I really want to learn more about sewing clothes. When I was in high school (too long ago, like late eighties - that seems so unreal, is there really on 2 years till my 20th reunion? I am NOT that old) sewing was the most popular elective. We turned it into a competition - what else would a bunch of competitive girls do? Who could sew the cutest dress (or MC Hammer pants - I swear I didn't make any of those!) the fastest? It was what we did. We even made our dance dresses. Anyway, that little story was to illustrate that I know I can sew clothes. Problem is, sewing for a teenage body is way different than sewing for a women's body.
So, I have been on a mission to find some good sewing classes. No luck so far, basic beginning sewing isn't what I am looking for. I really want to know how to fit a garment, make adjustments to patterns etc. My next step was searching for some good sewing books. I decided to do this on the cheap and turned to used books on Amazon. I was surprised at what I found. Most of the books I bought were less than a dollar and had 3.99 shipping. I bought an older edition of The Perfect Fit. I had read reviews and recommendations for it on Pattern Review and on some sewing blogs. I just didn't want to pay for the new version. Buying used meant I could by three books instead. Yeah.
During my search on Amazon, my vintage eye caught glimpse of a 1966 McCall's Step-By-Step Sewing Book. Look at the cover - I could see that outfit today, little green sweater with wide legged pants and fancy strappy shoes. The content is good too – it covers the basics of sewing, pattern fitting and finishing. Old sewing books still work – think about it, the basics of sewing haven't really changed. This one gets added to my 60s Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book hardbound edition, 70s Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book ring binder edition and The Complete Family Sewing Book. My vintage sewing book collection is certainly growing.
I hope to put all of my new knowledge to good use on a couple projects - a plaid inverted pleat skirt and a cute little black jacket.
Anyone have any other books to add to my list? I still have Fantastic Fit for Every Body on the way.
And I still really want to find a class. Do any St. Louis readers have any ideas?