here's the best review i can give for this book: i lost possession of it for over a month.
on the night of the disappearance, there were many factors involved: one could blame it on the booze (cocktails were immensely present), one could blame it on the beauties (so many ladies wanted a peek), one could certainly blame it on the boogie (because Vintage Michael Jackson is never wrong). days after sarai invited me to peek at alyson clair & colette's new tome, i packed it carefully in my overflowing saturday sewing/testing/teaching/partying bag, with the intention of ORDERING my "students" (quotes, because for real, they're friends) to BUY THIS BOOK.
of course then the class went into party mode and the book made its appearance after some truly serious cocktails were served, which started the loss of literature.
but i digress! it's back in my hot little hands now, and as always, you know if it's here, i love it. a love accompanied by sparklers and banners and trumpets. this is a Good, Tasty Book.
so many are scared of knits. at the start of my sewing plunge, no one ever told me to be scared of this fabric. being self-taught, no one ever told me anything. (except a lady at joann's who said i should Never Make Pants. she was misguided.) my fearless, reckless abandon with this fabric had everything to do with lack of information. i tried things out and had many failures and some successes and a general good time of it, wadder or no.
this book would have given past oona far more gold star finishes... and it gave present oona a little happy feeling that many self taught machinations are not too far off the industry mark.
it's divided into three main sections: fabric, machines, and techniques. there's a wealth of information for the beginner, and there's gold in there for the more advanced stitcher as well. i'd never heard of letting your jersey rest after prewashing! i guess everyone likes a good nap.
the section on machines includes a coverstitch, the beloved brother serger is also showcased in the pages, as well as your reg'lar machineroo.
jersey is a different beast and alyson teaches you how to tame it. it's like baking versus cooking. a lot more play and feel and tasting involved. there are things a beginner might think she or he shouldn't do. alyson gives you tools, and permission.