Big Book GIVEAWAY: Sewing for You

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This big set of books is all going to one winner! (U.S. addresses only this time, please.) The theme is garment sewing! If you’re looking for a fresh look this spring or if you want to add new skills to your sewing repertoire, this might just be your lucky day.

Enter your comment for a chance to win. Tell us what your wardrobe needs next, or your clothing sewing goals for the year. Is your closet a capsule? Do you have a skirt making compulsion? Let’s talk sewing for YOU!

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407 Responses to Big Book GIVEAWAY: Sewing for You

  1. Michelle Jude says:

    I got hurt pretty bad about five years ago and haven’t been able to work so my closet has went down to the basics, 2 pairs of jeans, 4 t-shirts, and a dress. I have lots of fabric that I’d love to make some clothes for me that actually fit. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  2. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    I need to make 4x tops with a long bottom. I have lots of medical problems with a large hernia over my abdomen which I need to hide.

  3. DebbieKl says:

    I need tops and skirts for sure!

  4. Lynne Dardanell says:

    I am obsessed with voile fabrics, have created one tunic for myself and plan to create more, as well as lightweight summer clothing. I’m taking off with garment sewing!

  5. Mims says:

    My wardrobe is in desperate need of some new tops and pants.

  6. Andi M says:

    I need some dressy clothes. It’d be nice to make my own so they fit like I’d like them to.

  7. Brenda says:

    I need a whole wardrobe makeover/creation/start from scratch. I became disabled and unable to work eight years ago, and really haven’t bought clothes since. I need casual clothes that look nice, that are comfortable, and that I feel “dressed up” in. I’m not willing to give up comfort anymore, but I also want to at least try to be somewhat stylish.

  8. Alicia says:

    I’d like to conquer knits and add some flirty skirts to my wardrobe.

  9. Kimberly says:

    I’m currently obsessed with sewing up knits for myself. Just finished a dress and I’m tackling several tops tomorrow!

  10. Tina G says:

    Hi there! I recently made the first dress I’ve made in years! I would share this with my friend Anna who wants to get back to garment sewing too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. cid says:

    I would love to win this. Books always inspire me.

  12. Amy says:

    I need to see more for me

  13. Barb in MI says:

    I’ll need fantastic new tops for myself to spiff up things. Thank you!

  14. Charissa says:

    I’d love to improve my sewing skills! I’m definitely going to need more summer clothes!

  15. Rachel says:

    I LOVE skirts! I wear them all the time and would so love to win this package!

  16. Ellen M. says:

    I have several new patterns to make: an Amy Butler skirt, an April Rhodes dress, and a Lotta top. I just need to take the first step and cut into my fabric. The hardest step for me!

  17. Angela Ang says:

    My goals for this year is to sew a dress for me!

  18. Deb says:

    Sewing goals for the year: remodeling clothes I have.

  19. Sue Gundy says:

    What wardrobe? Holy jeans, stretched out hoodies, and tanks tops. I sewed clothes in my younger days, I would love to make my own again. Don’t like the look and feel of most clothes hanging on the store racks. At least the ones that I can afford. Aah, but the look and feel of the fabrics in my favorite stores. I would love to purchase some and create a new wardrobe, fitted to just my size and style!

  20. Terri in NJ says:

    I want to start using up all my stash of clothes that I want to recycle into new funky styles.

  21. Amy says:

    New sewer:
    Lisette moto jacket
    eleonor pants.

  22. Cinnamom in MN says:

    I need to start on some summer clothes, which I always find a little more difficult. No throwing on a sweater and calling it good..!

  23. Fronye says:

    Sundresses are what I need.

  24. Kathryn says:

    A pair of jeans is what I would really like to have a go at.

  25. Lisa says:

    I have a sizeable fabric stash, all my clothes either don’t fit well or are falling apart — so I’m working towards a me-made wardrobe.

  26. Melanee Phillips says:

    I’m making lots of summer dresses!

  27. Bridget says:

    I would so love to improve my skills at clothing construction!

  28. marian says:

    I work at home and want to update and go beyond skirts and tops that are fine for home, but need a bit more pizazz

  29. Carla says:

    I’ve only been making dog collar bandannas and fleece jackets. I used to sew in my teens but anymore I don’t think I can even figure out what size pattern to buy. I am 5’2 and short waisted and I don’t like how ready to wear looks on me. This year I would like to get back to making some things for myself. Thanks for the opportunity.

  30. Amy says:

    My sewing goals for the year include making garmets that include hidden zippers and button plackets. I typically make simple tops, skirts, dresses and shorts that don’t require those and I want to challenge myself a bit more with other skills.

  31. Emily from MT says:

    I’m working on a 10 piece coordinating wardrobe right now for a contest. For more long term I’m trying to shift my closet to a classier place….

    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway.

  32. Linda says:

    Just lost 22 lbs and I’m planning on sewing a new wardrobe!! Haven’t done that in awhile, so could use some new good books!

  33. Diane Vedder says:

    Interesting selection of books! I haven’t sewn clothing in twenty plus years. This year I’m going to make some knit tops to wear with suits.

  34. Beth says:

    I am so very short, I would like to know how to make pants that actually fit me.

  35. Charlotte Lunsford says:

    Ive got to work on sewing for myself. I have the patterns, I have the fabric. Now i just need to do it!!

  36. Rachel Suk says:

    I sew quite often for others but not that often for myself. Hopefully with these books I could get over some of the hurdles for sewing for myself!

  37. Debra Williams says:

    I just want to make clothing for myself that actually FITS. My biggest problem is adjusting the patterns and I am gradually learning this skill. However, I do want to add some casual knit dresses to my wardrobe – the kind you just grab and throw on – then go. These books all look yummy and surprisingly I don’t own any of them! lol Thank you so much for the opportunity.

  38. LaWanda says:

    I love to dress.all my girls. 🙂

  39. Beth says:

    I just got back in to garment sewing for myself. I love to sew/wear skirts and dresses.

  40. Southern Gal says:

    Because I’m not great at fitting myself, I usually only make myself skirts. I’d love to get better at altering patterns to fit.

  41. Claire Ross says:

    I am pretty new to garment sewing having only started within the last 9 months. So many patterns to choose from. I tend to pick ones that have been well reviewed and seem to have minimal fitting issues. Just completed an Alder shirt dress, my most challenging make so far and it is fab (even if I do say so my self!)
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  42. Sandy Ross in WA says:

    I really need to learn to fit garments to me so these books would be a big help. Haven’t sewn for myself for a long time but want to get back into it.

  43. Andrea says:

    I need to make some skirts for work!

  44. Wow! I hope I’m not too late! What a COLLECTION

  45. Corrie says:

    It would be awesome to win this! I’m really just starting to sew clothes for myself and these would help a lot!!

  46. lara says:

    hmm… i would love to make some new costumes and some practical dresses for my wardrobe! maybe a 1940s dress next! 🙂

  47. Taryn B says:

    I’m still nursing my 9 mo old so I’d love to make some skirts and blouses, dressy clothes I can wear while nursing.

  48. Erin says:

    I’d like to make some tops for work.

  49. Melissa says:

    This is an amazing prize! I would love this as I need to focus on capsule pieces that fit me well.

  50. […] We still have two additional Big Book Giveaways open, so don’t forget to comment on each post for a chance to win: Books for Quilters + Sewing for You […]

  51. Amy says:

    I’m not sure if I’m too late for this giveaway, but I’d love to sew more skirts and tops for myself, especially ones with unique details, seam lines, and twists. I admire those types of clothes in fancy boutique shops, but can’t afford them… and I’m feeling inspired to make my own!!

  52. Ali M says:

    I’m mainly trying to learn how to alter patterns, I spend more time trying to make things fit after I sew them together than I do any other part of sewing, thank you so much for the giveaway!

  53. Robbin says:

    I would love to read all those books! I need to make shorts and tops as well as warm weather dresses!

  54. Harley Rast Williams says:

    I need tunics in a big way! I have a long torso and it’s hard for me to find tops long enough 🙂 Thanks!

  55. April B says:

    My spring sewing plans include a lot of professional and intimate wear. This is the year I finally master pants and bras 🙂

  56. Shanley says:

    I sew mostly for my daughters, but have been trying to gain the confidence to do more for myself!

  57. Maureen says:

    My brother is getting married in August, so I’m going to make the “Ginseng” 1950’s garden party dress by Sew Chic Patterns. I’mean also going to try my hand at making the crinoline slip to go underneath, and of course an outrageous fascinator!

  58. Amy MacKay says:

    This would be awesome!! I am venturing into sewing vintage clothes
    For myself.

  59. Natasha says:

    After moving from South Africa to New Zealand (18000km apart) hubby and I arrived with only our suitcases. I have managed to land myself a management position at an embroidery factory and I need to sew some comfy but good looking clothes for my new role! This would be so great to get me started!

  60. Jean-Sophie says:

    I am almost 50 pounds lighter than I was last spring, so I will be busy taking in some of my clothes and making lots of new things–I need to make EVERYTHING!!!!

  61. Jamie says:

    Looking to get back into garment sewing. Really loving the idea of a pink trench! Thanks!

