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Dolls & Toys
Title: Vogue Dolls & Toys Author: Butterick co. Inc.
Publication Date: Hardcover 1986
Publisher: Harper & Row
Page Count: 208
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 9 1/2" x 7 1/2"
PATTERN RATING: . The patterns are all together in the back of the book. They're gridded to help enlarge them, and have notches and dots as well as other markings to help the crafter. There are 7 dolls and 7 animals – which isn't a whole lot for a 208 page book! Some have more detail than others, but over-all, I think they're solid if average toys.
INSTRUCTION RATING:. While the patterns may be average, the instructions are very well written and each step is diagrammed, just as you would see on the instructions of a Butterick pattern. The first 50 pages are devoted to going over basic sewing techniques. I'm not sure they wouldn't have been better served keeping the basics of sewing as an entirely different book for beginning sewers, but it does have the benefit of providing a 'dictionary' of terms with detailed explanations to accompany their instructions. If you don't know what ease-stitching is, for instance, you can look it up in the front of the book, and there it explains it.
BONUS MECHANICS RATING:. I give it one star for the painstaking diagrams and explanations of sewing at the beginning. While most people tackling a soft toy project are past needing these pages, there are those few brave souls who thought jumping into the deep end of the pool as a kid was fun, and starting their first sewing experience with a pelican and fish instead of a simple pair of shorts or an apron seems the thing to do as well. This book can guide them safely through these deeper waters. I guess what I'm trying to say is, One Star in this category is a compliment, not an insult.
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