Saturday, September 18, 2010

A book review, new magazine and sneak peek!

As the summer months approach I am feeling more and more excited about the prospect of making some sweet clothes for my young DD. A friend of mine put me on to this wonderful book, and I thought I would share it with you. It’s called Making Children’s Clothes, by Emma Hardy.

making childrens clothes book

There are 25 fantastic projects in this book for both girls and boys aged between 0-5 years old. The great thing? Full size patterns included – gotta love that!!

making kids clothes 2

making kids clothes 3

making kids clothes 4

Gorgeous designs hey? I think I’ll be using some of my fabric stash for a few of these projects including these…


This range is called Mendocino by Heather Ross for Free Spirit.

Although I haven’t actually made any of the patterns from this book as yet, I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of the projects, the easy-to-understand diagrams and the full-size pattern sheets. Most projects look really simple to make, with just a few steps involved, but the use of gorgeous fabrics and embellishments really make them stand out from the crowd. On this basis – I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to make some bespoke clothing for the children in their lives. I’ll be sure to show you when I begin sewing the projects myself! (I purchased my copy from here.)

On the same topic of children’s clothing, I bought this magazine recently and have been bubbling with excitement ever since!

Sew Beautiful mag

Sew Beautiful, issue no131, 2010. Don’t you just love the detail on the front cover? It is a close-up of this gorgeous little top designed by Kari Mecca… and all I can say is WOW!

Sew Beautiful mag 2

I wish this picture was clearer… it is taken from the magazine. The article pictures Kari’s latest designs as published in her new book “More sewing with Whimsy”. I have ordered my copy!!! Here is another page from the magazine…

Sew Beautiful mag 1

My dress-making history has seen me make two pairs of baby pyjamas, and two tops for myself – neither of which I have actually finished! BUT! I am inspired… SEW inspired!!! :-)

Do you have any favourite dressmaking books you’d like to share?

On the sewing front, I have been a stitching machine! Tuesday is my deadline for getting projects to Creating Country Threads for my profile piece in January, where I will also have a project published. Here’s a sneak peek!

CT project Jan11 sneak peek

Until next time – have a lovely weekend! Hugs! Vikki xx


Maggey and Jim said...

Yes, I have seen that magazine and glad you hilighted it on your blog.. The clothes are just adorable and cute.. Thanks

Crowing Moon said...

Your sneek peek is so cute..cant wait to see the whole thing.
I love that mermaid fabric you have :D
I'm planning on making some dresses for my little princess too :)

Anonymous said...

I have this book and agree that it is a good buy. I do, in fact have most of Emma Hardy's books, I guess I just love her style?xx

BubzRugz said...

Lovely pictures... I don't know if I have just been out of it but I felt there was so little of home made clothes and it is so nice to see more happening again - they are so much more fun and interesting ....
Lovely stitching too... looking forward to seeing it done.

Una said...

Hi Vikki
I have 2 of Emma Hardy's books - they are 'Sewing in no time' and 'Quilting in no time' both are really good and very well illustrated. One other thing you may be interested in - I bought a new craft magazine yesterday, called 'Making' it's the launch issue so not sure if it's available in Australia but well worth searching out. I could always do you a swap for one of your lovely mags!!! lots of love to you all, Una x

Jenny of Elefantz said...

LOVE those books!!! I know that Rose is going to look gawjus in some of those creations!! Where did you order the magazine from?
Sweetie, that sneak peek is such a tease!! LOL!!

Unknown said...

I love the look of that book and the magazine ! Good luck getting everything ready for your profile , xxxx.

barb's creations said...

Cute sneaky peak! Congratulations on being published again as well as being profiled,what fun.Will look forward with great pleasure seeing the clothes you'll be making soon,that is one thing I have never attempted.....making children's clothing,good luck and may you have lots of fun playing with your fabrics choosing which ones you'll be using in your projects :) Barb.

Dolores said...

I love that pink top and the great scarf. You have to make something and show us. I have no little ones to sew for - I wish I did. I loved sewing for my children. Actually I still make them things but they aren't small anymore. Sorry Vikki but I have no favourite sewing books or magazines to tell you about.

Vicki ♥ said...

Rosie is going to be the best dressed girl in Melbourne :) Lovely book and I know you will have fun sewing them Vik :) Hugs Vicki xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

You sneek peek makes me very curious. And DD is lucky to have a Mom with such big talent.

Micki said...

I used to get that magazine...It is a great one.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
That book looks like it was printed just for Rosey! I'm sure you'll have plenty of fun and how special for Rosey to have Mummy made cloths.

Ooooh, being published again-Fabulous Vikki, way to go gal!
Happy creating,

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Oh Vik, you really MUST get the sewing machine out and whip up some of these beautiful childrens projects. Won't Rosie look gorgeous in one or more of those lovely designs.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Jude said...

What beautiful designs it makes me want to have more children so i can mke those lovely dresses. (lol. i am nearly 60 yo )

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