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now closed – giveaway! blog tour with christine haynes

Hello! I have a special giveaway today to help kick off and promote Christine’s brand new book: The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction. I’ve had the pleasure of previewing the book and let me tell you, it is THE Complete Photo Guide for beginners. Christine covers absolutely everything from pattern terms, cutting layout, marking tools, fitting your shape, actually sewing a garment together… I mean it. She really thought of EVERYTHING. I wish I had a guide like this when I was first starting out!
Aside from the very thorough information and instructions, I really appreciate all the photos of vintage notions sprinkled throughout the book! A lot of instructional books tend to be very visually dry and wordy, but this book definitely isn’t.
Oh right, the giveaway! Christine has generously offered up 1 and 3/8th yards of a fabulously fun wool blend, along with some vintage notions, for one lucky winner! This giveaway is extended worldwide and will close on Thursday March 13th at 10pm EST.ย  One winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, March 14th.
For your chance to win: Leave one comment below (with your first name and a valid email address) telling me which of your sewing skills you’d like to improve on. That’s it!

Check out all of these other chances you’ll have to get a sneak peak of the book and win some really awesome stuff! Don’t miss out ๐Ÿ˜‰
Monday, February 24 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes
Friday, February 28 –ย Sew L.A.
Monday, March 3 –ย Coletterie
Tuesday, March 4 –ย Miss Crayola Creepy
Wednesday, March 5 –ย Whipstitch
Thursday, March 6 –ย Lucky Lucille
Friday, March 7 –ย Grainline
Monday, March 10 –ย Oonaballoona
Tuesday, March 11 –ย Paunnett
Wednesday, March 12 –ย Sewaholic
Thursday, March 13 –ย Lladybird
Friday, March 14 –ย House of Pinheiro
Monday, March 17 –ย Flossie Teacakes
Tuesday, March 18 –ย The Sew Convert
Wednesday, March 19 –ย Craftsy
Thursday, March 20 –ย Sublime Stitching
Friday, March 21 –ย Sew Stylish


Good Luck!


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  • LM
    March 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Gathering is my kyptonite – I would really love to master it! I have such a hard time getting the gathers evenly distributed and even after basting, I still end up redoing sections.

  • Glyn D
    March 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    That wool blend is fabulous – can almost picture what I’s do with it – and having a good how-to guide for those times when I’m at a loss would be wonderful too!

  • Kate Dundas
    March 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I saw the book at Mood NY yesterday- looks fantastic. I am venturing into the world of coat making shortly so any skills in that department will be needed!

  • Nikki
    March 13, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Fitting darts for an FBA. This book looks amazing

  • eva lo
    March 13, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I need to improve pants sipper fly, it is a challenge for me!

  • Anneh
    March 12, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Invisible zippers, for sure. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Carole
    March 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I’d like to learn more about my overlocker /serger.

  • Jessibeth Vicenty
    March 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I will love to learn to do the bias binding attaching with my sewing machine, I say learn since every time I have try it, it come out so horrible is like a little girl do it :/ Hopefully more practice will make me like what I see a little more.

  • Karen W.
    March 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I want to learn how to scale a pattern that doesn’t come in my size to make it small enough.

  • Jenny
    March 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Fitting and finishing! Those are the two things I need THE MOST work on :).

  • natasha
    March 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I’d like to improve my bias binding attaching w/ my sewing machine!

  • Ledys
    March 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Thank you, Rochelle! I would love to get really good at fitting–it seems so tricky and it takes such courage to try and figure out!

  • naoko
    March 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I’d like to make better collar stands.

  • Emma Jayne
    March 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Gosh a lot of scrolling to find the comments box!!! Hopefully I didn’t miss the deadline for entries to the giveaway.

    I’d like to master top stitching so hopefully Christine’s book includes this technique.

  • Grace
    March 12, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I really want to improve my fitting skills the most

  • Eleanor Krause
    March 12, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I would love to get better at setting in sleeves and machine sewing zippers. I can do both adequately but it always ends up looking rather homemade…

  • Laura
    March 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I’d like to work on zippers and learn pant construction and fitting.

