So as not to hold you in suspense for the rest of the post, we’ll get straight down to the result of last week’s book giveaway. Thanks to everyone who commented, what a talented bunch! I wish I could give you all the book, but the random number generator selected:
The 4th comment was from Seeks, who said
“I think you’re right. Many of us just have too many hobbies we’ll pursue when given the chance. I think I’ve set aside scrapbooking and stamping more than other hobbies. I have empty photo albums waiting for pictures, but just can’t make myself get around to it. So, I guess the answer to your last question is that I *hope* to get back to it. Otherwise, I’ll keep having empty albums.”
Well done Seeks! I’ll email you tomorrow for address details.
On to today’s review…
To be honest, this book is way out of my league. See how it looks like a textbook? That’s cos it is… aimed somewhere around degree level. There are tests in it. I have not dared to read any further than about the first third. It’s like someone bashing you on the head, shouting “You know nothing! Nothing!”
At the same time, it’s amazing. You could honestly make a pattern for any item of clothing you can imagine. There are whole chapters on different styles of sleeves, collars, cowls… and in one sense, Helen Joseph-Armstrong makes it all seem easy. She points out that once you know the tricks, you can look at any garment and work out the basic principles in play: dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring. And using the techniques, go off and make it yourself.
I’d say you need to know a fair bit about dressmaking beforehand, as this book only covers the paper side of things (no clues on how to actually sew the thing together afterwards).
I am absolutely not parting with this one – it’s an investment for a lifetime of sewing. I am still in awe of it, but also motivated to step up to the challenge. (The other day I did actually manipulate a dart – from a waist dart to a side dart. I’m disproportionately proud of it).