This page is a list of books that I used as reference material for sewing. It is a mixer of sewing and fashion books.
New Complete Guide to Sewing (Reader’s Digest)
This is my very first sewing book ever. I think this is a great book to own in your sewing collection. There have been many occasions when I would get stuck doing something and had to refer to this book to help me move along with my sewing project. Excellent book!!
A Guide to Fashion Sewing
I originally purchase this book for a beginner’s sewing class. I find this book very helpful and easy to understand. There is a 5th Edition that comes with a Dvd, so that is exciting. This book takes you through what to do from start to finish. Note: These books are not cheap books, the 5th edition is over $90, so try to shop around on ebay or amazon sellers for a cheaper price. Also make sure you pay attention to which edition you are getting when you purchase the book.
Pattern Making for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph-Armstrong
I purchase this book back when I took a Patternmaking class at Moore College. I receive worksheets in my current classes from this book, how funny. I like the body of the book, that it is binder style. You can take out the pages that you need instead of carrying this book around. You can probably lift weights with this book. Other then using this book to learn how to do patternmaking, I also use the book for design idea.
Fit for Real People by Patti Palmer and Marta Alto
This book is probably one of my favorite from all the sewing books that I own. This book teaches me how to make clothes that will fit my body perfectly. How great is that? When I used to make clothes the skirt would be too big or the top would be too small. I could easily fix the skirts I made, but the tops would not work over the girls. Doing tissue fitting saves you from ruining really nice fabric and you don’t even need to make a muslim, so it saves time. I highly recommend this book. The downside is that you need someone to help you with the fitting part when making things for yourself. But isn’t that always the case?
BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit
Fairly decent sewing book.There are no patterns that I am inspired to make in this book, sadly. Most likely, I will try my hand at altering the pattern to something that fits up my alley.
My favorite part of the book, was seeing the bios of blogger I follow. I get that, “Hey, I know her!” moment. Even though I have never meet them in real life.
The Colette Sewing Handbook by Sarai Mitnick
I gotta say that this is the only sewing book that I have read pretty much cover to cover. I really adore this book. I already have a least to projects that I HAVE to make. This book was really well designed. Nice clear instructions and photographs.
Pants for Real People By Pati Palmer & Martha Alto
I have not read this book yet, so I can not give an opinion as of yet.
Other Books in my Collection
Pattern Magic:Vol 2
I have the English edition and it looks like it will require a lot of brain power to figure out the instructions to make some of this garments. Or maybe I should start off with Vol 1. I really DO look forward to trying some of the patterns out.
Contemporary Fashion Illustration by Naoki Watanabe
I have not started reading this book but I like what I see so far.
The Complete Serger Handbook by Chris James
High-Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World’s Best Designers by Claire
Nancy’s Favorite 101 Notions by Nancy Zieman
Making Vintage Accessories: 25 original sewing projects inspired by the 1920s-60s by Emma Brennan