I’m so happy you all enjoyed last weeks post on learning to sew! As promised I’ve done some work putting together a list of recommended reading.
I decided to ask my lovely friend Casey to add her recommendations as well, since she is so talented and knowledgeable. I don’t think there is a sewer out there I respect more than her – so I’m incredibly thrilled that we were able to collaborate on this list! Though since our lists got so large, I’ve decided to break up the recommended reading into two posts – beginner sewing (today), and more advanced sewing & pattern drafting (next week).
Get it here:: Vogue Sewing, Revised and Updated
Get it here:: Singer New Sewing Essentials
Get it here:: Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide
Get it here:: Sew U. (Also, Built by Wendy Dresses & Sew U Home Stretch)
Get it here:: Sewing 101: A Beginners Guide To Sewing
If like me and Casey, you have a love of vintage books, you can really win in the sewing department. I seem to find a tonne in thrift stores, and second hand stores and they’re always very cheap. In my opinion, the detail is often better. It seems that more modern books focus on projects than actual techniques. If you want to buy a vintage book I recommend sticking with well known names. Look for books written by sewing machine brands or pattern companies. Think, Singer, McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue. I personally own 1960’s versions of the McCalls complete guide to sewing, and the Vogue sewing book, and they are two of my favourite books.
I know it can be a little daunting to look at a big list of books when you’re on a budget. But there’s no need to stress out – think about hunting down some second hand books.
The very first technique books I bought were second hand. I actually think this is a good method of buying a beginner book, as often when you start a hobby you don’t know what your level of committment is, so shelling out full price may seem risky. My two favourite books cost me less than a dollar each. Can’t scoff at that! There are lots of places you can look – second hand bookstores of course, I’d also suggest libraries, as most sell off their excess books once in a while, and and don’t forget to keep your eyes open at garage sales, or tell your family you’re interested in sewing. Etsy can be a good source for vintage books if you’re super keen and know what you’re looking for, but watch out, as they can be over priced.
I really hope you’ve been enjoying my Becoming a Designer series!! Please don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts so far here – and let me know if you have any burning questions!
Also, thank you so much to Casey for helping me write this article – please make sure you visit her over at her amazing blog Elegant Musings! XOXO