I've been wanting to try needle felting for more years than I'd like to admit. I even have everything I need for a small project waiting in my sewing room. It's been collecting dust for way too long, and some of the cute options in It's a Small World Felted Friends by Sachiko Susa makes me wish I'd got on that sooner...Read more
It's been a while since I've sat down with an actual craft book. I feel like I've been running since Christmas! Just to prove how much extra time I have on my hands, I wrote this entire review once already, but went ahead and deleted it, just for fun (for who, I don't know). But I'm too stubborn to walk away without showing you this cute book...Read more
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 have a confession to make. I received She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style by Yuko Takada from Tuttle months ago. I kept putting off my review because, to be honest, I wasn’t excited at all about sewing pants. It’s hard enough for me to buy pants, let alone make them, with my mismatched hip-to-waist ratio and my legs that have never been skinny, even when the rest of me was. I kept putting it aside until, finally, I forgot I had it. I noticed it wedged between some other books on my desk last week and figured I better bite the bullet.
Well, I owe Tuttle and the author an apology. Not only for my procrastinating, but for assuming I knew what the book was about based on the title. In my defense, the model on the front IS wearing pants. However, when I opened it up, it’s not about pants at all. The title reference is to the fact that the garments inside were inspired by menswear. They are definitely urban, but there are a few things I could see myself wearing.
I think this Jumper Skirt is cute.
This Top with Epaulets, from the front cover, looks like something just about anyone could wear.
I love this Fleece Jacket. This would be a great fall-into-winter piece.
Here’s something I’ve never heard of. Are you familiar with Tippets? They seem to be an added collar, sometimes with suspenders, and look like they could be a great addition to the right outfit.
With Tuttle books, you can expect a thorough description of how the patterns work, sizing and which materials are appropriate. Each author handles them a bit differently, but it’s always clear what to do next.
This book does a good job of illustrating the steps to making a garment, which I always appreciate, especially those with a higher difficulty level.
The complete patterns are provided in an envelope at the back of the book. You’ll need to trace them to keep each piece intact, but that’s a good practice anyway so the original remains usable.
I was pleasantly surprised by She Wears the Pants. The garments could be dressed up or down, and there are things appropriate for a wide range of sizes, ages and style preferences. Now I wish I would have cracked that cover much sooner!
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!
Three giveaways, three new sewing projects and lots of reminiscing filled the last month and helped me start off year six with a bang. I had so much fun, and I hope you did too. I’m so grateful for the very sweet, motivating and constructive comments on all of those posts. You had some fantastic ideas, and I’ll be integrating many them into this space over the next year. You are amazing. I’ve already heard back from the winners of each of the giveaways and their prizes are on the way. Mary won the Uncommon Goods gift certificate, and has plans to use their beer and coffee kitchen towels as center panels in her quilts. What a great idea!
Christi will be receiving the Kitchen Set, which includes the Mug Hot Pads and Quilt-as-You-Go Table Runner. Hopefully it will warm her up over there in North Carolina. If I could have figured out how to send her a little of the sunshine we’ve been enjoying here lately it would be on its way too.
The DIY Set, which includes the Alphabet Block Pincushion, will be arriving at Elizabeth’s doorstep in a few days. You can find her writing about her adventures with her adorable boys over at Elpalchica. Check out her Batman projects – you know we’re big fans over here!
I’d also like to send out one last BIG thank you to my giveaway sponsors!
Here we are, at the last of the three big giveaways celebrating my 5th anniversary here at Crafty Staci. If you missed the first two, you still have time to enter. Visit the Uncommon Goods Giveaway and the Kitchen Set Giveaway and get your entry in by Sunday evening.
I’d like to thank Tuttle Publishing for the fun book included in today’s giveaway package!
My goal for this blog is to encourage readers to make and/or enjoy handmade things. It’s always fun for me to show you things I’ve made, but I’d love for you to create as well. That’s where this week’s giveaway set comes in.
Those are not six fat quarters, they are half-yard cuts, so that’s THREE YARDS of fabric! I love the floral print, and I was so in love with that red wood grain I ended up buying a bit of it for myself. Shhh.
You can’t sew anything without thread, so I’ve included four spools of coordinating Gutermann thread. It’s my sewing machines’ favorite. I also threw in a couple of packages of buttons, just in case you need them for whatever fabulous thing (or things) you create from the fabric.
