I'm always enthralled when someone decides to not only write a book but self-publish. That's determination! When Kate approached me and asked if I would review her book, it was a definite yes!
I would call Kate's book more of a lifestyle book than strictly a sewing or crafting book. It touches on a number of sections about beauty and making your life beautiful that add to the sewists experience which aren't normally found in sewing books. BTW, I'm reviewing this book from a sewists perspective.
Let's dig into the book! The first section is on Beauty which has four sections ~ your coloring, your body shape, your wardrobe & personal style and fashion. As sewists, we need information like this to insure that we're making garments that not only fit our bodies but enhance our lifestyles.
The beauty section also contains an in-depth segment on colors and which coloring works best for our skin tones. An important concept that sewists should master to make the best color choices for our garments.
There is a really important section on proportion. Again a needed concept for sewists to grasp and understand, knowing how to incorporate it into their sewing projects.
Two additional parts in the beauty section that struck me were the wardrobe types and where Kate discusses capsule wardrobes. In wardrobe styles, which we know is not a new thing, the twist Kate gives it is what I loved most. She named the wardrobe styles by celebrity names, for example - the classic wardrobe style is called Jackie Kennedy! Capsule wardrobes which are near and dear to my own heart, is detailed and how they work for a sewist in building a cohesive wardrobe that will be worn and loved.
Making is the next section ~
A really fascinating introduction which touches on why we make and the history of patterns. Of course the first section is on sewing with several projects highlighted and instructions on how to create them.
The next two sections are on knitting (because if you've followed Kate's blog, you know she is an amazing knitter!) and crocheting where there are also several projects to make including the instructions. After the sewing, knitting and crocheting projects, Kate has included a section on making your own textiles.
Life is the final section of the book ~
This portion is all about building a beautiful life through your surroundings and developing a creative team to help inspire you to move forward in your creative journeys.
It is a well-written book full of breathtakingly beautiful pictures. It includes a resource center at the back of the book. In full disclosure I'm one of the people acknowledged and thanked. Honestly though, I read the entire book and found that at the end. I didn't know about it beforehand and was extremely touched.
So of course Kate is giving away one book to be won by one lucky sewist. If you're interested in winning a copy of this amazing book, please drop a comment in the comment box below - only comments left here on the blog are eligible for the giveaway. The giveaway is open from today until Friday, July 27th at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be picked over the weekend and announced on Sunday, July 29th.
However, if you don't wanna wait to win the book, you can always purchase it directly from Kate via her blog or on Amazon UK.
Good luck to everyone entering the drawing!
...as always more later!