Tres, Tres, Chic

Does anyone else know that song? It’s Mocean Worker, I first heard it in The Devil Wears Prada (one of my favorite movies – I LOVE Stanley Tucci!).

Anyways, sorry for the lack of posting! I’ve had a super-hectic week with some family stuff and then trying to get in all of my college applications! However, I am back today, with number two of my B200 (b-two-double-o has a nice ring to it, I do believe).

Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes

This is the second of three craft books I received for Christmas. It’s sewing projects are exactly as described in the title. Lots of breezy dresses and simple tops. This book opens up with a section called “Learning the Basics.” There is detailed paragraphs explaining the use of different tools and materials you’ll need to have a successful sewing experience. A brief section on patterns is followed by how to work with fabrics. After, “Learning the Basics,” comes, “Finding Your Style.” Here explains a little more about different fabric types and patterns, as well as how to attach decorative items to the garments you create (trims, buttons, hooks, buckles and loops – to name a few). The last section before the projects is, “Basic Techniques.” It explains how to work with a curved edge, seams, gathering, hems, as well as different ways to attach a button and how to make, and apply, bias tape.

Chapter two is where the actual crafting begins. The book’s projects are divided by season. We open with Spring, which has an even mix of dresses and tops; then move into Summer, where short, flirty garments are in abundance; after, we’re shown how to make lots of skirts and dresses in the Fall, and end with Winter, where there are lots of dresses guaranteed to need to have a jacket thrown over for warmth. Each garment includes step-by-step instructions, as well as several pictures to depict what is being explained. There’s always a lovely photo, and the author’s suggestion for what kind of fabric to use. Also, it lets you know how much fabric, width of the seam allowance, and what techniques you’ll need to know.

My favorite part of the book is the patterns included. It is extremely helpful, especially considering the level of difficulty that some of the projects are. The book ranks each project from a one to five on a difficulty scale, which is something else I really like.

If you’re style tends to lean more to the simple side (as mine often does), then this one is for you.

The book retails for $27.50 (a little expensive, yes – but remember: you get the patterns included!). So here’s the deals:

Barnes & Noble – $17.62 online

You save 35%, plus 10% if you’re a member! Also, they’re running a deal where if you spend over $25, you get free shipping! So maybe get this one AND Little Green Dresses, then there ya go, no shipping!

They also offer new starting at around $16, and used at about $14

Amazon – $17.62

Exactly the same price as B&N. They’re saying you save 36% (just a rounding difference, I assume) and they have new and used, both starting at around$14.

Target – $23.37

Eh, nothing special here. It’s looking like B&N is your best bet!


He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.

This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel

2 Timothy 1: 9 & 10

(Image courtesy of Barnes and Noble)

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