Some of our favorite things that we can't live without!
This list of resources is full of supplies for any creative-type - artists, designers or even just as a creative outlet. Many of these resources are from online big box stores, but we also wanted to take the time to list a few local (Lansing, Michigan) shops where you can find some of these items as well. We are very passionate about #shoppingsmall and doing anything we can to support our fellow #localshops, so please, when you can, shop small and support local business!
If you're local to Lansing, Michigan, Seams is an awesome and inclusive shop that offers much more than just fabric!
Home | Seams Fabric | East Lansing, MI
If you live in Michigan, Haberman’s is truly a magnificent fabric experience! Full of unique finds and very helpful staff.
Michigan's Leading Independent Fabric Store | Haberman Fabrics
The cutest little art supply store located in Lansing’s Old Town’s Art District
Odd Nodd Art Supply
Local Bookstores in Lansing, Michigan:
There are also several libraries in the greater Lansing area, Capital Area District Library has several locations including: South Lansing, Downtown Lansing, Holt, Okemos, Haslett and Mason
This is a beautiful book that takes a deep dive into Fashion History
Fashion, New Edition: The Definitive Visual Guide (Smithsonian): DK, Smithsonian Institution: 9781465486400: Amazon.com: Books
If you are interested, just getting started or looking to jump back in this is the perfect book to do that. We reference it all the time!
The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book: Everything Fashion Designers Need to Know Every Day: Calderin, Jay, Volpintesta, Laura: 9781592538508: Amazon.com: Books
A book with a wealth of knowledge, every business owner should read and revisit from time to time
Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping--Updated and Revised for the Internet, the Global Consumer, and Beyond: Underhill, Paco: 8580001054940: Amazon.com: Books
This is a special one, the world would be even more beautiful if everyone had a copy of this
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear: Gilbert, Elizabeth: 9781594634727: Amazon.com: Books
This is another great reference book, whether you are just getting started, need a quick reference or jumping back in
Fashionpedia - The Visual Dictionary Of Fashion Design: Fashionary: 9789881354761: Amazon.com: Books
This book is one of our personal favorites for educating clients about textiles
Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide: Natural and Man-made Fibers: Hallett, Clive, Johnston, Amanda: 9781780673349: Amazon.com: Books
This is the perfect accompaniment to the Fabric for Fashion Text book
Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book, Second Edition (An invaluable resource containing 125 fabric swatches): Hallett, Clive, Johnston, Amanda: 8601410698034: Amazon.com: Books
This is a wonderful resource for sewists new and more experienced
The Sewing Book: Over 300 Step-by-Step Techniques: Smith, Alison: 9781465468536: Amazon.com: Books
This is a great book that covers the basics, and more advanced aspects of drawing and illustrating
9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion. Nancy Riegelman: Nancy Riegelman, Nancy Riegelman, Nancy Riegelman: 9780970246356: Amazon.com: Books
A great resource to have if you are creating flats
Flats: Technical Drawing for Fashion, second edition: A Complete Guide: Szkutnicka, Basia: 9781780678375: Amazon.com: Books
This book provides us with endless inspiration and knowledge
Amazon.com: Art History Vol 1 (6th Edition) (9780134479279): Stokstad, Marilyn, Cothren, Michael W.: Books
A continuation with more contemporary artists, filled with beautiful images and knowledge
Amazon.com: Art History Vol 2 (6th Edition) (9780134479262): Stokstad, Marilyn, Cothren, Michael W.: Books
A great book that includes pattern pieces, fun for summer projects!
One-Piece Wearables: 25 Chic Garments and Accessories to Sew from Single-Pattern Pieces (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls): aa: Amazon.com: Books
This is a wonderful resource for budding designers, filled with knowledge of the basics and building blocks of fashion design
Fashion by Design: Ellinwood, Janice G.: 9781563678486: Amazon.com: Books
Another great resource to refer back to throughout your design journey
The Fundamentals of Fashion Design: Sorger, Richard, Udale, Jenny: 9781474270007: Amazon.com: Books
A necessity for any budding designer!
The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman: Dior, Christian: 9780810994614: Amazon.com: Books
This book provides a preview of flats, flatlays and is a fun way to relieve stress through coloring
Amazon.com: #OOTD: Fashion Flat Lay Coloring Book (9781780678702): Hickman, Laura: Books
Another fun book to help channel your creativity!
Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching (Weekend Craft): Ross, Heather, Gruen, John: 9781584796756: Amazon.com: Books
The perfect book for those interested in garment construction
No Patterns Needed: DIY Couture from Simple Shapes: Martin, Rosie: 9781780678283: Amazon.com: Books
We recommend this book for designers looking to learn more about draping
Draping for Fashion Design (Fashion Series): Jaffe Professor Emeritus, Hilde, Relis Retired, Nurie: 9780132447270: Amazon.com: Books
A great book that breaks down the fundamentals of patterns
How Patterns Work: The Fundamental Principles of Pattern Making and Sewing in Fashion Design: Assembil Books: 9781481959094: Amazon.com: Books
A very technical book, with a great deal of knowledge for any designer
The Spec Manual 2nd edition: Wesen Bryant, Michele, DeMers, Diane: 9781563673733: Amazon.com: Books
This covers a facet of design that is not touched on as often as others, this book offers a great deal of information from an “insiders” perspective
The Vendor Compliance HandDavid Secul (2006-12-31): David Secul, Carlos Aponte: 9780974101149: Amazon.com: Books
Boss Ladies Referral Crew, or BLRC for short, is a unique networking company that is specifically for women looking to build business connections with women in their area. The founder, Kelly Hartman, is amazing and so down- to- earth. We bonded over talk of fashion and pop-culture around an artisanal charcuterie board! Her passion for her community and dedication to the women in the group is unparalleled. We are so lucky to be a part of an amazing group of women who not only inspire us, but also support us along the way!
Boss Ladies Referral Crew - Kelly Hartman
A truly amazing resource for thinking of becoming a fashion designer. The Tech Pack templates she created are a great tool to incorporate into a class.
An awesome website where you can shop for fabric but also create your own!
You can find so many different kinds of fabric, and you can order a swatch to make sure you love it before you buy it!
Fabric.com: Online Shopping for Home Decor, Apparel, Quilting & Designer Fabric
Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
One of our favorite artists on Etsy also sells the cutest notepads featuring her artwork!
The perfect cart to hold your “most used” office supplies
Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™ | Michaels
We recommend this sketchpad for anything from doodles and scribbles to
Necessities™ Sketching Pad by Artist’s Loft™, 9" x 12" | Michaels
Prismacolor is a great tool for any artist and designer
Amazon.com : Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils | Art Supplies for Drawing, Sketching, Adult Coloring | Soft Core Color Pencils, 72 Pack : Wood Colored Pencils : Office Products
Prismacolor is a great tool for any artist and designer
Amazon.com : Prismacolor 3721 Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 24-Count, Assorted Colors : Copic Prismacolor Art Markers : Office Products
Every Glam Office needs this- post its, everywhere
Amazon.com : Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3x3 in, Assorted Pastel Colors, 15 Pads, 2X The Sticking Power, Recyclable (654-15SSPS) : Office Products
Every Glam Office needs this - keep yourself organized in style!
Paper Junkie 126-piece Diamond Metallic Rose Gold Paper Clips, Push Pins, Binder Clips Set With Box : Target
We would be lost without our "Big Calendar"
2021-22 Academic Wall Calendar 15" X 12" Rugby Stripe Black - Day Designer : Target
We love this case for our sewing machine - stylish, practical and protective!
Amazon.com: HOMEST Sewing Machine Carrying Case, Universal Tote Bag with Shoulder Strap Compatible with Most Standard Singer, Brother, Janome, Grey (Patent Design): Arts, Crafts & Sewing
Great for storage of all your sewing/creative supplies!
Amazon.com - Waikhomes 3L Plastic Storage Containers Set of 6, Latching Storage Bin with Handle (Grey Handle) -
Every Glam Office needs this - create in style! Our favorite Computer mouse and mouse pad
Amazon.com: seenda Wireless Mouse, 2.4G Noiseless Mouse with USB Receiver - Portable Computer Mice for PC, Tablet, Laptop with Windows System - Mint Green: Computers & Accessories
Sort of like the "Big Calendar" these planners are our life line!
2021 - 2022 Beauty In Florals Classic Vertical Happy Planner - 18 Months – The Happy Planner
These are our favorite Blue Light glasses - so many styles to pick from!
ALL NIGHTER Cat Eye Blue Light Glasses – Quay Australia
We really love this sewing machine, but this is a very personal decision, so please do your research. You can use this link to find a Janome dealer near you:
Janome America: World's Easiest Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery Machines & Sergers
Fave Travel Cups
Ello Devon 18oz Glass Tumbler With Lid : Target
For the days when you need “fancy coffee”
Amazon.com: Zulay Milk Boss (Batteries Included) Milk Frother Electric Foam Maker - Whisk Milk Frother Handheld Drink Mixer - Battery Operated Coffee Frother For Lattes, Cappuccino, Frappe, Matcha - Rose Pink: Kitchen & Dining
To paraphrase Lorelai Gilmore, "First we drink the coffee, then we do the things."
Ninja® Coffee Brewer | Coffee Maker | Coffee Machine (ninjakitchen.com)
The #goldstandard, there is always a bag of this in our house
Peet's Major Dickason Dark Roast Ground Coffee - 18oz : Target