As books go Sew La Tea Do is seriously chunky. It is a successor to 'Meet Me At Mikes' and follows the same format of a bundle of patterns and a selection of useful and simple stuff. While I confess that just did not get 'Mikes' I love Sew La Tea Do.
I'm not one for the kids stuff but checking it for this review I found trousers, dresses, hats and a blanket and fun practical things. For the adults, OK, mostly girly stuff. There are three lovely (easy) dresses, a simple patchwork belt, a gorgeous wrap around skirt (my favourite) and some seriously 'comfy' pants for both women and men. The third section is a selection of home based items ; fun, quirky and all do-able by anyone with basic sewing machine skills. Try the large and cosy beanbag; a fun blanket, practical short front cushions, a fun foxy quilt, and a quirky origami wallet.
The instructions are clear and friendly, with a host of tips and tricks to ensure your work is a success. There is plenty of encouragement and suggestions for variations on many of the patterns for when you are more confident and ready to branch out on your own. Looking at this book as a fabric painting and decorating person, I immediately saw the fun and the potential in the patterns! Making your own yardage will allow you to construct simple but totally unique garments in colours and fabrics of your own choosing - without the hassle of hunting down patterns you think you might be able to manage.
Hardie Grant Books
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