In my ideal situation, I would complete a project from every craft book before reviewing it. So many times the strengths and weaknesses don’t come through until one actually attempts to follow the directions. I finished the Lingerie Carryall with some vintage fabric I had at home. It was my first time doing a bag with a lining – the instructions walked me through that part very well. I could not figure out how to thread the drawstring the way it was done in the book though. I will experiment some more after I buy a new ribbon. The red was the only thing I had on hand to try it with.
The book is organized by different sections of the house, starting with general sewing info and some “First Steps” projects. Next we have two sections with general home items, which includes the following photo. The chair with buttons on the back is perhaps one of my favorite projects in the book. The kitchen section contains many projects that can all be made from dishtowels – very clever! Then Bath, Romance (which is where the lingerie carryall is located), items for girl children, and outdoor items. The garden section includes instructions for a sunshade! Wow! An appendix with patterns and fabric sourcing completes the book. Each project has one big, beautiful photo and sketches to accompany the instructions.
I really appreciate that this is not merely a sewing book. You need hardware skills to make the folding screen and re-assemble the umbrella. For my part, I have a power drill and saw that I am not afraid to use, so this is very engaging to me. I can see how it might be a turn off for others, but it would be just as easy to take a thrifted screen and sew the covers for it without building the whole screen.
In parts, the instructions struck me as slightly vague. However, as so many of the projects call for remnants or small amounts of fabric, it’s not much of a risk to explore until one gets it right. For advanced sewers, this book may offer more eye candy than practical guidance. For an advanced beginner (dare I call myself that??), it’s perfect.
i love the style of the projects – not too frilly at all. The author strives for a stylish, chic look and well achieves it. This book will definitely travel with me for the next decade – I can see using this well into the future.