  • Hep Kara
    March 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I really need to get better at lapped zippers – although honestly, at the moment, I’m debating just making anything asking for a lapped zipper with an invisible zip instead. For some reason lapped zippers don’t quite make sense to me at the moment.

  • Piroska
    March 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’d love to master the pocket–all kinds.

  • Emma
    March 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    As a beginner I really need to improve a lot (all) of my skills but some skills which I really want to learn is how to sew the perfect collar and how to sew the perfekt button placket.

  • Naheema
    March 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I would like to learn more about fabric draping and sewing on the bias

  • Emily
    March 11, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I would love to improve my fitting skills. I enjoy sewing so much, but I don’t think there is anything much more frustrating than spending hours working on something to only have it end up not fitting correctly! I hate it when that happens and it certainly puts a damper on wanting to sew as much…

  • Anouk Jaaniste
    March 11, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I need to increase my confidence in putting in zippers.

  • Nikki H.
    March 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I’d like to work on my tailoring skills. And learning how to work with leather. But of course any skill can use improvement. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Simona
    March 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    It’s quite ordinary but I would love to improve on my courage to start sewing my first dress. I would love to make myself a dress to wear this summer!

  • StephanieM
    March 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I definitely want to learn more about fitting skills and some more about knits!

  • Em
    March 10, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’d really like to get more confident at sewing with knit fabric. It seems like everyone else finds it really easy, but I just get frustrated! Fingers crossed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole Morgan
    March 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I really want to improve my fitting/alteration skills, and I would love to learn how to work with knits.

  • Julia
    March 10, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Really looking forward to getting my hands on the book, looks brilliant! I need to improve my fitting skills, I haven’t managed to get it right yet.

  • Emily
    March 10, 2014 at 2:37 am

    That fabric is gorgeous!!

  • LexiLee
    March 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Well, like many others before me I’m a total beginner. I’ve only sewn 1 garment on my own. The area I’d most like to improve in is marking patterns onto fabric. I never seem to get it right!

  • Amber
    March 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I’m a beginner and I don’t want to rush through things! So, I’ll be focusing on getting the basics down.

  • Alessa
    March 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    What a great giveaway!
    Fit seems to be a popular choice for improvement, it’s also what I would like best to be better at. ๐Ÿ™‚ Second choice would be closures, zips, button holes and the like…

  • Anna Fleming
    March 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I have really been wanting to improve on my tailoring skills, my sewing goal is to one day make a beautifully tailored blazer!

  • youngseamstress
    March 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d like to improve my zipper installations, and fitting. -Shannon,

  • Carla
    March 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I’d love to improve on my lapped zipper installation, and learn to sew welted pockets!

    okamishoujo -at- gmail -dot- com

  • Lisa Suit
    March 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    What a lovely giveaway! And I really need to work on improving fit!

  • Big Red
    March 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    As a total beginner, I really need to improve, well, ALL of my skills. I suppose fit will be the most important one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • powell2317
    March 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I’d like to improve my hand sewing (including hand sewn button holes) and become a serger expert

  • Veronica lewis
    March 8, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Thank you Rochelle for this post. As a sewer with not others immediately around me, online resources and books have been a major factor to my sewing. I do need to improve fitting, adjusting a pattern to my shape/size. Thanks again.

  • Katie
    March 8, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I really need to work on fitting, this often makes me stumble and leaves me feeling deflated ๐Ÿ™

  • Diann Cornell
    March 8, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Definitely need to improve my fitting.

  • Kerry
    March 8, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I am a big fan of Christine’s teachng style, she came across so well in her craftsy class and sews with such precision and detail

  • Jessica Cangiano
    March 8, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Sounds awesome!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d not caught wind of this new book yet, but will now be adding it to my wishlist. Even as (essentially) a non-sewer, I always love learning more about the art and find that often books like this can be helpful in terms of furthering my knowledge about textiles and fashion in general, not just the act of putting garments together.

