My Sewing Book Collection


Dress Design Draping and Flat Pattern Making (1948)  Marion S. Hillhouse and Evelyn A. Mansfield.

Practical Dress Design (1954) Mabel D. Erwin.

Fundamentals of Patternmaking for Women’s Apparel Books 1 & 2 (1955) Esther Kaplan Pivnick.

Hard Copy

Sewing Made Easy (1950) Mary Lynch.

Designing Dress Patterns 3rd Ed. (1951) Helen Nicol Tanous.

Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book (1961) Lucille Rivers.

Better Homes & Gardens Tailoring Suits and Coats (1966) Creative Sewing Library.

Coats & Clark's Sewing Book: Newest Methods from A to Z (1967) Coats & Clark Inc.

Simplicity Sewing Book (1969) Simplicity Pattern Co., Inc.

Good & Easy Sewing Book: For you and your family (1972) Joanne Schreiber and Carter Houck. The Betty Crocker Home Library.


Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (1976) It's an all-around good reference book, more so than any other book in my collection.

Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (1979) This one covers everything; embroidery (Crewel), needlepoint (Bargello), applique (Reverse), patchwork, quilting, knitting, crochet, lacework (Tatting & Bobbin), macrame and rug making!

Lingerie & Sleepwear: 24 original designs you can make yourself (1981) edited by Jack Angell.

The Vogue Sewing Book* (1982)

Singer Sewing Reference Library:
  • Sewing For Style (1985) Singer Sewing Reference Library. Cy DeCosse Incorporated
  • Sewing Activewear (1986) Singer Sewing Reference Library. Cy DeCosse Incorporated.
  • The Perfect Fit (1987) Singer Sewing Reference Library. Cy DeCosse Incorporated
  • Sewing For The Home (1988) Singer Sewing Reference Library. The book covers all types of draperies, more advanced cushions, and bed coverings, including a duvet cover that I made from upholstery fabric.
  • Sewing Pants That Fit (1989) Singer Sewing Reference Library. Cy DeCosse Incorporated

Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach (1992) Elizabeth G. Liechty, Della N. Pottberg, and Judith A. Rasband. Fairchild Fashion & Merchandising Group.

Fantastic Fit for Every Body (1998) Gale Grigg Hazen. A Rodale Sewing Book.

Customize Your Sewing Patterns for a Perfect Fit (2001) Mary Morris and Sally McCann - G Street Fabrics. Lark Books.

Fast Fit: Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure (2003) Sandra Betzina.

Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe (2006) Wendy Mullin with Eviana Hartman. Cute and stylish designs used to show you how to change and customize a prepared pattern.

S.E.W. Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide (2007) Diana Rupp. I actually find this book a more comprehensive beginner guide to sewing than the above Sew U. It gives you a variety of projects with the patterns included.

Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified (2009) Cal Patch. Potter Craft

Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making A Girl's Best Frock (2010) Wendy Mullin with Eviana Hartman. Potter Craft.


Patternmaking (2011) Dennic Chunman Lo. Portfolio Skills: Fashion & Textiles. Laurence King Publishing, Ltd

A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The home dressmaking fashion revolution (2014) Joy Spanabel Emery. Bloomsbury Academic

Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe (2015) Natalie Chanin. STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

Adult Clothes made with TOWN Pattern Arrangement
(2019) Ryoichi Kijitani and Mami Watanabe. Bunka Gakuen Cultural Publishing Bureau. ISBN: 978-4-579-11670-6

*Revised edition of The New Vogue sewing book, c 1980. 

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