instructions for each one and felt they were clear and that I could make anything in the book. The projects are not what I would call advanced, but knowledge of basic sewing and sewing machine techniques is assumed. Full size patterns for some of the projects are included for photocopying or tracing, but most only require measuring and cutting fabric according to the dimensions given.
I do like this book and the creativity it inspires. The ideas would make lovely gifts or additions to any home decor or wardrobe.
I received a copy of this book for review but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
The ones that I do like are bags, pillows and a quilt pattern. These are easy enough to follow the instructions which are clearly written and have a color photo of the finished item. I wouldn't purchase this book solely for these items as there are other books that have more of this same type of item, along with other projects to make your purchase more worthwhile.
If you are looking for fabric bracelets, balls, scarves, girl's skirts or several types of flowers for accessorizing items or using as pins, then this would be a good buy.
Second... this book has something for everyone, especially those of us who think outside of the traditional box. If you like texture and creating something different, this book is for you. There are 21 projects -- five for ruffling, five for twisting, five for gathering, and six projects that include pleating -- all well-presented with clear, concise instructions. At the end there is even a section which includes tips, terms and techniques.
Want to make something to wear? How about something for your home? You'll even find a tote or two.
In my opinion, Martingale picked a winner. I look forward to Ms. Christenson's next publication.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book with a lot of pretty fun things to make. Clear directions and pictures.Published 8 months ago by P. Richter
Love looking through this book. It inspires me to make new things.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have used the techniques I learned from this book over and over again in many different types of projects. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mary
I'm a quilter, but like to think outside the box. The purse on the cover is what caught my eye. But the rest of the book was also enlightening. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by motherinthekitchen