Jane Bull’s Get Set, Sew is an exuberant and very beautifully presented ‘how to sew’ book with an emphasis on crafts rather than fashion. Each page is a riot of pattern and color but with photographic instructions that make learning to sew friendly and easy. In addition to the instructions, helpful tips about design and artistry are included to help motivate and create fun items.
The book breaks down into two sections: Getting started (sewing essential and helpful skills) and Get Set Sew (projects that teach sewing skills). Items to be made include handy bags, garlands, floppy pots, playful pups, wacky ornaments, 3-D chickens, monster invasion, and more. As can be seen from the descriptions, these are ideal for moms or kids (or moms teaching kids) since the projects are so colorful and whimsical.
The author has done a great job of simplifying the complex task of sewing into just the needed essentials. And because the book has hundreds of color photographs, the task of learning those skills is made that much easier. It does mean the book is very ‘busy’ – what might be a feast for the eyes for some could also be very confusing to others (the book may veer toward being a bit overdesigned). But this is definitely a perfect companion for the Pinterest generation. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.