Friday, March 05, 2010

Friday Diary Bits

Ohmygosh has this been a very long week of work!  I've had very little time to read blogs or even think about sewing...and even though I have no plans for this weekend (thank goodness!) I have no idea what I'm going to sew.  I feel like making a dress because the temps are suppose to be in the 50's at the beginning of the week...although I have several beautiful ones from last fall that have only been worn once...I guess I will decide tomorrow.

My Rowenta is leaking.  It's been leaking for a minute and I've been gingerly prodding it along.  Last weekend, was too much for me though and I decided that it's time for my baby to be replaced.  Now I know that some people get annoyed when their irons start to leak after a few years but I've put mine through the paces and realize that a household iron is NOT suppose to get that kind of a work-out.  So I carted another one home tonight.  I bought it from the Williams Sonoma in the Time Warner Center and I was surprised that it cost the same as the one I bought from Bed, Bath & Beyond 4 years ago!

While I was there, I went upstairs to Borders and looked in the Crafts section.  Sewing books have changed alot since I first started buying them.  I think the books that I bought years ago were more technique driven or fit oriented.  Sewing books today seem to be all about the fast, quick and flashy!  This of course is just my opinion and if it helps bring younger people to the Art of Sewing then I'm all for it!

I did buy two books.  You know I didn't leave without something right!  *LOL*  I bought the new Wendy book, "Built by Wendy Dresses" by Wendy Mullin which has been reviewed all over sewing blogland.

and "How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns" by Lee Hollahan.  I have to tell you that I'm most excited about the this book because I'm always trying to up my pattern drafting skills without putting any real effort into it!  *LOL*


Regarding my last post, I'm glad that other people use sewing journals too.  They really are a valuable resource and interesting to review your progress a few years later.  

Finally, thank you to everyone who have left such wonderfully nice comments on my last two garments.  I haven't worn either of them to work yet but I probably will this week.

...and as always, more later!

20 comments:

  1. I like the pattern drafting book, or at least the cover and what it is about. I may have to go looking for this myself. Have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  2. the second book looks good enough to add to my library.
    when I look in the new book section at the library all that appears are books about fast, easy and in an afternoon. we are not the market obviously.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Nice book purchases. They do look interesting. Good luck with the weekend sewing :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Can you put a review of the books up when you get a chance? I'd like your thoughts on them.

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for about a year or so, though this is the first time I have commented. Thank you for your time and dedication to this blog.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I always browse the craft book section and you are right about the newer books being geared to quick fast and easy lol

    I don't buy many books though, I've been requesting from the library more now.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Please let us know how you like the books.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm interested in the pattern drafting book too. I'll have to check that one out. I agree with you on keeping a sewing journal. Although I don't "technically" keep one, my blog is centered around logging 10,000 hours of sewing time---so it's my sewing journal of sorts. Thanks for all your helpful info and I love reading your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I've had bad luck with Rowenta irons. I know they are not supposed to last forever, but they always fall ill before I think they should.

    I'm going to take a closer look at the Lee Hollahan book. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I agree that the sewing books have changed. They used to be about technique and providing a good foundation for sewing. Now they all seem to be about "quick and dirty" sewing. I really don't see transferable skills being taught.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I just love my vintage sewing books! There really haven't been any in the last few years that I've had any interest in buying. However, I did just order these two from Amazon on your recommendation. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ooh, haven't seen the second book. Looks interesting. My Rowenta is leaking in a big way too. I bought a Black & Decker dry iron as a back-up until it fails completely.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I absolutely agree. Sewing books today are the young, flashy, unstructured quick study. If it brings young people into sewing,wonderful. I have looked at a few and they are just a little too un, well, unskilled, if you know what I mean. But when I started out, I was surely unskilled, enthusiastic but unskilled.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I want to make another dress, but want to do something different and think the books you recommended may be what I need. Looking forward to your review of the books.

    I purchased the Shark Intelligent Electronic Iron, so far its been almost 2 years and holding up.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'd also love to see a review of the second book-- I do have a tendency to play with patterns, but if I can learn to do it in a more intelligent manner than just winging it, I'm all for that!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I hope you get a kick back from Amazon. I bought the book because of your recommendation. It is a topic that I'm interest in, but your recommendation was the clincher.

    On the Iron, my DH pointed out how much I am using my Rowenta compared to how I used my other irons. Also that ~ I ~ me, myself, I and no one else, misthreaded the stopper. When I "did the numbers" comparing the number of hours I used my Rowenta compared to the number of hours I used my previous irons, well I bought the more expensive 8030 from Allbrands.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Chiming in to say, would also love to hear your review of the two books.
    Thanks for all of the sewing inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I've been eyeing that first book as well as her book focused on knits. Hmmmm, I do have a B&N giftcard burning a hole in my pocket.... ;)

    ReplyDelete
  18. I'm always on the hunt for new sewing resources + I had no idea there was a third 'Built by Wendy' book! And I must say, I just adore the 'Fat Day' dresses - you look stunning!

    xo
    raven

    ReplyDelete
  19. The book How to use, adapt and design sewing patterns, How is it..can you take a few pictures of the inside of the book so that we can get a better ideal about what the book is offering?? Thanks so much.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I don't understand "fast & easy" because if you pick an easy pattern that looks like a bag in the diagram - it will look like a bag on you! Hear, hear for darts, t-shirts with center back seams, a nicely top-stitched pocket. I would rather spend the extra time. And also with finishing - today's patterns don't even tell you how to finish the seams - like flat felling a crotch seam or using a French seam on light-weight blouses. Little hints would be nice - like to put bias tape on the exposed waistband, etc. We spend alot of money on our machines, notions, patterns, fabric - I want a finished garmet that looks nice - I don't want someone to say with a sarcastic knowing voice - oh, did you MAKE that? The 2nd book you got looks interesting - will have to look into it.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! It is so appreciated.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails