The 5 sewing books you need to read this year

The 5 sewing books you need to read this year | Randomly Happy

Hiya guys. Long time no see, right? I’ve been properly relaxing over the holidays and spending some time on some very exciting projects which I’m looking forward to sharing with you very soon.

I thought I’d kick off the new year with my top 5 hit list of sewing books. I reckon that many people have been gifted sewing machines. Or if your in the UK you’re trapped inside by the driving rain and looking for something to do.

Anyway, it’s a perfect time of the year to learn or improve on new skills. These are just a few of my favourites (I couldn’t literally fill a whole library with sewing books given the chance/money)

1. Me and My Sewing Machine

A beginner book, but actually full of really good tips for more experienced sewers too. There’s a few projects in here, but really it’s all about simple techniques done correctly. A great book to have as a reference I reckon.

2. The Colette Sewing Handbook

On my wish list, this book takes you through the dress making basics and talks you gently through the process of fitting clothing. Comes with a few patterns too. Lovely photos and good for beginners, but the patterns appeal to experienced sewers too.

3. Sew Over It

Such a sweet book. Lisa Comfort (from the sewing shop Sew Over It) takes you through basic techniques but this book is all about the projects. There’s a tulle skirt project in here that is incredible. I may be a little biased since I’ve been teaching at Sew Over It’s pop up shop, but this definitely a great book with some inspiring projects.

4. Vogue Sewing

I’ve had my mama’s vintage Vogue Sewing book since I started sewing and it’s such a great resource. Definitely more for experienced sewers, but it literally takes you through every term, technique and stitch that you would ever need to know. A great reference book.

5. Design-It-Yourself Clothes

Another one on my wish list. This has been highly recommended to me by some blogging sewing buddies. This takes you through how to draft your own patterns for different tops, bottoms and dresses. Great scope for personalisation. Probably one for more experienced sewers.

Have you got any favourite sewing books? If so share the love and see you in the comments section.

  1. Reply
    chrichri

    I have the Colette sewing handbook and the Design it yourself book and they are both lovely 🙂 I also like Gertie's book for certain techniques and some great vintage looking patterns. I like the "Sew everything workshop" book too and think it's a good allrounder for beginners. I have several Japanese sewing books and find that they contain really neat techniques and different ways of doing things from regular/western techniques. When I first started sewing I really enjoyed (and still do) the projects in "bend the rules sewing". In terms of non garment sewing books I quite like the books "home sewn", "simple sewing with a French twist" and "home-made vintage". The Alabama Chanin books are lovely too for jersey garments, handsewing tips and gorgeous embellishment techniques. I have plenty more book recommendations but I think I'll stop there, I seem to have an embarrassingly big collection of books…but I put them to good use and they're a great source of inspiration;-)

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    Karen

    Sewing is on my resolution list this year again, I always love the creations you have on your blog, your tutorials look so easy to follow, I just wish I could find some time to start one, I will though this year, even if it kills me! I have a little book called "I made it myself!" Full of easy sewing ideas, they have a tutorial to make a little girls skirt to am going to attempt this for my daughter this summer!

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    Beth

    I have #5 – Design It Yourself Clothes. I love it. I don't have any of the others though. I'll have to check them out! Great list!

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