A Fashionable Stitch » sartorial sewing

Colette Sewing Handbook Blog Tour!

Friends, I’m so excited to be apart of the Colette Sewing Handbook Blog Tour! Yay! For those of you who have pre-ordered and/or purchased a copy of the book, you will not be disappointed. This lovely sewing book, is chocked full of great information plus there’s more Colette Pattern goodness with the addition of 5 lovely and fashionable sewing patterns. They are gorgeous! The book is so wonderfully put together and I feel it is bound to be one of the best fashion sewing resources out there. It covers so much information in a very clear and concise way and puts a fresh new face on the art of sewing your own wardrobe at home. There is much to be gleaned for beginners through to advanced sewists alike. As part of the blog tour, I decided to include a few excerpts from the book and as an added bonus, there will be a giveaway of the book to one of my lucky readers! Please read to the end for more info on how to win a copy! Hip Hip Hooray!

I have two excerpts from this lovely book for you today – a tutorial and a tantalizer! First, the tutorial. Let’s take a look at how to properly press a seam, shall we:

✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂

Let’s get started with some basic lessons in technique! Take a look through these methods for a starter course on common sewing tasks. Of course, we aren’t covering every possible sewing technique here, but you’ll find that these come up very frequently in garment sewing. These breakdowns are here for you to reference whenever you need a little refresher.

Pressing a Seam Open
Press each and every seam after you sew it. This is the only way to get flat, inconspicuous seams. Most seams are pressed open, but if your pattern calls for a seam to be pressed to the side, follow these same steps, but move the seam allowance to one side before pressing on the wrong side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Press the seam as it was sewn. This helps set the stitches. 2. Open up your fabric and lay it wrong-side up. Press along the seam, flattening the seam allowance. If your fabric is delicate, you may wish to lay the seam on a seam roll, to avoid marks from the seam allowance.

3. Turn so that the right side is up. Press the seam again from the right side.

Pressing versus Ironing
Be aware that pressing is different from ironing. Ironing involves moving the iron back and forth over your fabric. When pressing, you hold the iron still and apply pressure.

For a full view of this excerpt, click on the thumbnail below:

 

 

 

 


✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂

I’m also a fitting guru – as many of you know by now. Getting a perfect fit is time consuming, but so worth the effort! I decided to add just a few extra tidbits from the book to my post today from the chapter “A Fantastic Fit.” This is just a tantalizer to whet your appetite for this great chapter! Here’s some great advice:

✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂

The process of truly fitting a garment to your body takes time. Some sewers prefer to rush through it, take shortcuts or do no fitting at all. I know how tempting this is, especially when you’re excited about finishing and wearing something. But cutting these kinds of corners in making your own clothing can really end up being a false economy. Sure, it seems to save you time in the short term, but if you end up spending hours sewing something that you won’t wear because of a poor fit, you’ve wasted more time than you’ve saved. Plus, you’ll end up disappointed and frustrated.
Instead, I invite you to think of your sewing room as your own personal custom dressmaking studio. You are both the talented craftsperson making the clothes, and the client who must be happy wearing them. Take your time, and make something beautiful for yourself!

For more from this chapter, click on the thumbnails below for a full preview:

 

 

 

 


✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂ ✂

I do hope you’ve enjoyed these little tidbits from the Colette Sewing Handbook! You’ll love getting it into your hot little hands and having a go at some of the techniques and patterns yourself. Speaking of which, I believe I mentioned something about a giveaway….Yay! To win a copy of this book from us here at A Fashionable Stitch, simply leave a comment stating just how much you would like to win it! This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere! We’ll close things up this coming Friday, at which point I’ll select a winner and ship out the book, poste haste! Enjoy friends!

xoxo,
Sunni

  • Bethany - This book looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • CGCouture - I would love to win this book!ReplyCancel

