11 Must-have vintage sewing books

If you enjoy working with vintage sewing patterns, perusing old sewing books just makes sense.

Filling a shelf or two with old sewing books, magazines, pattern books and sewing supplements as handy reference manuals just makes sense:

Vogue Sewing Book
Vogue Sewing Book

Using vintage sewing patterns becomes alot easier-especially for the novice.
They’re more than sewing books-indeed some are mini history guides and for certain etiquette lessons on living, fashion and being a lady.

The graphics are useful and helpful. Today’s sewing reference books just don’t contain the same meat as older sewing books.

They contain “lost” and “forgotten” sewing information and techniques. They’re actually useful.

Complete Guide to Sewing
Complete Guide to Sewing

Here are some of my favorite vintage sewing books:

  1. Clothing for Women: Selection, Design, Construction: A Practical Manual for School and Home.
  2. Clothing Construction
  3. Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing–one of the best
  4. Singer Sewing Book
  5. Coates & Clark’s Sewing Book
  6. Simplicity’s Simply The Best Sewing Book
  7. Sewing Made Easy
  8. The Complete Book of Sewing
  9. How to Make Clothes that Fit and Flatter
  10. The Vogue Sewing Book
  11. McCall’s New Complete Book of Sewing and Dressmaking