Sewing Books that Include Patterns (or help you make your own)

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The list author says: "Purchasing sewing books, particularly garment sewing books, can be an exercise in frustration. You are given tips on creating lovely garments and are then instructed to "buy a commercial pattern". So, you must lay out $$ for a pattern after you have laid out $$ for a book. Books that actually include paper patterns have been around for years but lately, there has been a wonderful trend in the world of publishing. Including patterns is in style! No hunting for a pattern to match the ideas in the book, it's included! One caveat: The sizes in most of these books stay firmly in the "misses" range."
Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe
1.  Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by Wendy Mullin
The list author says:
  "Includes patterns for an A-line skirt, a button-down shirt and a basic pair of slacks. The fit is excellent."
Used & New from: $0.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics
2.  Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics by Wendy Mullin
The list author says:
  "Basically variations on a T-shirt theme. Shows how to alter the patterns to create tunics, hoodies and dresses"
Used & New from: $5.19
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl's Best Frock
3.  Built by Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl's Best Frock by Wendy Mullin
The list author says:
  "The sheath, the shift and the dirndl are all included in the pattern envelope."
$18.83   Used & New from: $0.72
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide with 25 Fabulous Original Designs, Including 10 Patterns
4.  Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide with 25 Fabulous Original Designs, Including 10 Patterns by Diana Rupp
The list author says:
  "Wide variety of patterns. A few tops, a dress, two skirts, knickerbockers, a necktie, dog jacket, a cape and many more."
$20.18   Used & New from: $9.47
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Mary Engelbreit: Sew, So Cute!  (Leisure Arts #4809)
5.  Mary Engelbreit: Sew, So Cute! (Leisure Arts #4809) by Mary Engelbreit
The list author says:
  "More of a craft sewing book with household items and aprons."
Used & New from: $4.71
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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One-Piece Wearables: 25 Chic Garments and Accessories to Sew from Single Pattern Pieces (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls)
6.  One-Piece Wearables: 25 Chic Garments and Accessories to Sew from Single Pattern Pieces (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls) by Sheila Brennan
The list author says:
  "Patterns included for garments that only require one piece."
Used & New from: $2.05
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Chic & Simple Sewing: Skirts, Dresses, Tops, and Jackets for the Modern Seamstress
7.  Chic & Simple Sewing: Skirts, Dresses, Tops, and Jackets for the Modern Seamstress by Christine Haynes
The list author says:
  "Nice collection of dresses and tops. Pretty trendy so I am not sure how long its shelf life is."
Used & New from: $2.23
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Make Your Own Clothes: 20 Custom Fit Patterns to Sew
8.  Make Your Own Clothes: 20 Custom Fit Patterns to Sew by Marie Clayton
The list author says:
  "Includes a disc with the patterns ready for printing. Warning: the uses A LOT of paper and will require you to tape your pattern together. Be ready for a fair amount of work."
Used & New from: $0.01
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Twinkle Sews: 25 Handmade Fashions from the Runway to Your Wardrobe
9.  Twinkle Sews: 25 Handmade Fashions from the Runway to Your Wardrobe by Wenlan Chia
The list author says:
  "The same issue with this book. The CD-ROM is included for you to print your own pattern but a lot of ink, paper, tape and time will be required of you."
$17.80   Used & New from: $1.69
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics
10.  Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics by Carole Ann Camp
The list author says:
  "A fun book that shows you how to make skirts without a pattern. Great fun."
$13.56   Used & New from: $0.76
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

Sew What! Fleece: Get Comfy with 35 Heat-to-Toe, Easy-to-Sew Projects!
11.  Sew What! Fleece: Get Comfy with 35 Heat-to-Toe, Easy-to-Sew Projects! by Carol Jessop
The list author says:
  "Patternless fleece sewing. I made a bathrobe out of this book that was a smashing success."
$14.29   Used & New from: $1.16
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs
12.  Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs by Lexie Barnes
The list author says:
  "Patternless bag sewing. Great small projects."
$12.50   Used & New from: $2.45
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

Marionettes: Easy to make! fun to use!
13.  Marionettes: Easy to make! fun to use! by Edith Flack Ackley
The list author says:
  "Finally, this book includes full size patterns for making cloth marionettes. It was originally published in 1929, showing that including patterns is not a new idea. Sadly out of print, it is available used. Just make sure the seller states that the paper patterns are intact."
Used & New from: $11.85
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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