So as of yesterday, Improv Sewing is “officially” out in the big wide world. Since the Amazon pre-orders shipped last week, and the bookstores seem to have had it on their shelves for a week or so too, I’m not really sure what the official pub date means these days. But who cares–it’s all been a HUGE thrill, seeing our little baby being embraced. We’ve heard from some readers already about stuff they’ve already made… That is amazing. And there there’s this sweet thing that happened last Friday in the Bay Area. While I was visiting with my friends Kate and Mati, their 7-on-the-brink-of-8-year-old daughter was looking through the book and just spontaneously started writing a list of all the projects she wanted to do. She covered both sides of the envelope. See my blurry phone pic above. It was really one of the most gratifying moments I could possibly imagine.
When I got back home, I found this super nice review from the lovely Nanette Donohue at Library Journal:
Given this book’s title, you may expect pieces that are thrown together with little care. That’s certainly not the approach in Blum and Immergut’s excellent introduction to sewing—they simply want to reduce the intimidation factor. The authors’ “five basic designs” are at the heart of all of the garments in the book, and they’re broken down so clearly and concisely that any stitcher, regardless of experience level, could create a well-fitting, attractive garment following these instructions. These five designs alone are worth the cost of the book; the 96 other patterns, which include riffs on the five basic designs as well as household goods and accessories, make it an even better value.
VERDICT An excellent sewing book for beginners, although experienced tailors will also enjoy the simple yet tailored patterns and creative approach.
Hey, thank you, Nanette!!!
And if you are reading this now, and have looked at Improv Sewing and like it, could you do us a favor? A big favor? Please go to Amazon.com and review it. Takes only a sec, and we will be grateful beyond words.
And thank you, thank you, all who have come out to our events, or will be coming to upcoming events, and all who have taken a moment to check out the book or even have bought it. You are so fine!!
P.S. If you are wondering if we will ever get back to posting tutorials here, the answer is yes. We will! When we have a spare second to make something! Which just ain’t happening with all this hullabaloo going on. Apologies…