Today I get to review The Magic Pattern Book by Amy Barickman (affiliate link). Full disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher, but all opinions are my own.
I’m also giving away a copy of the book, so make sure to read through the whole post so you can find out how to win.
I LOVE the concept behind this book. The basic idea is that with 6 patterns (tank, skirt, dress, cardigan, coat, accessories) you can make 36 things (image courtesy Workman Publishing Co.)
Which is awesome! The book gives you further customization options for each pattern with fabric suggestions. I think these illustrations really help get the idea across about just how much a pattern can change based on fabric choices.
I also like that the book pages are color coded – for each of the 6 patterns. There’s a good sized section at the front (the white part) that covers sewing basics, tools, fabric, measuring, finishing techniques, etc. It’s a ton of information laid out really succinctly.
The patterns in the book are on a CD in the back.
Which is actually one thing I’m not crazy about – if I’m buying a book, I’d rather have paper pattern sheets. At least they each have an outline page at the front of each PDF, so you can see what you’re printing. BUT the test square is often not on the first page of the pattern, so you have to search for it to make sure you’re printing correctly. Beyond that, they print and go together fairly easily, with border markings and numbered diamonds to match pages.
I haven’t yet sewn anything from the book, but I do have a caveat about sizing – instead of a size chart like most books, each pattern includes finished measurements. While this is useful, you also have to guess about how much ease you want each pattern to have since base sizing wasn’t provided. For example, the Alice Tank, which is the first pattern, has a finished bust of 38″ for the small version. But then you have to guess based on the pictures how much ease that should be over your normal measurements (and based on the photo of that pattern, my guess would be that you need 2-4 inches of ease for that particular pattern, meaning that a size small would correspond to a 34-36″ bust). Sizes listed are small through XXL.
I kept flipping back and forth through the book trying to choose a project, and I think my first one will probably be the Farrah tote bag. It’s nice that there are accessories included in the book as well as basic wardrobe pieces.
Want to see what others think about the book? I’m one of the first stops, but I’ve got links below for a whole bunch of other opinions.
Official Tour Stops on Amy Barickman’s THE MAGIC PATTERN BOOK Blog Tour:
October 6 AMYBARICKMAN.COM
October 7 WINDY LOU
October 8 MELLY SEWS
October 9 CRAFT GOSSIP
October 10 SEW MAMA SEW
October 13 ADVENTURES OF A DIY MOM
October 14 LILACS & LACE
October 15 FOUR SQUARE WALLS
October 16 PINK CHALK STUDIO
October 17 CITY STITCHING with CHRISTINE HAYNES
October 20 CUT OUT & KEEP
October 21 HE SOWED, SHE SEWED
October 22 CHIC STEALS
October 23 THREADS
October 24 INDYGO JUNCTION
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