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My Favorite Sewing Books

I have a confession to make. I’m an avid reader. Actually, I’m addicted to reading is a more accurate description of my infatuation with the written word. I listen to audiobooks while I drive, always have a book on my bedside table, go to the library on my lunch break, have a kindle and subscribe to Audible. My bases are pretty well covered.

Anyway, enough about my addiction, lets talk sewing books (which I’m also addicted to). I love to learn and theres just something about opening up a book and following step by step how to do something you’ve never tried before that makes a girl feel accomplished! The following are my three favorites (in no particular order) but I wouldn’t have bought a book if I didn’t love it or find it helpful so further down you’ll find a list of the other books on my shelf too.

photo (2)The first sewing book I ever bought was The Colette Sewing Handbook. I’ve made the Meringue skirt 4 times, that fact alone should show you how much I love this book. I’m not in total love with any of the other patterns in the book but the tutorials and facts are outstanding. I’ve followed the directions in this baby for everything from bias tape making to fabric selection.


photo (4)For me, Tilly’s book was Love At First Stitch (see what I did there, hehe). I started following her blog after seeing her on The Great British Sewing Bee and pre-ordered the book as soon as I could! I immediately set to work making a Delphie skirt and matching Brigette headband. The invisible zip instructions in this book were the easiest to follow I have found. At this point my insertion of them is still only about 75% invisible but I’m getting there!

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A very recent addition to my book shelf is The Sewtionary. I really like Sewaholic patterns but haven’t bought one to make yet and thought the book might have a few patterns in it to try before I pulled the trigger on the ones I have my eye on. Alas, it didn’t, but it has been such a help with all kinds of random little aspects of sewing projects that I have to say its one of my favorites! I used the method for pin tucks and they came out perfect! Even the stuff I know how to do is fun to read about and see done in a step-by-step way.

The other books on my sewing shelf are:

The Colette Guide To Sewing Knits

Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing

Vogue Sewing, Revised and Updated

Famous Frocks

Sew Over It 

Great British Sewing Bee

Fabulous Frocks, While not technically a sewing book, if I ever find myself needing inspiratDS1400ion I just open this baby up!

I also have a few issues of Threads that I reread from time to time and an unauthorized Downton Abbey sewing magazine. If I had a fancy party to go to, I would be all over the bias cut evening dress! its very Keira Knightly in Atonement.

What are some of your favorite sewing books and magazines?



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