Wednesday, May 2, 2012

This post started out asking for opinions. Then it changed.


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.

Pants for Real People: Fit and Sew for Any Body (Sewing for Real People series)Product Details

Making Trousers for Men & Women: A Multimedia Sewing Workshop

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.


Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book

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.


18 comments:

  1. hehe. good for you. I was going to vote for Fit for Real People. The most used fitting book I own. (I don't have the pants book.)

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    1. If you use it, it must be good! Thanks

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  2. You decided to buy your birthday gifts on MY birthday...I thought you would be interested to know that. ;-)

    Personally, I wasn't terribly impressed with the Fit for Real People book (though I'm apparently in the minority). However, it does cover an array of problems fairly well (except for the barrel-chested thing, which is what I was hoping for, and may be what colored my dissatisfaction). I'm absolutely going to hunt down that fabric swatch book though, I've been wanting something just like this and never could find one, so thanks for posting that! :-)

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    1. Keep an eye on Amazon for the book, occasionally it goes on sale, which is when The Friend bought it, thank goodness.

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  3. I wish my husband knew how to buy plywood. >:( The Swatch book is wonderful--what a great gift! Is there enough of each fabric so you can set it on fire?

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    1. There is enough for a burn test, but it wouldn't be that useful as almost all the fabrics are natural fibers and the ones that are mixes aren't labeled as how much of what. The swatches are about 3 inches square.

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    1. After tomorrow (a library book sale), I am on a shopping diet. No more thrift shopping or book shopping or fabric shopping etc. For real.

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  5. Very good choices and I love that swatch book. You talk about us being enablers?

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    1. I was trying to assign blame anywhere but where it belonged. Even I didn't believe it. 8-)

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  6. May I suggest book one and book two (real people editions). They are invaluable.

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    1. I am really looking forward to getting them. Especially when you and Shams recommend them.

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  7. Haha, fun book choices - I have pants for real people, and while I might be too lazy to actually follow their method precisely (any attempt to tissue fit for me has always lead to tears (as in rips), tears (as in crying), and frustrations (as in throwing things at the wall)), the pattern alteration advice seems pretty good.

    Also, your swatch book - I want one!

    As for impulse control - yours must be hanging out with mine. I saw stretch velvet online for only $3/yard (usually it is $8-20) and things went downhill from there. Very, very far downhill. Ooops.

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    1. Oh please don't tell me where it's on sale, the way I am going I would likely buy it all. 8-)

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  8. Some very nice pressies! I particularly like that swatch book. I don't have any of these books

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  9. That swatch book looks amazing! My local fabric stores are fairly limited, too. I'm a tactile person, so maybe this could go on my birthday list...

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  10. I nominated you for 2 awards! The Sunshine and The Liebster Award. Just as recognition that I love your blog :D

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  11. That sample book is amazing! I really could use something like that for when I go shopping in the Fabric District where NOTHING is labelled. Hmmm....

    I am good about talking myself out of things, but that's usually because I see the books or items in person and go, "meh." Hope these books live up to your expectations!

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