  62. Frannie says:

    I have two 14 yr old girls that I’m teaching to sew and, after making lots of wide mouth bags for their friends, we are starting dresses. My girls are two different shapes and sizes so we are starting by learning to adjust the patterns to fit. The books would create an amazing Fashion Library for them to reference!

  63. Samantha in CA says:

    I really need some more nice tops. And I am always on the lookout for as nice skirt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. Jen says:

    Would love to add more dresses to my wardrobe! I have a few tees and skirts but would love to start making something a bit more tailored! Thanks!

  65. Michelle says:

    I am a tunic/shift dress and wide leg yoga pant kind of a gal. I have worn the ones I have made until they have holes! I need to reup my stash for the summer.

  66. Carmen N says:

    I want to make some pajamas for my family and tops / blouses for myself.

  67. Theresa M. says:

    I have lost about 30 pounds in the last 6 months and need some new clothes!

  68. I’d love to have those Japanese Pattern making books. I’m also really interested in Gertie’s sketchbook.

  69. jenny says:

    my wardrobe needs a serious refresh. i need basics. i need straight lines. i need comfortable. i need solids,stripes. i need all the alabama chanin i can get!!

  70. Bridget says:

    I want to move beyond the basics and these books all look like wonderful sources of inspiration!

  71. Jessica says:

    I need some new skirts and tunics for summer!

  72. Laurie says:

    I had a baby almost a year ago and stopped nursing- so my body is finally not changing as much- so I really feel the desire to make myself some clothes. Especially with the gorgeous garment fabrics that keep becoming available.

  73. Booth says:

    Wow, what a haul! Truly my garment sewing is in a major rut. I’ve sewn my basic patterns over and over and over again and what I need the most is inspriation.

  74. Laura says:

    Next on my list is Liesl + Co.’s Gallery Tunic in a bright pink gingham! Enough of Winter, already…bring on Spring!

  75. Brenda says:

    these books will used a lot here as I am just starting to sew. I am a newbie and need to learn a lot. Thank you for the opportunity.

  76. Karen says:

    I’m still hoping to make some tunics that can be worn in the spring or fall!

  77. Kathy h says:

    I would love to learn how to make knit shirts for myself.

  78. Karen in KS says:

    I need to start sewing more for myself. Most of my sewing has been for my grandkids but I have several projects I’ve collected to make for myself and really need to work on those!

  79. Karen says:

    I want to make some interesting clothes for work – preferably by remaking some thrift store finds and adding in some fabrics from my stash.

  80. steph says:

    Would love to learn more about garment sewing and trying some new patterns

  81. dorothy jo says:

    I am dying to gain the confidence to sew knits!

  82. zahidy says:

    As a fashion design student, I always have to make clothes for various mannequins, and normally dont take time to make anything for me.This year, this is changing! Since I graduate in June, Im gonna start making pretty clothes for myself.

  83. Kimmy C says:

    After a long hiatus, I’d like to get back into garment sewing. I would like to make some skirts that will work with my figure, both for casual day wear and some for outdoors activities.

  84. CarolAnne says:

    All of these would be lovely! My wardrobe needs to expand from Avengers tee-shirts and jeans. I’d like to create an impressive professional wardrobe using repurposed fabrics.

  85. beth p says:

    One of my garment sewing goals is to learn more so I can teach my students garment sewing skills that will be useful to them. Another goal is to find a go-go dress pattern that can become my signature dress. Would LOVE to win these books. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  86. Sarah says:

    Those books look fantastic! My next garment sewing project is Gertie’s new Butterick pattern B6322 in Michael Miller’s adorable Regatta print and border print. I have the fabric and pattern waiting in my sewing room. I need some summery sewing to distract from the long winter. I’ll be thinking of long summer evenings and a cold spritzer.

  87. Sarah says:

    I’ve been sewing garments for myself for about 4 years, with a slow and steady learning curve. My next project will be Gertie’s new pattern for Butterick, B6322 in the adorable nautical Michael Miller Regatta print and Regatta border print. It will help me forget about the long winter and get excited for summer, long evenings, and cold spritzers. These books look fab!

  88. kim t. says:

    I need maternity skirts!

  89. cynthia says:

    I cleaned out my closet (good) and now have very few clothes that fit (bad). Would love to make pants and tops that fit me in fabrics that I love.

  90. Flo says:

    I have taught myself to sew on a sewing machine…and I fell in love. Since then I have focused on quilting and small sewing projects. This year, I really want to learn to sew garments (other than a basic skirt).

  91. Sophie says:

    I need to sew some fun summer skirts and pj’s! Have not done much sewing of clothes for myself but it’s time!

  92. Toni S. says:

    I’m working on finally having a capsule wardrobe made from my stash, which must be depleted. I haven’t decided on all the garments to be made, except for a coat.

  93. marci says:

    I’m in search of a simple, lightweight summer dress. I also have a fantasy of learning to make undergarments this year. So far I have 3 failures in the underwear department, but I will not give up yet.

  94. Galina says:

    Hello, thanks for this wonderful giveaway! I’ve been sewing mostly to make gifts for the friends and family and your post made me think about sewing for myself. And even if I won’t give this set of books, I have already plenty of ideas. The main idea of my new diy wardrobe – is a set of practical clothes that I can wear on the playground with my too little kids yet quite elegant to go out for a tea with my friends. I am so tired of everyday jeans and t-shirt combination ! And I’ ve already started my new project – a culotte !
    Thanks a lot for giving a food for thought !

  95. Stacie Pinkston says:

    My closet needs some stylish and comfortable shirts!

  96. Deb says:

    My goals are to sew a knit shirt and remodel some shirts and skirts.

  97. Now that I’ve retired from a cross-country truck driving career, I have time to sew and make all my clothes, from the skin out. I am trying my hand at bras, panties, as well as casual clothing, and even outerwear.

  98. Andrea c says:

    Learning to fit garments. I really want to learn how to make my own tops & deesses, but I’m afraid of using good fabric because I don’t know how to fit

  99. Jayme L. says:

    I’d love these. I feel like I’m an odd fit with a smaller bust and bigger tummy. I’d want to make some flattering shirts and tunics.

  100. Lauren Dorn says:

    Want to learn garment making, these books would be awesome!

  101. Lauren Dorn says:

    I want to sew sew sew all the time. Really want to learn garment making now that I’ve sewn a lot of the basics to get basic skills down. Ready for the next step and these books would be amazing for that!

  102. Aimee in IN says:

    I have a sewing list a mile long, but really want to get some basics made for myself. I also really want to start making my own lingerie.

  103. Elise says:

    I have made many skirts, and just a couple dresses. I need to learn about sewing sleeves. And buttonholes. I’m rather scared of attempting those.

  104. Laura Astrid says:

    I would love to win these books! I want to sew some tops, dresses, leggings, and a pair of pajamas.

  105. Kylie C says:

    I’m working on cutting my closet down to only things I love and wear so that I can see what I need to add to it for a really nice capsule wardrobe. My goal is to transition to a completely homemade wardrobe over the next 5 years (I know I’ll only sew one or two items a month). Thank you for a great giveaway!

  106. jodie says:

    A clothing sewing goal for the year is shirts!

  107. Oregon Mary says:

    Next on the sewing list is summer tops and something fun. Thanks for a chance to win all the amazing books!

  108. Mary I says:

    My sewing goals are to do some sewing refashions for myself. I’ve lost weight recently & would like to sew new skirts & knit dresses for work for the spring.

  109. Samantha says:

    I love making skirts, but this year I want to expand into tops and pants…maybe even some under garments!

  110. Victoria TJ says:

    My sewing goals for the year are to learn how to sew a coat and to make projects that I need ahead of time. I usually find myself waiting to make something for fall when it is already October. Then time gets away from me. This year, for example, I’d love to start clothes for fall in late spring/early summer.

  111. Allison S says:

    I have a couple of Liesl sewing patterns that I really want to make for myself. Gift sewing keeps taking precedence!

  112. Donna in Tx says:

    Dresses and skirts! These are on my list of things to make for me so they fit properly. I have material and I have this nice stack of items that I need to alter so they fit me in a flattering way. This adds up to lots of things to learn. Thanks for the list of books to check out.

  113. Harley Rast Williams says:

    My wardrobe needs more bottoms. I especially love palazzo pants!

  114. Shelly says:

    I just (finally) took a fitting course and am itching to turn my piles of colorful fabric into dresses and blouses that I can wear across seasons and years. These books would really help with that goal!

  115. karen in CA USA says:

    I am going to tackle a long-sleeved, button-down shirt next. Wish me luck.

  116. Judi says:

    I need some blouses that are comfy, stylish and nursing friendly. I’d love to add a couple of skirts in various lengths to my collections. I think I want basic neutral items to switch up and dress up/down as needed.

  117. Amanda B. says:

    I really want to start making pants for myself. I have made some skirts (still need to do more), but I have a goal of making a pair of pants that fits perfectly just for me. Once I have the perfect pair, I want to make tons of them =)!

  118. Marsha Law says:

    If I don’t make myself some light linen pants and jeans soon, it’s going to be another cranky summer for me. Too many tops and not enough wearable bottoms!

