Sometimes you need to look back to a project and check what alterations that you have made or what kind of fabrics that you have used. But after years of sewing and accumulating hundreds of projects, it is not always easy to keep track of all of those projects.
This is where Beth Byrge from 110 Creations came in with her idea of a special notebook designed especially with what a sewist’s need in mind. As a sewist herself, Beth understands that the work of keeping track of all the projects and inspirations can be quite messy. This notebook offers one way to organize all those sewing-related lists in one place.
- How to use this book
- Sample page
- Project list
- Measurement chart
- Project pages
- Pattern catalogue
- Wish list
- Needle change record
The notebook starts with a short explanation on how to use the book and a sample page. Then you get 110 pages of project pages, 90 of them with figure drawing and the last 20 pages with no figure drawing for non-clothing or kids’ clothes project.
In each project page, you can take notes of pattern, fabric, interfacing, notions, accents, planning notes, sizing & alterations, seams & finishes, hem, and notes for next time. That’s about all the notes that you can take for a project!
The pattern catalogue is divided by the type of clothing like tops, pants, skirts, dresses, outerwear, children’s, and bags. In this section, you can take notes of the pattern company, whether the pattern has been cut ot not, and the price of the pattern.
And for all the things that you wished to have, there is the Wish list! This section is divided into fabric, patterns, notions, and tools.
I think that the figure drawing in the project pages has quite a thick lines, which makes it rather difficult to draw over. Also, I think it is important to have another figure drawing but from the backside.
It would be great too if the section of the pages can be bought separately so you can expand the book. I change my needle after each project so I don’t really need to record my needle change time. But other people will find this section very useful.
This notebook is a great tool if you like to keep a detailed track of all your sewing projects manually. Personally I prefer to keep my notes in digital form, and that is actually my purpose of starting this blog in the first place. It would be great if there is something like this notebook but in digital version so I can use the search button to find anything.
How do you keep track of your projects?
Book review: A Sewist’s Notebook by Beth Byrge
Disclosure: this notebook was sent for free to review. However, the views and opinions expressed are purely my own.