Would you love to make a coat or jacket, but the task seems too daunting? Well, we've got the perfect book for you! For this installment of the Book Nook, we're taking a peek at Built By Wendy Coats & Jackets by Wendy Mullin.
Wendy Mullin is the designer behind the Built By Wendy clothing line, and has a loyal following of artists, musicians, comedians, actors, stylists (and a lot of us normal folk too) for customers. She has lots of experience designing and making coats and jackets, so you'll definitely be getting a ton of expert advice and helpful tips in this book!
Right off the bat, Wendy gives us a little "pep talk" and lets us know what to expect from the book - we're feeling more confident already! The first chapter goes over the three patterns that are included in the book (a bonus!), how to take your body shape into consideration when choosing a coat/jacket, design details - cuffs, pockets, closures, how to choose the right fabrics for your project, and trims.
The next chapter is all about the utilizing the included patterns to the fullest - how to keep them in great shape so they can be used over and over again, altering them to fit you, and making additional pattern pieces for other elements. This chapter also has sections on cutting and folding fabric, pattern placement, and a section on tools.
Chapter 3 tackles the sewing - seams, hemming, facings, attaching details - all those little things that make a difference. Now we're ready to tackle those projects! Chapter 4 offers six variations based on the fitted jacket pattern, Chapter 5 has eight projects based on the basic jacket pattern, and Chapter 6 shows you how to make nine coats based on the straight coat pattern. Just think of the jacket/coat wardrobe you could have!
We're giving this book a "two thumbs up" because it's loaded with great info, has patterns included, and it's spiral bound so it lays flat when open - something we think that every craft book should do! We'd like to give you a chance to try this book out, 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
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registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page. Deadline for comments is Tuesday, July 31st,
2012 at 5 pm Eastern time.
Last but not least, we'd like to announce the
winner for our previous Book Nook. It's Anna Singleton from Williamstown, MA ! Congratulations Anna!