Hello Back-To-School for you! To celebrate a season of learning new skills, I'm giving away a new book every Tuesday from now until the end of September. That's in addition to our regular SewCanShe Giveaway so get ready for lots of winners and make sure you check out the SewCanShe blog every Tuesday for 6 in a row!
I'm starting it off with an AMAZING book:
When I first started sewing clothes from patterns, I ignored all the comprehensive sewing books like this one because I thought 'the pattern will tell me everything.' And wow, how I struggled. Patterns barely tell you anything! How can they? They have to squeeze everything into just a few pages.
Eventually (read: a long, long, time later) I was able to learn the skills necessary to glance through a pattern, take note of the needed techniques and the order of construction, and then make it. But it took so long to get there. And so many failed garments!
This week I picked up a copy of The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction by Christine Haynes and I can totally appreciate it. This book details every step in processes like gathering, pleating, inserting zippers, and sewing waistbands and pockets. There are things I can still learn from it too!
I wish I had read this book so so long ago. I could have saved myself so much frustration trying to understand complex techniques from sparsely detailed patterns. And my clothes would have looked and fit much better.
Another thing that I love about this book is the patterns used in it. This type of book never includes patterns, but they you know they are using patterns to explain the techniques. The ones they use are typically outdated or weird ones that I'd never use.
But Christine picked amazing patterns to use as examples in this book - patterns from indie companies you'll recognize like Colette, Green Bee, and Sewaholic. And of course her own Christine Haynes Patterns. So you get to look at cute clothes (and cute modern fabrics) too!
So, I can whole-heartedly recommend The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction. Whether for yourself (if you haven't mastered every sewing technique yet) or for a new sewer who struggles with patterns. Give her this book and tell her: you don't have to struggle!
And now I get to giveaway a copy! Use the widget below to enter. The giveaway will end on August 27th at 10pm Eastern and the winner will be notified the next day. Good luck!