Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching

Overview

More than just a pair of days, a weekend is also a state of mind—a feeling of relaxation and the freedom to immerse ourselves fully in a favorite activity. In Weekend Sewing, designer Heather Ross presents creative projects for clothing, accessories, and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. Some, such as the Quick Garden Gloves and Ruby’s Bloomers, take a few hours; others, such as the Weekend-Away Travel Bag and Trapeze Sundress, require a day or two—but all of them capture that weekend feeling. And...

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Overview

More than just a pair of days, a weekend is also a state of mind—a feeling of relaxation and the freedom to immerse ourselves fully in a favorite activity. In Weekend Sewing, designer Heather Ross presents creative projects for clothing, accessories, and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. Some, such as the Quick Garden Gloves and Ruby’s Bloomers, take a few hours; others, such as the Weekend-Away Travel Bag and Trapeze Sundress, require a day or two—but all of them capture that weekend feeling. And because weekends are often the most fun when they’re social, Ross features ideas that encourage us to share our stitching and our time, such as a recipe for soup to simmer while sewing, then serve to guests later in the day, and tips for transporting a sewing machine to a friend’s house for an afternoon of social stitching. The sewing instructions are beautifully illustrated, and patterns for the projects are included on pullout sheets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584796756
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 715,680
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Ross designs fabric, fashion projects, sewing patterns, and stationery. Her two lines of fabric, Heather Ross for Free Spirit and Heather Ross for Kokka, are sold in quilting and fabric stores in the United States and abroad. Ross lives in New York City. Visit her website at heatherrossdesigns.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2009

    Frustrating

    I kept running into problems, thinking it was me... then I found out the instructions have a lot of errors. No fun.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    Too bad.

    I was so hopeful when I bought this book, but like the other reviews there are too many mistakes. Significant ones. I do not recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    Very Disappointed!

    This book has a lot of significant mistakes, and is very frustrating! It looks like a beautiful book, but how disappointing. I do not recomment this book to anyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

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    Best in show!

    With a breadth of projects covering something (or many things) for everyone, Heather Ross has given a strong dose of imagination, style, and whimsy to anyone who has ever considered sewing. The unique combination of over 40 patterns and Heather's beautiful illustrations (I can't even count how many are squeezed into this little gem of a book) make this book special even amongst my other favorite sewing titles.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    If I could give it less than 1 star..

    I did not buy this book from here, but I wish I had read the online reviews before I did buy it. I got it from a JoAnn Fabrics store. It's beautifully laid out and I was very inspired by it. However, I've attempted 2 projects and have found multiple errors in both the instructions and the patterns. It's very disappointing. I spent $27.99 on the book, plus a lot of fabric. This is not for a beginning seamstress, as you will have to do a lot of problem solving along the way! DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOOK!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    Great Beginner's Book

    I inadvertently came across this book in a store one day and was totally inspired by the beautiful pictures. The projects looked beautiful, something I could actually pull off, and I loved all the information at the end that went over key skills for successful sewing. Once I ordered the book, I was blown away by how Ms. Ross's love for sewing enimates through the book. She gives great tips on setting up a sewing space, and includes little non-sewing tidbits that make sewing more enjoyable. I can actually see myself wearing many of the projects, and feel confident at attempting to try a few of the projects in the children's section for my kiddos. The biggest drawback to this beautiful book is mentioned in other reviews... there are errors with the patterns, but if you use a pattern properly, this isn't a big deal. (She posts corrected patterns on her site). The incorrect patterns is the only reason I didn't give it all five stars. But in all, a great modern publication and collection of projects that I look forward to working through.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    A beautiful, easy sewing book

    The pictures alone make you want to run to your machine, and from the projects I've tried so far, it keeps me coming back. I have made four pairs of the pajama pants, both adult and child, and two of the little girl sundresses, for a two year old and seven year old (there is a video of Heather making the dress on Martha Stewart's website). All have turned out well, but check Heather's blog for the list of errors in the patterns. Some have been unhappy with the errors, but as with any pattern, I suggest you fit as you go along. I start with the pattern itself, altering the pants to make them much longer and a little fuller to accommodate my own measurements and preferences. If you fit the dress as you pin, I think you will discover the small size issues on your own for the skirt and party dress. Overall, I am very pleased with this book, and hope to work my way through all 40 projects eventually!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Well Done

    Its perfect for all level of sewers. I love it. Great explanations and detailed pictures for every step.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Wish I could make something from this book right now!

    This book is loaded with great projects. This and the other that I bought this spring will be the carrot to finish Clutter Rescue, so I can set up my handicrafting nook and start sewing and working on other handicrafts.

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