Books on Sewing, Pattern Fitting and More…

Sewing books are our speciality since we have been publishing books on how to sew and fit fashion patterns for over 30 years!  Our best-selling books are our series – FIT FOR REAL PEOPLE.  As home sewing industry recognized experts we are proud to offer our complete library of books on sewing, tissue fitting and fashion…plus a great family cookbook!

winner-2016-best-sewing-booksCheck out our newest book, Knits for Real People, which won the prestigious book award for 2016 “Best Craft, Hobby and Sewing Book”

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  • Fit For Real People

    Sew great clothes using ANY pattern — SECOND EDITION

    by Pati Palmer, By Marta Alto

    After 25 years of hands-on teaching and fitting thousands of different women's bodies, Pati Palmer and Marta Alto have found a way to achieve perfect garment fit that really works. And now they've translated all their expertise into this book. The Alto and Palmer fitting system is easy and practical no matter what the pattern brand. It is measure-free and doesn't require drafting skills.
    5 out of 5
  • Knits for Real People

    Fitting and Sewing Fashion Knit Fabrics by Susan Neall and Pati Palmer Do you want fashionable, comfortable knit clothes? Sewing fashion knits is hot and it’s all new for the 21st century! Sue Neall, Pati Palmer, and Palmer/Pletsch instructors worldwide provide fitting and sewing how-tos for today’s modern knits, with hundreds of real people photos for illustration. ibpa-bfa-silverwinner_168w    


    5 out of 5
  • Pants for Real People

    Second Edition by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto Forget the fitting shell! Toss the tape measure—after taking just one measurement! Now, with just the hip measurement and the help of the new Palmer/Pletsch book, Pants for REAL People, by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto, women of all sizes, shapes, and ages can try on the tissue-paper pattern to see how to fit the pants they sew. Tissue-fitting, a technique devised and perfected by Palmer/Pletsch over three decades of hands-on teaching, has never before appeared in print for pants. 192 pages.
  • Jackets for Real People

    UPDATED by Marta Alto, Susan Neall, and Pati Palmer Use this book and ALL of your sewing will improve. For a minimal investment and a little time, you can have a designer jacket. Using the latest interfacings sew it Armani-style and achieve a custom fit no matter what your figure.
    5 out of 5
  • Looking Good . . . Every Day!

    Style Solutions for Real Women by Nancy Nix-Rice Any woman can look and feel lovely, regardless of her age, bank balance, or pant size, and Looking Good . . . Every Day defines a simple yet sophisticated standard for women to determine exactly which clothes and accessories will showcase their unique beauty. The “points of connection” method explains that the more characteristics that exist in common between a woman and her outfit, the more lovely she will look. It shifts emphasis from hiding her perceived figure challenges and focuses on spotlighting her personal assets. By choosing wardrobe additions in this way, everything in her closet will work together. She has more outfits from fewer garments, allowing her to buy higher-quality garments without increasing her budget. Photography of real women—ranging from 22 to 80 years old and from size 4 to 24—illustrates the universal impact “points of connection” make in their appearance.
  • Sewing Ultrasuede Brand Products

    Ultrasuede, Facile, Caress, Ultraleather by Marta Alto, Pati Palmer, and Barbara Weiland Ultrasuede is an amazing suede-like fabric that looks, feels, moves, and even sounds like real suede. This book, with its color fashion photography, simple step-by-step how-tos, easy-to-follow line drawings, tips, and care guidelines will inspire and guide you as you sew with these fabulous fabrics: Ultrasuede, Ultrasuede Light, Facile, Caress, and Ultraleather.
  • Couture — The Art of Fine Sewing

    by Roberta Carr Couture is an attitude. Now, thanks to Roberta's writing and Palmer Pletsch's publishing efforts, couture is available to everyone with an interest in quality, style and individuality.
  • Théâtre de la Mode

    Fashion Dolls: The Survival of Haute Couture

    Liberation in the fall of 1944 after four years of foreign Occupation found Paris surviving on minimal resources. Hoping to make a statement to the world that Paris was still the center of fashion, couturiers, jewelers, milliners, hairdressers, and theatre designers joined together to present the Théâtre de la Mode.

    Using the ages-old tradition of traveling miniature mannequins dressed in current couture, the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture mobilized a whole industry with unprecedented cooperation and creativity to prove that life could begin again through these 27” tall ambassadors of fashion. This book tells their story.

  • Dream Sewing Spaces

    Design & Organization for Spaces Large & Small — Second Edition

    by Lynette Ranney Black

    At last... a book to help you turn your dream into a reality. Whether you have a closet, laundry room, a corner of the family room, a spare bedroom, or even the attic, author Lynette Ranney Black guides and inspires you with pages of color photos, plus, selecting lighting and cabinets. Learn how to make the most of the space you have. Check out the hundreds of storage ideas. She even shows you how to reorganize existing closets to make room for sewing storage. The Second Edition includes new sewing room photos, lots of color, and updated information. 

    5 out of 5
  • Creative Serging for the Home and Other Quick Decorating Ideas

    SECOND EDITION by Lynette Ranney Black and Linda Wisner Discover hundreds of decorating ideas. Inviting, personalized rooms range from rustic and country to contemporary and elegant, with inspiring photos and easy-to-follow illustrated how-tos for window and wall coverings, table toppers, furniture and bed covers, pillows, napkins and accessories. Easy no-sew techniques combined with serger finishes, decorative threads and simple sewing.
  • Sewing With Sergers

    The Complete Handbook for Overlock Sewing— Third Edition

    by Gail Brown and Pati Palmer  Sewing With Sergers has guided hundreds of thousands of serger owners. It is THE book to have by your serger as you venture into this whole new realm of sewing. Gail Brown and Pati Palmer hold your hand and you learn the machine... and the basics of serging.
    5 out of 5
  • Mother Pletsch's Painless Sewing

    with Pretty Pati's Perfect Pattern Primer — Fourth Edition

    by Pati Palmer, Susan Pletsch This completely revised Mother Pletsch's Painless Sewing is a lighthearted book for both beginners and those who want a sewing brush up... the most uncomplicated sewing book of the century! Learn to sew FAST, with professional-looking results. And with Pretty Pati's Perfect Pattern Primer, you'll find your clothes fit better than ever before, thanks to co author Pati Palmer, who also designs for The McCall Pattern Company as The Fit Expert. From selecting fabric to cutting, fitting, shaping, and those all-important details, you'll love sewing, and you'll love the results.