Friday, January 15, 2010

Some New Toys

I recently received some new sewing "toys".  For Christmas I received sewing books (and a scanner that's not pictured) from my husband.

(Hmm... I still don't know how to rotate these pictures on blogger.)

I'm very excited about these books.  I already know I'll get valuable information from these based on others' reviews.  :)  I started reading the Shirtmaking and the Tailoring books.  Next up are Gingher scissors!!  I bought these when they were on sale at Joann.  One is pinking shears and the other is dressmaker's shears.

The pinking shears are my first pair and I love them!  The dressmaker's shears are super nice, too!  They're not as comfortable to cut with for long periods of time, but boy do they make some clean cuts.  Then, I recently bought some Colette patterns from The Common Thread, a local independent fabric shop.  I love this shop!!  If you're in the Austin area, I definitely recommend it.  The store has a great selection of fabric and the owner, Jeanie, is super nice and very personable.  She personally emailed me when she got the Lady Grey pattern in and saved it for me!

I've heard great things about Colette patterns and I can't wait to try one out.  I will definitely be starting with the Sencha blouse since it's rated beginner.


alethia said...

Books are one of my favorite things. Love the patterns

KID, MD said...

How did I miss the fact that you are in Austin?? I am just north of you in Temple. I just discovered the Common Thread, but it is definitely on my list of must-go places when we are in town. Happy sewing!

Lynneb said...

You will LOVE your gingher scissors. I have several pair and they last forever. They will even sharpen and reset them for you for a very minimal fee...for a lifetime!

Sheila said...

Enjoy your new toys.

Eugenia said...

I love sewing books - you are building up a nice collection there. Those scissors look great - very professional!

Antoinette said...

Gingher pinking shears? No way! Can't wait to know what you think of them. My Gingher dressmaking shears cut through fabric like butter.

The Cupcake Goddess said...

Oh goodness! I'm totally jealous of your pinking shears. I want a pair so badly. Must save a coupon for a pair. I love Colette Patterns too and have the Lady Grey. Just about the make it too. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

NGLaLALa said...

@KID, MD - I didn't realize you were in Temple either! You definitely need to go to the Common Thread when you get a chance.

@Alethia - Thanks!

@Lynneb - Thanks for the tip! I didn't know they could be sharpened... that's awesome! I love them even more!

@Sheila - Thanks! I can't wait to really use them.

@Eugenia - Thanks! I feel very professional with my scissors, too. :)

@Antoinette - They do cut fabric like butter! I love them!

@Cupcake Goddess - Hehehe... you should get some pinking shears and definitely wait for a sale. :) Oh, I can't wait to see your Lady Grey.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Yay, I love new sewing scissors! You are all set to sew.

Take a look at for tons of links to great sewing stuff. Free tutorials, projects, a great list of sewing charities, and links to other sewers on the web.

prashant said...

it is definitely on my list of must-go places when we are in town. Happy sewing!

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