    โ™ฅ Jessica

  • Aleksandra Russek
    March 8, 2014 at 1:28 am

    This fabric is fabulous! Well, the sewing skill I’d like to improve on… There are a lot of ๐Ÿ˜‰ but for now I think it’s plaid matching

  • Jackie Lee
    March 8, 2014 at 12:37 am

    โœ‚๏ธOh my! I will definitely need this book as soon as it comes out! I need help with linings and fine finishings. I’m all thumbs!

  • mariah
    March 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I would like to improve my fitting skills–i always find that choosing the right size is a scary prospect for me–i guess i need to practice matching my measurements with the finished garment size more accurately… luckily it seems like the patterns I’ve bought recently are good at giving the amount of ease built into the garment ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jo
    March 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I want to improve my lining skills as they scare me haha!

  • Lisa Eck
    March 7, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Draping! My draping skills are not so great and I definitely need some improvement. I am an “oldie” and I use nothing but paper patterns to sew. Well, when I went to the fashion school 25 years ago, draping was something we didn’t learn there. Wow! This smells a little dusty, it doesn’t? โ˜บ
    I remember when I used to see famous designers on TV draping around their dress form, but I didn’t think that years later it would be so popular and everyone would be doing that โ˜บ

  • Nathalie
    March 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Really have to try working with knits again! wumbs รคt gmx dรถt de

  • Colonel Hazard
    March 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I need to work on my sewing machine phobia — I always do things by hand but it takes so much more time. I really need to sit down with my machine and re-teach myself how to use it, and keep practicing. That book might be a good aid!

  • Hazel
    March 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    lovely giveaway, the fabric looks lovely! I’d like to improve my finishing techniques, I always feel I rush that part so I can get to wear my garments quicker! hazel.berryman (at)

  • Manas
    March 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Buttonholes! What a wonderful giveaway. carita dot kazakoff at gmail dot com

  • Jessica
    March 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I don’t think my comment went though. I need help with garment construction. Every time I try to make something wearable I end up in tears and a huge mess so mostly I stick to quilts. My cutting skills could also use work.

  • Heather
    March 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I would like to work on finishing my seams in neater ways. Everything always looks so sloppy!

  • Show and Tell Meg
    March 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I’d love to improve my finishing skills on the insides of my garments. At the moment I mostly just pink the seams, but I’d love to get the official word on how to do other treatments.

  • Ybat
    March 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Hello, I have been sewing for years for my niece and nephew so I have very little experience putting in zippers. This summer I would like to make some clothes for myself so I would love to get more experience with putting in different styles of zippers.

  • mary mac
    March 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I need to improve my sewing skills with knits.

  • symondezyn
    March 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I feel like a total brat entering this giveaway because I also entered the one over at Jen’s blog LOL – but I couldn’t resist – that wool is so cool!! ^_^ Thanks for hosting the giveaway, and in answer to the question, I really need to perfect my zipper skills. They were good when I first started out sewing but I appear to have lost my knack, so I’m determined to get it back! (that totally rhymes LOL)

  • Elisabete Santos
    March 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I just want to start sewing after reading your blog dear Rochelle. So, my mom just offered me a sewing machine (because I’m broke, hehe)! I ordered some vintage patterns from Etsy and soon I will be sewing my first project and I will be starting with a skirt. So, I need to learn ALL! But it’s so exciting ๐Ÿ™‚


    Miss Beta


  • Jessica
    March 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

    My attempts to make anything wearable always ends in frustration and tears, so I often stick with quilting. I’d love to make something actually wearable!

  • Angie H.
    March 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I would like to work on my fitting skills. I tend to buy a pattern and just hope for the best. I haven’t cut into some of my more expensive fabric for fear of messing it up! so sad…I really need a fitting class.

  • daniela portales
    March 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I need to work on really sewing neater because my projects tend to come out lopsided. Like for example, the bottom of a skirt might be longer on one side than the other. Whoops! Also I need to improve everything having to do with creating a pattern from scratch.

