7 Best Sewing Books With Patterns

7 Best Sewing Books With Patterns

February 12, 2019Eve Tokens

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Whether you’re a sewing beginner or a more advanced seamstress, sewing books with patterns are always a winner. I’ve been sewing for years and still love a good sewing book that tucks patterns away in the back cover for us to trace off!

And nowadays there are also sewing books that come with downloadable patterns to print off. Win-win!

There are sewing books designed for those who are just learning to sew, and then there are the more advanced sewing books for those who’ve been hanging out behind a sewing machine for a while.

There are also sewing books with patterns for knit fabric, and sewing books with woven fabric patterns. There really is no end to all the sewing books you can buy, that have patterns included, so I’ve broken them down for you here, highlighting only the absolute best!

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7 Best Sewing Books With Patterns

Sewing Books With Knit Patterns

There are now many sewing books with patterns focusing on just sewing garments with knit fabrics. And whilst I do like some knit garments in my wardrobe, I’m kind of fussy about what.

For knit patterns, I’m more likely to buy individual sewing patterns that reflect my style, but as this is a post about sewing books with patterns, I’m gonna get to the point, and share the two I consider to be the absolute best out there!

I could share more, but we’re focusing on the very top of the crop! 😉

1. A Beginners Guide To Sewing With Knitted Fabrics by Wendy Ward

A Beginners Guide To Sewing With Knitted Fabrics by Wendy Ward

This is one of my all time favourite sewing books. It’s a new release from Wendy, having been published in early 2018, and I love it. It’s one of the few books that didn’t go into storage when I moved to Wales for a year!

I’m going to add that this book is so good, it was nominated as ‘Best Craft Book’ in the 2018 British Sewing Awards!

First up, this book contains lots of useful tips and techniques for sewing with knit fabrics, making it an essential resource for sewing beginners who have yet to try sewing with knitted fabrics!!

It also features 6 sewing projects, which can be adapted into many more with the variations that Wendy supplies!

As soon as my sewing machine arrived in the Netherlands, I’ll be whizzing up some more of the Monsal Lounge Pants! I need them for this damp, rainy weather!

2. Tilly And The Buttons Stretch

Stretch: Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing With Knit Fabrics by Tilly And The Buttons

I find the patterns a little ‘young’ for my taste, but to be honest, if they were in woven fabrics there are several that I would adapt and make for myself. I just don’t wear a lot of knit garments.

That said I do love the Stella hoodie as a pattern, and will probably make one or two up in the summer for the Dutch autumn nights!

Sewing Books With *Mostly* Woven Patterns

When it comes to sewing my own clothes – or even pattern drafting my own designs – I consistently prefer to work with woven fabric. Perhaps it is my love of structured fabrics, but I always feel like I can achieve a more distinctive and unique look in woven fabrics.

To that end, here are my absolute favourite sewing books with patterns for woven garments, though some do contain knitted sewing pattern options too!

3. Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide To Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles

I love dresses but haven’t worn one in a while due to living in a remote place in Wales. Now though? I’ll be making the Polka Dot Day Dress from the book – only, in a fabric other than polka dots! 😉

4. Breaking The Pattern: A Modern Way To Sew by Named Patterns

Breaking The Pattern: A Modern Way To Sew By Named Clothing Patterns

Created by Finnish designers Saara and Laura Huhta who design sewing patterns under the ‘Named Clothing’ brand, this book is a must have for anyone that loves contemporary Scandinavian design.

I love the ethics of Named Clothing, and this beautiful book is another way for me to enjoy slow fashion, making myself some beautiful pieces.

5. Basic Black: 26 Edgy Essentials For The Modern Wardrobe by Sato Watanabe

Basic Black 26 Edgy Patterns For The Modern Wardrobe Sato Watanabe

I love this book! One of my very favourite designers when I first ‘got into fashion’ was Yohji Yamamoto. I thought the Japanese’s design aesthetic was simple stunning.

I then later discovered the playfulness of Commes des Garçons – another Japanese brand, designed by Res Kawakubo.

There are 26 sewing patterns included, but they are all mashed together, looking like quite a mess! You can download the pattern file from the website, print and trace them off, but I will note that the patterns are only graded for UK sizes 8-16. I’m the very last size in this range (and much taller too) so there’s always work involved for me.

6. Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide To Customizing A Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide To Customizing A Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

If you are a fan of real slow making of garments, this book is the cream of the crop! Alabama Chanin is an advocate of slow hand stitching, and this book contains simple designs that you’re sure to love.

The books contains instructions for sewing and adapting the 12 patterns, and is also a great guide to helping you further customise the designs.

With a CD of patterns included, you could combine the patterns from within this book with techniques from any book on my book list in this post to create some truly unique hand made, slow stitched clothes!

7. The Makers Atelier: The Essential Collection by Frances Tobin

The Makers Atelier: The Essential Collection by Frances Tobin

I love the draped front top the most – I’m a sucker for a drapey jersey top! -and will soon be making up at least two of the stretch pencil skirts for the sunny spring days I’m anticipating here in the Netherlands! (Is that really wishful thinking?)

7 Best Sewing Books With Patterns

So there you have it – my seven best sewing books with patterns. I love each of these books for different reasons, and happily recommend them all – though do be sure to check that they offer your sizing before you buy, so that you aren’t disappointed!

If you have any thoughts on the books – or perhaps your own recommendations? – do let me know in the comments below!

Comments (1)

  • JoAnn Schmidt

    February 13, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Hello Eve,
    I am glad you are giving ideas for me to start sewing soon,even though it is still winter in upstate New York. I am interested in purchasing some of the books that you listed. They all sound like they have good patterns and ideas.

    I hope you enjoy your new location . The Netherlands sound fantastic ! Happy sewing!

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