Book Review: The Sewing Book

the sewing book       The Sewing Book by Alison Smith: If you are a beginner when it comes to sewing or even intermediate to advance then this is the book for you. This would probably be the first book I would recommend to anyone just starting out. The step by step pictures make it very easy to understand and follow. The only other book that comes as close to this one in terms of the clarity and quality of pictures are the Singer sewing books. But the one thing this book has over Singer are the step by step pictures.

the sewing book contents

This book is an updated version of The Complete Book Of Sewing. So if you have that book you see a lot reprinted items. All of the techniques are done over and the pictures are a bit bigger for clarity.

the complete book of sewing

the sewing book the complete book of sewing

the sewing book and complete book of sewing

Brief overview: The book contains basically the same sections you would see in general sewing techniques book, sewing equipment, fabrics, patterns, and it goes into the techniques and also has a few projects at the end. The techniques are grouped according to garment sections. For example shaping is all grouped together, this includes darts, tucks, pleats, and gathers. There is also some fitting and tailoring included.

I have a lot of general sewing books but this book is one of some that I really like. As I said before the clear step by step photos making very easy to understand and follow.The only illustrations are showing examples of the variety items in a garment, for example different types of cuffs, different types of darts and so on. Also each technique is rated according to its level of difficulty. And another thing I find interesting but I don’t know how useful it is, is the color coordination that is going on. If the book section is pink then all of techniques are shown on garments that are pink

the sewing book sleeves

The projects section is a nice touch that I don’t find in a lot sewing books. Most of the time you need to buy the patterns as extra. There are a total of 18 sewing projects and just like the techniques they are rated according to difficulty and it list what techniques are used to complete the project.

the sewing book bag project

the sewing book directory

If you’re looking for a sewing book that will teach you the basic, easy to understand and follow even if you are beyond the basics then this would be one book I would recommend.

until next time, happy sewing

 

Blog and/or Instagram

Blog and or Instagram

Blogging is not dead. At least not for me not yet, but it has  been a raging internal debate with myself, should I continue to blog when most people love to be able to visit regularly and get updates or just to see what is new. On the other hand instagramming has been a bit easier for me. So do I continue to enjoy the ease and quickness of Instagram and give up blogging or do both? Not an easy question for me.

Nothing beats a failure but a try

Today is the first day of two contest I am hoping to enter and finish over at Patternreview and I want to use only me made patterns in addition to the two skirt patterns I’m already working on. Which means getting on the computer is not going to happen very often which equals no blogging. On the other hand snapping a pic of what I’m working on adding a caption and hashtags is so much more realistic.

work in progress

At this point I think I’m going to try to continue to do both. A work in progress pic is nice for every now and then, but a full on out-and-out showing and telling I think is better suited to a blog post. I have also planned a few blog post and I have given some months a theme so with this I’m optimistic things won’t be as quite around here and if they do you can always check me out on Instgram.

How about you have you moved from blogging to another form of social media because of the ease?

Pinterest Red Dress

I’m still not sure what I’m going to do for the contest just yet and I need to get on the ball since the start date is only a few days away. I decided to put together a pinterest board of some ideas, now not all of the dresses are red, some just have a detail about them I just really like and maybe might include in my design. Here is a preview, I’m still working (pinning) on it so it still a work in progress but do follow along.
Follow Secret Garden's board Red Dress Ideas on Pinterest.

And until next time, happy sewing…