First off, friends, I finally got my regular camera back from my brother today. I loved my old camera (Canon SD1000 Digital Elph) when it was new, but compared to my current (Canon PowerShot S90) it was a PITA -- slow and with a tendency to blur. I did appreciate the smaller size though.
My brother and SIL are headed off to India next week and have been purging a lot of their old clothes; actually I don't think the purge was related to the trip. Anyway, I got a few lovely sweaters, including this brown crew neck. Nice, no?
It's especially timely since Freddy vomited on my blue Starlight Express sweatshirt yesterday -- in truth, he vomited on the sofa, and I sat down in it. You'll be seeing a lot of this sweater in the future, and I now have matching ones in navy and gray. I love my brother.
I spent most of the morning preparing for tonight's FIT class and I still have a bit to do, so if this sounds a little hurried you'll understand why. I wanted to share today's library haul though. I don't usually find sewing books at the library but I had put a few things on reserve there lately and they all came in at once.
I don't remember how I stumbled upon Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Tailoring" but it looks interesting. I haven't had a chance to give it more than a cursory glance but I'll let you know when I do. I already have a lot of tailoring books but you can't have too many, right? Are you familiar with it?
Having become obsessed with all things Miyake, I was excited to pick up his book Making Things. It has many beautiful color photographs.
Next, I borrowed another Japanese pattern book. This one is Clothing for Everyday Wear in the Stylish Dress Book series by Yoshiko Tsukiori. If you think this book looks just like the Japanese pattern books I wrote about last week, you're to be forgiven (Smocks! House coats! Gathered skirts! Dainty cotton prints!). I've learned that a lot of this aesthetic is derived from the Japanese "mori girl" fad (also known as "forest girl"). Google it and you'll see what I'm talking about. (Layers, layers, layers.)
Finally, who doesn't love a good Doris Day movie? Trouble is, there were actually very few good Doris Day movies made, but I think "Calamity Jane" is among them. It's not my all-time favorite Doris Day movie (she's too exhaustingly energetic in it), but it's a classic. I haven't seen it in years and look forward to watching it again.
And that's it! Class tonight and tomorrow a photo shoot. Could it get more glamorous?
In closing, friends, do you have luck finding sewing books in your local library?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!