  • Anita - What a great post! I would love, love, love to win this book; it looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Paloma - I am so looking forward to reading this book cover to cover and more so seeing all the wonderful sneak previews. Thanks for sharing would love to win!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna Beegle - I have really enjoyed finding your blog and having such a great excerpt from Sarai’s book is icing on the cake! That book was already on my wish list – I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Patti Hamel - Thanks for the great review. It would be fabulous to win the book.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - I’d love to win a copy of this beautiful book! I don’t feel a bit bad judging this one by its cover!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - The phrase “cutting these kinds of corners in making your own clothing can really end up being a false economy” will sing in my head all day! I would adore to win a copy of this book. Please count me in for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • LM - Oh!! How perfect this book would be in my hands!! Pretty looming and full of great info and with 5 patterns to boot! Thank you for the giveaway and the excerpts, Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - How much would I like to win this book? Very much! Very very much! I’ve been reading both your blogs for the last few years and am really happy to see all the progress you’ve both been making with your business. It’s so inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren W. - Oh, I’d love to win a copy of it. I do need to start focusing more on fitting… That “false economy” point really rang a bell with me. Taking my time is not something I’m good at!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - Oh, I SO want to win this book! Crossing my fingers! Great excerpts – Thanks Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - I would love to win. I would love a well-written reference book for those times when I need to refresh my memory!ReplyCancel

  • ilse - I’m already planning on buying this for my daughter as a Christmas gift, but I’d LOVE to win a copy for me! I’ve been sewing for 25+ years, but there’s always new and better ways of doing things to learn, and this looks like a delicious book!ReplyCancel

  • Miet - I’d really like to win this book! I’m still a beginner when it comes to sewing, and there is so much to learn. Even the excerpt about pressing a seam: I had no idea you should press the seam as you’ve sewn it to set the stitches!
    And I love Sarai’s style, and all the patterns in the book.

    Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany W - As a new seamstress, I do struggle with fit and fabric selection. I am really looking forward to reading this book cover to cover.ReplyCancel

  • Forrest - I’ve been drooling over this book for so long! Thanks for the giveaway! Can’t wait to read all of Sarai’s fitting tips!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - thanks for the preview! it looks like a great book–i’d love to win.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I would love to win it! I was able to sneak a peak at the book yesterday and it’s beautifully done. Love Sarai’s professional finishing techniques, it’s what I aim for in my own sewing. Plus, how cute would the Pastille dress be for work and/or play?!ReplyCancel

  • PascalefromParis - Of course, I would love to win, but not for me! ;-)
    I still order my copy but it will not be available before December in France… 4 weeks to wait…
    If I win on copy, I will give it to my cousin Sophie. She is an artist: she use fabric to paint on them rather than sew them… But I know her secret wish is to sew ;-) I think this book ca, be perfect for someone like her and the colette patterns will be perfect for her bodyshape to.
    So I hope to win… for Sophie!
    PascaleReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Ack, I desperately want this book! Thanks so much for the giveaway, and for hosting this leg of the blog tour! You’re a true princess!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Everything Sarai does is beautiful, and this book is no exception. Thank you for sharing those pages! Just this little preview and my small experience with tissue fitting has convince me that, while tissue fitting is a good way to is some large issues, the smaller details of fit would be better handled in a muslin. I would like to win this book so much, I would take a day off work just to curl up and read it cover to cover.ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - That section on fitting might as well have been written for me! I definitely need to do a lot more fitting! I really REALLY want this book, it looks SO useful!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Love! Everything from the girls over at Colette patterns is lovely and fabulous and I’d adore a copy of this book!ReplyCancel

  • Lizz - I would love to win this book! I have so many ideas already for the patterns and it looks like a joy to read.ReplyCancel

  • Anna (of Anna in Technicolor) - I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book! From what I’ve seen thus far, the information and patterns included look fabulous, and it’s chocked full of really helpful tips!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • Rita - I would so love to win this book!ReplyCancel

