I don’t know about you, but I love seeing what Sewing Bee Alumni are up to: from giving talks to crowds of people, writing magazine columns, holding run way shows- these guys are pretty darn inspirational.
So I was super excited to see that the lovely Matt Chapple (winner of series 3 of The Great British Sewing Bee) was coming out with his debut book: Make it, Own It, Love it, and even more excited to be sent a copy to review (and join my growing Sewing Book Library!)
Sizing it up
For a newbie, sewing can be really daunting. I’m sure a lot of people are put off from taking it up because they think ‘I can’t possibly do this’, ‘I don’t have X, Y, Z’, ‘I can’t even sew a straight line’. So I love the way Matt presents sewing: it’s unpretentious and makes sewing seem really doable. The book is aimed for beginners and intermediates and does it really well. It takes you through all the basics of equipment and techniques before working it’s way up skill-wise: from customising ready to wear, making brand new items to mending and repair.
The book is made up of 7 main sections: Continue reading