Wednesday, 23 November 2011

.BOOK SHELF: Oliver + S Little Things to Sew by Liesl Gibson.

I promised I'd be back with my first review from the book shelf, and here it is!  

Title: Oliver + S Little Things to Sew

Author: Liesl Gibson

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Format: Hardback

Number of Pages: 136

Blurb: "In Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, you'll find whimsical yet practical accessories for children, such as a hat, scarf, vest, tutu, art smock, backpack, messenger bag, and quilt - all designed with the same style and attention to detail for which Oliver + S's individual patterns are renowned.  As an added bonus, the book comes with two cardstock paper dolls that can be dressed with "clothing" cut from the book's jacket - a little something extra to keep young ones occupied as you stitch up new items for their wardrobes!"

No-tie scarf
Messenger bag
Reversible bucket hat
Bias-trimmed apron
Bento box carrier
Play town
Penguin backpack
Art smock
Cozy winter hood
Messy kid bib
Juggling balls & drawstring bag
Tea party doll dress
Travel quilt
Red riding hood
Explorer vest
Bear carrier
Bear puppet bath mitt
Puppet theather

My thoughts:
Little Things to Sew book is really lovely and I was not at all disappointed with my purchase.  I like to try and judge a sewing book on the amount of projects I would actually make, if I had the time and about half of these projects get the tick.  There are full-sized pattern sheets in both the front and back cover of the book - always good not to have to do any photocopying or enlarging! 
For those who need a bit of extra guidance, you'll also find a comprehensive "Basic Techniques & Glossary" section at the end of the book.  
The instructions are clearly set out with accompanying diagrams.  Each project is also given a "difficulty" rating and a list of skills needed (gathering, sewing a buttonhole, bias binding, etc.) to complete the project are included.
Keep in mind that the projects in this book are for accessories for children - not the usual detailed clothing sewing patterns that Oliver + S usually produce.  A lot of the projects would make lovely, quick gifts for children.
I would say the projects in this book are more geared toward younger children, although most of the clothing projects go up to a size 8-10.
Overall, I am really happy with this book.  If you enjoy sewing for children I think you will find enough enjoyable projects in this book to make the purchase worthwhile!


Anonymous said...

It is such a great book, isn't it? So often I buy a sewing or craft book and open it to find that the one or two 'headline' projects are actually the only decent ones in there, but this is the total opposite of that. I really want to make the bento box carrier!

Anita said...

I love this book. So far I've made the juggling balls and am part way through two messenger bags and have cut the red riding cape which a friend has made. I've got plans for the explorer vests too. As a Mum of boys I love that there's such a good balance of things for boys and girls!

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