I was contacted recently by Nicole Blum, co-author of the new book, "Improv Sewing" to see if I'd like to review it for them on Ruffles and Stuff. I said "sure!" and I'm so glad I did. I loved it!
Honestly, I probably would have said "yes" no matter what book it was, simply because I'm greedy for sewing books. (I'll admit it.) But this book, in particular is right up my alley, because all my sewing is "improv sewing"! Maybe you've noticed? I love to cut corners, skip steps, and "make do" where I can. I just don't have time at this point in my life to sew a lot of detailed projects!
And that's what this book is all about. Enjoying your projects without worrying about the fussy details. Going with the flow and letting it turn out how it turns out! I love it.
So if you're in the same boat as me, or if you have a short project attention span, or if you just enjoy a simple, quick project, I think you'd love this book.
A few projects I loved:
I love that the authors encourage you to be creative with the projects and use the ideas and patterns as a jumping off point to add your own improvisations to! Which is exactly what I did!
I used the instructions for the "Two-Panelled Garment" and the "Gathered Shirt" (pictured above) to make this little nightie for Paige. (Which, if I had to hazard a guess, will probably be worn to the library, the grocery store, church, etc. as well.) She tried it on and wouldn't take it off all day! So comfy and cute.
I added some pompom trim that I picked up on clearance a long time ago, which turned it into a princess nightie. Much appreciated by the punkin.
And now the exciting part! Giving one away!!
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