On amazon, I read a lot of mixed reviews about this book. I get where some of the frustrated people were coming from - many of these garments are very simply designed to be easily successful. No zippers, no button holes, a lot of basic shapes that are templates for you to get creative with or keep basic.
Two other basic summer dresses I really liked and plan to make are shift dresses that could be belted or not.
The cape is cute, but I probably won't entertain the notion of making it till Fall, so I'll see how I feel about it then. The wrap dress looks really cute in the photos but I worry that neck line could get risque pretty easily and there is a long tie that wraps multiple times around the waist that might get bulky and overwhelming on my shape.
Overall, I think this is a fun book for making wardrobe basics, if you are like me and love to wear comfy dresses as your everyday go-to choice of clothing. This book was published in 2009 before the author, Christine Haynes, released her line of more complicated individual patterns. I read an interview with her and she said that she learned a lot from feedback from this book and took that onboard when she began designing her pattern line. These patterns involve more detailed techniques and I am looking forward to trying the Chelsea dress I bought. I am also thinking about getting the Emrey pattern, once I get this smock dress kick out of my system! I love the line of the Emrey dress and there is a really cool body of blogging on it from her sew-along.
I have mixed feelings about this, since I do think it's important to support artists & you can still buy a signed copy of this book from the author's website, but I got mine for only $2.50 plus shipping a clearinghouse site called rakuten. Even at $27.50, that is a great deal for 5-7 patterns I would like to sew... so follow your conscience or your pocket book, either way. In this case, I had to go with my pocket book. However, I did buy the Chelsea pattern at full price, so I hope karmically it will end up a wash.
This weekend was pure madness in terms of being busy... but now I am finished with a bunch of obligations for the next few weeks and I am looking forward to putting my (sewing) pedal to the metal.
My beloved vintage Viking machine. We are besties. I found her last November as an anniversary present to myself. She is almost identical to my mother's machine on which I first learned to sew, except my mother's is brown and orange and this one is brick red and yellow.