I recently invested in a two new sewing books. Twinkle Sews caught my eye after reading something somewhere on Wenlan Chia’s Big City Knits, which I do mean to buy soon, though I’ve never picked up a pair of knitting needles in my life. When I’m in one of those adventurous moods I’ll buy it, and then wait six months to make anything out of it. Anyway, back to Twinkle Sews which I find very different from any sewing pattern book I’ve seen. Traditionally, and I mean no disrespect, but sewing books and patterns can sometimes be well, traditional. Believe me, I actually like traditional. I make and sew lots of things from various traditional patterns. This book is different, in that it brings a very fashion runway approach to sewing.
Wenlan makes sewing sound like going and buying that skirt you really wanted right off the model. I like that. Her patterns in this book are fresh and so now. She includes a CD at the back of the book which have the patterns on it from which you print out onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper and then tape the pattern together.
She only includes sizes 0, 4, 8, 12, 16 and then gives you instructions for how to get the sizes she doesn’t include from the sizes she gave you. Great idea and a little work never hurt anyone, besides you’ll need to fit a muslin anyway right? Oh yes and don’t forget to check out Wenlan’s patterns on Burda Style! The blue skirt is included in the book, just so you know, but the top is not.
Also bought Design It Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch . I’m not going to say much because you’ll find more info here and here, but I really really like the way Cal has put designing patterns into an easy to read, easy to understand book.
Both books are high recommendations for any sewist on your Christmas list!