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I bought this book for my eldest daughter who wanted to get her teeth into a few simple sewing projects. Cath Kidstons' 'Sew!' seemed ideal since it claimed to include 'something to suit everybody, whatever their previous experience' in its introduction. My daughter knew how to operate a sewing machine but had only a couple of other hand stiches to her repertoire.
The first part of this book is dedicated to discussing the essentials of sewing: aspects of setting up and using a sewing machine, making patterns, hems, edges and seams, fastenings, ties and handles, applique and quilting and applying decorative details. These basics of sewing are covered very instructively in easy to understand language and with step by step illustrations.
The next part of the book contains 41 sewing projects including: cushions, tea towels, tablecloth, quilt, bags, wash-bags, jewellery roll, specs case, iPod case. Again, the user is taken through the steps to make the article in question with useful tips and hints - and there is a large glossy picture of what the finished product looks like. The book seems to use Kath Kidston printed fabrics for everything.
The back of the book contains various templates which you will need to use during these projects and a useful list of addresses for fabric shops.
The book also contains some 'summer blossom' printed fabric, the pattern and everything else you need to make the Kath Kidston bag which is shown on the front cover of this book.
Experience of the product:
My daughter started off by making the bag. She did it pretty much unaided by myself and managed to come up with a nice little bag (approx. 26cmx 22cm) which looks to me exactly as it was intended to. She found the instructions easy to follow and was very pleased with her first effort.
She has had successful attempts at other projects since then. She has not used the Kath Kidston fabrics shown in the book, she has used other pieces from a fabric shop locally which proved to be cheaper options. Her personally customised items still have that homely appeal though.
She loves this book and it has proved useful to her as a beginner - but I feel experienced needle-smiths would not find these projects much of a challenge. They are very simplistic items to make.
Nevertheless, I am going to give 'Kath Kidston Sew!' 5 dooyoo stars because it is such a lovely book to have or to give as a gift. There is a real feel-good factor about it and a sense of nostalgia which takes me back to when I learned to sew myself.
Currently available on Amazon for £9. Would recommend.
Some wonderful and inspiring projects in here, and the book also comes with the fabric to one of the projects already cut out for you, so all you have to do is sew it together. To quote the author, she wanted to "design projects that were practical as well as pretty" and I think for the most part this book does just that.
The projects include aprons, quilts, place mats, a tablecloth, cushions and bags. What appealed to me most was the quilting and patchwork projects, though I think I'd quite happily work on any of the items in this book.
The book contains some useful information, for example, making your own bias binding, and each project has a tip, hint, or piece of trivia relating to the item, which makes it an interesting read. There's a bit of information on sewing machines, and about basic sewing equipment.
The projects are each designated a skill level, - I, II or III. I would say with regard to difficulty that you do not have to be an expert at sewing to get the most out of this book, but you may find it a bit advanced if you're a complete beginner, or someone with absolutely no experience at sewing.
There are a couple of minor niggles: I think the book would benefit from more detailed and illustrated instructions, and also an index or glossary of terms. (I had to ask a shop assistant what cotton duck is, for example)
But generally I would recommend this as a fun and interesting book for someone who likes sewing.
I have been brought up knitting, making cross stitched pictures and using the sewing machine. Every year for birthdays and Christmas, my Grandparents tend to buy me something related to these topics.
Cath Kidston is one of my favourite designers and I love her textile prints - especially floral. I was over the moon when my Grandparents brought me this book for Christmas and couldn't wait to do the projects inside.
The book includes a number of projects, all really typical Cath - very quirky, funky and timeless. Projects include: an MP3 pouch (fits iPhone's), single quilt, cushions, hot water bottle cover, a couple of bags, childrens apron and many other items which all look simple enough. With the book you get enough fabric to make one of the bags and a few buttons, I like the fact they include a 'Cath Kidston' patch to put on the bag so it looks like you've brought it from the shop (if you make it well of course).
Inside the book there is a pull out pattern cutting sheet containing every pattern you'll need for the book. I have to admit it isn't the best I've used as I do projects like this all the time and use them all the time at college also. To use the pattern sheets, you will need to use tracing paper as they over lap and you won't be able to see the actual outline through the fabric - obviously. The patterns are exact to what you need but if you would like to make them larger you can do so with a photocopier as I find they come in handy when you buy your own fabric and would like to make something. I have used the patterns a number of times with different fabrics to make presents and bits for myself and providing you keep the sheet in good condition it can be used for a long time.
