The Resources (Sewing)

These are the books I own or websites that I consult regularly.
I will add book reviews once I have had the opportunity to form a detailed opinion on their usefulness. Furthermore, at the end of each blog entry I will list the links that have helped me research the topic/techniques I used for that particular project.

Books on Sewing:

  • The Sewing Book, by Alison Smith, DK (2009)
  • Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised & Updated, by Claire Shaeffer, Taunton Press Inc; new ed. (2011)
  • Elementary Sewing Skills: Do it Once, Do it Well, by Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field, Pavilion Books (2014)
  • Merchant & Mills Sewing Book, by Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field, Pavilion Books (2012)
  • Merchant & Mills Workbook: A Collection of Versatile Sewing Patterns for an Elegant All Season Wardrobe, by Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field, Pavilion Books (2015)
  • Singer Sewing Book, by Jessie Hutton, Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited (1975)

Books on Textiles & Embroidery:

  • Textiles: The Whole Story: Uses * Meanings * Significance, by Beverly Gordon, Thames & Hudson Ltd, reprint (2013)
  • Textilien: Handwerk und Kunst (orig. title: Textiles: The Art of Mankind), by Mary Schoeser, German edition, DuMont Buchverlag GmbH & Co. KG; 1st edition (2013)
  • The Art of Kantha Embroidery, by Niaz Zaman, University Press Ltd, Bangladesh; 3rd Revised edition (2012)
  • Sticken: Alle Techniken und über 200 Muster (orig. title: Embroidery Stitches Step-by-step), by Lucinda Ganderton, German edition, Dorling Kindersley (2016)
  • The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook: Patterns, Projects and Inspirations, by Susan Briscoe, David and Charles (2005)

Websites on Sewing:


  • Books by Yoshiko Mizuno
  • The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing, by Kathleen Fasanella, author of the Fashion Incubator blog.
  • Classic Tailoring Techniques: A Construction Guide for Women’s Wear, by Roberto Cabrera
  • Classic Tailoring Techniques for Menswear: A Construction Guide, by Roberto Cabrera
  • More from the Couture Sewing Series by Claire Shaeffer
  • Patternmaking for Fashion Design, by Helen Joseph Armstrong
  • Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, by The Kyoto Costume Institute
  • The Dress Detective: A Practical Guide to Object-Based Research in Fashion, Ingrid Mida, Alexandra Kim
  • The Grammar of Ornaments, by Owen Jones