Girl’s World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls is Jennifer Paganelli’s debut book coming out late April 2011. Jennifer is the creator of the Sis Boom™ vintage lifestyle company. She has had several popular fabric lines with Free Spirit, the latest is Honey Child. Others include Queen Street, Poodle, So St. Croix, and Dance with Me. But back to the book in hand.
The look: Chronicle had me at the front cover. The tone for the book is set by a pretty, barefoot girl in a yellow dress reaching for a butterfly. How delightfully appealing is this scene to the little girl in all of us. Inside, the book is chock full of beautiful girls (ages toddler to tween) in and among things made of equally beautiful fabrics. Nearly a third of the book’s 175 pages holds project pattern sheets (sturdy, not the tissue kind). Throughout the book are outline fabric graphics of girls having fun doing things, like riding a pair of scissors with pigtails flying, (see pages 17, 64).
The layout: The projects are organized into three main sections. They are as follows: Dress-up, Accessories, and Home. The introduction includes a warm welcome from Jennifer where we find out what inspires her textile designs. Following this is Sewing Basket Basics. Oops, I think they meant to say Sewing Room Basics, how else would you store an ironing board and sewing machine into your sewing basket? No worries. A Sizing chart and Glossary of Techniques round out the intro.
The content: Jennifer is spot-on in her choices of projects to include in this book. Classic and trendy, take the Georgia Tulle Ballet Skirt (page 75) for instance. Tulle skirts are way hot now and I spied a plain one recently online for $32. Her version is a dream with the bottom filled with silk flower petals and leaves. An example of timeless charm is the Chloe Paper Doll Overnight Bag (page 101). She’s thoughtful too. Since when does a craft project help your circle of girls affirm each other? Hers does, check out her Girls’ “Ambassador of Goodwill” Badges (page 107). And finally, important to me as a quilter, she includes the Genevieve Patchwork Square Quilt (page 141). It’s fresh and sweet plus easy to sew.
The giveaway: I am giving away a copy of this book to a lucky Craft Gossip reader. Stay tuned for details in a future post.
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By Scarlett Burroughs