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Sew Beautiful: Make Stylish Handmade Clothing with Simple Stitch-and-Wear Patterns Paperback – 27 April 2021
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"As a self-taught sewist, I depend heavily on well-written, detailed sewing pattern instructions to help me improve my sewing skills and to get the best possible fit. This is Kennis's superpower, and I'm so glad there is now a vehicle to get all that knowledge in one place!"
--Macharva Housley, co-founder of Sew Altered Style and creator of @Macsmakespace
--Whitney Luckenbill, creator of TomKat Stitchery "I love the classic, elegant designs, ingenious sewing construction, clear instructions and superb fit of Kennis's patterns. I highly recommend Sew Beautiful--you'll get amazing results with the projects in this book."
--Karina Trinidad, creator of Lifting Pins and Needles "Kennis Wong is a talented pattern designer with amazing design skills. This book is a must-have for your sewing library and guaranteed to be your go-to resource. Kennis will guide you along fit and construction, resulting in a beautiful and well-fitting garment every time."
--Lori VanMaanen, Mood Sewing Network, Pfaff Brand Ambassador and Creator of Girls in the Garden
- Publisher : Page Street Publishing (27 April 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1645671364
- ISBN-13 : 978-1645671367
- Dimensions : 23.01 x 1.8 x 26.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 73,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is aimed at those starting their sewing journey, so things like buttonholes and zips are avoided. In pandemic times this has the advantage of not having to source matching buttons and zips, so makes getting everything together much easier.
There are a good selection of patterns for woven and knit fabrics, 4 tops/dresses, a skirt, joggers/shorts, a cardi and a wrap jacket.
Unlike Itch to Stitch pdf patterns available online, different cup sizes are not included. I have made 3 items so far (Carlsbad cardigan, Mornington top and the Palermo top) and they all fit me fine with some ease. Experienced sewists with cup sizes of C/D may wish to consider an FBA on the Mornington top though.
The patterns are printed on 4 sheets, with one on each side (8 patterns in total). This is good as it saves hunting through pattern sheets to find all the pieces you need. Inevitably the pattern lines overlap, which isn't a problem for most of the designs, but the page for the Fortuna joggers does look 'busy' and could be a bit confusing. The same colours and line styles are used to identify the different sizes as Itch to Stitch use in their pdf patterns, which I found helpful.
So, overall, a useful book for those new to sewing, but also worth considering for experienced sewists who are looking for straightforward makes.
NB - there is an issue with pdf pattern download. The publisher didn't include the link/password in the initial publication and the author has been working very hard with them to fix it. Please do not leave 1 star review because of this, as it is really not the Author's fault. The information will be delivered in an update to the book in the next couple of days, as promised by the publisher
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