Girl’s World Review

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Jane Dagmi from wantneedxoxo and Miss Blogworthy doesn’t sew. Even with this caveat she found Jennifer Paganelli’s new Girl’s World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls to be a really fun, inspiring book and she found some great projects to jump into as well.

We love Jennifer Paganelli, and of course her fabric and patterns too. We’ve eagerly awaited the publication of her new book, where her vibrant, colorful and girly aesthetic delights, page after page. We’ll have another review for Girl’s World coming up next. Comment on either post for your chance to WIN a copy of the book! Tell us who you’d sew for if you had a new copy of Girl’s World

I don’t sew, but that didn’t stop me from buying Jennifer Paganelli’s Girl’s World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls.

Beyond needle and thread, this book is all about inspiring with color, exciting pattern and sparkle. Plus, there are a few fabric-less projects which merely require a hot glue gun and a dose of creative passion… And that I’ve got!

If you enjoy playing with pretty things, decorating, crafting, and making life a bit more beautiful, then you should add Girl’s World to your library. For the non-sewers among us, here are the top 5 reasons why you will love this book too:

1. There are a few projects-– the Hadley Headband, Goodwill Badge, Floral Lamp Shade– that don’t require sewing skills at all. There are also a few projects that call for easy sewing such as the Flower Pin Barrette, or projects that can be adapted for colorful patterned paper and glue or tape.

2. The individual chapter pages can be color copied and used as pretty frames. Just cut out the shapely middle part with all the words and you’ve got a nifty opening to pop in a favorite photo. (Exhibit A: My grandmother.)

A photo of Jane’s grandmother, in a frame inspired by Jennifer’s book.

3. The sewing pattern newsprint can be recycled for gift wrap, shipping breakables, or general craft purposes. It can also be used to make very cool paper flowers.

4. Tim Geaney’s photography is delicious and the styling is delightful. Beyond the featured projects there are great accessorizing ideas and scenarios that can be applied to your own wardrobe, hair styling, decorating, and parties.

5. This is a great color reference book. Bold juicy hues and nostalgic patterns provide an emotional boost. Simply thumbing through gets me some happy. And I am sure it will get you some too.

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159 Responses to Girl’s World Review

  1. Sandra M says:

    Oh, I would sew for my little 4 YO girl, of course!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kay L. says:

    Wow, This would be great. I need more inspiration!

  3. Holly Randall says:

    I love this book! I have two daughters, 6 and 9, who have been taking sewing classes over the past few summers. It was a great moment when just this week they were in our sewing room together using the book to make the covered basket for a friend’s birthday. Thanks for this great publication!

  4. Asmita says:

    what a lovely book! thanks for the giveaway

  5. Erin says:

    I cant wait to try out this book for my girls!

  6. Whitney says:

    I always sew for my two little girls! The very first outfit I ever made was a little pair of overalls/jumper for my two year old using Jennifer Pagaealli’s Casey Scroll fabric. I love the playful take on classic colors and patterns! I can’t wait to read the book!

  7. Megan says:

    I would sew for my three little girls!!!! They love dresses!

  8. Salma says:

    I would sew for my 3 daughters! review looks really good, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  9. Marilee says:

    Oh, this looks wonderful, but when it says from tots to tweens, what is the size range? I have a size 8 granddaughter.

  10. Janice says:

    Would love new project ideas for all the little girls in my life.

  11. Deanna says:

    I would sew for my daughter and my nieces. I love being able to gift handmade dresses and such.

  12. Kathy says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. I have 3 granddaughters and sew for them all the time. The twins are 4 and the baby is 2 1/2. They would look adorable in some of the outfits in this book.

  13. Erin says:

    Sewing for girls is such a pleasure! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Deborah says:

    I’d sew for my three daughters!

  15. Tonya says:

    What a great book!

  16. Melissa says:

    I would sew for my daughter and my niece. They are close in age- only 10 months between them- and they are young enough that they still love cute matching dresses!