  • Elena Knits
    March 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I tried to leave you a comment but I got a bad gateway error ๐Ÿ™

    I want to thank you for this giveaway. I would like to get better at finishings.

    elenaknits (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Tina C.
    March 7, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Fitting… I so need fitting instruction!

  • Meg
    March 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Zippers! Particularly the invisible ones.

  • Norma
    March 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I would love to improve my sewing skills with knits, how to pick ’em (when buying online), characteristics, what type to use for specific garments.

  • Tiffany
    March 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I’d like to get better at drafting facings that don’t pucker, and drafting, in general.

  • Jennifer Sustar
    March 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I need to work on my fitting skills and more patiences at working a project all the way through, making it the best it can possibly be. Not just rushing so I can have it finished.

  • Karen U
    March 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I swear I left a comment yesterday….I would love to lose the fear of inserting zippers. I lack total confidence in a good finished look. Thanks! narekkm at g mail dot com

  • Carlee
    March 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I’d love to master set-in sleeves! So far all my handmades are sleeveless!

  • Tracy Dawson
    March 7, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I need to work on my tailoring skills, need to make look more professional not messy.

  • Laura
    March 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I’d love to get better at a lot of things, but I think that sewing zips has to be the most urgent!

  • Essi P
    March 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

    That fabric is absolutely gorgeous, I love the colour. I need to improve on fitting and button holes. and my email address is essi.prykari(a)

  • Ana
    March 7, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Closures! And matching prints, which I haven’t even attempted yet.

  • Tina
    March 7, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Zippers! I’m quite scared of them…. /Tina

  • Judith
    March 7, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Zips, I am scared of zips, really, not leeches or salmonella, zips!

  • Mim
    March 7, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Please enter me for the giveaway! I am an utter n00b (embroidery aside) so I need to learn pretty much everything. I read sewing blogs so when I do start, I won’t make really obvious mistakes.

  • Mary Carol
    March 7, 2014 at 5:06 am

    I’d like to improve my hand sewing, and sleeve insertion. Thanks!

  • Sarah Boyd
    March 7, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Oh what a lovely giveaway, I would like to improve on my fit whilst dressmaking and finishing off so it look pretty, also lining

  • MelodyJ
    March 7, 2014 at 4:50 am



  • Louise
    March 7, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Thank you for the giveaway. Since I class myself as a beginner at sewing I think this book would be perfect for me as I need to improve in all areas of my sewing skills!

  • Melanie
    March 7, 2014 at 2:52 am

    My main Goal is to improve the Fitting. Maybe the i will wear the things i create more

  • rachsews
    March 7, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I need to work on fitting skills and pattern matching.

  • Nikie
    March 7, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I would love to better fit garments for myself, thanks for the chance to win ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • sarah
    March 7, 2014 at 2:09 am

    my goal for this year is to make something for myself and so i would like to improve on fitting skills as so far i have made clothes for everyone else bar me.

  • My Sewing Suite
    March 7, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I would like to improve my Hand sewing skills.

  • Nicole
    March 7, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I need to improve my skills on making fitted skirts and pants, as I have larger hips and a small waist- gathered skirts are easy, but to make fitted skirts lay smoothly, and fit everywhere, is hard!

  • Treva Putsche
    March 7, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I sew want to improve my fitting issues for myself.
    Treva Putsche

  • Anne
    March 7, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I’d like to be better at finishing nicely and to fit patterns to me.

  • Carolyn Wong
    March 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Fitting issues, too often my garments are loose and shapeless.Or gapes.

  • Chris
    March 7, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I can quilt, make craft items, drapes, curtains, children’s clothes no problems but making clothes for myself, not so great. I need to work on this.

  • Akram Taghavi-Burris
    March 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Everything! I’m still kind of a noob when it comes to sewing, though I’ve got several sewing projects under my belt now, I think I’d really like to better my skills in the area of better fittings. (

  • Erin
    March 6, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Zippers and buttons!

  • Megan
    March 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    so many areas need improving- zips, sewing with knits, learning how to umake full use of the various feet…. but most of all I wish I was better at modifiying patterns

  • Ashley
    March 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I’d love to be better with waistbands. I never can seem to get them quite right! They’re always gaping, bulkiness, too-tight, etc.

