Sewing World Magazine REVIEW July 2013

Hello there

If your looking for The Big Solely Sewing Pattern Swap head on over here!

I recently answered a call out for reviewers for

SEWING WORLD

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I personally have never bought this mag before, on first glance I think it seems a little generic, old fashioned even….. BUT don’t let the font of the title put you off!

This magazine comes with Full sized pull out patterns, For me this is massive…. I do have a printer/photocopier BUT it’s not playing ball with me ATM, so I have to head to the library and then tape, tape, tape!

There are three main sections they include, REGULARS, TECHNIQUES & FEATURES and lastly MAKES. I Enjoyed reading the breaking news, This is where I found out about LOOKWHATIVEMADE.com A fab place to go show of your finished projects!

There is a Masterclass segment too, this is a step by step guide and the pattern for this month is a princess seam dress… This is found in the pull out and all at 100% too!! I would say the pattern is for a size 12-18 and as much as it a masterclass on altering patterns to improve fit, Being an 8 would be quite the alteration!

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The makes this month are Pippi Doll, she’s a real cutie Designed by Helen Philipps, Very Voile top Designed by Kate Youdale, Her site is full of beautiful dresses too! Rainbow Edge Quilt Designed Jenna Excell. Uptown Tote Designed by Susan Dunlop, Which I adore…. I will be making this later!! Flowers Galore Designed by Joan Herrington who runs a patchwork and quilting shop in wellington, I love these they would look fab in a wee girls room too ! Housey Housey designed by Diana Sanderson who runs a sewing workshops. Roll and Ruffle Skirt Designed by Elaine Schmidt, Sand Sea and Sunglasses Designed Helen Dickson and The Flowers Are out Designed by Gilda Baron. I have saved the best till last though

Classy cover Designed by Annie Henderson. Contact number 01432 820125

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I have started this project already…. I just have to choose some lovely fabric!

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I’ll keep you posted!!

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The Features section was really interesting, there’s a showcase of lovely summer sewing patterns, a 2 page spread with Charlotte Hintzen of BY HAND – LONDON I have to say I do love their Victoria Blazer. There is also a fab write up by our very own Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory, Men Who Sew I have to say I very much enjoyed it!

There is also a segment Readers Market, this is a page filled with lots of goodies for sale/wanted…. I think this is a really different, I’ve never seen it anywhere else!! Just to add you can list things there for free!!

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So what can I say about this magazine….. Well I found myself at the newsagents just a couple of days ago, and yes I did buy Augusts issue!! There is a lovely Camera Bag & The Sweetest Jacket too. In this issue there is something for the little guys in your life, The Cutest hat with fab peak!!

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Basically I think it’s a fab magazine, The only real downfall for me is the pattern sizes! I reckon in the future I would defo buy it for the sewing projects… I mean how many magazines give you full sized patterns!!

Traci

How 2 sew patchwork?!?!?!

So here we have it folk’s the last installment to the David & Charles sew series
Patchwork is my new found friend, we are new friends but friends all the same! My first bad with patchwork is I don’t wash the fabric….. If I’m honest I don’t wash ANY fabrics! But for quilting I think it’s more a preference to the sewer?!?There are fab tips on ironing,  pressing seams and cutting triangles too. The 1st of 3 projects actually made my stomach flip! No really BUT I have to say purple does that too me! This book shows you what is do-able, even to the newbie, and it there really is wow factor. The next project is a great stash buster, that the kid’s will love… See the pigs above I mean cute or what! Once again templates are provided, so your good to go! The last project may seem scary, a backpack, but I reckon the earlier you are introduced to the zipper the better, saves you getting the fear! I am only just getting over!

So in conclusion for me the
How To Sew Series By David and Charles.

The books as a series, for me have been a good read, I think anybody looking to get in to sewing would thoroughly enjoy these books, and as a person who sews already I got a couple of tips too.  Another bonus for me is that I am a hoarder of books. I now think that E-books have a place in my life, I mean I don’t need to have every book on my shelve now do I! Also there is the pollution/waste issue too….. I mean all the P&P and the delivering. I am in no way saying I will never buy a book again, just that my eyes have been opened and there is space for a E-book or 2!!

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
This book

Traci

How 2 machine sew?!?!?

So here is my 3rd review of the sew series from David & Charles


So were at the stage in the series where, the sewing machine is being investigated and used…. Still at this stage there should be no need to own a machine, maybe there is someone you can borrow it from?? Maybe the person who got you interested in the first place!

The first thing that this book this book made me do was….. Smile… It talks of sewing with no thread and on lined paper! I remember hearing such words and laughing it off! To say i wasted a lot of fabric trying to sew in straight lines is every much a understatement!

This book has a clear set of tips from pining, seams to stitches. There are also 3 patterns in this installment, first is a super cute and easy to make bag, the above pictured scatter cushion which i think is lush….. BUT i have to wait, till my wee ones are a bit older for such loveliness as it would never last! Now the last project calls out to the hippie in me, it’s a light weight pocket blind, and very easily made and i reckon i would have a crystal in every pocket, to create clam. I think you could also use this as a replacement to a bead curtain in a door way.

This book has a lot to offer and further entices the reader to sew, another great part to this series!

Book 1
Book 2
this book
Book 4
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how 2 applique?!?!?!!?!?

Hello there,
So I’m back with the second review of David & Charles how to sew series


Applique french verb “apply”

This was like having my own teacher, it has step by step instructions for using bondaweb/wondaweb & has a few tip’s along the way too.

I love that this book gives you the instructions for hand stitching not just machine stitching, so if your still on the fence this book offer’s a dip! Before you decide (which you will) to get a sewing machine.

There are a a few easy to use templates you can use to say, jazz up a bag or cover a hole in your wee one’s jacket or jeans. Now if you don’t just love the bunting project in this book then your a lost cause, but that’s just me! Yeah yeah i know, it’s all about the stash you have but this inspires. The last project is a really cute laundry bag, it has all the templates at the back of the book again, i think i might just be making this for my friend Andygirl, she always need’s a hand in that area!

I enjoyed reading this book, and i think it’s great there are templates, so you can start on something straightaway. Knowing blanket stitch is the only thing you need to get on with your projects. And to my surprise there was suppliers to not only for UK but the US too.

I have the other 2 reviews ready to be typed up but that’s on tomorrow’s list!

Book 1

This book
Book 3
Book 4
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How 2 sew?!?!?!?

So a question for you…..
What do you think of E-Book’s? Do they muster much though?
For me if I’m honest, they have never mustered a though….
So this book gave me a surprise,

As I said above this book gave me a surprise, being that it was my first E-Book. The first thing I liked about this book was it’s talk of recycling, I’m all for such thinking. The book also give’s the new sewer a insight in to interfacing, I only found about at a later stage of my sewing day’s! There is a comprehensive write up on fabric types, seam allowance’s & washing of said fabric’s.

This book has a basic sewing kit must have…. as ever i approach such a page with caution but to my surprise, i actually agree with 10 of the 12 listed, and I wholeheartedly agree with the need for a excellent iron and iron board… This is one thing I learned after a few sewing mishaps.

All in all I found this E-book to be a great book for “getting started in the world of sewing “. And by no mean’s solely for the machine sewer!

I have to say, this could be a contender for the Xmas list of any budding sewer.
Please do watch this space as there are 4 book’s within this series, and I will have a write up AKA review in the next couple of day’s….. You might even get a PDF sneak peek if I can work out how to work the thing!!!!

This book
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4

Traci