Book Report | The Complete Guide to Clothing Construction by Christine Haynes & A Giveaway

Grainline Studio | Book Report | The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing Construction by Christine Haynes

Hey guys! I’m really excited to be the next stop on the blog tour of Christine Haynes‘ new book, The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing Construction! Recently a good handful of my friends have shown an interest in learning to sew and have asked me for recommendations on good beginners sewing books. Well now having read this book, it’s is my new recommendation! Unlike a lot of guide to sewing books, which are useful for beginning sewers but not so much advanced ones, this book really does go into all sorts of techniques from beginning to advanced and the range in between.

Grainline Studio | Book Report | The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing Construction by Christine Haynes

I know this is going to sound weird, but one of my favorite parts about this book is that it covers two things that confused me when I started out sewing… different types of thread and different types of pins. I weirdly remember staring down the huge wall of pins at JoAnn and thinking, dude, so many pins! Do I need the pins that have balls on the ends? The thicker dressmakers pins? What are these really thin ones all about? Thread too, so many kinds! I really appreciate a book that takes the time to talk about these little types of details as well as bigger things like how to sew a dart, how to set a sleeve, etc. I think it’s really impressive that Christine managed to fit in a million little things that so many books tend to leave out, it definitely shows the detail and care put into planning this book. Christine is a total sweetheart and it really comes across in the book. She manages to sound just like your really really informative bff and I think that’s really comforting while you’re trying to learn a new technique!

Grainline Studio | Book Report | The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing Construction by Christine Haynes

 

Grainline Studio | Book Report | The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing Construction by Christine Haynes

 

Speaking of Christine being a mad nice lady, she’s offered up this selection of amazing vintage notions and a 2.5 yard of this AMAZING silk organza for me to give away! In addition I’m throwing in a pattern of your choice from my shop, and perhaps a little surprise from my gigantic fabric & supply hoard, so leave a comment below telling me what technique you’re looking forward to mastering next!

You have until Thursday March 13th at midnight CST to enter, I’ll announce the winner on Friday March 14th!

*cat bank not included in the prize…meow!

370 replies on “Book Report | The Complete Guide to Clothing Construction by Christine Haynes & A Giveaway

  • Leah Thomas

    I really want to learn how to fit dresses better. I can’t wait to read that book! And the fabric looks wonderful!

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  • Whitney Luckenbill

    I think the technique I would most like to master in my sewing journey is making and applying biased binding. Mine always ends up wavy and wonky!

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  • Lisa Klugewicz

    Wow.. I would love a pattern from your shop and that beautiful fabric. Also that book lol. I am a not so new sewer but new to garment sewing. Small bust adjustment and setting in sleeves are 2 things I am trying hard to get right 🙂

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  • Kara

    I love a good sewing book! I am currently learning how to sew with knits and it’s opening a whole new world to me! The next step is to gain enough confidence to work with lighter, tissue knits.

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  • annekecaramin

    Oh wow, this is truly an amazing giveaway! The book looks great as well, even if I already have so many sewing books… Good thing my birthday is coming up!

    I’d love to master topstitching. At the moment it’s ‘ok’, and I want to get to ‘great’!

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  • Amber

    This book looks fantastic! I am a beginner and now, I just want to feel more comfortable around my machine. In the future, and I know this will take a while, I want to tackle getting the best fit and the techniques involved with that!

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  • Kathi Giumentaro

    Oh wow. I would love to win this prize. Please enter me in the drawing.
    PS. I am working on my 9th Archer.

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  • Masha

    I feel very confident about my garment sewing, but one thing still really intimidates me and that is zippers. I’ve sewn three in my life and they all stunk. So I’d be interested to see zipper instructions in this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Ani

    Oooooh, this book looks like a winner. I’m currently trying to master the “find a replacement pedal” stage for my Elna, but also working on finishing techniques. I’d like to start working with knits a lot more as well. Lovely giveaway!

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  • Mary jo Barclay

    Very excited to read this new book. I have been sewing for years but i never stop learning about techniques that make garmet construction easier!

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  • Marcia

    Sounds like a wonderful book and resource – interlining or underlining – what’s the difference?
    I’ve always struggled with that one. Thanks for the giveaway, that silk looks lovely!

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  • Jan

    Thank you for the great book review and the wonderful giveaway! I’ve had bound buttonholes on my mind lately. I made a few 25 years ago. Then I think I became a lazy sewist. I would like to perfect my bound buttonholes and make myself a tailored wool jacket.

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  • Michelle Becker

    This book sounds great! I’m currently struggling with the ‘hem-turner’ feet for my machine. There’s gotta be a trick to this but I can’t figure it out. I just can’t seem to get the fabric to turn under to create the miracle of a double hem. It’s hit or miss. I’ll keep trying.

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  • Ellen M.

    I can use all of the help I can get to reduce my “zipper-phobia”! The book looks great – can’t wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  • ParisGrrl

    My next project is learning how to make buttonholes by hand, on some rather tricky fabric…hopefully it’ll turn out great!

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  • Stephanie

    Awesome giveaway!!! So excited!

