Book: Blog tour: Girl’s World {with giveaway}

by KateG on 15/06/2011

in Books

Girl’s World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls By Jennifer Paganelli. Chronicle Books (April 2011).

Perfectly girly and sweet, Jennifer Paganelli’s book Girl’s World, is for sewing mothers who are crazy about dressing up their little girls, and creating adorable and pretty spaces. Chronicle’s books are always well made, spiral bound hard cover for durability and ease of use, an envelope full of patterns, vibrant photography and design – gorgeous to behold. And the designs within showcase Jennifer’s fabric designs to perfection.

Reviewed by Kate G

If great big bold bright fabric prints get you going, or if you have a little girl in your life, or if you love ruffles and frills and flowers and being girly, or if digging out strings of pearls and enormous hats for a tea party sounds like fun, then you had better have a look at this book.

Girls World is a collection of sewing projects created by Jennifer Paganell in collaboration with Dolin O’Shea, who helped to both design and illustrate the patterns. These designes showcase the Sis Boom Fabrics – if you aren’t familiar with this range of fabrics, they are a riot of bright colours and bold but classic floral and patterned designs.

I really like the dress patterns in this book, they are non fussy, with classic, clean lines, are girly and pretty without any frou frou, but look very contemporary and edgy when sewn in Sis Boom’s large format prints. The other clothing patterns include an apron, which is super pretty and perfect for anyone new to sewing, and a tulle ballet skirt with enclosed fabric flower petals that would be perfect for dancing, twirling, or just wearing to feel gorgeous.

The accessory projects include all sorts of things that use Sis Boom fabrics, such as a quilt, decorative bunting, pillows and cushions, a bed canopy and some fabric flowers to wear as a brooch or barrette. There are a few other projects that don’t use the fabrics at all, such as using silk flowers to cover a headband and a light shade, both of which will help anybody to feel a bit frilly and a bit fancy, either out at a party or at home.

The set out of the projects in Girls World is really good. For all sized projects, there are a wide range of sizes included, from two year old toddlers to sweet preteens and teens. All projects include a materials list, cutting instructions, and very detailed assembly instructions with clear illustrations. Each project is well photographed, with multiple views of the item, which is something I really love in a crafting book.

Girls World has an excellent techniques section, which will set up even the most inexperienced person for success with sewing. It describes and explains basic equipment, has general notes for all projects, a detailed glossary of techniques with instructions and very clear diagrams.

And if all of this wasn’t enough to get you started, there are full sized patterns for every project tucked into the front of the book.

So grab this book, some gloriously coloured bold prints, a string of pearls and frock up!

About the reviewer: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.


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And yes there is a copy of this book to win – so leave a comment telling us the prettiest, frilliest, fanciest thing you have made for the little girl in your life. – 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

Thanks for entering – Congratulations Sophia – you will be contacted via email.

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1 Carolien June 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

I recently started to sew dresses for my girls and I’m so proud of it! It’s the solar dress of Indietutes, so nice, and they love to were them. I just finished no 3 and no 4 will follow very soon :)

2 Samantha June 15, 2011 at 8:42 am

My girls (I have 4) have tons of mama made fancies… everything from pettiskirts, birthday outfits, halloween princess costumes, handmade custom bookbag, fancy nancy outfits…. you get the idea. We could use lots of help in making their rooms fancy, and adding accessories!

3 Maya June 15, 2011 at 8:43 am

That would be the ruffled top and a petticoated skirt! Still have them although she outgrew them!!

4 Becky M June 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

I have to stay away from too many ruffles with my daughter. She;s only two and refuses things with tutus and ruffles! Go figure right? That’s why I love Sis Boom patterns, they are adorable without being too frilly! I haven’t made one of the patterns for my daughter yet (i’m new to clothing sewing) but I have made the Jamie dress for myself!

5 laurel June 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

their room is an explosion of pink and green, and birds. and stripes. i just made them matching nap quilts of pink and green and every joyous color. but i don’t know what to do next!

