With its tactile Liberty print cloth binding,The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing is an attractive book crying out to be picked up and flicked through. It has a selection of projects from simple, quick to complete, to larger more ambitious designs, requiring several sewing sessions. The photos of the finished items put them into a stylish, aspirational context while keeping the project very approachable.
Though the finished objects are attractive and sophisticated all the techniques used are simple, you don’t need to be a sewing whizz to start creating. At the beginning of the book is a useful reference section clearly illustrating the techniques used, giving you the know how to get making.
A closer inspection and I discover so many tempting ideas that I want to get going on them now. I love the simple raincoat makeover with floral fabric buttons and tie belt, giving an otherwise utility item of clothing an original upmarket bespoke twist. There’s also an attractive drum lampshade project, very doable, with beautiful results.
The Liberty fabrics used throughout the book are beautiful. If you don’t have access to them the photos are enough inspiration to find alternatives and guide you through playing with combinations of colour and pattern.
There wasn’t anything not to like about this book. It’s a great resource with a wealth of stylish projects using simple sewing techniques. I would be confident giving it to both experienced and newbie sewers.
THE LIBERTY BOOK OF SIMPLE SEWING published by Quadrille (£20)
by Lucinda Ganderton & Christine Leech
Photos ©KRISTIN PERERS