Magic Pattern Book review and make!

When I met Amy Barickman at Quilt Con earlier this year, I was attracted to her amazing denim and her new book, the Magic Pattern Book. Using her denim and Cutting Edge pattern from Indygo Junction, I made this gorgeous jacket. (yep, it’s purple. What can I say!?!)

Full Length Cutting Edge Denim Jacket by Crafty Planner

The Magic Pattern Book is basically a wardrobe in a book. You can take six pattern ideas (a tank top, a skirt, dress, cardigan, coat and accessories) and sew them into 36 different looks.

Things I loved about the book!

[threecol_one]Each pattern has a “family.[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]You get sample fabric choices.[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]Clear and easy to understand illustrations[/threecol_one_last] [threecol_one]

Magic Pattern Tank Options

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Magic Pattern Fabric Choices

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Magic Pattern Clear Illustrations

[/threecol_one_last] While some of the patterns were outside of my size range, I was able to scale up the patterns.

I fell in love with the Adelaide tank. Since I’m a bit bigger in the bust area, I did not want to add the ruffles so I cut the pattern without them.


Heres is my first tank:

[twocol_one]Adelaide version 1 front[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Adelaide version 1 back[/twocol_one_last]

I did not initially scale this pattern to be larger so it’s a tight fit.

Here is my second tank:

[twocol_one]Adelaide version 2 front[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Adelaide version 2 back[/twocol_one_last]

For this tank, I added an inch to each of the pattern pieces and an 1.5″ to the length. It’s a better fit and will be a summer wardrobe basic.

What do you think? Do you have go-to garment sewing books? What do you look for when you’re buying a book?

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