Sewing books! I love sewing books! I recently got four more and I took pictures of them! Such is my love for sewing books. Especially Japanese sewing books – I love them to bits. I will put up detailed reviews when I make more things from them, but I do have initial thoughts:
- “Stylish Dress Book” and “Stylish Dress Book – Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops”, both by Yoshiko Tsukiori, are not the same book. That’s terrible naming! I spent six months thinking they were the same with different covers. Terrible! I think in Japan they are named Stylish Dress Book 1, Stylish Dress Book 2, etc… which makes a lot more sense.
- When “I am Cute Dresses” says it has ’25 simple designs to sew’, they really meant it. Everything in here is a straight line or a box, which is also why they didn’t supply any pattern sheets because you need to draw them yourself. I don’t think I even saw a single dart. The dresses are also ‘one size fits all’. I think it’s worth checking out in a prototype car ‘cool!’ kind of sense, but in practice… the dresses do look a little bit like glorified potato sacks.
- “Feminine Wardrobe” is so girly adorable. I just want to hug all the designs! So many bows!
In other news:
I love design and I love sewing, therefore Spoonflower is totally up my alley. I have ordered my first fabric swatch and I am elated with it! Soon I will be able to adorn my body with faces and bears. I hope to sell these on Spoonflower sometime soon, but I am currently working on other stealthy scallop animals.
Meanwhile I am sewing a t-shirt. I am sewing knits for the first time and I feel like a sewing grown-up. Exciting! I have to say though I am loving the knit. I have sewed the side seams and I love how you just pull it on and it settles over your curves. None of this fiddly fitting stuff! In knit country, fabric fits you.
I am working from a self-drafted pattern with guidance from “Design-it-Yourself Clothes” by Cal Patch. It’s a great book but the writing style is a bit flowery. The good news is it is written like someone is walking you through the entire pattern drafting process; the bad news is she sounds a little bit like she’s on something. Still, it’s a good book, and anyone who is able to be clear and articulate while possibly high is obviously a master at their art.
My dog was not happy about the drafting process by the way. He kept sticking his head in to see what I was doing, and then he demanded pats. He does not understand human clothes.