As an unapologetic collector of sewing books, I am always excited when a new, beautiful and truly useful sewing reference is published. When that book is also written by a friend, and that friend is someone whose taste and skill level I trust and admire deeply, I order the book so fast that when it arrives, it leaves scorch marks on the driveway. This is one of those books.
Written by Christine Haynes, of Christine Haynes Patterns and City Stitching, this is your new essential sewing room reference. The book, The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction, is designed as part of a larger encyclopedia series, and is a go-to guide for an entire glossary’s-worth of sewing terms and skills. She shows you how to make multiple styles of dress, skirt, and blouse–not by walking you through each project, but by showing you each individual technique in large-format, step-by-step photos that you can totally follow and learn from.
The whole book has a really friendly, big sister feel to it, and I am amazed at just how much information is packed in here.
I wrangled Christine into a Skype chat this week, and recorded it so you can see the two of us talk about her book(s), vintage notions, the Big 4 pattern companies, and a bunch of other stuff that made us both giggle. Check it out:
As mentioned in the video, Christine has also incredibly generously provided a giveaway on EACH stop of her blog tour! Every giveaway is different, and I’m tickled as could be that she sent me this awesome bundle of fabric and vintage notions, plus her favorite sewing tool:
Dreamy!! Prize pack includes: 2.5 yds of cotton sateen home dec-weight fabric; vintage rick rack; vintage bias tape; new Clover seam ripper; two sets of vintage buttons from Whipstitch; AND, to sweeten the deal, a $50 gift certificate good for any Whipstitch online sewing course, a delicious companion to Christine’s book! To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below. Then race on over to Amazon and grab your copy of the book–for reals, I bought one for myself as soon as it was available, and it already has a privileged spot on my shelf. I think it’s a beautiful, well-thought-out book that you’ll be grateful to have as an everyday reference for garment construction.
The rafflecopter gives you THREE chances to enter and win! Be sure to follow the directions for each entry, and then click the +1 to add your name in the hat. No cheating, now! Give yourself that high five!
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