I have a new sewing crush and it doesn't involved fabric or notions. I'm a bit of a stationary-lover so was very excited when I discovered A Sewist's Notebook.This book is Awesome with a capital A! Really, I had one of those, "why didn't I think of this?!" moments when I first saw it. A notebook designed to keep track of all of your garment sewing projects. I'm not one for a sketchbook full of designs...I try to keep it all organised but end up with random pieces of paper lying around my workspace with little notes and ideas written all over them. Not good organisation, especially when I am looking for something in particular and realise that it has been mistaken for rubbish and thrown away!
Beth from 110 Creations is the mastermind behind A Sewists Notebook. She has recently made gorgeous versions my Shearwater Kaftan and Coastal Breeze patterns after we did a patterns-for-book review swap. After seeing A Sewist's Notebook online I thought it looked pretty cool, but it is even better in real-life.
It has 110 pages for you to sketch and keep track of notes to do with clothing you have sewn for yourself - such a great idea...I don't know how many times I have sewn something for myself and been sure that I would remember the little tweaks or changes I have made only to sew it again a little while later and realise that I have completely have forgotten! I even forget what size I have sewn! I also love the idea of this book becoming a family heirloom (hoping that someone in my family enjoys sewing!) I think it would be such a treasure to find a notebook like this filled out by my grandmother or great-grandmother and see how she went about her sewing and what styles and fabrics were fashionable at the time.
To help you keep track of things, A Sewist's Notebook also has a Project List (contents) page so that you can easily find a certain project you are looking for. And in the back of the book you will find a place to list the patterns you own, fabric and patterns on your wishlist and when you last changed your needle!
If you are a sewer of clothing, then this notebook will help keep you organised...I like the idea of having something hardcopy to flip through too - nice to step back from the computer screen for awhile.
I plan on using my notebook to document everything that I sew for myself in 2014...can't wait until it gets nice and full, it will be such a handy record to have.
Beth has just recently released a Sewist's Notebook for Kids which looks pretty cool to document your kid-sewing projects too.