Saturday, 6 November 2010


Sorry I am behind with this, and sorry I haven't managed to do a video of the girls picking a winner, I have had to rely upon to do the do.
Without further ado, the winner is:

Congratulations to the lovely Gill who said "I'd like to see more craft books aimed at the intermediate sewer! the novice and the advanced seem far better catered for!" 

Everyone had very good suggestions and wish lists for what sort of book they would like, so I thought I would make some suggestions.

Sparrow Primitives, Gill, Peach Rainbow, Paula,  Quilary and Pippirose all wanted books that showed you how to alter patterns and draft your own patterns.

I think this is a good book to start with. I have found it is easier to adapt patterns before making your own, and this book seems like the perfect way to start learning.
If like me and Vintage mum you are wanting to make plus size clothing, alteration is key! It is so much easier than you think, start with something simple and in no time you will have the whole spectrum of patterns open to you!
However if like Gill you have already reached this stage maybe its time for this book:
This book covers measurement and block patterns, circular patterns, simple pattern designing, yokes, dart manipulation, sleeves, collars and necklines, skirts, and the one–piece dress foundation.
I would think that this is a great book for intimidate sewers, a chance to really test your skills and advance them further, so perfect for you too Peach!

There is also an excellent collection of books by Wendy Mullin on making your own clothes that is very easy to follow such as:

Jennifer said "The craft book I would like to see published (but may already exist) is one on sewing knits with a "normal" machine. I'm assuming it can be done with a regular machine. The book needs to be picture heavy with explanations following each picture" 

This title features sewing techniques for "knits" - off-the-shelf knitted fabrics of all types. It includes materials popular with fashion designers, such as: slinky knits; lycra/spandex blended with natural fibres; and matte rayon jersey.

Jay@Finki, Taulahblue and Aliza all wanted a book about techniques.
The best book I have found for techniques, which I revert back to all the time is:

Buy the book

Traci I found the following book for you:

Sew Wonderful Silk: The Guide to Gourmet Sewing With Silk and Silk-Like Fabrics

Faith Hope Cherrytrea wanted a good bag book, please visit my review on books for bags here!

Jane @Groovy Pumpkin was after some felt goodness, in a small size, so I recommend:

Lovely Emma wanted a book for sewing for boys and men, something that is short supply, but I did find these:

and last, but not least Womble and Wonky Owl both wanted something with a retro twist, so we have:

I hope this covers all of your needs!
The boy section is vague for sure, definitively a market there!
Diannaessie wanted a book on fabric printing, but I give you the wonderful Spoonflower!
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and to the wonderful team at D&C Publishing for generously giving a copy of the sewing bible to our winner Gill.


PS if you missed out, then Little Miss Shabby is having a super giveaway too!



  1. I'd love to learn pattern cutting one day... the stuff I make is mostly square, haha! I think I will wait until I'm not living in a shoebox!

  2. Awesome! Thanks, I'll check it out.

  3. MANY thx for all these tips!
    and your effort in putting it all together...

  4. Thanks for making this wonderful reference list - it's a definite bookmark page!

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