  17. I would sew things for my darling 5.5 year old, who loves to wear the things that I make! (for now!)

  18. Lindsay says:

    I would sew for my one year old daughter and my nieces.

  19. Bethany S says:

    My 3 year old daughter lives in tutus and considers herself a fairy princess….this is perfect to help her use her imagination!

  20. kelli says:

    I love sewing for my 3yo daughter.

  21. erin says:

    Great book !!!

  22. BA says:

    I would sew for all my neices and cousins! Sewing for girls is so much fun!

  23. Perrine says:

    Sewing for girls is so much easier than for boys!!

  24. The way you write, you are really a professional blogger….

  25. Victoria says:

    My sweet little granddaughter would love for her grandma (me) to win this. She is going thru a very rough time right now….her Mommy and Daddy have decided it’s best to live apart. This is very hard for her.

    She and I could pick out fabric and I could make some of the patterns from this book. Maybe it would cheer her up.

  26. lee says:

    I love sewing for girls – would love to sew for my nieces, and friends daughters!

  27. chris says:

    I would love to sew for my cousins! thanks!

  28. jenny says:

    Beautiful patterns

  29. jenny says:


  30. Andrea L says:

    Would be fun since I have a fancy little girl!

  31. Cheryl says:

    Since I have 3 girls (and 3 boys), I think I’d sew one of just about everything! Love it!

  32. DebbieKL says:

    Awesome! I recently had twin girls, so I’d put this book to use!

  33. Crystal H. says:

    I would sew for my daughter, and my two nieces!

  34. Bridgett says:

    I would love to create for my daughter!

  35. vicki says:

    It looks like such a fun book! I’d sew for my 2yo girl if I won it!

  36. Kelly R says:

    I love sewing little dresses and I am always looking for the next bit of inspiration! Love it!

  37. Grace says:

    Oops! I made a mistake an need to correct the website that was giving the class!

    Oooohhhhh! I would LOVE to win this book. I wanted to take the online course from Thread Therapy that featured this book. I was unable to take it, but I would dearly LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book. I have 3 beautiful daughters that would really enjoy the results of most of the projects in this book!

  38. Grace says:

    Oooohhhhh! I would LOVE to win this book. I wanted to take the online course from A Threaded Mess that featured this book. I was unable to take it, but I would dearly LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book. I have 3 beautiful daughters that would really enjoy the results of most of the projects in this book!

  39. stacey says:

    love this–looks so fun!

  40. Stephanie says:

    I would absolutely LOVE this book!

  41. Lisa says:

    Looks wonderful! After 3 boys, I’m so excited to have a daughter that I can sew for!

  42. Kailynn says:

    My daughter’s only 8 months old but I’m already sewing things for her and would love a copy of this book to get me started on the years to come! πŸ™‚

  43. prsd4tim2 says:

    I have a little granddaughter, so this would be super fun!

  44. Lizzie says:

    So cute! I’m looking forward to having my own little girl soon and would love to spoil her with some of these projects!

  45. lily carter says:

    I am trying to learn to sew, thi book lokks super inspiring!!

  46. Carrie says:

    I’d love to have this for my little girls!

  47. Brandy says:

    I would sew something for my niece…she loves pretty things!

  48. Charlotte Lunsford says:

    With 2 girls I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

  49. Ange says:

    Great to read a review that focuses on the non-sewing parts, saying that I would love it to sew for my daughter and 14 nieces !

  50. MBMeadows says:

    Love the photo idea!

  51. Deidra says:

    I love the cover and would love to win a copy.

  52. Sarah says:

    I have been eyeing up this book for a while now. My 3 girls would greatly appreciate if I win! they love when I make stuff for them and they love to help me make the stuff!

  53. Georgia says:

    I would sew for my 17mth old daughter and my 5 year old niece they love dressing in the same clothes!

  54. Catherine says:

    I don’t have a daughter yet – two wonderful sons so far – but I do have a neice and lots of friends with little girls, so I sew for them as often as possible. Oh how I love new projects for little girls. Sometimes it seems there’s no end to cute fabric and ideas to sew for them!

