24 Mar 2014

Sew Happy Giveaway

'Simply the Best Sewing Book'. Blimey that's quite the title isn't it? Well you know, after getting this over a month ago I can confidently say that it is frankly quite marvellous. It's officially my bible book of sewing. Maybe you're intrigued by sewing and always wanted to start making your own clothes but don't know where to start, or maybe you've sewn a few things and want to do more. Whatever you skill set, this book covers it all.





Maybe you've never sewn a thing in your life but would love to buy some pretty fabric and make a simple skirt. Well this book will tell you exactly how to do it. From what a sewing pattern is, how to use one, how to cut a pattern...you name it. What is great to see is that the book doesn't assume that you know all these things, because sometimes we don't!

The diagrams and pictures are clear and easy to follow and understand. It's in colour too which makes such a refreshing change! The different chapters are divided into categories from learning the basics and understanding patterns, to start-to-finish projects making things (the tote bag project is on my do list next!).



I only started dressmaking officially last year after making it one of my New Year's resolutions. Before then I've made bags and cushions but I really wanted to create my own clothes. The first thing I made was a skirt (which you can see here) and an elasticated skirt is the easiest thing you can start with. You will be so proud and satisfied afterwards when you've made it, and the best part is wearing it and someone asking you where it's from. Ah it's really is the best feeling saying, "Oh this? I made this myself".

I know when I first started sewing I didn't have a clue what meant what on a sewing pattern packet and all the sewing jargon they use. (I will admit that I sometimes blag my way through a pattern if I don't get it!)

Simply the Best- Sewing Book- C/O Simplicity


To win your own copy along with this beautiful floral fabric, a retro poodle skirt skirt sewing pattern, a pack of scissors and Simplicity's Simply The Best Sewing Book all you need to do is enter the raffle copter. Worldwide Entry. Good Luck! x


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51 comments :

  1. Ooo I would love to make my own dresses and skirts !:)

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  2. Ooh, what a fabulous giveaway! I've got a Singer sitting underneath my table and I'd really like to branch out into making my own clothes, instead of just doing some fixing jobs and basic things. :) And that fabric is GORGEOUS!

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  3. This would be a great Lil kit to start with! Love it!

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  4. This book looks like it would be a great help to my sister and I, as we seem to struggle with anything other than a skirt...
    XO, Miriam

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  5. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    I only just started sewing clothing recently and I love the variety of fabrics etc that are available to me in comparison to the stuff I can find in the usual chain stores. I'm currently writing up a box-pleated-skirt tutorial for my blog (patternless), and I'm planning to make a cute pair of yellow cuffed shorts from a pattern, but I don't actually know how to read a pattern! This book would be super useful to a sewing novice like myself :)

    Demi
    http://carbonchic.com.au

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  6. Wow! Just like you, I made it my New Year's Resolution to actually start sewing my own clothes - especially skirts and dresses, which can be hard to come by (at least those with a decent length, if you're any taller than 160...)! I've heard of the simplicity book before... I'd be thrilled to finally learn how to sew with a pattern (so far it's been improvisation and trial-and-error for me!) :)

    All the best from cold and windy Germany,

    Steffi

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  7. My sister has gotten really into craft and sewing - would love to be able to win this for her! x

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  8. I've always wanted to sew my own clothes, and it's going to be my summer project! This looks like a great way to start! xx

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  9. this would be the best way to start approaching my dream of becoming a fashion designer :) thank you xox

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  10. This is such a wonderful giveaway Rebecca! I really love sewing but don't hardly get chance to do it as much as I want, this needs to change though and your post has gave me the motivation to do so. I've sewn cushions and embellishments before but never a whole item of clothing from scratch even though I have always wanted too but I have always been a bit baffled of where to start. This book looks fantastic though in doing just that though :) xx

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  11. Really lovely book! Great video, it's always good to know what other people have found useful when starting out as there are so many out there. I've always wanted to try making vintage style clothes but didn't know where to start.

