The Perfect Nose is a wonderful, information rich blog. Dive in for tell it like it is book reviews, nuggets of the computer savvy I so sadly lack, Friday freebies wherein the means of accessing a vintage book gem you’d otherwise have to spend hours searching for miraculously appears as a handy link button with those mind numbing copyright issues worked out for you, some very chic and original garments superbly photographed, an organised swapsee for your sewing cast offs, links to occupy some of your time pretending you’re expanding your mind, and some fun graphics. As if that wasn’t enough, there are draws for giveaways .
I put my name down for Cut Up Couture, Koko Yamase, and to my huge surprise*, won the draw. It arrived at the speed of light, Thank You Tj;
This looks pretty good, both as a top and as a skirt. This is interesting too, you turn through the bottom of a large tee to get the fluted collar. With a bit of midriff cover, (second tee underneath?) I can see this working. I like the tabs.
There are three big pluses with this book, the projects come with very clear diagrams, easy to find, there are lots of wearable-looking garments to pick from, and the ideas are quick to make, with minimal unpicking and few extra resources. It looks like instant gratification, no tears creation, just right for trying out on my next stay in London.
The second visit of lady luck I engineered – taking advantage of the pre Christmas Vogue 75% off sale, and maxing out the lowest posting band, I won these patterns for, by European standards, a rather small outlay . My Christmas present to me.
Vogue 1283,Vogue 1317,Vogue 1239,Vogue 8825,Vogue 1257,Vogue 8848,Vogue 1328
(*I never win anything, honestly, never! So this came as a shock, a reversal of the natural order of things.)