For Christmas I was lucky to get a gift certificate to a book store. This was perfect since I had my eye on a new sewing book: The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress.
This book, by Colette Patterns, is designed to progressively provide an overall introduction to garment sewing. It starts with a cute scalloped skirt and culminates in a vintage-inspired dress.
The Colette Sewing Handbook looks great because it seems to provide a good introduction to basic techniques for altering sewing patterns. I am trying not to develop too many bad habits right from the start, so learning more about sewing and fitting techniques is the way to go. Once I have a few more simple projects under my belt, I will start off with the first clothing project in the book, the meringue skirt.
I noticed that Colette Patterns has a great blog at coletterie.com. The blog has a lot of tutorials that look very promising, including guides to sewing some of their patterns. The blog also has guides for customizing the Colette patterns (such as adding a waistband to the Meringue Skirt). I am going to check the Colette Blog for tips before beginning their sewing projects.