Have you been following along with the Craft Buds Book Hop? I love finding ways to support the talented crafters and designers within our community, and immediately jumped on board again this year for this fabulous Series that promotes the independent designers within our field by bringing to light their published editorial works. After some looking around, I landed upon the newly released Skirt-a-Day Sewing Book by Nicole Smith (affiliate link).
I loved the idea that you could sew an entire month’s wardrobe, using just this one book. And I couldn’t wait to see how a published paper book would handle teaching so many different skirt styles! I was not disappointed, as soon as I got my fingers on this book – I couldn’t put it down. Some of the styles within were so unique, and taught techniques I had never seen before.
Here are just a few of my favorite styles…
- Block Party Skirt
- Spot On Wrap Skirt
- Line-by-Line Skirt
- Pocket Change Skirt
- Heavy Metal Skirt
After much debating between them over which one to sew for my review, I landed on the Heavy Metal Skirt. I sew this style skirt often, and was looking for ways to add a more professional finish. And well, like a moth to a flame – I just couldn’t resist the ‘shiny’ fabric.
I was able to find a fabulous faux black leather that had a great design with shine on it. It is hard to see in these photos – but this material is perfect for a night out on the town. To dress it down for daytime wear (if I ever manage to leave the kids with the sitter during the day), I loved the idea of pairing it with a casual raglan tee. Who says blue and black don’t go well together? The fit of this skirt is fantastic. Her construction of the skirt back is completely different than how I would have normally handled. By not adding the large box pleats to the back panel, the skirt manages to stay in place, and doesn’t make me feel awkward when walking up stairs.
The book was filled with loads of information to help you achieve sewing success.
- Buttonholes, Shank Buttons, Snaps, etc.
- Proper Fit and measurement techniques
Just to name two.
But essentially this book teaches you how to fit and make basic patterns for 4 skirt staples, and then how to alter those skirt patterns into 7 separate looks each. Bringing you from Sunday thru Saturday each week, with a different skirt pattern starting point, until you eventually have 28 skirts by the end of the month. That sounds like someone is throwing down the gauntlet, 28 Skirt-A-Day Challenge anyone? Lol
The beautiful photography and fabulous skirt styles, combined with the fun, fresh and modern take on sewing was a perfect combination. I loved working with this book, and cannot wait to try my hand at the Pocket Change Skirt (number 4 in my faves). It has my name written all over it for Fall.
A special thanks to Storey Publishing for allowing me to review their fabulous book. To order your copy, visit: Skirt-a-Day Sewing: Create 28 Skirts for a Unique Look Every Day (affiliate link). And thanks to Craft Buds for allowing me to be a part of this incredible Series. Be sure to check out some of the other amazing books that are being reviewed as part of their Craft Buds Book Month Blog Hop.
It’s time for the 3rd Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we’re excited to celebrate all month log with a blog hop of your inspirational craft book projects, a crafty contest, free patterns and prizes!
Don’t let those craft books sit on your shelf and collect dust! We want to see what you’ve been making. That’s why I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!
- Monday 9/2: Fabric Mutt / LRstitched
- Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color
- Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric
- Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings
- Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover + Violet
- Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher
- Monday 9/9: Hopeful Threads / Go To Sew
- Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna
- Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats
- Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews
- Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools
- Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten
All September Long…
Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1!
To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc.
- One entry per person.
- Your craft book project must have been completed in 2013.
- Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2013 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
- All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!
No time to make a project? You can also follow Craft Buds all month long for your chance to comment and win some new sewing and quilting books for your library.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…