Have you seen my book collection? No, I don’t own a independent book shop. I’m just too addicted to learning and sharing. I think by now you all know my sewing “method”. Research before making it. It’s just a fun part of the process for me and books play the key part of it.
I sometimes forget how simple terms and methods can seen so daunting for a beginner. I recently had one of my readers twitting me a basic question. She felt silly to ask but no question it’s silly when you are learning. My other half always says “ It’s only easy if you know the answer” .
When you don’t have someone to show or tell, you rely on materials available; either books, friends, courses or blogs. Hopefully, yours truly has been a good source of information!It’s hard to see a book for beginners with “intermediate” eyes so I enlisted the help of my mom and we chatted a bit of what as a complete beginner her views were, shown her all the book and now I got to send her a MY copy. (And make her dress too) Remember me to not ask mom for help!
A Little Course in Sewing.With a tag line on ‘everything you need to succeed’, it sets the tone for what this book is about. It’s intended to absolute beginners with no previous basic knowledge. Not even how to sew a button!
The idea of this series is to teach a few key techniques and use simple projects to practice hence building basic sewing skills. Like other DK prints, there is a section of essential equipment, understanding fabrics, choosing patterns, buying and using fabric. If you have some knowledge and some garments under your belt you will still find useful information, but I feel other books my be better suitable for your skills.
As you can see the book format is hard cover. I personally wished was spiral bound. So much easier to use, specially when you are trying the skill for the first time.
The contents of projects aren’t original and very basic but they still managed to engage me. The language is simple and the photographs are good. So far, I think this book perfect for a child that just started sewing or someone that prefer instructions to be mainly visual (a.k.a in a handy step by step). Specially on the more challenging techniques as interfacing on different types of fabrics or attaching a zipper. (More Photos)
I personally learned how to attach velcro and took a photocopy of the ‘interface types’ page to keep with my
library folder. Just show there are so many things to learn whatever your skill level is at the moment.
It’s a keeper on my library!
Disclaimer: The book I am reviewing today is for total beginners. It’s was kindly sent to me by DK ( I bought all their other books I own with my own money) and I am not being paid for this. All my book reviews are my personal and fair opinion.