Girl’s Guide to Sewing by Cheryl Owen (New Holland, $29.99)
Reviewed by by Sophie Robinson (age 12)
My best friend has just started college. I was thinking of buying her a little something but I haven’t yet. Now, though, I think I’ll make her a ‘Foxy Key Fob’ out of the Girl’s Guide to Sewing. She likes cute animals and sewing so I think she’ll like a home-made gift from me. In fact I think I’ll make two so we can have matching ones!
The book has 35 projects and is clearly set out with plenty of photos – at least one for every project. The first section ‘Essentials’ has information on equipment, materials, techniques and templates. It explains a lot. The second section has the projects. Each project has a photo and brief description: for example the Jeans Gadget Bag: “It’s often a sad day when we must admit that a favourite pair of jeans are past their best. Don’t despair, upcycle…”. After the description, there is a list of what you will need, cutting-out instructions, and maybe a tip: “Don’t use your skinniest jeans… [for the bag]“. Then there are the step-by-step instructions. Each step has a lot to do, so I think it would have been better to write maybe five shorter steps rather than one very long step. It would save having to re-read each step to find your place again, especially when you’re learning. There are some diagrams: some are fine, but in some cases it could be good to include more detail.
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