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I try to drape in small segments, but need more help! Project Runway is inspiring, but a masterclass afterward would be a wonderful treat!
Alexander McQueen is an icon. Who wouldn't want this book?!
I would go with Bound Buttonholes. Good sewing is comprised of flawless detail work. The basics you can find anywhere, but intricate work requires precision and someone who knows how to teach.
Thank You! That explains the old heart-shaped pin cushion I remember my own mother using as a child. It was large, heart-shaped, probably 8-10 inches across and made of a beautiful soft ivory satin, with a intricately crocheted overlay, and a surrounding ruffle.
Why must there be a limit to inspiration? As long as I have eyes to see and fingers to feel I would give my senses the true credit. When I go into a fabric store I feel as though I am absorbing the colors, the textures, the ability to drape or hold shape. When I go to the fabric district for the day I often feel overwhelmed, but at the same time unable to pull myself away.
Magazines, pattern books, couture design... just breathe it in.
I couldn't decide on one, but anything to do with lace would make me happy!
Absolutely! I wish I had access to the MMA here on the west coast!
Hopping on the Soapbox
Posted on January 18, 2012 by Gorgeous Things
Be prepared – it’s Ann-rant time. I have been talking with several sewing friends, and all have voiced similar frustration to mine. That is – where the hell are the good sewing books for us? We’re not beginners. We’re not all in our early 20s. We are fashionable. We like looking good. We enjoy challenging sewing projects. But there isn’t much on the market for us.
For example, I spent an afternoon last weekend at my local Barnes & Noble. Of course, I had to check out the sewing books section. What I found there was great for young, beginner level stitchers. For folks like me? Not so much. I don’t sew cute cotton dresses. I’m not interested in patterns and styles that border on twee. I’m not interested in looks that are so cerebral that they border on costume. I tire of the wall of sherbet colored books with titles done in cute fonts that look like hand stitches. Don’t get me wrong. There is clearly a market for these books. I’m just not part of it.
I like to think of myself as an aspirational stitcher. I know how to do all the basics. I can teach the basics, and I can teach a lot of the not-so-basics. What I want is to learn cool new techniques. I want to learn how to do some of the things that I’ve seen on the runways at Fashion Week – things that a real woman could wear. I want to work with difficult fabrics. I want to challenge myself. Pastel dresses? Nope, not for this girl woman.
I already own all the books written by Susan Khalje, Kenneth King, Claire Shaeffer and David Page Coffin. The problem is that they’ve all been around for a while. There isn’t anything new for intermediate to advanced stitchers in the retail market. I’ve taken to collecting college texts. They have more interesting techniques. Zoya Nudelman’s Couture and Julie Cole’s and Sharon Czachor’s Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers are good. Of course, they’re college textbooks, so they are not cheap.
Roberto Capucci combined couture and sculpture into works of art to inspire and pique the creativity of the ordinary to become the extraordinary.
Art for the Sew-cialty minded?
Very helpful; thanks!
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukkah to everyone, and may we all create memories like Kathis' with our talents!
I am altering a fabulous long coat with a thick fur collar that I found in a thrift store. It has 5-strand extra long top-stitching throughout, and I cannot wait to wear it.
I love the infusion of strong colors!
The cover is inspiring! I want it!
My wish is for a book that would explain in detail how to use obtuse dressmaker's tools. I still have difficulty with a French curve and had to look up the meaning of armscye.
Absolutely! The thought of having so much information in one place is mind-boggling. Such a time-saver!
I can't wait to get started on little holiday outfits for my new granddaughter, who will be all of five months at Christmas!
I am so going to be looking around the house and garage with an entirely different outlook! LOL!
I will be sewing my daughter's wedding gown for this upcoming year, and I am feeling a bit intimidated. I believe this book would relieve a bit of stress!!!
Is it me, or does it seem as tho this blog is more about Project Runway and less about improving our skills and knowledge?
What a fabulous book!
I LOVE PR! I would like to see more detail; less drama. I want to see who is good with what tecniques, who prefers certain tools over another, and exactly what they are allowed to have in their kits!
New grandbaby due in July, so baby clothes!
I have clothes with all of these colors already. I believe that it is simply a matter of the specific colors coming to the forefront. I am more interested in the color combos that come out of the fabric designer's studios.
I think that anything that showcases creativity is inspiring! I can't wait!
Absolutely!!! I was so pleased to see that the pattern companies were adding this feature! I had pretty much given up sewing for my two beautiful, and well-endowed daughters; and now I am back in business!!!
I've been sewing lots of maternity clothes! My first grandbaby is due in mid-July, and I want to keep Mama feeling cute and happy!
What a wonderful reference book! I hope I win!
Would love the book to learn more; but where can I check for the names of the winners of these giveaways?
More info please. That was just a tease.
The "Q" foot, commonly known as a "stretch fabric foot". I love it because it handles knits so well that there are no skipped stitches at all and the work stays precise.
Very little if any. I do love watching the contestants on Project Runway drape tho, and would love to learn how.
Dear Sewfunnytroy: Please put me on your invite list!
Ralph Lauren. I love his clothes. He is a master of taking inspiration from his surroundings and translating it into his designs.
Pretty disappointed here. I thought the idea was to share some of the different materials we have used in our sewing, not just a critique on Kenneth's design. Thank you Kenneth for providing a starting point.
I am always fascinated by the challenges on Project Runway, but haven't really done a whole lot on my own. I do work on horse items using rubber, neoprene, and fleece. That about does it.
I always consult Consumer Reports magazine before going out to shop to get an idea of what's out there, and get me in the right frame of mind to compare, rather than get carried away with specialized features.
I am "expecting" my first granddaughter! She will arrive sometime in mid-May, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I am sewing maternity clothes at present for her mother, and would love to have this book to guide me along when I finally get to begin sewing clothes for the baby!
Sounds like an incredible addition to any creative library!
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