  • margaret - The book looks great… I would love to win it very much!ReplyCancel

  • sharonann - I would love a copy of the book!ReplyCancel

  • fangaroni - I would love to win this book very much!!!!! It looks so beautifully done, just like Colette patterns and her blog!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - I want to win so much that I would…. shave off one eyebrow. Okay… maybe not the whole eyebrow. Half of it. Winning is worth one half eyebrow to me. Not that I will actually shave it off if I win… this is all hypothetical :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - I want and NEED this book. I haven’t taken sewing lessons since I was 10 and there’s still so many techniques I don’t know how to do (or don’t know the importance of). This would be a fabulous resource. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - I’d love to win a copy of the book!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - This book looks so great! The sneak previews just make it seem that much more approachable. I’d love to win this, as fitting and bettering my technique are things I know I need to work on.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the post and giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • krystina - This book is on my christmas wishlist! Thanks for the post and giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - I would love to win this book- I’d resigned myself to having to wait till Christmas to get it as I can’t afford it right now, but I can’t stop looking at the previews and reviews and dying to get my hands on it sooner!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - AH! I’d love a copy!!ReplyCancel

  • Kami - I am so excited about this book! I love sewing Sarai’s patterns and have an addiction to beautiful sewing books. I would love to win a copy of this, but either way can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Mc - I would LOVE to win this book!! It is on my Christmas wish list and I have my fingers crossed that it will be in my hands before the end of this year, one way or another.ReplyCancel

  • Kelley - This post made me even more excited about this book…I’d love to win a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - I added this book to my Christmas list as soon as it came out! I’m largely a self-taught sewist, and I love Sarai’s tutorials and patterns…so clear and easy to follow. They really set a high standard!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I asked for this book for Christmas, but I just can’t wait! The images are beautiful! I would love its guts!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nat - Wow, loving this book and the Blog Tour. Learning so much, but still so much to learn! Would love to win a copy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I would love this book! I have learned so much from following the Colette blog, and her patterns are amazing. Also, I wanted to preorder but I am bloody poor right now, so winning a copy would make my day.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Howard - I am just ITCHING to receive this book!!!!!! Thank you for making it possible even if I don’t win! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sally - Ohmigoodness! This book sounds like a sewist’s dream come true! It certainly is mine! I would love a copy, pretty please? :)ReplyCancel

  • Debi - I really, really, really want to win this book!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Wow, this book looks amazing and so useful! I’ll take it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Trisha - I love learning new tips, and would love to win a copy of this book!ReplyCancel

  • Alice - This book looks so good ! All the pictures are lovely ! I would love to have this book because, living in France, I just can’t afford Colette Patterns + the cost of the shipping and I loooooooooove them ! Especially the Clover pants you made. Anyway thank you for the previews and the giveaway !ReplyCancel

  • seeks - How could I refuse the opportunity to win a copy of this book? Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Emily S. - I would love to win the book this much ∞ !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bree - I want this book so bad. I love Sarai’s patterns and I’d love to learn some more about fitting a garment!ReplyCancel

  • Manda - This book looks amazing and exactly what I need! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Thank you for such a great giveaway! The level of detail can really help take things from homemade to handmade! I would love to win a copy. I think the information I need is there, to help me make garments that I will wear repeatedly because of good fit & quality!
    Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Wirth - Oh, oh, oh, oh!!!!!!! I so want this beautiful lovely book, especially since it has your full approval!!!This is so awesome that you are doing a giveaway, but knowing me I would have commented anyway! Have a fabulous day Sunni!
    xoxoReplyCancel

  • Krysta - I would love to win this book! I have few sewing books as it is!ReplyCancel

  • bunny - this book looks wonderful! i really would like to have copy to learn more about sewing, as i just started making baby steps with sewing this year. thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - I think I would really like this book. One of my sewing reference books is not detailed enough; the other is technical to the point of intimidating. The Colette book looks like a happy medium of detailed yet friendly.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki - Oh, I sew (geddit!) would like a copy of this book. I measure and measure, but hardly ever make a muslin. I can’t afford a dress form just now. I think this book would be the one thing to make me buy one and my skills would improve no end! Please enter me in the competition!ReplyCancel

