Learn to Sew with Lauren- book tour!

Hello darlings,

Last month I had been asked If I would be interested in receiving a copy of Lauren’s book Learn to Sew with Lauren: From first stitches to perfect projects and share my personal views over the blog- part of their book tour. Yeah, sewing books! Always send them my way! #sewingbookaddicted
This book is aimed at total beginner ( erg… clue in the title: learn to sew…) with both home decor and clothing projects. Going from  easy peasy to trickier projects.  I like this format for new sewists because when one never sewn, everything seems a little bit daunting, so having a clear order of what to make can help people gain confidence.
Source: Learn to Sew, Lauren Guthrie

You will find two main sections:step by step techniques clearly photographed and illustrated instructions projects.

Techniques: Choosing fabrics, setting your space, basic hand stitches, using sewing patterns, seams, inserting a zipper, buttons, hems, darts, bias binding, tucks, pleats and gathers and setting in a sleeve.
All beginner friendly and most used techniques they need to learn first!

Projects variations and little tips add a lot of brownie points in my opinion.


Some of the projects in this book are: Tote bags, envelope cushion, napkins, oven gloves frame purse, apron, weekender bag etc…
Source: Learn to Sew, Lauren Guthrie
Full size patterns ( yay) are printed with good quality paper but double sided it, you need to trace it.
Source: Learn to Sew, Lauren Guthrie
Dressmaking projects: Adventure shorts, Pyjamas bottoms, Yoke top, Pocket skirt and Have it way dress(my favourite but a little too romantic for me).

My favourite home project is the big weekend bag. Maybe if I have enough time to make it as a beach bag for my upcoming holiday.

The projects and the book are so beautiful but most of the projects are too simple for me. I’m not really the target audience because I like complicated projects… If you have a friend you want to inspire to sew but clothes are a little scary, this book offer a good balance of projects to start.
I’m yet to meet Lauren in person but I have a feeling I would find very similar to the voice of the book. Call it six sense but its actually all this years reading blogs and meeting their writers. We get a sense of the person.

I wish Lauren all the best with her book endeavour. She is promoting the book with workshops for specific projects. For a full list and dates.  If you are in Birmingham on September 6, pop in for the launch party!  I wish I would be there but I’m teaching the Datura Blouse.Disclaimer: I don’t get paid for reviews and the views are my own. A physical copy of the book was sent to me free of charge.

  • That skirt is cute, I’d make that! I think I’ll buy this for my sister, she’s just learning to sew.

  • That is a lovely review. I would get this for my cousin who is interested in sewing but hasn’t done any for a while. It does look very interesting.

  • Congrats to Lauren with the book release! I hope it’ll sell well! But can I rant a little and say that I am so tired of seeing books for beginners 🙁 I feel like most of the information containing there is not new but was published already somewhere else. Besides, there are so many information for beginners on the Internet!

    The sewing markets is in need of books for advanced seamstresses to help them progress in their sewing skills. There is hardly anything out there between books for total beginners and Claire Shaeffer’s books. Somebody, fill the gap please!