I’m a fan of Brett Bara‘s Sewing 101 posts on Design*Sponge (this color spectrum pouf is probably my favorite), so I was excited to hear about her book Sewing in a Straight Line. Her talents go beyond sewing, though: she’s also a hostess of the show Knit and Crochet Now and the former Editor in Chief of Crochet Today magazine.
Sewing in a Straight Line is a book full of lovely sewing patterns, and as the title promises, there are no curves involved. The projects are meant to be accessible to beginners but also attractive for more experienced sewists, and Brett pulls it off so well. The appearance of complexity is achieved with sophisticated fabrics (the chiffon Easy Breezy Blouse is on my to-do list) and notions, and with impressive but easy fabric manipulation techniques like folding and tucking. Here’s a video showing how to sew the Folded Flower Bowl, one of my favorite projects from the gifts section:
Hop on over to Brett’s website, or check out the other stops on the blog tour (listed below), to see how-to videos on two other projects from the book.
Brett is giving away a Singer sewing machine and serger (as a set – one winner gets both machines!) – the contest will be open for the duration of the blog tour, with the winner being drawn tomorrow, August 12. So get on over there!
Follow the Tour:
Tuesday, July 19: Stitch Mag blog
Wednesday, July 20: design*sponge
Thursday. July 21: Vickie Howell
Friday, July 22: Kristen Nicholas
Monday, July 25: Crochet By Faye
Tuesday, July 26: Prudent Baby
Wednesday, July 27: Craftsy
Thursday, July 28: Nicole Smith
Friday, July 29: The Crochet Dude
Monday, August 1: Coquette
Tuesday, August 2: CraftSanity
Thursday, August 4: CraftZine
Friday, August 5: Ellen Gormley
Monday, August 8: Etsy Craft Night
Tuesday, August 9: Linda Permann
Wednesday, August 10: Cal Patch
Thursday, August 11: True Up
Friday August 12: Tour finale; contest ends!