|Twinkle Sews / Wenlan Chia|
NY: Potter Craft, c2009.
Apparently she is a designer, best known for her knitwear, who has had lines available in stores and on the runway since 2000 under the brand Twinkle. Her styles are quite young and runway-ish in this book, too, as you can likely guess from the cover image. But I'm a sucker for a book with patterns included!
Sizing here ranges from 0 - 16, or from 32" to 40" bust and 35" to 43" hip.
The 25 patterns included are broken up into sections: Everyday Chic, Casual Charm, Effortless Elegance, and Playful Poise. Each chapter has variations on skirts, dress, or unusual tops/tunics. They all have the Twinkle aesthetic -- natural fabrics for the most part, and either embellishment or distinct finishes like the cover image neckline. One of my favourites is the "Take Manhattan" tunic -- a woven raglan sleeve tunic with short sleeves and a large cowl. The lines are slouchy and yet elegant.
All the patterns can be printed from a cd at the back of the book. If you still have a cd/dvd drive on your computer that is. They seem like standard pdf patterns, so if you have ever printed and put together a pdf you'll have no problems.
There is a fairly wide range of patterns here, although only two really appeal to me personally as something I might make and wear. But the styles are fashion forward and a young designer might really enjoy this book. I am interested in some of the techniques she uses, even if not that interested in an actual project. For example, there's a wine-red tunic with some lace insets, and I like the idea but would use it differently myself.
It was a fun discovery, though, and despite the limited sizing I think this has its own definite charm. Each pattern has a name, and fabric choice is a little bohemian sometimes. Worth a look, even if it turns out you don't make anything at all.