Stitch, Wear, Play

Stitch, Wear, Play
Gifted by Interweave Press
Reviewed by Molly Fletcher, Editor,

One of the best things about childhood is seemingly endless energy. A kid's ability to run, jump, and explore for hours on end is the inspiration behind Stitch, Wear, Play. This book features stylish yet sensible patterns for children ages 3-8. With twenty designs for dresses, shirts, pants, sweaters, and more, you can sew for every season.

Author Mariko Nakamura, a Japanese designer who lives in London, has a distinct style that merges elements of the East and West. A fan of fashion since grade school, Mariko began to sew her own clothing and hopes to teach others to do the same.

The patterns inside Stitch, Wear, Play can dress your child from head to toe. Skirts, jackets, and accessories–nothing is outside the scope of this beautiful collection. Projects call for kid-friendly fabrics like cotton, linen, and fleece, so wear and care is comfortable and convenient. You'll love the clean lines and elegant accents, while your little one will love the breathability and freedom of movement.

People with basic sewing skills will find the step-by-step instructions and full color photos helpful. If a pattern requires a special technique such as binding an armhole or creating a patch pocket, Stitch, Wear, Play describes the process in detail. The patterns are stored in a pocket at the front of the book. Trace them to get as much use as possible out of these classic designs. 

Stitch, Wear, Play recalls a simpler time when children's clothing was functional and fashionable. The timeless designs in this collection would look right at home in any decade, including this one. Sew your way through spring, summer, fall, and winter, and your child will be the best dressed student at school.


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