  • Maaike - Thanks so much for the excerpts! I’d love to win a copy of this book! I’m still very much a novice sewer and I’m always on the hunt for books and guides for making sure the garments I make are secure, safe and are going to last for some time. Plus – aren’t those patterns adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel C. - Seriously, who (that sews or is even remotely interested in sewing) wouldn’t want a copy of the Collette book. Of course I would love to have a copy. It’s on every Christmas list. I must have it.ReplyCancel

  • Rennai - Oh yes I would love a copy it looks like a fantastic book thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara J - I saw the book over the weekend at a shop where I took a workshop. The workshop was so grueling that I didn’t have the strength or will to stop and page through the book. Judging from your excerpt, I should have. I would love to win this copy. Then I don’t have to go back and face those shop keepers again !ReplyCancel

  • Mariló - I would love to win this book and if I don’t it’s on my list for Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • RobinDenning - It’s a lovely, lovely book – I agree!
    No need to include me in the giveaway, as I will be buying multiple copies. Both of my college-age nieces are getting into sewing and they will love this book.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - I love Colette patterns and read Sarai’s blog – I would love a copy of the book to add to my growing, but nascent, sewing library.ReplyCancel

  • Lilly - I would love to win this book! It is already on my christmas wishlist, I would be very happy to get it earlier!ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - reading those excerpts have made me want that book so much more. unfortunately german amazon doesn’t tell me when it will be available here :( i want it so much i…would come to america myself to pick it up and i would..sew myself a boat so i don’t have to fly over :DReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Howard - Fantastic – this is open to Aussies. I would just love to have a copy of this book. And I think the blog tour is a really really clever idea.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I would tap dance with joy if I won this book.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I would love a chance to win this book! It looks so informative and useful yet beautiful at the same time!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Those are great tips! I’d love to read more. :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Kate - Ooh, how much would I like to own a copy… Hmm, not so much like as NEED! I’m really looking forward to reading the chapters about planning and fabric choice and fitting… You get the idea?! And the patterns are wonderful! They look ready for the Colette line and they have never disappointed me so far! Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I’m entering every giveaway for this book, but if I don’t win I’ll absolutely buy it. I think the patterns are darling. Especially the Truffle dress.

    Thanks Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • SabineC - Why I am so looking forward to this book…
    I’ve been taking sewing lessons for 2 years now, but I started to get this feeling that it was all a bit scattered – a technique here, a technique there,… The things that I ended up with were perhaps “nicely sewn”, but I didn’t wear them all that often. Fit not exactly right, fabric choice not what it should have been once it had turned into a garment… In short: I felt that I needed to know more about “all the things that surround the actual sewing”.

    So I put the actual sewing aside and instead started reading and thinking about it a lot. Slowly, a plan began to shape in my mind: must get a better idea of my own body shape to attain a better fit, must think more about “missing items” in wardrobe, must get better feeling for personal style, and get a better grip on the sewing basics and then take it further.

    Now, I am slowly preparing to dive in, but I feel I need a little nudge, someone to hold my hand. And then I read the announcement of upcoming Sarai’s book release! I quickly checked out Amazon and, reading through the substantial “look inside” there, I was blown away – it feels like this book could be THE companion on my sewing adventures! I especially like that it holds both techniques *and* projects, that it touches topics that other books seldom do, and that it builds upon what you have learned previously. So yup, I think I have found my sewing partner here :-)ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I’m just starting out sewing and this book wouldbe a great resource! I would love to win a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Jo - I want to win this book more than anyone here! Heh heh. I’ve been following the Colette Patterns blog for ages and when I found out they were doing a book, I was so excited! I swear, my husband knows all about this book! I am a true beginner so I feel it will be invaluable to me, as I love their clear tutorials! Also FIVE PATTERNS! I can’t wait to have this book in my hot hands :)ReplyCancel

  • Carla - Oh I’d really love to win this book. I’ve been sewing for a while, and I’d really love to learn more.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin Allen - I am definitely enjoying this blog tour. What a lovely way to promote this fantastic looking book and also to highlight some of the wonderful sewing blogs out there.

