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Sweet Nothings: Handmade Camis, Undies & Other Unmentionables Hardcover-spiral – October 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1 Spi edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600593836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600593833
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

VALERIE VAN ARSDALE SHRADER made a pair of pink culottes when she was eleven years old, and has loved fabric ever since. She’s a senior editor at Lark Books, and has written and edited many books related to textiles and needlework. Valerie knits every now and then, too, and dreams about making art quilts.


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Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader made a pair of pink culottes when she was eleven years old, and has loved fabric ever since. She's a senior editor at Lark Books, and has written and edited many books related to textiles and needlework. Valerie knits every now and then, too, and dreams about making art quilts.

Customer Reviews

First off I want to say that I do like this book however it just didn't wow me like I was expecting.
T. Brown
The garments don't look overly youthful to me (I'm 35) but I suppose the use of vintage materials and upcycling on some projects won't appeal to everyone.
Amazon Customer
The book contains patterns for other projects, but all panties are templates that you have to enlarge and print.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T. Brown on November 8, 2009
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First off I want to say that I do like this book however it just didn't wow me like I was expecting. The pictures are nice and instructions detailed and informative but the patterns are my big gripe. Some of the patterns came on paper but are printed double sided, so you've got to copy them before you cut! Other patterns are just in the book and you have to copy them then enlarge them to use them. The garments featured are cute but I expected more variety. Also some of the styles I like don't even have an actual pattern just a lame "go to the store and buy a vintage garment then sew it to another garment" WTF! Aggravating to say the least.
Overall its a nice flip through kind of book but your not going to get much else from this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Parker on January 23, 2010
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I had high hopes for this book, and I have to admit that I'm disappointed so far. Other reviewers have already mentioned having to copy the patterns, but I'll mention it again: the patterns included in the book's back pocket are printed on both sides of the paper, so they require tracing anyway. (If your sewing room is already equipped with the materials to do this, then it may not be an issue for you.) Many others are printed on the book's pages, requiring you to go to a copy shop and enlarge them. Personally, I don't care to have the men who run my neighborhood Kinkos know what kind of undergarments I wear. I was also disappointed to learn that some of the "patterns" whose pictures I liked were not constructed from scratch. Instead, there are instructions on how to alter a slip by changing it's length or adding embellishments, or how to tack a lace doily onto a store-bought bra and panty set. These seem more like arts and crafts projects than sewing, and it counters one of the main reasons I sew--to create garments that fit me better than what I can find in a store. Although I've enjoyed flipping through this book for inspiration, it is not what I expected, and I wish I would have spent the money on a couple of patterns that I knew I would use.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2009
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I think this book is a great introduction to sewing lingerie. I had never even contemplated sewing lingerie until I came across Sweet Nothings. Not every design suits my taste, but most look fun, sexy, or indulgent, which is the point of the book, I guess. The garments don't look overly youthful to me (I'm 35) but I suppose the use of vintage materials and upcycling on some projects won't appeal to everyone.

Several lingerie pieces are made entirely of stretch lace, which I have ordered for $.40 to $3.00 per yard (and you only need a yard or so for most patterns. The shipping costs more than the materials in some cases.

I don't mind tracing the patterns, I am used to that since I have two little girls and loathe to cut any patterns (kids grow, you know). But I was a little disappointed that each pattern was not graded for all sizes. So one panty pattern might have XS, S, M and another pajama pattern may only have M, L, XL. It doesn't seem like it would have taken much to include the patterns for all sizes.

The other con may be for larger busted women. These designs don't have underwires or other support features. That makes them easier for a beginner, but perhaps not so great for a C cup or more.

Of course, I am still waiting for my stretch lace to come, so my entire review might be moot, as I haven't sewn anything from the book yet. Overall, I'm excited about it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BookReview on April 19, 2011
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As a designer, I love looking at new books on design and how these are being brought to the home sewing market, and was excited to see one on lingerie.

BUT, wow. Disappointment awaited. All I can say is look carefully at the pictures in the book. The fit really isn't that great even on these models (which it should be for presentation). The ideas are cute, but the execution is bad. To be honest I kind of think that if they cannot even look great on a model, then what will the look like on the rest of us.

Do not expect any guidelines on making anything to fit, underwiring, corsetry. This is a basic, super easy way to make lingerie, that looks basic and homesewn. Save your money, 1) pick up a few vogue/simplicity patterns or draft your own, 2) and a decent book on construction and finishing lingerie well (Singer:sewing lingerie is a great starting point) 3) a book on fit - lingerie is contoured and fits the body closely, therefore it is more important to get right. No-one wants uncomfortable panties or slips that gape.

Lingerie should make you feel beautiful and sexy. Don't settle for less.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on October 16, 2009
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It seems that I have been waiting for a book like this forever. Now, you have to keep in mind that I make lingerie so that all of my wardrobe can be secondhand. (My thrift store has a very generous patron who owns a fabric store...) I like the patterns that are made of a vintage bed sheet, the bra from a doily, the sleepset from a vintage embrodiered tablecloth, and remaking old slips that my mom used to wear. I see these items all the time at the thrift stores and can now give them a more serious look. But there is so much more to this book than remaking items - there are some incredibly beautiful and stylish patterns. (Some are in the form of paper patterns at the back of the book, and some you have to enlarge at the copy store.) I have amassed a huge collection of lingerie books and patterns, but this is the one that takes my breath away. I am sitting down this afternoon to start sewing...
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