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Book Giveaway: “Patternmaking Made Easy,” Third Edition by Connie Crawford

May 05, 2014
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Patternmaking Made Easy, Third Edition by Connie Crawford

The “Notions” department of Threads issue no. 172 features Connie Crawford’s new book: Patternmaking Made Easy, Third Edition (Amaden-Crawford, LLC, 2013). The book offers an easier, simplified method of pattern drafting to design your own clothes. With the guidance provided by Connie, you can create thousands of different outfits that fit beautifully, customized to your personal taste!

Connie’s book is a fantastic reference guide for designers, professional pattern makers, costumers, and cottage industry designers, or for a sewer who wants to explore pattern-drafting techniques. This edition includes new and up-to-date designs with completely updated and enlarged illustrations, highlighted in color to detail each pattern-making step more precisely. The text outlines the pattern-making process in a clear, accurate, and comprehensible manner.

What clothing style do you like to make the most, and why? Leave an answer in the comment section below for a chance to win! Leave your comment by midnight ET on May 16, 2014, to be considered. The winner will be randomly selected during the week of May 19 and notified online and via email. Good luck!

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  1. user-3059980 May 27th

    Curious if anyone has tried a Lekala pattern. There are several free ones. They are auto-drafted to your measurements. I was thinking of using one as a block to make a muslin and see how closely it comes to being perfect. Now if only my measurements didn't change from day to day. :)

  2. User avater user-2913118 May 17th

    I have sewn for 40 years! Great to learn how to pattern draft and add a whole new dimension to my repertoire. Exciting!

  3. Carly_Sue May 16th

    I have always loved traditional styles because I can build on the pieces for a classic wardrobe which never goes out of style and is elegant.

  4. User avater RWalter264 May 16th

    I love to make easy to wear clothing such as beach dresses, palazzo pants, large shirts. I think they are fairly quick and easy to make but still must be careful to get the right fit. I call my dresses island dresses with a Key West flare. I really could use the book as I am fairly new at making my own patterns. Thank you for this opportunity.

  5. phyllisews May 16th

    I am trying to sew clothes that fit my short and wide body. I have taken seminars from Connie Crawford and own several of her patterns. I like being able to take a classic pattern and make minor adjustments to change the style. I make Connie's short sleeve pullover top in rayon challis, it is like wearing a tee shirt to work.

  6. user-2540071 May 16th

    I love to sew classic clothes that do not go out of style, like shirts and skirt that can be manipulated to add style.

  7. fawells25 May 16th

    I love to recreate vintage fashions in an updated style. I make my own patterns, but my skills are very limited as I am completely self taught. I would love to expand my pattern making and drafting skills. Threads is a great help! Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic book.

  8. SewMyDreams May 15th

    I enjoy making shirts and blouses me they are like an empty canvas just waiting for a new creative design...they can be casual or elegant...and can be made to co-ordinate with pants and skirts.

  9. User avater Letha May 15th

    I usually sew for myself but now that I have a granddaughter, I've done some sewing for her. I've been to one of Connie's seminar and learned so much, she is so knowlegdeable. Winning this book would be so helpful. I would like to be able to take a pattern and re-vamp it into something else. To really "make it mine".

  10. Brandina May 15th

    I prefer sewing dresses, but would like to learn to fit and sew pants. Thanks for the give-away.

  11. Mariposa315 May 15th

    I am a short plus size woman with plenty of curves living in southern Virginia. It is HOT and MUGGY here and mosquitoes are the state bird.

    All of my Seattle WA wardrobe is totally wrong for here. People dress more formally and layers are just too warm.

    I found I like to wear salwar kameez (tunic & pants). The kameez skims over my lumps and bumps and the salwar (wide leg pant) or churidars (narrow leg pant) are much more comfortable that stockings. I'm also going to try some ankle length caftans. I figure if I don't like the look I can always make them into tunics.

  12. User avater michaelabyers May 15th

    As a beginner sewer/designer, I am anxious to perfect my pattern making skills, as I enjoy creating my own garments, specialized for the individual wearing them - typically my daughter and myself. Although I would love to design for others soon!

  13. User avater Missahope May 15th

    Love sewing clothes that are "smart/casual". Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. sandy830 May 15th

    I like to make clothes for my granddaughters. I used to make camp shirts for my husband before he passed away. Now I wear them. I just love to create many types of items with my sewing machine. In the past I have made my own dresses, suits, blouses and pants, but using a commercial pattern and making adjustments as needed. Being able to draft my own pattern would be another adventure in my sewing world. I am always up to trying new things.

