Manipulation: when it’s a good thing

When it’s a book, on its way to me in the mail! I’m talking about The Art of Manipulating Fabric, the book by Colette Wolff. This fascinating-looking book will be meeting me in the mailbox when I’m back from vacation.

It’s almost like a gift to myself, as today’s my six-month blogoversary. What a fun six months it’s been! Definitely worthy of celebration in the form of book-buying.

In my sewing library, I have thirteen sewing, fabric and fashion related books, but they’re all from when I was in school. And some of them are kind of awesome, like ”Costume and Fashion” – a great book on the history of clothing! Some are kind of funny, like the old textbooks I picked up at thrift stores with some very 80’s fashion drawings. Regardless, I needed this book as my only fabric books are super technical, explaining the scientific process of how viscose is made and other things you don’t need to know when sewing at home. (Are you interested in technical fabric facts? Just say the word, I have the resources!)

I’m super excited to learn new techniques from this book, and share what I learn with you all!

For more on sewing books, Gertie’s compiled a great list of books on Building a Sewing Library here in addition to her beloved Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing. My Christmas wish-list in one handy reference spot! (Along with fabric and more free time…)

Which brings me to the next book on my wish-list: Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket 

Who owns the Art of Manipulating Fabric book? Am I in for a treat? Have you used these techniques in cool and innovative ways? Also, do any of you own the tailoring book that’s next on my list and would you recommend it? Let me know, as always I appreciate your comments & suggestions!

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10 Responses to Manipulation: when it’s a good thing

  1. louise August 11, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    as soon as i started reading this in my google reader i knew you were leading up to this book – its in my line of vision when i’m in bed so it was the first thing that came to mind!!
    so yes i have this book, i’ve not consciously used it much, its great to flick through when thinking about details and i’m pretty sure it was the subconscious inspiration to me putting horizontal pleats on two skirts!

  2. Clare August 11, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    oh you’ll LOVE this! My favourite chapters are tucking and smocking. I haven’t used it as much as I’d like but it’s an amazing source of inspiration.

  3. Myrna August 11, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    I have this book. You’ll enjoy it. LOTS to experiment with.

    I live in Kamloops and would be interested in shops you recommend in the lower mainland besides Fabricana and Dress Sew. Ones I might not know about. Thanks.

    – Myrna

  4. Susan - Knitters Delight August 11, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Happy 6-mos. bloggiversary. This is a great gift to celebrate!

  5. Darci August 11, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Happy 6Mo blogaversary! I haven’t read your fabric manipulation book, but I’m going to see if I can get it from my library to take a peek. It sounds REALLY cool.

    Hope you’re enjoying the vacay!

  6. Katherine August 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    I am constantly borrowing this book from my local library. It is fabulous when you need a bit of inspiration to embellish a garment.

  7. kaitui_kiwi August 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    I have this book and I LOVE it, I am constantly flicking through it and spotting new things to try, it is chock full of techniques with great photos and line illustrations. I think you will really like it too and it’s such a great resource for adding little touches to otherwise simple clothes, good luck with it :)

  8. Wanett August 12, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    I have that book. It was one of my mother’s day gifts. The section on pintucks actually inspired my twist on my BurdaStyle book project. I want to try some new things on projects I’m working on now.

  9. Wendy August 17, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    I have the book and love it! I bought the book a few years ago and think it is one of the best sewing investments I’ve made for my sewing library. It’s such fun to look through it and long to have the time and fabric to do it all! :)

    I’ve not counted the sewing books in my library but I’m sure it’s about 13, too! I’ve found some vintage sewing books on sewing.

    Happy blogging!

  10. Lakshmi August 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    OMG! it seems you and i have similar set of books, atleast if i go by couture sewing techniques and art of manipulating fabric.

    Art of manipulating fabric is like godsend to me. I have used it extensively for ruffles, gathers and pintucks so far. Plan to use its techniques for quilting soon, and you know what, i don’t even own a quilt as i live in a hot city called chennai in souther part of my motherland India.

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