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Published: 14 April 2014

By Andy Ross

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Books for the library

Our reference library has grown over the last couple of weeks with a kind donation of useful books and manuals.

The list of the new acquisitions is below. The library, both book and fabric, is open to the public or anyone interested in research and simply browsing for ideas. To use the library, send us an email  to book a time to come to the studio.Thank you to our kind benefactors for all the books.


A Shetland Knitter's Notebook. Patterns from the islands heritage.

Creative Dressing. Patterns and embellishments for dress-makers.

Two Italian manuals on dress-making. Useful for ideas and how-to

McCall's Step by Step Sewing Book. A useful guide for dress-making and tailoring.

Metric pattern cutting for menswear. Designing and adapting.

Techniques of Dressmaking and Soft Tailoring. Full of very interesting and useful diagrams and hints.

The Batsford Book of Practical Dressmaking.

Coat and Skirt making

The Vogue Sewing Book of Fitting, Adjustments and Alterations.

Collins Nutshell Book of Period Costume. Useful for ideas and inspiration.

Japanese edition of All About British Seamen's Sweaters. Great pictures for ideas and inspiration.