I had an Amazon gift card at xmas time and pre-ordered the Shape Shape book along with the Collette Sewing Handbook. They arrived yesterday.
I was looking forward to the arrival of both. I'd looked through Lara's Collette book and had instantly realised that it's a must-have for my sewing reference library. The Shape Shape book was one I looked forward to as a surprise package, because ... well, it's a Japanese clothing book that promises "garments that can be worn in multiple ways". My kind of thing, really...
I must say, it's not quite as inspiring as I'd hoped. I was anticipating the clever-clever design ideas of Pattern Magic and Drape Drape callibre.
The Colette book is quite a different kettle of fish. It's purpose for me is purely to add to my bustin-out-all-over reference library.
Even though I know most of this stuff, I like to have resources for teaching and references for when I need to check what I know against general-knowledge sewing techniques (or when I've simply forgotten how to do something). And there's always the possibility of learning something new.
I've noticed that I'm not the only one who sits at the bottom of my stairs and pulls out books, researching as if in a library or browsing as if in a shop. Friends who drop in, class participants and family members all enjoy my bookshelf.
I just don't think my bookshelf enjoys my book addiction that much. I think we're headed for another EXPLOSION!
PS. The yarn-book library is at home.... heading in a similar direction.