My top 3 sewing reference books
In my last post it was my top 3 crochet books
It naturally follows that his post just has to be my about sewing books.
Just to make it clear, these are my favourite reference sewing books.
I am sure you have all been there… in the middle of the sewing process with a nagging doubt is there another way? am I doing this correctly? could it be easier?
You look it up online, youtube? google images? a blog howto?
Or how about this?
Simply take a break with a coffee (and a bag of maltesers) and peruse a good old fashioned book !!
Without further ado, I give you my top 3 sewing reference books.
The Vogue Sewing Book
Its an oldie, thats for sure. I have had this book since I was 17. I had just started my ‘A’ level textiles and it was a requirement for the course. I remember it being quite expensive at the time.
I found this in the book today!
I remember agreeing to pay half and my Mum paid the rest. I paid my half when I ordered it from W H Smith. Hmmmm that means it cost seventeen pounds, that was very expensive way back then. It was the late seventies
My sewing teacher Mrs Yeo (I will always remember her) said it would become our sewing bible and it did, and it is and always will be…..
There are a few colour pages, look at this page of some 70’s examples of ribbons and braid…
This is really a more modern, more portable, mini version of the Vogue sewing book.
Very handy….and again I use it often for a quick reference guide,
The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible by Lorna Knight
I like the spiral binding, it bends without breaking….
A recent addition to my bookshelf that has become indispensable…
The collette guide to sewing knits by Alison Clair.
I highly recommend this one to new and old sewers alike!
A Special Mention goes to:
Simple Sewing with Lola Nova: by Alexandra Smith,
I love Lola Nova, I love her blog and her book is one to put on your Christmas list this year!
Beautiful photography is so important to me, and this book has it by the bucket loads.
The projects are inspiring and ‘grown- up’ whilst keeping it all very simple in the best sense of the word…..
Speaking of lists and I will whisper it… christmas Lists (shhhhh) do you have any good books on yours this year?