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Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing

(Crafty Chica Novels #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Sometimes to find your life's true path, you have to stray outside the lines . . .

Scarlet Santana is never happier than when creating fabulous fashions for women of all shapes and sizes. Now, after years of hard work, she finally has the chance to live her dream and study under the hottest designer in New York. To raise money for her move, Scarlet opens an after-ho
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
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Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing is everything I thought it would be and so much more. It's a light, fun story with interesting characters, yet there is a serious tone to it as well with lessons learned, love and friendship. But I think the main thing is this book is a pleasure to read from start to finish. I found myself feeling like I was right there among the characters, and sharing life and love with them while learning Miss Scarlet's patternless sewing method.

Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed parts of the book, but felt dragged down by the subplot of Mary Theresa and her husband. At times I wanted to just shake Miss Scarlet, first for her overzealous enthusiasm, then for her manic determination that went against the grain for all she stood for, and finally, for her nonchalant treatment of those who loved her. I did like the concept of the book; the desire to follow a dream that doesn't fit the idea others have for the individual, but Scarlet was frenzied in her efforts and ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it
First edition contains typos. This bothers me immensely.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay. How did I miss that there was a whole world of sewing/ quilting related novels?!?! I basically inhaled this book. Sewing and fashion?! Talked about as a plot point?! LOVE! This was a fast read but I liked the writing (and did you catch that I loved the topic of the book?!). The book even ends with directions to make your own dress form using duct tape (yep, I will be doing that soon!). My only issue was that this is one of those books that ends with all the loose ends tied up neatly in a p ...more
Craftnut -
Sep 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wallbangers
I almost wall banged this book halfway through. The dialogue is stilted, (no one really talks this way), being bludgeoned with platitudes, overly perky 'blog posts', and has completely unrealistic plot with an even more unrealistic conclusion. It seems to be written by someone very young and idealistic, but the world doesn't work this way. I'm sure I'll be branded as a "negative nellie" as stated in the novel, but I am very happy with my life thank you very much. This story had so much potential ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
It is very rare for me, but I DNF this book. It is well-written, the genre was not for me, but I have heard others adore this book, so do give other reviews a look.

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Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Picked it up for the observation that I *REALLY* need some productive creative outlet for relaxing. Really enjoyed it. The protagonist is a bit flaky for my taste (dinged a star), but the other characters made the book. The ending was also a little far-fetched (dinged the second star), but still, an entertaining read especially if you're a Type A looking for a creative outlet!
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was not a very good book but it was not terrible. A young woman pursues her dream to be a fashion designer but is blogging on the side and working in a sweatshop. She is accepted into a fashion internship program which smelled like a scam to me from the beginning. She decides to teach a class on patternless sewing to earn the tuition money. Her Blog has a fanbase and people from that audience become her students. What she really needs is a Patreon account.

The novel is filled with corny dia
Elizabeth Meadows
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-books-2017
This delightful book is about following your dreams, women's friendships, and reconciling one's own dreams and desires with those of family and friends. It was all set in a framework of sewing and fashion. It was unlike any book I've ever read and I really enjoyed it.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun, light reading.
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
This was such a fun book to read and I devoured it in one evening! Scarlet's enthusiasm is contagious and her blog posts are very inspiring. I even went online to see what would happen when I went to I wasn't surprised that it lead me to the author's website - Diary of a Crafty Chica. (Go check it out and enter the great contest going on there!)

Scarlet is 30 years old, and even with two degrees in engineering, she has decided to forego that career and pursue one in fashion. Her Nana Eleanor ta
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano Murillo is an uplifting story about a woman with a dream, and the plans she makes and friends she has that help her to achieve it. Scarlet Santana is a sewing whiz with a vision that’s off the beaten path. She’s inspired by bright colors, bold pairings, Carmen Miranda, and Daisy de la Flora. Her dream is to become a famous fashion designer, and it’s nearly realized when she is offered a coveted spot in the Johnny “Scissors” Tijeras Emergi ...more
Mary Gramlich
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A Crafty Chica Novel - 03/11 - Grand Central Publishing - Paperback, 352 pages

This book has it all and then some for every reader so don’t miss the excitement, read.

Scarlet Santana believes that the past fuels her present despite the naysayers in her life and non-believers. Scarlet channels the greatness of designer Daisy de la Flora who revolutionized fashion in her Nana’s time to help her see how gre
Martha Davis
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
You know what I hate about really good characters in novels? I hate I can’t go hang out with them and be their best buddies. It’s true for Neighbor Dorothy from Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg, it’s true for Maisie Dobss, it’s true of the Waverly sisters from Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, and it’s true of Miss Scarlet Santana. I want to go out for drinks and dancing then go home and make something shiny and sparkly and I’m not a shiny, sparkly kind of girl. There’s just something ...more
Mandy Moody
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Put in a purchase request at the Library.
The premise of this reminds me of The School of Essential Ingredients, which I LOVED. So I put in a purchase request at my library. However, I was lucky enough to win a copy from a Goodreads giveaway before
the library copy came in.

I read all but about 30 pages of this in one night - the story was so much fun that I just couldn't put it down until it literally fell out of my hands.
Scarlett Santana is 30 years old and chasing her fashion desi
Melanie Coombes
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This story is about Scarlet Santana. She is never as happy as when she is creating fabulous fashions and posting on her blog. In fact, she walked away from a profitable job in engineering to pursue her passion for sewing and crafty designs. Now Scarlet finally has a chance to prove to her skeptical family that she can make it in the world of fashion when she is accepted into the Johnny Scissors design program in NYC. The only hitch is coming up with the expensive tuition money.< ...more
Sep 11, 2011 added it
Shelves: for-trade
I don't read a lot of "chick lit." It's usually not my thing. What made me reconsider is that this book is about a "crafty" person. I LOVE being crafty. I may not be great at it but I still LOVE it!

