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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