|Print Pattern Sew / Jen Hewett |
Boulder, CO: Roost, c2018
It's a nicely balanced book -- the first half is about printing. Hewett talks about how to make a design, carve it, and print it onto fabric. And she also discusses issues that arise when you are printing in order to sew it into something else -- different ways to lay out a print, scale, colours and so on. If you've never printed anything before (my experience of this book) you will feel that it really isn't so hard after all! Everything is so well explained, step by step, with lots of photos and recommendations for products.
Hewett's expertise and love of printing comes through clearly, and the instruction is really inspiring. There is even a little gallery of prints to inspire you.
|photo via publisher|
There are 7 simple patterns for accessories -- scarves, apron, espadrille toppers, and bags -- then a set of clothing patterns. They comprise a skirt and two patterns that can be made into tops or dresses depending on length choices. There's a cap sleeve pattern (grown on sleeve) or a short sleeve pattern. They are similar but different enough to give a different look to each project. I thought that they were simple and easy patterns, and the step by step instructions were very clear to me, but if you have never sewn any clothing at all before you may find it a little more challenging.
|The Cap Sleeve Top pattern I used is on the left|
photo via publisher
To get a look at the table of contents and some interior pages yourself, including photos and how to get ready to print, check out the publisher's "look inside" link.