Sewing Book Review – Making A Complete Wardrobe From 4 Basic Patterns

wardrobe with 4 basic patterns book   Since I posted this on my Instagram account that I had two of these books, I decided to review them for today’s post.

I first found out about this book a few years ago on the Sewing Plum blog. It peaked my interest when she mentioned that Rusty says that you can use one top pattern and making into 6 different items a pullover, a button down shirt, a vest, a dress, jacket, and a coat. I would think that if you’re into layering then at some point there would be some bunching around the sleeves but then again this is the 80s were oversize was the norm. But any book that shows and tells how to maximize with minimal patterns, I’m on it, I just love the idea.

 making a wardrobe

Ms. Rusty  does very well explaining just how to make many other items using just four base patterns. The styles are a bit out of date but the information I believe can still be applied to any modern pattern. There no pictures only black and white illustrations and no many at that. She shows you how to draft patterns for a pullover top, dirndl skirt, circle skirt, and pants, and then how to make a few variations on each. drafting the pullover

The book is not very thick with only 158 pages and can be found online pretty cheap.

making a wardrobe of skirts


While the styles in the book are not my taste, the ideas can still be applied to any modern pattern with just a few adjustments. I think a book like this is something that is still very much needed in 2016 with the slow fashion movement taking off and with our busy lives, having a few tried and tested patterns that can be used to make an entire wardrobe. It is not a must have book but it would make a nice addition to a sewing library.

making a complete wardrobe from 4 basic patterns

Until next time, happy sewing…

My Sewing Studio Tour……FINALLY (Pic Heavy)

So this post has only been 5 months in the making, but at least now it is here. It seems that sewing spaces have been trending these past few weeks. Tilly over at TATB just featured a third sewing space, Curvy Sewing Collective showcased their second space, and Rhonda over at Rhonda’s Creative Life is presenting some sewing room inspiration as she organizes her own space, so seemed like perfect timing for me.

SG Studio 1

About my space: It seems to have been either the owner’s or the previous tenet’s child’s bedroom. The walls are green, yellow, red, and blue. The room has two entryways with a Dr. Seuss saying above each, I blocked off the one coming the hallway and the other leads right into my bedroom, this has cut down on a lot of interruptions from my kids. The closet holds tubs with my fabric until I can find some shelving for them. The only addition I would like to add is maybe something to walls, other than that I’m very happy with my space. I may not have the fancy dancy sewing space that gets one’s room featured or pinned a hundred times but I have been blessed through all of our travels and moving I have almost always had a dedicated spaced that worker for me.

SG Studio 2

The view from my bedroom doorway

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The sewing machine to the left of my serger/overlocker is my daughter’s.

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I have two ironing boards, the table top one I just got about two weeks ago from a used furniture store. I have not used it yet but I plan to use on pressing smaller things so I don’t always have to set up the bigger one.

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Bolt of muslin and a old dry erase board from homeschooling last year. I use for keeping trying of my ‘to do’ list and other plans. Right now it is turned around as to not give a way some future plans.

SG Studio 12

If you look to the lower right hand corner you can see my DH’s desk but he doesn’t use it a whole lot. I use the white table seen in the first picture as a desk.

SG Studio 13

Doorway to my bedroom with hanging mirror.

SG Studio 14

This is how I normally work, with my table up against the bookcases. I pull it out only when I need to get a book or I am cutting out fabric.

SGS Blue

Some of the letters are missing but it says “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind won’t matter and, Those who matter won’t mind. -Dr. Seuss

SGS Yellow

A nice reminder for the young and old

Until next time, happy sewing…

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