    I am still looking for tips and tricks on sewing with knits, especially since I don’t have a serger!

    I also have gotten away (so far) with sewing garments without buttons or zippers. My goal is that my next project be something a little more out of my current comfort zone of tees and dresses.

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  • Katherine

    I’m definitely looking to improve my detail-work: topstitching, perfect darts, zip insertion. . . this looks like a fabulous resource to all that!

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  • Kathleen Burke

    I desperately need to perfect set in sleeves. More then once I’ve turned a project into a sleeveless dress or top after failing to get the sleeves set in right.

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  • Jackie

    This book looks awesome. I am working on mastering invisible zips and fly front zips. The vintage notions are so cool. Thanks.

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  • Lisa

    Oh wow – would love to know where to get that organza! gorgeous! I am hoping to get proficient with knits soon – seems that is a trend right now so yay for me!

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  • sweatersandstockings

    I would really like to master fitting blouses. I have a long torso and almost no curves so a lot of patterns are too short and too wide in the hips. I’d love to be able to make tops more flattering.

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  • Karen U

    I finished an Archer shirt a few weeks ago (thank you for the sewalong tutorials!!!) and I would like to master the art of handmade clothing. I think my shirt turned out very good, but there’s definitely room for (vast) improvement. Thanks!

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  • Bethany

    I would so love to win this book, as a beginning sewer. I would love to learn more about different ways to finish seams if you don’t own a serger…

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  • Mackenzie

    Sounds like a fantastic book! I’d love to get better at fitting. I usually make only minor fitting adjustments, but I’d like to learn how to really get the fit right

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  • jaime tanis

    I told my dad I would make him a coat of a lifetime with some wonderful cashmere coating, wool batting and silk lining. The plan is elaborate and I realized soon into the muslin that I have so much more to learn about fitting, alterations, and tailoring but I know when I finish it (someday) that it will be amazing and I will have learned so much!

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  • StephanieM

    I would really like to know more about sewing with knits. Also I’d like to learn more about adjusting patterns for closer fit. Great giveaway, the silk organza looks indeed amazing!

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  • Holly

    I’m trying to learn how to line a dress. And I’m constantly learning how to fit better. Thanks for doing the give away.

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  • Elle

    Zipper insertion! No matter how hard I try, I can never seem to get it quite right. A book with a ton of full-color pictures like this one would be sooo helpful.

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  • emily

    I’m not sure this exactly counts as a technique, but PANTS. I want to conquer pants this spring! That will surely give me some new fitting techniques and probably some new sewing techniques along the way too.

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  • Maureen

    I want to make a tunic that is completely reversible. So I guess its flat felled seams, french seams, enclosing necklines with bias binding that shows on both sides very neatly. Is that too many?

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  • Rachel

    Oh wow! I most am interested in learning about sewing with delicate fabrics! So far it’s been pretty consistently cottons and linens. Something finer sounds so beautiful but I’m a little scared to cut into any thing so fancy!

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  • arnia

    I’ve just got my first machine, and teaching myself the basics, so this book would be perfect for teaching me all those things that will take me hours to work out!

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  • Jana

    Oh, what an awesome giveaway!
    The one technique that I’d really, really, really like to master is buttonholes. Sigh. I want an Archer! Or fifteen! If only they didn’t need buttonholes…

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  • ThreadTime

    Thanks for the book review. I’m always looking for really good resources.

    Fitting is the skill I’m working at the hardest right now. I’m also playing with couture techniques. I’ve recently picked up a couple tailoring resources and want to brave a tailored jacket at some point.

    I love visiting you blog and watching all the fun stuff you create. Thanks for sharing.
    Ramona

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  • Diya

    Wow.. I love her Sassy Librarian blouse class. And I just completed a blouse yesterday.. Yet to take pics and blog about it 🙂 Next on my list is to learn to line dresses/Blouses properly. Also I need to fine tune my invisible zipper techniques.. I need to learn to make them really invisible at all parts LOl.. Thanks for the giveaway .. Hope I get lucky 🙂

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  • Martha

    Oh thanks for the book review! I was looking at this on amazon but didn’t know how good it was. Now I want to hurry up and buy it! My next technique is either mastering sewing with silk, or relearning pant waistbands and sewing some up for my boys. What an awesome giveaway! (Hope you’re feeling better friend!)

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  • Sandra

    Excited about this! I need help with fitting and measuring. I have the Archer pattern but I’m afraid to start it!!

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  • symondezyn

    Thank you for the review & the lovely giveaway! 🙂 I’m not a new sewist, but for some reason lately, zippers have become the bane of my existence. I would like to beat them into submission once and for all! 🙂 Then I’m gonna tackle pants fitting!

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  • rmh

    what a great giveaway! and this book looks fantastic. I’l love to become a master of hemming. I can manage okay but I still have a ways to go for that pro look.

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  • Hayley

    I want to better understand the tension on my machine and needle size selection. Time management with little kids would be nice too!

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  • Joanne

    I suck at sleeves. Although I recently read that the arm hole is more important than sleeves. It just sounds so ..weird…to say, “Apparently, I suck at armholes.” BUT, I have a relatively small chest, with I guess muscular shoulders and biceps…and I’m not certain which fitting alterations I need to do. I want more “business/casual” (stupid phrase) tops, but they need to have full arm movement.

