I love being asked to review books – it’s one of the fun things about being a blogger. Opening an email with the phrase ‘we have copies for reivew’ gets me every time. It’s even better when the book turns out to be one of the really good ones.
There’s something to love in most sewing books, but sometimes you have that I’ve-seen-it-all-before feeling… Simple Sewing with Lola Nova by Alexandra Smith is completely free of that feeling…it’s full of fabulous projects and great ideas, with nice, clear instructions. It’s also beautifully styled AND the fabric choices are gorgeous. Look at the beautiful Kaffe fabrics in this lovely swirly skirt:
And the gorgeous retro fabrics in this simple but stylish bag:
If I’d seen the Lola Nova blog I would have known what to expect, because that too is filled with beautiful things – I think it’s definitely going to become regular reading for me.
But back to the book…. There are 25 fab (really, all 25!) projects which are arranged into chapters on Boho, Vintage, Natural, Eclectic and Whimsy. There’s a lovely use of vintage fabrics and ideas for using simple fabric printing too. There’s enough support for the beginner (with lots of good info about basic techniques and simple projects) but with stuff to challenge more advanced sewers too. I particular like the fact that there are loads of photos – and although they are a bit small sometimes, it’s usually very easy to work out what you need to be doing. Here’s an example – some cute little purses for a kid’s belt:
And here are some of the photos that go with the project:
It’s all very thorough.
If I have time, I always like to have a go at a project from a book, to check out how well written it is. This time round I made a cute boxy pencil case:
The fact that it turned out so nicely is a good recommendation for the book I think!
So, quite often, when I review a book, I give it away too. But I am afraid that this one is so good that I can’t bring myself to part with it…. (sorry!) So, to make it up to you , would you like a chance to win a robot pencil case? Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite robot (R2-D2, Metal Mickey, K-9, Twiki, KITT?)… by midnight on Thursday. Winner will be announced on Friday….