Wednesday, April 13, 2011
All of my children were born with a dodgy hair-growing gene. They start out with the finest fairy fuzz atop their otherwise baldy heads, then they sprout into toddlers at the rate of knots – except for the hair follicles which subscribe to ‘glacial speed’. Hence the smallest has a fixation on little girls with ‘princess’ hair and there is quivering lower lip questioning, over the estimated time of arrival for her own flowing locks.
Last week I received the best-ever kind of mail from Nikki.
Inside the Best-Ever Kind of Mail, is a tute perfect for little girls in need of princess hair. This afternoon we all watched The Fox and The Child (all kinds of wonderful, even for the seventeenth screening) and I crafted some sweet hair rosette thingummies from a zip. My little princess is chuffed to the very roots.
While she’s busying herself with princess business, I have been losing myself in the rest of Nikki’s book. On a recent craft weekend, I sewed next to Nikki and she talked me through an a-line skirt. Please understand, there’s my kind of a-line skirt and there’s Nikki’s kind of a-line skirt. Nikki’s kind is the sort that fits beautifully and sits comfortably and is an all round pleasure to wear. My version is the kind that requires tweaking and adjustment whenever one exhales.
I reckon this is exactly why Nikki’s book works. Although the projects are accessible for beginners, (BECAUSE SHE HOLDS YOUR HAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY), the pages are positively heaving with top tips, helpful hints – even the unveiling of the mystery that is interfacing.
So it’s a book to help everyone sew better: to make garments that fit, to make bags with perfect finish and to do everything else with convincingly professional edge. There are pattern-free instructions for garments that do not scare the bejesus out of me. This says more than you can possibly know.
That there is the eldest kid, who helped to model Nikki’s Twirly-Whirly Girly skirts. It took nine years to craft that shoulder length hair.
You Sew, Girl! Your Ultimate Guide to Sewing with Confidence and Style will be available from here on May 1st, for pre-order here, or you can find yourself a copy at AQC (possibly even signed by the author herself!) until Friday...