Two weeks have flown by, and it's time for another installment of Book Nook! This week we're checking out what's between the covers of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit with Alison Kelly.
Nora is the co-founder of BurdaStyle.com, on online community of sewers and crafters with over 600,000 members, and Alison is BurdaStyle's creative director, a Project Runway alum, and also designs jewelry and fashion for her own label, Dahl.
Now that you've "met" the authors, let's talk about the book! This one is spiral-bound, which allows the book to lay flat - very handy when you're trying to follow along with one of the projects. There eight chapters. The first three cover the basics - setting up your sewing area, tools you need, using patterns, choosing fabrics, cutting & finishing techniques - a great overview, especially if you're new to sewing clothes.
The next five chapters are devoted to projects that are based on the five patterns that are included in an envelope at the back of the book. There is a skirt, a blouse, a dress, a coat and a bag. Each pattern has a chapter that goes over the basic construction of the piece (with pattern fitting instructions - very handy), and then two variations of the pattern with instructions. There are also two additional pages with photos of even more variations.
Overall, I think this would be a great addition to your sewing library, so we're excited that Potter Craft is generously donating a copy for
us to give away! Leave a comment here telling us why you'd like to win it. Make
sure the comment also includes your first name, last name, city and state so we
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registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page. Deadline is Tuesday, July 3rd,
2012 at 5 pm Eastern time.
Last but not least, we'd like to announce the
winner for our previous Book Nook. It's Kathie Bugbee from Fortuna, CA! Congratulations Kathie!