Because this year I was a very good girl (apart from staging my own death for the insurance pay-out – why do you think I won’t show you my face?), Santa saw fit to bring me ‘The Colette Sewing Handbook’!
Now he’s clearly a man with his ear to the ground/eye on the sewing blogs because this is the book everyone’s been frothing at the mouth about. I’m yet to finish my first read-through but already I can attest to the gorgeous layout and practical advice Sarai doles out.
There are a lot of excellent, even canonical, sewing references that beginners are recommended to pick up but I think this would be a perfect introduction to a new sewer. It doesn’t feel intimidating and the patterns are very cute. Deliberations have commenced over which to make up first.
Speaking of new sewers, when I was in John Lewis just before Christmas, I saw two young girls with their mums picking out new sewing machines and attendant accessories to put under the tree. I never knew any people of my own age who sewed when I was a kid, so this warmed my heart. It was almost as moving as when I spied an excellent chalk liner a few moments later. My eyes were glistening with festive feeling people.
Is it just hype, or do you think there’s really a resurgence in home sewing?