I do like the way the book is laid out with pictures and instructions which are really easy to follow. I love the fact they rated the items on how easy they are to make. One thimble means it is quite easy and could be a useful start for beginners, two thimbles means its easy but can be tricky too, three thimbles means you're pretty much at the hardest point this book could get. After doing all of the projects at least once I have to admit, I found some of the 'two thimble' things more difficult to make - I guess it just comes down to what you like and find easy/hard.
I am not sure where my book was brought or how much it cost, but I am aware it can be brought on Amazon for as cheap as £7.79 and in the Cath Kidston store obviously the price will be more. Its worth having a look around to find it as cheap as possible but it is worth every penny.
I would recommend this to anyone but I have to admit, if you're a complete beginner than it may be quite tricky for you. You can buy Cath Kidston fabrics in the stores for quite a price so it might be worth just making them out of other fabrics you can pick up from your local fabric shop. It is a really good book and its even worth buying just to look at the pictures!
This book is a feast for the eyes if you are a print lover like me. The projects in the book are made using beautiful, colourful fabrics which look stylish yet quirky. They will inspire you to get sewing straight away. There is a large pull out pattern sheet which is excellent. It has all the patterns you need to make all of the projects. The patterns are at full size so no need to enlarge on a photocopier- yah! You need tracing paper to copy out the patterns as they overlap each other. (I use baking paper as it comes on a roll and so can be cut to the desired length).
Projects include a hot water bottle cover, knitting needles zip up bag, different styles of bags, mp3 player pouch, kids aprons, needle case, pin cushion, child's quilt, a cushion and a bird mobile to name a few. In the sleeve of the cover is pre cut fabric with buttons and a Cath Kidston label to make your own bag. The instructions to make the bag are in the book. There is also a paper pattern of this so you can make more with different fabrics. I use this bag to keep my crochet stuff in. It is gorgeous. However, when making the button loop in the fabric provided, it didn't work to the directions as it was too thick. I improvised and made the loop a different way.
Therefore, if you are a total beginner then this book may be too advanced for some of the projects. The projects are graded in level by using 1, 2 or 3 thimbles, 1 being the easiest. If you start on the level 1 projects first, then you will increase your skill level and will then be able to move on up to level 2 and so on. Practise makes perfect (almost).
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to make lovely things from fabric, if not to make the exact projects then to give you inspiration. The colours and designs are mouth watering.
This is a book by Cath Kidston, the designer shop that sells various items with pretty prints on, they have a huge selection of products within the store and have each item in different prints. Anyway, back to the book, it was released in October 2009 and it wasn't a day too soon. I had been saving my dooyoo Amazon voucher to buy it with, it is recomended to be sold for 14.99 however they were selling it for 8.97 which is an amazing saving for such a new high quality book!
This book was printed following their previous book 'make' Make was more about improving things either by painting or sewing onto an existing item - it wasn't really making anything from scratch more making something better. Still a good book but it didn't do what they said it did so when i heard that they were making this book i was a little sceptical that it wouldn't contain too many projects. I was pleased then when i got it in the post to see that there were loads of different projects and as if that wasn't enough value for money there was also a pre cut fabric bag and instructions on how to make it. It is in the classic cath kidston fabric. The bag once made couldn't be purchased in the shop for as much as the book costs so it is amazing value for money. Don't get me wrong the bag isn't huge but it is very pretty and if it is a big bag you are after there is a template for this, you can choose if you want to get the fabric from Cath Kidston (about eighteen pounds a meter) or if you can get something nice somewhere else!
In summary i love this book, there is aq huge selection of pretty projects with clear and simple instructions!!
This book was for sale for £10 just before Christmas from WHSmith, but the RRP is £14.99. I bought it for my Mum to give me for Christmas as I am keen to learn how to0 sew properly.
I have other sewing books but decided to buy this one as I love the famous Cath Kidston patterns and designs and I am very in to hand made pieces for around the home and accessories, and this book had a lot of ideas.
I am a good hand sewer but am still learning how to use the sewing machine well.
The book is jam packed full of ideas of things to make and has detailled instructions. However, I feel that if I did not have my Mum's help then I would have struggled to make what I have made so far. The designs are more aimed at more experienced sewers but each design has a difficulty rating so you know what is expected.
Along with the book is a pattern sheet which has the patterns drawn for every design in the book. This is very useful.
Also, included with the book is the fabric to make a small bag. I have made this bag and, although small, it is quite easy to make. The material is ready cut although I think it would have been better if the material was not cut as this is good practice.
The designs included range from aprons, bags, ipod cases and dangling mobiles and so there is something for every age and skill.
I would recommend this book to anyone with previous sewing experience but don't think it would be great for a beginner.