    On a happier note, that silk organza is beautiful!

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  • Courtney Lutes

    What a great giveaway! I would love to get better at pattern alterations. I know what I need to alter, but I’m never sure of the “correct” or easiest way to do them.

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  • Oreolu

    I’d love to master sewing with knits without an overlocker as I pretty much live in knits, but am worried they’re a lot more hassle on a regular sewing machine. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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  • Cecillia

    There are tons of techniques I still need to master…zippers, easing sleeves, rolled hems…the learning never ends!

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  • Elaine

    No matter how many times I try, I still am terrible at set in sleeves. So that is something I definitely need help with!!

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  • Kimberly Gon

    I am super new to sewing and don’t have any books or hard copy references. I’ve been relying heavily on your tutorials and google searching. I’m starting off with one of your scout patterns but I still keep getting stuck with attaching the sleeves! I know, super basic, but I need to get it over with…. I have a bunch of ideas for future garments like adapting the scout and adding a gathered skirt to make it a dress (not sure if that’s going to work out especially if I can’t get myself to add sleeves) and I have some beautiful linen that would make a nice pair of slacks once I find an easy and nice looking pattern.

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  • Katie

    I think my next techniques to master would be rolled hems, and just fitting better in general. Usually blending between sizes works pretty well for me, but I’m sure I should really be doing full bust adjustments. Lots of tutorials… no patience.

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  • Denise

    I look forward to leaning how to line things. I ALWAYS have a camisole type thing on, so I’ve never bothered with lining a dress. But one must line a jacket, and I love jackets, so…

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  • elle

    What an AMAZING giveaway! I’m such a newbie that the list of skills I want to tackle are a mile long, but I suppose considering my next big project, the main skill I’m hoping to get my head around there is underlining. I’m really curious to see how it can affect the body/drape of my main fabric. And whether I get lucky enough to win this book in a giveaway or not, it’s becoming very clear that I’m going to be getting myself a copy anyway!

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  • Toni

    Buttonholes. I know, sounds silly since my machine actually makes them – not that I even know how to run that function as of yet, but I need to learn this valuable skill!

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  • Erika

    I’ve been sewing for years and still just kind of wing it when picking out thread. Definitely need to pick up this book!

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  • risa west

    I’ll be making jeans/pants and button downs this year. I feel like the only sewing blogger who hasn’t tried an archer… but this is the year. I’m ready. This book would be helpful I’m totally sure!

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  • Kelly

    Damn, I really wanted the cat bank 😉 That fabric is yummy!! Hmmmm, I haven’t done many invisible zips, and I’ve never blind stitched a hem so I would like to learn both of those. Awesome giveaway!

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  • Anne

    I would love to learn how to finish seams more neatly–specifically bound seams, and how to use bias binding for finishing edges.

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  • Karen

    Fitting, fitting and did I say fitting? This I’m sure is what most garment sewers all work on perfecting, but this is the skill I really want to focus on this year. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  • Emily

    What a bounty of riches! I would like to learn how to insert a fly-front zipper and learn when to use hem tape. It’s so pretty, but when is it okay to use?

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  • Katy W

    I didn’t even know that I didn’t know anything about pins and thread, so it sounds like I would benefit from that lesson. But I could really use some lessons on altering patterns to fit me better. Its what holds up my project every time!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  • Kate

    This looks like such a wonderful book! I need to learn to set in sleeves better – mine always end up all kinds of wonky.

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  • Olive Mondello

    I’m coming back to sewing after many years and I would love to learn the best way to alter a pattern to fit me–
    something I always just improvised!

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  • Kellie Winegar

    The technique I plan on working on next is working with knits. I have always kind of avoided them because everyone said they were really hard but I’ve seen way to many maxi skirts out there to avoid them any longer.
    Can’t wait to get my hands on that book too I’m way excited!!! It looks like a good one.

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  • Kim Haber

    I would like to master working with knits. I have a casual lifestyle and would like to be able to create my own wardrobe.

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  • TinaLou

    Thank you so much for your generous offer. I would love a pattern from your shop and that beautiful fabric. Also that book looks amazing! I am not a new sewer but have been away from garment sewing for a while. Full bust adjustment on a petite frame and bodice balance are 2 things I am working through.

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  • ErinErin

    I learned to sew making theatrical costumes, where the outside is beautiful and the inside is a big old mess, so I would love to shape up my finishing skills.

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  • Kristin

    Lovely ladies! It’s a big one, but I would really like to get a handle on fit and have more skills and patience with regard to muslins, pattern alterations, etc.

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  • Rebekah

    This book looks like such an amazing resource. I just started sewing, and I’d love to get a better handle on different types of fabrics and what’s appropriate for which types of projects. I’d also like to work on fitting!

