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Twinkle Sews: 25 Handmade Fashions from the Runway to Your Wardrobe Paperback – September 29, 2009
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to commanding the runway at New York’s Fashion Week. Her Twinkle line now includes ready-to-wear fashion, home
accessories, fine jewelry, and hand knitting yarn, available in 300 stores nationwide. She is also the author of Twinkle’s Big City Knits, Twinkle’s Weekend Knits, and Twinkle’s Town & Country Knits.
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You need 40+ sheets of paper to print out each pattern. Then, somehow you need to find space to lay out 40+ sheets of paper, tape them together, and then cut out the pieces. Thankfully, I have scrap paper that I could print the pattern onto, so I didn't have to kill another tree to make a shirt. However, I have to wait until I accumulate more scrap before I can print out another pattern. As an alternative, I've thought of cutting up pattern paper to 8.5x11 size, attaching those pieces one at a time to a regular piece of paper for printing, but I'm not feeling crazy enough.
There are no specific instructions on how to print out the pages either (stretch to fit or no?), so I printed them out as is. I'm a fairly careful, detail-oriented person, so I tried my best to get the pieces to match up. The small pieces that take up 1 or 2 sheets of paper usually work out fine, but getting the 4+ page pieces to line up properly was a nightmare.
Unless and until the publisher attaches actual patterns on pattern paper, I strenuously advice against buying this book. All the extra work assembling the pattern pieces is not worth it.
The yardages are for 60", so keep that in mind when you are buying fabric!! I ran out once, and came very close a second time.
I have made two items so far (in a weekend!) and they are really cute! The biggest drawback is that you have to print the patterns out on 8.5"x11" paper and then piece it together before you can cut them out, which takes a lot of time, paper, ink, and TAPE!! Also, sometimes the paper "puzzle pieces" do not match up correctly. I found that cutting out pieces as you go helps with this. With that being said, I am having a great time, and once the patterns are put together and cut out, you won't have to do it again!
TWINKLE SEWS!!! PS. It also give tips as to where to buy fabric in some cities which led me to the most awesome fabric store in Atlanta!
However, the pattern presentation could use a little tweaking. Ok, a LOT of tweaking. Having to print off and tape together patterns is fine for online pattern shops ([...]), where the convenience of getting the pattern immediately balances out the inconvenience of wasting a bunch of time taping together patterns, but not for a physical book. Like the other reviewers, I'm puzzled by Potter Craft's choice to include a CD instead of paper patterns. Even a pattern sheet with all the patterns printed on top of each other in different colors would have been better than no pattern sheet at all. If sewing magazines like Burda World of Fashion (now BurdaStyle) can create a printed pattern sheet every month, then Potter Craft can certainly include printed patterns in a book.
Also, experienced sewists will find it insane that each pattern piece is drafted as the entire piece to be cut from the fabric. For example, the piece for the front of a shirt, which normal patterns would include as half of the front of the shirt (because both halves are identical), is included as one gigantic piece, making the patterns huge, unwieldy and inconvenient. In fact, most of the patterns require well over 50 pieces of printer paper.
In addition, neither the book nor the CD include the finished measurements of the garments or the amount of ease each pattern includes. Relying on a sizing chart alone can be a nightmare, as the other reviewer discovered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book after reading great reviews. The styles were great. I don't mind taping together patterns to sew. The dress in the back cover is the one I sewed. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Ednna
This book is so awesome ..... It is very inspirational and instructions and pictures in this book are great....I feel that this book helps to promote my artistic side. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Arnalb
GREAT BOOK! I GIVE IT 5 STARS! The book was written really well, had really great photos, and I also LOVE that the book came with a cd of the patterns that I can print the patterns... Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Eva Sugai
Just love this book... beautiful pictures and easy to follow instructions. Great ideas to change a boring wardrobe into something more exciting.Published on December 23, 2012 by beri
The designs are beautiful. The cuts are ingenious. The patterns themselves are terrible.
First, the patterns are printed as a whole when most patterns are supposed to be... Read more
Some of the patterns seem to never go out of style while some of the patterns are a little outdated. Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
this is a handy book to have if you like sewing your own things but not if you are in a hurry and are looking for simple quick sew and wear.Published on April 10, 2012 by AA
I purchased this item as a x-mas present for my daughter. She raves about the designs and has already started sewing one of the skirts. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Grams
In order to print 1 pattern out i had to use 20 pieces of paper, then i had to cut and tape them all together. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Jpalagruto