This year I resolved not to buy any clothes in order to (1) save money, and (2) channel my shopping energy to sewing. But it seems that the meagre shopping fund I should save with this resolution is just being poured into acquiring sewing books and cheap fabric.
For some reason, I am willing to shell out big bucks for books, but not for fabric. Actually, my fabric stash isn't as cheap at it would be if I shopped at op shops -- but where to find op shops in Sydney?
Still, I have not let myself buy nicer fabric, because I'm afraid of making wonky garments in beautiful fabric. I don't think I can bear the disappointment.
Ah, but sewing books are possibilities. I can sit and leaf through them and imagine how my sewing would magically turn out perfect and gorgeously photographed, too.
And the best ones are the Japanese books!
The garments are easy-breezy, and the photographs are amazing. My favourite is the Stylish Dress Book series. No back-breaking slouchy couture poses by "fierce" models. The Stylish Dress Book contains images of vulnerability, solitude, quiet desperation, heartbreak, on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown and whimsical wonderment (eh?)
Stylish Dress Book 1
Stylish Dress Book 2
Happy Homemade Vol. 1
Nani Iro – Colourful Fabric Dress Book
Style Dress Book
ISBN 9784579110438 - to buy