The book is about the same size as a Japanese pattern book and comes with ten free patterns. In one size only. And each pattern is a different size with no obvious consistency.. which is a bit strange, but all the patterns are pretty simple and not overly fitted so I don't think they would be too hard to adjust.
The book is divide into 3: a history of home sewing in NZ, profiles plus a pattern from ten NZ fashion designers (including the Miss Chalmers Skirt from Papercut Patterns) and a 'how to ...' at the back also written by Papercut Patterns.
Now for the designs, here are some of my favourites:
I really like this one, although it's now really my style... but you never know!
A cute little skirt which I might make.
A cute little top which looks sooo super easy. This I will definitely make when I'm looking for a quick bit of sewing gratfication.
I think I'll make this top too. I can see it working winter or summer.
If I'd seen this book in a shop and had a chance to flick through the patterns, rather than just buying blind over the internet I probably would have still bought it. It has a lovely aesthetic, it supports NZ fashion and there are enough patterns in there to keep me interested. Usually if I make one pattern from a book I think that's a good buy, although that is probably a low benchmark! I've certainly spent $40 on less interesting pattern books and having the Miss Chalmers Skirt in it is definitely a bonus.