Every year, it seems, I come across a few select items which either enhance my sewing experience or give me pleasure because of their fashion/sewing connections. Happily, this year is no different. The following is my list of those items, eight this year, in no particular order.
1) I actually purchased this needle case a couple of years ago, and for some reason only really started to use it this year. Perhaps I thought it was too pretty to use. Whatever the reason, I have been making up for lost time. I am misplacing and losing far fewer needles with this lovely little case. Susan Khalje sells them on her website. It is made out of a vintage linen cocktail napkin, and the leaves upon which you fasten your needles are lanolin-infused wool. This not only protects your needles from rust, it also seems to make them glide more smoothly through your fabric.
2) If you are a fan of ribbons and trims like I am, then you probably have lots of short or long pieces which can difficult to store and preserve in any logical way. I found these super winding boards at Farmhouse Fabrics, and oh, my, they help at least one of my storage drawers stay neat and tidy and organized.
Just beware: once you get on the website for Farmhouse Fabrics, you may not want to leave. They carry some amazing fabrics, including an extensive selection of beautiful cottons.
3) With all the books on Coco Chanel on the market, you probably do not think you need one more. But take a look at this book of Chanel quotes. I thought I had heard every sage bit of wisdom and advice she ever gave, but I was mistaken. There are quotes in here that are new to me and which further convince me of her wisdom, fashion and otherwise, biting though it is at times. It is divided into sections on Style, Women, Herself, Life and Success. I find this book endlessly fascinating; I hope you will, too.
4) From the sublime to the basic! Here is a spray bottle which I have found to be perfect for misting. Wool especially, I find, needs to be misted, not just steamed and this is the best bottle I have found for the job. I mist lengths of wool when I am getting them ready for sewing, and heavy weight wool responds well to more then just steam. Made by Dritz, this bottle is available at JoAnn’s or Amazon. (It also works well on linen.)
5) Oh my goodness, I love this Lap Desk. It’s perfect for those times when I am doing handsewing in the evening and would rather be sitting in front of a nice cozy fire instead of squirreled away in my sewing room.
As you can see, the cushion that is supported on your lap is ample, but very soft and lightweight.
And the wooden rim around its edge keeps your supplies from rolling all over the place. This is a winner!
6) I am constantly making notes while I sew. I’ll be the first to admit that I am addicted to cute notepads. And when they have a sewing/couture connection, then I am a happy person. This one even has a vintage theme to it, making it even better in my eyes.
7) On a visit to the Fabulous Fashion Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Fall, my friends and I spent ample time in the Exhibit Shop as it was filled with all kinds of delights. Among those delights was this “dressform” Christmas ornament. The body of the form is out of papiermâché.
8) I had been eyeing this Sleeve board with built-in presser and clapper in Helen Haughey’s Etsy store for quite a while. I finally took the plunge and purchased it. It is beautifully made and the width of the pressing board seems calculated excellently for most sleeves. I am very glad to have it as another one of my essential pressing/sewing tools.
No doubt by next year at this time, I will have come across more sewing essentials, but this will do for 2018. Perhaps you will find something among this selection to add to your holiday wishlist. Happy Sewing in this season for gifting!