  • Joy
    March 6, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I want to make shirts – I have signed up for the author’s Craftsy class and it’s still a little daunting!

  • Amy
    March 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I want to try a flat-felled seam and a french seam on upcoming projects.

  • Caroline
    March 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I would love to start to really focus on quality finishings. I could use a little more knowledge but I also need to feel more comfortable and stop being lazy… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mrs. Bee
    March 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I’d love to be able to modify pattern. I’ve made garments before but I don’t know how to make a muslin and what to do with them if I did! I’d love to be able to do this.

  • Chastity
    March 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I could use some help setting buttons and sewing machine and hand stitched button holes.

  • Dianne Talley
    March 6, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I want to work on bound button holes. I would love to make myself some vintage type jackets.

  • sharon
    March 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Understanding some pre1970 pattern instructions. Working on slowly sewing a wool 1960’s suit at the moment. And agree with above comment about correct fitting.

  • Rebekah
    March 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I just made my first dress last weekend, and I have so many things to work on: precise hems, sewing curves, working with knits. That said, though, I’d really love to make a collared, button-up shirt!

  • Kathy Davis
    March 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I would love to improve my applique skills. Thanks, Kathy

  • Colette Godfrey
    March 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I need some more zipper tips!

  • Stevie
    March 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    While I am a newbie and need to improve on everything! I would say zippers are a hurdle I need to cross soon!

  • Esz (@em_originals)
    March 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Oooh what a great comp! I would love to improve my welt pockets. Since I’ve only ever done one, as a trial on a muslin. And its for a client so I need to get the ‘real’ one right!
    I’d also like to improve my fitting for other people. Its not that I’ve not had success lately – but I am flying by the seat of my pants, so I’m most likely not very efficient or accurate. Its all worked out in the end but I’d probably save myself a lot of time if I was better at it. ๐Ÿ˜€

    March 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I’d like to work on my hemming…

  • cathy
    March 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I would improve my facing techniques!

  • macinic
    March 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Ohh, Lovely!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve been working very hard on my fitting & knit skills, but suddenly, I’ve realised I never nailed hem/armhole finishes on floaty wovens! So, lots of lightweight bias strip finishes before I destroy some silk! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Janne
    March 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I want to improve my skills with the overlocker/serger. There are so many possibiities!

    jachelno at gmail dot com

  • KaoruMarie
    March 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    what beautiful fabric! I’ve never done flat-felled seams, so that’s definitely something I want to try and then improve.

  • Aoife
    March 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Ooh, I like the sound of this book – one for the reference library! I have yet to sew with knits so that’s definitely a skill I want to learn, they make such flattering and easy-going clothes.

  • Liz
    March 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Woo hoo! I’d like to work on my hand stitches. I avoid it at all costs!

  • Jenifir
    March 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    While there are many skills that could use little bits of improvement and tweaking, I know that I need to be more patient and do more fitting and altering with a muslin. Paper pattern pin fitting and measurement based alterations just are not living up to standard in a finished garment. Impatience(and lazy, wishful thinking) seems to win…sigh!

  • Stacia
    March 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Oh how exciting! I’m definitely going to be checking this one out! I want to get better at altering my clothes for a good fit and self-drafting patterns based on clothes I already have and love. baskin . stacia @ gmail . com Thanks for pointing the book out to me!

  • sewlaurasew
    March 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, that fabric is gorgeous! My main sewing nemesis at the moment is the lapped zipper. I’m hoping I can have them looking… less weird by the end of the year. ๐Ÿ™‚ laura.h.sinclair @

  • Dreaming of Avonlea
    March 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    What a lovely looking book and that fabric is uh-may-zing. I’d love to improve my hand sewing including buttonholes and putting zips in! x

  • Mara
    March 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I need to improve my button holes and collars, grecomara at gmail dot com

  • EmSewCrazy
    March 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Ooh sounds like a great reference book for our libraries. That wool is gorgeous too.
    I’d love to improve my buttonhole techniques. I never get placement exactly right or know whether they can go up or down.
    Emily from emsewcrazy(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • karolina
    March 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I would like to improve my skills in details such as insert a zipper, pockets, interface, buttonholes etc for that perfect finish.

