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Twinkle Sews: 25 Handmade Fashions from the Runway to Your Wardrobe

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Many Twinkle fans were first introduced to Wenlan Chia’s signature fresh, young, whimsical style through her knitting books. But before Wenlan knitted, she sewed. And the pieces in her fashion line, Twinkle by Wenlan, are seen not just on the fashion runways and in the pages of InStyle, Lucky, and Vogue, but in high-end stores with high-end prices such as Barneys and Saks ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Potter Craft
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Aug 02, 2010 Nelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: intermediate / advanced sewers
Shelves: sewing, dressmaking
Great photographs showing a lot of details, cute wearable designs, but a big minus for the patterns on CD. Every seamstress checks the measurements on the pattern first, before deciding what changes need to be made if any. In this case you will have to rely on the size chart of the book and print the pattern out first, before you can measure it. If you then find out that you would have preferred the smaller or bigger size, you can start all over again, gluing all those pages together. Some garme ...more
Alethea A
I love looking at Twinkle designs, but you really kind of need a runway-ready occasion to wear these outfits. I'd look bizarre wearing most of these pieces to work or the grocery store. Perhaps it's just time I took up some more glamorous pursuits. I do think the A-Plus A-Line skirt is definitely something I would make and wear, but to wear many of the other pieces I'd have to lose about 20lbs first. Twinkle models are pretty twiggy and I can't imagine many of the designs (like Love in the After ...more
I gave this 4 stars bc the patterns weren't printed already in the back, we have to print them ourselves. In a way it's bad, bc currently I'm out of ink and when I buy ink it will not last long if I want to make several of the patterns on this book. Or do I have to go to a printer and pay to get it done? That would only be more money on top of what I paid for the book. Other than that I Love the book. It has great outfits and I would make many, if not all of them. I give it 4 stars, pick it up, ...more
The designs are adorable and the fabric suggestions are perfect for each piece, but the instructions are funky and are not meant for just starting out. The sizes are odd, too, and the Eye for an Eyelet shirt I made is definitely outerwear but ended up being an off-the-shoulder kind of thing on me.

Printing out + taping together the patterns is time consuming, but I already buy printer paper in bulk quantities. Trust me, it's worth it.
I think this book might be a little over my head. First I need to get past the whole print-out-the-pattern thing (yes, what a hypocrite I am), and then I'm not sure I will be technically able to make them, based on the techniques shown in the book. But I will try, darnit, and if I have to die making that dress on the front, I will.
Heather Moss
If I were emaciated, these clothes would be great. But that tenty look only looks good on the lithe and willowy. I'm tall but I have a largish bust and a waist that isn't tiny. I'm not fat, but these clothes would make me look pregnant at best. I do like the designs -- they're very pretty -- but they are just for looking, not sewing.
Love this stuff! It's nice it also comes with a CD full of patterns in the book, you can choose which size to print. Wenlan has a great style sense. I was slightly disappointed with how bulky some of the items are but hey $30 for a book with patterns that's super cost effective compared to buying Vogue patterns retail!
Jaime David
After checking this out from the library, I had to run and get my own copy right away. I have not made anything from the book yet, but I am have many of the projects in mind. Still looking for the perfect fabric. I especially like the CD that you can use to print patterns. I hope it works as easy as it sounds.

Kristin Lyon
I know this doesnt really count as a "book-book" but i Could look at this over and over again. There are so many things I'd love to make when I get a little more confident in my skills!
I've skimmed through the entire book and carefully read two projects that I want to make. The book has beautiful photography, but the technical editing and directions are awful.
Prepare to print, print and print some more.
This is def an itermidiate/advanced sewing book.
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