I was going to make you all read till the end of the post before I announced the winner of the book. I changed my mind. The winner is........Madalynne!!!
Madalynne if you could email me at ellecsews at gmail dot com with your mailing address I will get this off to you.
Before we go to the book review, The Husband caught up with the blog, and didn't blow a gasket or anything, if anything he thought it was funny. I think he might be thinking I do these things in order to have something to write about. Which is so not the case. I am not going to tell him that, now that I have an excuse to buy more fabric. No, I am not serious. The shopping diet is back on. New rules. No garage sales, no thrift stores, no shopping malls, no fabric stores unless I have a chaperone ( I need elastic). Grocery stores and drug stores (chemists or pharmacies for you Brits) only. My thanks to everyone for supporting and enabling me.
Anyway on to the book review of Chic and Simple Sewing. I had written a scathing post about this book. Almost all the garments are awful, I mean really bad. I just can't publish the post as I had written it, I am Canadian, and we are known for being nice, and even though I am not always nice (ask Tanit-Isis), I cannot bring myself to be mean, or at least as mean as I was in the original post. So I will let the photographs speak for themselves.
|The cover looks pretty good, doesn't it? Wait.|
|This is the LBD (little black dress). Lovely isn't it?|
Perfect for hiding all those pesky curves.
Note, I did not cut off the top of the models head, it
was that way in the book.
|I like the fun of having your hem hang unevenly, |
the mark of a free spirit, right?
|This is the sundress. Don't you just love|
the little house on the prairie ruffle and the flappy sleeves?
I don't know why they don't like the top of this models head.
|This is the tie front strapless dress. You get all the|
fun of an uneven hem and shapelessness in one garment.
The blurry photograph is my fault, I couldn't be bothered to
take another one.
|This is "The Trench" it is a coat, I tell you that because it could be hard to tell with no closures.|
Notice the edges self bound with fabric that seems to be too heavy for that purpose.
There are a couple of garments in this book that aren't as bad as these, but they really aren't that great that they are worth the price of the book (except of course if you paid $1 for it like I did).
To summarize. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK. Sorry, I will stop yelling now. There are far far better books out there that have patterns included, Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp, or Sew U by Wendy Mullin, Eviana Hartman and Beci Orpin.
For those of you who think this was a mean critique, it isn't even close to the one that I am not publishing.