Sonya Philip’s Long-Awaited Book Is Here!

April 26, 2021

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  • Long time fan of Sonya! I wasted no time putting that beautiful book in my cart! The teaser about pockets sealed the deal. I sew a lot of my own clothes— some complicated, some not— from various patterns, and Sonya’s basics get the most play. Love how she styles her outfits, showing off beautiful handknits as well as what she has sewn.

  • I discovered Sonya on Creativebug right before we shut down last year, and thoroughly enjoyed turning my fabric stash into wearable garments using her patterns. I now have fun, flirty, nicely -fitting dresses with pockets!! Can’t wait for the book!

  • Bring on the pockets! (But you can hold the puffed sleeves) I’ve had this book in my cart at a certain Large Retailer for months, awaiting its pub date. But I am much happier getting it from MDK—-infused with yarn fumes. Yippee! Thanks for reading my mind.

  • I have been waiting for this book too! When I decided to dust off my sewing machine and learn how to sew, it was Sonya and YouTube that held my hand. Sonya’s patterns are completely doable for a novice seamstress! My order is in. Thank you MDK!

  • I have made her pants one pattern at least six times. I’m a fan.

  • Ordered! Now to get some fun fabric.

  • I taught Beginning Sewers in Berkeley for 12 years. I can’t count the number of students who sewed her patterns and became devoted sewers. Her philosophy is inclusive and encouraging and fit everyone. I would highly recommend them.
    Also, all of her designs benefit from a cute hand knit sweater or shawl….
    Just saying!

    • “Short everything and big boobs” made me laugh – I’m long everything and hardly any boobs. Takes all kinds! And it sounds like Sonya’s book will cover them both.
      And don’t even get me started on the lack of usable pockets in women’s clothes….

  • This could very well turn me into a sewist. And lime green bellbottoms sound DREAMY.

  • Whoa, those went fast! Where else can we purchase the book? I just went out to her website and there isn’t a spot.

    • More copies on the way, hopefully they’ll arrive this week.

  • Thrilled to see this. And timely – everyone wants to know what my May holiday gifts should be.
    Yay for Sonya and yay for clothes and yay for sewing. 🙂

    • I mean: Sonya. Sorry, have a young cousin in the family who is Sonia. Realized as soon as I clicked.

  • Congratulations to Sonya on the publication of her book! That is a real accomplishment and one that so many will enjoy and actually use..

  • Let me know when back in stock. 🙂

  • Thanks for the detail about this book. I just ordered it because I am now starting to weave fabric with my rigid heddle loom and working on sewing my first top with it. Having Sonya’s guidance and infinite patterns will allow me to create what really works for me with my handwoven materials.

  • I so look forward to learning to sew clothes! My extra-spunky grandmother, in addition to serving as a ‘Rosie the Riveter”, was a talented seamstress. She worked in a sewing factory, sewed for lots of private customers from her humble home – including some famous rodeo personnel and professional baseball players! I need to continue the tradition beyond the pillows she taught me and love Sonya’s approach.

  • Congratulations, Sonya! What an accomplishment!

  • I hope the Act of Sewing will give me some new approaches and insights into sewing. I am looking forward to it! I love nothing more than creating and the joy it brings.

  • I started reading this book this morning. I have made 3 quilts, a couple of bags and about 16 garments. I learned so much and am only on page 13. I don’t buy many books, but BUY SONYA’S BOOK!!

  • This is so great!! I enjoy sewing , knitting, crochet and cross stitch so I’m a crafty person my garments don’t look homemade I’ve been sewing since I was 12 yes old however, while doing all this I quit sewing and quilting and now I’m back to square 1 as far as I’m concerned and would like to teach others how to sew and crochet, knit. But this book seems to fit what I need. To gain my skills back I’ve not seen the entire book and I’m looking forward to reviewing it soon where can I get this book I’m ne’er books a million is it there??

  • my bell bottoms were lemon yellow hip-huggers and I thought I was really something.

    Congratulations, Sonya. I have enjoyed all of your articles and will get the book when it is back in stock. I’m thinking about the tunic. . .

  • I loved your mention of favorite green bell bottom pants from childhood. After dragging my sewing machine out of the closet to sew some face masks, I’m ready to try sewing different garments. I always enjoy your articles on MDK.

  • I am also a survivor of late 70s Home Ec classes, and it scarred me for years. It did nothing to teach me a love of sewing; I could not remember how to thread the machine, and the teacher was more interested in those girls (no boys allowed!) who already knew how to sew. I made my skirt entirely by hand, and received the worst grade I ever got in school. The trauma (haha) caused me to eschew all “domestic” skills and it took years for me to return to them. I love Sonya’s patterns, and they would have been perfect for those classes!