Friday, December 10, 2010

Yippee! Rave reviews come in for THE PARTY DRESS BOOK

Check out the reviews so far for my book! Thank you to everyone who took the time to write (or record) a review. I really appreciate it!

BeachBright's video review:

Gertie, from Gertie's New Blog For Better Sewing, writes:
"I'll admit that I picked it up once at Borders, flipped through it, and decided it wasn't for me. Some of the embellishment techniques, like neckline ruffles, big rosettes, and crazy-quilted skirt appliques, just aren't really my cup o' tea. But I judged too quickly, readers. Because, on second look, there is a ton of inspiration to be found in here: silk organza petticoats, luscious color combinations, and my absolute favorite: a stunning use of bias strips to embellish an entire dress. Have you ever seen anything so lovely? I want to do this!"

The Party Dress Book was featured as a at Powell's City of Books.

Tracy writes:
"The Party Dress Book is the most knock-out book on pretty dresses that I've seen in awhile, and certainly the best guide on how to sew them ... If you like flirty and fun dresses, this book will make you very happy."

Karen, from Sewing By The Seat of My Pants, writes:
"The Party Dress is a fun book with luscious photography which I think will really strike a chord with younger sewists who are ready to venture beyond "safe" projects into something really special. The projects in this book give a lot of bang for your buck... As someone who's sewn for more years than I care to admit, Adams' attitude is a breath of fresh air and the dresses shown in the book were an inspiration "

Kelly Dunwell sends in the first example of a party dress made from the pattern in my book! She says it's easy!
Erica B.'s has a great section-by-section review on her blog Erica B's D.I.Y. Style 

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  1. I gave myself this book for Christmas and read it in one day. Couldn't put it down actually. As an artist in a medium other that fabric, I found this book packed with inspiration, as Mary's own journey is a familiar one to many of us. I admit, though, by the end of it I was ready to pull the old sewing machine out of it's hiding place and start playing!

  2. Mary, I bought your book on a whim when I was browsing online one night. Something about it appealed to me. I have to tell you that when I received it I couldn't put it down, nor could I sleep that night. I've been collecting fabric for years - since I was a child - and have always wanted to do 'something' with my sewing skills but could never quite believe that I could make a living out of it. Also the fact that I need to spread all my fabric, patterns and notions out when I sew has held me back as I always thought this was me being messy, so it was enlightening to say the least when I read that you do the same. I just want to say thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for writing this book. I finally realise that this obsession I have with fabric is really my passion and I need to embrace it, not try to control it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.