The Dressmaker’s Companion

Introducing The Dressmaker’s Companion – A practical guide to sewing clothes


The Dressmakers Companion cover image


The Dressmaker’s Companion has received a gold medal for best craft/hobby/how-to book, and a silver medal for best cover at the 30th Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.  More about the awards here.


A comprehensive sewing reference you’ll refer to again and again for reliable, practical advice.

Whether you’re a dressmaker, fashion student or simply enjoy sewing for yourself and the people you love, this is a sewing book as helpful as your own personal teacher.

With over 3,000 illustrations, step-by-step instructions, clever ideas, troubleshooting and fitting advice, The Dressmaker’s Companion will enable you to sew with confidence.


About the author: Elizabeth Haywood always loved making clothes.  She trained as a patternmaker and worked in the fashion industry for 20 years.  She now lives in the country with her young family, where she’s re-discovering sewing for pleasure.


Book details

ISBN: 978 0 646 96824 7 (paperback)

Size: 297x210mm (8.268″x11.693″) A4

Spine width: 22.22mm (.875″)

Weight: 1025.5g (2.261lb)

Number of pages: 430

Cover is matt laminate and interior is black and white text with line drawings

RRP: $AU64.99, $US49.99, £39.99, Є44.99

Publication date: 1st September 2017

Distributor: Ingram

Download a PDF of the contents page Contents page The Dressmaker’s Companion

Download a PDF of the index (7 pages) Index The Dressmaker’s Companion

Download a PDF of the introduction Introduction to The Dressmaker’s Companion

Download a PDF of the book details listed on this page Book details The Dressmaker’s Companion

View interior pages in this blog post, and here as well.


Where to buy The Dressmaker’s Companion

You can buy an autographed copy from me here.

Are you a small retailer or sewing school proprietor and want to stock The Dressmaker’s Companion?  I have excellent wholesale rates; please send me a no obligation enquiry: liz@lizhaywood (dot) com (dot) au

To buy retail, try your local bookshop; the book’s ISBN is 978 0 646 96824 7 and the distributor is Ingram.

In Adelaide, South Australia, Catwalk fabrics in Brompton, Create in Stitch in Highgate has signed copies.

In Clare, South Australia, KnitSpinWeave and Clare Fashion and Fabrics stock autographed copies.

In Pt Lincoln, South Australia, Ruby + Kate

In Pt Pirie and Kadina, South Australia, Meg’s bookshop has signed copies.

In Launceston, Tasmania, Ruche Fabrics

In Australia, Booktopia, Fishpond

In the UK, The Book Depository,, Blackwells,

In the US,, Alibris, Superbookdeals, Barnes and Noble, ,

In Canada, Chapters/Indigo

In Japan,

In France,

In Germany,

In Sweden, Adlibris

In Italy,

In Spain,



Author contact details



Email: liz@lizhaywood (dot) com (dot) au


Visit Elizabeth Haywood’s blog home page here.




The book’s downloadable PDFs are here:


Page 304 Boomerang sleeve header

Page 303 Shoulder pad raglans

Page 302 Shoulder pad large raglan

Page 301 Shoulder pad large square

Page 300 Shoulder pad small square

Page 256 Pressing tools tailors ham

Page 255 Pressing tools seam roll square end

Page 254 Pressing tools seam roll round end

Page 253 Pressing tools mitt