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Review: Craft Books.
Bend the Rules Sewing – Swing Swing Smock
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I nstruc tions ****
R ange of Projec ts *****
Value for money *****
Bend the Rules Sewing contains with no complicated shaping, the pattern and enlarging it. The
30 easy-to-make projects in a and as such would be an ideal pattern pieces for projects in the
large soft back format. Although introduction to garment sewing. book as all printed in its final
the book is aimed at beginners, I liked the little detail of attaching few pages, with various degrees
with some great basic advice on the binding to the smock with a of enlargement required when
getting started with sewing, I’d say 3 step zig-zag stitch (a technique photocopying. The best I could
there’s also plenty of inspiration explained earlier in the book) do was an enlargement of the top
for the more experienced sewer rather than the traditional and bottom of the smock which
here too. There is a good range of machine and hand methods. The I taped to a larger sheet of paper
projects in the book, from simple instructions are nice and concise; so that I could fill in the gaps
zippered pouches to a lovely however, I did feel that a couple freehand! It would have been
child’s puppet theatre which of the steps could have done nice to see full size pattern pieces
folds up into its own carry case. with some clarification for those in the back of the book.
I particularly like the scalloped who had little previous sewing
baby blanket and Charming experience. Having said that, I didn’t make any modifications
handbag. one of the lovely things about other than to omit the patch
this book is that it has its own pocket on the front of the smock
I chose to make the ‘swing swing dedicated gallery and discussion as I felt that it would obscure
smock’ from the book as I was in group over on flickr, which is well the bold print I’d chosen for the
need of a present for my friend’s worth consulting for clarification smock.
daughter’s 1st birthday, and and advice with even Amy Karol I would definitely sew this smock
having chosen a bright animal herself popping in to help (http:// again – the styling is very sweet
print fabric I thought the smock flick r.com/groups/340229@ and it makes a lovely gift for a
looked as if it would fit the bill. N25/). baby or toddler.
One place where I really fell
Photograph courtesy of
The pattern is a nice simple shape down was just in photocopying
angharadhandmade.co.uk
 ukhandmade Winter 2008
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