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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Vogue 1236 Work Dress

Hello corporate world! This week I created two new garments to add to my work wardrobe. This little black and white combo is super comfy and perfect for any corporate office. You could even dress it with a large waist belt.

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My work is in Brisbane city and is VERY corporate but I seriously love it. Despite them moving our teams up and down the floors every few months, it’s a really cool place to work. They hold some crazy events and last week they gave away free gelato in the foyer. Next fortnight they are having a puppies and piccolo coffee day! Every time an email comes around we all Skype each other, “PUPPIES & PICCOLO!!!”

So yes, being in a fun, corporate office means that I love to dress up and get involved with work events and just enjoy being around some of the most amazing, talented and friendly people.

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Vogue Dress 1313

Description: Semi-fitted dress has partially lined yokes, seam detail, no side seams, side front pockets, front exposed zipper and topstitching.
Material: Linen and Linen blend with a cotton lining
Pattern: Vogue Pattern 1313

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Over the Easter break I decided to whip up a few dresses to wear to work. I have so many patterns but thankfully landed on this nifty Vogue number. I’ve always loved the colour block type dresses so I pulled out my floral cotton sateen that I bought a while ago at Spotlight and pieced it together with some black cotton sateen. I also included a lightweight cotton lining.

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My Sewing Archive

It’s crazy to think I’ve been sewing now for a little over five years. I first started my old blog back in 2012 and that was to showcase learning how to sew, discovering new patterns, testing and trialling different fabrics and making heaps of mistakes! However, without going through that process I never would have been able to learn what fabric types I liked the most and what pattern styles suited my body shape. I was also able to learn the basics of sewing including how to cut a pattern, how to following instructions, how to use my machine and importantly, how to modify patterns to suit my own figure. Even though I still make mistakes, I’m more confident in my pattern and fabric choice to be able to create outfits that I’m proud of wearing.

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Vogue 1449 Dress

Pattern: Vogue Dress 1449
Description:
Lined, sleeveless dress (close-fitting through bust and fitted through hips) has neck band, jewel neckline, seam detail, drop-waist, pleated flounce, bias armhole band and invisible back zipper.
Fabric used: Cotton Sateen from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco

As soon as I saw this Vogue pattern I knew I wanted to make it because of all of the amazing drop waist patterns out there. One of my absolute favourite drop waist versions is House of Pinheiro’s Saiph Tunic.

So this pattern itself was really easy to make and didn’t have too many pattern pieces like Vogue normally does. For sizing I ended up cutting a 10 but I had to take it in about two sizes. So I would suggest doing a muslin first because you’ll probably find it to be quite a large fit. Especially with this stretch cotton sateen.

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