I'm honored to be part of The Magic Pattern Book blog tour today! You might have seen my post earlier this week, where I made the Cecelia Dress from the book. Well today, I'm going to talk more about the book itself, and then give a copy to one of you! Yay!
As I mentioned in my previous post, the book has six base patterns that are used to make multiple variations. There's a skirt, cardigan, dress, tank top, coat, and a chapter on accessories. All of these block patterns are broken down into six variations, making a total of 36 different styles that you can make. Here is a look at each chapter:
The Tank Top
|grid images above by Workman Publishing|
Unlike other similar books that give you the main pattern, followed by instructions on how you can redraft the pattern for the additional variations, author Amy Barickman gives you all the variations in the patterns! Once I knew that there were items in the book I wanted to make, this was the best news ever. All the work is done for you!
The patterns are downloadable PDFs, or you can print them from a CD that is included in the back of the book. It's nice that both options are available, as I know many new laptops don't come with disc drives anymore (which makes me feel really old since I remember using floppy discs!).
If you consider the price of the book, which is $22.95 in the United States, then divide that by the 36 patterns included, that equals $0.64 per pattern. Yeah, that's kinda hard to argue with and is seriously a good deal! Really, most of us in the indie scene will pay $10-20 per pattern, so to be able to get a whole book full of patterns for the price of 1-2 patterns is fantastic.
To be fair, I am not interested in every variation included, but that's to be expected. No book will appeal to me 100%, because if it did, then it focused too narrow a scope and it's really better to cast a slightly wider net to reach a more broad audience. But there are many in here that will get my attention.
The instructions are clear and well illustrated, and I found the language to be very understandable. Is this perfect for an absolute beginner? Maybe not... probably best suited for an advanced beginner, or someone who has worked with a pattern or two in the past. But I did find that everything was easy to understand and logical.
Okay, ready to win your own copy? Check out the gallery of items above and let me know which base pattern you're most excited to work with in the comments below! I will choose a winner at random end of day Sunday, October 19th and will post the winner here on the blog on Monday, October 20th, so be sure to check back to see if you won! If the winner does not contact me within a week of the drawing, a new winner will be chosen. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to residents in the United States. Best of luck!
Check out the other posts on the blog tour at the lovely sites below:
October 8 MELLY SEWS
October 9 CRAFT GOSSIP
October 10 SEW MAMA SEW
October 13 ADVENTURES OF A DIY MOM
October 14 LILACS & LACE
October 15 FOUR SQUARE WALLS
October 16 PINK CHALK STUDIO
October 17 CITY STITCHING with CHRISTINE HAYNES
October 20 CUT OUT & KEEP
October 21 HE SOWED, SHE SEWED
October 22 CHIC STEALS
October 23 THREADS
October 24 INDYGO JUNCTION
*A copy of The Magic Pattern Book was provided to me for free by Workman Publishing for my participation in the blog tour. All opinions are my own!*