28 March 2011

Monday Morning Book Club

I have been thinking about reviving the Baby Boudoir Monday Morning Book Club for a while now as it’s a really good way to share and recommend good books. In fact the one I’m going to tell you about today was mentioned by the gorgeous Kate who writes Foxes Lane blog a long long time ago and I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy ever since. So after sitting on my christmas wish list for two christmas' I ordered it from Mr Amazon and now I’m left wondering why oh why did I wait so long!!!

Sewing Clothes Kids Love has completely and utterly inspired and consumed me ever since it arrived a couple of weeks ago. It’s given me a fresh approach to my sewing and I’m loving it......and it's all about indulgence.

The contributing author Sabine Pollehn started out like many of us using op-shopped recycled cheap fabrics to create unique practical clothing for her kiddiwinks. And I love the fact that still now as an enormously successful designer, her clothes manage to maintain that unique thrown together mismatched style. For me, this book reaffirms two golden rules of design in sewing; you can never over embellish and you should always mismatch.

The way she mixes colours, patterns and textures is truly inspirational. And the way she incorporates ribbons, braids, trimmings, buttons, applique and graphics gives you the confidence to dismiss nothing for fear of not matching.

Sabine’s daughters online shop Farbenmix that I posted about before here, sells these exceptionally cute ribbons which I think give garments that little bit of extra charm. They are very reasonably priced and easy to buy online, arriving in Australia from Germany in just over a week.

Anyone making clothes for kiddiwinks really should get a copy of this book (ISB no 5294401747). It contains all the patterns you'll need to produce an entire handmade wardrobe. Including lovely basic patterns for leggings, skirt, trousers, l/s & s/s tops, hoody, jacket and a dress. Thank you so much Nancy J. S. Langdon and Sabine Pollehn for this super brilliant book. I will treasure it forever and look forward to passing it onto Maggie-May one day. Apparently there is a second one too.

I really want to revive the Monday Morning Book Club as it’s such a good reference point for anyone looking to buy a new book. But I can’t manage it alone. Whilst there are many wonderful craft books out there I generally don’t stumble across a new one each and every week. So this is where you come in. If you’ve got a book you'd like to tell everyone about or have recently discovered a book that has truly made your fingers fidget for the fabric, please write a post titled Monday Morning Book Club and share the love using our friend Mr Linky. Maybe someone could review the second Sewing Clothes Kids Love book.

PS. The monday morning thingy is more a title than a rule, born out of an old habit of mine.


Tania said...

You're right - it is a fabulous book. I'm probably about recovered from making up some clothes without adding extra for the seam allowance. AAARGH!

m.e (Cathie) said...

ohh Claire you make me want to buy this now!
looks wonderful & i have been wanting to start somewhere & i think i will now.
glad you liked the recipe, thanks so much for letting me know.
i love sharing & also getting inspired by the blogosphere.

happy week to you ♥

m.e (Cathie) said...

is this it Claire http://booko.com.au/books/isbn/9781589234734

Claire Gale said...

hey cathie, no, this is the second one produced by nancy langdon (co-author of the first one too) which i haven't seen yet. but i don't think that sabine wasn't involved in this one. i think it's her that 'made' the first one. try searching with the isbn 5294401747 maybe. i bought mine on amazon. good luck and have fun with it xxx

creative kate said...

I'll be joining in the book club next Monday morning
Kate :)

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