6 judy buchanan June 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

i love to sew and it means so much for have a llittle granddaughter to make pretty things for!! she has lots of awesome dresses and skirts from sisboom fabrics and i would have to say our favorite is our rumba sundress, perfect for twirling!!

7 Marsha June 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

The frilliest thing I’ve made for my daughter is a blue skirt with rainbow-colored rickrack trim along the bottom edge. She loves it, because—as she puts it—”Who DOESN’T love rainbows?”

8 Sarah Latham June 15, 2011 at 9:35 am

I have only just recently found out I will have a daughter in my life and after 3 sons thats a big adjustment, opening an old topkids sewing magazine I saw a teeny tiny itty bitty shift dress that called my name. Some beautiful purple floral print with a plain purple band on the bottom and 3 sweet itty bitty pintucks running down it later (and as soon as I sew the snaps on), it will be the prettiest frilliest fanciest thing I have sewn my soon to be baby girl.

9 heather b June 15, 2011 at 10:07 am

Tons of frilly tutus! With lots of ribbons and flowers!

10 Emma June 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

I have only just caught the sewing bug and I’m loving it! I have two daughters who I’d love to start sewing for! the frilliest , fanciest thing I’ve made for one of my girls would be the sparkly dress on the two year olds dolly varden cake last birthday to cover up a dodgy looking cake. Does that count?

11 amy lou June 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

a beautiful red cotton multi-layered skirt with loads of pink & orange ruffles on each layer…Addie just grew out of it so her best pal Maud is going to get it next! …I like the previous comment with the rainbow colored rick rack that sounds awesome cuz we totally love rainbows.

12 Dell June 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

I made a beautiful white dress with a pink Madeira hem and embroidery on the bodice. I saved it for my granddaughters.

13 faith June 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

I just had a baby girl this winter and haven’t sewn anything for her yet, but I’m getting twitchy to start!

14 Patricia P June 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

Been sewing lately for my 5 yo grandaughter but she getting taller and taller so I have been attaching ruffles to the hems or turning them into cute tops with a ruffle or two! This book would be perfect to sew new things for her. Love the little doggies!

15 Paige June 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

I’ve made skirts, dresses, and nightgowns for my little girl – she’s six now and hasn’t been into wearing dresses lately, but I’ve got a pattern for a long nightgown with lace details that I’m gonna start real soon, because I know she’ll wear that! Also, I’m in the process of painting her room pink and purple, so we’re on the look-out for some inspiring room accessories.

16 Nupur June 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

One of my favorite projects was when I made a pretty hand-smocked dress for my little cousin in a red checked fabric. I now want to learn to do smocking on my sewing machine. Thanks for the giveaway!

17 Kristy - Hopeful Threads June 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

Holding my breath at the chance to win this GORGEOUS book! Like most, my girls LOVE to twirl, so the twirl skirts are probably the girliest, prettiest items I’ve made them. They never grow tired of spinning and watching their skirts twirl around them! Sweet girly bliss! :)

Thanks for the fun giveaway!

18 Jill June 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

The prettiest thing I’ve made would probably be their dolls – at least that’s what they would say. Having three daughters, we’d love to get our hands on this book!

19 Vicki K June 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

Just recently I made a purse for the girl in my life – it was a fun collage of pastel plaids and flowers and blues on the outside with patches of birds and birdhouses. Inside was bright and cheery with contrasting pockets.

20 Kara Miller June 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I have made her a felt crown, several skirts and dresses, and a few princess dress ups. I have to say the fanciest, by her vote, were of course the crown and the princess dress ups. We are always up for new ideas though and love girly sewing books!

21 wendy June 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

The fanciest thing I’ve made for my daughter is a princess/medieval dress. It’s a mix of velvet and wool and shiny embroidered fabrics, laced up the back. I also made a crown to go with it. It was originally her halloween costume in 2009, but she still wears it on a regular basis.

