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Topic: Sew U: Built by Wendy's Book - Book Review  (Read 20163 times)
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« Reply #80 on: January 19, 2007 11:59:22 AM »

I uded the skirt pattern, however, as i am apparently declared to be a size 12 waist and a size 4 hip (ouch) I had to alter it quite a bit making me a bit curious about the pants... I made the skirt much longer , but forgot to take into consideration the wideness of my stride, so now I have to alter it anyways... I'll be sure to post once I've finished altering.

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« Reply #81 on: February 05, 2007 01:03:38 PM »

Hey everyone,

I saw this book while I was browsing around:


It's called Sew U by Wendy Mullin.

Does anyone own/use this book? I have low-moderate sewing skills. I am attempting my hand at clothing and am wondering if anyone found this book to be useful.

If not, is there another book similar that you find to be better/equally as good?

Thanks a lot for your input.


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« Reply #82 on: February 05, 2007 01:14:52 PM »

Hey.  I've read the "Sew-U" book.  Personally, I would recommend "Sew Subversive" by Melissa Rannels if you're looking for beginners tips.  It gives a lot of practical information about using a sewing machine and altering clothes and DIY sewing projects.  Wendy's book is more about creating and altering basic sewing patterns.

« Reply #83 on: February 05, 2007 02:08:46 PM »

I own this one.  I did a relatively long review of it on my site a while ago.  Here's the link (I'd just repost the whole thing here, but it came out kind of long):


« Reply #84 on: February 05, 2007 03:08:56 PM »

great review. thanks for sharing. Smiley I'm self-taught as well so I appreciated your perspective.
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« Reply #85 on: February 05, 2007 05:12:19 PM »

i liked her written info, and i have a much better understanding of how patterns 'work' now that i can see how you alter them.
what is frustrating me NO END right now (i'm trying to sew the shirt):
- no fabric yardage is suggested anywhere in the book.
- the patterns go from size 2 - 18 i think. but only in 4 sizes. So i am cutting a 'medium' which (it is unclear about the actual size of a medium) is somewhere between a 34.5" and 35.5" bust. and i'm 34". so i know i'm going to have to alter it  quite a lot.
i just dont understand why she doesn't have ALL the pattern sizes, only four imaginary non-standard sizes?!

« Reply #86 on: February 05, 2007 05:45:21 PM »

I have the book and made a skirt out of some seriously cute fabric with an elastic waist band, it was super easy, and really easy to understand and follow along.  I would suggest it to anyone.

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« Reply #87 on: February 06, 2007 09:54:15 AM »

Sew U was really easy for me to sit down and read from the beginning. I learned so much. I'd recommend you buy it, just for that information. I haven't tried any of the included patterns so I can't comment on those, but it gives SO much more information than Sew Subversive on how to follow patterns, choosing fabrics, etc. Sew Subversive does have a lot of cute, Stitch N Bitch type project ideas, though.
« Reply #88 on: February 06, 2007 11:27:30 AM »

I loooove this book but I need your help! Please see my post here:


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« Reply #89 on: February 06, 2007 11:38:15 AM »

Sew U is very informative and a lot easier to get through and read and understand than other books I've read.

Sew Subversive is good but the detail is slightly lacking to me. This is also a very informative book, though.

I'd recommend both, but I'm a hoarder. Cheesy

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