I've been aware of the Colette pattern line since it first came to market and even though I've admired some of the garments made from the patterns, the line didn't really fit my lifestyle. I was also aware that Sarai was writing a book and I have to admit that I really had no plans on purchasing it.
Then I saw my first Meringue skirt and I wanted one. I really wanted one after I saw a few more versions and Sarai posted instructions on her blog on how to add a waistband to the skirt. I don't know about my fellow plus size sistahs but I NEED a waistband on a straight skirt that has a zipper! The hunt was on to find the pattern...and that's when I realized that the only way to get the pattern was to buy the book. Since I needed a few Christmas gifts from Amazon, I threw it in the cart for me.
The book arrived this morning and instead of finishing up my McCalls dress, I've been sitting here engrossed in the book. Why do you ask? Because even though this book is geared to the beginning sewist, Sarai said a few things in her introduction that had me shaking my head "yes" along with her. These three sentences sealed the deal for me:
"There's only one trait that I think every sewer should possess: curiosity. Learning to sew is an ongoing process; in fact, the learning never really stops. Each project has the potential to teach you something new."
Those are such awesome and wise words. It's the reason I call myself an intermediate sewist 'cause I believe that there is ALWAYS something new to learn about my craft.
Then Sarai sealed the deal when she discussed wearable muslins positively. Now anyone who has read my ramblings for any amount of time knows that I don't make a muslin and that I believe in wearable muslins. This can be such a divisive subject in the sewing community so to read that she actually understands that there is a place for the wearable muslin, made my heart sing. Especially because many times I'm the one standing alone or in the midst of the minority on this technique.
The final selling point (the one that made me write this blog post) was that I learned a new fitting technique. My AHA! moment occurred when I was reviewing the pivot alteration that she wrote for adding width to the hip line in a skirt and in a bodice pattern piece. I've always added space/width at the center front of the pattern piece but Sarai shows how to add it by slashing and spreading, then pivoting the pattern piece. Now I can't wait to use this technique on a new pattern!
So look for a new Meringue skirt here soon and if you've been wondering if you need a copy of this book in your sewing library, YES you do! To help you along I'm including a link to Sarai's bundle special, buy the book and get 2 patterns for $50. Since it's Shop a Small Business Saturday, place an order today to support this small sewing business.
I'm off to finish my latest dress which is turning out better than I expected. Love when that happens! I still have tomorrow to sew and I just might dig out the piece of fabric that I'm thinking about and make my very own version of the Meringue skirt...
...as always, more later!