Just a note: it would be handy if reviews for books like this could mention the size range of the clothing patterns in the book…

22 Sofia Schiappa June 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I Have two girls…and everything I do they what to keep for themselves. Dolls and toys and bags!
One day, they went to school and I remodel their room…with curtain, and bed covers, and pillows, and a lamp shade and everything I could think of….they where thrilled, they just LOVED it.
And I´m sensing some new ideas from that book… :))

23 Julie June 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I made my older daughter a pettiskirt a little while ago. I need to get going and make my younger daughter one, too.

24 Bonney June 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I made the cutest Valentine’s dress ever!! She hated it! Fortunately I could recycle the fabric for a quilt. She wouldn’t even try the dress on!

25 Stacy June 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I made my 8 month daughter a beautiful quilt for her crib – before she was born. :)

26 Jeanne Gwin June 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I made ruffled bubble butt suits and ruffled “dri-bees” for my granddaughter. They were so darn cute

27 Lori B. June 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’ve made all of her dresses and halloween costumes. Her favorite is a tiered sundress with just the perfect amount of twirl factor.

28 Kelly June 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

The prettiest and girliest thing I ever made is for my niece Maya (we don’t have any girls) and it is a gorgeous pink and green dress, that she has now worn for 3 years and it’s beginning to look like a midriff top at this point. It is truly a dress that screams “hello, I’m a girl!” All pink, with bright green sash!

29 pam June 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

The little girl in my life is a gymnast and wants everything to say so proudly so bags are the mainstay. Ones that say something about gymnastics. Unfortunately the days of frilly and girly are long gone. But bright colours? And big prints? Even great big bright flowers? Yes, yes, yes.

30 Holly Dapore June 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I have 3 boys, so I only sew girls’ items as gifts. I have made a taggie blanket but am hoping to learn to make more things!

31 Erin Waters June 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

The frilliest things I have made are sun dresses, but that’s not terribly frilly. I need this book :)
Thanks for the review & giveaway!

32 Sonja June 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

My first quilt! I made it for my daughter and it´s all pink. She loves it!

33 Jen R June 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I don’t have any kids, so there have been no little girls for me to make girly things for! I have a 4 year old cousin, so I would love to check out this book to see if I could make some cute things for her!

34 Beth June 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

My daughter is a 5 year old tomboy, so I haven’t been able to make anything to frilly!! But, I have sewn some cute casual dresses (that she has actually worn) and her halloween costumes for the past 4 years. She’s starting to get a little more girly… not much though!! This book looks great, thanks for the opportunity!

35 Betty June 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I have made my daughters lots of dresses through the years. Recently, I made them tiered skirts and they were cute! This book looks fabulous!

36 Kelly June 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

My two youngest daughters (I have four) share a room. Right now we are in the process of pulling everything out, repainting, making new covers, and painting two thrifted desks for them. The girls are still trying to determine color (one wants girly lavendar while the other wants trendy lime green or teal). This will be one girly little room, much different than the older one who likes modern teen, and the 2nd one who likes artifacts that come from other countries. We have painted their mismatched spindle beds white, but I didn’t know quite what to do with the dated desks. They have a laminate top that really can’t be painted. I think what I’ll do instead is pry off the tops, replace with some sort of board, paint, and then make one of those darling little desktop covers like the one in the picture above. Covering it in glass would make it sooooo easy to change out too. So, while I make girly things all the time with quilts, etc, my next girly project will be those desks (after they decide on a color scheme).

37 Cathy June 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Ahhh… I love making girly things for my nieces! Girliest thing I’ve made is probably tutus! And they can’t get enough of them :)

38 Audie June 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I made some super fancy tutus for my girls to wear for Halloween. They were peacocks!

39 kelli June 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Hand-tied tutu for my goddaughter — I leave the really fancy stuff for my mother to make for my daughter.

40 aunt spicy June 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Love to make cute doll blankets for my nieces and adopted nieces!

41 carrie June 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Hmmmm….I think the most girlie thing I’ve made was the elephant bag in Hillary Lang’s Wee Wonderfuls book. Mine (ok my daughter’s) has pink daisy ears and cupcake lining. Seriously cute! I love making this stuff! My little one is 6 and still gets a big kick out of all her Mommy sewn things!

42 Mindy June 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

This looks like a must have!

