I know that there has been more than a few reviews about Heather Ross’s new book, ‘Weekend Sewing’, but I couldn’t let it go by without saying something about it. I love this book! I think what really stands out to me about this book is that it is ageless. What I mean by that is, I find that this is a book that has so many classic items to sew, you can be any age, and any skill level, and still enjoy it.
This book starts out with an introduction, where Heather tells you about her background and how she has come to the place she is today. She then introduces a section about setting up a place to sew at home and some things to take into consideration when choosing a sewing space.
The rest of the book is divided up into 4 chapters; Home and Away, Dressing Up and Down, Sewing for Kids, and Sewing Basics.
In the first chapter – Home and Away – you will find twelve different projects. It includes totes, checkbook covers, aprons, tablecloths, slippers, garden gloves and a pup tent just for starters. She has even included a recipe for Squash Soup and her ‘Favorite Sewing Sounds.’
Chapter 2 is ‘Dressing Up and Down’, with ten different projects.
I think that this is one of my favorites, I can’t wait to make it! There are several different dresses, a skirt, pajama pants, a blouse, a headscarf and many more items. The pajama pants are for children as well as adults (men and women alike). You could make matching PJ’s for the whole family!
Another dress, the Kimono Dress and Obi Sash. Very cute and comfortable looking!
In Chapter 3 – Sewing for Kids – there are seven projects. She also has a page of some great ideas for sewing with kids, and a blueberry recipe for babies!
From bloomers, to a shirt, to a baby blanket, and several other projects. They are too cute!
Chapter 4 – Sewing Basics – this is where Heather gives you tips on purchasing a machine and what to look for before deciding, choosing fabric and the different types of fabric (how to tell the difference), pattern tips for cutting and marking, sewing tools, cutting tools, measuring and marking tools, miscellaneous tools, and basic sewing techniques. She includes resources with online address on the final pages of this chapter.
Heather has clear instructions through out the book, as well as clear diagrams that are easy to follow if you are someone new to sewing. Or even if you’re not!
At the beginning of each project Heather gives the Sewing Instructions, Finished Dimensions, Materials needed and tips on choosing fabric for that particular project.
There are pullout sheets of patterns for the projects included in both the front and the back of the book, that you need to trace onto pattern paper.
I think that this book is very inspiring and goes outside the basic sewing projects that are so easy to find. I highly recommend ‘Weekend Sewing’ for the beginning sewer as well as someone that is looking for lovely things to make, in only a weekend!