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Beautiful Pictures...practical application, not so much...
on December 23, 2010
I will start off by saying the good. First, the pictures in this book are fabulous. The color combinations tend to be soothing and sweet. The directions are simple and easy to follow. (And on a side note, there is a picture of a dress on page 12 that I wish I owned a hundred of and could wear everyday!)
Now...the rest. I would say that the best project in the book (for me anyway) was the doll pictured on the front cover. It was cute and easily adaptable. You could make a wide array of variations of this doll in a short amount of time. I can honestly say that I would make this doll as is with no significant change in what the author has done. It is the only project about which I could say that. A good portion of the projects include using printable fabric...this is something I am just not interested in...(I recognize it is just a matter of taste, but since its my review I am allowed to say that it just does not please my palate...)
Some of the projects feature good ideas, such as an embroidered onesie. However, the author suggests that it could only be used as a display piece. And her version, because of the method used should be only for display. However, there are other methods that could be employed enabling you to actually clothe a child with the onesie!
In the same vein, another of the projects is a growth chart in which she sews a cheap tape measure to the fabric pattern. In my eyes, if you are making something as a keepsake, you could take a little extra time and do some simple embroidery lines to mark off inches. The method used in the book looks so tacky! I would think even a novice sewer would be embarassed to give this as a gift (or keep it for personal use for that matter).
Finally, I just fail to see the point in some of the projects which can be cute in theory, but in practice, should you really buy a book for them? An example of this is the sleepover pillowcase, in which you are shown how to make the pillow case (an extremely simple sewing project), and then instructed to write out your home phone number on it (in rickrack) in case it would be left behind at a sleepover.
I don't think I have ever given a bad review to a book, and I don't suppose that a three star review is really terrible, but it is for me. I really gave it one star for the pictures, and one star for the ease of instructions should you be inclined to do any of the projects. So really, I suppose this is, for my purposes, a one star book. Sorry.