I ordered two books from Amazon last week and they arrived yesterday. I picked up The Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam and The Colette Sewing Handbook by Sarai Mitnick.
I've been eyeballing Sarai's book for a while now. I really love her blog, The Coletterie, and I own one of her patterns, the Ceylon, which, admittedly, looks blah on the model, but cute in sketch form. I didn't get to make it last year, because I got all engorged with baby, but it's on my list of things to try. I have a fun vintage fabric to try with it.
Anyway, peeking through the book, I came across a pattern called The Licorice Dress, but, again, the model does not do a good job with this one, right? Frumpy.
Adorable! I'm not as skinny as the model in the polka dots, so maybe dress will look like puke on me. I don't know.
Also, I first became aware of Sarai when my husband sent me a link to her personal blog, Sweet Sassafras, about vintage shopping in Paris. I think we hit up every one of her recommendations, including falafel in the Marais district. Seriously, the BEST falafel I have ever had. Want. Now.
As for the bag book, it seems that I need bag making assistance (remember the thrice failed diaper bag?). This book has lots of tips on pockets, closures, straps, etc. I have dreams of becoming a bag making queen. I'm currently admiring this bag: