I went on a book shopping spree last week. I had a $25 gift card from Amazon, so I treated myself to Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer, Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin and the used Reader’s digest Complete Guide to Sewing (1997 edition). I ended up ponying up $11 coz that gift card ain’t enough.
As if those weren’t enough, I also acquired a few sewing books and magazine from Kinokuniya in San Jose. I bought the precious Bunka’s Fundamental of Garment Desgin, Blouse and Dress, Skirt and pants. These books are real textbooks that students at Bunka fashion institute use. The books not only teach you how to sew but also how to develop your own sloper. As a super petite woman, i fear that those American sewing patterns may not fit me well, so I am hoping to be able to draft my own patterns/sloper someday. I also purchased this super cute mommy and me sewing magazine, Cucito. I don’t have kid (yet) but with eight nieces/nephews and counting, i should arm myself with those cuteness, no?
Speaking about pattern making, i also purchased Cal Patch’s Design it yourself clothes. This book is definitely one of my favorite right now. Cal Patch is a former designer for Urban Outfitter. This book is definitely not the technical kind (like Bunka’s) that may bore you. Rather, it is packed with a cute ensemble for you to draft. She gets you started with drafting a simple A-line skirt, then some variations of the skirt. She then moves on to a simple t-shirt, then button-down shirt, and cute variations of those. Next comes pants and dress. If you don’t like to read a book from cover to cover, this may not be the right book for you. In order to get the most out of this book, you have to read every single page in order because the drafting will get progressively harder and she often refers to prior pages in her discussion.
Since it is a holiday season, craft stores are luring me left and right with discounts and deals starting last week. So i got sucked in and purchased Collete Pattern’s Parfait and Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress. My excuse? I am trying to stimulate the economy, after all if i gotta support my local craft store. For my dear best friend, Yeanny, the Jump Rope Dress pattern is for Emily…
The shopping spree does not stop there. I am spending thanksgiving with my in law in LA this weekend. That means…a trip to the textile district is high on my to-do list. I can’t wait to go crazy at Michael Levine, it is a 60,000 sq ft awesomeness at the heart of downtown LA. I have to plan well and maximize my time there because my husband is accompanying me and he ain’t gonna be happy if i spend eight hours there. He gives me a three-hour quota, so i don’t go overboard.
To offset my crazy spree, I am canceling my Burda subscription after three issues. I am not too happy with Burda because it is really tailored for taller and bigger woman (as opposed to truly yours who’s 5″ 1′ and 110 lbs). I am looking into using more Japanese patterns, whose audience is the average asian woman, aka myself. I am considering Mrs. Style Book, but the current autumn edition is so so and not so age-appropriate IMO (more for women in the 40s). Pochee is another option but my local Kinokuniya does not carry it. I haven’t checked out Kinokuniya in San Francisco though