Contemporary Fashion Education – Sewing & Drafting Books, Private lessons


Listed on this page are outstanding, glamorous fashion products for professional and personal use that will make your sewing easier and more enjoyable, enabling you to achieve more professional results.

Also, check out our blog for fashions and technical information

Knitting Instructions

For the best ever sock knitting instructions consider buying Nathan Taylor's toe up sock formula.
No matter how difficult the foot to fit, these instructions really work!

For outstanding Icelandic classic knitting instructions, visit Modern Lopi. The instructions are written by Lars Rains who is very approachable and also an expert knitter.

Outstanding yarn shops in the Philadelphia area include:

HIdden River Yarns in Manayunk

The Knit With Yarn Shop in Chestnut Hill.

Legal Help

Thinking of starting a fashion business? It might be wise to consider visiting this website, which states:

At the Fashion Law Studio we know that handling the fashion law affairs of the brand is challenging. Limited time and resources make it difficult to access attorney services to guide you through the legal and regulatory maze.

Our mission is to provide legal education in a single platform that will help you launch, produce, distribute, and protect your fashion brand.


Blue Fig's wheeled trolleys, travel and notion bags, project and carry cases, art and media carriers, and crafters totes makes transporting your sewing machine and notions easy and elegant.

Recognized by the industry as an innovator for perfecting travel carriers that provide optimum comfort, while avoiding stress or injury, Blue Fig's designers are busy creating new and unique products for the creative every day.

My favorite is the Designer Series Wheeled Sewing Machine Carrier/Project Bag/Notions Bag Combo - Songbird, shown on the right. It can be bought as a combo, or the pieces can be purchased separately.

If you make a purchase, please enter the coupon code LAUREL (capitol letters don't matter), to receive a discount.

Fabric Stores

Byrne Sewing Connection LLCA
Place That Makes You Feel "Sew" Special. All sewing needs, classes.

422 East Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA18901, 215-230-9411  email:

Fabric Mart 

Offers designer fabrics including exotics and blends, crepe, brocade and batiks, as well as notions and accessories.

3911 Penn Avenue Sinking Spring, PA 19608 

Mon-Fri 9am–5pm Sat-Sun Closed , (610) 678-1330

Gaffney Fabrics, 5401 Germantown Ave. at the corner of Coulter Avenue., Phila. 19144 Phone: 215-849-8180 Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-6, Sunday 12-5 
From Philadelphia University take School House Lane to Germantown Ave. Turn right. Drive to the first light - Coulter Ave. The store is on the near left-hand corner.  Jobbed dress goods from the industry, notions; some drapery and slipcover fabrics.

Jack B. Fabrics
Dress, bridal, drapery, slip covers, upholstery, custom made drapes, bedding & pillows
748 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Tel: 215-925-2991, Fax: 215-925-2992

Maxie’s Daughter, Inc. e-mail
Selected fabrics of all types including customized special orders
724 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Tel: 215-829-2226, Fax: 215-829-0776

Fashion Design School

MADE Studios, Sewing Instructions, 305 Cherry St., First Floor Studio, Philadelphia, PA 19106,, 267 972 8350 
Rachel Ford, Founder.

Color Analysis

Color Blindness Test
The plates here are a small representative sample of the whole, but will help spot the most common forms of colorblindness.

Free, on-line color makeover.
Color swatch books can be purchased from this site.

This site does the best job possible considering the circumstances. A color analyst has done this site, enabling one to see how a color analyst goes about determining a person's best color palette. Their blog that shows a little about how an analyst would determine one's palette. This website uses 

deep/light (dark/light), warm/cool (golden/blue), clear/soft (bright/muted)

Color analysis on the net presents some problems:
  • These analyzes are done from photographs, put up on the web and readers are enlisted to help determine the palettes. More than one picture of each person is presented. Since the shades of color are different from one picture to the other of the same person, correct color analysis is almost impossible.
  • Under archives, Julijia is analyzed as possibly a summer. But there aren't enough palettes presented to determine her colors correctly. She is a winter who can wear some summer colors. Her hair is too dark for her to be a summer. In a private consultation an analyst would be determining with scarves from 4 palettes. For some reason a winter into summer is hard for many analysts to determine. Laurel was at a Color Me Beautiful seminar once. The analysts were asked her season. They were stumped. Of course they weren't doing the scarf thing - they were just asked off the top of their heads. When they were told she was a winter into summer they were stunned.