  15. michelesb May 14th

    I'd love to have a copy of Patternmaking Made Easy....That said, I mostly sew pants and shirts for myself. However I do sometimes sew for my family...dress shirts for my brother and tops/skirts for my sisters and Mom.

  16. User avater jzzl May 14th

    I'm a skirt girl. They are so easy to redesign. I want to learn to do a jackets.

  17. user-2256655 May 14th

    lately i am enjoying pattern making jackets/coats particularly tailored ones where I use the bodice block to create collars and lapel design. It challenges me and I get lots of ideas popping up each time I patter make.

  18. jemima1 May 14th

    Would love to win. Costumes made for everyone but I have no design knowledge. Thanks

  19. User avater CovingtonClass May 14th

    I am really tired of the cheap fabrics used in ready to wear. If you can make it yourself you can get a quality design and quality fabric --- a win, win!

  20. sharla50 May 13th

    I want to make the perfect pair of pants and the classic sheath dress. With all of my lumps and bumps, I think the only way to achieve this is to draft my own patterns.

  21. User avater shreya_l May 13th

    Looking forward to a good pattern-making book

  22. user-3411338 May 13th

    I have always wanted to draft mt own patterns. As a new business owner, I am constantly searching for patterns to create vintage looking sewn items that I sell through my business, Hot4Art, LLC. This book will open up a bigger world: I can finally, and successfully, draft my own patterns to sew using vintage tablecloths, embroidered runners, embroidered pillowcases, vintage fabrics, etc. This book would be a great addition to my library, but more importantly, it will provide me with knowledge that will help me to expand my vintage line in a more creative way. Thank You!

  23. user-2128640 May 13th

    Love her patterns, and I am sure this book won't disappoint either. Simplifying the whole process of drafting patterns for the home sewer is well overdue...

  24. User avater zaftig1 May 13th

    My very odd body shape could use custom patterns. So far modifying/lengthening gathered skirts is the most I'm able to do.

  25. user-2456832 May 13th

    I like to sew princess style garments but always have trouble when I need to change or enlarge/ or make smaller in certain areas. Being able to draft a pattern especially for me would be a tremendous help. Thank you. Geraldine Jurisson

  26. user-1059822 May 13th

    I currently sew more for my daughter and granddaughter than myself these days. Recently, I've been having difficulty fitting pants, particularly because of the low-rise styling that is so popular with the younger set. Being able to make customized patterns would be wonderful.

  27. User avater lluvshark May 13th

    I love making skirts and shirts. I love that I can make them anyway I want and anytime I get a compliment, they always ask "where did you get your skirt?" I can say, "I made it!" Is there anything better?

  28. User avater bellasgg May 13th

    Little girls in dresses with lots of ruffles and twirl. What more could you ask for?

  29. User avater bethatply May 13th

    I love to sew designer sportwear pattens. With this book I would be able to further design it to fit me.

  30. User avater TJFrasier May 12th

    I like to sew classic style garments with a little twist. Classic because it appeals to my personality, and a twist so it doesnt turn out old fashioned.

  31. User avater JoviGurl May 12th

    I sew shorts, pants, tops, all types/styles. I like to look nice, stylish & be comfy. Originally I started sewing out of necessity (health related issues). Because of my size (XS), weight (91 Lbs.), age(49)and muscle loss, I couldn't & still can't find clothing that fits. Now, I really enjoy sewing, but I still have the same problem, I can't find patterns that fit me. Some days I get really lucky & knock out 1 or 2 items that actually fit. But I also spend MANY MANY HOURS trying to alter 1 of my many patterns or DAYS trying to make 1 of my own or trying to duplicate something I already have. Thanks for the chance to win & good luck to everyone that entered!!

  32. User avater DebCastle May 12th

    My favorite patten making is for blouses of all kinds. But I also enjoy making dresses, skirts and at present I'm trying to draft patterns for bathing suits. I would love to have this book to give me more guidance.

  33. User avater sewwhatever May 12th

    My favorite kind of sewing is bridal -- the more beading the better!

  34. User avater memarston May 12th

    Since I have always wanted to be able to draft my own patterns I would be trilled to win.

  35. ItaB May 12th

    I love working with knits -skirts, tops, dresses.

