7 Super Helpful Garment Sewing Books

I love books, and sewing books are no exception. I’m guilty of owning too many of them, but I can’t help it. I love the inspiration packed into each book. Plus, it’s helpful to have a print reference to refer to for help when I’m struggling with a construction issue or can’t remember the specifics of a sewing technique.

Garment Sewing Books

Here are a few of my favorite garment sewing books:

 The basics

  • The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit and Alison Kelly features 15 tutorials sourced from the BurdaStyle sewing community. Five patterns (skirt, blouse, dress, coat and bag) are included, and each tutorial will show you how the basic pattern can be adapted. Each tutorial also features additional variations submitted by sewists, demonstrating the versatility of each pattern.
  • Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin includes patterns for a basic skirt, shirt and pants. Mullin demonstrates how to construct each item, as well as how to choose fabric and notions, and make modifications to add variation to each garment to truly build your wardrobe.


If you’re looking to brush up on your garment construction skills, Bluprint offers several great classes, including Sewing With Knits and Sew the Perfect Fit. You may also enjoy our roundup of couture sewing books. And come back to the Bluprint blog tomorrow for tips on adding trim to garments!

 Do you have a favorite garment sewing book or two? Please share in the comments!

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