I saw this book at a local shop and ended up buying it because I love the beautiful fabrics and simple, functional and very pretty designs of the various nighties, robes, and charming accessories. I'm an advanced beginner level at sewing, and these projects all look do-able for me, but I haven't tried one yet. I've been studying the instructions and inspecting the pattern sheets and they seem reasonably clear, so hopefully I won't run into any difficulties. Three big multi-sized pattern sheets are included, on the sturdy type of paper with many colored lines, meant for tracing onto usable pattern paper (I use Swedish tracing paper).
I was checking amazon to see what others may have said about this book (in case there are any pointers) but I found very little info. So here's a list the projects in case it's helpful to anyone who might be considering this book:
Chapter 1 Garments
1. Frilled Strappy Nightdress
2. Classic Pajama Set
3. Kaftan Pajama Set
4. Summer Beach Kimono
5. Kimono Robe
6. Winter Bib-Front Nightdress
7. Summer Camisole and Shorts Set
8. Wrapover Short Dressing Gown
9. Isabel Nightdress with Lace
10. Upcycled Jersey Pajamas
11. Hester Nightdress
12. Sweet Dreams Nightdress
13. Girl's Kimono Robe
14. Boy's Fleece Dressing Gown
15. Girl's Peter Pan Pajama Set
16. Girl's Camisole Set
17. Girl's Pintuck and Lace Nightdress
18. Boy's Pajama Set
Chapter 2 Accessories
1. Bandana Headband
2. Hot Water Bottle Cover
3. Cotton Bath Hat
4. Jewelry Roll
5. Utility Bag
6. Quilted Make-up Bag
7. Dolly Bag
8. Mayfair Wash Bag
9. Babushka Pillows
10. Owl Pajama Case
11. Covered Coat Hanger
12. Bolster Pillow
The authors seem to value function and ease of wear, along with a classic, elegant style and attention to details (French seams, lace edging, etc). Most projects call for "lightweight cotton prints" (they look like wovens). You could probably use the scraps for making some of the accessories. Too bad there's no "look inside" feature for this book, because the projects are truly lovely- looking through my book, I'm inspired and can't wait to start sewing them up! I'll update this after I see how some projects turn out.
Update: I'm working on the Kaftan PJs and ran into a few things that added a bit of difficulty. Minor annoyances but enough to comment on and maybe I'd deduct 1 star.
First, the amount of fabric required for each pattern isn't clear. The length is given ("4-1/2 yds lightweight cotton print") but not relative to the width of the bolt (like 44, 55, or 60 inches). Anyone who sews knows the width of the bolt usually makes a huge difference in determining the length of fabric you'll need.
Second, there are no layout directions (aside from the grain direction arrows on the pattern pieces). So I had to experiment by laying out my pattern pieces in various positions, on various sizes of fabrics to figure out what worked most efficiently.
The Kaftan PJs call for 4-1/2 yds for the main pieces (excluding the trim). I fit a size misses small onto 4-3/4 yds of 40-inch wide flannel. I fit the same pieces onto 2-2/3 yds of 60-inch wide lawn. Huge difference. From my results, I'm guessing the book assumes you're using a 44-inch wide cotton, or maybe even 55 inches, because I did use small and I'm not sure you could squeeze a large into the allotted 4-1/2 yds if only 44 inches wide. My advice is perhaps get an extra 1/4 or 1/2 yd more than called for if you're using 44 inch wide fabric (especially if your size is Med or Lg).
Third, I don't see a finished measurement guide for the patterns, so I'm left guessing at the finished sizes. I'm looking at a beautiful nightgown hanging from a hanger, but there's no human body size reference in the photo and no chart telling me the length. I have to unfold the pattern sheets and measure the pieces to approximate length, which is a pain if I'm just browsing through for ideas. It would be so easy to have included this very handy info in the size chart that is in the back of book, for quick reference.
Fourth, while the pattern sheets are nice and sturdy, it's very difficult to see the lines and not confuse the patterns while tracing. You need lots of good light, good eyesight and patience. The book recommends tracing the desired pattern with a bold pen to make it more visible before copying it onto pattern paper, but that would get messy if you want various sizes, or if you want to use the overlapping patterns that share the same page. Would be helpful if the lines were easier to tell apart, like if they were labeled more clearly all the way around. It's good that the lines are visible through my Swedish tracing paper, so it's certainly workable, but I found it more tedious and chaotic than necessary.
I do wish the patterns and instructions were clearer and more user-friendly in these regards, but overall I still love the designs and look forward to making some of these PJs and other items from this book!