  119. Sara says:

    I’m ready to do more garment sewing for myself!

  120. Cindy says:

    I need some new t-shirts this year. I live in Maine and have discovered the joy (and need) of layering- even in the summer months.

  121. Cindy S. says:

    I need to focus on casual, everyday wear for my wardrobe. I love skirts and dresses, and comfy tops. I spent last year working on outerwear for myself, and sewing items for my mom and my grandkids. I would love to have this wonderful collection of sewing books! Thank you for hosting another great giveaway!

  122. Michelle says:

    My wardrobe needs a refresher overall, but I definitely want to make some new dresses for spring.

  123. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    I really want to sew myself a dress for Easter and some fun tops for summer!

  124. debra williams says:

    I need tops! All kinds, both casual and professional. I rarely sew for myself because I an exceptionally weak in making pattern adjustments, which I need to do for any pattern. Thank you so much for this EXCITING chance to win all these wonderful books! I know I would love all of them.

  125. debra williams says:

    I need top! All kinds, both casual and professional. I rarely sew for myself because I an exceptionally weak in making pattern adjustments, which I need to do for any pattern. Thank you so much for this EXCITING chance to win all these wonderful books! I know I would love all of them.

  126. VirginiaK says:

    What a great looking collection! I live in skirts in the summer because they are cooler and I must do some new ones this year!

  127. Emma says:

    I am definitely needing more blouses and some more skirts would be awesome 🙂 my sewing goals are to sew more clothing for babies especially, but also for myself. These books all look really interesting and helpful.

  128. Mary says:

    I need to sew some tunics! I am short-waisted and long legged and tunics and tights are more becoming to me than anything that focuses on my waist.

  129. Laura in MD says:

    I am so curious what a “princess seabed” is! Will you explain?

  130. Laura in MD says:

    What an amazingly cool collection of books! I am desperately in need of some tops (both long and short-sleeved). I’m stuck in a T-shirt rut and it’s hard for me to find anything that fits and flatters my post-two-babies body. I thinking sewing them for myself is the solution. Now I just need to do it!

  131. Jan says:

    Oh, what *doesn’t* my wardrobe need! I am perfectly attired for hiking around the woods with the dogs or cleaning out the chicken coop, but sadly lacking in appropriate togs for special events. I guess my first objective would be to make myself a few floaty sundresses, so I can flit about the farm in hot weather without my muffin-top showing! I plan this every year, but summer seems to come and go without it happening. I have a chance for a head start this year, if I will only get myself off the computer and up to the sewing room!

  132. Kate G says:

    Oh, dresses! Move over jeans. I need dresses for the daytime.

  133. Kate G says:

    I am moving out of jeans and into dresses. The more I read about sewing dresses the more excited I get to make a summer dress for the hot days here in SF.

  134. Persis says:

    I need some casual skirts for warmer weather. The material is ready. I just need the time.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  135. Kathy says:

    I need to sew some shorts and pants with pockets.

  136. Brenda Melahn says:

    I have never sewn anything for myself, but this year I am going to try and make a top that hides (or at least lessens the appearance of) a large hernia in my stomach. Need something with a yoke but looks appropriate for an older person.

  137. Kim says:

    This year and soon I need to sew some pants and a top for an event. Following that I need a dress and a couple skirts.

  138. Julie R. says:

    I have tons of sewing-for-me goals! I want to adjust a princess seabed dress pattern that fits me perfectly; I want to make some bras; a pair of jeans; and some blouses to go with those jeans. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  139. Susan says:

    I need some new dress shirts, both long and short sleeve. I have lots of tops, but not shirts.

  140. Cheryl King says:

    I quit sewing for myself many years ago. I would like to start again and upcycling or making items over is very interesting to me. I would like my clothing to me more distinctive with special touches, conservative bling if there is such a thing. I especially need help learning to make clothing just for me, making a good fit, knowing how to adjust a pattern. My grand daughters are learning to sew and I would be better equipped to help them do the same which will hold their sewing interest. Thanks for this great opportunity. The selection of books is wonderful…

  141. Tina says:

    These books are great and I have been thinking of buying quite a few of them. I moved from rainy Portland, Oregon to sunny Helena, Montana so I need some great summer clothes.

  142. Sandra W says:

    What my wardrobe needs–color! And these books would certainly help with everything else.

  143. ME Pendleton says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway !!!! I live in skirts but also want to expand my skills . There is sew much to learn

  144. Yvette says:

    Looking at my wardrobe, I am in need of tops or blouses and dress/work pants that fit.

  145. Pamela says:

    I have been sewing since for over 45 years. My grandmother taught me.
    What a treasure-trove of techniques these books cover. What a great way to sharpen and learn new ways of doing things.

  146. Barbara Long says:

    I am 63 and want to modernize my wardrobe with some classic garments but in modern fabrics and garment shapes

  147. Monette says:

    My goal is to do away with “fast clothing” and sew clothes that will last instead. The best part about sewing your own clothes is you make it to suit you and not a store mannequin =)

  148. Cheryl Kinnear says:

    I am retired and need to revamp my wardrobe, since I no longer need business attire. I want to be stylish and comfortable, without looking frumpy or dressing “too young.” At the same time, I would like to keep my wardrobe as simple as possible, so I will need to create a few capsule wardrobes.

  149. Rena says:

    I really NEED to sew some shirts for myself and dresses. Really, I just need a new wardrobe. It’s like the plumbers pipes are always broken. I spend too much time work sewing instead of selfish sewing.

  150. Diane Wespiser says:

    Thank you for the chance to win these exciting books. I love sewing skirts, while dreaming of warmer weather.

  151. Becky says:

    My wardrobe needs some refreshing. I wear the same thing to work all the time and I would like to sew more fun items for me.

  152. Jennifer brady says:

    I am sewing various shift dresses, looking for the one I like the best or can fix it just for me th easiest. Once I find my favorite dress and shirt patterns, I’d like to start sewing lots of versions by hand! Of course, I have been desiring Alabama chanin…

  153. Catherine says:

    Shirts and trousers! I’m happy enough with the shirts but fitting trousers is giving me a pain!

  154. Shawna says:

    My sewing goal for this year is to start making myself simple but unique clothes.

  155. Joan says:

    Just got back into garment sewing. Could it be a new granddaughter due March 8. Her momma likes vintage style. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  156. Suzanne says:

    Wow-what a great giveaway! This would be a great help in achieving my summer goal of seeing some basic tops and perhaps inspiring me to do more!

  157. Jamie says:

    Now this is really cool!!!! I just had my fourth baby last year and am almost back to my old size. My husband bought me a dress form for Christmas so I’m ready to start making some comfortable knit tees for spring!

  158. Karen B says:

    What I need is how to make it fit and how to update. I seem to stick with the same thing that has always worked but I am bored. Ugh! My goal is to have easy summer dresses but not the same I have had for the last 20 years.

  159. Mary Blakely says:

    My sewing goal is to make a “fancy” dress for my daughter’s wedding. I’m sure these books would be a great help. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  160. sonja says:

    What a beautiful selection. These are all great and very good books for any sewer. I would be over the moon if these books were on my bookshelf.

  161. Danielle says:

    I need some full skirts, with pockets please!

  162. Lisa Bartup says:

    At the age of 52 I am at uni studying a degree in dress history, loving every minute of it. Need to liven up my wardrobe and would like to make some more dresses. Love the idea of making over thrift shops clothes too

  163. Susie H. says:

    I love upcycling clothing into new garments, and my favorite of that is creating new skirts and tunics. I also love to add in unique, hand-embellished, hand-quilted, or hand-embroidered details. Nathalie Chanin (the author of one of the Alabsma Chanin book) has totally revolutionized how I approach sewing, and I’m all the more thoughtful sewer for it. I’d love to next keep exploring my creativity in branching out in new patterns using my style. These books look fantastic!! Thanks for the chance!

  164. Anitha says:

    I hope i win this giveaway! I plan on changing my wardrobe this year economically though!. The books offered here are all wonderful too !

  165. MelodyJ says:

    I want to make a bunch of different styled skirts.

  166. Mamalusco says:

    I am obsessed with sewing raglan knit shirts right now!

  167. Claire says:

    I turned 40, had a baby, moved continent and got married in 2015. 🙂 What this means is I’m totally re-evaluating my style and trying to come up with a new capsule wardrobe or set of clothes that are still “me”, but suited to my new role/s. It’s hard! I’m a novice seamstress but am soaking up info and hoping to have made good progress by the end of the year!

  168. Kristen says:

    I’m still quite new to garment sewing, so my goals for the year are to try things I would normally fear too much to attempt. I have made simple shirts and skirts, but I would like to try making more structured garments. Most of all, I want to make sewing a priority. Sewing gives me so much. I shouldn’t push it aside.

  169. Sally says:

    I’ll need some long sleeved dresses for the Southern Hemisphere winter. Last year was all about knits but this year I’m planning on woven dresses, including Sonya Phillips Dress no.2.

  170. Kristin says:

    I need a kimono to lounge around in!

