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Did you catch the finale of Project Runway last night? If you're feeling inspired to create some of your own designs, check out some of the terrific books at your library: The sewing stitch and textile bible : an illustrated guide to techniques and materials provides a thorough overview of stitches and materials (one of my personal faves). S.E.W. : sew everything workshop includes very detailed instructions for 25 beginner projects and includes patterns for 10 of those designs. DowntownDIY sewing : 14 easy designs for city girls with style includes 3 patterns and great instructions for those new to machine sewing. Vogue sewing quick reference is just what it says - the sort of book you want to have sitting next to your sewing machine to refer to during those "what now?" moments. Sew what! skirts : 16 simple styles you can make with fabulous fabrics is one of my all-time favorite sewing books. It includes instructions for making perfect-fitting skirts without using a pattern. 101 ways to use your first sewing machine is a great place to start if you're not sure what type of project you want to do. It includes clothing, home decor, and other sewing projects on a variety of difficulty levels.