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My Books on Sewing and Crafting

I love to read, mainly Historical Romances, Home Garden Magazines, Fashion magazines and some Sci-Fi.  I recently purchase a copy of Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, I noticed that my sewing book collection is growing.

In The Beginning

Months ago when I decided I wanted to make my first pencil skirt, I decided I needed a book that would give me as much knowledge as possible to help me succeed, on Amazon I found the Reader's Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing and Fabric Sewing Guide by Claire Shaeffer. Shopping online for books is great, one they deliver, two you can see all the reviews, and three there is so much to choose from.

My first sewing book with patterns was Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp, I made the Naughty Secretary Pencil Skirt from the pattern included, there is a yoga pants pattern, a tie, bag and boxers pattern also included.

Being an adventurous beginner I was naturally drawn to the The Complete Book of Home Crafts edited by Carine Tracanelli, I picked up this gem at a book fair at my job.


Books about Bags

Once I started sewing I became curious about making fabric bags, and my research turned up a few bag books by Lisa Lam, I bought the The Bag Making Bible because of the detail instructions included, I love detail and this book delivers.

I later added A Bag for all Reasons which included the pattern for making an iPad case, I don't ride a bicycle but I thought that bicycle bag was cool, plus tips on flush zip pocket and so much more.

Enters another book about bags that caught my eye, by Susan Cariello Bags In Bloom. I enjoyed needlework in the past, but only a small needle and thread box I created survived the moves over the years, but I never made the transition or had any interest in embroidery until this book.

Plus I saw some embroidery work on the hem of linen shift dress that was really intriguing, and now I want to experiment, maybe I will start by making an embroidered handkerchief.

Purchasing Style

I tend to be drawn to sewing books that has patterns included, it is nice to have few projects that you can start right away.

I had to get Colette Sewing Handbook because I love all her patterns, so springing for the book that included patterns from Colette line was a bonus. I absolutely love the Taffy Blouse.

I found out about the Home Sewn book from the Papercut Patterns website, I had purchase the circle top pattern a few months ago, and when I saw that the designer Katie Brown from Papercut was also going to include a pattern for this book, I jumped at the chance to get another pattern, plus additional patterns from 9 other designers in New Zealand.

I purchased the book without any knowledge if I was going to get the same pattern I had already purchased from Papercut, but I kept my fingers crossed hoping that it was different and it was, the book includes the Miss Charmers Skirt pattern from Papercut, this is perfect because I love pencil skirts.


  1. Hey, how are you? It's been a long time since PR Weekend! Glad to hear that you have been so busy sewing.

  2. I am doing fine Audrey, I have gotten a bit more sewing in, but I think I more busy buying fabric and books. Right now I am working on multiple projects like the Banksia Blouse plus a Lap Quilt, depending how I am feeling I may jump to something else. Great hearing from you.


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