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Making Leather Handbags and Other Stylish Accessories Paperback – October 1, 2004
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If you already know how to work with leather, this book may not be what you're looking for, but for a beginner, it's a great start.
The step-by-step explanations were almost entirely in semi-cartoon-y illustrations, not photos of each step. While illustrations can be fine in a sewing book, I found these less than clear because of the water-colors that were often dark and covered essential stitching details and it seemed like some steps had no illustrations at all (but needed them).
The book did include some patterns in the back, but they wouldn't be worth buying this book to get them -- they were basic and they were printed on BOTH sides (with different patterns) so you'd have to copy them before using them.
I'm an experienced sewist and patternmaker who is just starting to work with leather and wanted good reference books for my shelf, but this book won't be staying on my shelf -- it's going to be sent out for donation. There are much better books out there for making leather bags/accessories -- I wouldn't recommend this one.
When I looked at the patterns included to make the items I found that the directions say to enlarge the pattern but not to what size? Nor were any final dimensions for the items shown given. Yes, you can enlarge them to whatever size you want but it would be nice to have an idea so you know where to start from. Otherwise what is the point of telling me I need 3 ft of leather, six inches of this, 2 feet of that if I have no idea what size pattern they are using?
I did like the style of three purses in this book. I got the book used and paid less than $9 with shipping but would want my money back if I paid more than that for it.