BOOK REVIEW: The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie
We are going to start reviewing lots more sewing, dressmaking and craft books this year. Unlike sewing patterns, where you can often find reviewsfor projects, knowing what projects are like in a book and finding reviews of makes can be a bit more tricky. You have asked us for somewhere to read reviews from patterns in books and magazines, so this year we are going to build this for the website and add it as a search option on the patterns searchpage. Until then we are going to start building up our base of book reviews and to coincide with our lingerie theme this month we have reviewed The Secrets of Sewing Lingerieby Katherine Sheers@katherinesheers and Laura Stanford.
The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie has knicker, bra, camisole and accessory projects. There are lots of customisation ideas from adding your own bow details to embroidering and stitching lace. There are 25 projects in total and the book also has lots of tips with a list of supplies, suitable fabrics, a guide to the patterns and a whole section on how-to for different hand stitching techniques.
Feminine, lots of customisingoptions and it’s all in the detail.
There are 25 projects in total and the book also includes paper patterns tucked into a dusky rose pink envelope a the back.
Knickers:Cotton mini, panelled thong, cotton French knickers, embroidered tulle mini, skirted thong
Lingerie sets:Tulle bra and mini, Satin camisole & French knickers, Silk & Lace bra & Brazilian, Jersey vest & short, Chiffon camisole & tap pants, Silk & lace longline bra & waisted brief.
Suspenders:Triangle suspender belt, Traditional suspender belt and Roll-on suspender.
Customising projects and gifts:handmade bows and buds, Tie-side minis, Eye mask, Wedding garters, Silk lingerie bag.
Many of the projects and customising options are suitable for beginners but their are plenty of other projects to challenge more experienced sewers. The projects look beautiful and all have a luxurious feel so ideal if you want to create something special or as a gift, rather than for the practicalities of day to day underwear. The photos and illustrations are clear and although I wouldn’t say there aren’t enough, each stage of the construction is not accompanied by an individual photo or illustration for most of the projects, so as you progress you need to feel confident interpreting written instructions and being guided by the finished design.
The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie is divided into nine sections: Getting ready, Knickers, Lingerie sets, Suspenders, Gifting, Hand stitching and techniques, Glossary, Layplans and Supplies. In the introduction you can get help with what tools you need, measuring yourself, fabric types you could use and an explanation of terms and fitting.
The book starts off with a project to make Pretty as a picnic cotton mini’s, which allows you to practice techniques needed to make more complicated patterns later on. All patterns are beautifully photographed and illustrated, with plenty of tips to accompany the step-by-step written instructions.
It then moves onto a variety of knicker pattern options from panelled thongs to embroidered french knickers. There are nice customising options including how to made an array of handmade bows and buds for your pants!
Next up are lingerie sets including longline bra and waisted briefs, vest and shorts and camisoles and matching cap pants.
There are also a couple of patterns for suspenders and gift ideas including the Love & Abandon tie-side minis and silk lingerie bag.
Embroidery and other hand stitching techniques appear throughout the book, which is lovely to see as these skills are often forgotten. In fact at the back there is a whole chapter on these techniques and lingerie construction, which I think is a great bonus. This book has been created to include a wide range of interesting projects and shows a real understanding of how to sew and add detail.
Katherine Sheers and Laura Stanford are the authors of ‘The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie‘ published by Kyle Books in 2014. 128pp.