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Take Manhattan

Recently, I shared some new books that I bought.  One of them was called Twinkle Sews, well I made my first pattern from the book.  This top is called Take Manhattan and I made it from some linen I bought at Vogue Fabrics in Chicago.  It really cute and so comfortable.  It has a loose drawstring collar and a kangaroo pouch pocket. I paired it with a pair of dark brown linen drawstring pants and I was set for a long day.

I will tell you that you need to make sure you have a fresh ream of paper,  plenty of ink in the printer and a big roll of scotch tape before you set off to print the patterns that come on the CD in the book.  This pattern was 56 pages, that all had to then be taped together to make the pattern.  The pages are marked on each corner, so it is easy to put the big jigsaw puzzle together.

I also recommend that you have previous sewing experience before starting these project because there is little direction as far as cutting it out and putting it together.  Just go slow and read everything carefully several times before you dive in.  Otherwise, the patterns are adorable!

Book Review

I recently got two new books and can’t wait to make things from them.  The first one is Twinkle Sews by Wenlan Chia.  The garments are very fashion forward, but simple in their lines and construction.  The book includes full size patterns for every size and fabric layout for cutting.  The directions are minimal, so recommend you have some basic garment construction skills.  Wenlan Chia also does knitting books, so if you are a knitter you may want to check those books out too.

The second book is Carry Me 20 Boutique Bags to Sew by Yuka Koshizen.  These bags are unbelievable! They are wonderfully constructed and has very detailed drawings on how they are to go together.  This isn’t a purse pattern like you pick up at your local sewing or quilting store.  The bag details are fabulous.  I’ve got a few pages marked, so now I just need to get started sewing them.

If you are like me, you hate to order books online without seeing them.  I got both of these books at my local library first to check out.  If your local branch doesn’t have it ask them to do a search at other libraries for you.  There is no extra cost for the search, but may take a little longer to get it.