Favorite Design & Craft Books

My grandma loved to give me hand-me-down craft supplies and books, and my mom has always had quite a large sewing/craft/design/decorating book library.  This helped start my own collection of DIY books pretty early in life.  College really built up my bookshelves, but all the ones I didn't like I sold back after the classes were over.  Here are my current and perennial favorites:

These are my favorites for inspiration and project ideas: Fifty Dresses That Changed the World, Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book, How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label 2nd edition (mine is 1st edition), and Fashion Illustration by Fashion Designers.

As far as sketching, sewing, and creating clothing goes, these are the most helpful: Apparel Making in Fashion Design, Sewing Activewear (Singer Sewing Reference Library), Classic Tailoring Techniques: A Construction Guide for Women's Wear, H.Joseph-Armstrong's Draping for Apparel Design, 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion 4th Edition and (mine is third edition).

I haven't gotten to dive to far into this one yet since it just arrived, but my amazing friends/mentors Elsie and Emma just released this book.  I'm so proud of them for writing 2 books including A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home.  ♥ Mallory