  55. Sylvie says:

    This book looks great!

  56. Danielle says:

    My daughter (14 mo) and her cousin (2 years) – I’m dying to make them something similar since they look practically identical. Thanks!

  57. Heidi Myers says:

    I always like ideas of things to make for my girls, cute book

  58. jessicac says:

    I would sew for my niece and my goddaughter!

  59. Marcia W. says:

    This would be a good book to use to make clothing and accessories for my five small grandnieces.

  60. Robin E. says:

    Oooo, I love that photo matting you did. I think want to buy this book just for that… Well, and more. I DO have two girls to sew for :D.

  61. RCarter says:

    This book is one i’d love to have! I have a little girly girl to sew for and her cousin. Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. Ng Lay Yen says:

    Hi, thanks for the giveway ! I would love to sew for my 2 daughters if I able to have a new copy of Girl’s World from Jennifer Paganelli.

  63. Christina says:

    I can’t seem to get a bead on what’s in this book. I’d like to take a closer look.

  64. Debbie says:

    If I had a copy of this darling book, I’d sew for my 5 grand-daughters, 4 daughters/inlaw, 2 nieces and my mom/inlaw … and of course me too!

  65. Katie P says:

    Expecting a baby in 12 days… maybe it will be a girl. If not, I’ll still sew for my niece!

  66. Jennifer N says:

    I love this review, with a twist on the expected. I’m new-ish to sewing, especially clothes, but I’m not very good at color and design. If I end up with this book, I’ll have a whole new way of looking at it! Thank you.

  67. Belinda says:

    I could sew some cute things for my little cousins!

  68. Krystal says:

    I have two girls that I love to sew for. Actually, I just really love fabric and in order to justify buying it, must sew with it once it arrives. πŸ˜‰ Love, love, love Jennifer Paganelli’s latest Honey Child.

  69. Lonni says:

    I have three daughters and 3 grandaughters that I sew for. And I am currently teaching the 12 year old grandaughter how to sew. She would love some fast easy girlie projects to make and sell at local craft fairs.

  70. Sydney says:

    What a sweet little book! It looks so fun!

  71. Kara says:

    I would sew for my five year old daughter. She loves all things girly!~

  72. Bluebird says:

    Well as a mum of 2 boys I think I will save the projects in this book for my lovely new god daughter. The projects look cute and I am dying to make some girly clothes for once!

  73. Lisa says:

    I have two girls who would love anything made from this book. My older daughter (6) is starting to learn to sew and I would love to work on something simple as a mom-daughter project!

  74. Brittany Evans says:

    So want to have this book and see what I can do for my girlie. Fun!

  75. Knitteresq says:

    Fingers crossed I hope I win this. I have a daughter and I have lots of friends with girls too. I love making girl stuff!

  76. Susan W says:

    My 9 year old daughter Emma, of course – these projects would suit her style perfectly. I also have three nieces age 13, 5 and 1, so all the sizes in the book would be well used!


  78. Chelsea says:

    I have an almost 2 year old that I love making things for, this book would be perfect!

  79. Rebeccamck says:

    I have two new baby nieces. After having two boys of my own, I can’t wait to get my hands on some cute baby girl patterns.

  80. Amy says:

    I have a little girl and love sewing dress for her.

  81. Lori says:

    Looks awesome! I love making things for my little girl!

  82. jennifer says:

    That would be an awesome book to make fun things for my 3 nieces

  83. Gerwerken says:

    This is the kind of book that my 5 year old daughter would “go shopping” in. She loves it when I make her cute girly dresses, because they are so hard to find in stores today.

  84. Carmen says:

    I’d sew for my daughter. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. Amber says:

    Ooh, I’ve been coveting this book for awhile now! I would use it to sew for my daughter, niece and friends.

  86. Christine says:

    Sooo cute! I would love to sew some new stuff for all the girls in my life!