  • Katie Emma
    March 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I need to work on topstitching – it’s one of those things that can really elevate the look of sewn garments but can also get wonky and sad so easily. Love Christine and her work, thanks for hosting on the tour!

  • Helene
    March 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I always want to be a better stitcher, here’s hoping maybe I win! Thanks for sharing, Rochelle!

  • Melissa Miller
    March 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I need to work on free motion quilting.

  • Alesha
    March 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I’m earnestly working to improve my fitting skills and techniques. I want to be at a place where I love to wear what I make because it fits properly. Often times, I finish a garment and hardly ever wear it because I’m simply not happy with it. So, that is something I would definitely like to improve on.

    xoxo, Alesha

  • Karina Reid
    March 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I would love to learn about adjustments and fitting a pattern!

  • Emily
    March 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I would like to learn to sew clothes, which is not one skill, but would be the end goal…I’m thinking this book would help!

  • Ellen
    March 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I have sewn for many years, at least 50 plus, yet I still feel I need to improve my finishing. Maybe I’m hurrying, but it is often the last details that disappoint.

  • Jen
    March 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I’d personally love to get better with finishing techniques such as seam binding and facings. I love making a garment as pretty on the inside as the outside and I like to make them last. ๐Ÿ˜€ The book looks so interesting, I’ll have to add it to my wishlist. Thank you for sharing.

  • Maqda
    March 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Sleeves. Setting, fitting, everything about doing them is a nightmare for me. I just hope that practice really makes perfect.

  • Katie
    March 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I’d love to learn how to sew a fly! Want to make some jean shorts this summer!

  • Joanne
    March 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    That wool is beautiful! I’m am currently struggling with 2 things–a) finishing projects, and b) fitting sleeves. Also, buttonholes. Okay, that’s 3, but I’m not sure anything but a kick in the pants would fix the first.

  • essian
    March 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Definitely fitting. Handling thick fabric would be good too. And which corners you can cut and which you can’t…when is it really important to be accurate.

  • Colleen
    March 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    What beautiful fabric! I so want to learn how to fit my rather, er, large bust. I just can’t seem to logic out the FBA and so I usually end up with baggy shoulders.

  • Heather S
    March 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I’d like to improve my embroidery!

  • Claire
    March 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Oooh… that wool is so eye-catching! A technique I would like to work on this year is getting better with knits – specifically with figuring out tension. I would really like to be able to make myself a T-shirt, as boring as that sounds. Once I can tackle that, I can move onto merino wool wrap sweaters, comfy dresses, maybe even running wear!

  • Tiina
    March 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    What a lovely giveaway! I would like to improve my skills sewing collars

  • Forrest
    March 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I would like to get better at hand-stitching. I have no consistency with my stitch size! It’s so annoying!

  • Rae
    March 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Hemming has always been my kryptonite. In fact, the last three bits of clothing Iโ€™ve sewnโ€”all dressesโ€”all either have hem-taped hems still (worn once each), or a hem that is in severe need of ripping and redoing.

  • Sian
    March 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I would love to learn some new zipper techniques

  • threeoutside
    March 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I’m a very basic (beginner level, though I’ve sewn a lot over the decades) sewist (love that word, btw!) so I need to start basic: seam edging. My seams tend to unravel (I don’t have a serger).

  • Angela
    March 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Aside from fitting, I’d truly love to install an invisible zip that is…invisible.

  • knitbitch
    March 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Oh I’d like to improve my fitting skills when it comes to my own fitting .- fitting for others seems to go ok…..

  • sewcialwarrior
    March 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I’d like to improve my fitting and drafting skills.


  • Rhi
    March 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I’d mostly like to improve my fitting skills- learn how to do an fba for example. It’s great to be able to make nice clothes, less great when they don’t fit right and are tight around the bust etc!

