We love World Book Day and to celebrate it, and books in general, the kind people at the Burda store have got a wide selection of half price sewing books just for today! I’ve rifled through and made a selection of my top five recommended reads for fabric lovers and dressmakers alike. Beware, the special offer is for today only so get cracking!
Deborah Moebes, takes you on a sewing journey in this great book. There are four methods to learning from Stitch Savvy: you can pick a “track” (Garment Sewing, Bag Making, Home Décor, Patchwork, Sewing for Kids) and work from the tier 1 project all the way to the tier 5; or, you can do all five tier 1 projects in the book, then all the tier 2, etc.; or, you can follow prompts at the end of each project that will guide you to similar projects in the book… or you can just sew the projects you like best! The book includes a CD-ROM full of templates patterns and extras. Furthermore, the lay-flat binding lets you keep your hands free for sewing.
This book contains everything you need to get started with dressmaking and create beautiful clothes, whether you are following a sewing pattern, adding embellishments or starting from scratch. The step by step instructions for a wide range of dressmaking techniques, from basic patterns through to couture designs, makes this the perfect guidebook for beginners as well as sewers with more experience. It features techniques for making basic garment details including waistbands, hems, sleeves, cuffs, necklines, collars, fastenings, pockets and linings. Suitable for beginners, or those who are already designing or making their own clothes, this is the perfect book for honing dressmaking skills and inspiring fashionable new designs.
Whether you are new to dressmaking or not, this book is a fantastic find. It contains full sized, graded patterns for six different garments including a jersey top, simple jacket and shift dress. It is also packed with detailed instructions to make the garments as well as every technique the home dressmaker will ever need, with detailed illustrations and photography for clarity. The garments include a maxi dress/skirt, jersey top, simple jacket, trousers, fishtail skirt and a shift dress. The author has also included advanced techniques for optional techniques such as pockets and collars which you can choose to add to the basic patterns as your dressmaking skills improve.
This title is packed full with tons of sewing projects using just one metre of fabric – 101 in fact! This makes it the perfect book for anyone with a stash of fabrics just waiting to be stitched into something gorgeous. Learn how to work with various different types of fabric, including cottons, flannel, fleece and oilcloth. Create practical and decorative items for yourself and your home, including clothing, bags, accessories, toys, cushions, gifts and storage. Easy to follow techniques and diagrams make it a breeze for sewers of all abilities.
My final recommendation is about how to use a serger, or overlocker, to savetime in your sewing projects without compromising the finish. In this beginner’s guide to serging author Nancy Zieman demonstrates the essential skills to quickly and easily create stunning fashions, accessories and home decor projects. This book gives sewers: solid skills for operating multi-threaded, multi-needled sergers and completing sewing projects more quickly than with regular sewing machines; guidelines to serging tools and terms; 20 projects to enhance the home and wardrobe; and confidence to tackle more complex techniques and projects.
For plenty more half price books visit the bookstore here – happy World Book Day!