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Sewn With Love: Classic Patterns for Children's Clothes and Accessories Paperback – December 21, 2010
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"The dresses are just lovely. Adorable!" - Kate Moss
"I love Their Nibs's clothes because they make little girls look like little girls." - Thandie Newton
"Is there any new parent who has not looked for the clothing of yesteryear to dress their newborn or toddler? This book has all the basics to create those clothing that are so sought after. I can see the patterns filling many baby shower gift needs as well as enhancing wardrobes of the many young children in our families." - Debbie Colgrove, About.com Guide to Sewing
"All patterns are charming and fashionably influenced by the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's." - Apron-icity
"Patterns in a more classic mode that make children look like children instead of tiny adult women. A fine array of traditional looks for toddlers and young children. Bell selected fabrics with a vintage ambiance so the designs in the book have an ageless 'feel' that channels the 1940s and 1950s." - Bangor Daily News
"A beautiful collection of classic children's clothes and accessories that anyone who loves to sew for little ones will adore. The styles are inspired by the classic designs of the 50s and 60s, and really are timeless." - FabTalk
"With a special little person in your life, whether your own or a grandchild, niece or nephew, this book is sure to entice you to make something mini. The styles and patterns address the idea of children dressing age appropriately, perhaps with a bit of nostalgia found with the full skirts, smocking, rickrack and other retro details." - Sewing.org
"I have to say, I love it. Not only are there beautiful dresses for little and big girls alike, there are practical and cute items for boys as well (and by that I mean, clothing that you can put on your little boy that they won't argue about wearing). To top it off, there are a number of unisex items included...a little something for everyone!" - Stacy Schlyer, StacySews.com
"My mother and I flipped through the book together, oohing and ahhing and sighing at each beautiful design. The proprotions, the details, the styling, even the fabric choices in her examples, are all spot on. These are the clothes that will never go out of style." - CraftGossip.com Sewing Guide
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I made the playsuit, and here are the issues I ran into:
1. This is a minor annoyance, but the seam allowance is only given on the pattern pieces. As in, you have to measure it on the pattern piece. Most of the time, the SA was 3/8", but there were a few pieces that had 1/4" SA. It would have been nice if the author had included this information in the instructions, or if she had a uniform SA for all pattern pieces. It would help avoid some confusion.
2. The patterns only call for one amount of fabric, no matter what size you plan on making. For example, the playsuit (which can be made in sizes ranging from newborn to 12-18 months) calls for 1 3/4 yards. A newborn size playsuit would not need nearly that much fabric! I easily could have used a half a yard less than what was called for. It ended up being good that I had that extra fabric though, because there was a mistake in the pattern, so I ended up having to cut out two new pieces. But this can be frustrating, especially if you're using expensive fabric.
3. And on that note, on the playsuit, the pocket placement on the pattern is upside down. I only realized this mistake after sewing on the pockets. I checked the pattern piece to see if it was my mistake or the pattern's, and it is most definitely wrong on the pattern. Not a huge deal, but after ripping the seams, I needed to cut out new pieces for the bottom front (because I could see the holes from where I picked the seams).
4. The instructions are less than desirable. I'm not the most experienced seamstress, but I have been sewing for a few years. I had to reread the instructions several times and visualize it in my head. Then I tried looking at the illustrations next to the instructions, which really weren't all that helpful. I had never made a button placket before, and the instructions for that were nonexistent. I eventually got tired of trying to figure it out and did my own thing.
Again, I went into this purchase knowing I'd be facing some issues. So that being said, I love the playsuit, and I will definitely be trying out other projects from this book (the Dirndl skirt is next on my list). I think this is a decent book -- as long as you know there WILL be issues to work around.
I can see a novice throwing in the towel and never sewing again if they are counting on the instructions given in this book.
They make no sense. Also, I hate that I used about 30+ sheets just for one dress. Even though the corners are numbered they still don't necessarily make sense. I guess I'm tough to please no matter what; I'll be irritated if I have to print the pattern out, I'm annoyed if I have to cut from the ultra-flimsy tissue paper.
But I made the purchase based on the lovely tulip-1950s throwback of a party dress. The directions are above average, though not as detailed as I would like, which would make it a little bit more difficult for a beginner.
However, after printing up the pattern pieces from my home printer, I had a very hard time lining them up accurately. The lack of specific directions about lining up the dots and lines and the inaccuracy of the pattern drafting were very frustrating. It seems as if no one actually printed out the patterns and then tried to piece them together.
There are many patterns I plan on making from this collection but I'm not looking forward to having to fudge the pattern pieces each time.