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Have been looking at some online book sites with the intention of upgrading my reference material at home.. Has anyone recently purchased a good sewing or fashion book and why do you like it? There’s just too many too choose from. One definite purchase will be Madeline Vionnet .It has some great patterns to study and wonderful bias cut designs I could learn a lot from this book. What else should I get?


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    Jun 23, 2011, 05.35 PMby mskelly

    This is my favorite at the moment very clear and easy to follow or remind yourself of techniques


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      Jun 24, 2011, 01.15 PMby lizziemonster

      I second this, love this book

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      Jun 27, 2011, 09.13 AMby takenotice

      thanks this one looks good. Was thinking of getting The Encyclopedia of sewing machine techniques by Nancy bednar & Jo Ann Pugh-Gannon. Wonder if their similar as I might get both.

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    Jun 24, 2011, 06.44 AMby katexxxxxx

    I like the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing and the Dorling Kindersly Complete Book of Sewing. I also have a bunch of older sewing manuals, some dating back to the 1930’s. They are great for hand techniques.

    I also have a bunch of specialist books on things like making wedding dresses, couture sewing, shirt making, and all the historic stuff. There is no one book that covers everything I need to be able to do. I usually flick through a few until I find the technique that gives the best finish for the job in hand.

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      Jun 27, 2011, 09.48 AMby takenotice

      i have drafting and alteration books used in a sewing course i did long ago. I use these constantly .I had a folder that I made myself with every new technique that I ever used or practiced with my own handwritten instructions. Lost it when I moved. Sometimes it was enough to just pull out the sample to remember how it was done.I miss it but too much work to do it again.
      your suggestions look good to. I just can’t decide. I can’t have then all.

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    Jun 29, 2011, 10.48 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    You could get one book a month. That way you have time to get into them instead of having them all at once.

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    Jul 2, 2011, 07.22 PMby mskelly

    I have heard someone else mention the Nancy lady’s book and have also been tempted to buy it so go for it and let me know if it’s any good…

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      Jul 4, 2011, 09.22 AMby takenotice

      Thanks . I know I will have to buy a few books . What I would like is a book that shows you the easy way and the couture.A book with 10 ways to do a hem and 5 ways to put in a zip . There must be a dozen ways to put in a pocket. Then I would like another book on creative techniques

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    Jul 4, 2011, 09.39 AMby noodlechop

    Oooh, certainly the Vionnet book, it’s lovely. But before you buy, Have you checked out bookdepository.com? Could save you some money.

    I’m personally a fan of 9 heads (http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/9-Heads-Nancy-Riegelman/9780970246332) and this one http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Patternmaking-for-Fashion-Design-Helen-Joseph-Armstrong/9780136069348

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