Posts Tagged ‘Chronicle Books’

A girl’s world design by a lovely girl

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I have got in my own hands a beautiful book, full of pretty pictures, girly projects, a pocket filled with every pattern on the book and in every size, and lots of colours that guarantee to make you smile. I have a signed copy of Jennifer Paganelli’s Girl’s World.

The cover and presentation of the book says it all!

I admire Jennifer for many reasons, she is an incredible designer (something that I keep repeating to the Free Spirit UK distributor), but she is a nice to the core lady. I follow her on Facebook and Twitter, not like a weird stalker, but as a true admirer of her work. I can’t really put a finger on why I like it so much, maybe it is because it really shows that she and her team do everything they do with love and professionalism and that always shows.

Wouldn't be great these pillows in all sizes, from tiny small pincushions to big ones?

The book has been out for a few months already, in the UK since May if I am not mistaken, but it is not specific for summer, some of the dresses can easily be made with thicker fabrics, like the Mary’s Fancy Sash Dress. But it is not all dresses, you can find accessories and great ideas for the home too, and not all are sewing projects, Jennifer has thrown in a lampshade and a very motivational badge, so you trully can create a girl’s world with this book.

This must be THE dress

Like every good book, it has a very sweet introduction by the author and a section to help you get started, a bit of guidance with sizing, what you will need to make your life easier, and a glossary of techniques that you will find useful not only in this book with any other sewing project.

A cheeky apron.

I already have on my list 2 projects that I want to make, an apron and a puppy, the best bit about this last one is the puppy’s name is George. I just want to make one to call it George, since I am not allowed to have another dog, but that’s another blog post altogether.

George, my new dog.

The only down side of this book is that I am too big for the girly dresses, so I will keep sourcing patterns from Sis Boom (Jennifer’s company) until one sunny day my luck changes.

Even this brooches are adorable :)

- Lizzet xo

Girl’s World by Jennifer Paganelli is published by Chronicle Books (ISBN 978-9-8118-7444-1

Style Stitches

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Amy Butler is a lady who needs little introduction, we all have seen her fantastic fabric designs, timeless patterns, books and now even wallpaper! For this post however I am only going to concentrate on her new book Style Stitches, mainly because if I don’t I could possibly break the Guinness World Record for the longest blog post ever (and if it doesn’t exist I would be setting a very high bench mark which would be difficult to beat).

I have used Amy Butler’s patterns before and her designs are simple and perfect lines that create beautiful things, and the instructions are easy and precise which means that you can make a garment or a bag with confidence. This book is not an exception and I fully recommend it.

It has a good variety of bags and purses, to suit most tastes and skills. Most of them have variations, almost as if she had read our minds, so before you can finish saying “I like the Cosmo Bag but short handles would be better” you will discover that there are instructions for that, or “If the Ruffled Handbag was larger I could carry all my gym stuff” yeap youv’e guessed it there are instructions on how to do that too, she has done all the adjustments so you don’t have to fiddle with the pattern and design. How clever is that!

The bags vary from a simple tote (with a twist of course) to a pleated clutch, to the most fantastic Take Flight Handbag/Shoulder Bag. This last one along with the Everything Wristlet have such a beautiful vintage look that they will make you feel like Grace Kelly.

The instructions in this book have not only been written to help you sew together a bag, but to efficiently use the material and your time like a pro. When you look through the pages you get the impression that attention was paid to every single detail. Not only on the designs and the instructions, but also on the diagrams, the spiral book format and photos, which by the way not only show the designs in the different alternatives, but in different fabrics to help us awaken our imagination on how to create a unique one of our own.

At times like this when sewing books are being released by the dozen, we have lots to choose from and we can be picky… but if you ask me, I would certainly pick this one as a ‘must have’ for your collection.

Amy Butler’s Style Stitches is published by Chronicle Books, 19.99 (ISBN 978-0-8118-6669-9)