12 of the best sewing books

Books are a great resource for sewers as they learn their craft. We look back at 12 of the best sewing books released in 2019

1. Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More
By Katrina Rodabaugh

Do you hate the idea of throwing clothes away such as your favourite jeans then you’ll want to get your hands on this book. Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels. It includes around 20 hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending that are edgy, modern, bold, and draw on traditional stitching techniques. The book also talks about the way mending has a mindful relationship with fashion. Katrina explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating your own naturally flawed selves, and examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance and confidence, which is l gained from making things with our own hands!

“This is a great slow-fashion guide for a well-loved wardrobe with great ideas to stitch, patch and repair your favourite denim!”

Where to buy
Published by Abrams Books and available to order for £18.99 from www.abramsandchronicle.co.uk

2. Breaking the Pattern
By Saara and Laura Huhta
We all admire Scandinavian fashion for its stylish, clean-lined cuts and pleasing aesthetic. Breaking the Pattern is the first authentic dressmaking book that showcases the beauty of this style. The book takes the hard work out of sewing a coherent capsule wardrobe, and has a collection of 20 garments that are easy-to-make, wear and combine. With six full-size pattern sheets in a range of sizes from 8-22 UK (34 to 50 EUR), there is a whole heap of practical advice on measuring yourself and finding the perfect fit.
The Finnish sewing duo behind the dressmaking fashion label Named, Saara and Laura offer up a gorgeous selection of tops, dresses, skirts, and trousers for the modern seamstress, and the chance to build your sewing skills with plenty of options suggested for each garment.

“There is lots of room for you to add your own personal touches to these garments, as well as give your sewing confidence a much-needed boost.”

Where to buy
Published by Quadrille Publishing and available for £26 from Hardie Grant www.hardiegrant.com/uk/publishing

3. Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom
By Yoshiko Tsukirori

Sew your own chic and one-of-a-kind dresses with this cool sewing book. Japanese style has long been admired for its grace and artistry. This book features 26 pull-out sewing patterns for comfortable and relaxed fit garments including dresses and tops. With easy to follow instructions and stunning photography you’re going to want to make them all!

 “The simple lines make the garments in this book easy to wear by women of all sizes and ages. The book includes a complete western-sized sewing pattern for each design that’s easily adjusted to fit your body.”

Where to buy
Published by Tuttle Publishing. To buy – click here

4. Sewing: Techniques for Beginners
By Francesca Sterlacci

Francesca Sterlacci is the founder and CEO of The University of Fashion, which is the first and largest online fashion design video library in the world. Knowing how to sew will make you a better designer and learn what is possible as well be inspired by the creative possibilities of sewing techniques.
Start learning the basics from how to choose tools, threads, pressing techniques and use interfacings and linings. Techniques include seam and hem finishes, sewing buttons and buttonholes, working with knit fabrics and finishing details including bindings and spaghetti straps, tailored pockets and zips. Each lesson is illustrated with step-by-step photographs.

Where to buy
Published by Laurence King Publishing. To purchase this book – click here

5. Debbie Shore’s Sewing Room Secrets:
Machine Sewing: Top tips and techniques for successful sewing
By Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore is one of UK’s the most popular sewing designers and has produced a whole library full of sewing books. In this one she shares her expert tips, techniques and trade secrets for successful sewing. This is the first book in a new Sewing Room Secrets series, and is jam-packed with sewing know-how, and features 10 gorgeous projects to help you practise what you have learned. Whether you are just starting your sewing journey or are an experienced sewer looking to improve, this book will build your sewing confidence.

Where to buy
Published by Search Press in January 2019, this can be purchased for £7.18 – click here

6. The Little Book of Sewing
By Karen Ball

This easy-to-read little book of sewing will be your go-to for sewing happiness and serenity. Full of essays, anecdotes, quotes, how to guides and practical that you wont want to put it down. The Little Book of Sewing is packed with useful sewing tips, and funny lifestyle moments that are sure to help you sew yourself happy!

