I was lucky enough recently to have Nicole Mallaieu send me a copy of her beautiful new book, You Sew Girl! just for me! And let me tell you, if you're looking for something lovely to put on your Christmas list, this book is it.
Nicole has always wanted to write a book about sewing. Having sewn since she was a small child, she then studied fashion and learned how to make a proper pattern and to sew quickly and professionally. She also learned all manner of short cuts, tips and tricks along the way, which she shares in the book.
The first third of the book is taken up with sewing tips, presented with great step by step photos. This section runs you through some fantastic quick tips like using a lint roller to pick up the remains of your unpicking from your sewing, how to use bias makers, how to make an accurate pattern, making handles and straps, inserting a zipper... the list goes on, and let me tell you there are PLENTY of things in there that made me think - aha! I am not a dressmaker by any stretch of the imagination, but I think even I could put a zipper in with this tutorial. :)
The book contains all kinds of sewing projects from large to small, starting with this fantastic rose made from half a zipper. Hello, awesome Christmas present anyone??
WAY too cute! The book moves through other simple sewing ideas like belts and baby hats before going to the bags chapter, of course what Nicole has made herself known for.
Up until recently Nicole has sold all the bag frames and kits for making her purses online - however she is closing the retail shop at the end of 2011 so if you want one of her purse kits get in QUICK!! She is going totally wholesale (shops, take note) so you will still be able to buy her products.
Chapter 3 in the book is entitles, "Pattern Free Clothing". As previously mentioned my dressmaking skill are woeful, so this made me sit right up.
There are fantastic patterns here for both childrens and ladies clothes, skirts, tops, you name it - AND with no pattern! Hip hip hooray. Now all I have to do is get my sewing machine a jersey needle and start sewing some of that stretch fabric I've been buying with good intentions for years. I do recall a rather lovely navy and white stripe jersey, now where did I put that...
You can buy You Sew Girl from Nicole's webshop and from other online bookstores, or your local bookstore of course. Thanks so much for the book Nicole - considering that everyone in my family (except the boys) is getting handmade gifts this Christmas, it is my next port of call for prezzies! More about that and what I'm getting up to Christmas-craft-wise tomorrow.
A few housekeeping announcements:
** Thank you to everyone who has purchased from my newly renovated webshop in the last few days! Due to children's Christmas concerts and end of Year 6 I will be posting everything everyone has ordered on Wednesday. Thank you for your patience.**
**I had an order for a PDf pattern from a lady in the USA last week. Your email address is incorrect and keeps bouncing back! If you have ordered a pattern and not recieved it from me please email me asap so I can get it to you.**
** Thank you to everyone who has emailed me about the quilts for Amy and Annabel. Due to Houston and a few scary deadlines, I haven't sewn the blocks up yet but they are all trimmed to size and ready to go and they are next on my sewing list at the end of this week. If anyone has any ideas for sourcing backing fabrics for the two quilts (one is king single, one Queen sized) or for having the machine quilting done reasonably in Australia, please let me know. Thanks, and thanks SO VERY MUCH to the hundreds and hundreds of you who sent blocks, fabric, and most especially kind notes and lovely words for both Amy and myself. Quilters are just awesome. **