I got a little birthday cheque from an aunt and I want to have something to show for it, not just have it wander away into nothingness. So I need your opinions.
I have decided that I can buy two of these, but which two? I am leaning towards Pants for Real People and Making Trousers. I adore David Page Coffin's other book Shirtmaking, it appeals greatly to the anal retentive perfectionist part of me. This one sounds like it is much the same. Sewing Porn. At least for me. After writing all this I have decided. Making Trousers is on the list. For sure. Now tell me which one of the other two, or both. Just now I have decided I need them all. Sh!t. You are all enabling me now. Never mind all of the above. I just ordered them all. Oh, that is totally pathetic. I can go from maybe one book to all three while typing a paragraph. Must. Work. On. Impulse. Control. Maybe I should buy a book for that. 8-)
For my birthday I received a much needed piece of plywood to go under my cutting mat, it is exactly the right width and 4 inches longer. Perfect. The best part is the joy The Husband got from telling everyone that his wife wanted a piece of plywood for her birthday. I received a great Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tripod, from Aunt Edna. The Friend that I made the quacktacular (thank you Heather, love that word!) PJ bottoms for got me this book. It had been on my wish list for a while. Thank you S.
This book may not be all that if you live in a place where there is an good fabric shop that you can go into and casually inquire where the silk organza is. At my store they would be unlikely to know that there is actually something called silk organza let alone where it would be if they actually had any. Anyway, on to the book. There is 100 samples of fabric in this book. The samples are mostly undyed so as not to distract from the actual properties of the fabric.
Some photos of the pages.
|Silk satin, Viscose satin, Acetate satin, Polyester satin|
|All of these samples have Lycra, nylon, cotton poplin, cotton knit, silk satin,silk jersey,silk seersucker|
|this page compares fabrics of the same weave but different fibers|
All in all for me this is a must have book. There is no substitute for actually knowing exactly what a fabric looks and feels like. Especially if you are going to completely disregard the fabrics suggested on the pattern envelope. Like I would ever do that. Oh wait I did, and blogged about it here.