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  • Nela

    I really have troubles with curved hems. I have just no idea how to sew them smoothly without any wrinkles. All the wonky hems of my shirts need to get tucked in when wearing so far. I’m even too embarrassed to show them on my blog! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  • Mel

    Collar stands and sleeve plackets are next on my list of things to master. I’ve also never put in an invisible zipper …

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  • Linda Dreier

    This book would be perfect for my daughter who is wanting to learn to sew. I was a bad mama and didn’t teach her whe she was young and still lived in the same house. It would make a great birthday present for her.

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  • emily g

    What a great giveaway! I’d really like to learn more about different kinds of structure that can be achieved through layering, e.g. lining, interlining, underlining, interfacing – I have a vague understanding of all of these right now, but am never quite sure which is the best choice for a particular project.

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  • Kohlrabi.

    Really amazing giveaway you’re hosting! I think the thing I’d really like to master next is to sew clean invisible zippers. Until now though I never really thought about techniques apart from projects. Usually I’m just crazy enough to start a complicated project (like your Moss Mini after very little sewing experience) and learn all the techniques I need on the way in teeny tiny baby steps. So it all depends on my next project, I guess!
    (Most likely even a Grainline pattern! because I just LOVE the style of your patterns and your clear instructions!)

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  • Jennifer Rossotti

    I really want to get back into sewing garments. I’ve been making quilts for years and doing small garment projects here and there but I’m ready to expand my horizons.

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  • Ali M

    I want to learn french seams, as well as any method that helps me make the inside seams and hems more finished looking. Thank you for the giveaway, that organza is gorgeous!

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  • pamelyn woo

    What a great looking book! I’m in the middle of making my own wedding dress and i’m super dreading finishing… always could look for better ways to keep that silk from unraveling!!

    Also very, very pretty giveaway.

    And also REALLY looking forward to your next pattern Jen. Your stuff always impresses!

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  • Ybat

    Hello, I have been sewing for my niece and nephew for years now and have finally began sewing for myself. In fact I have bought 3 of your sewing patterns and plan to make all 3 this summer just as soon as I finish making clothes the kids. Since I sew for kids I haven’t had to deal with zippers but they really intimidate me. I hope I win. batresyohana@yahoo.com

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  • Kim

    Wow, what a great giveaway! I could really use a good 101 on interfacing. I’m just getting back into sewing (though sewing clothes is new to me) and I always get stuck when it’s time to buy interfacing.

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  • Anne Marie

    Oooh – so fun! I’m trying to learn how to fit dresses better. Oh and to master putting the correct sleeve on the correct side the FIRST time…

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  • slowe

    I want to get better at drafting…everything. But mostly more interesting collars and necklines.

    The book looks great but it’s that organza that hooked me…wow!

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  • ruth

    I fell back in love with sewing for my two little girls. I’ve just begun sewing more my myself recently, and running into all the challenges of fitting clothes to a grown up. I’d love to try out one of your patterns and this book looks great!

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  • Beth (@sassydotnet)

    I’ve completed enough projects that I should be an intermediate sewer but my innate impatience makes me rush and make simple, stupid mistakes. Also I really like to know all about a thing before I try it so this book seems perfect. My next project is a plaid Archer – matching plaids should be enough to get me to take my time for once!

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  • Kelly

    I would love to get better at sewing knits. I have had a couple of not so successful trials, so it’s next on my to-do list of things to master

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  • hollyannabella

    I am looking forward to learning to sew with slippery chiffons and satins. I’ve also never attempted a fly front so that’s on my to learn list as well. Christine’s book looks really helpful and informative.

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  • crazyestonian

    I really want to know how to fit the sleeve area better,. I can get the bust to fit to my satisfaction but I don’t have a clue about shoulder/sleeve area. I am sure there are some tricks and tips out there 🙂

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  • miloandcheese

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! The next technique to learn for me will be hand worked buttonholes (then no more excuses to finally completing the French Cardigan jacket I have as work in progress)

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  • Nicki

    Not sure if I qualify for the awesome giveaway, being in the UK, but I’ll tell you anyway. The technique I would next like to master is a decent collar. I’ve tried a few times but never been happy with the result. Must check out that book!

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  • Sue

    This book (and giveaway) looks amazing! Please and THANK YOU! I’m definitely going to pick up Christine’s book and I’m hoping it can help me with all sorts of sewing skills, including my continuous struggle to insert the perfect zipper.

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  • Danielle

    I’m excited about Christine’s book! It looks great! I’m getting really excited about putting in some boning in a bodice – it’s a construction technique I’ve never tried before and I can’t wait to see how it looks!

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  • Angela

    I am looking forward to working on my fitting skills. I rarely make fitting adjustments to patterns and I think I’m ready to take my sewing to the next level!

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  • girliefrank

    I’ve been sewing for 30 years yet I feel that I’m constantly learning new techniques. I love working with vintage patterns to learn how to do at home tailoring finishes. Anything to make the process quicker and more beautiful makes me happy!

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  • Veronica

    What a great giveaway! I’m a fairly new sewist, so this whole book would be helpful. I think I’d love to me more confident in setting in sleeves in my garments.