    I used to love sewing when I was little and I had my Mum to teach me and help me out when I made mistakes. As I grew up and moved away from home I gave up sewing for years in frustration as it all seemed to become so serious and difficult and most sewing books make it seem more so (and fitting was the biggest mystery of all once I was trying to do it on my own).

    Then I discovered the world of sewing blogs. I only follow a few, but my goodness what a difference it has made in helping me rediscover the happy thing that sewing can be. Sunni, most of what I have learnt about fitting I have learnt from your wonderful blog, particularly about fitting pants. I am definitely still learning, but I think for the first time ever I now have some pants in my wardrobe that actually fit. My issue – I have a long crotch depth and now I always have to adjust that. It is actually quite easy once someone explains how in simple terms and when you take the time (and put aside the fear) to have a go at fitting.

    Just as your blog is, the Collette Sewing Handbook looks like it will be just the sort of friend in the sewing room that we all need to make sewing fun and fearless once again. So yes please – I would love to add this to my “make sewing enjoyable and not scary” arsenal. Oh and I particularly loved your comment that we should think of ourselves as both the talented craftsperson making the clothes, and the client who must be happy wearing them. That is a great thing to keep in mind.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - Oh my goodness. I really think this book was specifically written just for me! (He, he.) I’ve only been sewing for a couple of years now and have really only dabbled in garment sewing for myself. I have followed some of the wonderful tutorials on this blog and I would love to add this book to my collection as a wonderful sewing resource. I have always wanted to try one of the Colette patterns–they seem so educational in their approach. Thank you for this great opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Richard - I have only made up the Colette Pattern for the men’s shirt, which I enjoyed and thought it was extremely well done. The book looks very informative and I am sure I have friends who would love for me to make up the patterns included; I’d love to win a copy.ReplyCancel

  • Mela - Hope I get picked. I would love to own this book.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Fabulous. Thanks for a great post.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - I would love this book so much, I especially am looking forward to making the scallop hemmed skirt.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - This book looks tremendous! I have sewn for years but lately I am trying to improve my fitting skills, and this would be a great reference. (Not to mention the fun of having the patterns!)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - What is a book? A window into the eyes, heart or soul of someone else. Perhaps a book, such as the adored Colette Sewing Handbook, is a tool for enabling all that is good, all that is beautiful in this world to seep out and soak up all that is not. Why do I want to win a copy of this book? I simply do. My tool to create my own happiness flows from my fingers, and that tool is inspired by nature, songs, color and books, like this one.ReplyCancel

    • Debbie - Your words are so beautiful! I would love to win this book, but if I could choose a winner it would be you – for being so poetic. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Trice - At first I was not sure if I wanted to pick up this book, because I have yet to use any of Colette’s patterns. However, the more I read about this book on other sewing blogs, the more I am convinced that I want this book.
    I am even considering eating ramen noddles just so I can have this book now instead of wait for my next paycheck to get it. Is that bad?ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Weese - I am still a beginner but my skill set has been growing pretty rapidly since sewing has quickly become my favorite thing to do to relax and have some fun! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book so I can grow my skill set further. I hope I win it! Thank you so funny for the wonderful post in the book tour!ReplyCancel

  • Karen L. - Well, I admit it. I’m selfish. I want to win a copy of this book because I think it will help me become better at sewing well-fitting clothes. Plus, I like the patterns in it.ReplyCancel

  • Melanee - I already received my copy, but I’d love a copy for my Mom!ReplyCancel

  • Frederique - How much would I love to get this book? enough that if I don’t win, I’ll order it from Amazon, where the shipping to New Zealand will be more expensive than the book itself… but I just can’t wait for bookstores here to pick it up, it always takes months and months!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - I have it on my Christmas list, but believe me, I would love a peek before then!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - I would love to win this book!! I don’t know much about sewing, but I adore it and would absolutely love a guide to help my products look more professional!ReplyCancel

