Sewing School Fashion Design -- a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to Crafty Weekends!! Life here has been busy, but I have exciting news. Starting tomorrow Hazel is an official writer/book reviewer here at Crafty Moms Share. Since I have gotten so behind on my reviews and many of the books are for Hazel's age level (or younger) she is going to start writing her own reviews. The first one will be published tomorrow!! So please come check it out!

Today we are sharing a book that is written for tweens. It is from our favorite kids' sewing series--Sewing School. This one is Sewing School Fashion Design by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle.

In this Sewing School book there are basic designs and then extras to add and make the clothing your own. There are patterns to make a top, skirt and shorts with variations available to make the top into a dress and more. Plus there are clothes for girls and for boys. The book starts with instructions on how to use the book and basics about sewing from what to have in your sewing kit to fashion rules and more. Then come the three basic clothing tutorials and then some additions to add to your fashions like ruffles, collars, and more. Finally there are three extras--a bow tie, hat and apron. Next there are skill builders for the beginning sewer and of course there are the patterns.

I decided to give it a try and Hazel asked for a skirt. I tried the A+ skirt and I added some pockets. I also added some ribbon and lace to each pocket. 

Hazel likes how it came out. I can see her wearing it this summer. The pattern is very easy to make and the pockets are easy to add on. I love how the instructions include photos for every step and make it so much easier for a tween to learn how to sew.

The book also has basic sewing skills reviewed/taught to the new sewers. One variation on the skirt is to add a zipper so there is a section to review how to sew a zipper into it.

The projects are fun and relatively simple. They have many fun ideas including the modern poodle skirt. I haven't shown it to Hazel yet to see if she wants one so I didn't try it and the truth is I want her to make her own clothes with this book.

Besides the fun fashion designs there are ideas like this DIY Fashion Show as well. This book is just fun and colorful and shows the creativity of kids. Plus I love that it is teaching the important skills of sewing. 

Now it is time to see what you have been creating!  Thank you to everyone who shared with us at our last party.  It was a bit smaller than usual but I am guessing that is because it was Easter. There were some great ideas shared. Below are a few of the features from our last party, but be sure to go back and check out the many great crafts shared! Please remember Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place to share all your diverse and cultural posts there.  I can't wait to see what your latest creations are!!


1) From The Scrap Shoppe: Mother's Day Brooch

2) From Handmade Weekly: DIY Marathon Medal Display

3) From Flamingo Toes: Retro Gingham Pillow with Sunnyside Ave Fabric

4) From The Kindest Way: Top Tips for Making a Memory Quilt

Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. I would love the help spreading the word about Crafty Weekends!!

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