  171. Amy says:

    I have so many things on my list for this year!!! I am slightly intimidated by garment sewing, so I would love to win this set of books! I want to finally sew some of the patterns I have and be able to be more confident in my construction process and fabric choices.

  172. Jlbl1950 says:

    My forays into sewing have not been good. Since I’ve become a plus size person, trying to fit and adjust patterns has become quite difficult. In the past big and baggy were fine, but I want clothes to fit and be stylish. I bought a dressform and am reading books about altering patterns and RTW clothes. I love retro styles and search through vintage patterns online to find styles that I like, and Pinterest is my go to place for new ideas. The books in your giveaway would not only be inspirational, but educational at the same time.

  173. Brenda says:

    I am so in need of a total wardrobe update. That could be termed wardrobe acquisition — I took a disability retirement some eight years ago, have not bought clothing since (except undies and jammies). In addition to lifestyle changes, I’m facing the body changes of aging and illness (inactivity) I don’t have a lot of money to spend, so the solution is obvious — sew my own. And any upcycling, recycling, refashioning, refitting I can do would help my budget — disability benefits don’t go very far. I also want to upscale my casual look, moving from the jeans and tees I have worn all my life (since they are wearing out anyway) to looking nicer and more in step when I do things. Right now, I have no idea what I can wear anywhere. None of my dressier pants fit; tops aren’t long enough to make it less apparent that I’m wearing the one pair of jeans that fit me, and if I had to go to a wedding, well . . . . Enough said.

  174. susan hatfield says:

    That’s a wonderful selection of books! I need to update my wardrobe with new slacks, a couple of new skirts, and possibly an all occasion dress or two. I need some pretty new tops and need help discovering what would be best for my body and style. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  175. Jlbl1950 says:

    Several months ago I made myself a top. When it was finished, there were large gaps at the armholes, so that’s tucked away out of sight. A few days later, my husband helped hem a skirt I had made. It was horribly crooked,and not in any fashionable way
    The next day I went out and bought a dress form, and started reading everything I could about fitting and altering patterns. I’m making headway, but there’s still plenty to learn. The books in your giveaway would go along way to help me make a wardrobe I can be proud of.

  176. cid h says:

    I need to make dresses and some tops for the summer. These books are just the thing i need for information and inspiration. Great giveaway.

  177. Linda C. in AZ says:

    I am a sewing instructor and each of these books will be a great addition the bookshelf in my classroom!

  178. Jlbl1950 says:

    I’ve sewn for decades but never really known , or taken the time to properly fit a pattern. Several months ago I made myself a top. When it was finished, there were large gaps at the armholes, so that’s now at the bottom of box somewhere out of sight. A few days later, my husband helped hem a skirt I had made. It was horribly crooked,and not in any fashionable way
    The next day I went out and bought a dress form, and started reading everything I could about fitting and altering patterns. I’m making headway, but there’s still plenty to learn. The books in your giveaway would go along way to help me make a wardrobe I can be proud of.

  179. Michelle says:

    Wow! What great books! I usually sew for my kids, but have been wanting to sew more for myself, starting with a few skirts. This would be perfect!

  180. Tina says:

    2016 is the year of making garments that fit my body and style. After years of doubting my abilities I’ve dusted off my sewing machine and jumped in feet first. So far I’ve made a wearable muslin Archer shirt and an Alabama Chanin A line tunic. Next
    up, I’m scouting patterns for spring and summer staples like skirts and dresses. So far, so good

  181. Tina says:

    2016 is the year of making garments that fit my body and style. After years of doubting my abilities I’ve dusted off my sewing machine and jumped in feet first. So far I’ve made a wearable muslin Archer shirt and an Alabama Chanin A line tunic. Next
    up, I’m scouting patterns for spring and summer staples like skirts and dresses. So far, so good!

  182. Marilyn says:

    My sewing goals for this year are to start sewing for myself. I am going to sew a pair of PJ bottoms using double gauze, knit pencil skirt, Tilly and the buttons coco shirt and the camas blouse from thread theory. Peppered in between will be sewing projects for my kiddos and our home.

  183. Ybat says:

    I haven’t sewn in what feels like a very long time so I would like to start doing it again. I have a few cut out purses that I would like to finish.

  184. Mandi in CO says:

    Wow – great set of books! I plan to learn more about sewing knits on my old Singer.
    I hope to make some knit scarves that hold up to my friends’ kids tugs & pulls.

  185. Loree says:

    I recently early-retired and have taken up sewing after a 30+ year hiatus. I’m finding patterns no longer work without extensive re-working due to the changes in my body (when the heck did that happen!?) I need all the help I can get! Thanks for having the giveaway.

  186. Claudia says:

    These are great inspiration for sewing classes. I would love these in my library to further the cause of home sewing. My new ambition is to teach sewing to women who want to bring their own style to fruition. It is called fashion empowerment.

  187. Kathryn in VA says:

    Oh my resolution was to finally get up the nerve to sew for myself this year, as I’m always sewing for my kids, husband, or family/friends. I’ve already got 2 shirts under my belt for me, but I need more tops and I’d love to challenge myself with a dress.

  188. Audrey says:

    I am trying to use stash and make new clothes! I have really enjoyed a pattern from Whipstitch called the Get up and Go Skirt. I plan on making several over the next few months!

  189. Brenda Bailey says:

    What a super generous giveaway! My body size and shape has changed. i need to make a wardrobe that fits my tastes, my age, and where my body is now. From the stack I see, what would help me the most in creating those clothes would be the Magic Pattern Book, ReSew, Alabama Studio Sewing from Patterns, and Skirt a la carte.

  190. Vicki T. says:

    I have made a few items and would love to try making a pair of pants and some shirts. I have made a few dresses and a tank top from the Alabama Chanin book and absolutely love them! Would like to make some comfortable, versatile clothes! The book selection looks fabulous!

  191. JoezGal says:

    I seriously need to sew up some fabric that has been marinating in my stash far too long. I’d also like to make my granddaughters some cute dresses for Spring/Summer.

  192. Holly says:

    I would really like to make some well fitting shirts this year.

  193. Michelle says:

    Oh, man, I so, sew, hope I win this! I’ve quilted for years, but other than sewing a simple dress in high school, never have done garment sewing and I really want to start. I’m a petite height, and shopping for clothes is jut no fun at all. also follow Gertie’s blog & am interested in vintage-look clothing, so it would be awesome since this includes several of her books. Fingers crossed!

  194. Lynda says:

    I want to sew some leggings and tops to go with them. I need some help with knit fabrics.

  195. Anne in Texas says:

    I need new shorts but in reality skirts are my skill level!

  196. Robin says:

    I need casual every day dresses and tunics. Several of these books are already on my wish list. Thank you!

  197. Heather McB. says:

    I want to make that black dress and 3 more in wild colors out of this bamboo rayon cotton jersee I just found. I also need a calf length duster in my life as spring whispers hello.

  198. Katie K says:

    I started sewing my own clothes last spring after quilting for a year, and I’ve had a wonderful time working to learn the basics of garment construction as well as what fabrics work with different styles. Big learning curve! My size has been changing since I had my third son in October, and I want to make clothes as flattering as possible while I get back to the old me, and then I want to stretch my comfort level with new styles and patterns. It’s such a point of pride to be able to say “I made it!” when someone compliments something I’m wearing.

  199. Paige says:

    I want to get back into garment construction after a very long break! These would be a great addition to my bookshelves. I need to start off with some basic pieces.

  200. Ava says:

    Would love to start making a serious wardrobe, this would totally help get me beyond my two blouses.

  201. Karen Caves says:

    I’d like to sew some spring/summer tunics.

  202. Muriel Johnson says:

    I am getting back to my love for sewing and creativity. I’m inspired by all of the posts and articles. Love books and these will be perfect for my collection. ….

  203. Leslie says:

    I want to sew up some skirts and pants that fit. They are always too long!

  204. Bobbi says:

    I need to finish the final adjustments to my pants pattern and sew a few pairs. I also need a jacket and tops that will transition from winter to spring. Thanks for a chance to win these fabulous books.

  205. Lindsey says:

    I’ve been sewing clothes for just over a year now. I’ve got simple knit tops, a dress and a skirt, but need to broaden my horizons a bit to include more structured, woven garments of all types: skirts, pants, tops and dresses.

  206. Grace Osediacz says:

    Fascinated by vintage patterns. Would be a challenge to work with these with vintage fabrics.

  207. Grace Osediacz says:

    I’m obsessed with vintage fabrics and patterns. I also have a friend who shares this love of vintage. Would be great to have these truly interesting books.

  208. Regina says:

    Oh my goodness, these books look amazing! I just had my second baby and am slowly attempting to adjust my wardrobe so that it fits and flatters my new “mom parts” (hello, bustline, I wasn’t imagining you settling at this particular point). And since my husband is out of the country for rest of the year, there are a lot of evening hours just begging for projects; all of these books would help me fill them up nicely!

  209. Elisa says:

    I need more blouses and tops. I’ve made some skirts and basic dresses but I’m ready to tackle sleeves!

  210. Logan says:

    My wardrobe needs basics, but it wants lovely sundresses.

