If you were putting together a holiday basket of gifts for a fashion-sewing friend (a very good friend, that is), what would you include? The tried and true? Something practical or something whimsical? Or maybe a few things to cover all those attributes? I always think some of the best gifts are those you didn’t know you needed, but now wonder how you lived without them! Some of the following meet that criteria – and some are just plain lovely to live with.
First up is this handy little needle threader.
It certainly is a funny looking contraption, but oh does it work well! Thread your needles, big or small, with nary a squint of the eye. From Clover, who creates so many wonderful gadgets for those of us who sew.
If you use couture techniques in your sewing, then you, like me, do a lot of basting. Make that job go faster with these long and lovely basting needles.
Hug Snug rayon seam tape is one of the loveliest sewing products around. I always have to order this product online – and selecting the correct color is an imprecise science. A Hug Snug Seam Binding Color Card would make identifying the perfect match so much easier!
Books always make wonderful gifts and these are two I would want my sewing friend to have:
Along those same lines, a subscription to Threads Magazine is a must for anyone doing serious sewing.
I have two favorite sources on Etsy for beautiful padded hangers – indispensable for taking care of all those couture dresses and outfits we make for ourselves. These also make lovely gifts for any good friend or relative – they are luxurious, useful and so pretty!
Another beautiful product that comes in handy for couture sewing are these lovely Hanah hand-dyed silk ribbons, available from Britex Fabrics. They are cut on the bias, making them perfect for adding a piped edge detail to coat, jacket and dress linings.
Available in various widths, they are lightweight, but sturdy.
I would definitely tuck this note card into the basket:
The only problem with a note card like this is the hesitation to actually use it. (Maybe two would be best – one to keep and one to use!)
Another nod to vintage would be a Tammis Keefe handkerchief , similar to this one:
Various ones are available on eBay and in Etsy stores – and their charm is legendary. Any lover of fine design and textiles, vintage or otherwise, would appreciate one of these!
Finally I would top off the basket with a Little Black Dress cookie cutter:
Now – what have I forgotten?