While down in Portland, we spent a nice chunk of time browsing Powell's City of Books. That is the biggest (and coolest) book store I have ever been in. I like the fact that they had both used and new books for sale. I hate the cost of books at regular price since I tend to go through them quickly. A book read once is pretty much the same as a new book, except half the price.
I usually tend to browse the cooking, science fiction/fantasy, and sewing/fashion sections. This book caught my eye on the endcap: Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl's Best Frock by Wendy Mullin (found here at Amazon).
Looking through the book, it has really piqued my interest. I have been looking for a hobby to start up, and sewing seems like the logical choice since I have a machine handy. The book comes with 3 basic patterns that you can adjust to create 25+ different designs. While reviews state that this is not a book for beginners, I am looking foward to a challenge. I did a fair amount of sewing when I was younger (dresses, coat, blankets, skirts), so it will be nice to get the creativity flowing again. I ended up ordering the book online so when it comes, I can't wait to find some fabric to start.
Now all my crafty readers here in the United States, where do you find has the best prices and choices for fabric? West Coast recommendations are fantastic! Or do you order online?