Somewhat belatedly, Amazon have delivered my copy of "Sewing for Dummies."
My imediate reaction was "what the hell is a Notions counter?" Images of some kind of inspirational tick box were swiftly dismissed as the next sentence mentioned "sergers" and light dawned. The book is written in American.
I can adjust to that. I spent a lot of my childhood in the US. I'm versatile. I understand that "pants" in American is "trousers" in the UK. I no longer suffer boxer-shorts imagery when I read about the construction of pants and the selection of fabric needed for such.
I'm also retrospectively very glad indeed I didn't read this book before embarking on Antigone costume hell. If I'd read through chapters 1-6 as recommended, I would never have impulse-bought a sewing machine at all, still less constructed 17 more or less useable sets of random pajamas.
Not that the book is bad. Far from it. It is very good. Relentlessly cheery and full of useful information, it has inspired me to make a duvet cover and matching pillow cases. It will give me the toolkit I need to make normal things. It will educate me in the proper use of a sewing machine and offers handy tips on fabric choice, needles, corner turning and other basic mechanics.
What it won't do is tell me how to make costumes. For that, I am turning to this:
Janet Arnold looks like a kind of goddess to me. Her books combine beautiful illustrations with simple patterns and from these I will work to make wonders out of old curtains. I will start simple and work up. In theory at least. The temptation to make a set of boot overlaps is nearly overwhelming.
The Notions counter? It means Haberdashery.