5 Helpful & Inspiring Sewing Books

If you’re crazy about buying sewing patterns then you’ll love learning with these inspiring and helpful sewing books. Here are some of the most adorable books which have really shaped me on my sewing journey.


1. Vogue Sewing

Vogue Sewing is the perfect book for beginner sewers and also an incredible guide for the more advanced. It guides you through the basics of pattern tracing, adjustments, cutting fabric, sewing techniques, machine advice, shaping, finishing and much more. Even after years of sewing I always find this book useful and am continually learning something new.


2. The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook

I love the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook because it starts with advice on sewing tips and techniques and then guides you on how to cut out their patterns. This is perfect because it also comes with five basic patterns including a top, a skirt, a dress, a coat and a bag with instructions on how to create them in a few different variations. Such an inspiring way to indicate just how creative you can be when you start playing with fabrics, notions and altering the patterns slightly to give it a different look and style each time.


3. The Colette Sewing Handbook

The Colette Sewing Handbook is another beautiful book guiding you through some of the fundamentals of sewing, plus useful cutting, fabric and sewing techniques. It also includes five patterns including the Meringue skirt, Pastille dress, Truffle dress, Taffy blouse Licorice dress, all with step-by-step instructions and information on how to alter them to make the perfect fit!


4. Couture Sewing Techniques

Couture Sewing Techniques takes a deep dive into the art of sewing and how to master a number of techniques to make your garments look couture and professionally finished. I’d definitely recommend this book for those wanting to advance your skills with some simple and effective methods from stitching, facings, closures, sleeves, fitting, pockets and much more.


5. The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible

The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible truly is a bible for everything dressmaking and sewing. This would be the perfect book for beginner sewers and something you can revert back to at any time throughout your sewing journey. It has definitions of a huge range of sewing techniques including picture diagrams on the best method of mastering these techniques. Plus, it’s also a great size to take with you to sewing lessons or to fit in your bag or next to your machine.


Books I want to buy

I’ve absolutely loved collecting these beautiful sewing books that you can refer back to at any time throughout your journey. Plus, here are a few books that I’ve been spying on and would love to buy next.

If you’re unsure if any of these sewing books are for right fit for you, then why not check out your local library first. Otherwise, I always find Book Depository quite amazing on price and delivery.

  1. Love at First Stitch – Tilly Walnes
  2. The Beginners Guide to Dressmaking – Wendy Ward
  3. Gertie”s New Book for Better Sewing – Gretchen Hirsch

What’s your favourite sewing books? I’d love to know!

Erin xx