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Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight Paperback – July 19, 2011
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"Like a fun and patient teacher, Brett Bara guides readers through both sewing basics and more advanced skills without any of it seeming intimidating at all." --Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch'n'Bitch series
"Sewing in a Straight Line opens up unlimited creative possibilities. Now even with basic sewing skills, I can show off my personal style." --Christina Batch-Lee, Etsy.com
"This is everything (and more) a novice sewer could hope for in a book. From a refresher in the basics to beautiful projects, Brett reminds us that gorgeous clothing and decorations don't require years of experience."--Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge
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I like that the projects are simple, but look cool and cover a smattering of project types from clothes and accessories to home to gifts. And everything relies on your own measurements - so not only could you easily adjust things to be however big or small you wanted, the clothes can be made for anyone, which is refreshing. This weekend, I'm going to put aside the aforementioned quilt to make the purse - with a few modifications to suit my style. That's one of the things I like the most - I feel like this book is a great jumping off point for many ideas and every project leaves a lot of room for you to customize however you like.
Another plus - the directions seem very clearly written and I think the diagrams are helpful. I've read the directions for each project and have been able to clearly see in my mind how the item is constructed. I haven't found any directions that left me scratching my head in confusion.
I think this is a perfect book for a beginner because you can have fun, immediate success. That's what you need when you get started sewing (at least I did). This book is also probably really great for anybody who needs a shot of inspiration like I did. I'm really glad I picked up this book!
The one hour skirt looks nice and easy, I've done similar skirts and love them. This book does show you how to do a french seam, which I didn't know about, I always just zig zag stitched after straight stitched to avoid freying. The French Seam is much more professional looking, I would think. This skirt would be a great first project for a beginner. The cardi would be a great second project.