Every day is dress-up day-mix and match 4 basic patterns into hundreds of adorable outfits
Complete instructions on all the basics-finishing seams, gathering, topstitching, hemming, shirring, and more
Beginner-friendly approach to sewing "boutique" clothing for girls
Make it your own with your favorite fabrics and embellishments
With 23 projects in sizes 2-6, you can create a closet full of clothes for any little girl in your life. Everything you need to learn is here, from the basic sewing to the stylish finishing. It's all about handmade!
Review Australian Homespun Magazine - February 1, 2011
Mary Abreu has created four basic wardrobe pieces for little girls — skirt, pants, pull-over dress and peasant-style top/dress — and designed a series of variations to result in 23 different items. As the mother of a young daughter herself, she believes that sewing clothing fills a need to be creative, making something useful and fell the satisfaction from being able to say "I made that". Her patterns provide you with the opportunity to dress your daughter or grand-daughter in one-of-a-kind outfits that fit perfectly. The book begins with a good overview of various techniques before moving into detailed and well illustrated step-by-step instructions for each garment. Full-size patterns are provided on sheets inserted inside the back cover...
Review Quilter's Home - March 1, 2011
Why ,oh why wasn't this book written several years ago when our female short people were still too little to refuse our wardwrobe choices? We could have made more clothing to deck them out as the best-looking diaper brigade members ever. Oh well, that's what grandchildren are for , we're told. Mary's delightful book of easy-sewing patterns for girls will seduce the most steadfast quilter into the world of clothing. Even though it's hard for some of us to break the q-habit, these gorgeous fabrics we've been stashing for years are not limited to quilt use only. the books four patterns along with tips and tricks to dress them up, will have the little lasses in your life loving you forever and ever.
Review Stitch - April 11, 2011
Mary Abreu's LITTLE GIRLS, BIG STYLE is all about personalization. From four simple based pieces- basic bodice, peasant top, pants and skirt-this book offers variations and customization options to make twenty three different projects. Several patterns are easy enough to sew without a pattern; a pattern insert is included for the rest with sizes ranging from 2-6
Review Wee Share (web) - November 1, 2011
"More than anything else I sew, I enjoy creating clothing for my little girl. In the past, she has told me that she doesn't like the things I sew for her. However, recently she has really warmed up to my creations and now even asks me to sew certain things for her!
So, I was very excited to check out Little Girls, Big Style. My daughter may be young, but she definitely has style, so I knew this book would be perfect for us. This book is quite different than any other sewing book I have came across. It actually only contains 4 patterns:
Basic Bodice Top & Dress
Peasant Top & Dress
The 23 projects are divided into 4 chapters, with each chapter being based on one of the 4 basic patterns. What the projects do is offer a different technique to modify the project or make it your own. Let's look at the skirts chapter, for example. There are 6 skirt project presented here:
Apron Skirt Variation
Double-Layer Twirl Skirt
Twirly Girl Skirt
Each of the skirts are quite different, however they are all based on the one simple skirt pattern! These projects just help you take that skirt to the next level. Each project contains at least one color photograph of the finished project, cutting instructions, and step-by-step directions (with diagrams!) to complete the project.
I have already cut out and began sewing the On-the-Border skirt. I have found that both the cutting and sewing instructions are clear and concise. I am having no problems following them or knowing exactly what to do!
Raileigh loves each and every one of the projects presented in Little Girls, Big Style. If you sew for a special little girl, then this is one book you should definitely add to your holiday wish list."
Review sewingforfun.wordpress.com - April 14, 2012
I do not have preschool children any more myself. But I can’t help myself when I buy patterns and books. Sometimes I just need to have them because they are so cute and inspiring. That was the case with this book. I bought a kindle version and have enjoyed looking at the bright projects many times.
A couple of weeks ago a lady in church commented on the petticoats I made for my girls when they were small. I made lots of them, because I found that my girls were not modest about keeping their skirts down. My friend has a four year old daughter and she seems to have much the same inclinations my daughters had. I bent down talking to this little girl; she lifted her skirt and put it over my head. I had to laugh, but remembered her mother’s comments on the petticoats. I had to go home and make her one.
This book is very handy. Since I have a e-book version I could download the pattern from the internet. The instructions were very clear and understandable. It did not take me long to make these.