  • Emilie - I don’t know if I can say how much I would like to win a copy of this book. I mean, it’s on my christmas wish list and every single post that I see about it makes me want it more! It really looks like a quality book filled with really useful tips!ReplyCancel

  • kirsten manning - I LOVE Colette patterns and I’d love to win this book. I think the fitting chapter alone would be worth having even if it didn’t have a bunch of cute pattern ideas inside!ReplyCancel

  • Tumblebee - Would love to immerse myself in the beautiful design and wonderful instruction of Colette!ReplyCancel

  • Erma - Hai Sunni, do you send abroad as well? I would love to have this book. I just took a sewing class here in my hometown (Jakarta, Indonesia). It has different approach with what I read over the internet (ie. no seam pressing, no fitting, no muslin, but we do learn to draw our own pattern from scratch). I’ve been meaning to get my hands on imported sewing book, but kinds of lost in option over the wide variety I see in Amazon. This book can be the first one :)ReplyCancel

  • Lianne - This looks like such a useful book! It would be a giant thrill to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • MelodyJ - I love vintage/retro inspired styling. This seems like a great book.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)comReplyCancel

  • marlise - Hi Sunny!I really like your blog! I’d love to win a book since I would like to improve my sewing skills!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - I would love to win this book. I haven’t had a new sewing book since my old Reader’s Digest sewing manual that I used in college, so it’s definitely time to update. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • gMarie - This looks like a fabulous resource that I’d love to add to my sewing library. Thanks for being part of the tour. gReplyCancel

  • Kittee Berns - I need more Coletterie in my life. I only own one of Sarai’s patterns, but I love it so much I’ve made three dresses from it, and will probably even make more.

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    xo
    kitteeReplyCancel

  • Crystal - I would love, love, love, love, love to win this book!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui - Unlikely I will win but I will leave a comment anyway! Loved the sorbetto, using it to. Teach a few friends the basicsReplyCancel

  • nina - It would be fab if i won. The book looks great! I am slowly learning about making clothes, it would really help.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - I’ve been waiting for ages for this to be released!ReplyCancel

  • Rebeca - I’m a fitting maniac and I’ve seen that all the garments in the pictures at the Colette Patterns shop have been fitted wonderfully, so I’m intrigued about the fitting tips Sarai has to offer. I hope I win this book! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • simone - Why I would really really want to win this book is because I want to start sewing my own garments and this book seems to be a wonderful one to start again. From what I read on the reviews so far, it describes steps perfectly with pictures (as you show too) and the projects in the book are so very pretty! Yes, I would definitely want to win this book (((o:ReplyCancel

  • Deb Cameron - Oooohhh, squeee, pick me! Pick ME! I really, really, really would love Sarai’s book! It looks beautiful, is full of useful and clever tips and the patterns are perfect! Oh I’d love to win…fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - Thanks for the wonderful giveaway, Sunni! I would actually like to win this book in order to give it to my sister. She’s been trying to learn more about sewing, and I think this would be perfect for her!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Oh, Sunni, thanks for the great giveaway! This book looks like an excellent reference text and the patterns are so sweet. I would love to win a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - Hopefully I’ll get this book for Xmas, but if I win I’d love to give away the spare copy to a friend.