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  • rillafree

    Wow, so many replies already! I’ve been sewing for many, many years, so I’m looking forward to mastering some couture sewing techniques when I sew myself a Chanel style jacket. Apparently it may take 100 hours!!! Oh well, I don’t need a life outside! Such exciting goodies on offer, fingers crossed! X

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  • Lindsay

    I would like to sew up some jeans so I’m looking to master the zipper fly! I have seen one moss mini so that’s gotten me partially there. 🙂

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  • vivien

    I have only been sewing for a short time. So on top of my list of things to improve is seam finishes. French seams specifically.

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  • Susanne

    I would loooooove to master anything to do with zippers, I’m so terrible at setting them! I have yet to find a technique that works for me. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  • Karen

    Your giveaway is all kinds of amazing…I really need to figure out how to do a small bust adjustment and petite torso and pins still baffle me.

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  • Jenelle

    I am brand new to garment sewing, so I’m excited to learn about many things, but a learning how to do a set-in sleeve is at the top of my list. Thanks for the chance!

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  • seamstobesewing

    Oh, I’m looking forward to mastering altering the existing pattern I have (darling ranges dress by Megan Nielson) to have dart clusters at the waist and the rounded neckline. I’ve already done the neckline once. After my catnap skirt I plan to try your archer pattern with a chambray for summer (I cannot wait!)

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  • Nina

    The book looks incredible! So far I’ve really struggled to get bias binding to sit as it should so learning more about that technique would be great!

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  • lindsay

    Fit issues are always so daunting to me. I never know where to start, and then always end up doing something drastic that ruins all of the hard work I’ve put into the garment.

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  • Liz

    Wow! Brilliant giveaway. Now that you mention it, I could really do with learning about the different pins and their jobs. Also I’d like to learn more about adapting and altering patterns.

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  • jennettex

    This is weird, but what I’m most looking forward to learning is the things that haven’t even occurred to me yet. Similar to your pin situation, I’m unaware of some of the really basic shouldn’t-even-have-to-mention stuff. I would actually be most stoked to pick something from your shop, if I were to win.

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  • Carol

    I’m an advanced beginner sewer so something like this would oh so helpful! Might as well get started with the right foot!

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  • Lisa Eck

    What a nice giveaway! This book is a very good resource not only to beginners, but also to the experienced ones. I sew for a long time, but I still have problems with sewing knits.

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  • Kacie Harold

    Pintucks are my beautiful nemesis. Which is ridiculous because I own the snap on feet to do them well, yet my results are terrible. But I dream of a wardrobe full of shirts and dresses decorated with rows and rows of perfect pintucks.

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  • Sara

    I can’t wait to read this book! I really want to get better at setting in sleeves. They always pucker and do little gathers, and it definitely keeps me away from sleeved garments!

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  • arianek

    Chances look slim with all these comments, but the book (and ZOMG the fabric!) are too good to pass up even a slim chance! I’m working on figuring out twin needles for hemming knits. It’s a doozy!

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  • Cyrena

    As a teenager I blithely sewed buttonholes and don’t remember having any issues but now I am struggling! Maybe I’m over thinking… I would love to win this giveaway. I have a problem holding onto seam rippers

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  • Gjeometry

    Sounds like a great book! And that fabric is gorgeous plus a pattern? Awesome! I want to master welt pockets and front fly next. Trousers are everywhere on my wardrobe and I want to sew my own.

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  • sewlaurasew

    I’m currently engaged in an ongoing battle with lapped zippers – they’re killing me slowly. 🙂 The book looks amazing. As does that silk organza…
    laura.h.sinclair @ gmail.com

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  • Jen L

    I kinda need to neaten up pretty much everything so I think this book would be great to go over techniques and help me sew better. This is a great giveaway!

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  • June

    Wow, thanks for the giveaway. I’m working on fitting sleeves – drafting by draping them onto my body, which makes for interesting contortions. The parts that still trouble me are scooping out the right amount in front, making sure I have enough room to reach forward, and finding the balance between sufficient cap height vs easing it into the bodice.

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  • Lisa

    This book looks like all kinds of awesomesauce! I am scared to try making clothes for me as they never turn out right so if this book can help me with fitting issues then I must have it!!

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  • Chloe Read

    That fabric is gorgeous! I am going to master proper fit via a custom sloper. I have been adjusting patterns with FBA and similar, but it’s time to really understand fit! OR I will get distracted and just sew more random stuff 🙂

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  • Sheri

    Since photos can speak a thousand words, Christine’s Photo Guide to Clothing Construction is such a great idea. The border print fabric is beautiful and graphic and perfect for spring sewing. I would like to improve my techniques of inserting lining. I really like dresses and skirts, with lining. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

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  • Emily

    The fabric looks awesome and with a few potential projects in mind it would be great to read a book that covers really comprehensive techniques.

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  • Vicky O

    My sewing is definitely getting better but there’s still a basic I want to master: when sewing in the neck facing I want to do so without any bulk and to keep it unseen on the front of the garment

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  • Amy

    I have two aims for the year. I want to learn more about fitting others. I’d love to make things for my friends and family. Secondly I really do need to use more knits. But I just love wovens!!
    Ps. Your website is looking really slick since I last visited (outside my reader). Very impressive!

