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Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching (Weekend Craft) Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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About the Author
- ASIN : 1584796758
- Publisher : Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781584796756
- ISBN-13 : 978-1584796756
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 2.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 9 x 1 x 9.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honestly even in 2009 it would have been possible to reissue the patterns as pdfs. What about a retool of the book to fix the errors in the instructions.
I found errata in the wayback machine.
So a few things I notice - one is that the sizes for the adult clothing goes up to a 40 inch chest or so, so I am ruled out right away from making anything for myself. Ok, so then there are patterns for kids that I can make (I have a 6 year old boy and an almost 5 year old girl). So I started the flower girl dress after reading there was some errata on it and I cut the pieces out according to the errata and I attach the top to the skirt - call my daughter in for a fitting and voila! It DOESN'T FIT. There's no way she can get into the dress. I began to wonder how on earth they got the little girl in the pic in the book into hers! I can see the dress working with maybe a zipper in the back.
So, I chalk that up to experience and move on to the pajama bottoms for my son. Trace the pattern out, cut out the pieces and then start to sew and I called him in for a fitting and voila! It DOESN'T FIT! He can't even pull the thing up past his hips. I try not to be disheartened and call my daughter to fit it and she can get it up over her hips but of course now the waist is too big :( even if I pull the elastic in fairly tightly it will not look good.
Ok... the positive parts. I like the way the drawings are laid out - showing how to cut the material and the step by step instructions on how to assemble to garment is a plus (they can be a wee bit clearer at some points as it took rereading a few times to get some bits understood).
So... I'm thinking that a person experienced in all things sewing will be able to spot trouble early on and tweak the patterns and get a really nice end product. For someone like me or someone who has even less sewing experience this book will be a challenge.
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I have now made 4 items from Weekend Sewing, and am pretty pleased with the results. The book has some lovely casual "weekend" style clothes in there (3 dresses, blouse, tops, skirts, pyjamas ans also some children's clothes, plus accessories and things for the house)
Visually it is very good, great pictures and illustrations to show you how to do it. I have also refered to Heather Ross's weekend website for errata, plus the flickr site for other advice. Most people find the blouse is too short, so I added an extra 4" before I started with that, and it came out fine.
I would rate myself at a beyond beginner stage but still have a lot to learn, and this book is definitely helping me pick up new techniques. For the c£9 I paid for it, it is a bargain, plus all the pattern pieces are in the covers, all you need to do is trace them and you can get sewing.
(I would say the sizing is quite large, ie a small in this book would fit a UK 12, no problem if you are good at adapting patterns) The sizes, I think are for UK size 12-16/18.
I am pleased I have this book, I still have a few more things that I wish to make from it, so it's definitely good value for money.