  87. Bonnie says:

    I would sew mostly for my daughter (who is almost 2) and probably make some stuff for my 3 nieces as well. Love the book!

  88. Lindsey M. says:

    I’ve been eyeing this book for quite some time. Good luck everyone!!!

  89. Beth miller says:

    This book looks great! I have a 2 yr old girl who loves pretty things but isn’t overly girly. The styles here look perfect for her! I’m an avid sewist, but haven’t dived into childrenswear much. I’d love to do more sewing for her & love handmade best!

  90. Norma M. says:

    I would make something for my friend’s daughters. πŸ™‚

  91. Christine says:

    This book sounds amazing! I would sew for my 11 sweet granddaughters and they would love each item.

  92. Lorrie Orr says:

    I have a little granddaughter I sew for. I’ve been eyeing this book – looks like it’s full of beautiful projects.

  93. Erin says:

    I’d sew for my best friend’s little girl! And for my little sistersÒ€”they are all much, much younger than I am. What a gorgeous little book!

  94. Cassie says:

    I would love to sew some fun things for my 3 year old daughter!

  95. bree says:

    lovely book! Thank you!

  96. Kristy says:

    I have two daughters – age 2 and 6 – I would probably sew through the whole book!

    But definitely the dresses!

  97. Joanne says:

    I would love to sew pretty things for my niece.

  98. julie says:

    Nice. I have 3 girls. Plenty to make for them. Thanks!!

  99. Lori B. says:

    Love the book and the fabrics!

  100. Addy says:

    I have two girls too, and would love another source of inspiration and projects!

  101. Heather says:

    I have 4. Little girls and never learned how to make girly dresses and purses. I need this!

  102. Ann says:

    After 3 boys I now have a little girl to sew for! yeah!

  103. Laura W. says:

    This looks fun!

  104. twelve30 says:

    I’d make more clothes for the girls – I have two. Thanks for a chance to win.

  105. Kelli says:

    I so love this book and it’s on my wishlist for sure!! My daughter and her friends would love me to sew for them exclusively!!

  106. Sara says:

    The colors are amazing and the difference in sew items and non sew items would be fun to do with other people.

  107. I’ve got to see the color reference section!

  108. Amy G. says:

    Looks great! I have a niece to sew for!

  109. Jen S says:

    I love the dresses in this book! Would love to make them for my daughters!

  110. Lisa Zap says:

    “The sewing pattern newsprint can be recycled for gift wrap, shipping breakables, or general craft purposes. It can also be used to make very cool paper flowers.” My jaw is hitting the floor! I think these are terrible uses for something someone has put a lot of work into. At the very least I would suggest the patterns be passed along to someone who could use them.

    The book is beautiful and its photos are artfully done.

  111. Jessica says:

    I have two girls, five and one and a half, so I adore making cute things for them and this book looks like it’s full of great ideas!

  112. Diana A. says:

    I am only learning to sew, but I have a little girl and would love to try making her some cute and unique things. Thanks for the chance to win. πŸ™‚

  113. Debbie says:

    Have severeal nieces that I would love to sew some of these projects for.

  114. Amanda says:

    This book looks wonderful!

  115. Bethany says:

    wow. super cool. love it!!

  116. Oh that’s lovely

  117. Chris says:

    Oh, what a fun book. With two daughters and eight nieces, I’m sure I would get a lot of use out of it. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the chance to win.

  118. Jan says:

    Another winner! Great projects!

  119. susan h says:

    i would love this book for my little nieces.

  120. Suzee says:

    I’m always looking for a new idea to sew for my granddaughter..thank you!

  121. Angela says:

    I’d sew for my daughter!

  122. Sandy says:

    After raising two sons and no daughters, I am having so much fun sewing for my granddaughters and I would love to have this book!

  123. My daughter! I don’t have any nieces (yet), but have friends with little girls. What a treat! I love your blog. Thank you!

  124. Retha says:

    I would sew for my nieces. Lovely book!

  125. Emilie says:

    I have two girls, so I’m sure the inspiration would go to them! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway! I also love Jennifer Paganelli’s fabric and patterns! I would love to see the book!

