HOLY CRAP! I just found the sewing book of my dreams. I went to the bookstore on a lark (as per usual) to check out the sewing books. I wasn’t expecting to find anything to write home about. Instead I found something to write to the world about! Ha. Ok. I kid. But seriously.
So far it’s got everything I’m looking for. Everything I’ve learned in my previous classes (all the beginner topics like Sewing Machine, Tools, Fabrics, Stitches, and Reading Patterns) to what I’m looking for now, Alterations! Along with much more like Button Holes, Pleats, Pants etc.
All with clear gorgeous and very descriptive photographs (not illustrations). And in a very digestible format great for beginners or as a very handy reference for the more advanced. Comprehensive yet easy enough for beginners to digest, expansive yet organized, beautifully laid out all in a giant pink hardcover textbook. IT’S A GEM!
Compare that to the $430 I’ve spent on 2 classes (and that’s with major shopping around and a half price class!) I still think beginning Sewing for the first time requires a class. But once you get that and the basics down it’s easier to choose which way to go from there. After no real luck looking for a decent comprehensive sewing class and then finding this book, I’m going to forego my next sewing class. And self-learn for a bit like I did for Knitting and Crochet. I can get more done on my own time in this fashion too. If you’re in the same boat as me, then I highly recommend flipping through to see if it’s for you. If so, you can save some money on classes!
Ha. Look what I got for my birthday! My good friend (rox!) gave me this lovely sewing book because I dove headlong into sewing a few months ago. Plus, it had a pattern for a camera bag that was especially thoughtful because I just got a new camera. Perfect!
Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee features 20 very accessible sewing projects with pattern sheets! It includes a wide array of sewing arts from applique and embroidery to quilting. The projects also range from quilts and home goods to day bags, skirts, and aprons. I really like how it spans a few different sewing disciplines, great for someone who is curious and might try out an applique project for kicks. The skill levels look to range from novice to intermediate. I have not tried a pattern out yet but the first one I’d like to make is the Camera Bag Pattern. It’s been added to my long list of sewing projects and will be posted when it’s complete! Find out more about Meg McElwee and Sew Liberated.
Fashionary.org publishes a dictionary + sketchbook for clothing designers! While I’m more interested in exploring sewing with some personal projects for now, I found all the fabulously handy information especially helpful for a home sewer like myself. Like the fabric dictionary and fiber chart, seam and stitch guide, body measurement guide etc. The book also includes blank body templates for sketching and denoting measurements and ideas which will be great for logging my measurements and notes for each project! It contains 34 pages of reference information and 130 pages of blank templates. All in a cute Moleskine-style notebook. $17 USD + shipping.