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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.  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 😉
Monday, February 24 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes
Friday, February 28 – Sew L.A.
Monday, March 3 – Coletterie
Tuesday, March 4 – Miss Crayola Creepy
Wednesday, March 5 – Whipstitch
Thursday, March 6 – Lucky Lucille
Friday, March 7 – Grainline
Monday, March 10 – Oonaballoona
Tuesday, March 11 – Paunnett
Wednesday, March 12 – Sewaholic
Thursday, March 13 – Lladybird
Friday, March 14 – House of Pinheiro
Monday, March 17 – Flossie Teacakes
Tuesday, March 18 – The Sew Convert
Wednesday, March 19 – Craftsy
Thursday, March 20 – Sublime Stitching
Friday, March 21 – Sew Stylish


Good Luck!


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  • 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

    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

    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!

  • Fitting darts for an FBA. This book looks amazing

  • eva lo

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

  • Anneh

    Invisible zippers, for sure. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Carole

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • natasha

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

  • 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!

  • I’d like to make better collar stands.

  • 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

    I really want to improve my fitting skills the most

  • Eleanor Krause

    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

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

  • 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

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

  • Emma

    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

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

  • Emily

    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…

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

  • 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!

  • 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

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

  • 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 🙂

  • Nicole Morgan

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

  • 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

    That fabric is gorgeous!!

  • LexiLee

    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!

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

  • 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. 🙂 Second choice would be closures, zips, button holes and the like…

  • Anna Fleming

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

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

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

    okamishoujo -at- gmail -dot- com

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

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

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

  • 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

    I really need to work on fitting, this often makes me stumble and leaves me feeling deflated 🙁

  • Diann Cornell

    Definitely need to improve my fitting.

  • Kerry

    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

  • Sounds awesome!!! 🙂 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.

    ♥ Jessica

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

  • Jackie Lee

    ✂️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

    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 🙂

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

  • Lisa Eck

    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? ☺
    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 ☺

  • Nathalie

    Really have to try working with knits again! wumbs ät gmx döt de

  • 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!

  • 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)

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

    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

    I need to improve my sewing skills with knits.

  • 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)

  • 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 🙂


    Miss Beta


  • 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.

    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

    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.

  • I tried to leave you a comment but I got a bad gateway error 🙁

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

    elenaknits (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Tina C.

    Fitting… I so need fitting instruction!

  • Zippers! Particularly the invisible ones.

  • Norma

    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

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

  • Jennifer Sustar

    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

    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

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

  • Tracy Dawson

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

  • Laura

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

  • 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)

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

  • Tina

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

  • Judith

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

  • 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

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

  • Sarah Boyd

    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



  • Louise

    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

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

  • I need to work on fitting skills and pattern matching.

  • Nikie

    I would love to better fit garments for myself, thanks for the chance to win 😉

  • sarah

    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

    I would like to improve my Hand sewing skills.

  • Nicole

    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

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

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

  • Carolyn Wong

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

  • Chris

    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.

  • 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

    Zippers and buttons!

  • Megan

    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

  • 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

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

  • Amy

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

  • 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… 🙂

  • 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

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

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

  • sharon

    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.

  • 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

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

  • I need some more zipper tips!

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

  • 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. 😀

  • I’d like to work on my hemming…

  • I would improve my facing techniques!

  • Ohh, Lovely!!! 😉 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! 😉

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

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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. 🙂 laura.h.sinclair @

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • Katie Emma

    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

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

  • I need to work on free motion quilting.

  • 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

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

  • Emily

    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

    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.

  • 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. 😀 The book looks so interesting, I’ll have to add it to my wishlist. Thank you for sharing.

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

  • Katie

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I’d like to improve my embroidery!

  • 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!

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

  • Forrest

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

  • Hemming has always been my kryptonite. In fact, the last three bits of clothing I’ve sewn—all dresses—all either have hem-taped hems still (worn once each), or a hem that is in severe need of ripping and redoing.

  • I would love to learn some new zipper techniques

  • 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).

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

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

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


  • Rhi

    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!

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

  • This book looks SO AWESOME. And, beautiful. 😀
    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!

  • count me in!

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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

    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

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

  • Jennifer

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

  • Leah

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

  • Tanja Haack

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

  • 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. 🙂

    Diane : vintagezest (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Shelley Gibb

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

  • Sarah C

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

  • 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

    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!

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

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

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


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

  • I want to improve my serger skills!

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

  • 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

    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!

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

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

  • Hannah

    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

      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.