CosmoGIRL! Make It Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky Projects
Now this is what I call a straightforward title. Make it Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky Projects says it all.
The book is divided into three main sections (Clothes, Accessories, and Beauty), and each has its own table of contents. Projects are arranged by difficulty (Easy, Medium, and Hard) in the contents, but not on the page. For example, the first project is a tie-dyed miniskirt (difficulty: medium), followed by a ruched tube dress (difficulty: hard), and boys-of-the-week panties (difficulty: easy). But the difficulty levels are clearly indicated, and the Easy projects are by far more numerous than the Hard. I also liked that there are color photographs of nearly every project so you can clearly see what your finished project will look like. Or is supposed to look like, at any rate.
Materials needed are clearly indicated at the start of each project. The directions can get a bit complicated, most likely due to the size of the book. The book is small, a little larger than pocket sized, and most projects are limited to two pages for the photograph, introduction, materials, and directions. Some of the projects would benefit from longer, more in-depth directions, or at least companion sketches to accompany some of the more complex steps. It’s still possible to complete the project, but you may want to warn inexperienced crafters to read the directions several times carefully before beginning the clothes and accessories projects, in particular. Another criticism is that some of the projects require a lot of handsewing. The ruched tube dress? Sewn entirely by hand. It is cute, though…
In fact, most of the projects are cute and would appeal to teens. While it’s nice to see clothing, accessories, and bath/beauty project all in one book, I do wish that there was also a section on crafts you could make for your room or as gifts, like in Kathy Cano Murillo’s Crafty Diva books. Still, at $7.95 for a hardcover completely in color, the book is a good deal. Because of the skills required and the fact that the projects include a strapless dress, a strapless top, and a halter (not to mention the boys-of-the-week panties; I may not have kids, but I’m still a prude when it comes to kids and clothing), recommended for high school and up.