Girl with a Sewing Machine by Jenniffer Taylor – book review 

Jenniffer Taylor is best known as a contestant on The Great British Sewing Bee.

Since staring in the show, Jenny has been taking her #FashionRevolution message around the country and we had a great day when she visited Crafty Sew&So for a refreshing dayShe very kindly gave us the first ever signed copy of her new book, “Girl with a sewing machine”, to give away as a raffle prize at The Dressmakers Ball! 

I decided to take a look at the book before we gave it away and I really wish I could keep it as it has some fantastic projects and ideas for beginners and established stitchers alike. 
She begins by running through all the sewing room essentials you might need with a charming photograph of her sewing room and detailed descriptions of each tool and what they can be used for. Watch out for some surprising and innovative uses for everyday items! 

Most of the projects use up-cycled and recycled clothing and fabrics. Making this book a unique, interesting and very relevant read. I’m sure you have bits of old fabric or garments that have passed their useful life as they are or you have simply got bored of in their current form, Jenny encourages us to look at these items in a new light. 

She also touches on ideas for embellishing and mending your clothes. I particularly like the use lace doilies as embellishments on clothing – she has even used beautiful embroidered vintage handkerchiefs and table covers to make a whole top!

She includes some lovely ideas for adding embroidery to garments which is very on trend. 

She includes a body measuring guide which is detailed and easy to follow. 

My favourite project is the snood and mittens set, I definitely want to try making these for autumn. 

I think I’ll have a go at the wraparound trousers too, they look so comfy and I love the green linen she’s made them in. 

You can get hold of a copy of Jenniffer Taylors book from 31st May at all good bookshops. 

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