It’s no secret that I’ve become a big Sew Over It fan over recent months. This is almost entirely down to the opening of Lisa’s second shop in Islington. Her launch venue in Brixton was a long way from where I live, but Islington is a hop, skip and jump down the road.
Suddenly I was able to pop in, take lessons, admire Lisa’s fabric curating, see dresses on mannequins … and buy patterns. Since then I’ve made four Pussy Bow Blouses, three (or is it four?) pairs of Ultimate Trousers, a lace dress – and I’ve just invested in the new Vintage Shirt Dress pattern because I’ve seen it in the shop and it’s awesome.
That’s a really long way of saying that I expect more of the same from Lisa’s latest book! This is a master business woman, a work horse, a vlogger… She isn’t going to deliver anything shoddy between hard covers, is she?
I’ve mentioned my fatigue with beginner-friendly sewing books. What I like about Sew Over It Vintage is that the reader is asked to draft their own bodice block and from there … draft their own pattern pieces! This is a bit mind blowing for me and very empowering. Could I … I mean, but I don’t know how to … hold on you’re telling me … it’s what? It’s not that hard?! Throw down the mantle, Lisa. I might just pick it up.
Especially when I see some of the gorgeous styling in this book. Box pleat skirt, anyone?
There’s a cowl dress I also want to try, and this 1920s inspired top – gosh, I love the 1920s. The ‘vintage’ title reflects the fashion-through-the-decades approach. (Personally, I’m sad that the 1980s don’t feature. Where is my pattern for Madonna’s Like A Prayer dress, Lisa?!)
There are simpler projects, too. My blog post about sewing a tie receives some of the biggest hits here at Didyoumakethat, so this pattern alone is going to be popular:
And if you have the materials, you can make your own fascinator:
Personally, I have few occasions in my life that call for the wearing of a fascinator. There are other projects in this book that I probably wouldn’t engage with, but enough that I definitely would engage with. (I can’t wait to draft my own kimono dressing gown – swoon.)
I think the publisher could have done more to flag the interesting USP of this book – that it empowers the person in the street to draft their own simple pattern pieces. And am I allowed to say that this book looks a tiny bit generic? Which is a shame, because I think it’s actually very clever. As is Lisa. I can’t wait to see what she does next!
Watch out for other blog reviews of this book from Handmade Jane, House Of Pinheiro and What Katie Sews.