  • Jen
    March 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    There are so many things I’d like to improve on! But to pick one right now it would probably be linings.

  • Sue
    March 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    This book looks SO AWESOME. And, beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I need to work on my zipper-inserting skills, and altering patterns to improve fit, and sewing with slippery fabrics, and… well, there are a lot of things, haha.
    I would love to win this giveaway and I’m definitely planning on picking up Christine’s book!

  • paige p @ lpd
    March 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    count me in!

  • Sarah
    March 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I grew up wearing handmade clothing and it’s unfortunate that I didn’t learn to sew as a child. I understand some basic concepts, but I consider myself a beginner. What I love most about this site and sites like it is the energy and breath you’ve given to sewing overall. It’s such a cornucopia of eye candy goodness that leaves me glaring at my machine wanting to do something, anything right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy
    March 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I’d really like to work on fitting clothes to different types of bodies this year. I’m hoping to dip my toe into menswear and making for friends!

  • Angie
    March 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for hosting! I’m trying to work on making the insides of my projects as nice as the outsides (or at least, functionally finished. No more fraying seam allowances!)

  • Leah Thomas
    March 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I really want to get better at fitting. That book looks wonderful and fabric is gorgeous!

  • Jennifer
    March 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I would really like to improve my fitting skills as well as my knowledge about sewing with knit fabrics!

  • Leah
    March 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I would like to improve my fitting skills. The book looks wonderful and that fabric is gorgeous!

  • Tanja Haack
    March 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Pants. Me and pants are not friends. If I can learn that, I will be a happy.

  • vintagezest
    March 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I would REALLY like to improve my fitting skills as well! I wouldn’t mind tips for everything from A to Z because sometimes I wonder how well I do those steps too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Diane : vintagezest (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Shelley Gibb
    March 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I would like to be better at adding a linings and sewing knits and fine fabric. The book looks fab. Thank you.

  • Sarah C
    March 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    My goals this year are becoming more professional at fitting and closures.

  • Morven's Handmades
    March 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    That’s really gorgeous fabric and I’d love to make something out of it.
    And I really need to improve my knowledge on modifying/adjusting bodice patterns, my darts always get misplaced.

  • Henna
    March 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I love the vintage notions and the fabric! I really want to see the book’s picture tutorial of making sleeve cuffs and plackets – I need to get better at putting those together!

  • Toni
    March 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Buttonholes. Not sure why, but I really despise them.

  • Amy W
    March 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Fitting!!! It’s the big road block for me.

  • anniehanks
    March 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I want to improve the fit of my garments and finishing techniques.


  • Meriwether
    March 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’d like to improve my fitting skills, but I guess that isn’t really sewing. So learning bound buttonholes would be it.

  • sarah
    March 6, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I want to improve my serger skills!

  • sewlittletime
    March 6, 2014 at 11:47 am

    ooh lovely! i am trying to improve my topstitching and understitching as i’m not great at getting them nice and straight!

  • Kristin
    March 6, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I’d really love to improve my draping skills – I can usually drape on my dress form but I can’t transfer that to a finished product!

  • Jessica R
    March 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I’ve just started out with sewing, so could do with improving ALL my skills! Think if I won, I would have to save that beautiful fabric til I know a bit better what on earth I’m doing!

  • Pootle and Make
    March 6, 2014 at 11:28 am

    What beautiful fabric. I’d like know about tailoring techniques as I’d like to make a coat this year.

  • ShanniLoves
    March 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I’m always looking to improve upon my fitting skills!
    Fingers crossed, that fabric is lovely!

  • Hannah
    March 6, 2014 at 11:21 am

    That wool is so pretty! I’m very much a beginner sewer, so I’d like to better at all kinds of ZIPS.

    • Lynne Johnson
      March 6, 2014 at 11:42 am

      I haven’t sewn for myself in ages. My goal this year is to remedy that. Improving my fitting skills would help me move forward. What a wonderful incentive the lovely fabric would be too.