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  • Kerry

    I am hoping to truly master small bust adjustment, I’ve done a few but nailing it is my ambition. I found Christine’s craftsy class had superb attention to detail! I bet the book is just the same!

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  • Elaine

    I really want to perfect fitting in zips, I have made 2 or 3 skirts with zips, but I really struggle to get it right and never happy with the result. So I would love something to show me step-by-step how to get it right!!

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  • Louise

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!
    I class myself as a beginner at sewing, so I think this is the perfect book to help me with all my techniques as a beginner!

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  • Nathalie

    I know how to sew the basic thing, but I would love to learn more technique. That fabric is beautiful. I love the gaphic patern and the blue and red colors.

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  • Candace

    I want to perfect a french seam on a curve, like the armholes of a men’s shirt…it’s always seemed like the most confusing concept to me 🙂 But oh so finished and beautiful looking. I need to keep re-reading your tutorial!

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  • Jody

    The technique I’m still working on is a great fly front zipper. Oh yes, and I’m always looking to improve my fitting skills. Thanks to you and Christine for the amazing generous giveaway!

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  • craftylittlebugger

    I’m gearing up to sewing trousers at the moment. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but the fitting and muslin-ing side of it has always put me off. So mastering trouser fitting and also topstitching! I suck at it.
    Would love to win that gorgeous silk organza and a pattern from you!

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  • Lena Yakim

    Excellent give away! I am looking into perfecting my skills in sewing. I have been sewing for a number of years, now having little kids, not always enough time for sewing. Planning to make a bolero jacket and a skirt for my daughter’s birthday.

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  • Terry

    I would love to learn to fit waistbands so they are smooth and fitted! Love the Archer pattern, btw! I just made my first one!

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  • lloubb

    I’d love to enter! One technique I am hoping to tackle this spring or summer is shirring, on a cute top or dress. From most peoples’ accounts, it’s easier than they thought it would be! So i’ll see. I also haven’t tackled bound buttonholes yet. Thanks for hosting and good luck to Christine!

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  • Annet M

    I want to be able to finish a project I started, does this book cover that technique?! Haha, I’d actually love to learn about pins too, I know more about threads but I always use the same pins and then am astounded when I do a different task and realize there are actually better ways of pinning.

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  • Desedera

    I am working on the “perfect” fit on pants, starting with my maritime shorts pattern. But I would really love this book for my daughter who is just learning to sew clothing!

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  • Jeanne S

    This is such a great giveaway for what seems to be an amazing book. I would love to have this on my shelf ready to look up anything and everything. The first thing I would like to be better at is zippers, specifically zippers in bias cut fabric, I’m currently working on a dress and it is giving me hell.

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  • sewtigersew

    Hi! Thanks to you and Christine for the giveaway. I’m looking forward to sucking up a few hours of practice sewing and mastering my coverstitch binder. It’s time. 🙂

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  • awfully nice

    What a great giveaway! Thank you! I want to learn how to better cut and sew more difficult fabrics, like knits, or that beautiful organza you have up there that I would love to win.

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  • Diane D. C.

    II would like to learn how to modify the Scout woven tee shirt pattern so that I can add a short placket– like the kind you see you on a polo a shirt but without the collar–to the front of it.

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  • summerberry

    Hmm…just one technique… Can I cheat and pick fasteners? In particular, pulling of a neat (symmetrical!) bound buttonhole would be a real coup.

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  • Rachael K.

    I need some major handholding–I’ve only made half a shirt so far and am paralyzed by fear. …: ) Now that I’ve been reading some reviews, this sounds like a really good book for a beginner like me!

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  • Peggy A

    Congrats on the book!! I’m making the Archer shirt after a decade of sewing everything but clothes. Wish I had the book now to brush up on my skills!

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  • lisa g

    what a nice giveaway! i love having reference books around. these days fabric identification are what i’m looking up, mostly the silks and wools (fabrics i don’t use as much as i’d like to…) and needing to know how to pre-treat them!

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  • Rebecca

    Things I wish I had explained to me: sewing machine needles. And thread quality for your machine. I was clueless for so long! My new technique: knit bindings for necklines. Ouch! Steep learning curve ahead!! Would love to win 🙂 I had my eye on the lakeside pjs!!

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  • LK

    I keep wanting to try pattern making, but then not having the time because there are so many awesome patterns. That silk is stunning.

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  • chunzi

    I would like to learn how to make a pattern based on an existing garment (or a picture of one). Would love another pattern from your shop! And the book as well.

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  • KlaraZalokar

    Oh the bias binding and piping and all the other details one never gets right when sewing but make such a great difference in a finish garment… 🙂 Need to work on that, for sure!

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  • Hari

    What a lovely lovely giveaway. I’m a very visual learner, too many ‘move right, turn left’ written instructions leave me mentally scrambled, so definitely looking forward to checking out Christine’s book! Would love to improve on all techniques, that’s not asking too much is it? 🙂

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  • Nikki H.

    I want to start using hand tailoring techniques, pad stitching, hair canvas, the whole nine yards. This book sounds awesome, there’s always more to learn. That’s what is awesome about sewing!

