The Dressmaker’s Companion

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


The Dressmaker's Companion with trophy


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


New book cover front




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.

Winner of the 30th Benjamin Franklin Award for best craft book and silver medal winner for best large format cover.


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), second edition 978 0 646 98547 3

Size: 297x210mm (8.268″x11.693″) A4

Spine width: 22.22mm (.875″), second edition 23.597mm (.929″)

Weight: 1025.5g (2.261lb), second edition 1094.95g (2.414lb)

Number of pages: 430, second edition 460

Cover is matt laminate and interior is black and white text with line drawingsNew book cover back

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

Publication date: 1st September 2017, second edition 30th April 2018

The second edition is identifiable by the seals on the front cover, the number of pages (460), the year of publication (2018) and the ISBN (ends with a 3)

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

View blog posts about The Dressmaker’s Companion here.

The Dressmaker’s Companion is available as a print book only. 






Where to buy The Dressmaker’s Companion

Like to flip through a copy before buying?  Your local library might have it.  If they don’t, why not ask your librarian to purchase a copy for the library? (and you could be the first to borrow it).

You can buy an autographed copy from me here.

Are you a small retailer, independent fabric shop owner or sewing school proprietor and want to stock The Dressmaker’s Companion?  I have excellent wholesale rates, very low minimum orders and can drop ship to your door; please send a no obligation enquiry to: liz@lizhaywood (dot) com (dot) au

To buy retail, try your local bookshop; the book’s ISBN is 978 0 646 98547 3 and the distributor is Ingram.

In Adelaide, South Australia, Catwalk fabrics in Brompton, The Needleworks in South Plympton, Create in Stitch in Highgate, The Drapery on Glen Osmond Road, Mostly Books at Mitcham shops, All Make Sewing Centre on Goodwood Road.

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