I feel like I’m the last person in the world to do so, but I finally bought my own copy of the Colette Sewing Handbook. I just couldn’t resist the Pastille dress any longer, and figured adding to my collection couldn’t hurt!
There are five gorgeous patterns included in this book:
The Pastille (shown above), a simple dress that is great for everyday work wear
The Meringue, a cute skirt with a scalloped hem
The Taffy, a dress-up or-dress down basic blouse with the cutest sleeves
The Licorice, a looser dress with a sash
The Truffle, an a-line sheath with a pretty, flowing ruffle across the skirt
The instructions, in true Colette Patterns style, are very clear with lots of pictures and tips. The book follows in that vein, it takes you step-by-step through making a muslin, altering a pattern, picking out fabric, and choosing thread. The book is a great overview for new sewists, and a great reference for those that are a bit more knowledgeable.
Oh, what’s not to like about this book? The photography is beautiful, the patterns are classic, and the chapters are informative and interesting! If I have to pick, I’ll say that I like the section on alterations the best. Most general sewing books don’t go far into the realm of alterations. This book, however, has pages and pages dedicated to the different types of fitting issues one may have with a pattern, and how to correct them. The book goes through many types of alterations and shows exactly how to change the pattern: what to cut, what to expand, and why. As a girl with fitting issues in everything I make, I truly appreciated this section. It will be a great reference tool for future endeavors!
Should you buy it, too?
Absolutely! I put of buying this book for too long. I was on the fence because I already have so many crafting and sewing books, and I didn’t think I needed another. I am so glad that I added this beautiful, informative book to my collection. You will be, too!