  211. Angie Pihera says:

    My clothing goal this year is to not buy any clothes all year! I’m new to garment sewing and I’ve made 4 pieces already this year! I still have a LOT to learn so I would be SO excited to win these books!

  212. rrjane011749 says:

    More tops-less t-shirts!

  213. rrjane011749 says:

    I need more tops, less t-shirts!

    • rrjane011749 says:

      oops–I didn’t think my entry “took”, sorry!

  214. Sharon says:

    I have a new job in a boutique selling ladies fashions. My wardrobe needs to go from work at home mom to fashionable mom. My goal this year is to up my fashion sense and create outfits suitable to be called fashion.

  215. Cynthia I says:

    Wow! Amazing collection! My wardrobe is…well…lacking in cohesion. I love skirts. My body has changed a lot in the past few years following the birth of baby 5. I haven’t figured out what to wear that is flattering.

  216. Cindy says:

    I am hoping to create some pieces that suit my body type but actually reflect my personality!

  217. Toni Buzzeo says:

    What my wardrobe most needs right now is some smart, business casual pieces that will take me out on the town without dressing up too much.

  218. Alison says:

    I have lots of holes to fill. I need to make basic tees in black, white, and grey. I need a coat! I need pajamas, and I need to increase my pant fitting skills.

  219. Kelli says:

    I would love to make a new shirtwaist dress!

  220. Jerri says:

    I’ve been sewing garments since home economics in 1983-84. My favorites were the things I made for my children when they were younger. Now I’m sewing garments for my grandchildren. My closet is definitely lacking a modem edge. Would enjoy the inspiration these prizes would give me.

  221. Sheryl Thomas says:

    Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia along with arthritis along with an autoimmune disease I have gained over 50 pounds. I decided to sew knit clothes for comfort using a wardrobe pattern from Nancy Notions. The illness and depression has caused me to stay away from church. It would be great to win this prize

  222. Judy eastwood says:

    There are many new materials used in fabrics for clothing. I would love to how to use
    These fabrics and combine them with techniques for sewing your own clothes.

  223. Judy eastwood says:

    There are many new materials used in fabrics for clothing. I would love to how to use
    These fabrics and combine them with techniques for sewing your own clothes.

  224. One of my goals us to sew through my pattern stash.

  225. One of my goals is so sew through a big portion of my pattern stash.

  226. Diane in VA says:

    Bohemian tops and dresses for me please! Love to wear the tops w/jeans, capris, long tulip skirts. I need skirts too, prefer to the floor. Thank you…this is great assortment and what a cool gift for me and my closet:)

  227. Shirley says:

    I desparetly need a new jacket and a simple black dress. My goal is to complete both by the end of summer. The black dress needs to have selves hopefully 3/4 length and nice enough for evening ware.

  228. AP says:

    I need a little bit of everything to perk up the closet and improve my sewing skills. (The time to sew more would be awesome, too.)

  229. Anne Marie says:

    I need to learn to make a decent pair of pants -ones that sit at my waist. I dislike pants that sit lower -yes I am old fashioned!!

  230. Sue says:

    I have retired and need a new type of clothing. I am very long waisted and have a difficult time finding items that fit.

  231. Lauren Dorn says:

    These books look great! I am looking to really branch into clothing now that I’ve dabbled a lot with the basics and some newborn pants as well a top for me that didn’t turn out great. I am very fearful of patterns and would love to learn from these books as I branch out. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  232. Jody says:

    I’ve so got the hankering to do a lightweight rain coat / trench coat . Maybe something funky and modern or maybe a beautiful floral with extra details. Not sure yet but Inspiration is soon to point me in the right direction ???? Also have a few tunic tops to try out! Come on spring / summer!!!

  233. Marsha says:

    My current wardrobe is very bleh. I need everything. My youngest child is 5 months old so I havent had much time to sew but I have many dress patterns I like to pull out to touch, lol. I would like to start defining my style, after I figure out what it is that I like! I have been wearing sweat pants and mom jeans and hoodie for a very long time. I need a new look. Something fresh and works with my busy mom of 6 ages 11 and under life.

  234. Debora McFearin says:

    I am so into remaking my wardrobe. I have a closet full of unworn clothes and these books would make an wonderful addition to my collection.

  235. Linda says:

    I have lost 22 pounds and all of my clothes are way too big – I’ve been inspired by your posts this past year to get back to sewing my own clothes. I have been sewing mostly home dec and lots of quilts but now I really want to get back to sewing my own clothes – have already purchased some new beautiful light weight denims for new tops and tunics.

  236. Chui says:

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! Because I’m short I’m focusing on making pants this year. Currently working on muslins for a pair of jeans and next I would like to create a pair of dress pants with welt back pockets 🙂

  237. Kat says:

    My wardrobe needs everything – after 3 kids nothing from before fits right and my body is a whole new shape.

  238. Joanne says:

    I need to learn to sew some light tops to wear under cardigans or jackets at work. Something colorful and comfy! And I’ve forgotten how great a custom fitted skirt works in the wardrobe!

  239. Zoe says:

    It’s my goal this year to buy no more clothes for myself! I’ve already got countless dresses, but I’ve been working out (and changing shapes a lot!) so I’m planning a bunch of new skirts and blouses already!

  240. Gidget says:

    I would love to sew tops that fit!
    I also like to sew for my daughter so I would have to do both

  241. SP says:

    Ohhh, what a fun and wonderful give away! My 2016 sewing goal is to have a 100% handmade casual wardrobe by year’s end – and I think that each of these books will absolutely guide me to meeting and achieving this ambitious goal. 2017 will be focused on the non-casual, work / office wardrobe. Fun stuff!

    Thank you!

  242. Bethany says:

    I wrote last month about my goal to read and review a book a month, to work on items I can actually love to wear for ME Made May, and I’m on the hunt for my favorite cardigan pattern and a flattering dress. So, if it IS my lucky day, this prize would be fantastic! Thank you.

  243. Michelle says:

    Wow! Such great books. I mostly sew for my kids, but have been wanting to do some sewing for myself. This would be perfect!

  244. Marian Allen says:

    I used to sew all my clothes and I really miss it. I like simple styles and those can be hard to find. I also would like to sew for my house, and I recently started quilting. My sewing machine is getting a workout!
    But I need help and inspiration, please pick me!

  245. Nancy says:

    Wow! That’s a great collection. I’m trying to stick to a sewing plan. I did the 2016makenine plan on Instagram then printed it and hung it over my cutting table. Every time I start to dash down some exciting new path I’ve been pulled back to my plan and sewing from my stash. So far so good and I’m enjoying myself!

  246. Debbie says:

    Hellllllppppp! I tried StichFix, even though I desperately need petite sizing and knew they don’t provide petites. Sure nuff, nothing fit. I _need_ to get busy sewing for myself. But I need guidance. Inspiration.

  247. Marita says:

    I need to make some black pants and some black leggings

  248. Kali says:

    Since I have to wear a uniform to work 5 days a week I am really looking to rejuvenate my wardrobe with handmade items this year, as well as altering the ready to wear pieces that will be favorites again with a little help. I also want to work through my garment fabric stash! All those pieces of fabric need to become pretty dresses! 🙂

  249. Tiphanie Rafter says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve become that mom that lives in yoga pant and sneakers! I occasionally glam it up with a nice pair of jeans and ballet shoes for those special occasions.???? My sewing goals for this spring are to work with fabrics that I’ve never worked with before and sew some much needed skirts and dresses for my wardrobe. I would LOVE to win this fabulous giveaway as It would give me a chance to gain knowledge about the fabrics that I want to work with and inspire me to get creative!

  250. cecile in MN says:

    That is a great giveaway ! Wow !
    I want to start sewing my underwear. I’ve been sewing my clothes for a while now, so it’s my new goal. I also need to sew pants, and improve my fitting.

  251. Jennie says:

    I’m told by my daughter that I need to make cloths that aren’t black. She has a point.

  252. Cynthia Taylor says:

    I need tops that are long enough. I’m almost 5’10.

  253. Sangeetha says:

    Warm weather clothes. I am in desperate need for some

  254. Terri (aka MamaZepp) says:

    Well, I have never been able to sew well-fitted pants or dress shirts. I would love to be able to do either and have a goal to learn how! 🙂 Nope, not elastic waistbands or cuffs either! hahaha

  255. Delia says:

    As a mom of 5, I would like to learn to make clothing to flatter this current body. I need to sew everything, but especially bottoms. What a great variety of books in this giveaway!

  256. Joan says:

    Just getting back into garment sewing. Could it be the new granddaughter due March 8?
    These books look wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  257. Erin says:

    I am in need of a wardrobe refresher. My last years have been hard, changing a multitude of things – behaviors, preferences, self-image, etc. I’m also in the very difficult process of attempting to lose the 50+ pounds I put on last Jan-April because of a med. It feels awful to be uncomfortable in my own skin, much less the small stash of pieces that I can stand to wear out of the house.

  258. Mary says:

    Winning this book collection would be a dream!

