| Image source Delia cropped jacket form the book|
The target audience for this book are the enthusiastic home sewers with their skill level being basic. Also to someone who wants build aka sew a mini wardrobe(excluding a pant)! How cool is that. You can look through the book here and purchase it from here.
The Book Contents: The first chapter talks about what are pre-requisites before attempting any project in the book. There is information on tools required, different types of fabrics, little bit tips on making muslin, basic sewing techniques(darts, finishing edges so on). I read through and found it useful.
The next six chapters are devoted to making of the garments. There are six patterns that accompany this book in a CD(more details below). As you can see on the cover there is a tank top, a skirt, a dress, cardigan / jacket, coat pattern. Each on comes with six simple variations to create 36 different looks. You can also make a beret, sun hat, cap, tote bag from the accessory section.he styles are easy so no need to fret. Not much of zippered closures and lined bodices in there.
These chapters are very well organized. You simply need not flip back and forth through pages while making a project. There are clever suggestions for each pattern , on how to get a different look using different fabrics and prints. I love these pages. This is why I said that we can build a mini wardrobe.
The book has glossy pages and one picture of a cheerful model wearing the finished garment for each style. It is compact though it has 310 pages!Good production by workman publishing.
|The sleeves are kind of big on me right !|
About the project I made: Since I am some sort of a advanced-basic (hope this oxymoron makes sense LOL) sewer. I decided to try out a jacket pattern. Because in the field of outerwear I am having zero experience. The cardigan pattern can be transformed into 2 jacket patterns, 'The Delia' - an unlined cropped version. And 'The Dorothy'- unlined jacket with collar and pockets. The 3rd and the 4th jackets on the Cover picture.
I made the Delia and added the collar of Dorothy. I used woven cotton with chevron print. I don't care if chevrons are not in vogue now. I liked it I bought it!
The fit and instructions: I chose the size S. The finished measurements are mentioned in the book.So I figured that the jacked would have about 7 inches ease on me. And the finished jacked measures exactly same(cool). The pattern itself is very well made. No problems while sewing the pieces together. I had to reduce the collar size as it was too big on me. The instructions were very detailed and helpful. I had no difficulties. This has booted my confidence to make more outerwear:) I feel mu hands are too tiny and the sleeves look big on me. So I prefer pushing up the sleeves(as in most pics)
|Back view with darts. I managed to match the chevron properly at the colar.|
I feel that more than 25 designs in the book fit well into my wardrobe and dressing style.This is a good addition to my Sew Book inspired series.I am going to make more from the other patterns in this book. Did you like my jacket? Do let me know in the comments, I appreciate it very much.