If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time you’ll be well aware of my love for all things Merchant and Mills.
My favourite fabric scissors are courtesy of Merchant and Mills – and I’d love them even without the gorgeous red handles.
Seeing Merchant and Mills patterns at the Knitting and Stitch show in London a couple of years ago encouraged me to start sewing again after of gap of many years. These are the kind of clothes that I know I’ll love enough to wear out eventually. The kind of clothes that I can never find in the shops.
So when the Merchant and Mills Workbook was published it was a fair bet that I was going to like it a lot.
For me this book is more than just a collection of (very lovely) patterns. The photos, models and background pictures come together to make something which could almost be described as coffee table book gorgeous – but it’s still wonderfully practical.
There are designs which have had me pulling things out of the fabric stash as finally I can see designs that I want to make with my ‘good’ fabrics. There’s a bit of pinstriped Armani linen which I bought a couple of years ago from Ditto, and which I’ve never used because it’s irreplaceable. It’s going to become a skirt.
So if this goes to plan I should have a wardrobe of gorgeous things and a little less fabric.
What’s your ‘perfect’ sewing pattern or book?