    Thanks for the lovely post.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - I would not only LOVE to win a copy of the book but I NEED a copy of the book. As someone who is fairly new to sewing all these fantastic tips would be soooo useful. I’ve made a couple of skirts (fairly straightforward), a blouse (turned out quite good) and a dress (fitting issues even though I did a muslin first!). I want to make some more dresses and even tackle some trousers and jeans, and then a coat – yeah, I aim high. I KNOW this book would help me so very much. Crossing my fingers and toes.ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Yes, I would love to win this book. I can sew quilts all day long, but clothes, not so much. I’m inspired by the wonderful sewers who make the most fabulous clothes very well, but it seems too daunting a task for me to begin. Interfacing? I just don’t understand it! I think a guide to basics would take me a long way towards making my own clothes. Thanks for the offer!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I want to win because I have so much to learn about garment making!ReplyCancel

  • Ali Hughes - I would love, love, love to win! I’ve been looking for a book that would teach me some of the basics of sewing clothes!I currently quilt and enjoy it immensely, and would have so much fun making my own clothes-this book looks absolutely wonderful!,ReplyCancel

  • Annie Chermak - My kingdom for a dress form! I have a local antiques and recycling store keeping an eye out for a vintage one for me in my size. I want to design my own clothes just because I can’t afford the designer ones but I love all the extras they put into their creations! I think Sarai’s book is a move distinctly in the right direction! Thanks for posting these excerpts from her book!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I would LOVE to win this! The information sounds great! and the pattern preview on Colette website looked amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - I would love to win this book because:

    – I’m in a bit of a sewing “black hole” and I think this could be the ticket out
    – I don’t want to just “sew” – I want to sew beautifully
    – Sarai’s patterns and they way she presents things are so inspiring
    – I want to share the joy os sewing with my daughters, and I think this book would be a fantastic resource for them to start their “sewing” journey with.ReplyCancel

  • Saskia - Gosh, with every interview and every article I read about this book I just love it more and more as it really fits a starting seamstress as well as the more experienced one … It’s just like the colette dresses ;o) they fit everyone well :oDReplyCancel

    • Saskia - lol with my cat on my lap I just pressed the submit button by accident :o)
      I really really would love to win the book as I am sure it will make me a better seamstress and well … since our adoptive daughter came home I have been a stay at home mom and sewing lovely clothes makes me feel so happy :o)
      And it’s my birthday on monday so that would really make a nice present lol!ReplyCancel

  • natio Radison - My mother is the one in our family with a dress form and has for as long as I remember, sewn every garment that I really love in my wardrobe. She has studied and practised and unstitched and sweated over everything from wedding gowns to dolls outfits..which is her new love. I would be lost without her (I had this revelation today!) so it occurred to me (and may I offer my sincere heartfelt condolances over the loss of your dear Grandmother) that I really need to do some catch up really quickly to get more skillful under her watchful eye..while she is still available to guide me. I have enjoyed sewing garments in the past but have for the last few years focused primarily on quilting..a new direction at the time which required that concerted effort. Collette has helped me to gain a little perspective and I think it’s would greatly benefit all who listen to her wisdom regarding dressmaking. Anyway this is why I am interested in this little piece of dynamite of a book.. so please accept my request to be put in the running for it. Thank-you:)ReplyCancel

  • Renee - This looks like a great resource! I would love to add it to my bookshelf!ReplyCancel

  • Ramona - I really want to improve my garment sewing and I feel this book would help. I really enjoyed your review and thank you for the opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • Henria O. - I love sewing but I could really use some additional tips on fitting garments! Thanks for the chance to win this much anticipated book!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • CarmencitaB - Please put my name in the hat, thank you for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Piia - I’d really love to win this book since I’ve been following, using and loving Colette patterns from the beginning, and the Colette Sewing Handbook seems to be according to excerpts just the kind of sewing book I need. I welcome technical instructions and tidbits with open arms, but especially Sarai’s input on choosing fabrics and patterns that you love and will wear is very interesting, since it’s a topic that’s not so often discussed. In addition I’d love to win this book since I already pre-ordered it from Book Depository and they announced that it’s available, but then returned my money and canceled the order, apparently because it’s not available in UK yet. I’m determined to get the book, but it would be lovely to know it’s already on its way, since on BD’s website they say it’s not coming out in 15 days…ReplyCancel

  • Marit - oh, of course I’d like to win a copy! I am a daily reader of the coletterie blog, because the patterns, colors, styling, writing, and sweetness that are being displayed at the site are addictive:) Plus I learn a lot too! Just received three patterns in the mail, and can’t wait to go hunting for fabrics!ReplyCancel

