After tackling the wrap dress, realizing I should have done a FBA and reading about a lot of great literature about sewing I decided to indulge in a shopping splurge at today.

To give you a reason for this book- buying craze, I´ll show you a pic of my library of craft books:

My crafty library

You see? (or you´ll probably not see, as it´s dark and mostly in Swedish or Norwegian) 99 percent of the books are about quilting, knitting, crochet or weaving. The only sewing related book I have, is actually the book Mønsterforming, and that book is basically a pattern construction reference guide.

I ordered no less than six (6!) sewing related books. My excuse? I want to get better at sewing… I want to learn more about fitting, I ´d like to experiment with more advanced techniques, and I´d like to learn more about different types of fabrics. So I got the following books today:

The Perfect Fit: A Practical Guide to Adjusting Sewing Patterns for a Professional Finish by Creative Publishing International

Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer

Fit for Real People: Sew Great Clothes Using ANY Pattern (Sewing for Real People) by Pati Palmer et al

Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide by Claire Shaeffer

“Vogue” Sewing – revised and updated by Crystal McDonald et al

Sewing with Sergers: The Complete Handbook for Overlock Sewing by Gail Brown

I have heard many good words about most of these books, and I am looking forward to get my own impression of them. Although I can get a lot of the information I need off the internet, I love books, so I can´t wait to get them all in the mail over the next couple of weeks!

You may or may not know that I´m saving up for a serger, so that´s why I bought the last little book. Just to get a clearer idea of all the things I could use a serger for! 🙂

So, do you have any favorite sewing books that you can´t live without?

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  1. Patty on 19/10/2010 at 00:45

    Yay! I am also waiting for The Perfect Fit! Just ordered on Saturday. I have the couture sewing one and really like it (particularly the history section!) and live by Fit for real people for bust fitting especially!

    Yay books!

    • Sølvi on 20/10/2010 at 21:51

      That´s so great to hear that you too love the books, Patty. They´ve all been shipped to day. Hurray!

  2. louise on 19/10/2010 at 09:11

    oooh don’t you just love new books?!
    i “treated” myself to some sewing books for my SSS endeavours, two are on your list
    the vogue sewing book & schaffers couture sewing.
    both are paper back so much easier to handle than say hardback readers digest.
    enjoy 🙂

    • Sølvi on 20/10/2010 at 21:52

      Yes, the thought of paperback was very appealing to me too, it´s so much easier to use “in action”! 🙂

  3. Ali on 20/10/2010 at 18:45

    Ha ha! We must be on the same wavelength with our decluttering of clothes and stocking up on books. I actually borrowed two — Perfect Fit and Sewing with Sergers — from the library (along with many others), I usually borrow them first and decide what I can’t live without. Looking forward to seeing how these manifest in your sewing!

    • Sølvi on 20/10/2010 at 21:56

      Absolutely – it must be the season. 😉
      I wish thee kinds of books were available at my library, too!!!

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