Sunday, March 6, 2011

Great books for the new seamstress

I highly recommend the following books for those just starting out. They are very accessible and offer a variety of projects to get your arms around. Click on the links in the titles to get them on Amazon!

1. Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Crafts
This is a really beautifully put together book with wonderful pages and lots of ideas. The projects include clothing, housewares and items for children.

2. Sew Everything Workshop
This book is great - I have made the pencil skirt three times and also tried my hand at the dress. That didn't work out so well for me but the reason was the cheap, nasty material as opposed to the pattern!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Laying down the gauntlet....

A couple of years ago I bought this fantastic Cynthia Steffe dress. It has a 60's mod feel with its slight A-line, big pockets and a little punk rocker mixed in via the patent strip on the back zip. It quickly found a place on my favourite items list and was shockingly appreciated in equal measure by my husband. That is a whole other story but suffice to say there are many clothing choices on which we vehemently disagree.

I was super excited to find a pattern for the dress and resolved to try making it in other colours. I found some lovely dark plum and dark plum material in Mood and some fantastic buttons in a little side-street shop nearby. Having the actual dress at home made me feel more confident about pulling this off.

Unfortunately said dress is no more. To cut a long story short, I managed to leave it (along with a couple of other favourite items) in the closet of a hotel in Colorado on checking out. Upon realizing my error I was hopeful that the hotel would have recovered the items and that they'd be sitting somewhere awaiting collection. Sadly, this was not the case - somehow the hotel managed to throw them out!!!! So, I am now going blindly into making this item from scratch - the pressure is on.

Stay tuned.....

If you want to have a go at this yourself - it's available on the Vogue Patterns website:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Where to get sewing lessons in New York City

There are multiple options available for the budding New York seamstress, some of which I have sampled first hand. Below is a list of those I personally recommend and others I've stumbled upon via internet searches:

For those people looking for the Project Runway experience:
Fashion Institute of Technology
Parsons the New School

Two places I've tried - classes are small groups with a relaxed and fun atmosphere:
Make Workshop
Sew Fast Sew Easy

A number of other options from the web:
The Sewing Studio
Soul Collections
Sew NY
Sew Right Sewing Machines
Sewing in Soho