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Sewing 101

In line with our 2014 Trend Report, we are going back to basics taking up sewing again, inspired by the BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee. Here are four great books for advice on techniques and some inspiration: 1. Couture Sewing by Claire B. Shaeffer 2. The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard 3. New Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader's Digest 4. Vogue Sewing by Vogue Knitting Magazine (All available from or Exclusive Books) To get started you will need the right tools. Try these hidden gems for all you haberdashery needs: 1. Mama’s Wool and Habby, 19 Main Road, Diep River, Cape Town, 021-712-4573 2. Orion Wool & Craft, 12 Woodburn Crescent, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, 021-423-9782 3. Arthur Bales, 62 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg, 011-888-2401 Text Zelda Hamilton