Collecting Sewing Books

Since I began this blog, I have found out that a fellow sewist has a blog in Northern England with the same title , but she specializes in historical costumes, so there should be no confusion.

I had intended to begin with a round up of all my variations on Citronille Rose, a versatile yoked tunic pattern  for 3-24 months sizes.  Since I haven’t photographed all of them yet, I will instead list some of the sewing books I have accumulated over the years.

Flipkart,  Infibeam  and other online bookstores have dramatically improved my chances of access to internationally published sewing books , including some Japanese titles . 10 years ago I could never have dreamt of owning  the books I own today. My sewing library now holds, among others, the following titles:

Metric Pattern Cutting  for children’s wear and baby wear by Winifred Aldrich – a really good book with useful sizing charts  and plenty of information on drafting al kinds of children’s clothing. It describes how to draft basic slopers and then modify them. I tend to use the drafting instructions to modify commercial patterns that I already have( New Look 6767, my current staple) , for example the petal sleeves on this dress, and the wrap style of this one.

ShirtMaking By David Coffin –  Also a very good book, but sometimes a bit rambling and conversational in style. I was already making a lot of shirts , so I bought this book for some help with collar and cuff sewing techniques. Unfortunately the  information is in a scattered manner, so I can’t just flip to  ‘cuffs’ or ‘collar’  when I need help. But there is a lot of information in there.

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada   – a Japanese book recently brought out in English as well.  Very good basic kids patterns with lots of variations, 100-130 cms heights. The good thing about Japanese patterns is that they match Asian sizing better than U.S. patterns like Simplicity . I made my three year old son the size 100cm pants from this book and they fit perfectly.

I also own a few others , some not so useful. ( I tend to read reviews by other bloggers before venturing on buying a book; but occasionally a review has misled . Buying ‘The Art of Manipulating Fabric’  by  Colette Wolff was , for my needs, at least, a waste of money.   I won’t be using all those techniques described in almost clinical detail.Maybe I’ll review the book in detail another time. )


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