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Sandra Betzina’s book "No Time t…

A.Reddy | Posted in The Archives on

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Has anyone bought this book and have you made the outfits from these patterns. If so, do you like what you made?

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  1. drue | | #1

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    Yes I have! I have made the Tuxedo Shirt in different materials and truly love it. She has great techniques and it is very clear in the book. The style works for me because it camouflages by hips and the design is unique. I plan on trying her pants pattern too. I also have her pants video. She demonstrates a great waisband application.

    1. Marion_ | | #2

      *Are her patterns available only by buying the book? I was looking for the tuxedo shirt pattern on her web site and couldn't find any patterns.

      1. Stephanie_Corina_Goddard | | #3

        *The book and the patterns are terrific. I had an opportunity to see many of the garments made up at a showing show. I have made several versions of the slim pull-on pants. I do recommend a two-way stretch knit and suggest adding some interfacing to the hems if you use the side slit option. In fact, with appropriate interfacing, the hems need only to be tacked at the inner leg seam and at the top of the slit (try a button detail as pictured!) Also, it's not a bad idea to try the first pair in something inexpensive so you can fine-tune the fit. After that, you should be able to knock out a pair in 2 hrs. or less.

        1. Jen_Donnelly | | #4

          *Marion- I just attended a seminar by Sandra Betzina based on this book. The patterns are exclusive to the book, and are not available elsewhere.

          1. normlu | | #5

            *I have Sandra's Power sewing book and More Power sewing also I have her video on pants and her about fabric. I wonder if the new book has enough new amd different information to justify buying? Please let me know what you think.

          2. Alison_C | | #6

            *I love this book. What I have found so incredibly helpful about it is the great attention Sandra has paid to guiding sewers in the various alterations that may need to be made to her patterns. Her instructions (as in all of her books) are so easy to understand and really entertaining reading for avid sewers. The illustrations are great, too. The full pull-on pants are my favorite (they're just so comfy!), and her trick for inserting and topstitching the non-roll elastic waistband is really great. I think the patterns are quite stylish and truly do look good on those of us with "imperfect" figures! I certainly think this is a must in every sewing enthusiast's library! Happy stitching!

          3. Linda_C. | | #7

            *normlu, I also have the two "power sewing" books. I also have "No Time to Sew". Yes, it does have enough new and different information to justify a purchase. It is written in an entirely different format from the power sewing books. You get the patterns with it as well. As of yet, I have not sewn any of the designs, but would like to soon.

          4. Tere_D'Amato | | #8

            *Sandra just developed some new patterns for Vogue using new sizings and based on measurements for real people. I have cut out the jacket and am half way through the pants. The directions are excellent. She has added extra ease for our tummy and gives extensive directions on adapting the pattern for fit.

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