Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 Sewing Book Review

Some of my favorite craft and sewing books for 2013.....

The Colette Sewing Handbook by Sarai Mitnik

We are very excited to get started on some great projects in the New Year.  I keep these books around for my students to use when they need inspiration, or can't figure out what to make next.
Student Megan Broudy will be working on the Truffle Dress from the Colette pattern book and student (also guest blogger) Maya Young has been finishing up a hand sewn tank top out of the Alabama Studio Sewing  and Design Book.  Both really impressive as they are only 13 years old.

The Colette Sewing Handbook by Sarai Mitnik  has 5 patterns for very sweet dresses, skirts and a blouse.  Along with that it has wonderful sewing directions for the basics.  The photographs are lovely as well and I would highly recommend it as a companion for the beginning sewer.
The Colette patterns are very nice in general.  I might see if I can get some in the shop next year.  If you get a chance, check out the website: http:  //

Alabama Studio Sewing and Design, Alabama Studio Style and Alabama Stitch Book  by Natalie Chanin are a different animal all together.  Geared toward a certain aesthetic, each project in the books are supposed to be constructed by hand.  Not just hand made, but actually sewn with a needle and thread, sans machine.   For the patient hand sewer, the results of the projects are amazing and will really last a long time.  The techniques shown in the book are meticulously illustrated and described.  I'm addicted to just reading them and have only ventured into the smallest of projects, myself.

I'll update the blog with the finished projects by both girls as they complete them.

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