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7 Super Helpful Garment Sewing Books

I love books, and sewing books are no exception. I’m guilty of owning too many of them, but I can’t help it. I love the inspiration packed into each book. Plus, it’s helpful to have a print reference to refer to for help when I’m struggling with a construction issue or can’t remember the specifics of a sewing technique.

Garment Sewing Books

Here are a few of my favorite garment sewing books:

 The basics

  • The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit and Alison Kelly features 15 tutorials sourced from the BurdaStyle sewing community. Five patterns (skirt, blouse, dress, coat and bag) are included, and each tutorial will show you how the basic pattern can be adapted. Each tutorial also features additional variations submitted by sewists, demonstrating the versatility of each pattern.
  • Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin includes patterns for a basic skirt, shirt and pants. Mullin demonstrates how to construct each item, as well as how to choose fabric and notions, and make modifications to add variation to each garment to truly build your wardrobe.


If you’re looking to brush up on your garment construction skills, Craftsy offers several great classes, including Sewing With Knits and Sew the Perfect Fit. You may also enjoy our roundup of couture sewing books. And come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow for tips on adding trim to garments!

 Do you have a favorite garment sewing book or two? Please share in the comments!


Erika B

Thank you for posting this. I recently returned to the world of sewing and I need to beef up my book stash as well as my fabric stash!

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Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that. “”Its always good to learn tips like you share for blog posting. As I just started posting comments for blog and facing problem of lots of rejections.

Nancy J

My absolute favorite sewing book is Clotilde’s ‘ Sew Smart’. I have been sewing for well over fifty years and rarely need a book but when I do, Sew Smart guides me through with clear illustrations and understandable instructions.


I liked the creative suggestions in the first Sew U book, but found the instructions to be incomplete and confusing. Thank goodness I was taking a class when I referred to the shirt section.

I like Claire Shaeffer’s Couture Sewing Basics Workshop DVD. It’s full of information that’s helpful even for beginners. The companion book, Couture Sewing (2nd ed.) is excellent.

Swapnila Mishra Purecha

which is best book for blazers..suits which cover blazer and trousers both..have good details about construction and some machineries as well.


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