The first one to get to my hands was Breaking the Pattern, on their launch day. Since I work in a bookstore (The ABC in the Netherlands), it was no surprise. Quite excited about it after reading so many good reviews, I fell a bit flat on my bum when I didn’t fall in love with it right away.
Why not? I asked myself. It’s a very good book, quite pretty, well made and full of interesting ideas. They give very good pointers on how to change the patterns and already give all the needed information for a number of those hacks. So… what was bugging me?
After some thought the one thing that kept creeping into my mind was that the models and the sizes were not that inclusive. They have a reasonably good amount of sizes, but they stop just before my size. So if I’d want to make anything from their patterns, I would have to considerably alter it so that it would fit me.
But I always have to alter patterns because I’m already shorter than the standard used in the industry. So, why was it bothering me so much?
The slight irritation was because I felt left out in their representation. Both models in the book are beautiful, but they are also both quite thin. And even though I’m quite aware of differences and that not everybody can be represented, nor that the authors have a problem with curvier models, I still felt left out.
Which brings up another question: I still feel like there are very few books on how to deal with curvier models, and I would love to see one being published with this public in mind.
It feels almost indecent to say all these things about this book, because it is such a good book! But it’s just not for me at this time, unfortunately.
On a happier note for me Smart Fitting Solutions is exactly what I was looking for at this moment in life. A book dealing with different sizes and shapes, posture and many other things. Fitting solutions is not something you find everywhere and even the old books that deal with it are not as easy to find. So, yes, this one made me happy.
And then came Mending Matters. What else can I say about it that hasn’t been said yet? Apparent mending is making an appearance in our lives, specially for people interested in helping saving the planet. It’s hopefully here to stay and to teach people that you can still make beautiful things while also mending them for continuous use. That what we wear does not need to be disposable after a few times. It is a way of life, one that is starting to weave it’s charms on me.
At this point in my life these two last books resonate more to me than the first one. Maybe because I’m older and what I consider important changed with time. It is interesting to see that the older you get, the more you think about your impact on the environment. So maybe that’s the difference and the why.
In any circumstance, they are all very good books for what they want to teach and create. They all deserve to be studied and used extensively.
Enjoy, people! It is a very good time for us makers at this moment and I’m enjoying immensely what different people are bringing to life.