  259. Jessie Hansen says:

    I have a goal of buying no new fabric but destashing a bunch of what I have into garments for myself, some day. My kids and my husband’s store are eating so much of my time I can’t even clean anymore! But I have so much fabric! And most of it is vintage and amazing. I’ve already made a few things and they are my favorites in my closet. I need to make more!

  260. Sara says:

    I’m hoping to add woven, swingy, transitional tops to my closet!

  261. Sally says:

    I’m learning to sew and would love some guide books. Your blog has been such an inspiration!

  262. Dawn Jones says:

    My sewing goals for clothing is to start making my own Bras and underwear. The underwear aren’t as scary as the Bras, but I really want to tackle both. I am tired of ill fitting Bras and Underwear. I also want to more upcycling of clothing this year. Have a great day, and thank you for the chance to win. Good luck everyone!

  263. Michelle says:

    My clothing sewing goal this year is to sew something from my stash of clothing fabric. Ideally enough that I’m not overflowing out of my stash cupboard anymore.

  264. Jennie says:

    Wow! What a fabulous giveaway. My closet needs less black. I need cloths that are turquoise, pink, orange, red or navy. My daughter has taken away my black fabric and told me to make something colorful. Maybe she’s right and these books might get me to shed the black.

  265. janequiltsslowly says:

    I think I need a bunch of comfy knit skirts for the summer. I know that I can purchase them cheaply from RTW, but I’d like to have something unique. I love what I have seen from Alabama Chanin and would be very interested in seeing the other books too!

  266. Judy says:

    I am learning to use a serger so I can finish the seams on knits and silky fabrics for tops and skirts. And a bunch of cosplay costumes.

  267. STH says:

    I’m working on learning more about sewing with knits. I love to wear them, but until recently, I never sewed with them. So that’s one of my garment sewing goals for this year.

  268. Glyn D. says:

    I have more skirts than I know what to do with however I am sadly lacking in pants that fit well. These books could be just the motivation I need to achieve my goal of creating some new, comfortable, and nice-fitting slacks.

  269. Corrie says:

    I haven’t sewed garments since I was about 12! I want to get back into sewing clothes for myself and my family. I’ve been on the hunt for jeans that fit me (curvy hips, no butt, big thighs, short inseam) and it is so difficult that I figure making jeans for menu self is the way to go! I would also love to get into pattern drafting (when I’m better with sewing)

  270. Sharon says:

    This year is going to be all about transitions. I’m having my second child in April and shifting my daily uniform from business to “mommy” so my postpartum professional wardrobe is not going to work. I see myself making cute, casual, forgiving styles while I work back into my pre baby casual wardrobe.

  271. I need to make a few comfortable tops this spring.

  272. Amy dame says:

    I totally have a skirt making compulsion! I’ve got a stack of 8 skirts waiting for me to finish them, and three more waiting to be cut out from my last trip to joanns. I always think assembly line sewing is a good idea until I have to hem everything all at once! I really need to make myself a couple of hoodies this year though. And maybe some new books would inspire me to do something fancier than knits!

  273. Rose says:

    Wow! After years of sewing quilts and blankets I have finally become brave enough to attempt sewing clothes. I made a nightie last weekend and would love to learn how to construct clothes for daytime wear 😉 Thanks so much for this generous giveaway!

  274. Karen says:

    Wonderful! I’m just about to have a baby so I could really use some clothes that don’t have a maternity label!

  275. Sue says:

    My goal this year is to make more clothes. I have already looked at some of these books online and had planned to order some. I would love to win this collection !!

  276. For 2016 I want to learn more about different types of fabrics such as lawn and gauze and how to use them to create beautiful pieces of clothing. I also want to learn how to use knit to make some pants/leggings for my grand babies! This books look incredible and I so would love them! Thanks!!!

  277. Kari E says:

    Id love to make clothes that truly fit me as I am a combination of sizes.

  278. Kaia says:

    My biggest RTW challenge is finding tops that fit properly in the bust.

  279. Janice says:

    I’ve been trying to grow my handmade wardrobe for a few years now. These books would be a great resource!

  280. Elise in GA says:

    I need some easy tops for chasing a toddler around. A top that dresses up leggings or yoga pants.

  281. Katie says:

    That’s a lot of books! They all look so great! I really need more shirts in my closet. I have sweaters, cardigans, and dresses, but my shirt selection is lacking!

  282. Ari says:

    I’ve been trying to finish up my WIPs and use all the patterns and fabric I have before getting distracted by the next shiny thing.

  283. Rachel says:

    I am in the process of changing my eating habits so I can lead a healthier (and more fun!) life. That being said, as I lose weight and get in shape, I am finding that my body is changing shape. (Duh!) So I am in the need for all sorts of new things… and am currently working on garments that can get me through this transition. This is also giving me ample excuses to spend more time at my sewing machines and use up fabrics that I have had for decades… and, well… days.

  284. Rebecca says:

    My wardrobe needs well fitting staple items. Things that can be mixed and matched with other items to create lots of unique outfits. Items that can be layered is a big plus. My goal this year is to sew more for me. I have only ever made myself a few items; 99% of what I sew is for other people.

  285. Mary Ann says:

    I just had a baby. My wardrobe needs comfy nursing friendly pieces that will be flattering to my changing body over the next few months.

  286. Miriam says:

    I am trying to not fear clothing alterations. I shy away from alot of patterns that don’t match my measurements. so im trying to conguer that fear and sew more fitted dresses this year.

  287. AprilB says:

    Just wrapped up a bunch of sewing for the little one. Up next a classic shirt dress for me. Sewing goals for me this year are making pants and bras.

  288. Rachel says:

    There are a few weddings that I will be attending this year and need to sew for the occasions.

  289. Noelle says:

    I am currently on a weight lose journey and my wardrobe has been sadly lacking for a long time now. With both those in mind I decided to return to sewing after about 25 year break. The at home sewing arena has changed a lot so these books would really help me with my goals.

  290. Kati M says:

    Love the ReSew book idea! I can never envision how to change/better thrift store finds.

  291. janice says:

    My wardrobe needs more tops that actually FIT my body type. I like to ‘camoflage’ my stomach area with pleats, but without looking pregnant, lol.

  292. Susan Ellis says:

    I love refashioning clothing, finding delicious fabrics and pieces handed off by others and giving them new life and new style for my taste. I also need to refit my wardrobe for my changing body and style as I age. I need guidance though, my skills and technique is still very basic. Thank you for this giveaway… Very exciting!

  293. Linda says:

    I am on the lookout for summer tunics – my daughter calls them dresses and I call them tops since my legs are better covered with leggings:)

  294. Elizabeth says:

    My wardrobe needs some oomph. When I was younger (and thinner!) I dressed much more creatively. Looking at me it would be easy to think, hey, that’s a creative person over there! Now I look at my closet and see “comfort” (don’t get me wrong, that’s all well and good!) and a lot of grey. Bleh. I want to work on making clothes that express who I am as a creative, artistic person!

  295. lee says:

    The thing I need to make is a rain coat! thanks!

  296. punkrockmartha says:

    this year my goal is to make my first bra, and draft some cigarette pants that don’t make my bum look like a pancake or saggy baggy diaper! i am getting more comfortable with knits in general, and would like to also get familiar with my serger again after many years apart. thanks for the generous giveaway!

  297. Trina says:

    I desperately need some dresses and skirts. My jeans and tshirt all the time and everywhere look just isn’t cutting it anymore.

  298. Gaea says:

    Great books! My current project is a tunic from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style. Next up will be a dress for a family wedding this spring!

  299. Erika says:

    I would love a new skirt and some spring/summer tops to wear to work.

  300. carrie says:

    My goal for the year is to sew a few business-casual tops for myself. I’ve made a couple Wiksten tanks that I love, but it’s time for me to branch out into other patterns. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!

  301. Baye says:

    I wish I had a skirt-making compulsion. Skirts have been on my list for over a year, but taking that first step has been a challenge. Quite a collection of books listed here! Skirts a la Carte, in particular, looks like it might give me the push needed to get going with the skirt making.

  302. Michelle says:

    I’m addicted to making wide leg palazzo pants for myself and everyone. Hopefully this year I will try to branch out with my sewing repertoire!

  303. Samantha says:

    This collection would go right along with my sewing goal for the year of improving my garment sewing skills step-by-step…..with the long-term goal of having a mostly handcrafted wardrobe within 5 years… steps.

  304. Thy Vu Mims says:

    My long term goal is to replace my wardrobe along with my two sons with 70% handmade items. I have been trying to gather a lot of simple patterns as I go along to begin this journey of mine!! So excited for the opportunity to possibly win!

  305. Rachel B says:

    I just lost 90 pounds and my wardrobe needs everything. These books are a great giveaway.

  306. Nancy Wolfe says:

    My goal this year is to make summer and fall clothing from my stash. I think these books will really help me with styling. I don’t want to look “homemade” but “well made”.

  307. Lindsay says:

    Whoa, what a haul! Under the influence of The Total Cost, I’m committed to only making my clothes from here on out, so I’m going to need all of the patterns I can get! I’m good to go on work clothes for now, but I need some nicer weekend stuff to wear when wearing one of my many free tshirts won’t do.

