Pattern books have a core group of patterns. And they often claim to teach sewing.

Moving on from your first steps with making clothes ? Gain skills beyond the level of patterns marked Easy (Vogue patterns Very Easy).
Again of course I can’t guarantee you will like these books. But at least these give me pleasure instead of annoying me with all the mistakes !

Full size patterns.
All patterns have these proportions unless mentioned :
waist = bust – 8″
hips = bust + 2″.

The choice here is interesting. These books not only have different styles of clothes. They also have different extras.
Once you have a few sewing skills, there are so many other aspects of garment making you can explore, and they can give such pleasure.
Such as doll clothes, embellishment and heirloom stitching, combining different prints, stretch fabrics, pattern changes to alter styles, fit, wardrobe planning.

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Colette Sewing Handbook

”colette

tissue patterns.
Embellishments – scalloped hem and shaped neckline, narrow tucks, bias cutting, bias binding, draped overlays.
bust 33 – 48 in., C cup, hips = bust + 5-1/2 in.
Chapter on fit.

Sew Serendipity

”serendipity”

3 basic tissue patterns
pattern pieces for 6 variations of each garment.
Ruffles and fabric combinations.
bust 32 – 44 in., B cup.

Pins and Needles
aimed at children, also sized for adults.
‘Modest clothing’ style.
There aren’t line diagrams of finished garments.
traceable patterns for :
blouse, vest, culottes, jumper dress, sun dress, jacket, hat
knit tee, sweatshirt and pants
fleece vest, hoodie, accessories
9 quilting projects
2 ‘heirloom sewing’ projects

bust 27 – 38 in., .darts for B cup on Misses blouse
(separate pattern for matching garments for 18 in. doll, uses instructions in main book)

Easy sewing the Kwik Sew way

”kwiksewwardrobe”

traceable patterns for tee, blouse, elastic waist skirts and pants
simple instructions for pattern alterations to make many other styles
bust 31 – 45 in., B cup.

Perfect Plus

”perfectplus”

4 basic tissue patterns for petites with lengthen lines, pattern pieces for 14 styles in all.
(Imagine them in bright colours/ naturals/ pastels if you don’t look good in grey !)
Section on fit.
Advice on wardrobe planning.
bust 40 – 50 in., D cup.

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Which of these would suit your clothing style and what you most want to learn ?

Would you be happier with something easier ? or looking for help with moving to intermediate level ?
Here are some suggestions for other pattern books :
Complete beginners
Advanced beginners

if you’d like more support with sewing skills while working through one of these pattern books, try a beginners sewing ‘bible’. These are good.
Me and my sewing machine
Sewing machine basics.

Enjoy written instructions ?
Pick a book to work through at this level, and you’ll have a marvellous collection of sewing skills – and clothes 😀

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