The first was Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer. I have been eyeing this book for awhile. Since I first started thinking about making my Chanel jacket to be exact. I only briefly flipped through it, but from what I saw I will not be disappointed. It has some great tips and advice for getting those designer looks in all types of garments. This is a must have for sewers.
The second book I got was One Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yakers and Patricia Hoskins. I picked this one on a whim, thinking it may help me reduce my stash. I read the description and reviews and thought I would give it a shot. I must say I got more than I expected with this book. There are patterns for a lot of the projects in the book. The ones that don't have patterns have instructions for cutting the required pieces, which are basic squares and rectangles. There were so many different projects that I immediately wanted to make with my stash. I will be getting a lot of use out of this book. If you have lots of random yards in your stash this is the book for you. It has everything from home decor sewing to clothing for kids and adults to pet sewing. GET THIS BOOK!!!***Both pictures came from the Amazon.com website.