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Ryland Peters & Small Cico Books-Making Children's Clothes


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  • Dimensions: 10.9 in. h x 8.25 in. w x 0.5 in. d
  • Weight: 1.25 ounces
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  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: 190652579X
  • Item model number: CIC-25798
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,112 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing (See Top 100 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing)
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Using just a few simple sewing techniques discover the easy way to create fun and stylish outfits for young children (0-5 years). By combining a few easy-to-learn stitches with great fabrics and trims expert seamstress Emma Hardy explains how to make beautiful yet practical clothes for your children. This book is perfect for the first-time expectant mother with its stylish step-by-step sewing projects. Booties; bibs; hats; dresses; PJs; shirts and much more! This book also includes full sized patterns for applique as well as clothing. Author: Emma Hardy. Softcover: 112 pages. Made in USA.

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Using just a few simple sewing techniques, discover the easy way to create fun and stylish outfits for young children (0-5 years). By combining a few easy-to-learn stitches with great fabrics and trims, expert seamstress Emma Hardy explains how to make beautiful yet practical clothes for your children. Choose from 25 different projects, including party frocks and pinafore dresses, simple shirts and elasticated trousers, sleepwear and accessories, such as hats, bibs, bootees and aprons. There are clothes for young boys and girls, toddlers and babies, plus full-size paper patterns that can easily be scaled to suit different ages. Packed with useful tips and sewing techniques, "Making Children's Clothes" provides a comprehensive guide to creating fantastic items that your child will love to wear.


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The instructions are easy to follow.
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I can't get past on how to cut out the pajama pant pattern.
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I love making the clothes in this book!
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140 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Fisher on April 10, 2010
Format: Kitchen Verified Purchase
I bought this book sight unseen on Amazon due to the high reviews it received, however, I was very disappointed when I got it and actually looked at it.

For one thing--most of the clothes do not fit the models very well in the photographs, so I am not sure why other reviewers go on about how cute they look! Lots of baggy, overly large dresses on tiny girls--the most egregious of which is the "party dress" pictured on page 71. The child is wearing an admittedly well-constructed champagne mauve satin dress trimmed with sequins and a large silk flower which would be cute if it wasn't HUGE on her! The color perfectly compliments her pale blond hair and blue eyes, but the bodice is at least four inches too big around for her with huge gaping armholes which make her slender arms look spindly! Not an attractive look.

Similarly, on page 20, we are shown the "petal top," which is a very simply put together shirt that is just this side of a T-tunic, but instead of being cut out of two t-shaped pieces of fabric, the bodice front and back and sleeves are two separate pieces of fabric sewn together at the shoulder before sewing up the sides and armholes like a t-tunic. Then a casing is added to each sleeve, which look like they are meant to be 3/4 length, but once again, the sample garment is so big on the model it is hard to tell. There is also elastic in the neckline, but again, it does little to alleviate the simple fact that the top is too large for the model. And, to top it all off, there is an overly large fabric flower trimming this baggy mess on the shoulder, overwhelming the little model in swathes of fabric and accentuating the fact that her body is lost shapeless shirt.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By jazzmatazz on March 31, 2010
Format: Kitchen
When I wanted to learn how to sew I read all the books I could find. It took me a year before I got enough nerve to actually use my sewing machine. I desperately wanted to make something but could find nothing to inspire me. But this book is fortunately different! For starters, the clothes are exactly the kind I would like to see my children in. I love love love the tiered gypsy skirt that I made it anyway even though I had NO idea how to do gatherings. But the book makes it sound so simple and easy. How wrong I was. It was a struggle and I had to consult many other books on how to do this.

The next project I was desperate to do was the nightdress. Now this is indeed very simple which involves 4 pieces of fabrics BUT being a complete novice I had NO idea how the stitching should continue one I got to the armpit. Do I stitch in a curve or a right angle? The pictures are a complete waste of time - cute but hopeless as reference. The sleeve pattern is different for the 4-5years but there's nothing in the book to say why it is like that and what the heck you are suppose to do with it? The hardest bit was surely the neck. It takes a lot of patience and endurance to handle 3/8in (1cm) bit of fabric edge! Thankfully, the author says not to worry abt making it perfect as it will not show once the neck is gathered. The book could do with a bit more of this plain talking!

The toddler's dress looked simple enough but by this point I was quite frustrated and fed up with the bad instructions. I say bad because it tells you what to do but no other details. The illustrations added to the confusion. The lining bit was very frustrating because the instructions said one thing but the drawings was completely different.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Corwin on January 31, 2010
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I absolutely love this book! I have made many projects so far: a pair of pants, baby bloomers, baby booties, a corduroy skirt and plan to make many more! I have some experience sewing, only what I have learned from my mom, and even for me these patterns were incredibly easy and fun to make. The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 was because I have found a few "problem" areas in a few of the patterns (the baby booties in particular), but even these were easy to remedy and now when I make them again I'm sure I will have no problems. I highly recommend this book, especially if you know any little girls who would love a beautiful skirt to twirl in!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Bungcayao on January 9, 2010
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I bought this book expecting it to be one of the many that are complicating and the instructions are hard to follow. But to my surprise it's a real good book for beginners like myself. I've already begun making dresses and pants for my daughter. Though it only has two patterns that are for boys, it isn't a bother. The patterns that come with the book are full size-patterns, so there's no need to make copies to enlarge. Makes a great gift for people who are beginning an interest in sewing, I recommend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chine on March 21, 2010
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This book has quite a few good ideas for sewing. I would have rated it higher, if not for the instructions. As a beginner to sewing, I found some instructions were missing, too compressed, or a bit confusing to follow. For example with the button-down boys shirt, the instructions for finishing the collar seems to have been forgotten. What to do with the 1cm allowance left open at the inner collar seam? What about the raw seam edge at the top of the shirt? Leaving it like that made the shirt look unkempt. (I ended up improvising on both). Also, about the sleeves- instructions for the wrist seams (not just the armhole ones) would have been nice from the start. And the instructions for the placket were too compressed (maybe to someone with more experience, they wouldn't need to decode, but I had to read, reread, and guess.) The sketches were not much help, maybe actual pictures would have been clearer? I am glad I made a muslin first before working on the actual fabric, as my final product does not look as neat as the one in the picture.) The boys' button-down shirt having been the first one I tried because I never made one before, I am now not so keen on trying the other patterns, as I don't want to be just as confounded.
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