I have a little not-so-secret-secret. Your library has sewing books. It is my favorite resource for test driving books I’m considering adding to my collection, because, let’s face it, the Amazon sneak peak doesn’t REALLY show you anything. A quick caveat: I have access to a large metro library system, and even they don’t always have what I am looking for. You may have mixed results, but with the ease of the Internet and library searches it is worth taking the time to look!
I have the most luck finding pattern drafting books. I have fallen in love with some books and purchased them, and barely scanned others and known they are not for me. When I reserved One Yard Wonders I was really interested to see what I would get. Would there be pattern pieces? I recently had a book that referenced the attached slopers frequently. Man, what I wouldn’t have given for those slopers. That book, however, was from the 80s. So maybe not a fair comparison?
What I Got
There were pattern pieces! Not only were there pattern pieces they were tissue. That was interesting for me. My recently published books that came with patterns all had paper pattern sheets. All this tissue made me nervous.
What I Made
I made the Kitschy Kitchen Apron. I bought this fabric almost 2 years ago. I was making a truck apron for the little guy and thought “I’ll make one for me too!”. Sure I would…two years later. It’s a cute fast little apron.
You could easily take it up a level by lining it, which would make it easier to add pockets in. Of course, as I started to delve into my tweaking ideas I thought, “I suppose that ruins the whole ‘one yard’ concept huh?”
What I Thought
This one is a no buy for me. Here is the bottom line- you can only make so many projects out of a yard of fabric, and chances are, you’ve seen them. The book has an assortment of bags, aprons, simple kids stuff, and crafty type projects.
I want to say this would be a good book for beginners who maybe haven’t “Been there, sewn that.” The problem? I don’t think the directions are super clear. There are no pictures to accompany the instructions. You could find much clearer (and free) Internet tutorials for many of these projects.
I rather loosely followed the instructions for this apron. I added or adjusted when I knew I could easily hide a raw edge, for example. But the dimensions for the pattern they provided worked perfectly and I love the design. It makes me feel very domestic! I’m considering putting on some heels and vacuuming in it. Or not….
I wanted to love the book more than I did. The overall Amazon ratings are pretty high, so for you intermediate-beginners out there this may be worth checking out.
That Being Said….
There is a second book, and I’m still interested in checking it out. So I guess you could say I have mixed feelings about this one. Do you own a One-Yard Wonder book? Do you love it, hate it, meh it?