Even if you aren’t big on sewing, with this Wrapping with Fabric Book from Tuttle Publishing you can make some amazing things by simply hemming the fabric edges. In fact, I’m pretty sure some of the wraps could be accomplished without even doing that.
I don’t know about you, but my sewing and crafting would not be possible without keeping a list of what I need to do. I also have a list of what I need to buy next time I’m in a fabric store. I’ve included this craft room checklist in case you also enjoy the feeling of deep satisfaction in checking off those little boxes.
Last, but not least, I couldn’t let this set go without sewing something. I’ve been wanting to come up with a pincushion for years now, but I didn’t want to do something that someone else already had out there. I think I’ve finally made something unique, and I love it so, so much. Come back on Wednesday, and I’ll show you how to make one yourself!
Whew! Now, how can you win all of this amazing stuff?
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Here’s how to enter:
1st entry: Leave a comment telling me something you’d like to see here on Crafty Staci in the future. It can be anything your heart desires.
2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know. If you were already following me just leave a comment telling me so (you don’t need to follow somewhere else just to enter).
This giveaway opens on March 2, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.
All three giveaways close this Sunday, so be sure to get your entries in!
Hopefully you had a chance to enter last week’s giveaway – if not, pop over before March 8th. I’m excited about this week, because I made lots of what you can win today. I owe a big thanks to Craft Warehouse for the cute apron pattern and fabric, and Tuttle Publishing for the beautiful cookbooks included in today’s package.
You know I cracked the cover on these cookbooks when they arrived from Tuttle Publishing. You really want these – trust me.
You might recognize the reversible Chatterbox Apron from my Craft Warehouse Design Team project. This fabric is so cheerful, and I’ve been anxious to make more things to match.
The Mug Hot Pads are the first in my newest series.
I’ll show you how to make this quilt-as-you-go table runner on Wednesday.
I’ll be sharing this printable shopping list and menu pad soon. To make life easier, each shopping list page is followed by a menu planning page.
All this can be yours!
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Here’s how to enter:
1st entry: Leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite project from my blog.
2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.
This giveaway opens on February 23, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don't receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.
Good luck everybody!
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. I think the title of the book I’m reviewing today, Cupcake Envy, must be a play on words. Before I opened it I thought it meant everyone would be envious of the cute cupcakes the reader would make from it. After reading, I realized it actually seemed to mean that ordinary cupcakes would envy the amazing mini cakes found within the pages. This book is eye candy, pure and simple, but doesn’t stop there.
The author, Amy Eilert, refers to these treats as cakelets. They’re more than a cupcake but smaller than a regular cake. She starts off the book with the charming story of how her business came to be, followed by a chapter laying out the pans, tools and ingredients you’ll want to consider using. I thought the Tricks of the Trade section was nice for those of us who are novice cake decorators. Who knew vodka was a handy decorating tool?
There are basic recipes included for cake, icing and frosting, and then comes the fun part – decorating. It starts off with some lovely, girl options. My favorite was Playing Dress Up. Each project has a difficulty rating in the upper right corner, and this one is Easy/Intermediate.
The next chapter is all about edibles, like this sweet Cup ‘O Joe. Wouldn’t this be perfect for Mother’s Day?
A bag full of groceries?!? I never would have guessed that would make such an adorable cake theme!
If you’re planning a baby shower this year, there’s an entire chapter that’s sure to impress friends and family. If making desserts for a whole party is too intimidating, one sweet cakelet just for her is sure to be appreciated by a new mom.
The guys weren’t left out here, with a chapter to themselves, right down to the manly intro.
This garden cakelet is one of my favorites, but how could anyone bring themselves to actually EAT this? It’s just too pretty.
I have to admit, they lost me a little in the Offbeat and Edgy chapter, but I’m probably not the target audience there.
There’s a handy section just following that though, full of ideas to use if you don’t have fondant available. I realized as I reached the end that it has those ever-useful flip-outs on the front and back to use to hold your place.
For me, getting fancy with my cake decorations means adding sprinkles on top of the frosting which, in truth, is probably to hide the crumbs. I’ve never even touched fondant. However, after drooling over Cupcake Envy, I’m inspired. I really want to give these little cakelets a try!