Sew What! Skirts ~ Group Review

on May 3 | in Products | by | with 7 Comments

We’re going to try something new today–a group review.  How this works is I’ll give a little information about the book, and then if you have read the book, you rate the book and explain your ratings in the comments.  Hopefully over time we’ll have enough ratings and reviews to give readers some meaningful information about books and patterns.   Obviously you can see some ratings on Amazon, but this should be easier than creating an Amazon account, plus you might be able to recognize some of the reviewers as crafters you know and trust.

In honor of Skirt Month, our first review:

Sew What! Skirts

Book:  Sew What! Skirts

Author:  Francesca DenHartog

Publisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC; Spiral edition (September 1, 2006)

Description from the Publisher: Sewing is back! Young, crafty women are discovering the fun and creativity of working with fabric, needle, and thread to create simple, colorful skirts, suitable for showing off as wearable art. Sew What! Skirts assumes no prior sewing experience (and no home ec. class or mother with sewing skills!), and doesn’t get bogged down with overly complicated instructions or patterns.

Author Francesca DenHartog, a fabric fanatic and sewing instructor, has stripped skirts down to the basics: 15 styles, ranging from an A-line to a circle, wraparound, gored panel, tiered “hippie,” layered, and more. All it takes to get started is basic body measurements (no need to go out and buy an expensive pattern), a machine, great fabric, fun embellishments, and a few sewing fundamentals.

With a creative can-do attitude, playful photographs, and super-simple step-by-step instructions, Sew What! Skirts will connect a whole new generation with the craft of making clothing that expresses your own unique look and personality. It’s all about the fabric, as DenHartog demonstrates with the colorful array of patterns and motifs featured throughout.

Whimsical, colorful, and easy, the designs in this book are sure to unleash the creative spirit of every budding seamstress.

UPDATE:  The ratings widget wasn’t working in IE, so we had to take it out.  Still, please leave us a comment.  

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7 Responses to Sew What! Skirts ~ Group Review

  1. Keri says:

    I bought this book over the weekend after several long weeks of coveting it intensely and it was WELL worth the wait. I haven’t sewn anything with it yet but I love the idea of knowing how to make my own pattern!! It’s all super-easy and while all the skirts shown in the book are not to my liking, there are several that I’m DYING to make (the vintage tablecloth one with the button pockets!!). This is a really great book and even though I’ve been sewing for my whole life I think I beginner would DEFINITELY get tons of use from this book too. RUN and get it! Totally worth it!

  2. Vanessa says:

    I just checked this book out of my library because I LOVE skirts and usually only thrift them but this book seems to open up a world of possibilities.
    I can’t attest to the ease of following the directions, but the writing is very conversational, like a good friend is helping you along, and the variety of fabrics used for the different styles is very inspiring.
    I think I will start by making some of the skirts for my daughters to see how they are, and then…another reason to buy more fabric and troll yard sales – hurray!

  3. Mary says:

    I also love this book! I have made the first two skirts – both A-line, one with elastic, the other with a zipper. I have never sewn clothing for myself – only home decor stuff. I have a very low threshold for detail and am NOT a perfectionist. This book is so great. It’s simply written in a casual voice that makes me feel like I can make any of the skirts in the book. I plan on sewing my way through the book one skirt at a time and just have fun! My only criticism so far is that they don’t do a great job of explaining how to put in darts. I need another reference book, or a seamstress friend, for this. Otherwise, this is an inspiring book for anyone who sews a little, a lot, or thinks they can’t sew at all.

  4. Jill says:

    I also borrowed this from the library to ‘test drive’ it. Having sewn for over 25 years but lacking drafting skills, this book has opened my eyes to the possibilities, especially as a plus size woman. As the mother of 3 daughters, this book would be an asset for all of us since we all sew. I plan to add it to my personal library at some point this year. I’ve wanted an A-line, wrap skirt or possibly skort for some time now…this book will make that possible. Definitely a must-have for garment sewists.

  5. laurie says:

    Yep, I have this book and love it. I have not made any of the skirts but plan to and as for readability, interestingness and practical photos and information it’s been great!

  6. Pieces says:

    I love this book! After checking it out from the library I decided I needed to own it. The best part is that I can use it to make skirts for me, my daughter, and friends forever! Lots of great choices and variations and I love the idea of never buying another skirt pattern again.

  7. Tammy says:

    I have this book checked out of the library right now, and I am planning on making several skirts using their pattern drafting helps. Even though I know how to sew, it is helpful to have the detailed instructions!

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