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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vogue Sewing and a Giveaway!


I LOVE this book!  It  has everything I need to know for being a fashionista behind the sewing machine.  Vogue patterns can be complicated, but it seems like my favorite patterns are always the Vogue Designer patterns, so what better way to grasp everything you need to know about reading and understanding patterns, making alterations, and taking the right measurements, than Vogue Sewing?


I've been sewing for most of my life - probably about 40 years or more, and I have used my seam ripper like crazy.  That is where patience comes in and understanding that part of learning and creating the perfect garment is knowing that mistakes happen and seam rippers are as necessary in the puzzle of putting together your project as basting, sewing, and pressing.  Just expect that you will need to tear out seams, start over, and do a better job.  Never start a project if you are impatient or stressed - you are bound to mess something up.


I am an avid reader, and I have a library of books - from sewing and quilting reference books, to painting books, to fiction and classic novels.  So, when I come across a real find - something that I know you would enjoy for your own library, I will surely share it with you here.  The good news is that this time I have a Giveaway to one of my readers.


Let me tell you about Vogue Sewing -

This book is a real find.  First of all, it will open your eyes to the Fashion game so that you understand the creative process to creating your wardrobe.  Everything from Harmony, proportion, to balance.  Ladies, we need to know these things.  I, for one, know how easy it is to fall into a fashion rut. 


You will learn about fabrics, fibers, knits, finishes, and there is even a guide to interfacing.  Choosing the right pattern is necessary if you are going to create something that fits "you."  But "fit" is not enough, ladies, you need to understand your body type so that you don't just pick the right "size" but you pick the right "design" for the most flattering fit and style on you.


Vogue Sewing also digs into the details of altering patterns to fit your exact measurements.  Nothing is worse than spending hours making a dress or a pair of pants with beautiful fabric only to discover that it doesn't fit.  Hey - I'm guilty of this myself!  Actually, it was this book that opened my eyes to how to pick the closest size to my own body measurements and how to make alterations directly to the pattern for the perfect fit.  It's not difficult at all, and once you read the section on patterns, you will understand why.

Suffice it to say that this is one book that every seamstress should have in their sewing library.  And now you have that opportunity! 

I am giving away a copy of this book on Friday.  Leave a comment below and answer this question:

What is the one thing that you struggle with when you sew?  Is it reading patterns, putting in sleeves, quilting, cutting accurately?  Whatever it is, tell me about it!

The winner will be picked by Random.org and posted here! 


Vogue Sewing
Publisher: Sixth & Spring Books
460 pages

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Friday, September 17, 2010


Congratulations to #12 - Deb!  You are the winner of this weeks Giveaway - "Vogue Sewing!"  I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I have.  Of all the books in my sewing library, this is one of the best.  Please email me with your shipping information at susan@raisin-toast.com. 

Thank you to everyone who entered this week's Giveaway.  I will be having Giveaway's each Wednesday for at least several weeks going forward and hope that you will stop by and participate!  Please pass on the good news about the Contests and Giveaways on Raisin Toast!