While clicking through the blogs I was led to the Home Ec site, a companion to ReForm School in Los Angeles. They offer sewing patterns, books, crafting supplies, and kits. A book they sell that caught my eye, because I hadn't seen it anywhere else, was Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes. It's another helpful book on creating and making your own custom-tailored clothes that also includes full-size patterns. Oh, how I love these types of books! It came out in April so I'll have to go a bookstore and check it out.
What caught my eye was this dress photo:
It immediately reminded me of the banded neck dress in Simplicity 3835, a Built By Wendy pattern. However, it eliminates the problem that many sewers have had with that pattern; many thought the neckline was too high and too tight. So I never even tried it (that just screamed future frustration to me!) However, I truly love this more scoop necked-version with the smaller puff sleeves. Maybe my new French-curved Design Ruler can help with this?
Has anyone purchased this book? Has anyone attempted to make anything from it? What did you think about it? Let me know.