Review : Boundless Style - Victory Patterns
I’m writing to you today to present you a book I received a few weeks ago. It took me tine to study it, take pictures and write about it with my baby, but now it’s ready! I really like to do book reviews, and especially when it’s from people/sewing brand I really like.
This book is called Boundless Style: A Mix-and-Match Sewing Pattern Workbook and was written by Kristiann Boos, designer of the Canadian sewing patterns company Victory Patterns. Kristiann is based in Toronto, and has a degree in fashion design. This book took a good year to be released and is a very good resume of her style. I’ve sewn a few of her patterns already, and I was really looking forward to receive her book.
So what’s new in this book compare to others : first of all, it’s a good way to (re)discover Victory Patterns style as the patterns available in the book are obviously all different from the paper ones. On top of that, the instructions in the book are very interesting, especially for a beginner and even for an advanced sewer. Finally, the book has five different bodice types, five skirts and five different sleeves and is designed to allow you to mix and match to create your own dress, top or skirt out of those fifteen elements.
The book has seven chapters : what to know before you get started, tools you’ll need to have, all the instructions for techniques you will use in the book, the five bodices, the five sleeves, and the five skirts; and the last one, how to put them all together.
In the part ‘Tools’, each tool is defined and explained by category : measuring tools, cutting tools, pressing tools … a lot of good advices!
After that, each pattern is described : as said before, 5 bodices, 5 sleeves and 5 skirts. So many possibilities! Thanks to this book, you can sew a lot of different tops, dresses or skirts. Regarding the bodice, I’m all about the Jackie pattern with the bow at the waist, and the V neckline at the back!
Add to it a peplum bottom and a pencil skirt, and you have a very fancy outfit!
Regarding the sleeves, the five possibilities are a very good way to try different styles : cap sleeve, semi-fitted sleeve, full-length bishop sleeve… I’m sure you’ll find what you like! On each pattern description you can find an explanation of this pattern, the skills you’ll need to know (with the page of the book where you can learn it), the recommended fabric, the fabric and supplies you’ll need, and the tools. Note that the fabric amounts are only listed in the pdfs and not in the actual book.
Finally, this book offers you a lot of different skirt patterns : a dirndl skirt, a paneled A-line skirt, a pencil skirt, a fully flared paneled skirt, a multipaneled skirt with different length each time (peplum, cocktail, tea et mid-calf).
The instructions are always explained with a text and a photograph so it’s very easy to understand. The book includes instructions on basic dress-making but also digs deeper into nearly-coutoure level such as how to line everything and put in invisible and other kinds of zippers, sewing piping, and properly sew darts.
The only bad point of the book that will make a lot of you unhappy is that patterns are not paper ones in the book but are pdfs on a cd. Which means that you will have to print, tape, cut each time. A bit long. Le petit moins du livre qui en fera râler plus d’une : les patrons sont disponibles sur un cd et non en version papier. Il vous faudra donc imprimer ceux que vous aimez, les scotcher, les découper… bref, un peu long et dommage. So how can you choose from all these patterns! It’s quite difficult as I love a lot of them for example, but they created a LookBook which allows you to try out all the different styles with each other. It really helps the decision-making process.
I hope you enjoyed this post, happy sewing!
Book : Boundless Style: A Mix-and-Match Sewing Pattern Workbook c/0 Victory Patterns