You really don't need fancy techniques to stitch awesome things. If you can sew a straight seam, you can make a world of projects, and this book will take you step-by-step through everything you'll need to know to get the job done.
The book is divided into 4 sections: Getting Started (which include basic tools and supplies, hand sewing, machine sewing, basic techniques and fabric basics); Straight-Up Chic Fashion, which features skirts, a blouse, a shirred maxi, a cardigan, and more; Cozy, Crafty Home - curtains, zippered throw pillows, shams, duvet covers, a quilted throw and a (deliberately) wonky patchwork quilt; and Quick, Cute Gifts, including fabric flower bowls, a baby quilt, an adorable sewing kit (!), stuffed animals and more.
|Sewing kit - how cute!
Don't be afraid - remember, it's only fabric and thread, and the worst that will happen is that you'll tear out your stitches and sew another seam.
|Shirred maxi dress
You can customize each of the garments to your own body size for a fit that's sure to flatter. Before you begin, take your body measurements (or better yet, have a friend take them) and write them down. If you have doubts about any project, sew a muslin sample first to gain a firm understanding of the construction process and work out any kinks related to size, fit and sewing techniques.
|Fabric flower bowls
Go green! Old clothing is a fantastic source of fabric for new sewing projects. Scour the thrift store or your own closets for pieces to harvest. (The men's section of thrift stores is as great place to start, as the garments are usually larger and sometimes the dressier pieces are barely worn).
|Layout for diamond quilt
Matter of fact, it's the kind of book I wish someone had given me when I was starting out. So . . . if you're a beginner, and think this book is for you, leave a comment telling me why you think it's something you need, and I'll ask Lily the Sewing Room Cat to choose a random winner on Saturday.