113 Sewing Books #pfStretchYourself

April sponsors:

Stokx patterns: 3 patent apron patterns – this is perfect for wearing when crafting, cooking, or gardening.  It reminds me of utilikilts in the best way – an modern industrial take on the half-apron.

Technical drawings of a utility apron, and a photo of a slim person with short grey hair wearing a red long sleeved top, khaki pants, grey shoes, and a navy apron.

If you would like to sponsor a prize for our show, all you have to do is be willing to send said prize anywhere in the world – easiest for those that offer pdfs, but many folks have sponsored with mailed prizes.  Just dm us in Instagram or email  

What are we sewing?


Trapezoid SkirtDIY DaisyFreeman’s CreativeCanvasTypewriters
Rosebud RaglanDIY DaisyMulberry SilkLinenWIndowpane black white
Sonya RuffleDIY DaisyMulberry SilkLinenWindowpane black white
Trapezoid SkirtDIY DaisyFabrics StoreLinenRust
Two Tone SkirtDIY DaisyFabrics StoreLinenTwo colors lime green, yellow
Rosebud RaglanDIY DaisyFreeman’s CreativeCanvasTypewriters
Sonya RuffleDIY DaisyFabrics StoreLinenApple green


Sauvie Sundress by Sew House Seven – royal blue linen from Merchant and Mills

Sport Shorts by Friday Pattern Co.  – pay as you wish pattern, stretch woven from Greenstyle 

New patterns:

Sew House Seven Regalia blouse

A person with long hair in a messy bun holding a brown hat in front of their face.  Wearing a long sleeved top with gathered shoulders, a yoke with gathered front shirt length skirt; also wearing blue jeans.
A woman with long hair pulled back and wispy, as well as bangs.  Wearing an acid green top with a yoke, collar stand, puffly mid-arm sleeves.  Worn with jeans.

Pattern Features

Stand-up collar

Back keyhole opening with back neck ties

Front & back yokes with gathered front and back lower bodices

Length #1 – cropped hem 

Length #2 –  “tuck-in” length hem with optional waist tie

Sleeve A – gathered at shoulder and narrows at wrist

Sleeve B – gathered at shoulder and gathers at cuff

Optional tulle sleeve head pouf

Style Arc Hope Extension pack

Technical drawings of variations on a raglan dress including a button front, a cross over faux wrap bodice, and a bondice with a tie at the neck.  Sleeve varations include full sleeves with elastic at the mid-forearm, elbow length with horizontal pleats, and mid-forearm full sleeves with a cuff.
  • All sleeve options can be added to bodices A, B or C
  • Bodice A. Front split opening with neck gathers and neck binding into neck ties
  • Bodice B. “V” cross over neck
  • Bodice C. Round neck with front button opening
  • Sleeve 1. 3/4 length very full sleeves with elastic opening
  • Sleeve 2. Elbow length full sleeve with a deep cuff
  • Sleeve 3. Elbow length double tucked, draped sleeves

Tilly and the Buttons Mabel Dress and blouse

Square-shaped elasticated neckline

Full-length or elbow-length sleeves, with deep shirred cuff or narrow shirred cuff with frill hem

Voluminous raglan sleeves elasticated around the shoulders

Front neckline has a pretty frill, keyhole opening and faux drawstring ties

Blousy bodice and floaty skirt cinched in with shirred waistline

Make it as a midi-length dress or peplum blouse

A peasant style dress on a person with messy blonde hair, in hot pink, with a gathered neckline & shoulders on the sleves, and shirred waist and sleeve cuff.  Another person with long brown hair is wearing a green check version of the same garment as a top with a peplum and elbow length sleeves.
Technical drawings of the peasant style dress from the previous photo.

Cris Wood Sews Dewdrop tunic and cover up

A loose tunic with elasticized short sleeves, a boat neck, and slits in the side.  Both front and back hems are also elasticised.  This version is made in two colors - the yoke is a peach, the body is a golden tan.

Let’s talk about sewing books:  Note – books often have patterns that don’t meet our requirements, but still may contain information that’s really helpful no matter what your size is.


The Singer Reference Library

Reader’s Digest Craft book that everyone’s house had when I was growing up

Check out your local used book store for books in categories like Fashion, Fashion Design, and Crafts for other possibilities.

Book with a blue background called Reader's Digest Crafts & Hobbies a step-by-step guide to creative skills

Reader’s Digest complete guide to sewing

Book Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing with a light background & lots of sewing items photographed on the cover:  scissors, pincushion, bobbins, measureing tape, seam ripper, etc.


DIY Daisy – Sew It Yourself

Jenny Rushmore – Ahead of the Curve

Sewing Machine Accessory Bible

Serger Essentials

Sandra Betzina Fabric Savvy

The Act Of Sewing – Sonya Philip

The Fashion Designer’s Textile Directory

Fitting and Pattern Alteration

Baby Lock has books available to help you with creative use of machines & accessories.  These are SUPER expensive – $300 MSRP.  I found mine on eBay used for a bargain price.

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