  308. Laura says:

    My goal when I started to learn how to sew two years ago was to learn to make most of my own clothes. I have only managed to make one skirt. These books would really get me on my way to my goal.

  309. Erin says:

    I want to sew a top that I like enough to wear in public!

  310. Sue Franke says:

    I lost 20 pounds last year and my clothes don’t fit anymore. I’m glad to have lost the weight, but saddened by wearing ill-fitting pants and skirts. I’d like to learn how to tailor my current wardrobe to fit, and to make some new clothes in my now smaller size.

  311. Amy in SC says:

    I just need to sew for myself,not my kids. Anything, really. I plan on making some easy dresses for the summer. The books look great!!

  312. Pamela says:

    I would love to start sewing garments for myself. I’ve been frustrated with RTW for a while and I think these would help me jump start my garment sewing. My first task would be shirts that fit in the shoulders!

  313. Nina says:

    I hardly buy any clothing now, but my sewing hasn’t quite kept up with the gaps appearing in my wardrobe as things wear out! I have tons of fabric and really need to get on and sew it up into wearable garments.

  314. Nancy says:

    Oh, I would love a good, adaptable skirt pattern. And, a dress with sleeves!

  315. Michelle says:

    My goals this year for sewing are: 1. to sew a garment a month (either for me or one of the children), 2. to try and sew all from stash, 3. work on mastering fit adjustments.

  316. Alison says:

    I would love to have some skirts in my closet.

  317. Heaher says:

    I just started sewing for me and have been so happy with the tops and sweaters I have made so far. Way better fit than anything I’ve found in a store and the sewing is way more fun than shopping! I’d like to try dresses, tees and shorts for summer. Plus, now that I have a zigzag machine, I plan on making most of my kids clothes too. Repurposing my husbands old shirts where I can too.

  318. Glenna says:

    Those books look great. I’m going to start sewing clothing again this year since I’ve retired in December 2015.

  319. Alissa says:

    I actually have never sewn anything for myself that I am satisfied with ;( I would like to start with skirts and maybe move on to basics like t-shirts. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  320. Kelly P says:

    My sewing goal this year is to finally see myself a dress!

  321. Donel says:

    I really need skirts right now. I’ve got a maxi and a wool skirt lined up to work on. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  322. Liz says:

    I would really like to become confident in sewing clothes for myself this year. These books would definitely help!

  323. Annie in CA says:

    I’ve been so focused on sewing for my 4-year old daughter in recent years, and I’m starting to get the itch to sew for myself again! This would be such a wonderful way to kick-start me! Thanks for the chance to win.

  324. Lesley says:

    I’m almost ready to cut into some beautiful Pendelton wool for a Woodland Stroll cape. I’ve been wanting to make summer blouses and dresses for a while, but those quilts always seem to win in priority!

  325. kezban says:

    I am short-very!- but I love long dresses, I am planning to sew some long dresses that does not show me any smaller than what I am. I hope it is possible.

  326. Sophie says:

    Well… I’m pregnant! So I need maternity clothes RIGHT NOW. I don’t sew with knits a ton, so I think the vintage casual book from Gertie would be helpful because I know she covers knits in there.

  327. Holly says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew some pants. And to make more tops that fit perfectly.

  328. Diane Kaylor says:

    I need to learn how to properly fit my self and make my own clothes look fabulous and worth all the effort of handmade.

  329. Raya says:

    I’m actually trying to create a more feminine style for myself, with skirts and dresses and soft lines. I’ve gotten on board with “slow fashion” and sewing my own clothing is more economical for me, and I can have my own style show through! And yes, I am starting a capsule wardrobe because I realized that’s what I was sort of doing anyway. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  330. Rita says:

    I’m always drawn to sewing dresses, but the reality of my day-to-day life is jeans and tops. I want 2016 to be the year that I’m sewing more toward my needs than just gravitating like a moth to a sparkly flame toward the patterns that are beautiful but not terribly applicable for what my life actually is.

  331. Shelli says:

    I am planning on making a few longer tops/tunics. I probably need to make a dress for an April wedding I am going to, but have not decided on a style or pattern.

  332. Catherine says:

    What wonderful books. I’m hoping to create a capsule wardrobe for work–long enough for my 5’10” body, warm enough for the sub-zero air conditioning in my office.

  333. Amy says:

    I just started sewing clothing for myself following alterations and custom-fitting, so I could use an entire wardrobe re-vamp; however, mostly I need tops. Now that I have learned how to do the FBA, I can wear shirts that don’t fit me like a tent, and I am excited to have correctly fitted shirts again!

  334. Robin says:

    I need easy, casual dresses/tunics to live in. Many of these books are on my wish list. Thank you!!

  335. Sarah says:

    I want to make a thoughtful me-made wardrobe!

  336. Samantha says:

    After just having a baby I need a way to make my wardrobe more “mom” appropriate but still feisty enough to feel like I haven’t traded personal style for a baby.

  337. Willette Mitchell says:

    My wardrobe could definitely need more light colors and garments that are friendly to a plus size figure

  338. Anita says:

    i’ve been trying to make a t-shirt that I would like wear outside of the house. Also, I’d love to find a flattering skirt pattern for women that don’t have a straight figure.

  339. Therese says:

    My wardrobe needs pieces to pull it together, such as a top and pants needs a jacket. My wardrobe also needs color, and a bit of the unexpected. I’ve become too complacent and predictable.

  340. Therese says:

    My wardrobe needs pieces to pull it together, such as a top and pants needs a jacket. My wardrobe also needs color, and a bit of the unexpected. I’ve become too complacent and predictable.

  341. Andrea says:

    My next few projects are jeans (for the first time– yikes!), a chambray shirt dress, and a cardigan.

  342. Shannon P says:

    I really need summer dresses and shirts that are not t-shirts!

  343. Tawnie says:

    I need a simple dress in my closet – something I can wear on weekends even with leggings and still be comfortable. I’ve been looking for a simple pattern to sew. Thank you for the great giveaway and chance to win!

  344. My wardrobe is not a capsule but I would love to make it one! My goal this year is to make some more linen garb for my Dagorhir events and maybe some warmer items for the cool camping evenings.

  345. nellie says:

    I am interested in sewing more maternity wear! I am discouraged by what’s available and hate the frumpy looks available to expectant mothers. I’m looking forward to trying some Megan Nielsen patterns!

  346. Stacy says:

    I’m going to try my hand at sleeves.

  347. HeatherK says:

    I really want to sew more of my own clothes, both for work and play. I’d love to get more comfortable with knits and learn to use a serger. These books look amazing. Thanks!

  348. Amy A says:

    I need summer dresses, day dresses, dress up dresses all kinds of dresses.

  349. Anita says:

    i’ve been trying to perfect a t-shirt that I’ll wear outside of the house. Also, I’d love to find a flattering skirt pattern for women with curves.

  350. Amber Hunter says:

    My biggest wardrobe hole is pants. I hate making pants. Ill do it but I hate it. I have four pieces of denim that I hope to make into some jeans but…then someone comes out with another cute skirt pattern that I just HAVE to make RIGHT NOW and those four pairs of jeans will just have to wait…Thanks for the give away!

  351. mary says:

    My body has definitely changed as a 57 year old woman and am having a hard time finding clothes at stores that fit right. Its back to the sewing machine for me. Those books would definitely help me.

  352. Dana says:

    This year I want to break out of my comfort zone (skirts, sweatshirts, t-shirts) and tackle pants, swimwear, and a button down shirt!!

  353. Jenn R says:

    I would love to sew a Washi dress!

  354. Veronica says:

    Eeek….what an awesome opportunity to own all those books! I need to sew some new basic items like a black skirt and sheath dress.

  355. Kim says:

    My goal this year is to buy thrifted and re-fashion, or to sew my clothes from scratch. I have lots of fabric (all kinds) in my stash and want to make use of them! Every year I say I am going to make time to sew, but can’t seem to follow through. Time just seems to get away!

  356. Meg Malcolm says:

    Dresses (have several just need a couple more) but mostly I need to get over my fear of making pants.

  357. Marlana says:

    Like another person commented above, I’ve also lost a ton of weight and am needing a whole new wardrobe. I still have another 50-ish pounds to loose, though. My goal is to eventually have about 65-75% of my clothes be hand made. I’m even starting to weave my own fabric that I plan on sewing with.

  358. Emily says:

    I’ve made a lot of tops over the past year, but I could use a comfortable sheath dress for wearing to work.

  359. Kathleen says:

    Oh. Wow. What a wonderful giveaway! I’ll clear space on my shelf now and get the post-it notes ready (to mark all the ideas I want to try). I have a wardrobe of jeans & tee’s. I need much more variety and since RTW clothes just don’t fit, I’m going to try making more of my own!

  360. Nicole says:

    Fit. I really need to work on fit. That’s the huge plus of making your own clothes, right? The fit can be perfect. I need to learn how to do more ambitious adjustments.

  361. sylvia says:

    I would like to make some casual skirts and dresses. Comfortable. Thanks for the chance to win!

