There are lots of great sewing books; we’ve all got our favourites – but this one by Alison Smith is my MUST HAVE book! I bought it before I really started sewing and it sat languishing on the bookshelf for two or three years (I know, why would I do that?!) I was struggling with a project not long after I took up dressmaking and took a look for a bit of help; now it’s my “go to” when I’m trying something new.
There is great advice about equipment, haberdashery items, fabrics, how to read, alter and cut patterns, toile making, cutting out, stitches, seams, darts, pleats, gathers, tucks, gathers, shirring, smocking, ruffles, facings, collars, waistlines, belts, sleeves, cuffs, pockets, hems, bias binding, zips, buttons and buttonholes, press studs, Velcro, eyelets, interfacings, lining, speed tailoring, bodices, applique, quilting and mending (phew…that’s quite a wide subject range in one book!)
Throughout the book, there are step by step pictures of how to master each technique; I know I’m horrendously poor for putting lots of pictures in my posts (generally because I get carried away when I start sewing) but this book is great for walking you through how to do something.
If that’s not enough, there are projects in the book for you to try out some of your techniques, a glossary of all of the terms and a directory of fashion and soft furnishings so you can differentiate between your wrap dress from your halter neck dress; your cowl neck from your shell top.
It’s a heavyweight hardback book that will last the test of time; I wouldn’t be without mine. I’ve bought the book as presents for two other people so far and I’m sure they won’t be the last.
ISBN 978 1 4053 3555 3