Girl’s World review

If you haven’t heard of Jennifer Paginelli, you simply MUST visit her site, Sis Boom.  Jennifer is a fabric designer (among other things) and her fabric is a visual feast for me.  I mean, the colors are right up my alley.  So I was excited when I found out she authored Girl’s World with Chronicle Books.  Just the cover had me wanting to dig in – then I spotted some pom-poms in the background.  I’ve been thinking for awhile that I need more pom-poms in my life.  Because who doesn’t?

If you have a girl in your life (from toddler to tween) that you’d like to sew for, then Girl’s World is a must have.  Here are my five favorite things about this book – with a giveaway.

1.  The detailed instructions.  Let’s just say I’m a forgetful sewer.  I’ve been sewing since I was 11, but with any break in time between sewing projects I need a refresher.  I’m guessing a lot of you are like me.  I also want to fully understand the techniques that are going to be used in projects before I begin.  There are good descriptions and illustrations of how things should look as you are sewing along.  Thanks Jennifer!

2.  The room accessories section.  I’m not that great at thinking of room accessories to sew, and I need all the ideas that I can get.  The projects in Girl’s World are pretty and perfect, and there are a lot to choose from.  It’s hard to choose my favorite, but I’m really into headboards (and psuedo-headboards) right now, so the Katie Eliza Canopy with Pinwheel Strands really tickles me.

3.  The gorgeous dresses – and I do mean gorgeous.  This book has several dress patterns with beautiful details like bodices and sashes.  Add in some sparkly aprons and a crinoline or two to fancy up any of the patterns.  All of the patterns can be used with fancier fabric to make a dress appropriate for an elegant occasion.

4.  Girl’s World comes with pattern pieces.  I really like getting pattern pieces with my sewing books.  It just makes my life so much easier!  The pattern sheets are thinner paper that is easy to use with clear instructions.  You will be so glad to have them.

5. George the Puppy.  This is my favorite project – the text says he is “guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face” and it’s true for sure.  Isn’t the row of little George’s cute?

Jennifer and Chronicle Books have graciously provided a copy of Girl’s World for me to giveaway.  I’m very excited because if I weren’t me, I would enter my own contest.  If that makes sense.  Anyhoo, here are some things to know for today’s giveaway:

1. Comment on THIS blog entry.  Why would you like this book?
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Contest will close this Wednesday, June 29th at midnight (EST).
4. PLEASE leave your e-mail address if it’s not attached in Blogger – I need some way to reach you.

Full contest disclosure here.


  1. Lou says

  2. says

    It sounds like an exciting book and I would love to try some of the projects for my very girly czarina and for some of my nieces who love pretty things. Thank you for offering this contest!

    caswrite at

  3. Joyce says

  4. SandraMc says

    Love, love, love this book! I see several projects I want to try. The fabrics are really pretty too! I would love to win this so I can sew some cute things for my sweet little grandaughter. Thanks for the chance to win.
    mcclusks at bell south dot net

  5. Anonymous says

  6. KarenB says

    Oh wow, I neeeed this book! I sew for a 10yo girl – mostly keeping it simple but feminine. I’d love some more project ideas and patterns :)

  7. Kreatita says

    This book looks great! I don’t have girls of my own, but my boys have lots of girlfriends, and I’m sure there are great ideas for birthday presents

  8. Heather says

  9. Tracey says

    oooh I neeeeeeeeed this book. I have a very girly 9 year old who would love every project you’ve shown. I make her dresses and I’m always looking for new pattern ideas. This looks like a great book. By the time my 15 month old is ready for girly stuff I’ll be a pro :)

  10. linda says

    Love the look!! I would love to try these patterns. Maybe do a blog on actually sewing each project!

  11. Swinky Binky says

    I have 3 boys but I need this book for the girl in me. I do girly things for my room all the time, that’s all I get! I have four nieces two of which are identical twins, their mom is craft challanged so I make things for them all the time

  12. Silvia M. says

    After having my two boys and a nephew, both my sister and my sister-in-law just had little girls in the past 6 months. I love my boys but it’s exciting to be able to make all kind of cute girlie things now! :)

  13. Melissa P says

    Jennifer is the best!! I would love to have a copy to give my niece. She’s showing interest in sewing and crafting at age 8. Now’s the time to pull her in for good. :)

  14. elisekayem says

    This looks like so much fun! It’d be so great to have this to use with my nieces!!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

  15. Digital Misfit says

  16. ShirleyC says

    I love Jennifer’s site! I would love to win the book. I have a little granddaughter, and I’m sure she would give me many orders she would want once she sees this! LOL

  17. Heather says

    What a great book! I love to sew for my daughter and the ideas in this book she would love!

