File Size: 61198 KB
Print Length: 176 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC; Csm edition (September 23, 2014)
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
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I received this book today and was immediately drawn to the bright hard cover tied with a pink bow. On first look through I love the envelope in the front for the patterns. Very convenient. The pictures and fabrics are all really bright and girly. There is a very comprehensive how-to section and all the projects seem to be beginner oriented. All of the directions have lots of visuals and nice step by step directions.There are only 4 dress patterns, 2 apron patterns and 1 skirt pattern in sizes 2/3, 4/5, 6/7, 8/10, 12/14. The rest are accessories, toys and room decorations. So, if you are looking for a clothing sewing book for the little girl in your life you may want to check out some other books.I can't fault the book for the lack of clothing patterns. It was more of a buyer error for not really looking at it before I bought it. The front of the book does say 21 sewing projects to make for little girls. I believed this to be a sewing book. The reason I am giving it 4 stars is because there are 4 completely no-sew projects and quite a few others that require very little sewing. This is mostly a crafting book - albeit a really fun one.The projects are:1. Mary's Sash Dress2. Tallulah Halter Dress3. Josie Dress4. Agnes Tunic Dress5. Sophie Glittered Apron6. Georgia Tulle Ballet Skirt7. Annabel Apron with Frilly Pocket8. Hadley Headband9. Penelope Ruffle-Top Purse10. Chloe Paper Doll Overnight Bag11. Girls' "Ambassador of Goodwill Badges12. Fiona Fabric Flower Pin/Barrette13. Bridget Banner with Pom-Poms14. Gigi Ruffled Pillow15. Willow Small Pillow with Pom-Poms16. George the Puppy17. Genevieve Patchwork Square Quilt18. Olivia Floral Lamp Shade19. Katie Eliza Canopy and Pinwheel Strands20. Molly Patchwork Memory Board21. Happy Birthday Banner
I love sewing girly, girly things! And this book certainly indulges me. Girls' World by Jennifer Paganelli is full of inspiration. It only actually includes 4 dresses: 2 party dresses, 1 tunic style dress and 1 halter style. I like the first three, but - and call me old fashioned if you like - I'm not crazy about this sexy halter top on little girls. The other projects include home décor and crafty items, some of which are sweet and some of which are sort of basic. The patterns are included in a handy little envelope, but the paper is a bit fragile and you still have to piece them together a little. Spiral binding would have made it easier to read instructions. Final garment measurements are not given, nor are line drawings. And since the instructions are word heavy and lacking in diagrams, you need to just cross your fingers that it will work out in the end. Still, I didn't have much trouble figuring out the tunic dress. The real interest in the book is the lush and fanciful styling of all these projects. You might wish you were a "tween" yourself again!I tried the Agnes tunic dress and loved the design. There were, however, a few small problems with the pattern. There is no instruction given for how to set the sleeves. I added a row of basting stitches at the top of the sleeve cap and pulled them up to ease the cap into the armhole. This is a simple enough fix, but only if you've set a few sleeves before. There are no finished measurements given, only a guideline for sizing, so be sure to measure the pattern pieces. You can see my pictures and more details of the actual sewing here: [...]
After having enough negative experience with sewing and craft books, I finally started got smart and made a rule for myself before buying any future books. Basically, there has to be 4-5 projects in the book that I think that I will make, and if I am inspired enough to actually do at least 2-3 projects - the book was worth it. This book more than filled the bill. There are at least 9-10 projects that I want to do, and after doing the first dress, I am itching to get to every single one of them. Besides the pictures and graphics being super delicious and pretty, the book goes beyond being inspirational.What I also love is that the patterns have great ideas for personal variation. which really helps to make a simple change that you would not personally think of.The best part is that each pattern has individual sheets for each pattern as opposed to one sheet with twenty patterns overlapping each other in an insane confusion of lines.But, what I truly love is the span in sizes. Many books will just give you patterns for either toddlers or tweens. Ms. Paganelli was smart (and kind) enough to give the patterns in sizes for a 2 year old toddler all the way up to a 12-14 year old girl (which was plenty big for me (small adult). I love the idea that I can get a dress for both me and my daughter.Love love love this book, and definitely worth every single penny and then some...
Sweetest book!!! Such great use of color and design with lots of inspiration for great projects, clothing, with the added bonus of fun! Its also a lovely publication. Hardcover with a ribbon tie which opens up to a book on the right and a pattern envelope section on the left- go Chronicle- love your books for the quality.I have also purchased Little Girls, Big Style, Sewn Love, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner,ect. and this is one of the best! Congratulations to Author/Designer Jennifer Paginell!!
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