Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Religious Reading

Long ago, I became really frustrated with buying clothes.  I had always loved to sew, loved altering patterns, loved finding great fabrics, had a respectable stash, but it was a hobby.

And then the clerk in the French Connection UK store laughed at me.

Postbaby, trapped in the dressing room, nothing wide enough to fit my “not that huge” 36" backside.

That’s where I had my fist-shaking, Scarlett O'Hara moment. Never again.

And I have stayed out of clothing stores since then.

I do thrift shop. I have bought online. I make my own clothes from my own patterns.

BUT

I alter it all.



And this book is my bible.

I had to get my own copy after the library retired the one I kept checking out and copying and copying and copying. 

It's not like I didn't know this stuff; like the Bible, it validates my methods and gives me comfort that I am going the right way with my life..uh.. mending. And I probably would take it with me on long journeys where I can only take one book.

Disturbingly clear illustrations.
Really good advice.
How to make the secret pocket.

Although, the sewist in the lower left drawing is about to sew themselves to the hem.
And the zipper center top is clipped too close (it's going to poke out after the dress/blouse gets washed).
We all made mistakes (I've made those two plenty of times).




1 comment:

  1. I was looking for a good sewing book with clear illustrations. Just bought a used copy of this on Amazon. Thanks for the Tip!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks thanks thanks. Together, we can make more better makes. You know what I mean, clever you!