Ok maybe not a fashion designer, but to learn the basics of sewing...
I am Currently taking a sewing class. My teacher recommended some books. I finally decided to purchase the books, since I couldn't find them in my local library. I have longed to sew and find it hard to self teach. When I have a set day to go to school I make the time to go and get something done. If I taught myself it would never get done.
It can be overwhelming when choosing fashion books to learn to sew. There are so many good ones out there, but I don't have time or money for all that. I was happy to see my teacher had a recommended list of four books for us.
Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader's Digest
Sewing Building Block by Nancy Zieman (not pictured)
Sewing Essentials by Singer
Simply the Best Sewing Book by Simplicity
After doing some researching I found the best prices at http://www.amazon.com