This is a really beautiful book - gorgeous photos, fabulous fabrics, terrific styling. My only issue with it is that it is definitely for intermediate to advanced sewers, I am still a beginner so I hope to work my way up to some of these great bags. It also seemed like they used a ton of interfacing - the one on the front used 6 1/2 yds! But overall I gave it 5 stars because as I advance I know I will try several of them and the book has such great style!
Expected more originality
I think Amy B. has been spending too much time looking at what other people have been doing in the handmade handbag category because so many of the designs and embellishments are knock offs from other designs out there (the accordian fold purse, the vintage brooch embellishment, the lady bug purse, the wallet, even the signature multiple colored zipper image which Purl Soho has been using in their ads for years). The "origami" minis don't even need a pattern, and many of the pattern"s" are larger vs. smaller versions of a single design. I am giving this book a 3 star rating for the two designs in there that I thought were up to what we would expect from Amy Butler. I also only give the book a 3 star because the instructions are not user friendly.
I really like Amy Butler's general mid-century modern look and this book does not disappoint. AB Style Stitches illustrates why her style is fresh and fun. I will agree with other reviewers that some of the styles have been "seen" before. However, the books is still a value, considering that most of Amy's sewing patterns run about $12 a piece in fabric shops. of course, using Amy's fabric really makes some of the projects come alive, but I felt they were versitile enough for other fabric lines.
I am a fairly experienced seamstress and agree that these patterns are better suited to those who have a few projects under their belts. However, anyone with a little adventurous spirit will do just fine. Her patterns are very detailed and thorough. I will admit that many times I'd ask "now why is she doing it that way?" If I simply let go and follow the pattern (instead of trying to figure it out) I do much better... trust the pattern. Trust Amy, she knows what she's doing.
Excellent patterns and styles to use over and over!! LOVE IT!!
This came super fast and was in perfect condition so that is definitely a super job AMAZON.
I have bought the In Stiches from Amy Bulter and was okay with it, but this is definitely a better and more valuable resource than that was. There are many different skill levels involved, especially if you are novice to intermediate sewer, like myself. It is an excellent design and layout so easy to understand, and the hints and tips she gives in the back of the book are perfect and handy when you need them.
Overall you get quite alot for the price of the book, patterns for basic bags and some of her tips on embellishing them and detailing to make them pop! I am excited and cannot wait to start on the first bag in the book. By far my fav pattern is the blossom bag!! Way cool! I think this is a definite must have for anyone who like to sew accessories and likes to play with different fabric patterns and weights in your creations.
LOVE IT and think Amy Butler has really stepped it up a notch in this release and is much better than her previous books.
A few gems
Amy Butler's Style Stitches is full of lovely pictures of bags in her gorgeous fabrics and contains full-size patterns with instructions to make the bags. Be aware that when the subtitle says "12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags," it means that there are 12 different styles of bags with variations to make 26 bags. However, these variations are, more often than not, simply an extension of the straps to go from handbag to shoulder bag. The variations are NOT going to give you 26 different-looking bags.
As with any sewing book, it depends on your expectations and how much you like the look of the projects as to whether you feel you've gotten your money from it. I feel that any sewer would like at least 3 of these bags well enough to want to make them, so that puts them at approximately $6 per pattern - cheaper than what you'll pay for single Amy Butler patterns.
None of these patterns are exact ones you've seen before from Amy, though a handful are styles you've seen somewhere. The Take Flight Handbag, for instance, looks like a smaller Weekender Bag. A definite asset, in my opinion. The book features a shopper's bag (tote), "Origami Bag Set" - various sized smaller zippered bags (i.e. cosmetic-type bags), a checkbook cover, clutch, coin purse, wristlet, the aforementioned travel/flight bag, and five shoulder/handbags.
This is a gorgeous book and one that I'm happy to own. I admit, that I was a little disappointed when I looked through it the first time - largely because I had misunderstood the subtitle and thought I'd be getting more patterns - but now that I've spent a little more time examining it and the patterns therein, I've got three solid patterns on my radar and am eager to get started.