Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: Sweet and Simple Handmade

Picture from TinyHappy
When I got home at lunchtime I found my copy in the post of Melissa's new book.
(I pre-ordered the book as soon as I knew Melissa wrote it
because I read her blog and love what she does.)
I immediately opened it up and flicked through it while I was making some lunch
and before our eggs had cooked I had decided what to make.

I want to make lots of things from the book, 
so I grabbed a nighty off the top of my refashion for Annie pile.
.I brought this years ago from Ezibuy and it was a bit small for me
so I put it in a clothing swap and someone took it and wore it as a dress on their holiday overseas.
Then this weekend they put it back in another clothing swap
and I got it back! The well travelled nighty.

The Easy Wrap Dress looked perfect for the amount of fabric in the nighty
and it was cut out in no time.
I didn't have any bias binding handy, so I just used some left-over quilt binding I had sitting there
and I hemmed the arm holes instead of binding them.

And before you knew it, Annie had a new dress.

The instructions are logical and easy to follow.
I don't believe I've ever used a book I brought so quickly.

It's a dear little dress that she can wear over a merino in the winter
or a t-shirt or singlet in the summer.
And best of all she likes it and my book has paid for itself.
Now I need to find my stash of corduroy and whip up some winter pants for her.

If you have small children in your life,
this is a great book. I give it five out of five unreservedly!
Thanks Melissa, it's perfect.


  1. awesome - how wonderful for melissa :o) Annie is beautiful x

  2. Just lovely!! I was looking at that book last night !

  3. Perfect!
    Love the way things fall back to where they once were, full circle!

  4. The binding goes beautifully! Hmm, i didnt need any temptation to buy more books, but I now have one!

  5. WOW! I've got my copy on order and I can't wait for it to arrive! That dress is stunning! Oooh you've got me all excited, I'll be watching my letterbox like a hawk now!

  6. This looks like a inspiring book and your girl is soooooooooooo handsome.

  7. WOW you inspire me ::))
    what a lovely lovely re make

  8. Love it! :) Isn't upcycling the best! I'm off to check out that book! :)

  9. I love this upcycle and Annie looks so sweet modelling it :+) what a versatile garment!

  10. I wish I had an eye for these things! You are amazing and that dress is uber cute on Annie x


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