Recently, I was contacted by Jimmy Beans Wool, to explore the book Sew Red by Laura Zander of Jimmy Beans Wool. I was enthusiastic about the prospect as it is a sewing and quilting book dedicated to raising awareness of Women’s Heart Health. Approximately 5% of the proceeds from Sew Red will be donated to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) in support of The Heart Truth.
“Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, accounting for a third of all deaths in women.” (Women’s Heart Foundation).
The book includes sewing project contributions from 27 different designers, fabric designers, sewists and fashion designers, including Amy Butler, Brett Bara, Ty Pennington, Tula Pink, Nancy Zieman (from Sewing with Nancy) and Suede (from Project Runway).
The table of contents excited me (and I mean, really, who gets excited over a table of contents??) because it listed a picture of every complete project.
The book includes a little blurb about the contributing author and instructions, diagrams, patterns and photographs of a sewing or quilting project they have created. Most of the projects have you draft your own pattern, such as Kay Whitt’s Sweet Sixteen Skirt, named for the 16 panels sewn around the skirt. Step-by-step instructions are included along with numerous diagrams to help you with your self-drafting endeavours.
Patterns are also included with the book for some of the projects, such as Amy Butler’s cute and flirty Drawstring Dress.
A pattern and instructions for a gorgeous evening Petal Dress, aptly named for the undulating ‘petals’ that make up the entire skirt of the dress, by Anna Cohen is also included.
For Project Runway fans, the full Simplicity Suede Says Pattern for Suede’s Kimono Sleeve Tunic is also included in sizes XS to XL.
This one is in my sewing queue!
Quilters will also be excited with the patterns included for the beautiful pieced quilts as well as the quilted applique motifs.
Quilted pillows, bags and pouches are also featured.
There are also contributions from folks who have created their own fabric lines, such as Ty Pennington. Remember him from Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? He has designed a fabric line for Westminster Fibers called Impressions, “inspired by the resilience he witnessed in our [USA] nation’s…communities when filming his shows.” (Sew Red, p.74). He includes instructions for a practical yet stylish backpack.
One fun thing about the book is that every single project was sewn in red coloured themed fabric. No matter the pattern or style, all the beautiful fabrics featured were dominantly red, which nicely reinforced the reason for the book, heart health.
Update: This book review/preview has been featured in Stitching the Night Away Craft Daily, issue: April 21, 2013.