Sewing Book Collection

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Dress Design Draping and Flat Pattern Making (1948)  Marion S. Hillhouse and Evelyn A. Mansfield.

Practical Dress Design (1954) Mabel D. Erwin.

Fundamentals of Patternmaking for Women’s Apparel Books 1 & 2 (1955) Esther Kaplan Pivnick.


Hard Copy


Sewing Made Easy (1950) Mary Lynch.

Designing Dress Patterns 3rd Ed. (1951) Helen Nicol Tanous.


Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book (1961) Lucille Rivers.

Better Homes & Gardens Tailoring Suits and Coats (1966) Creative Sewing Library.

Coats & Clark's Sewing Book: Newest Methods from A to Z (1967) Coats & Clark Inc.


Simplicity Sewing Book (1969) Simplicity Pattern Co., Inc.

Good & Easy Sewing Book: For you and your family (1972) Joanne Schreiber and Carter Houck. The Betty Crocker Home Library.

Awesomeness-squared!

Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (1976) It's an all-around good reference book, more so than any other book in my collection.

Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (1979) This one covers everything; embroidery (Crewel), needlepoint (Bargello), applique (Reverse), patchwork, quilting, knitting, crochet, lacework (Tatting & Bobbin), macrame and rug making!



Lingerie & Sleepwear: 24 original designs you can make yourself (1981) edited by Jack Angell.

The Vogue Sewing Book* (1982)




Singer Sewing Reference Library:
  • Sewing For Style (1985) Singer Sewing Reference Library. Cy DeCosse Incorporated
  • Sewing Activewear (1986) Singer Sewing Reference Library. Cy DeCosse Incorporated.
  • The Perfect Fit (1987) Singer Sewing Reference Library. Cy DeCosse Incorporated
  • Sewing For The Home (1988) Singer Sewing Reference Library. The book covers all types of draperies, more advanced cushions, and bed coverings, including a duvet cover that I made from upholstery fabric.
  • Sewing Pants That Fit (1989) Singer Sewing Reference Library. Cy DeCosse Incorporated

Customize Your Sewing Patterns for a Perfect Fit (2001) Mary Morris and Sally McCann - G Street Fabrics. Lark Books.


Fast Fit: Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure (2003) Sandra Betzina.

Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe (2006) Wendy Mullin with Eviana Hartman. Cute and stylish designs used to show you how to change and customize a prepared pattern.

S.E.W. Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide (2007) Diana Rupp. I actually find this book a more comprehensive beginner guide to sewing than the above Sew U. It gives you a variety of projects with the patterns included.


Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified (2009) Cal Patch. Potter Craft

Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making A Girl's Best Frock (2010) Wendy Mullin with Eviana Hartman. Potter Craft.


Patternmaking (2011) Dennic Chunman Lo. Portfolio Skills: Fashion & Textiles. Laurence King Publishing, Ltd

Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe (2015) Natalie Chanin. STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

*Revised edition of The New Vogue sewing book, c 1980. 

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