SEW... The Garment –Making Book of Knowledge
Real-Life Lessons from a Serial Sewist
I think the book is particularly suited to someone who has got a sewing machine, attended some sewing classes, made a few garments but wants to know what they could do next. However I’ve been sewing (mostly self taught) for about 30 years and have learned some new tricks from this, as well as been reminded of some other stuff I had forgotten I knew. I wish something like this had been available in the past as it probably would have helped avoid some of my more disastrous sewing projects!
I felt very affirmed by the book. Barbara offers all sorts of helpful tips, but also encourages us to find a way and style of sewing that works for each of us. I’m pretty sure this is the only sewing book I own which has a chapter called ‘Sewing For Joy’ (Chapter 9 if you are interested). And for me sewing is a joy (as long as I get to choose my own projects and timeframes).
This book is therefore so much more than a collection of tips for improving your sewing, more like a wise sewing friend (or auntie) being by your side with some suggestions. You can try them, or go your own way, but at least you got the information.
Here’s some of the bits I liked best this week (I might pick other favourites on a different occasion as there are many goodies to choose from.)
Top Right - from Chapter 3 'Finding the Right Pattern' on how to do an easy zippered pocket (I'm going to try this and will share it with you when I do!)
Bottom Left - Chapter 4 'If it fits, they will wear it', looking at the detailed Personal Measurement Chart, which has adjustment hints as well (with page numbers)
Bottom Right - Chapter 6 'Choosing and cutting fabric', Mini Lessons on cutting striped fabric (which I used on my previous project and a very clever piece on matching print motifs.
Barbara walks the sewist through the process from determining what garments to sew to fit with your lifestyle and wardrobe, (something I struggled with for years), choosing and fitting patterns (ongoing frustration), fabric, equipment, (I really must get me some duck billed scizzors) and then your strategy for sewing for joy going forwards.
For some reason the publisher didn't include an Index, so if you want to find which page has the handy tip on a full tummy alteration you have to do a bit of work with the index and flipping through the chapters to find it (it is on page 114 btw), however the more I read and re-read the book, the more familiar I am with the different sections and their contents.
C&T Publishing have offered to give away an eBook copy of the book to one of the readers of SewRuthieStyle. If you’d like to enter please leave a comment about how sewing brings you joy, and I'll draw a name on Thursday 9th August.
The blog tour schedule is as follows:
- 8/1 C&T Publishing
- 8/2 Couture et Tricot (Tany)
- 8/3 Two On Two Off (Dawn)
- 8/4 Thornberry (Lara)
- 8/5 SewRuthieStyle (Ruthie aka me)
- 8/6 Sewing on the Edge (Barbara Emodi)
Please do have a read of the other reviews for a different perspective.
Although Barbara has targeted her book towards the beginning sewer (who will find it immensely helpful) it is also invaluable to those who have been sewing a bit longer. I'm hugely grateful for Barbara for putting all those thoughts into a book. When the thread breaks late at night and I stop sewing before I make it worse, I spend 5 minutes with a cup of tea and SEW.. and know it'll all be OK tomorrow.
The winner was Lyn J. Please email me so I can arrnage for you to get the ebook.