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Costuming Advice, Recommended Reading, Handy Items
A few things I've learned along the way and feel is worth sharing

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Simplicity's Simply The Best Sewing Book
: I will admit to having a particular bias toward this book. It was my very first sewing book and was given to me by my grandmother. Sentiment aside it really is a very good book to start out with. It covers many of the basics such as reading a pattern envelope, using a pattern, choosing fabric, measuring yourself, adjusting the pattern for a perfect fit, hand sewing, machine sewing, serging and the list goes on. Whenever I need to brush up on something this is the book I most often find myself reaching for. It's also handy because it's bound with a plastic comb so it can lay out flat for reference while you work.

Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide
: This is probably the most comprehensive text I have found so far on working with different fabric types. It has sections for each type of fabric that explains practically everything there is to know about that particular fabric. Basics include what projects the fabric is suitable for, how to care for it both before and after sewing, the best methods for sewing, cutting and marking it and much more. It is incredibly detailed and will be an indispensable addition to your library.
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