  36. user-3286148 May 12th

    "Thank you. I made it myself." That's the best possible response to a compliment! I've made many of my own clothes--dresses and jackets--for nearly 50 years, and I never get tired of telling people "I made this," and it's not that hard. Now it's time to take it to the next level and launch some designs of my own.

  37. User avater user-3406989 May 12th

    I enjoy making just about anything for myself, my daughters and grandchildren. I now find that I have to do many adjustments to patterns for myself and want to make clothes that are stylish, yet remain practical and dynamic over more than 1 season. I would love to be able to draft some of the ideas I have and turn them into a reality - it really is time for me to develop pattern drafting skills.

  38. User avater Mimsy1 May 11th

    After 30 years of garment sewing, I've decided it's time to graduate to the creation of my own patterns. I love feminine, classic lines and details, details, details; both of which seem to be rare finds in patterns and ready to wear. It's time to put my ideas into reality!

  39. Jane9999 May 11th

    I love making Victorian costumes for my husband and me as we participate in Dickens festivals every year in Kent. Having done an A level in Fashion & Fabrics which included the history of fashion from 1800, I know the garments are authentic.

  40. User avater gypsysue May 10th

    I've enjoyed making historical clothing for my granddaughters. It's kept me busy. For myself, I love knit tops and dresses that I select when a new pattern catches my eye.

  41. I like the feminity in the styles from 1900-1965. I like to be able to draft my own designs for these periods so this book would be a very welcome addition to my library.

  42. wolfkit May 10th

    I don't believe in following fashions, even if my body shape would allow it, but I do believe in being dressed stylishly. Unfortunately this means altering any patterns I use just about every time I use them. I'm thinking I should just start from the beginning and create my own patterns that I know will fit me.

  43. User avater Jeannieart May 10th

    I enjoy making "necessary" clothing. What I need, what is necessary, when I need it. I always find joy in trying to expand and coordinate clothing that I "need".

  44. User avater fabricjunkie416 May 9th

    Dresses, dresses and more dresses. With 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters they all love dresses. Modest dresses that are flattering.

  45. User avater AuroraCeleste May 9th

    I do lots of costumes and historical stuff, but I'm always working on formalwear of some type or era! It seems I'm drawn to the glam!

  46. user-1136033 May 9th

    I would love to win this book, I currently scout the library for old(pre1940) sewing books in an effort to teach myself hoe to draft patterns. I am one of the "out-lyers" when it comes to sizing. Funny how after all these years clothing and fit can still elude me. Hope springs eternal.

  47. User avater audwell May 9th

    My personal favorite clothing style is Victorian. I love how patterns were designed and cut to flatter the mature figure. Always amply covered and elegantly draped.
    Well, I have two strikes against me for needing Connie's book. 1.) I'm another mature plus sized person and know Connie knows how to design for my type of figure. 2.) I also do personalized one of a kind reproduction costumes for individuals as a source of income and need that quick reference of "easy made" pattern adjustments readily available to fit several different sized clients.
    I've seen her book advertised in several places and have a great desire to have a copy on hand for myself. Would really appreciate the opportunity to win.

  48. User avater krawz May 9th

    I like to sew tops but I would like to sew more dresses. I am impossible to get a decent fit in ready to wear because I have a large bust. Once I started to sew tops, it wasn't possible to put up with the poor quality and lousy fit of ready to wear tops. I have used Connie Crawford patterns and I would love to get her book!

  49. Sheilsoft May 9th

    Tea dresses are just the thing to create a little nostalgia - great for hiding a few extra inches and wonderful in bright modern fabrics.

  50. Josdee May 9th

    I would LOVE to win this book!!!!!

  51. User avater cangmom May 9th

    I like to make costumes.

  52. Connie crawford has the ONLY patterns that fit mature plus size women. I love her pants patterns. They fit me perfect!! I've been lusting after this book for years.

  53. rshirt May 9th

    I teach at a university, so my style is a mix of dressy tops and jeans or khakis. I've been exploring tops a lot lately, but have yet to hit upon my perfect style for my new career.

  54. User avater jlimb May 9th

    I go for a personal style. I make what I vision, be it classic, vintage, modern or a combination.

  55. User avater jlimb May 9th

    I go for a personal style. I make what I vision, be it classic, vintage, modern or a combination.

  56. cecine May 9th

    It's a DREAM book I would like to have. I try to make myself a basic pants, skirt and bodice just with free tutorial on the internet but so far I have no success I always end up to redraw again and again. Thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to win this book.