  18. Reneau says

  19. Etcetorize says

    Wow, it all looks so pretty! I’d love to make some of these projects for my niece~

  20. Mama Tuttle says

    Holy Cow . . . I need this book! My girls LOVE to wear dresses and I’m a rookie sewer . . . I’ve made them some skirts but am dying to try my hand at making them dresses! I’d love to pick this awesome book up! Thanks for the chance!

  21. Suburbsmama says

  22. Heather says

    I have four girls and would LOVE this book! My youngest just fell in love with the little doggies.

  23. Gwendolyn B. says

    ooooo! This book looks gorgeous! Both my niece (whom I live with) and I need to fix up our bedrooms. I’d love to win this book for inspiration and instructions!
    Thanks for the chance!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  24. SLucy says

    I would love to win this book because it looks like it has a lot of fun projects
    hypersky5 @

  25. Kristy says

    Would love, love, love to have this book to sew for my 3 girls!!! :) Thanks for the chance!!!

    (email linked to profile)

  26. Elizabeth says

    I love to sew for my daughter a would love to have this book for new inspiration!


  27. Heather K says

  28. zzipper says

    I take care of a girl that wants me to help her sew. I think this book would be a great inspriration for her. Would love to win it!

  29. aj says

    Oh, this book looks great! I have several little girl cousins [ranging in age from 2yo to 12yo, tho I suspect the 12yo wouldn’t like being considered “little”] that would greatly love getting gifts made from the items in this book.

  30. Jen says

    I would LOVE this book so I could tackle some new projects with my adorable little 6 year old daughter!

  31. Wanda says

    My daughter’s bd was last week and it will be a beautiful present for her so I can start teaching her how to sew specially things for her room.
    best regards,

  32. mollysusie says

    I’m *just* getting back into sewing and need all the help I can get in patterns … these look fab! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  33. Amy :o) says

    I am a mom of three very girly girls. I would love to get more creative (I’m a newbie sewer), and this book looks like the perfect tool to give it a go. I also know my girls would LOVE the stuff in this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!
    amy :o)

  34. Julie the Out-Numbered says

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  36. Karrieann says

    …I would be totally delighted to win this book. I have two beautiful and yummy Lil Angels (my two granddaughters) and they are steadily growing. This book would help me to stay within the trends of cuteness! I love to make things for them, and it makes them happy when “Nana” make things just for them!

  37. felicia says

    I stopped sewing for years until I had my daughter. I love sewing for my little lady and I’m always looking for new projects to make for her. This book would be right up my alley!


  38. Wanda says

    Wow that’s awesome! I’d love to get crazy with it and my girls this summer.
    I see many items that we would HAVE to make.

  39. soyprincesa2 says

    I would love to have this book to help my girls get interested in sewing with me. It would be fun to use this as a family activity this summer.

  40. Kama says

    Oh, this book looks so cool!! I have a brand new niece and I just know that I could make her some super cute things over the next few years out of this book. I am also prego and think that I’m having a girl this time. :)

  41. james @ agirlcalledjames says

    I would love to win this book. I want to learn how to sew clothes for my 2 year old.

  42. Lucy says

    I, too, am rediscovering my sewing machine now that my sweet niece is almost 4 and entering a girly stage (though she has been known to wear her Ichiro baseball hat and/or cowboy boots with her new, fancier dresses). She’s getting a new “big girl” room, too, so it sounds like this book has everything I need for this new phase in her life. Thanks for letting us play along.

  43. Gina says

    I have two girls and one on the way and I love to make things for them. I would absolutely love this book.

  44. Mama's making ... says

    I have a 7 year old girly daughter that I sew for – and I would love to win this book!

    mamadepue at hotmail dot com

  45. hannahcvilla says

    I have visted Sis Boom’s website and I am in absolute awe! As a sorority girl approaching her last year in college (tear, tear) I am looking for patterns and ideas on how to decorate my new adorable house. I would LOVE to get my paws on this book! It is not only inspiring but uplifting and I am chomping at the bit to start these new projects! Please pick me!!!

  46. Jeanne says

    I would love to win this book first because I love Jennifer, she is a fabulous woman. She inspires me to do more. Secondly, I have 3 new little girlie babies in our family and they need Auntie JaaBee to sew for them.

  47. hueisei says

    Thanks for the chance to win the book 😀
    I loves to sew dress 😀
    I will sewed it for my aunt’s granddaughter 😀 , for my close friend daughter and also for my sister (if the book have a size ^^)

  48. Linda says

    Love love love to have a copy. I have a 6-year old girl and this book just looks like her!

  49. Amanda says

    I am the crafty one in the family!! I have a 2 year old neice I would love to make more stuff for!! This book would be absolutely AWESOME to have!!! I’ve heard such wonderful things about the book!! Thanks!!!!


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  51. Denise says

    I am really excited about the new book. It is full of eye candy and such beautiful designs and fabrics. I would like to have a copy of the book to make some clothing for birthday presents for a girl I know that is going through some hard times right now. I know it would really cheer her up if I could make her something special.

