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Just for You - Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers: 24 Simply Stylish Projects Paperback – December 7, 2014
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The projects within this 12-chapter book are part of a one-year selfish sewing challenge - each month, sew one thing for yourself. (BurdaStyle, Winter 2015)
The premise of this sewing book is simple: 24 patterns aimed at women who love to sew. Instead of presenting baby clothes or home furnishings, this volume gets right to what women would actually enjoy sewing – that is bags (the opening Sweetly Gathered Round Handbag is fashionable and simple); clothes (the quilting bee dress is a classic in the making, distinctively using quilting cottons); and accessories (a smartphone cozy that features a cute embroidered fox on the front). All of the designs come from the owners and contributors of the popular sewing blog SewCanShe. Like the website, everything here is bright, appealing, and just trendy enough. The book assumes a good grasp of sewing skills, although a latter chapter does explain more complicated techniques. Step-by-step photos throughout should help make up for pattern instructions that seem brief, and patterns are included (although not made available to reviewers). Although few sewists want to be known as "selfish," this book is going to make them act as if they are! Full-color photos, pattern pullouts. (Publishers Weekly, 8/18/14)
The layout of this book is clear and easy to follow. There are great shots of the finished items as well as very good step-by-step photos, making it really visually pleasing. The 34 projects are very usable, ranging from clothes to bags and other accessories and are divided between 12 chapters (one for each month of the year), so with a few hours here and there you could spice up your wardrobe in no time! Many designers contributed to the book, so each project has a distinctive style, with something for everyone. There are plenty of handy tips sprinkled throughout the text, plus a generous "Techniques You'll Use" section at the end of the book. It is hard to flick through the pages without wanting to make quite a few projects. Highly recommended. (Love Sewing Australia Magazine, January 2015)
From the Author
Hi! This is Caroline - one of the authors of Just for You. I am so excited to present this book filled with amazing sewing projects designed by many of my sewing and blogging besties! Seriously now, I could not believe how many uber-talented sewists offered to let me use their projects in this book. Each one is something that you will not see anywhere else. And each one is something that you will love to make and use. Visit my blog to see my versions of the projects and some reader versions too! Happy sewing!
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I love the pattern insert. The patterns are placed in a way that makes them easy to trace.
TIP: we don't cut these patterns out.That is why the pattern inserts in so many magazines and books are printed on both sides. It is a good idea to always have white tissue paper in your sewing area for tracing patterns. I just use white tissue wrapping paper.
(tip is for a reviewer that thought that we cut the pattern inserts and complained about them being printed on both sides)
The multi-sized patterns are very well printed. There is no confusion about which line to trace.
Most of the instructions are well written. I only found one that I thought was really vague.
I am a regular reader of the SewCanShe blog, so I believed that I would like the book.
Just Sew Sam