Chic and Simple Sewing is a book that has been floating around in my studio for a month or so now begging to be reviewed. Don’t get me wrong this bad boy was not on the backburner because it was lack luster it was completely baby related. It’s hard to type book reviews with one hand and hold a baby with another, don’t believe me just try it. Now that I have a minute while Tallulah saws some logs in her bouncy chair let me tell you all about one of my new favorite sewing books by Christine Haynes and how you can win a free copy.
I openly admit I don’t sew. It’s not that I don’t know how, I just don’t. However, when I come across a book like Chic and Simple Sewing: Skirts, Dresses, tops, and Jackets for the Modern Seamstress things change. Some sewing books want you to make your own patterns, others leave you a bit high and dry in the instructions department the nice thing about this book is that there are over 20 full sized patterns included with the book. Want to whip up the Tie Shoulder Shift Dress or The Finishing Layer Jacket? Not a problem just look inside the handy dandy envelope attached to the book and grab the pattern and get to sewing.
Speaking of sewing if I’m going to do any I prefer it be quick and easy. I like instant gratification crafts. That is why I always appreciate a craft book with a clearly marked difficulty level. Chic and Simple Sewing has projects that range from a 5 like the flattering Opera Dress for the more advanced sewer to several level 1 skirts for the more novice seamstress like myself. Books with variety are always appreciated. Not just in skill level as the title suggests there are projects for jackets, skirts, dresses and more. Not to mention a handy dandy index of vital sewing information to get you started and on your way.
Chic and Simple Sewing is a great addition to the library of any aspiring clothing designer or wardrobe refashioner. You can run over to Amazon and pick yourself up a copy. If you are going to be in Santa Monica, CA this Friday you can stop by the Urban Craft Center to meet Christine Hayes. She will be there signing copies of Chic and Simple and hosting a fashion show of garments from the book. The third option is to win a free copy right here! All you have to do is leave me a comment about sewing books. What do you look for? Pictures, patterns, diversified skill levels, cute fabrics, informative index. Do you prefer sewing books with all one theme (like nothing but ladies clothing) or books with a varied theme like Sew Darn Cute where there are projects for home, baby and accessories? We have talked about what you look for in a craft book here before but never specifically one that involves sewing and I’m curious what floats your boat.