I was absolutely thrilled to receive a copy of Amy Butler’s Style Stitches from Chronicle Books for review and giveaway. Amy Butler is definitely the Martha Stewart of the fabric world, and it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know who she is. It’s even harder to find someone who doesn’t like her style. I not only love her fabric, but I love her patterns, especially her bags. She goes big most of the time, which I can totally appreciate. Do you understand how much stuff I have to carry? Probably, because most of you probably act as a pack mule on a daily basis like I do. If you love bags as I do, then you are going to love Style Stitches. Here are my five favorite things about this book.
1. Projects are organized by skill level. Not only that, but there are projects ranging from beginner to PhD of sewing (called advanced). I appreciate knowing the difficulty level of a project, because there is nothing more frustrating than starting a project and failing. Trust me – I’ve done this.
Note – if you’ve never sewn before, take a basic class before using this book. Beginner typically means “has exposure to the basics.”
2. The detailed instructions. Gee whiz, they are *very* detailed – and I like that. I think it’s especially important for people like me . . . people that are either returning sewers or beginner/intermediate sewers who want to be sure of what they are doing. I’m both a returning sewer (or now that I think about it, seamstress?) and intermediate. The instructions are a reassurance to me.
3. The variations on each bag that are provided. I’m not one of those people that can make pattern adjustments on the fly. I could probably think it through, but honestly . . . I don’t want to! There are 12 bag patterns, but each provides some variations for a total of 26 bag patterns. Thanks to Amy Butler for showing me how to switch bag handles to something else on the same base.
4. The awesome and beautiful pictures. Oh my goodness – Amy Butler’s husband David did the photography, and he really captured the greatness of the fabrics and the bags. Not only is this book instructional, but it’s inspirational.
5. The ruffled handbag (pictured above). Are you kidding? It’s absolutely gorgeous! I love, love this pattern. Speaking of patterns, they are complete, detailed and all in the back of the book. I would typically feel incompetent when trying to do a pattern such as the ruffled bag, but I have the confidence with this.
Any Amy Butler book is easy to love and I’m a bag fiend, so it’s a great relationship! Get your copy of Style Stitches today.