I've lost my sewing mojo - it's probably somewhere under the overwhelming mass of patterns - so I've been stashing. I think I'm hoping something will snag at me and I'll be a sewing fool again.
This is Amy Butler's new Sophia carry-all and some of her heavier weight cotton. I'm excited about the challenge of making a professional handbag. So many handbag patterns are so very homemade and they have their place. But I've always enjoyed the kind of patterns that Vogue puts out.
I've also been drooling over this Japanese quilt and craft book, featuring Kaffe Fassett's fabrics. It has a few quilts, slippers, coasters, decorations and such, all delightfully Japanese.
Look at this piece of loveliness:
If you're familiar with the books by Kumiko Sudo, this has the same gentleness and fun to it. If you're not familiar with Sudo, her "Omiyage" books is lovely, with lots of beautiful small pieces, like flower purses, little fabric boxes, decorations and such. They require some skill to make well but are very eye-catching.
I buy my Japanese magazines from this ebay seller. She's fast, packages beautifully and the prices are good. The shipping is free too and it takes about 7-10 days to get to me in Colorado. I bought the latest Mrs. Stylebook also, although more for inspiration. I'm too tentative about my drafting skills.