Hey, you!

We’re creators. We’re artisans. Creators and artisans must have tools. And because we sew, we get notions too.

Here is my list of resources that I think you will enjoy and find immensely helpful and/or crucial for making insanely pretty dresses or for increasing the enjoyment of our craft.

Now, before you dig into some of these tools, notions, and resources that I’ve used and love, I must make an important disclosure:

If you’re sweet enough to use an affiliate link that I provide below to make a purchase (thank you!), I’ll earn a commission. This commission comes at NO additional cost to you.

And I promise that I’ll ONLY recommend tools and supplies that I’ve used personally and companies that I’ve done happy business with.

Please do NOT spend money on any tool, supply, or another resource on this list unless you need it to help you dream it, sew it, and flaunt it.

Sewing Tools + Notions

notions wall at local sewing/craft store


For your convenience, here are the absolute essentials that you need to join me on this journey to unleashing our dressmaking superpowers:

Cutting Tools

Straight Pins

Sewing Machine Needles

Hand Sewing Needles

Sewing Thread

Measuring Tools

Marking Tools

Pressing Tools


Sewing Machine

 Nancy’s Notions

Nancy’s Notions sells so many cool sewing-related stuff. And they have the most amazing 100% LIFETIME customer satisfaction guarantee:

Whether you’ve cut it, crumpled it, opened it, or sewn it, w promise no-hassle returns on any purchase. There are absolutely no restrictions and no restocking fees. If you’re not completely satisfied, simply return the product for a replacement or refund of the purchase price.

Definitely, check out this site. Even if you buy nothing, it is an education in what’s new and cool in sewing heaven.

Commercial Pattern Companies

the-big-four-pattern-companies: simplicity, mccalls, butterick, and vogue

Once upon a time, there were four BIG commercial pattern companies: Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, and Vogue. It now seems like Simplicity and McCalls own everybody else.

Fabric Resources

2 stacks of gorgeous fabrics

Our art is sewing and our medium is fabric and textiles. Therefore, a good fabric reference resource is priceless. Here are some great resources to get your fabric fix on… Enjoy!

Sewing Books

janine's favorite sewing books

Do as I say. And don’t do as I did. Because the truth is, overwhelm is the enemy laying out, cutting, marking, and sewing!

So I suggest that in the beginning you control yourself, save your cash, and just choose ONE technique resource.

To help you choose the resource that is right for you, click any of the hyperlinks below, you’ll be taken to Amazon. Here you can click the “Look Inside” feature to determine which sewing resource speaks to you:

I own them all! And you can’t go wrong with any resource on this list.

And these are my two favorite fabric resources:

Sewing Magazines

janine's favorite sewing magazines: vogue patterns, threads, and sew news

When I’m not sewing or spending time with the ones I adore, I love to curl up on my loveseat, surrounded by my favorite sewing magazines.


Sewing Machine Manuals

janine's janome dc2014 sewing machine manual

If your sewing machine manual has taken a walk or has been dog-eared to death, Sewing Parts Online Instruction Manuals is a great place to start. There are names here I’ve never even heard of.

However, many sewing machine manuals are available online FREE. Just Google the brand and model of your sewing machine followed by PDF. For example:

Janome 415 PDF (with or without quotes)

The End

Finally, because nobody likes stale bread, I’ll be updating this page as I discover new tools, notions, books, and fabric resources to swoon over.

So make it your business to bookmark this page and check back regularly to find the latest and the greatest goodies I’ve added just for you.

And remember…

Life is the ultimate red carpet event. Dress for it!

If you found this resource dreamy, then please share it on your favorite social media platform. And thank you!

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