As much as I am comfortable making quilts, my experience with sewing anything outside of the quilting realm is limited. Very limited. However, when Penguin Australia recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing a book featuring patterns for women's and children's clothes I hesitated, and then decided to take the small step outside of my comfort zone. Just momentarily.
Make it Perfect is written by Toni Coward who has a passion for creating unique and modern clothing patterns from hip and fresh fabrics. The book features 21 gorgeous garments for women and cute outfits for children aged 6 months to 5 years.
The book is beautifully photographed, and all of the patterns come with straightforward instructions, step by step illustrations and full-sized pattern sheets with a pocket for easy storage in the back of the book.
Browsing through the book the general indication is that some of these patterns are suitable for beginners - that's me! Pictured above is the Make it Perfect ~ Tea Party Skirt, which comes with instructions for 5 different sizes. I tried my hand at a Size 1.
This is my version of the Tea Party Skirt made with Heather Bailey ~ Nicey Jane fabrics. There was much to learn for a beginner garment maker, including 1/2 inch seam allowances, gathering with a basting stitch, and tidying seams, but the instructions were well written and I had no problem finishing this little skirt in an evening.
If you would like a copy of Make It Perfect I have one book to give away to one lucky reader. To be in the draw all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. International visitors are very welcome to enter. Only one comment per person/email address will be eligible to enter the draw.
The draw will take place at noon (AEST ) on Wednesday 24 November 2010, at which time comments to this post will be closed. Good luck!
Thank you to everyone who entered!
Entry has now closed - a winner will shortly be announced.