Two weeks ago Rachel and I ventured into Mood for the very first time, and I left a rattled, anxious mess. Last week, however, I went back–that’s right, exposure therapy is the only way to go. I went with a friend who sews but still considers herself a novice, despite having made several awesome skirts and dresses, which was great because we could explore together and each guide the other a bit (it was her first time to Mood).
We ultimately didn’t buy anything there, as decision-making was hard. She knew a place on 39th Street that sells patterns–difficult to find in the garment district–so we headed over there. (I’m sorry, but I don’t remember the name of the place; if I figure it out I’ll update this post.) And I bought a dress pattern. Then we went to another store, and I bought fabric. I even went to one final store, by myself, and got a dead-on matching zipper!
Happily, you guys gave me some great suggestions for further reading for when I feel ready to dive into cutting. I’ve added many of the sites to my blogroll already and am slowly becoming desensitized to my irrational fear of sewing.
- Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe
- Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts
- Sew Everything Workshop
- Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics
- Sewing for Dummies
- Amy Butler’s oeuvre
- Bend-the-Rules Sewing flickr group
- Sew Mama Sew
- Montessori by Hand
- Lotta Jansdotter
- Miss Celie’s Pants
- Erica B’s DIY Style
- Hungry Zombie Couture
- Burda Style
- Wardrobe Refashion Group
- House on Hill Road
- Artsy Crafty Babe
- Pink Chalk Studio