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.