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Sew Serendipity Bags: Fresh and Pretty Projects to Sew and Love Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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I just received Sew Serendipity bags and felt a bit uncomfortable perusing it. You still get a lot of projects, explanations and illustrations detailing them. However, there are very few pictures of the finished bags.
A bag is not a garment. If you see one or two pictures of a skirt or a blouse, you will get a very good idea of what they are all about.
The same is not true for a bag. You want to see the front, yes, but I'd also like to see what it looks like inside, how the divisions are, how it looks from the side... It's difficult for me to cut fabric to prepare something I'm not exactly sure what will look like in the end.
I still recommend getting the book. Kay's designs are great, and she's amazing at explaining how to do it. However, it would be great if a next edition could have more pictures.
It contains projects I want to make..in fact, I want them all!
The book has clear instructions AND clear diagrams for completing the projects. There is a diagram in the intro dealing with making adjustable straps that made me say, "Thank you!" when I saw it!
Beyond the Introduction are sections titled, "Simple Bags" (4, with multiple variation ideas/directions), "Intermediate Bags" (5 bags with many variations), and "Challenging Bags" (3 -- convertible backpack, multiple-tasker bag, and a great laptop messenger bag.)
The photographs are bright, colorful, and inspiring.
The first bag I want to make is the Lunch Bucket Tote. As I make it I will appreciate the spiral binding that allows the book to lie open as I consult it while working.
With this book in your possession you really will be inspired and empowered to create some new cherished bags!
That said, if you can get through the directions, you will end up with professional looking and sturdy results.
the interfacing. Some instructions tell you on the pattern to cut two peltex pieces for the bag sides but forgets to tell you, you will be needing 35 inches X 4 inches from a one yard piece that you just cut two sides out on, beware it doesn't tell you this until page 4 of the instructions. I've been sewing bags from this book with several friends and everyone has been frustrated. We are all experienced with sewing purses.
If you love the bags be warned, some real proofing was needed on this book. I have been underlining and highlighting and still can't get all the pieces correct on the latest bag. (Can you tell I'm in the middle of a bag now & very unhappy?) You will have to make up for the problems you encounter and you will most likely get a bag you like because they are so cute, if you can stand the poor arrangement of info.
May I suggest 'Bags with style' by Stephanie Kimura and 'Handmade Embroidered bags' by Jenny Rolfe. Both books are well arranged and fun to sew from.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bags look pretty in photos. But, instructions are unnecessarily difficult. too much reliance on bias binding.
Bias binding everywhere. Read more
I love this. This wasn't what I was expecting. This is way better than what I thought it would be. I highly recommend itPublished 3 months ago by Sheila Kovach
This book has a lot to recommend it. It is a large, hardcover book that is spiral bound. Spiral binding is a real plus when sewing, as you can lay the book open to follow the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by elaine
I love this book, it comes with patterns, and has a spiral binder so you can keep it open while you work.
And the designs are very cute !!
pleased that I ordered this very nice totes bags great instructions and patterns great price and great deal. Add this one with your sewing library you will be happyPublished 10 months ago by rpmt