Feb 19, 2019

Fashion Sewing for Everyone by Adele Margolis

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First, sewing is a fun skill to learn. Allowing yourself to design clothes that fit your body or others perfectly. I always felt inspired by movies and others on TV that designed their own styles and doing it with such ease. However, that isn't all sewing is about. It's also about fashion, even if you aren't the one who sewed it!

So I really wanted to get an idea on what it takes to upgrade traditional sewing techniques to be a bit more fashionable. What I found is that it's not much, but a big part of it is the fabric.
Thanks to the book, Fashion Sewing For Everyone by Adele P. Margolis I am now learning that the skills I've been taught through other books and online courses, is that what I've been doing is pretty much similar to what it takes to create fashion clothes. The difference is that I really had no idea that a single change, an additional effect or possibly a simple design with different fabrics can be fashion. 

There really isn't much more skills needed to turn one dress into a more updated fashionable dress. Basically, this book help me get an idea on fashion with the additional darts for fit and some for style, the fabrics which there are many types, the piece of clothing I'm trying to create, the addition of zippers and pockets, working on perfect hems, and so much more that this would be the only book you would need to sew fashion. It's just a perfect guide that answers every little question I had about fashion sewing, leaving me not so clueless anymore!

The first few pages really made my eyes grow large with many surprises. I never thought about taking a simple design and taking either a different piece of fabric with detail or texture and using that pattern to get an even more attractive and fashionable look, no matter how simple it may appear. I guess that must really work, I can see it with the crocheted dresses I create for dolls and they always look even more amazing with colors of yarns that are mixed than just one color. Another piece of information that I really was smiling to learn more about is topstitching and understitching. Well, understitching is something I've never known much about, however, I got details on both and how they can be an additional decoration as well as keep the fabric in its perfect shape. 

Additionally, there are many other informative details on fashion sewing, or should I say sewing as it's quite the same, just using a bit more of a designers eye when it comes to the creation part of it. So, really if fashion is something we all want in life, well this book brings it into perspective! Allowing anyone from all ages who want to design and sew up their own styles, do it with additional features, extra darts, a change of fabric choice, adjustments and even the bonus zippers and pockets! Plus, all the extra help on how to add or create each additional piece and the illustrated images to help guide one along. This is truly an amazing book!

Author's Bio:
Adele P. Margolis was a nationally acclaimed sewing expert. She attended the Anne Burrows School of Design and received her art training at the Graphic Sketch Club and the Barnes Foundation. Mrs. Margolis was a dressmaker, tailor, and patternmaker, and taught all of these skills at her own shop and at adult education centers. She is the author of The Dressmaking Book, How to Make Clothes That Fit and Flatter, How to Design Your Own Dress Patterns, The Encyclopedia of Sewing, The Complete Book of Tailoring, and Fashion Sewing for Everyone.

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The Dressmaking Book: A Simplified Guide for Beginners by Adele Margolis

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The Dressmaking Book by Adele P. Margolis is absolutely a beginners guide, no worries though, even experts can enjoy this book! However, if you are starting out and have no idea on how to create clothing, well this book is packed with steps and guidance to get one from beginner to expert quickly! It's just so simple to understand and illustrated with exact details on what is needed to be done from start to finish of each additional piece you're adding or part you might be working on.


What made this a pleasure to read is that it's really focused on getting the reader from fearing to sew and always making mistakes to sewing straight lines, curved lines and not thinking twice about how to do so. The guidance is impeccable! You're not only going to learn to choose a pattern, sew it up and enjoy wearing the new piece, but there is also the learning that goes into every part of this book.

When I first read it, I was amazed by the in-depth details on specific designs and even simple steps that a beginner would be taught the first day. This book goes over the sewing machine, the patterns you buy at the store and for all people of all ages and sexes. It also illustrates how to perfectly design certain techniques that are required when creating specific pieces. Plus, all the examples and practices that are inside, it really focuses on getting the reader and sewer better before moving on to the real constructing and designing of the garment.

There is one thing that I wouldn't do, that is second guess this book or doubt it. Since it really feels like the author knows what she is doing and saying when it comes to dressmaking.
I normally feel lost when I'm searching online since one word is different from another and not everyone is an expert. However, reading this book I feel a bit more confident in sewing and going farther with the creative ideas that pop in my head. That is why I feel this book is nothing but perfection! It covers everything and leaves me inspired to sew on a daily basis and kept going till I get better.

