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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Pap/Cdr edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030740935X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307409355
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In fewer than eight years, WENLAN CHIA went from taking night classes at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology
to commanding the runway at New York’s Fashion Week. Her Twinkle line now includes ready-to-wear fashion, home
accessories, fine jewelry, and hand knitting yarn, available in 300 stores nationwide. She is also the author of Twinkle’s Big City Knits, Twinkle’s Weekend Knits, and Twinkle’s Town & Country Knits.

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I am a mature woman and most all the designs in this book are for a teeny bopper, not an adult.
Crystal
Thankfully, I have scrap paper that I could print the pattern onto, so I didn't have to kill another tree to make a shirt.
jeeyun
If the garment is fitted across the chest, this appears to favor smaller busted women (of which I am one!)
Liz Kroeker

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By loves to sew on November 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
The size chart is COMPLETELY WRONG!!! I am a 5'3" petite girl. Each pattern sizes in the book are in different print out files on the CD. I am a normal size 2 (in womens) or size 3 in juniors. But according to the book's size chart; I am a size 6 (based on my measurements). They don't have a size 6 pattern...they only have patterns for sizes 0, 4, 8, 10, 12. So I had to print out the patterns to the closest measurements (the book said to round up). And so I printed out a size 8 pattern. It took me 3 hours to print, cut, and tape the patterns together. I choose the most simple outfit out of the book to start out with and it took 63 pages of printed pages for this pattern! That is a lot of ink and paper...it took 25% of my ink in my brand new printer. And I used a whole roll of tape that I got at the store (thank goodness I went to the dollar store for the tape). And then to my disappointment, the size 8 was way too big for me. So I printed out the size 4 and did the entire process of printing, cutting, and taping again....another 3 hours, 25% of my ink supply, and another roll of tape later....this pattern was wayyyyyyyy too big still....Very FRUSTRATING!!!! Then, I printed out the size 0 and made some minor adjustments and everything worked out! Just so you know, I have been sewing for more than 16 years and have sewed for a living in the past...so I am a very experienced seamstress....and these patterns drives me Nuts!!! Wasted so much of my time and money, Printing, Cutting, and Taping these patterns together. These designs are cute but you must have a lot of patience if you want to use them. Especially if it is the first item that you are making from this book; must test out your size with 1 project first to get an idea of how the size chart applies to you.Read more ›
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By jeeyun on December 6, 2009
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There are some cute designs in the book, and the instructions are good. However, the PDF patterns on the CD are so difficult to work with. I don't understand why the author/publisher did not just simply include the designs on pattern paper.

You need 40+ sheets of paper to print out each pattern. Then, somehow you need to find space to lay out 40+ sheets of paper, tape them together, and then cut out the pieces. Thankfully, I have scrap paper that I could print the pattern onto, so I didn't have to kill another tree to make a shirt. However, I have to wait until I accumulate more scrap before I can print out another pattern. As an alternative, I've thought of cutting up pattern paper to 8.5x11 size, attaching those pieces one at a time to a regular piece of paper for printing, but I'm not feeling crazy enough.

There are no specific instructions on how to print out the pages either (stretch to fit or no?), so I printed them out as is. I'm a fairly careful, detail-oriented person, so I tried my best to get the pieces to match up. The small pieces that take up 1 or 2 sheets of paper usually work out fine, but getting the 4+ page pieces to line up properly was a nightmare.

Unless and until the publisher attaches actual patterns on pattern paper, I strenuously advice against buying this book. All the extra work assembling the pattern pieces is not worth it.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By N. Daniel on October 5, 2009
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I couldn't wait to get this book, and when it arrived, I was even more excited to realize I would actually wear 90% of the clothes in it! A couple of tips though:
The yardages are for 60", so keep that in mind when you are buying fabric!! I ran out once, and came very close a second time.

I have made two items so far (in a weekend!) and they are really cute! The biggest drawback is that you have to print the patterns out on 8.5"x11" paper and then piece it together before you can cut them out, which takes a lot of time, paper, ink, and TAPE!! Also, sometimes the paper "puzzle pieces" do not match up correctly. I found that cutting out pieces as you go helps with this. With that being said, I am having a great time, and once the patterns are put together and cut out, you won't have to do it again!

TWINKLE SEWS!!! PS. It also give tips as to where to buy fabric in some cities which led me to the most awesome fabric store in Atlanta!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By prudence rabbit on December 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love the styles in this book--they have unique details and contemporary shapes, unlike many of the patterns from the style vortex of the Big Four pattern companies. All up and coming hipster craftster fashionistas will adore the styles in this book.

However, the pattern presentation could use a little tweaking. Ok, a LOT of tweaking. Having to print off and tape together patterns is fine for online pattern shops ([...]), where the convenience of getting the pattern immediately balances out the inconvenience of wasting a bunch of time taping together patterns, but not for a physical book. Like the other reviewers, I'm puzzled by Potter Craft's choice to include a CD instead of paper patterns. Even a pattern sheet with all the patterns printed on top of each other in different colors would have been better than no pattern sheet at all. If sewing magazines like Burda World of Fashion (now BurdaStyle) can create a printed pattern sheet every month, then Potter Craft can certainly include printed patterns in a book.

Also, experienced sewists will find it insane that each pattern piece is drafted as the entire piece to be cut from the fabric. For example, the piece for the front of a shirt, which normal patterns would include as half of the front of the shirt (because both halves are identical), is included as one gigantic piece, making the patterns huge, unwieldy and inconvenient. In fact, most of the patterns require well over 50 pieces of printer paper.

In addition, neither the book nor the CD include the finished measurements of the garments or the amount of ease each pattern includes. Relying on a sizing chart alone can be a nightmare, as the other reviewer discovered.
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