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Dottie Kraft Korner :: Book Review 1,2,3 Sewing

We have a very special Dottie’s Kraft Korner today… a book review!

I was sent a copy of the wonderful Ellen Luckett Baker’s new book, 123 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Projects to review. Ellen is also the mastermind behind one of my all time favorite craft blogs, The Long Thread.  This wonderful sewing book is a terrific investment for the neophyte seamstress who is looking for a way to improve her skills through projects gradually.  Mind you, I think even a more accomplished sewer would still enjoy this book since Ellen fills it with such charming and useful projects as these.

I love Ellen’s design sensibility and her clever projects. This is a woman who gets nap-time sewing. And I thought the “Change Your Mind Skirt” for little girls was the perfect pattern for me to try.

Friends, I made this nifty little skirt over the course of a half hour sitcom. The hardest part was deciding what fabrics to use. So simple, thanks to Ellen’s abundant little diagrams that dispel any confusion from your sewing experience. Thanks for that, Ellen.

And the Peach. Well, she adores this special skirt. She can’t make up her mind which side she likes best. P

Yup. I plan on making several more of these sassy, sweet skirts over the summer. Oh, the color combos one could do…

Check out more reviews of Ellen’s book, 123 Sew:  Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Projects here and do stop by Crafty Pod for the next one!

Happy sewing, friends!


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  1. Amber Liddle says

    She is getting so big!! I love that skirt, it looks like it’d be easy to do, love the ricrac!

  2. Ellen says

    So cute! Thanks for being part of the blog tour! –Ellen

    • Dottie says

      Thanks Ellen, for making such a great book! This is the book I’m going to go back to again and again! So inspiring!

  3. Lindsay says

    What a cute skirt! What woman doesn’t change her mind about her outfit? 😉

  4. Rachel says

    so adorable ~ i plan to sew one for my daughter 🙂

  5. Samina says

    Your model & her skirt are both adorable. I can’t decide which side of the skirt I like best, either!

  6. Stephanie says

    So adorable!

  7. Laura says

    So glad I’ve been following Ellen’s blog tour. Alix, and Dottie, what a great site!
    Love the skirt. Love the blue/red side and the rick- rack detail. The book is just filled with so many great ideas.

    • Dottie says

      Aww, thanks Laura! We are always excited to have new people find our blog and of course love our great community of folks here. Hope you stay awhile!

  8. Jody says

    Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been thinking about getting a book on sewing, so I’ll start here!

    And the skirt is TOO CUTE!

  9. Masonoid says

    As always ladies you amaze me. Hope i can live up to your standards!!!

  10. Adrianne says

    Doh! Dottie, you’ve done it again!! I think I have to get another sewing book. That skirt is sew adorable!! I just wish I had more time/space to sew these days…

  11. Mari, Small for Big says

    I keep wanting to know how to sew and maybe this is the book that would get me there? A skirt that cute in 1/2 hours is JUST my style.

  12. Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life says

    OT – how could anyone stick pins in that adorable mouse?! 🙂

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