Piles and piles of bolts of fabric, organized by type, with no guidemap. Rachel posited that this is what it feels like when a new knitter walks into a yarn shop for the first time. It’s true, I can walk into Purl and identify the brands from afar–when my friend Julie picked up a yarn I impressed her by glancing over and saying, “Oh yes, Cascade 220 would be great for you to learn with.” (I caught a glimpse of the edge of the label–I’m not that good.)
The idea that I might someday enter a fabric shop and be able to touch a fabric and say “oh, this is a linen/cotton blend” or be able to say, “I want to make a dress, and this fabric is going to have the perfect drape and weight” is completely unfathomable to me. But I want it to be the case, and soon! I want to make a bag from Bend-the-Rules Sewing (the pleated beauty handbag), and I would love to make some dresses, and all sorts of sewing dreams. I just need that guidemap. Advice? What sewing blogs should I be reading? What resources do you turn to for sewing advice?