Friday Favorites – Spiral Bound Sewing Books

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I love reference books for sewing.  And I don’t mean the digital kind.  When I’m doing something as tactile as sewing, I love a physical copy of my instructions, which is why I am in love with sewing books that are published in hard bound spiral editions.

Here are a few from my collection.

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress


This book is full of helpful techniques, with projects to learn them along the way.  Get your copy here.

Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques

Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing

This book is similar in concept to the Colette book, but takes on vintage inspired styles and patterns.  Get your copy here.

The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results

This is a wonderful reference book full of descriptive photos and instructions for tons of couture techniques. Get your copy here.

Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl & A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution

I love vintage inspired projects, and this book is full of them, along with some great history.  Get your copy here.


  1. Rachel on April 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I have a few books on hand, but I try to limit just for space reasons 🙂 These are lovely choices!

    • Andrea on April 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks Rachel! One thing I do have right now, is an abundance of space for my sewing. That’s the one plus side to being set up in the basement. Well, that and not having to clean up my space too often.

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