Author's Bio: 
Adele P. Margolis was a nationally acclaimed sewing expert. She attended the Anne Burrows School of Design and received her art training at the Graphic Sketch Club and the Barnes Foundation. Mrs. Margolis was a dressmaker, tailor, and patternmaker, and taught all of these skills at her own shop and at adult education centers. She is the author of The Dressmaking Book, How to Make Clothes That Fit and Flatter, How to Design Your Own Dress Patterns, The Encyclopedia of Sewing, The Complete Book of Tailoring, and Fashion Sewing for Everyone.

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Feb 18, 2019

Creative Coding in Python 30+ Programming Projects in Art, Games, and More by Sheena Vaidyanathan

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I am a huge fan of coding, and this book, Creative Coding in Python by Sheena Vaidyanathan is just what I need to get started in understanding how to use Python. You can use this with or without a computer, but of course, it's best to follow along and test each code listed inside this book, before moving on. The pages are so well organized and doesn't look or feel crowded, which can make any book that guides the reader to appear difficult or scary.  Therefore, this book will not be frustrating or too complicated for a beginner or a child, who wants to learn Python. Additionally, the book is colorful and includes fun projects that no eyes will be turning away.

I honestly was excited to receive this book, as it is so well done that it makes learning to code a piece of cake. There are details on many different terms used for coding with Python, but it also could be used with many other languages. So you could actually get a good idea on how to write codes and possibly begin learning to work with other programs as well. There are also great examples that help aid in understanding how to create, use and build games, pages, and so much more! The book doesn't have any confusing lingo. It's more for those who want to learn at their own pace, and it really explains in detail, the basics and fun side of using and working with Python, as well as what it can do.

I have so many things I found to be awesome when it comes to the projects. As each is set up to go in the order of learning through the chapters. They get challenging and more creative as you work from project one and up. Each project works with what was taught in that chapter before moving onto another lesson. For example. I took some time to have fun with chapter two, this is some of what you will learn to do. However, it gets more interesting when you move further ahead. 

Here I was using the Turtle program, which is apart of Python. This was a fun activity and makes learning to do art on the computer quite fun and interesting. There are so much that can be done and it's all using the Turtle program.
Additionally, there are so much more in this chapter that this book teaches you. Such as learning to nest and add color as well as the background color to your creations. This is just one chapter which I really enjoyed, but to be honest, each of them was fun to test. Especially in chapter one, learning to create my very own madlibs. 

Of course, this is just the starting point of this book. As you move on the projects become more advanced with the use of booleans, functions and even buttons, which help move and change the appearance of the screen, getting you ever so close to learning to develop your very own games. It's quite a wonderful way to learn and do more with Python. This is especially true with the games you can learn to create inside this book.

I honestly loved the guidance, the easy to read information and so many actual images to help the reader understand what it takes to create that exact image and what else can be done with your own creative experimenting. In addition, this book can help you gain knowledge as well as ideas on creating something different on your own. Its guidance is very useful and helpful for everyone and can end up aiding in future coding projects.

Lastly, I found this book to be one of the best on Python, even if it's directed to the youth. This book can really guide any beginner who wants to work with Python and learn to create pretty much anything, but even more, creating games as well as art! I honestly would put this as the number one choice for Python books, which allows you to quickly and easily understand the language without getting lost or losing interest. This is a book, I'd highly rate as 5 stars!

Author Bio:
Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches a Python-based computer science class to 11- to 13-year-olds and is the Computer Science Integration Specialist in the Los Altos School District, in Los Altos, California, where she has also designed computer science curricula, conducted professional development for the K–8 STEM program, and taught pre-algebra, digital design, and visual art. Vaidyanathan is also the program director for the computer science professional development programs at Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College, where she teaches teachers to code in Python, Scratch, and other languages. Over the years, hundreds of students and teachers have learned to code in her classes. She shares her many years of experience teaching coding by writing articles, presenting at conferences, and providing best practices and student work on her personal website, computersforcreativity.com. Prior to teaching, Vaidyanathan worked in Silicon Valley for more than 10 years as a computer scientist and technology entrepreneur. She lives in Los Altos, California.

Book Information:
  • Author: Sheena Vaidyanathan
  • Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781631595813
  • Illustrations: 200 color illustrations
  • Size: 8.25 in x 9.5 in / 209.55 mm x 241.3 mm
  • Published: December 18, 2018
  • Publisher: Quarry Books
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