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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; Spi Har/CD edition (December 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440229473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440229473
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With photos of the step-by-step instructions and advice given with Deborah's energetic writing style, this book conveys both Deborah's experience as a teacher as well as her enthusiasm for sewing." --Ellen Lucket Baker, The Long Thread

About the Author

The author of the bestselling Stitch-by-Stitch, Deborah Moebes is a fifth-generation crafter and designer. Deborah is the owner of Whipstitch Fabrics, a thriving fabric shop and sewing lounge in the heart of Atlanta. She continues to add workshops and sewing events throughout the year, and regularly blogs tutorials, projects, and articles on the new sewing culture. Visit Deborah at www.whipstitchfabrics.com.


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If you buy this book, at least you'll have been given fair warning.
akmariner
What I didn't like - 1) the clothing patterns were sized but there was no sizing chart with measurements to determine what size you should use.
kelly
If this is a book for beginners, I would imagine that if they had to be drafted, instructions on how to do so would be included.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By akmariner on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you buy this book, at least you'll have been given fair warning. The basic theme of the book is that it will develop your sewing skills. HAH! I'm an experienced sewer and with the first project from the book I attempted (boys pea coat) I found many inconsistencies between the book instructions and the pdf pattern. I haven't even finished the project yet and these are some of the problems with the book:

1) Instructions on page 159 regarding jacket back: "Stitch the center back seam with a 5/8" seam allowance." Problem: PDF pattern has a jacket back pattern piece on the fold so there is no seam required. Pictures clearly show a two-piece back. I can't believe this was published without some more serious proof-reading. You can get better written PDF patterns on Etsy, folks.

2) Also on page 159. "Pay attention to the notches and dots. Transfer all those markings to the wrong side of your fabric, since those will allow you to exactly match the bits as you assemble them together." There are NO notch or dot markings on the PDF pattern for the pea coat.

3) No information is given regarding sizing for the pattern pieces. I guessed and cut out the largest but still have no idea what size it is.

4) Fabric requirement is WAY off. I fit the pieces easily (for largest size) onto 1 1/4 yards for the outer fabric and 1 yard for the lining fabric. The book suggests 2 yards for each...author must get kickbacks from her fabric sources listed in her book.

I'm sure the novice sewer might glean some basic information from this book. However, the glaring errors and inconsistencies will make it difficult to become a confident sewer if you have to constantly try to make sense of the instructions and the pattern.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MissMadeleinePi on April 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I SO wanted to love this book, and I WOULD - if it was complete! This is a great book. It's just not finished - which sucks, because I really, really love Ms. Moebes's work, her blog, her writing style, her design aesthetic - she was my personal "sewing hero"! I loved Stitch By Stitch, her first book and IMHO the best contemporary beginner's guide to sewing out there, hands down. What made it so great was Ms. Moebes' s fanatical attention to detail. So I had high expectations when I pre-ordered this book; upon receiving it, I immediately noticed that CRUCIAL information is missing from the supply lists that introduce each project. In just my first glance at the projects - all beautifully conceived, executed and photographed - I noticed some glaring inconsistencies and omissions between the photographs, written instructions, and supply lists; there wasn't a size chart for the clothing section (a WHOLE section of the book - the last of 5 containing 5 projects!). But I figured I could tell from the finished measurements on the pdf patterns... except only two of the patterns have finished measurements included, and many of the pattern markings for piece placements and measurements mentioned in the instructions are nowhere to be found! Notions are either listed or not listed, totally randomly, and when they've been listed (piping, 2" single fold bias tape, 1 yd piping), they're often without a size or type (d-rings, piping) or wrong (it's 3/8" bias tape in instructions) or they aren't used or illustrated within the project at all (what piping for the handbag? What foldover detail on the dress pattern?) NONE of the hardware is even listed for the bags - forget about the sizes of the clasp frame or purse handles...I couldn't believe this was written by the same person as Stitch By Stitch!Read more ›
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Block on January 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really like that there are many projects and skill levels in this book. The spiral binding is another big plus.
However, I was frustrated that I could not find the zipper length required for the child's backpack, nor could I find the size of purse hardware required for the cover purse.
Although it sounded like a great idea to have a CD with PDF files of some of the book's projects, I found it annoying to spend 30 minutes trimming down the 26 pages required for the knit top pattern. That time doesn't even include taping those pages together and cutting out the pattern pieces. Hopefully the end result for the knit top will be worth all that time, but I doubt I'll even try the other two garment projects.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Swaty on July 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I liked the look of most of the projects. Exceptions were the pants, which didn't seem to fit the model, and the skirt with peekaboo pleat, which didn't seem to hang correctly. However, I didn't get much further than the photos and headings. Whyever did the publisher allow this book to go to press with much of the text printed with light gray ink?!? Illegible to me. Not worth the eyestrain to try to read. There are many similar books out there so I'd pick one of the others. This one is too flawed in design.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Large on June 24, 2013
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I like the ideas in this book but it lacked important information. It did not include information on purse handle size or a resource on where to get purse handles.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cikk on February 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I had bought the author's other book and liked it, and bought this one too hoping for some more advanced information as I am actually quite advanced as a sewist..... even though both come with patterns on a CD, something I loathe.... Quite honestly i trace all my patterns, whether they are the typical tissue ones, downloaded ones or thicker paper patterns - that way I don't have to worry about damaging my original pattern - and also, bond paper and so on are not that easy to manoevre.

The book is quite good, but I wasn't impressed with the pants which look totally home made, the finishing on the jacket, and most of all, the lack of a size chart. I was even more unimpressed by the author's lack of response to my various emails sent to her regarding said size chart.

I also found the book tries too hard but not hard enough - it would probably have benefitted from having less sections, and more thoroughness - example, the clothes section would have benefitted from a section on fitting.
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