Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sewing books

Hello everyone!

Today is a dreary, rainy day in Georgia.  I know we need the rain, but why does it have to make me feel so down in the dumps?  It is cloudy, foggy, and wet.  A good day to stay in.

But I didn't stay in.  I ventured out with my 3 year old because, as dreary as it seems, I like when it rains.  Mostly because I can get out and get my shopping done with minimal crowds.  On early rainy mornings, I often find that hardly anyone else gets out.  So, if you are looking for optimal shopping days, there you have it!

On the other hand, shopping with a 3 year old is another story entirely...

In the midst of running errands, I stopped at the library to get a look at the sewing section.  It has been quite a while since I checked anything out, and I saw that they added some great titles (I'll have to check out their online selection as well).

Here are some books I ended up with:

Teach Yourself Visually Fashion Sewing by Carole Ann Camp

This is a book I have checked out before.  I like it, mostly as a good reference.  It's nice to have on hand to refer to, but I never use it nearly enough because I don't sew as often.  I am hoping to change that.  I also enjoy the multitude of photos.  I am a visual learner, so the more photos, the better!

Threads Fitting for Every Figure by editors of Threads

I grabbed this one because I usually sew any garments for myself with minimal adjustments.  Not because I want to, but because I am not as skilled in figuring out how to achieve a better, more pleasing fit to my body.  I thought the pointers in here would really help.

Another choice for fitting is this one:

The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen

This book came highly recommended from online reviews, so I thought "why not?"  It too, has lots of great photos.

And just in case I had any questions...

Dressmaking 200 Q&A by Mary McCarthy
This next book seems a bit more on the basic side.  Though, I don't turn my nose up on the basics because I always feel as though I am learning, and I may learn something that will help to improve or simplify my own technique.

The New Sewing Essentials Updated and Revised Edition
And last, but not least:

Garment Construction A Complete Course on Making Clothing for Fit and Fashion  
I have also browsed through this before, but never read it to see if it contained anything beneficial.  The title drew me in with it's emphasis on fit and fashion.  

Anyhow, I'll have to see how useful each of these books are over the next month or so.  If you have read or used any of the ones I selected, please let me know which one and your opinion of it.  If I find any of these books to be beneficial, I will do a book review next month.  

Thanks for reading!

Stay sew-filled!


  1. WOW, that's a boatload of sewing books!

    I just bought the Perfect Fitting book to help with the trousers, but the online class (Altering Pants with Angela Wolf on PR) is helping me more right now. I'm still too inexperienced at fitting pants to totally understand what I'm reading. It's overwhelming to me right now.

  2. Those look like some great books! I've never seen them before.


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