Earlier this year, I was approached by the lovely Sarah Gunn from Goodbye Valentino and Julie Starr to contribute some of my projects to their upcoming book. I had been taking part in the 2018 RTW Fast that Sarah organised, and posted some of my garments in the Facebook group, I was well chuffed that they wanted to feature me.
And what do you know, a few days ago my copy arrived in the post, so I could not wait to share my review with you. Also, I’m very pleased to be able to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a copy of their very own!
So read on as to why you MUST have this book…
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A stylish guide to classing sewing – who are the authors?
I have been following Sarah Gunn from Goodbye Valentino since I joined in the online sewing community and was in awe of her perfectly on point garments. She is also the mastermind behind the RTW Fast and one of the original Mood Fabric contributors.
Julie Starr is a sewing aficionado herself, a massive Pattern Review contributor and winner of several contests. She is Sarah’s partner in crime for a second time, having co-authored The Tunic Bible, their first book together.
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So what is A Stylish guide to classic sewing all about?
Shock horror, this is not a sewing book! And by that I mean that it’s not one of those books you might be familiar with that have loads of patterns etc. Although it does have one pattern included as well (but more on that later).
I would call this a reference book and an inspiration book.
The mission of the book is to inspire sewists and non-sewists to make thoughtful and purposeful investments in garments that are stylish and timeless. The key, the authors state, to sewing (and building, I might add) a successful wardrobe is choosing pieces you can wear again and again.
If you know what my ethos is here on Sewrendipity (or if you forgot, check out my Meaningful Wardrobe post), I am all about timeless pieces and wearing them as much as possible, so you can see how the concept of this book was right up my street.
GARMENTS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK:
| A-Line Skirt
Bateau Neckline Top
| Twin Sweater Set
Fit and Flare Dress
Halter Dress or Top
| Fitted and Straight
Wide-Leg and Flared
For each garment, the authors cover:
- Sewing tips
- Fabric suggestions
- The Frump Factor (and how to avoid it)
- How to style it
- Who wore it
I have to say that being a history geek myself, I really, really enjoyed the history bits! Who knew how much of our wardrobe staples come from the military? I’ll let you discover which ones by yourself.
In addition to all this awesome content, Sarah and Julie have asked sewists from the community to contribute their examples of the garment types discussed in the book and how they styled them. Check out pages 78 and 112 for yours truly.
What I also really liked are these very cute illustrations all over the book, especially Sarah’s and Julie’s portraits by Beth Briggs.
And now… the giveaway! (CLOSED)
In case I did not manage to convey this, I really really like this book (and not just because I got featured). I actually read half of it when I first got it in one go, it was so interesting!
So, courtesy of Sarah and Julie and their publishers, you can also win a free copy of the book. This is open to any entrants in any geographical location. If you are in the US, you will receive the paper version, and an e-book if you are outside the US.
All you need to do to enter the giveaway is to join my mailing list below. If you already subscribe, leave me a comment below to tell me what is your go-to classic garment to sew or to wear. All subscription by email and comments between Friday 6th Dec 2019 and Sunday 8th Dec will be entered in the draw. The winner will be announced on the blog and by email on Sunday 8th Dec.
BOOK RELEASE BLOG TOUR
As part of the Book Release, Julie and Sarah arranged a Blog Tour with several creators who are featured in the book’s gallery. Make sure you stop by their blogs to hear what they have to say about the book.
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
Thanks for reading and good luck if you are entering the giveaway!