Can you believe it is a month (almost) since our last Sewing Book Club post? Time certainly flies when you are having fun sewing!
Now that the nights are growing longer, and the temperature’s cooler let’s look at this month’s books to snuggle up with…
School of Sewing: Learn it, Teach it, Sew Together by Shea Henderson
This book, as you can probably gage from the title, is aimed at beginners. Shea Henderson is an American pattern designer and magazine contributor and often teaches her friends to sew.
What we liked about this book, is that it covers all the basics, with simple projects to get you going. The book also includes trouble shooting, for all those pesky problems that pop up as you learn to sew. This could be a lovely present for anyone who is learning from scratch.
Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow by Betz White
This book is a great book for Autumn as it means you still have plenty of time to get the presents ready before the rush of the festive season descends. As a fabric shop, we probably should not say this… but one of the features of this book that we like is that it suggests how to use old pieces of fabric you may already have (such as old hand-me-downs). So if you have some fabric that has a special meaning to you, but you have not used/or clothes you cannot wear, you can now make it into something new.
We think that the cowl is the stand out project in this book, and is favourite among many of its readers. However the book does also incorporate gift ideas for men and children.
Create the Perfect Fit: Measuring and Pattern Fitting for Real Sewing Solutions by Joi Mahan
If you find muslin-making too time consuming or find it difficult to pin down a fitting buddy – this may be the book for you. Yes, there are plenty of books that focus on fitting out there, but this one does have a slightly different approach. You see, Joi does it slightly differently with the measurements and alterations being applied to the pattern.
The only downside to this book, is that it doesn’t cover all of the fitting problems you may encounter, though she does use real life case studies.
Sew Deadly (Southern Sewing Circle Mystery) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Ok… We are cheating a bit here… this isn’t a new release! We’re sorry! That said, if you’ve got a brew and the log fire a-burning it’s worth giving this book a try. It’s not a sewing book as such, you probably won’t find any tips in here; however it’s a good fiction read nonetheless.
It’s a crime fiction novel, involving Tori a New York ‘yankee’ who has moved to the South and is determined to win over the women her local sewing circle… and it is a good job she has too, as she soon comes to rely on them more than she could have imagined.
It is a page-turner, which also makes you want to do more hand-sewing!