The inimitable Celine Dupuy presents sewers of all skill levels with over 50 projects, each with a touch of something wonderfully, whimsically French. Including easy items to sew for the home, fashion accessories, delightful gifts and innovative ideas for customising your favourite pieces of furniture, these chic patterns will inspire you. From ultra-simple to more complicated designs, "Simple Sewing with a French Twist" helps you discover a whole range of skills and techniques for sewing by hand or with a machine. Celine includes clear instructions as well as recommendations about materials - from what you'll need to get started to advice on pairing fabrics beautifully. From a charming bistro placemat to a stylish tote for jetsetters, to more challenging projects such as a sophisticated chemise or chic sunhat, you'll love her inventive ideas.
About the Author
Designer Celine Dupuy is well known for her stylish sewing innovations and fashionable creations. Her designs are frequently featured in the pages of Marie Claire. She is the author of "Make Your Own Handbags" and lives in Paris, France.
Whilst not a beginner sewer, I am self-taught, having paid not attention in home-ec at high school. This book is for me. Gorgeous photos and beautiful use of fabrics make this a beautiful book to browse through, but the simplicity of instructions, ideas and an excellent basic skills chapter make it a beautiful book to work with. From the simplest of inspirations like sewing fabric butterflies onto an existing trench coat to undertaking larger projects like making a rug from gorgeous upholstery fabrics - the ideas, in plain English with line drawing examples, are surprisingly accessible. My only humbug is that it is not a book that lies flat easily.
Some good basic information about different kinds of stitches and seams etc at the front of the book, and a few nice projects. However, some are just strange. Like one which suggests hand-sewing literally hundreds of buttons on fabric which is then attached to the back of an upholstered chair with... wait for it... spray glue. Then there's a mysterious quilt ('duvet') cover, with inexplicable cutaway corners (the photograph shows only a small top corner of the cover which does nothing to explain the odd pattern). The shape looks more like a giant hot water bottle cover. Also, the title is a little misleading, since there's very little in the way of clothes in here, which is more what I was hoping for. Plenty of pretty photos for design inspiration, but altogether a little disappointing.
A beautiful, and most importantly, useful book, that has enabled myself, an anxious beginner sewer, to get up and running with confidence. It is full of inspiration, easy to follow, and a great launching pad to a future of practical creativity.
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