The Fall 2012 edition of SewStylish, is a Taunton magazine and "sister" publication to Threads, contains a great deal of information readers can use to create on-trend garments that reflect current fashions. The publication has information for all sewing experience/skill levels.
One of the more interesting articles takes a Simplicity SewStylish pattern and covers modifications and alterations such as adding pleats to a jacket and making a dress from a ladylike blouse.
Other articles cover topics such as color theory, sewing silky fabrics and sweater knits, and setting in sleeves. There are also how-tos on adding exposed zippers and tips for hemming garments. Plus, there are tutorials on embellishments -- adding chains, Dior-inspired silk roses, and how to dye paint fabric.
The entire reason I purchased this was for an interesting fold-over handbag pattern featuring a cross-body strap. This proved disappointing. The magazine has instructions for a faux leather bag, not the denim bag. Sadly, you have to go online for that information.
Does this magazine have clear illustrations or photographs?
Would you recommend this book as a MUST HAVE?
This particular issue, yes, I would. It will have a place among my sewing reference/instructional publication.
I am keeping the magazine for the excellent information and inspiration. It is jam-packed with useful information.
Will make a few items -- the purse and the roses! -- if I can get the local copy shop to help enlarge a pattern. (The staff has not been wild about helping with gridded patterns in past and can't seem to determine how to get an inch grid to be an inch!)