Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Purses, Bags & More Blog Tour.....

(Front cover of book)

Imagine my surprise when I was contacted about participating in the Purses, Bags & More Blog Tour!!! I was thrilled. What an honor! Really!

So ok, let’s get on it with already!!! This brand new book is called Purses, Bags & More by Pearl Louise Krush. The photo above is the front cover of the book.

(Sweet and Sassy p. 13)

And the purse I am reviewing is called Sweet and Sassy. And I must admit up front that I love to sew...but I don’t always love to sew bags. But this book has honestly made me reconsider that thought. The bags and purses in this book are so adorable and stylish. There are at least two that I will definitely be stitching, including this one called Sweet and Sassy.

To start with, no strange supplies or materials are needed. I think that is one reason why I rarely stitch bags...I never have the wooden handles, magnetic closures, etc. needed. BUT I have everything needed RIGHT NOW to stitch this bag, and I bet you do too (i.e., fabric, thread, buttons, quilt batting, and elastic). See, I told you this is a great book! And it gets better!

The author has done a fantastic job writing the directions. Some of you know that I edit sewing patterns for a handful of independent designers/friends. I have been doing this for several years and I do it because I really enjoy it....no other reason. So I actually had fun looking through the directions. What did I find? The directions are wonderful! The author has broken the construction down into bite-size steps that anyone can do without feeling stressed. The cutting directions use a rotary cutter which I find to be very efficient. And the actual quilting of the fabric and sewing of the bag, are in small chunks so as not to overwhelm you. Plus, if you have several little children like I do, the small steps make it easier for me to remember where I left off when I get up from the machine. (I’ve mentioned before that often I will sit down just to stitch one seam even if I only have a few minutes here or there.)

Another thing I look for when editing patterns is if I could construct the item from the directions alone (no pictures), and also from the pictures alone (no words). I honestly can tell you that I could construct this bag either way. The directions are clear and to the point. And the pictures are in color and detailed enough that my Emily (she’s 11 years old) could follow.

I know you are going to want to hear/read more about this book, so I’m going to include the other stops on this Blog Tour so you can see what others are saying:

Monday, March 21 Tara of Tinkerfrog

Tuesday, March 22 Me....you are here!

Wednesday, March 23 Stephanie of Unfinished Project Party

Thursday, March 24 Ruth of Sew Chic

Friday, March 25 Julie of From These Hands

And of course, the book is available from Clotilde here. Really, go check it out! You will be glad you did!!!


Kimberlee said...

Sounds like a great book. I will have to check it out!

Karina said...

I love sewing and making bags, that one is adorable, cant wait to see what you do with it.....colors etc......:)

Kellie said...

Oh how fun... a new project!

Quilter Bridget said...

There are so many bag/purse patterns out there now, but few have captured my attention. This one is great because even beginners like myself should be able to handle most of the projects. The really great part is that you can download the book for instant gratification!
Thanks for your review!

Carla said...

Sounds like a good pattern book. Glad to hear that these patterns only need basic sewing supplies. As I always struggle finding the specialty items (living in a smaller town). Thanks for a great review. :)

gill said...

This looks a great book!
I love making bags!

Vernon and Kim said...

I really would like one of these books.

Heather Lynne said...

The prairie points give this bag a unique touch, cute!

Trish said...

I would like to win this book.

Jose said...

Your creations are amazing, I wish I could sew like these. Thanks for sharing.
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I sew handbags often, mostly of used clothes I get at resale shops. I cut out my pieces and design each one by color and fabric. I actually buy old purses at resale and garage sales all year round, cutting the wooden/metal handles off. The most i spend on these handles are $1.00 vs $9.00 plus in the store. I have a drawer full of handles all like new but not...

Cindy said...

Thanks ladies. This really is a great book. I hope to make several of the books featured in it. I'd love to see yours if you make one.

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