  362. Robynn says:

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to add your books to my library. I have a few needs, I need to make a couple of new skirts and I need to make a dress to wear to my son’s wedding. Can’t wait to start on that one.

  363. kim murphy says:

    I am in process of sorting the clothes that no longer fit. Need a new style!

  364. Kimberly R says:

    I love vintage looking clothes so I am always trying to sewing to suit my personality.

  365. Michelle says:

    Last year I started my own sewing enterprise that caters to the local belly dance community, of which I am a member. I have enjoyed moderate success, but for the last few months have been languishing over a project that I just could not finish satisfactorily. Yesterday I finally told my client I would not be able to finish the project for her.

    This year, after seeing how much I still have to learn, I have dedicated myself to learning in all forms, but especially about my sewing craft. I have been reading books, am looking into classes, and am even apprenticing under a local fashion designer/sewer. These books would help me further my goals and would be an immeasurable resource for my future as a sewist.

  366. Audrey says:

    Oh my!!! My wardrobe definitely needs revamping and I have a true obsession with skirts, mostly maxis. I really need to branch out!

  367. Ella says:

    I went nuts making tanks last summer, so I’m all set with those. I need some easy skirts and dresses now.

  368. Kate says:

    I’d like to figure out my perfect “basic dress” — dresses are my favorite thing to wear and I’d love to have something like a house dress that is comfortable, easy to wear, and yet still looks nice. Thanks for the chance to win!

  369. Samina says:

    I really need to continue to improve my sewing skills. I’ve made some skirts & I want to make a couple of dresses to add to my wardrobe. I also want to work on my pants-making & fitting skills.

  370. Dora Serrano says:

    I’ve recently gave birth to my third child. My wardrobe goes from size s to xl… so you can imagine how needed for clothes I am at this point… LOL…Not sure of what fits me or looks good on me anymore… new clothes made by me with fresh new patterns from these books would be amazing! <3

  371. christina says:

    I realize it’s supposed to be about sewing for me but my daughter has hit that age where’s she’s in between the top range of available kids patterns and the smallest of the adult. There is so very little out there in patterns for this awkward size range that I really need to up my collection of adult pattern and drafting books to adapt. A set like this would take her into college and beyond and also give me something to try to boot.

  372. Ashley says:

    My wardrobe is in desperate need of casual/dressy separates, perhaps some cute Gertie skirts.

  373. Samantha says:

    My goal for this year is to improve my garment sewing skills one step at a time….including adjusting fit….with the long-term goal of having a 75% handcrafted wardrobe within 5 years.

  374. Rebecca says:

    I need to get sewing spring/summer dresses for 6 grandgirls. A few new dresses in my closet wouldn’t hurt either. Great patterns! thanks for the chance

  375. Jessica says:

    This is great! My sewing goals this year are to get a good fitting pair of pants and to reduce my fabric stash to a manageable level!

  376. Carrie Isoldi says:

    Going to France in June. Need some simple majority mix n match sightseeing coordinates. The books look yummy!

  377. Michelle Fuller says:

    I just had a baby in mid December. None of my t-shirts are long enough to cover my post pregnancy tummy right now. I need to sew some transitional shirts until I’m back to original size. Plus my goals this year are: #1 Fit, fit, fit to try and find the perfect fit, #2 Sew one garment a month from stash, #3 Work on learning how to use all the attachments on my sewing machine so I can sew better and faster.

  378. Ruthann says:

    First of all thank you for the chance to win. I recently started sewing my own clothes again as I can never find just the right style on the rack. I like tunics and simple lines with good fabrics. I certainly could use some skirts in my wardrobe as I only have ONE! 🙂

  379. Carmela says:

    I’ve been on a dress making binge, but I want to try making some tops and lingerie next! Black is definitely my color 😉

  380. Susan says:

    I would love to make a jersey wrap cardigan. Its so hard to find in stores that perfect piece you are looking for!

  381. I’m with Jill. I need to reduce my stash. I also cleaned out my closet and have a pile ready to refashion.

  382. Michelle says:

    Last year I started my own garment sewing enterprise with the goal of catering to the local belly dance community in the town that I live in. Yesterday I had to tell my first customer that I could not do what they had asked of me, frankly because I didn’t know how to do it properly. This year for me is about learning and growing, and above all investing in myself and my sewing craft so that I can take on all kinds of projects and sew anything and everything I can dream up. These books would be an immeasurable help in that pursuit!

  383. Ramona says:

    What an amazing bunch of books. I have a few on my wishlist. I am just getting back into sewing clothes for myself and these books would certainly be helpful. My goal is to sew myself some new summer clothes and also alter some clothing I already own.

  384. Liz says:

    What an amazing giveaway! I am all about skirts and dresses now!! I am updating my wardrobe for the first time in 9 years – now that I am no longer pregnant or nursing. This would be huge!

  385. Liz says:

    What an amazing giveaway! I am all about skirts and dresses now!! I am updating my wardrobe for the first time in 8 years – now that I am no longer pregnant or nursing. This would be huge!

  386. Ramona says:

    I am just starting to sew clothes for myself. I have some of the above books on my wish list. My goal is to make a summer wardrobe for myself.

  387. Duane says:

    Really need to sew up more casual clothes but more refined than what you find at Kohls!. Thanks for the giveaway!

  388. Jess says:

    I’ve been getting the Seamwork magazine for the last year, and there are quite a few patterns that I really want to try. What I need is a pair of shorts and a pair of slacks that make me look responsible! What I want to try is some lingerie or a swimsuit.

  389. Jenn H says:

    I need some dresses – that’s what I have the hardest time finding in ready-to-wear.
    This book set looks amazing!

  390. Taya@TypeB says:

    Warm weather is around the corner so I could use some simple sundresses and skirts. Always looking to work on learning more about seeing clothes since I’m mostly a quilter! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  391. N S says:

    I’m determined to just finally get down to sewing for myself! After having twins, none of the RTW looks good or fits me anymore, leading me to feel frumpy about myself. Once I get making clothes for myself that actually fit.. I know it will lead to greater self confidence and a boost to my self esteem. As for what I would like to make – everything! But I’d like to start with a simple dress and tops that I can just slip on and get on with my day with my babies 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  392. Cindy says:

    I am interested in comfortable, casual clothing that can be layered. Casual doesn’t mean only suitable for the gym or grocery store. Something that can transition from a casual (but there is a dress code) office, and then out to dinner a movie and still look appropriate.

    Definitely prefer tunics, or vests that cover the bottom. Skirts are great too.

    What a great giveaway!

  393. Mallory says:

    I need to make some loose, basic woven dresses before spring and summer! Not that I mind basically living in knit dresses, but I’d like some more options. And if they’re not comfortable they’ll get ignored.

  394. ParisGrrl says:

    My goals this year are to sew some day-to-early-cocktail hour dresses, and to master the hand-worked buttonhole.

  395. AngieSue says:

    I’m scared of garment sewing — it seems way outside my quilting comfort zone (straight lines and squares)! I have resolved to sew a skirt and a tank this year – I’m looking for the perfect pattern to start.

  396. Sonia says:

    Great giveaway! I’m planning to see some blouses and dresses for work soon. This set of books looks amazing!

  397. Becky says:

    I’m in the stage where I’m currently nursing a baby and will probably be trying for a second in a year or so. So my overarching wardrobe goals are clothes that are comfortable with a flexible fit, and easy to care for. Lots of knits and elastic happening over here! But I’m hoping to add some button downs too, since most of my older ones don’t fit my current sizing.

  398. Natasha says:

    I just learned to sew a few years ago. I’ve made some quilts and bags, but never any garments. I think it’s time! I would really love some new knit skirts and tops to round out my wardrobe. I am a teacher so they need to be practical and durable. Thanks for the opportunity. The books look very interesting.

  399. Debbie Schaefer says:

    The books offered look very exciting.!!! My body has changed size and shape and I am interested in reconnecting withmysewing skill and making a new wardrobe. I have embraced an organic lifestyle and as a farmer, have the best body of my life. I would like to take a lot of the fabrics I got while working in the fashion industry and make a number of bottoms with new silhouettes and patterned tops in more classic fitted bodies. I think the books being given away would provide the inspo????????????????????????????????

  400. Patricia Cash says:

    I need tops that are long enough to cover bottom. I am 5’8″ but small on top and tops are never log enough. I have added to store bought tops but not real happy with them.

  401. MsVicki says:

    Whoa Nellie! Just give me a minute while I go rearrange my bookshelves — there’s definitely room for those (and need for those!!) I have kind of a “daily uniform,” and am always looking for new items that will work with that look. This would sure stimulate ideas!

  402. Bunny says:

    I need basic yet stylish dresses and love the look of the Alabama Studio style.

  403. Becky L says:

    I’m determined to make a pair of pants. It’s the most difficult item for me to buy RTW, so it’s time to conquer them.

  404. Tonia Jeffery says:

    I really need to sew up some more tops and dresses.

  405. Jill says:

    I am trying desparately to sew from my stash!

  406. Tiffany says:

    This would be amazing! I have a small pile of clothes that need to be resized and/or retroffited and a my big sewing goal this year is to make a few summer dresses and blouses.

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