But in the meantime, I have been enjoying this little book which I discovered on the counter of my local sewing store. But, the price was rather a lot, so I looked it up and found it $10 cheaper at The Book Depository (UK). Remember they have no postage fees! I would like to be able to support the local shops, but $10 would buy me a fat quarter of fabric and a coffee, so it's worth the saving.
Making Children's Clothes by Emma Hardy.
Just turning the pages givesw you a colourful feast of colour and the use of beautiful fabrics draws you to each design. The book takes several basic items of children's clothing (sizes 0-5), gives clear tutorials on how to sew them, and advice on how to adjust them for a more individual look.
I made this little summer top for Alice. I sewed it in one afternoon. The patterns seem to have a lot of handsewing required, but I kinda like that - it makes it feel more haute couture. :o)
The models for the clothes are gorgeous, as are the illustrations. I really like this popular way of drawing the illustrations and tutorials in colour.
The author lives in London, UK and one of the things I like about the book is that the measurements are given in both metric and imperial. Very thoughtful of her, I thought. And the seams are included, which is another great thing.
The book also includes instructions for little things like these adorable fabric flowers.
And because my sewing machine is in for repairs, I have not been able to finish these little outdoor play pants for Alice, but look at the fabric I found to make them in.