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  • Whitney A.

    Fly front zippers have been really hard for as well as invisible zippers. I think with the help of this book though I will be able to master those techniques.

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  • Jenny Tran

    Hi Jen! I am travelling in Hong Kong for the first time in my life but when I get back home I’d like to finish two moss skirts and master sewing the zipper in the right way so there are no weird zipper bumpages when the wearer sits down! Love what you do – thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

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  • suzy

    This book looks wonderful – I have some friends who are new to sewing too, so it would be a nice gift or recommendation for them. I would like to learn how to do a lapped zipper, I’ve finally mastered an invisible one and a zip fly (thanks to your tutorial) so that is next. I want to work out how to use the blind hem feature on my machine too.

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  • anelementallife

    I’ve discovered that I need to learn how to do a FBA, apparently I’m bustier than I realized when I finally properly measured myself for a bra. O_O

    And, I really need to learn how to do something about having broad shoulders. I’ve been avoiding set in sleeves in non-knits for a while because of that. And I’ve got fabric for 3 Archers waiting on that.

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  • Eryn

    There’s hardly anything that I don’t need to work on! But I’d really love to read her description of the kinds of pins. See if there’s anything I’m missing 😀

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  • Emily

    I’d like to master welt pockets, they look so smart and so tricky at the same time!

    Nice giveaway too, I’d have difficulty choosing amongst your patterns they are all so wonderful 🙂

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  • Barbara J

    Fly front zippers and buttonholes. Ha! I need to learn how to do these things so I can sew something other than pull on clothes!

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  • Iris

    I want to be better at altering and fitting patterns. I have been tolerating the way the back neckline stands away from my neck. But I really should muster the knowledge and energy to fix something like that. Also, invisible zips! I always insert one side perfectly, then spend 5 tries inserting the other side. Even with an invisible zipper foot!

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  • Francis

    I have not sewn for a long time and have been trying to get the courage to learn all over again. This book could do the trick.

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  • Lorna

    Hello! Thanks for the chance to win this! I need to learn about lots of things – but especially sewing with slippery fabric, easing in sleeves, and fit, fit, fit. I’m such an odd shape (narrow shoulders and hips, E cup, humungous, giant waist – basically, I’m a box!) that it’s really difficult to get clothes to fit, even if I make them myself. The book sounds fab, and that organza is absolutely lovely. Thanks again!

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  • Em

    Ooh silk organza! I’ve made it a goal this year to make myself some trousers, so I’ll need to work on sewing a fly – I’ve never done it before and zips scare me! Thank you.

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  • Abby

    I really want to learn how to do linings well, and I also really would love to figure out how to finish a waistband so that you can’t see the seam allowances bumping up the fabric!

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  • Nikki H.

    I’d love to master traditional tailoring techniques. I’m prepping right now to make a blazer with hair canvas and everything. A little intimidating but so exciting.
    This book sounds awesome, I’d love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • SabineC

    The lapped zipper! That techique totally eludes me…. and I have this wonderful dress made from a forties vintage pattern, which is neeeeeaaaarly finished… but for the lapped zipper!

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  • Katie Emma

    I’m looking to learn the little tips and tricks that take home sewn garments to the next level. I have learned a few things from Christine’s Craftsy class that just elevate the look of my sewn clothes and I want to learn more!

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  • Megan Dortch

    I already have this book and have a few pages earmarked. Included in the earmarking- zippers & buttonholes. I am new to sewing and have avoided zippers and buttons thus far. Props to you and Christine, I enjoy your blogs. Your tiny pocket tank is the first thing I made for myself (I’ve made two already)!

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  • fiftytwofancies

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway! There are so many techniques I need to learn, but I desperately want to figure out how to fit clothes better for my shape. I also tend to have major issues getting facings to sit properly, so any tips and tricks would be appreciated!
    (Also, I live outside of the U.S, hope its still ok for me to enter.)

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  • Anouk Jaaniste

    Wow – what beautiful fabric. Learning to work with finer fabrics is definitely scary for me so I’d like to get some tips to increase my confidence. I also need to improve my collar skills, especially on coats.

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  • Annika

    I have made three Archer shirts to date and have a couple more in the pipeline. One of the main reasons I made the first was so I could master making buttonholes but somehow I have chickened out every time and used snaps instead. I love snaps but next time round I vow to finally do some buttonholes!!!!! I will do the buttonhole!

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  • marci

    I have a couple things I need to learn, making pants and altering patterns. I can follow any patterns but when it comes to making changes I freeze.

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  • Hannah

    I’d like to learn more about choosing needles/thread/tension– I usually just guess, but I often end up with pulled threads, etc. I’d love to fix this!

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  • Emma

    What a lovely give away! I ab a beginner and there is a lot of techniques I want to learn, one of them is a basic one: to perfectly insert a zipper.

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  • Ainsley

    I really need to improve my zipper-inserting skills! I do ok when a pattern includes step by steps (my Moss’s turned out pretty good), but I still don’t feel like I *know* what I’m doing.

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  • Kim De Wolff

    Looks like a beautiful book! I would love to learn to get over my fear of zippers: which kinds go where and how to make them look professional.

