Monday, 30 September 2013

Book Review - Colette Sewing Handbook

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Five simple fundamentals can help you perfect any sewing project: a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish. With these five core ideas, The Colette Sewing Handbook shows you how to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams.

Includes five beautiful patterns for modern classic pieces, including a scalloped-hem skirt, flutter-sleeve blouse, sweetheart neck sheath dress, asymmetrical flounce dress, and a lined dress with gathered sleeves. Each project will help you put the fundamentals into practice as you sew.

Approachable and easy to follow. Instead of a big, confusing catalogue of sewing techniques, you'll build your knowledge gradually around the five simple fundamentals. A section of basic sewing lessons means you'll never feel lost.

Hands-on learning. Start improving your skills immediately by applying each of the five principles of the book to a beautiful project, included in the book.

Feed your creativity. Have more fun designing sewing projects for your personal style, and create the things you'll actually love to wear!

Feel more confident. Gain the know-how to work with any sewing pattern out there.

Look great in what you make. Become your own custom seamstress and hand-tailor clothes that fit you the way you want.

Get inspired by fabric. Expand your creative palette and get the look you want by choosing the best fabrics for your projects.

Perfect the details. Make clothes you can be proud of with beautiful finishing techniques. 

Chapter 1 - Getting Started
In chapter 1 you will find the following sections:
Tools and Supplies, more tools and supplies, basic stitches and sewing lessons.

Chapter 2 - A Thoughtful Plan
In chapter 2 you will find the following sections:
Inspiration, editing to your style, strategy and a personalised croquis .

Chapter 3 - A Precise Pattern
In chapter 3 you will find the following sections:
Pattern language,  prepare your fabric, lay out your pattern, transfer the markings and cut your fabric.
Project Meringue skirt

Chapter 4 - A Fantastic Fit
In chapter 4 you will find the following sections:
What is a good fit, ease, darts and fullness, how to fit, step 1 measure, step 2 trace, step 3 make a muslin, step 4 adjust the muslin step 5 after the pattern and types of alterations.
 Project Pastille Dress

Chapter 5 - A Beautiful Fabric
In chapter 5 you will find the following sections:
Choosing fabric, fabric basics, warp, weft and grain, common fabrics, interfacing, thread, needles, prints and patterns and tricky fabrics.
Project Truffle Dress

Chapter 6 - A Fine Finish
In chapter 6 you will find the following sections:
Seam finishes and lining.
 Project Taffy Blouse

Chapter 7 - Keep Learning
In chapter 7 you will find the following sections:
Recommended readings
Project Licorice Dress

The Patterns:
There are five gorgeous patterns included in this book:
The Meringue 
 The Pastille
The Truffle
 The Taffy 
 The Licorice

The Colette Sewing Handbook: 5 Fundamentals for a Great Sewing Experience I really love this book and it is another must have book for me.  I love everything about this  book.
It is a must have for any sewing library - beginner, intermediate and advanced.
 Everything you need to know to become a modern seamstress is in this book.
The Colette Sewing Handbook: 5 Fundamentals for a Great Sewing Experience  is very easy to use with clear concise directions, illustrations, photographs, with classic vintage-inspired style patterns.
Coletterie blog
Colette Patterns
The Colette Sewing Handbook  is available from Amazon.

Disclosure: I buy sewing books from on-line shops with my own money, I am not being paid for writing this review. All my reviews are honest and on things that I genuinely love and would recommend to my readers.

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