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Carefree Clothes for Girls: 20 Patterns for Outdoor Frocks, Playdate Dresses, and More (Make Good: Crafts + Life) Paperback – October 13, 2009
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So far, I've made one thing, the bag, which doesn't have any pattern pieces, just measurements. The instructions are not good. One step is impossible unless you rip out some of what you've already done. I followed the instructions meticulously for the purposes of this review and was not impressed. I'm a fairly experienced seamstress and I've sewn a lot of bags, and I cannot fathom why anyone would put a bag together the way you're told to in this book. I felt like I was following the instructions of a six-year-old beginning seamstress. And the finished product looks like a six-year-old beginning seamstress made it. I deliberately followed the instructions so that I could see how the bag looked in real life (and, like I said, for this review), as opposed to cutesy-photos in a book. It's as, um, 'homemade' as I thought it would look. My three-year old likes it, though. It's her new library book bag. I'll definitely use these measurements to make another bag, but I'll put it together the RIGHT way and I won't leave any raw edges showing.
I'm probably going to make a few projects in this book, but I'm not going to follow the instructions.Read more ›
The book stresses that these garments are not supposed to have seriously ironed crispness - part of the charm and beauty of them is the inherent texture of the fabrics. I have never had to iron the things I made for my daughter. I purchased a bunch of little remnants of natural fabrics, and after washing and drying as above, you know your fabrics pretty well. Some fibers will completely crumple up and stay crumpled - don't make clothes out of these unless you WANT to iron them. Others will unrumple in a hot dryer if removed promptly, and they will keep their texture without being deformed beyond wearability. There are some remnants I chose not to sew with after washing/drying them because they were intractable.
The clothes are simple, boxy, untailored, loose-fitting - perfect for an active little girl. Some people (some of my friends even) did not like the designs because of the boxy look, but I think it is a really beautiful, sweet, natural look for a girl, and is a welcome contrast to the kind of...uhhh...MATURE-looking clothes you see in stores.Read more ›
Not everyone will agree with that assessment. If you love french seams, dart fitting, couture techniques and heirloom quality sewing for girls, this is not the book for you.
If you like simple shapes, fun and irregular details and dresses that you won't mind getting dirty, this might be a great book for you.
It has 20 projects, and full sized patterns in the back under the flap for all but 2 of them. Unfortunately, my daughter is too big for those projects, but the simple lines are easy to size up for her (or yay! for me!) and some of the details and effects used in the garments can be used in other commercial projects.
Unfinished hems left to softly fray, scraps of lace and old doilies are all used to wonderful advantage here. The look is decidedly homemade. It's a very earthy, comfortable look. I was thrilled going through the book, bookmarking dresses that had details that I want to use in sewing for myself. It's patches and buttons, and reminds me of a favorite old stuffed animal or possibly a sweater you won't give up even after it's all darns and stitched up tears.
Which is why I say this book isn't for everyone. Some people prefer a very finished look. My favorite piece in the whole book was a Cinderella style, pretty fitted dress with mismatched buttons up the back. My daughter loved the whole book. It's inspirational.
Full size patterns in the back including an smock type apron that buttons in the back, a few adorable dresses, a chemise, a tunic and pants. Instructions for some accessories like hats and a patchwork scarf that would be perfect for fall.
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I was so happy that the patterns were included and intact! thank you!Published 16 months ago by Du. Fisher
I have yet to make anything from this book. I keep looking through it, but the shapes and looks would look really strange together with my childrens other clothes, so I end up... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Helle Haugenes
This is a lovely book to have for both beginners and advanced sewers. It's one that you will often go back to, the designs are so versatile and just lovely.Published on February 8, 2013 by Miss Sharon I Gaston
I love the simplicity and the pdf downloads!
I purchased this book because it looked like most of the patterns are for young girl clothes with classic shapes that, when... Read more
I've loved this book from the second I got it. I reference it frequently, whether I'm using the patterns or just the photos and styling for inspiration. Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Jessica K. Olds
I am the mom of a 3 month old, yes she's only three months, but I am la ready worried about how to dress her and boost her self esteem in a world were billboards and music videos... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Alexis Fogg
I am under the impression that this book is supposed to have patterns in it. Is that not correct. There are not. There are pictures of pattern pieces in the Make it section. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book has my biggest pet peeve in sewing books which is beautiful lush photos which do not really show the cut of the garments. Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by littlecatland