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Girl's World Review and Giveaway!



I have never met a book put out by Chronicle books that I didn't like, and Jennifer Paganelli's, Girl's World: Twenty-One Sewing Projects to Make for Little Girls is no exception. Jennifer created a sewing book that is unapologetically girlie with patterns for dresses, dress up clothes and accessories to decorate with or to give away.

Girl's World

GIrl's World

When you look past Tim Geaney's beautiful photography, you'll find detailed sewing instructions and solid patterns suitable for those starting out, and those of us needing some fresh inspiration. The patterns are full sized and individually printed out on sturdy newsprint style paper (so no tracing, if you're in a hurry!). This is a book you'll be able to use for years and years thanks to sizing that ranges from XS (2) to XL (12-14). Jennifer has years of experience in the textile industry as the creator of Sis Boom fabric, and all the samples in the book feature her much loved fabric.

Mary's Fancy Sash Dress

I chose a cotton lawn from the Japanese company Yuwa to sew together Mary's Fancy Sash Dress pattern. Even though it might seem "fancy" it is suitable for a beginner and would work just as well as an every day dress if you leave off the sash and shorten it to suit active play. The back features a bit of elastic that makes the dress a snap to pull on and off, and the skirt is perfect for twirling. Of course, depending on your fabric choice, this would also make a simple but stunning flower girl or party dress. This pattern is the perfect use for a border print.

We should be getting more books in this week (we sold out of the first order!) and Chronicle has generously offered us a book to giveaway to one of our readers. Leave a comment (US addresses only please) before Saturday afternoon and we'll pull a winner! Check out all the entire blog tour for more photos and chances to win-- Susan will have a post up tomorrow!

Reader Comments (62)

I sew for so (so for sew!) many girls who would love these projects. Thanks for the chance to win a book!

Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly
Thanks for the wonderful review and by golly you even made one up in gorgeous fabric!!!I really appreciate you Bolt folks!!!!! Thanks so very very very much!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
I have two little girls who would love some twirly dresses!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
I'd love to win. My little girl turned 9 months today, so I'm interested in anything girly!!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeri
I have peeked at this book and love it! Thanks for the chance to win!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly L.
Great review and thank you for a wonderful giveaway! I love your version of this dress!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLola Nova
This book looks wonderful! Isn't that tea party picture beautiful?
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBonney
I have an adorable little Granddaughter who would love anything made from this book.The dress you made is gorgeous. I love your fabric choice.Thank you for the chance to win this book.
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVickiT
ooh ooh! pick me! my 7 year old, anna would LOVE these dresses! thanks for the chance to win this lovely book :)
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjodie viall
Thank you for the cahance to with this book. The pictures are fabulous and I love SisBoom patterns and fabrics already!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Awesome projects for mommas and little girls! So many wonderful ways to pre-occupy spare times on summer days. It'd be really fantastic to have a copy of this book and put in good use. My girl and I will surely be thrilled!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermarie hui
My 5-year-old daughter looked over my shoulder and said, "I'd like to have that kind of dress." I think it's a sign! Ha ha
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnth
Great book to giveaway. I've loved her fabrics and now want to try a pattern. Thanks!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancey
I love that this book has larger size would be perfect as I sew for my 2 year old daughter! I'd be thrilled to win!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Would love to pore over this with my 6-year-old and choose fabrics together.
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterliz
Looks like a fun book! Want!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Sarowitz
Gorgeous! A basic twirly dress is just what my girl needs more of this summer. Great choice of fabric.
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Thanks for the fab giveaway! I love to make children's clothing.
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P
Thanks for the chance to win! I'm a beginner at sewing and have found Sisboom patterns and fabrics a joy to work with. Awesome and thorough instructions and lots f extras to further my skills. You're version of Mary's Fancy Sash Dress is just gorgeous!

Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie D
Thanks for the great giveaway. I'd love to win but even if I don't I am always inspired just by reading your posts and seeing your pictures.
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
I want to teach my daughter to sew. I think this book would be so perfect for her!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Bellerson
Yet another book to add to my Amazon wish list. . . I like the stuffed dog the best!

Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerrill
I really like the fabric you picked out to make the fancy frock.
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkathyh
My two daughters and I would have a world of fun with this!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHenria O.
I really like your fancy dress!! This book would great lots of great use in my house for my two girls!
Jun 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon H

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