  • Chiska - I’d love, love, love to win a copy of this book! I’ve been searching for ages for a book that will teach me how to sew garments without overwhelming me. This looks like just the thing.ReplyCancel

  • Erika - I would love, love, love to win this book! First, I’m trying to improve my own sewing, and anything that can help me get to the next level would be great. Also, I’m teaching two friends to sew, and it would be great to place this book in their hands =)
    Not to mention the lovely patterns… Keeping my fingers crossed! =)ReplyCancel

  • Colette - I really really really want this book! First off, my name is Colette so this book must be for me! How cool is that? Secondly, I am new to sewing garments and would love to fine tune my sewing skills. Thanks so much for this chance!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Carr - This book looks just the ticket! I only started dressmaking a few months ago and just can’t figure out adjusting patterns. Judging by the fabulous comments that these patterns always receive, I’m going to have to make one.ReplyCancel

  • Karen A - This book looks like a wonderful resource. I’ve sewn for years, but I love having new inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • zilredloh - Oooh! Thanks so much for the sneak peek. For once I’m happy I didn’t preorder it since I now have an exciting opportunity to win it! hip hip

    Can’t wait to see about your pencil skirt secrets. :)ReplyCancel

  • VictoriaR - Thanks for the great info from the book and the teaser. It definately sounds like a useful addition to anyone’s sewing library.ReplyCancel

  • Ali - I would love to win this book since I hope that it will give me some desperately needed inspiration to do something with the pile of fabric that’s getting bigger since I’m running out of ideas.ReplyCancel

  • jade - A book by Colette peeps would be amazing helpful – their patterns are sooo easy to follow and having the additional tips and tricks ..well goes without saying! AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Anjomo - I love Colette patterns and the book looks awesome too!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Thank you so much for the chance to win this book. I just know it’s filled with all of those little sewing secrets that people who’ve been sewing forever know. I can only imagine how much it would help my sewing improve. I’ll be crossing my fingers!ReplyCancel

  • Regena - I have this book on my christmas list and I would l-o-v-e to get it early.
    It would be great to have a book that modernizes the techniques and helps the next gen of seamsters get going!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie - I love everything by Colette Patterns and this book would be a wonderful addition to my collection!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - I’d be absoloutely chuffed to bits to win this book. I’ve been waiting with anticipation for it’s arrival in Nov only to find that it’s still not available in the UK yet (or at least not with Amazon). Sooo frustrating to know it’s out and I can’t get my hands on it!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal F - Great post and it makes me want the book even more! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Maul - Your tasters of the book look very enticing!

    As a beginner sewer (still), there are so many things that patterns assume you know that I often find myself running to the Internet to try to find ‘how-tos’ on things that they frustratingly gloss over!

    This book just might be a life-saver for me :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - This book is going to be such a great resource on so many levels! I want it specifically for the beautiful patterns it includes and the detailed instructions on getting a perfect fit. I have been sewing for my kids for years now so I think it’s time to spoil myself with a few customized pieces. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Tanit-Isis - I would love love love love to win this book. So pretty. Cute, basic patterns. Also, I haven’t gotten around to trying to sew scallops yet.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - I´d love to win this and learn to sew and fit better!ReplyCancel

  • Isabel - I would love to win this book because I am a huge fan of colette patterns! It would be great to have a go-to book with those beautiful basic patterns.ReplyCancel

  • Tiara - I’ve been keeping my eye on this. I would be beyond stoked to have a copy of this (and for free to boot?! wonderful)
    Thanks for the chanceReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - This book is so great! I love all the patterns.ReplyCancel

  • a Look Back at 2011 - […] still happened though! Colette Patterns debuted their book and I was so excited to be apart of the blog tour! Yay! Plus there was excellent discussion on this wonderful method for cutting slippery fabrics and […]ReplyCancel