Summer is a perfect time for crafting. For me, finding a great craft book will always be a wonderful source of DIY ideas. One of my sources of inspiration are the "little sewing epiphanies" via Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns and the Colette Sewing Handbook.
Mitnick's Colette Sewing Handbook is an amazing guide for sewers of almost any skill level to create your own unique wardrobe:
"Five simple fundamentals can help you perfect any sewing project: a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish. With these five core ideas,The Colette Sewing Handbook shows you how to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams."
You can get the latest Facebook updates from Sarai Mitnick at her page Colette Patterns. Some of her recent Facebook posts include tips on clipping curves, vintage sewing, painting your upholstery, and how she organizes her fabric stash using swatch tags. She even includes a free template you can download.
I'm a fan of the classic lines of Colette patterns. My favorite patterns by Sarai are the double-breasted Anise jacket and the simple slim Clover pants—so amazing because they both go with practically anything. (See images above.) Sarai even ranks the sewing level needed for her patterns. The jacket is best for intermediate level sewers and the pants are beginner and above skill level.
Even though Sarai's sewing handbook says on the cover it is for the new seamstress, I think the detailed information she gives about how to finish a garment places it on the must-have list for sewers of ANY skill level.