This is a lovely book, filled with projects that would be perfect to make on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Weekend Sewing written by Heather Ross, is a really good resource for the stitcher who loves to make things for their family and wants to learn some new skills along the way.
While it may seem a little more complicated than some sewing books, there is a comprehensive section on the basic techniques you will need to use in the back and every project is carefully explained. Sketches with arrows and labels accompany each stage of the project, giving plenty of support to less confident stitchers.
This book is divided into three sections, Home & Away, Dressing Up & Down and Sewing for Kids. There are lots of dressmaking projects and the patterns are printed full size and ready to use on a pull out sheet. The wrap around skirt, pictured below, would be a great starting project for someone new to dressmaking. You will even find a few recipes amongst the patterns to help fuel your creativity!
I have made the hostess apron in the photo below and the instructions were very easy to follow. I was really pleased with the finished apron, the shape was a bit different and looked really professional. Next on my list to make from this book includes a lovely shaped wash bag and a floaty summer blouse – both for my honeymoon in May!
For me, the last section in this book is the best. There are some great patterns for children’s clothes, basics that you will be able to come back to and make time and time again. These include simple trousers, a sundress, bloomers and my favourite, the flower girl dress. There is also a beautiful baby kimono which you can sew to remember just how tiny your little one once was. The beauty of this pattern is that it only uses half a yard of fabric, so you can pick something really special.
Weekend Sewing is published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc. and you can pick up your own copy from Amazon. If you like the sound of this book and purchase it through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!