    Charlotte

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  12. What a wonderful give away....I have everything possible crossed for me :-) x

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  13. Wonderful give away! I've never sewn a thing before, but every time when I see your posts with your hand-made dress I always think "oh! that's very pretty, I want to make something nice too". Hehe, here comes my opportunity now~~ Thank you, Rebecca :D

    Huiyu

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  14. OMG! Those Poodle Skirts are amazing! What a great little book to have handy for refrences etc... The title is a bit of a tongue twister however. Lol.
    xoxo
    Taylor
    http://www.nothingbutapigeon.com/

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  15. I did sewing at college many, many years ago and have only recently got back into it. Would love to have a go at the skirt pattern x

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  16. Ah this is such a cute giveaway! I love the material it would be a perfect dress Gisforgingers xx

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  17. this is amazing! i would love to win this. i received a sewing machine this christmas and this would be a great guide to help me. the material is so pretty!

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  18. I've just started sewing, and I'd love to win this!
    Rafflecopter Name: Jay Dee

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  19. I used to sew quilts w/ my grandmother when I was little... Would love to start sewing my own clothes, but the guidance of such a book would be invaluable. I do try to crochet what I can, but that only lends itself to cooler weather clothing.

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  20. I am learning to sew and I would love to win this set! The book would help me. The fabric is so gorgeous and it would make a perfect dress!

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  21. I would love to win this so much! I've just started sewing my first dress with my first sewing machine and need all the help I can get! Unfortunately my project's on hold at the moment because I've just got 2 cats and one ate a piece of my fabric - no more sewing while they're around!!
    Thanks for offering this :)
    Sian xx

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  22. crossing my fingers to win this! i love to sew! it's my hobby

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  23. Thanks for the great giveaway. I would really like to get into sewing.

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  24. Omg. It's weird because I was just thinking about picking up sewing! This would really help!!

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  25. it would be great to take a break from quilting to making clothes. thank you for having a great giveaway. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  26. Wow!! As I'm starting using my grandma's sewing machine. This would be perfect for me to practice and learn.

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  27. Woah, suonds like a wonderful prize! Always wanted to try out sewing, but I really don't know where to start from.

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  28. This give away is so exciting! I recently got a vintage sewing table and machine, and have been wanting to sew my own clothes. The clothes you make are always darling and this little book and pattern would be the perfect place to begin!

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  29. I have just been given a sewing machine so this would be wonderful! Thank you for the chance :)

    Hele

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  30. I love to sew, what a wonderful prize pack. Really pretty fabric, and those scissors! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  31. This would be a great as my mom is teaching me to sew

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  32. This would be the perfect gift for Mother's Day. Thanks for the chance.

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  33. Great giveaway! Want it for my wife

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  34. So cute giveaway!! I would love to win! :))

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  35. I've just started learning to sew. Started by making my very own fleece hoodie, which isn't something I'd wear out of the house but is super cosy to lounge in. The top stitching is kind of wonky and I had to unpick the ENTIRE hood after sewing it all bunched up, but I love it because I made it.

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  36. i would love this to go along with my new sewing machine that is not getting enough use :}

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  37. Since I was a child I couldn't learn sewing. I couldn't even sew my socks or my Fathers. But I learn 2 years ago and since then I loved sewing new things especially dresses :) But I still have a lot things that I have to learn. For example I can't sew Jacket or leathers :/ I hope I could someday :) Thank you so much doing this giveaway. I hope I could win and Good luck Everyone.

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  38. Thanks for the great giveaway. I would love to win!

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  39. This looks amazing,wonderful giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.Have a lovely weekend.

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  40. Such a fantastic giveaway! I'm a little out of the loop these days with my sewing so it'd be nice to use this to get back into it :)

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  41. I would love to win this giveaway bundle, especially the Simply the Best Sewing Book.

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  42. I know this sounds weird, but I have been considering getting into sewing for a while now for the same reasons as you: creating the cute things with adorable prints that are flying around in my head and are hard to find or are too expensive to buy; but I have kept procrastinating because I have no clue where to start. Hopefully this is! it, it would be great to win! But even if I don't, your style inspires me and maybe I will eventually give this a try. :)

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  43. What a great book to have in (my) sewing reference library! There are always questions I have when I sew, and to have a book like this with the answers would be great!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Thanks for the giveaway! Everything is so cute. xx

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  45. Would love to win, am trying to sew more :)

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