  52. Anonymous says

    I grew up w/ a sister, & now have 2 girls that the Lord did a great job on…I would appreciate & use this book. The book would be a blessing of loveliness!! Thanks in advance – Julie H. :-)

  53. VickiT says

    I’d love to win this book to make some of those adorable projects shown so far during the tour. I have a Granddaughter who would just love the puppy and some of the adorable little dresses.

    Thank you for the chance of winning this book. It’s on my wish list so if I don’t win, I’ll hopefully be buying it very soon.

  54. BrandyBaker says

    I would love to try out a few of these projects! Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  55. Laura Jane says

    This is such a SNICKERDOODLE SWEET book!!! The colors are scrumptious…who wouldn’t want one for the blooming girly in ALL of us?

  56. Gina says

    Wow, i would love to get this book! I love Jennifer Paganelli fabrics, so this would be wonderful.

  57. pforgerson says

    George the puppy has to be the cutest ever. I don’t have a girl but would love to just gush over the eye candy in the book

  58. Sangeetha says

    I’ve heard so much about this book – seems like a must haev for the library especially if you have a little girl

  59. sunny says

  60. Remembrances says

    I would love this book! I sew for several disadvantaged little girls (ahem, young ladies!) at church and some of the pictures you have shown are perfect for cheering up a young lady while giving her something special all her own, whether a dress or something for her room!

  61. Chocokate says

    as a mother of 3 little girls, I totally need this book! Thanks for having this giveaway!

  62. Hani@Craftionary says

    I love to sew but don’t have much idea about creative sewing.. This book with open up my mind to creative ideas just needed to start sewing some good stuff.. thanks

  63. starkfam4 says

    This book looks great! I have two daughters, 10 and 5. They would love everything in this book. – Deborah

  64. pianomama says

    Love this book – I saw it at Hobby Lobby the other day – and my 3 daughters totally fell in love with it – they said the halter dress looks exactly like their American Girls dress- and would I please make them all matching ones!

  65. Opp Family says

    I would love this book for some fresh new ideas on what to sew for my little girl.

  66. Elena says

    I sew for two little girls who are neighbors and I know they would love some of the dresses and room accessories in this book!

  67. ThePaintedPisces says

    This book looks amazing! I would love to win this book so I can sew up awesome room accessories for my two little girls (first time home owners/buyers this summer!).

  68. The Little Red Hen says

  69. sevensisters says

    I have 2 daughters, 6 sister, 2 nieces, and 2 granddaughters. I think I can enough girls in my family to put this great book to good use.

  70. cmjhawaii says

    Would love this book to make stuff that would brighten up our home. It sure needs it!
    flowerpower0097 at live dot com

  71. amy says

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  73. Dana says

    Lovely book! I would love to have it to sew for my darling granddaughters who love dresses!

  74. AmandaSue says

    I’d like a chance at this because it looks like it has alot of fun and cute items.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

  75. Leeann says

    The colors alone will inspire me to get back into sewing! All of the items pictured would make great gifts, and with 13 nephews and nieces, I need all the help I can get!

  76. gustosa giveaways says

    i’d love to have this book because my daughter loves to dress up and wants always to look pretty.

    gustosagiveaways atymaildotcom

  77. Doreen says

    Another great crafty book from Chronicle! George the Puppy looks similar to my pink gingham pup I made when I was 10. Would love to make some fun accessories for my daughter’s dorm room as she goes off to college (sniff-sniff).

  78. Jane Jeffress Thomas says

    I would love to have this book because I have two little great granddaughters who I like to sew for. This looks like a “yummy” book.

  79. Carine says

    I have a 5 year old boy and 1 year old boy/girl twins, so my little girl and all her femininity certainly stands out. And what a girly- girl she is! She loves bows and jewelry and dresses and ruffles. My hope is to make a little space for her where she can indulge in her girl-stuff and this book has such lovely designs for her and it would be well loved and well used.

  80. Lalania Simone says

  81. Sew Country Chick says

    I have four daughters and am running out of projects for them! I need a shot of creativity so pick me please!

  82. Mitchgreen says

    I have a girly girl aged 7 and would absolutely love all the patterns in this book.
    Thanks for the chance to win.


  83. pocketofsun says

    I just got my first sewing machine and trying to learn how to sew. I have a 7 year old daughter whom I would love to make her pretty things. The review of this book having detailed instruction & includes the paper patterns will be very helpful, would love to sew home decor and clothes for my daughter. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  84. Henria O. says

    This book would really fuel my passion for sewing! Over the last 5 years I’ve had two children (daughters) and moved twice! My sewing had been laid to the wayside…but the passion is coming back and I’ve started to rebuild my stash of supplies! This book would help me involve my daughter’s in an activity that has given me so much joy since childhood and develop in them a skill (that I value greatly) that will last a lifetime!