My friends and family know me well (and know about my Amazon Wishlist), so I got a lot of great sewing gifts for my birthday this year.
First of all, meet my new dress form. She is a Singer DF150, I just adjusted it to my measurements this afternoon, so I still need to see how well it works out with making clothes. The form is lightly padded, so I could angle pins into it if I want to pin something on. I just need to find a good place for her in my tiny sewing room!
I also got some great books.
On the left is Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit. It talks about how to copy a pattern from an existing garment. It looks to be very practical and detailed, and I’m going to have to give it a try soon.
On the right is The Sweater Chop Shop. We met the author at Rhinebeck, and my friend C got it for me and had it autographed. It talks about how to cut and use old sweaters to make new clothing, toys, or other items. It’s geared toward beginners, and I find it somewhat useful.
In the middle is the book I find most impressive, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. This book is great! There are detailed tutorials in it that I’ve looked up online, and now I have them at hand. And there’s things in there that are more advanced than what I’m sewing right now, so it will be a book that I can use in the future as I get better at sewing. And to top that, it’s spiral bound so that the book can lay flat while using it. There are several patterns included that look very interesting, and she has great tips for how to modify the pattern for a different look or fit. Fantastic.
Finally, a few days after my birthday, I got this book. The timing was funny, since it's how to hand-sew garments, and we had no power at that time.
The techniques outlined in this book are different from what I know how to do (mostly machine sewing), and look interesting. I espeically like all of the different hand stitches. This will be something I have to try!