From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-When her middle school announces that it is getting rid of uniforms, future fashion designer Zoey can't wait to show off her own style. While shopping with her friends, she discovers that the clothes in the stores just don't have that Zoey factor. With a little inspiration from her aunt and her friends, she decides to try creating her own wardrobe and blogging about it on "Sew Zoey." When her principal finds out, she gives Zoey the chance of a lifetime to be the only student designer in the school's charity fashion show. Her dress, however, gets ruined just days before the event and she has a huge social studies paper due the same day with no chance of extensions. Can Zoey pull off the opportunity of a lifetime or will she have to pull out of the show? Although the book is moderately paced, the characters are enjoyable and well developed, and the plot is humorous and entertaining. The black-and-white drawings that open each chapter add a bit of fashion flair. With a touching ending that will leave readers with a warm, fuzzy feeling, this novel will appeal to young fashionistas.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Zoey Webber is a funky fashionista stuck in a gray-polyester-uniform world. She spends her days drawing the clothes she would love to wear but doesn’t know how to make. She is thrilled when her friend Priti calls with the news that their school not only has a new principal, but that they now no longer have to wear uniforms. A shopping trip for back-to-school clothes leads to a realization: to get the look she desires, she will have to make the clothes herself. Once Zoey’s friends see her sketchbook, they convince her to start a fashion design blog and learn how to sew; before long, Sew Zoey, as the blog is called, has thousands of followers, which helps her gain confidence as both a designer and a seamstress. The first book in a delightful new series, this will appeal to any girl finding her own style. Zoey is a bubbly and vivacious character who doesn’t let insecurities take command. Ultimately, she learns that life and middle school are much like sewing: when something doesn’t fit correctly, rip it out and start again. Illustrations unseen. Grades 3-6. --Suanne Roush