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  • Carrie

    Oh wow, that organza is amazing! And I’m really excited about this book! I would love to get better at zippers; mine always seem a bit wonky.

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  • Piroska

    I’m not intimidated by zippers, though I’m not crazy about them. Same with buttonholes. I can do decent ones, but prefer not to do them if possible. However, pockets–I’d love to master pockets, all kinds. :o)

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  • Amelia

    Open to overseas readers? That fabric looks stunning! I would like to learn how to draft my own collar patterns, and understand how the shape affects the finish. Fingers crossed!

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  • Kris

    Wow, great book and things you give away. I am always looking for the perfect pattern but can’t find it, so I would like to learn how to change patterns and make my own ones according to my ideas for the next cloth.

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  • ellen

    I could really use that seam ripper! Broke mine yesterday on removing denim belt tabs to upcycle a pair of jeans…doh. Any book recommending fabric choices found today catches my eye. The fabrics listed on cp just don’t seem to exist in my neck of the woods.

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  • Anke

    That fabric is so beautiful! I’m still a beginner and zippers still intimidate me. Usually my Mum has merci and does them for me, but I really ought to learn how to attach them myself.

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  • naoko

    I’d like to improve on making collar and collar stand.
    Also, I always trouble sewing with corduroy and chino, as the needle I use seems to break the fabric thread. I guess that calls for ‘learning to select the correct needles’.

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  • Ledys

    Knit sewing. And fitting better, for sure. And professional topstitching. There are so many techniques I want to tackle, I can’t wait to flip through this awesome book!!!! Thanks, Jen!
    Ledys

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  • blancapate

    Even though I’m a little past the beginner stage of sewing, I still love reading books that go through the basics. Being self-taught, there’s always something about needles and thread that I failed to learn the first time around!

    I can’t wait to read Christine’s take on sleeves – it’s something I’ve yet to master, and am hoping to conquer my fear of sleeve-setting this year. 🙂 Thanks, Jen, for the chance to win!

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  • Nerissa

    Hems. I want to make flawless hems. Saw an experienced friend blIndstitch a hem recently and it made me realize how much work my hemming needs.

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  • Bec

    Great giveaway! I realised today that I have been subconsciously avoiding buttonholes for years – I hate sewing them. I recently got a new machine so it’s definitely time to give them another go!

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  • Kat

    I feel like a raw beginner, so there are many places to go but perfecting darts would be great because that is my main fit issue in commercial clothing. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  • Susan Martin

    Can’t wait until my copy arrives! I would like to make a sweetheart top using a knit mesh for the yoke. Yikes, I’ve never sewn with a knit mesh and hope to find some tips in Christine’s book. Thanks for the tour!

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  • Megan Grant

    This looks like exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’ve mostly quilted, but am trying to translate those skills into clothes-making. This would be an amazing prize!

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  • Maria

    I’m excited about the book! Looks fantastic. I’m about to start a lace, strapless dress with boning…first time I’ll be tackling underlining, boning and lace. Not sure I’ll be ‘mastering’ but I’ll be attempting! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  • Carolyn

    I try to make my own clothes and just end up disappointed…I would love to learn how to make whats in my head be real.

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  • Jessie

    how pretty is that fabric?!?

    I’m a pretty novice sewer, so many things intimidate me! even just cutting out the pieces from fabric makes me wonder if I’m doing it right – pins or weights, scissors or rotary cutter, how precise does the grainline need to be, etc etc.

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  • kkegeland

    loving the fabric!
    i have been focusing on fit lately and want to learn more about grading patterns (which in turn has led me to looking into drafting patterns). So much to learn…so little time!

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  • Mary

    In general, I would like to achieve much better fit from the get go, and am looking forward to learning some techniques to achieve that!

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  • Nadine Kalinauskas

    I’m joining the “That fabric is gorgeous!” chorus.

    I’m still pretty new at sewing. I’d love to learn more about fitting and alterations. And how to blind-stitch a hem. (Also, I’d like to get to a point where I don’t have to install an invisible zipper multiple times to get it perfect.)

    Basically, anything that gets me to “pro” level faster 🙂

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  • Kate

    I’ve just started sewing and have been looking for a good reference book. This seems to be the one to get! I’ve only made some basic things so far and my next step is to learn to read a pattern, so I hope this will help.

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  • Alessa

    Oh, that book sounds amazing! I’d really like to further my fabric knowledge, which kind of needles to use when and which kind of thread and stuff…

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  • LM

    What a lovely and generous giveaway! I always enjoy picking up new ideas, or a new twist on somethingI thought i new 🙂 and zippers, there can never be enough help on zippers

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  • michelle Marcelino

    Hello and thank you, I would just so love to win the book and everything else would be a bonus. I have only sewn for my grand daughter who is 2 but recently started sewing for myself and I have to admit its overwhelming. I’m old fashioned at heart and like the hard copy in front of me for reference , I would like to learn so many new things as i am plus size and need to do full bust adjustments ,zippers are something I avoid so I thought I would get tremendous use out of this wonderful book. Thank you kindly Michelle

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