Review & Giveaway: Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing

by thecraftaholic

Recently I had the pleasure of obtaining a copy of Kathy Kano Murillo’s new book, “Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing”.

Today, I’ll do a review, and a giveaway.

Description (From

The founder of popular pens her second Crafty Chica novel, following Waking Up in the Land of Glitter (2010). Scarlet Santana has abandoned a promising engineering career to follow her passion for sewing. To raise money to attend a prestigious design academy in New York, she works for a local designer, teaches a sewing class, and sells clothes on her web site devoted to Daisy de la Flora, the flamboyant designer who inspired Scarlet�s retro look and bubbly approach to life. As Scarlet works herself to exhaustion, the women in her sewing class become their own an unofficial support group. When her big break turns out to be a big bust, Scarlet must consider whether following her dream is worth losing herself. Cano-Murillo lays the quirkiness on thick, but the story amidst the gimmicks has a lot of heart. –Aleksandra Walker

About the Author:

People most know Kathy Cano-Murillo as The Crafty Chica. She has been profiled for her art and crafts in The New York Times, USA Today and NPR. What people don’t know is that Kathy has been a writer longer than she has been a crafter, inspired in grade school by Erma Bombeck and Judy Blume. As an adult, Kathy went on to have a 13-year newspaper career at The Arizona Republic as an entertainment reporter, all while running her award-winning web site, She has authored seven books including Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul and Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing.

In 2004, Kathy pursued her dream of writing a novel and finished her first draft for National Novel Writing Month. She wrote from 10 pm-2 am every night while her family slept, a tradition she still carries on to this day. Her manuscript sold in 2007 in a three-way bidding war to Grand Central Publishing. Kathy’s debut novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter was released in March 2010 to much acclaim, and Kathy’s second novel, Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing is due out in March 2011. She is currently writing her third book.

Kathy’s mission with her novels is to share stories about contemporary Latinas living and working in the creative arts. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and five Chihuahuas. Her motto for life is “Crafts, drama and glitter”.

My Thoughts:

Having read her previous novel, I knew that I was in for a good subway train book, and an inspiring novel.

I love that Kathy blends creativity and the creative process in her book and storyline. Scarlet is a highly educated young woman of thirty who decides instead to pursue her passion and love of creativity.

She opens up her school of patternless sewing, in attempts to raise money to study under a highly acclaimed designer who is based in New York. Her school opens up pathways for other women, and through it all, her school of patternless sewing becomes a path to friendship and self discovery.

I loved reading this book. Very fun read, and a great book to read on the train or bus, or whatever. If you don’t live in New York City, and are not subject to mass transit, you can read it while your significant other is watching sports, how about that.

I love that it’s a nice light novel, and blends the creative process within the story. What a great way to get you inspired to pursue your dreams, eh?

And, to push you to get this book, I’m doing a giveaway.

How do you enter? Subscribe to my blog, and you’ll be entered to to win a copy of the book. I’ll do a raffle, and email you, so you can provide me with your details, if you win!

The Giveaway ENDS MARCH 14, and I’ll announce the winner the next day.

The Craftaholic

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