Top critical review
Good techniques, but not my style
on December 19, 2015
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 instructions. And there are a lot of instructions, the outside half of every page includes clear, visual instructions which guide you step by step through what you need to do. This is especially helpful for folks who haven't sewn before. For those same sewers she breaks the bags into Simple, Intermediate, and Challenging bags. It looks to me like any sewer could take on the simple bags. Some of the more difficult bags still have simple sewing techniques but include many more pieces, hardware and maybe zippers. In the introduction, she gets you ready to sew by discussing inter facings, sewing techniques, and she has instructions for things I have not seen in other bag books, such as grommets and straps.
So why only 3 stars? Her bags are, well, ugly. They look awkwardly home made and to me they're just not stylish, they're boxy, none of them are slouchy or trendy. And I wouldn't use one of the fabrics she has chosen. If I'm going to take so much effort to sew a bag, I want it to look fabulous. I bought the book used for a couple of bucks, for that some of the technical information makes it worth the price.