Independent British company Merchant and Mills range of books
The Work book £25 –
The work book is a collection of versatile sewing patterns for an elegant all season wardrobe including skirts, trousers, shorts, dresses, tops, vests and jackets. Six classic garments that create a stylish multi-layered wardrobe from scratch. Make fashion work.
Full-size patterns are provided for a neat vest with a boxer back detail, an elegant bias-cut long-sleeved dress, a simple long gathered skirt with a drawstring waist, a batwing wrap top, an oversized drop-shoulder jacket and a pair of classic wide leg trousers. There are also style variations within 4 of the patterns. The aim of this book is to move beyond simplicity and dare the maker to develop new skills.
The Sewing skills book 12.99
The Merchant & Mills Elementary Sewing Skills book is a pocket or bag companion, packed full of useful techniques for wardrobe maintenance and alterations. Bound in linen, with crystal clear instructions, sequenced illustrations and beautiful photography, it is both useful and beautiful. Topics include darts and gathering, seams, ease, hems, interfacing and closures such as buttons and zips are all covered alongside advice on using and understanding patterns and performing basic alterations. Successful sewing is very achievable: just make sure that you have this book to hand at all times. Keep it simple & do it well.
The Sewing book -£20
Part I introduces tools, techniques, philosophy and working methods so you’re completely prepared for the fifteen fabulous projects in part 2. It guides you through the construction of an apron, bags, soft furnishings and even things to wear. Each task builds on the skills gained in the previous one and as if that were not enough there is even throw in a couple of patterns for you to scale up and get cutting. Read, learn and make.