I have been having a heck of a time writing this review. I feel like I should like this book more than I do. For one this book is published by Taunton Press, the publishers of Threads Magazine and IMO some of the best sewing books ever published, period.
I am clearly not the target audience for this book, which clearly is twenty somethings,judging by the length of the skirts. On the cover it says there is "50 Original Patterns", there really isn't, at least not in the usual sense, the way that Sew Everything Workshop, Sew U, etc. etc. do. There are what appear to be (I haven't tried them) very good directions for drafting your own patterns. The concept of this book is taking apart existing clothes (your own or thrifted) and cutting new garments. Clearly a worthy goal. Have a look at some photos.
Anyway. The thing about this book is if you were so inclined to remake older garments into new clothes, you would put your own stamp on them and they would come out looking completely different.
Aside from the actual sewn clothes, the styling for the clothes sucks, as does the makeup and hair for the models. The photography isn't great either. They should have done a much better job of editing this book, as it is, the book looks old and dated, much older than 2006 when it was published.
|The supervisors, left. Ricky, right Jasper.|
Would I recommend this book. A definite maybe. IF you want to restyle your clothes, maybe. I would still take it out of the library or have a seat in your local bookstore and take your time deciding before handing over Ms. Visa Card.
Anyone out there disagree or agree? Comments?
Next week, Sewing Lingerie That Fits by Karen Morris, published by Taunton Press.