  126. Audrey says:

    This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  127. Karen says:

    OMG, this would be great! My sister is due in December and both my sisters-in-law are due in January. Plus, I just found out I’m pregnant too! So, I have so many people to make things for this new book would come in handy!

  128. Maggie says:

    I am the mom of 2 girls, so I would love this book to sew for them!

  129. jenny says:

    easy…id be sewing for my daughter with the book!

  130. Kristin M says:

    I have a 2 year old girl. This book looks it could be alot of fun.

  131. Jennyroo says:

    Looks amazing! Now we need one for boys!

  132. Jeanne says:

    Congratulations and good luck with your new book store. I sure hope I win this great book. I would sew for all the new baby girls popping up in the family. Thanks for the chance to win

  133. Beth says:

    This looks like a great book! We have a 4-H sewing group and are always on the hunt for fun, small sewing projects. Would love to win it!

  134. angelina says:

    love the frame !

  135. Amy Collier says:

    This book makes me wish I had a little girl! Don’t get me wrong…I am SO glad that I had a boy. But the patterns and ideas in this book look adorable! I love the idea of sewing pattern newsprint and all of the things you can do with that after you use the pattern. Good stuff! πŸ™‚

  136. jen says:

    I would sew for my darling little girl! (and maybe a few of my friend’s girls since they all have birthdays coming up)

  137. ste says:

    This looks exciting.

  138. Tara says:

    I have so many little girls in my life; one of my own and 3 neices plus all my girlfriends have girls… I’m the only one that “sews”, so this book would be wonderful inspiration I think. I actually came across it on someone else’s blog the other day and thought “i want this!”.

  139. Jess says:

    I have a 6yo daughter, I would sew for her if I had this book!!!

  140. Alice S says:

    I’d sew for my daughter and my three nieces.

  141. too bad my girl is too big nw to want to wear frilly dresses! but i love jennifer paganelli’s fabrics! maybe she’d appreciate a quilt.

  142. Looks like a great book!

  143. Meagan S. says:

    I would make my niece a lovely dress! πŸ™‚

  144. Emily M says:

    I sew for 3 little granddaughters and would love to use Jennifer’s book to make them pretty clothes!

  145. Asta says:

    mmm delicious colours. Lovely book.

  146. what fabric line is this? i love itÒ€¦ thanks for the inspiration and how to! Zalozenie sro

  147. Sandryte says:

    I would sew to my sisters little girl. Thank you for introducing new books!

  148. Beth T says:

    I love this review! As a quilter but not a sewist, it’s great to read the reasons I would fall in love with this book.

  149. Maxine says:

    I’d love the chance to win this book – with three girls to sew for, I’m sure to work my way through the whole thing!

  150. Shola says:

    I soooooo want this book! I’d sew for my DD who’
    s 4 and my niece who lives next door and is 3 πŸ™‚

  151. Mac says:

    Look forward to making the projects. Love the idea of being able to recycle the pages. Thanks for the give away.

  152. Sertyan says:

    I would love this book as I avidly sew for my little who is turning 2 next month! Thank you for the chance!

  153. Anna says:

    This book looks like it has tons of fun ideas!

  154. Helena Pope says:

    I love Jennifer Paganelli’s designs, and this book looks absolutely gorgeous, if I had this I would sew non stop for my little girl, and my two lovely little nieces.

  155. Marlina says:

    I just saw this book yesterday and fell in love with it!! Such great projects…another one I’ll be sure to buy!! πŸ™‚

  156. Birdie says:

    Totally cute and they look quick to make

  157. Serena says:

    Well, I sew, but I’m not crafty. πŸ˜‰ I’d make things for my little girls wuth this book!

  158. Liz says:

    I have a 5 year old daughter and 4 year old niece that are the best of friends and love to dress alike. If I had this book I’m sure I could make them so many adorable matching things!

  159. Kari says:

    I would sew for for my girls. I have 3!

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