This week I have a rather special book to give away. If you are a sewing beginner who is particular interested in dressmaking, home furnishings and accessories then this could well become an essential reference book.
As befits an ancient craft, the language and practice of sewing is full of arcane terms and instructions (how about betweens needles, flat felled seams, tailors tacks, mercerised thread, mitred corners, for starters!) that mean something to an experienced sewist, but are mind-boggling to a beginner. The first 5 chapters of this book, and the technique sections later in the book, tackles that problem head on. The author, Tessa Evelegh, demystifies the basics of sewing with an in-depth look at all the essential tools, equipment and materials you need for successful sewing.
Clear sketches explain skills such as tailor’s tacks.
The rest of the book consists of projects to get you started and improve your skills. Each project focuses on a particular technique, and these are well explained with sketch diagrams. As I am a very visual person, I always appreciate lots of pictures, and these are good. I’d probably prefer photos, but good, clear sketches are a huge improvement on bad, unhelpful photos (which is a problem with a lot of beginner’s sewing books).
I don’t know about you, but, although I want a good reference book, I also want stylish, fun projects to try too. And there are some real winners here.
As you can see, the ideas, styles and fabrics are nicely contemporary, and the project photography is really inspiring. I’m already thinking about fabrics that would work well for that lovely bias cut skirt.
Sewing Made Simple is published by Jacqui Small Publishing, who have very kindly sent me a copy to review and to keep, but the good news is that I also have a copy to give away.
This giveaway is open to UK based readers only, and will close at midnight on 25 March.
All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post to be in the draw.
I’ve thought long and hard about a comment theme (I am really enjoying reading about your favourite books on the My Fabric House giveaway), so how about this? The author of Sewing Made Simple is Tessa Evelegh, who used to work on Family Circle magazine. My mum and I were massive fans of FC in the 70s and 80s – we both read it avidly. My other teen favourite magazines were the peerless Smash Hits and Just Seventeen (I remember the first ever issue in 1983 – definitely showing my age here!). What were your favourite teen mags (or your favourite mags from now if you like)?