5 Helpful & Inspiring Sewing Books

If you’re crazy about buying sewing patterns then you’ll love learning with these inspiring and helpful sewing books. Here are some of the most adorable books which have really shaped me on my sewing journey.

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1. Vogue Sewing

Vogue Sewing is the perfect book for beginner sewers and also an incredible guide for the more advanced. It guides you through the basics of pattern tracing, adjustments, cutting fabric, sewing techniques, machine advice, shaping, finishing and much more. Even after years of sewing I always find this book useful and am continually learning something new.

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BurdaStyle Black Seamed Dress

You can’t really tell from the photo below but I’m soooo excited to be posting my second dress for 2019. I’ve had a great start to the year and that’s mostly because of the people that I have in my life right now. It’s amazing how much you grow as a person when you surround yourself with positive, influential people who inspire you to be the best version of yourself.

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To make things even more incredible my closest friend, who got diagnosed with stage four cancer two years ago is almost in remission. He still has a long way to go and fortnightly cancer treatments but it’s the results that all of us hoped for but didn’t see coming. Last year he was even asked to tell his story at the Cancer Councils annual White Orchard ball, which made us all so proud!

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BurdaStyle Kids Harem Pants

Description: Harem style kids pants with drop crouch and stretch waist band. Also a knotted drawstring for an extra touch of decoration.
Material: Stretch Knit and ribbing from Spotlight
Pattern: BurdaStyle Children’s Button Jumpsuit

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I had been searching the internet for an easy pair of harem pants to make for a friend’s son, without having to pay $15 – $20 for the pattern. I found this great one by Burda Style B9342 but I just didn’t have time to go to the shops, since it wasn’t downloadable.

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Burdastyle Checked Button-Up Shirts

Description: This chic button-up blouse can be cut short to wear with a skirt or pants or made long to be worn with leggings. It features dramatic cuffs and darts for a flattering silhouette.
Material: Linen blend from Lincraft
Pattern: BurdaStyle Button Up Tunic

This is the second lot of business shirts that I’ve made with this pattern, so I’ve got the style fitting perfectly now. The final version has shorter sleeves and a longer shirt length. You can also see my first lot of BurdaStyle business shirts online.

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BurdaStyle Button Up Shirts

Description: This chic button-up blouse can be cut short to wear with a skirt or pants or made long to be worn with leggings. It features dramatic cuffs and darts for a flattering silhouette.
Material: 100% cotton material
Pattern: BurdaStyle Button Up Tunic

I’ve been slowly growing my work wardrobe but I don’t think you can ever have enough work shirts for a bit of variety. Therefore, when I recently got a new job working back in the corporate environment, I decided to make some fun, flattering work shirts.

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I originally cut out a Vogue shirt pattern that I had made previously with sheer, see-through fabric, however it was a bit too big to use with 100% cotton material. So I opted for a more fitted style shirt by BurdaStyle, which included vertical side pleats on the front and back.

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BurdaStyle Baby Overalls

Description: Baby overalls with front pocket, elastic back and straps with snap buttons.
Pattern: Burdastyle Baby Overalls
Fabric Used: Printed Cotton from Spotlight

Spotlight has had some pretty gorgeous fabric for kids lately so I ended up buying up a heap and created these cute little baby overalls to test out the pattern. My friends little bub is pretty chubby so I made the largest size available, which is shown below.

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