Wednesday, 5 November 2008

in gratitude



Well done, America. And thank you for helping the rest of the world see a glimmer of hope in these dark, dark times.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

sew hip!



I finally managed to grab my copy of the maiden issue of Sew Hip!. I had been looking forward to reading this magazine, as there is a dearth of magazines dedicated to sewers here in the UK. Come to think of it, Sew Hip! might just be the only magazine for sewers in the UK.

Another reason I was excited about the magazine is that its editor is Manda McGrory, one of my favourite bloggers, whose writing shows how passionate she is about sewing. She is famous for her beautiful quilts and has recently ventured into sewing for her little ones, something that has inspired me a lot.

Anyway, I eagerly took home the magazine on Saturday but didn't get a chance to look at it until yesterday morning. It certainly did not disappoint. It's laid out beautifully and is loaded with charming photos. Some of our favourite crafty bloggers are featured here, including Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy and Heidi Kenney whose plush toys are love. There's also an interview with Amy Butler and the Prints Charming ladies.

There are also product and book reviews, which are always useful for sewers who love to collect sewing books (myself included) and buy nifty sewing tools. The adverts are unintrusive, but I actually enjoyed looking at them because they're all aimed at people who love sewing and/or buying handmade things, so I think they added value to the magazine rather than being a hindrance to one's enjoyment of it.

Of course, what would a sewing magazine be without sewing projects? There are twelve in this issue, each one with notes on difficulty level, size and materials and a template when necessary. The projects are great—a mini-tote bag, a quilt, a needle case, mini bunting and a mini kitten, which is perfect for fabric scraps! My favourites though are the peasant blouse and bloomers for little girls. They look easy enough to make (always a must for a beginner like me!) and Manda included suggestions for fabrics to use and instructions for making the clothes suitable for the season.




All in all, this is a really wonderful magazine. My only gripe is that it could do with better copy editing. I found some typos and grammatical errors (e.g., the use of 'it's' instead of 'its' and vice-versa, 'that' instead of 'who') which bug the editor in me. I also noticed that the templates for the body and the sleeve for the peasant blouse have been interchanged. I wouldn't mind so much if this was something written as part of someone's blog or a daily paper, but if the people behind the magazine had at least a month to work on it, they should have been able to come up with a perfect copy for it.

This won't stop me from buying future issues of Sew Hip! though. I'm sure these are just birthing pains (ooh, I hate that term) and considering that this is the first issue, it's a very minor flaw that can be easily remedied. In fact, I'm so impressed with the magazine I've already put a subscription to it on my Christmas wish list (hello, husband! :)) Here's looking forward to more Sew Hip! goodness!