Scarlet Santana is one heck of a spitfire! She holds two degrees in engineering and her family is pressuring her to settle down and get a "real" job. But Scarlet being Scarlet has her own idea for how she wants to live her life.

By day Scarlet works for a local designer by the n
Read In Colour
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Scarlet Santana is a spitfire. With two degrees in engineering, her family wants her to settle down and work a real job. Scarlet, however, has her own ideas.

By day she works for local designer, Carly Fontaine. At night, and in her spare time, she designs her own wardrobe and items to sell on her Etsy site and blogs about her heroine, Daisy de la Flora. The deceased Daisy was a designer and person Scarlet most admires. Through her blog, she shares with her readers her dreams and passi
C.a. Freeburn
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing is filled with strong women characters. Two that stand out in the book to me are Scarlet and Mary Theresa. At first, I found her extremely controlling and unlikeable but grew on me when I saw that part of her story was learning that about herself. She showed that a woman can try so hard to be indepedent that winds up destroying her personal relationship. I loved taking the journey with Mary Theresa. She struggled to find a balance between being herself ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The "Crafty Chica" has done it again with a fabulous novel about creativity and perseverance. I thoroughly enjoyed her first book in the series, Waking Up in The Land of Glitter, which not only featured women who took their crafting seriously, but also had a plot that would appeal to people who have no interest in the hobby. Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing achieves the same, masterfully.

Scarlet Santana has a brilliant mind and a degree in engineering that could easily bri
Heather Pearson
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Scarlet Santana has just been accepted into a most prestigious design school led by the world famous Johnny Scissors. Johnny also happens to be the nephew of Daisy, of Casa de la Flora, whom Scarlet has fashioned her world after. She collects her designs, creates items styled after Daisy and even writes about her on her increasingly popular blog. At one turn after another, Scarlet's world starts to loose it's shine. Her boss goes back on a promise to allow her to hold her classes in the design s ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Scarlett is a woman full of talent, energy, and drive but lacking a certain empathy. Not that she is a bad person, she just feels that everyone looks down upon her chosen profession - fashion design. She comes from a highly educated group of siblings and they and her parents feel she is wasting her engineering talents making dresses. But Scarlett knows what she wants and she is going to get it. She starts her School of Patternless Sewing to raise money to go to a famous design school but it ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The second book from the author of Waking Up in the Land of Glitter, this delightful book of women's journeys is a fabulous read. Scarlet Santana is the author of a successful blog in tribute to the fashion designer Daisy de La Flora. Scarlet's ambition is to go to New York and follow in Daisy's footsteps. She has won a coveted scholarship to a New York house's Emerging designers school run by Daisy's nephew who heads Daisy's fashion empire.

To finance her trip, Scarlet offers a course on sewing
Jamie Wilde-West
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down. I wish I could give the book 6 stars. I loved the character stories Scarlet and of her students. I felt I was very invested in their stories and how the story ended up. Like Scarlet, I am a Craft Junkie. I could relate with Scarlet's life, I tend to take on so many projects and disappoint the people that matter the most in the process. The author uses spanish in her book, which I loved..... I learned new spanish words and it inspired me to ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Scarlet is an aspiring fashion designer who has given up her career as an engineer to pursue her passion. She feels that her family is unsupportive in her dream, as is her current boss at a garment factory. Scarlet writes a blog dedicated to her idol, fashion icon Daisy de la Flora. Scarlet has managed to get an invitation to go to New York for a trainee program run by Johnny Scissors, the nephew of Daisy. As she scrambles to get the funds to go, she sets up a sewing class in the back room of a ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it
First a big thank you to Goodreads for sending me this book. This is an awesome site and a great place to find good books and connect with fellow readers. I found Kathy Cano-Murillo's novel to be a fun, fast read. I liked the character of Scarlett Santana and her friends and family. That being said however, the sudden split between Scarlett and her parents didn't ring quite true for me. Also I think that Scarlett seemed to fade into the background and her story got lost as Daisy's picked up. The ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed Julie & Julia, than you will enjoy this book. It's a fashionista's version of it. Instead of food, it's all about fashion. Although there is a mix of women that makes for a great story of friendship.
This is one of those stories that you finish, and feel like you wish you had the next book already lined up, ready to read. Sadly I do not. I don't even know if there is another in this series.
Speaking of which....
I had not read Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter, t
Wendy Tatton
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I entered the Goodreads First Reads drawing for this book and won!! Yeahhh! I was so happy because of all the book drawings I entered, this is the one I wanted most! I read it in just a few days. I love this book! It is a very fun read and story that pulls you in and just when you think you have the end figured out, it suprises you! The Charachters are complex and I learned a lot from them. I really want to be like Scarlet! She is fun, spunky, smart, motivated, and very creative. I now want to w ...more
I really like this one! Scarlett Santana has a goal to get into a fabulous fashion designing program but lacks the tuition. She begins a patternless sewing school plus takes on three other jobs to earn enough money. Of course nobody can stretch themselves four ways. Along the way she meets some very interesting people,two of which will benefit her for a life time. Nothing in this book goes as expected. The plot twisting will keep the reader turning pages even if you don't care for fashion and se ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the last time I read a book in under 48 hours, or the last time a book made me cry, or the last time I gave a fiction novel 5 stars. But all that changed the second I finished "Miss Scarlet's School for Patternless Sewing" by Kathy Cano-Murillo.

I loved this book! And it could not have come into my life at a better time. A few weeks ago I signed up for my very first sewing class and have created a blog to record my journey. Who knows, maybe I'll have mad sewing skills and be the
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