Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Sew Serendipity Book Review
This photograph alone was all it took for me to become fixated on the imminent publication date of Sew Serendipity.And it is finally here.
The book is incredibly well written and very inclusive - this is not a one pattern fits all book: it offers so many hints and tips about how to tailor the patterns to fit your own unique figure, and includes a variety of body shapes on which to model the clothes. The instructions are clear and well illustrated, with every single diagram having been hand-drawn by Kay Whitt herself, which must have been a staggering amount of work, but it means that nothing has got lost in translation. It covers everything you'd need to know from installing invisible zippers to creating facings.
The only thing that I was less keen on was the quilting-weight cottons that many of the clothing samples had been made up in. While I think that this can work well for children's clothing, where the fabric standing away from the body a little only adds to the sweetness, I'm not convinced that it works for adult clothing...actually, that's an understatement, I actually think that quilting weight fabric should be banned when it comes to apparel for grown-ups...extreme, moi? I always feel that it doesn't drape or flatter in the way that it needs to, and I'm drawn towards thinking that there's a good reason why shops don't make up clothing in quilting-weight cotton (you can read more on my thoughts about dressmaking with quilting fabrics here). So for some of the patterns in the book where the illustration looks gorgeous (see below), I don't think it translates so well once made up as a garment, which is such a shame, because every single one of the designs is lovely.