You may recall my quick review of Joi Mahon’s book, Create the Perfect Fit on the Sew News blog awhile back. It’s one of my first resources I go to on fitting. Which got me to thinking, how do people like to learn? Today we can get knowledge on any subject in a nanosecond. But, I still have a preferred way of getting mine.
My mom and grandma taught me to sew. I didn’t take home ec, my mom didn’t want valuable time spent on “housewife training”. Instead I took German, Latin and drama. Of course when it came time for me to be out on my own, I not only poisoned myself multiple times with under cooked chicken and beef, and wore more unintentional pink in my wardrobe than I wanted but I was absolutely terrified of small babies and checkbooks.
Even as my mom and grandma taught me how to sew, I was always on the hunt for more info. I ‘stole’ my grandma’s Time Life collection of The Art of Sewing books so that I could read over details before I went to bed. I particularly liked The Classic Techniques book. The cover was pink, black and white in a geometric print. Still remember that.
I still enjoy looking through the latest books on sewing to learn something new and be inspired. My bed is littered with sewing patterns and books. What’s on my nightstand currently is Joi’s second book, Designer Joi’s Fashion Sewing Workshop I can honestly tell you, that I love it.
Her new book is about fashion sewing that shows professional skills and techniques for creating stylish garments. It includes 5 patternmaking templates, design tips for real bodies, flat patternmaking and tons of information on draping, drafting, sewing for the aging body and even fitting for kids. I can’t give the book justice here so, please go to my full review on the Sew News blog.
Plus, answer my question (on the blog) and you’ll be in the running for a Joi Mahon 2 book giveaway.
Another book that I’m drooling over is Boundless Style by Kristiann Boos of Victory Patterns. This book is gorgeous. If you love pattern hacking (taking patterns pieces from different patterns and making a completely new design) this book is the for you. I’ve been scouring the big 4 pattern catalogs for a blouse with no luck. However, I found the perfect one on page 74 of her book. The Georgia is so beautiful, feminine but adult too. I don’t need to look like a tween thank you.
The Georgia blouse is on my list for spring sewing (see below). I’m still working on my double gauze shirt dress and I somehow cut out another skirt pattern, even though I told myself I wouldn’t until I actually finish something.
Who actually is in charge here?
Oh, well. Carpe diem.