43 Heather Joy June 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I don’t have a daughter but I use any excuse to make things for my friend’s daughter and my niece. I’ve made dresses, purses, and little stuffed cats with dresses and purses :) This book looks so fun and inspiring!

44 Amanda June 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I’m sewing the Bo Peep Skirt for my daughters right now but the fanciest thing I have made has to be the Sleeping Beauty costume.

45 Linda June 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm


46 TK June 16, 2011 at 1:31 am

A big fluffy pink pillow!

47 Debra June 16, 2011 at 2:09 am

i made a pillow covered with ruffles for a friend!

48 Jane T in NW Louisiana June 16, 2011 at 2:18 am

The last frilly thing I made for my little great granddaughter was a tutu.

49 Helen June 16, 2011 at 3:06 am

The frilliest thing I have made for the girls is a ra-ra skirt (remeber those!).


50 Kate June 16, 2011 at 3:37 am

Earlier this year, I made my daughter a princess dress. Of course, I made it while pregnant with my other daughter and my crafting mojo is awful when I’m pregnant, so it turned out way too big. But she loves it anyway and eventually I will find time to sew again (hard with a newborn) and will make it fit a bit better so that she can actually wear it out in public like she wants to.
The book looks great.

51 Laura Jane June 16, 2011 at 5:05 am

I am making a PETI SKIRT with ALL the FLUFF!

52 Jennifer Ingley June 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

I’ve been seeing promotions of this book all over but have yet to find it for sale at the usual venues I visit–so hope I win! I believe the most fun and frilly thing I’ve made for a little girl is the Insa skirt from Sewing Clothes Kids Love by Nancy Langdon and Sabine Pollehn. Lots of room for creative embellishment!

53 Pattij June 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

I made several tutus for my granddaughters. So much fun!

54 lindsey June 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

i’ve made a lovely pink dress for my sister. it had tons of ruffles and was quite sweet. she’s 18 now, but i still make her tops and things. quite honestly though this book is my style and i can’t wait to try out some of the patterns! thanks for the chance to win!

55 Theresa Dock June 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

I knitted a light poncho with big needles to get a lacy effect, with funfur trim that she loves

56 hueisei June 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

Thanks for the chance…
I sew skirts or dresses to my aunt’s granddaughter..and also a tube dress for my sister :D.. It’s a very challenging task..but i love it..

57 bonnie cummings June 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

I am the proud Momma of two girly girls (and two boys who have both been known to enjoy a little toenail polish courtesy of the sister salon). The girliest thing I have sewn would have to be the zebra print chair cusion, with sparkly dangly pink beaded trim, and a fancy pink embroidered M with a curlique heart. Suits the princess that sits on the beautiful throne to a tee!! We would love to dive into the bright, happy, girly projects in this book :)
Thanks for the chance and for a great blog!

58 Angie H. June 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Many, many years ago I made this multi-ruffle dress/pants concoction for a wedding we were attending for my daughter. She is not a frill-loving girl, but she wore it…with a scowl the whole time. She was 6. Now she is 14 and will ofter wear the same scowl when I attempt to make her something frilly now. I think I learned my lesson, so I just make her frilly pillows! I still make frilly dresses, but just for me.

59 sangeetha June 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I am currently going through repurposing all my little girls dresses and younger age clothes. Just made her a cute little frilly skirt from an old dress last weekend

60 radioactivegan June 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

These projects look great, and they would be perfect for my two little nieces! Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

61 radioactivegan June 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Oops, forgot to say my frilly thing – I made some adorable purses for my nieces once. I’d love to make more things for them :)

62 Karyn Ashley-Smith June 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

My daughter is 5 months old… I haven’t made anything YET. I’m itching to get into my sewing room, just trying to get it re-organized after it was moved (AGAIN!) This is the perfect motivation.

63 Tricia June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

My girly-girl loves pinks and bright colors and bold patterns. I think the girliest thing I have made her is a first-day-of-school dress in hot pink chinoiserie!

64 mary jo June 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

hairclips….I got on a kick at one point and they’re all over the house now. Literally.

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