Thursday, 24 April 2014

Book Review Sew Retro

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Sewing never goes out of style, and today it is more popular than ever. Sew Retro offers twenty-five stylish, vintage-inspired sewing projects-from sturdy bags and essential skirts to unique pillows and flirty scarves-that are a pleasure to sew, thanks to easy instructions, helpful diagrams, and a pocket of full-size patterns. This fun, inspirational book also uncovers sewing’s colorful history, from the introduction of the sewing machine to the modern DIY movement, and features interviews with today’s hottest fabric and pattern designers, including Amy Butler and Betz White. Filled with beautiful project photography and quirky vintage illustrations, Sew Retro celebrates sewing yesterday and today.


A smart, pop culture history of women and sewing over the last 150 years, complete with 25 stylish, modern projects inspired by the past. --Cloth Magazine, Issue 8, Summer 2011

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Voyageur Press; Spi edition (1 July 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760336873
ISBN-13: 978-0760336878

About the Author
I've been writing ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. My first books were about trees, cats, and Mary Lou Retton. I'm lucky enough to be able to write for a living now (quite often about trees, sometimes about cats, but not very often about Mary Lou Retton). I write for lots of fitness magazines, like Health, Self, Women's Health, Runner's World, Natural Health, Fitness, and others. I also get to write all kinds of cool decorating, design, and DIY stories for places like, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Gardens, Do It Yourself, Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living,, Kitchen & Bath Ideas, Remodel, Quilts & More, Window & Wall Ideas, and others.
My mom taught me to sew when I was 16, and it's been fabric love ever since. I thoroughly enjoyed writing Sew Retro! Not only did I get to research all about the history of women and sewing, I also got to design projects and them see them beautifully photographed! I hope that you enjoy the book, and that it provides endless sewing inspiration. 
I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband, Allen, my 19-month-old, Max, and a new baby on the way. When I'm not sewing or writing, I love to garden, teach Max baby yoga, do Pilates, and run. Find more about Sew Retro at, and more about me at


Chapter 1 
The Cult of True Womanhood 1800s
Victorian Pincushions
Elegant Shawl
Sweet Sewing Basket
Charming Needlcase

Chapter 2 
Frocks and Flappers 1910s and 1920s
Opera Bag
Flapper Apron
Smart Felt Hat

Chapter 3 
Inspired Thrift 1930s and 1940s
Patchwork Pot holders
Pinch a Penny Change Purse
Cafe Curtains
Tea Party Tablecloth
Ribbon Embellishment Napkins

Chapter 4 
Mid Century Modern 1950s
Hostess Apron
Mod Gathered Pillow
Pretty Little Purse
Birds of a Feather Table Runner

Chapter 5 
Revolution 1960s and 1970s
Not so Mini Mini Skirt
Cool Coasters
Easy Elastic Headband
Groovy Patchwork Throw

Chapter 6 
The New Domesticity 1980s to Today
Saturday Afternoon Skirt
Farmer's Market Bag
Catch All Caddy
Almost Effortless Scarf

About the Author

Photo from Sew Retro Book website

Sew Retro is the perfect book that has lovely sewing projects with a retro vintage style. This book is for anyone that loves to sew and that loves retro vintage styles.
The book is full of illustrations and the instructions are clearly written with lovely photo's.
The projects are retro inspired accessories, clothing and home d├ęcor.
Sew Retro has lots of information such as the history of sewing to fabrics used through the years.
This book is perfect for a beginner sewer or anyone that loves retro vintage styles and loves information on the history of sewing and fabrics

Sew Retro is available from Amazon

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