I’m here today to a book review courtesy of Tuttle Publishing. They have provided me with the book in exchange for this review, but the opinions are all my own. This post also contains affiliate links. I’ve never had the chance to do much girly sewing. I gave up on sewing for a while before I had my daughter and didn’t get back into it until she was a bit older. I think the day will eventually come when I have little girls in my life again though, and I’ll probably sew so many things for them they’ll have to ask me to stop. I’ll definitely be holding on to Sewing for Your Girls: Easy Instructions for Dresses, Smocks and Frocks (Includes pull-out Patterns)by Yoshiko Tsukiori until that happens, because I want to make everything in it.
The book starts off talking about sizing and sharing a handy chart to help you figure out which size you need. Just like when you’re sewing for adults, finding the correct size is important when you’re sewing for littles.
The next section hits on all of the important things you need to know to get started: equipment and fabrics needed, how to transfer and cut the pattern and the very important how-to explaining how to use a sewing machine. All of the info is there, so even the newest sewer can follow, as we’ve come to expect from Tuttle.
The patterns begin with a simple a-line dress. There are several different details you can opt to add. That’s followed by what the author calls an applied pattern, which shows you where to look in the book for even more options.
You’re starting with a basic dress pattern, but the variations of it you can make are almost limitless.
There are a total of eight basic patterns in the book, which include a little short-sleeved top, shorts and more dresses. I puffy heart this top with it’s cute, semi-smocked sleeves.
Following the patterns are all of the basic sewing techniques you’d need to know to make anything in the book. Everything is very well explained with lots of photos, which is always good for me. I need to see what I’m trying to do.
Each pattern refers to these pages, and which one depends on which technique your project requires. This book is definitely beginner-friendly, but also throws in a few slightly more complicated finishes, like smocking and embroidery.
All of the patterns are printed on two pages and can be found in an envelope at the back of the book. All of the sizes are there, ready for tracing.
I’m sure I sound like a broken record at this point, but read everything before you begin a project from this book. Everything you need is here, but you’re going to want to know where to find it. I can’t wait until I find an excuse to make some of the cute things here. It’s also fun to look at just for the adorable, happy little models!