“This book shows you how to sew yourself calm, thread a needle, sew a gift, turn your passion into fashion and much more!”

Where to buy
Published by Head of Zeus, this book came out April 2019 and is available for £7.20 – click here

7. Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses: A Modern Guide to Stitch-and-Wear Vintage Patterns
By Gertie Hirsch

The Jiffy dress is a trend born and popular in the ’50s and ’60s. These dresses originally released by Simplicity Patterns, had minimal pattern pieces and simple constructions yet were chic enough for fashion-conscious customers. This style is as popular as ever with woman who are looking for ways to include sewing into their every day fast paced lifestyle of work, school and family time. Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses is Gretchen Hirsch’s modern reinvention of this simple concept, focusing on easily mastered sewing skills, minimal pattern pieces, and fabulous designs.

And the best part is that the book comes with five beautiful patterns ready to glam up your every-day wardrobe in no time.

Where to buy
Published by Abrams. To buy a lovely hard cover version – click here

8. The Nani Iro Sewing Studio: Timeless Patterns to Sew, Wear & LoveBy Naomi Ito
After much anticipation, the collection of Nani Iro sewing patterns is now available in English! The simplistic yet creatively designed patterns are great for sewing yourself a wardrobe full of beautiful yet practical and comfortable clothes. There are 18 patterns in this book (yes that many!).

You’ll find instructions inside for creating these pieces that you’ll look forward to wearing again and again, including The Basic Blouse, The Cocoon Dress, and The Everyday Jumpsuit.”

Where to buy
Published by World Book Media. To purchase – click here

9. Bags
By Anna Alicia

This informative book will help you develop your bag making skills, and includes simple everyday bags to stylish colour-blocking designs. There are 18 projects to sew, as well as ways to improve skills as you go. Learn how to work with zips, poppers, pockets to make your bag a head turning accessory!

Where to buy
Published by Hardie Grant Books, £14.99 and available from www.searchpress.com

10. Master the Coverstitch Machine:
The complete coverstitch sewing guide
By Johanna Lundstrom

You’ll be amazed the results you can achieve with a coverstitch machine with just a little expert knowledge, you’ll be sewing professional-looking garments in no time at all! With easy to follow step-by-step instructions, illustrations detailed tutorials on everything from sewing binding and neckband to jeans making and underwear – you’ll be sure to take your skills to the next level.

“If you’re looking at your coverstitch machine without a clue on how to use it, then this book covers the everything from machine care to sewing the perfect stitch.”

Where to buy
Published by Last Stitch – this book can be purchased from www.thelaststitch.com

11. Spoonflower Quick-sew Project Book
34 DIYs to make the most of your fabric stash
By Stephen Fraser

Stitch up a storm with more than 30 new stash-friendly projects from the quilt and fabric lovers’ favourite creative force, Spoonflower. The book presents dozens of projects designed to be completed in just a few hours, and is accompanied by templates and pattern pieces that you can make with just a yard or two!

“Spoonflower is a booming online platform to create your own fabric and printed goods, and is a fabric resource for hundreds of thousands of users worldwide.”

Where to buy
Published by Abrams and Chronicle, www.abramsandchronicle.co.uk

12. A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing
By Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

Sarah Gunn is a member of the Mood Fabrics sewing team and a popular blogger, and Julie Starr is a favourite contributor to the website, Sewing Pattern Review. Together, they share the secrets to sewing a stylish wardrobe with staying power! This guide walks you through 30 timeless garments to create, including a must-have button-up shirt, a flattering A-line dress, and a modern classic pencil skirt (patterns included). They trace the garments’ origins, offering styling and sewing tips, and sharing a modelled photo gallery.

“The authors have created an engaging and informative guide to sewing and the book comes to life with the charming fashion illustrations from Beth Brigg”

Where to buy
Published by C&T Publishing and available from Search Press. To buy – click here

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