  57. TuiWool May 9th

    I love to sew garments with self-made fabrics: felt & fabrics laminated, then printed. Making your own patterns would be a real bonus!

  58. MichelleAP May 9th

    I love to sew anything! Special Occasion is something I always look forward to. The perfect, unique outfit can really make the wearer feel like a princess. Also, like to sew casual knits because they are quick and forgiving in the fit. Instant gratification and daily wear is a win win. Would like to learn more about making my own patterns. Thanks

  59. user-3096814 May 8th

    I have taken a in-depth self study of fitting this year as I have so many fitting issues. I have finally gotten my blouse and t-shirt sloper to have a good fit. I would like to get pants to fit better. I feel Connie's book would help me learn how I can make different styles with my good fitting slopers. Thank you for this chance.

  60. LauraSews May 8th

    I like to sew dresses/jackets/tops with princess seam detailing, because it is easy to fit to my curves.

  61. User avater Andysmom May 8th

    I would so love to learn patternmaking. I have so many ideas of garments I would like to have and not quite sure how to get there.

  62. User avater CrystalV May 8th

    I have recently become enamored with the vintage 50's style swing dress look. I started watching "I Love Lucy" and absolutely loved how classy women used to look. Since I am six feet tall and plus size, most of the vintage patterns do not allow for the extra size differential, which leaves me having to learn how to do it on my own. I know this book will change my life (and my look)!

  63. lianel May 8th

    I LOVE making "one of kind collectibles"!! Sewing something out of fabulous fabric that never goes out of style is VERY BEST part of sewing. 45+ years of creating and I never tire of texture, color, it all!!

  64. User avater matrice43 May 8th

    jackets i haven't made many but this year i will get into tailoring. i love how a jacket can make an outfit. I also like the challenge of making a tailored jacket

  65. User avater BeverlyT May 8th

    I like making dresses but also jackets and blouses. Just finished a Green Eggs and Ham dress for my granddaughter. Can't wait to send it to her. It might be fun to try to make that pattern in a size that would fit me - an easy pattern and nice and cool for the summer - but not Green Eggs and Ham for me!

  66. RemnantsOfLife May 8th

    My style of clothing is limited to patterns that I have found that fit, a miracle in itself. That is why winning this book would actually let me find 'MY STYLE"!

  67. User avater user-2440927 May 8th

    I love to make dresses. This summer my goal is to make a basic sheath with and without a waist seam and a princess style dress I would like to have these classic patterns perfectly fitted and then I would have a basic pattern for many types of dresses.

  68. User avater SandyChavez May 8th

    I do basic shirts, slacks, and long sheath dresses because my body type is nothing to crow about. Would love to make some nice simple jackets..

  69. SueC56 May 8th

    I like to make jeans and trousers that fit!

  70. snowm May 8th

    I make mostly basics. I especially like to make basic pants because I have a hard time finding them that fit like I want them to. I would love to win this book. Thanks!!!

  71. User avater marleyzhipz May 8th

    I love making and wearing dresses. They are the most comfortable article of clothing to me and makes me feel feminine. I have to make alot of adjusments to fit my body and kind of new to making pattern adjustments.

  72. lag21479 May 8th

    I don't have a particular "style" of clothes that I sew. Lately I've made several knit tops because I finally managed to tweak a pattern so it fits well. I'd love to learn how to draft my own patterns.

  73. User avater TessaBear May 8th

    I'd love to be able to make patterns from all time periods. I'm sure this would be very useful. Thanks!

  74. Starshine956 May 8th

    I mostly sew for other's but when I do make something for myself it is usually a skirt. I also take pieces of clothing apart so I can duplicate them. I have also done a bit of tailoring and like to do this as well. What a wonderful addition to my sewing room this offer would be. LOVE Threads!

  75. User avater tooold May 8th

    I love to make jackets and shirts. I wanted to get this book at a conference but they sold it out.

  76. User avater DMMichaelson May 8th

    Skirts are probably the one thing I make the most of but I love making jackets. Something about the entire process, hand sewing, etc. that I love. I hope to make a Chanel jacket for the summer.

  77. vabney May 8th

    One style just isn't in my being; I love mixing it up and trying different things. Love experimenting! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  78. User avater MamaLusco3 May 8th

    I love to make knit activewear for myself! They are quick, easy and so comfy to wear.

  79. User avater user-1129661 May 8th

    I love dresses - professional for work and casual for weekends.

  80. User avater WYrancher May 8th

    For myself, I make country/western wear mostly. But I also like historical inspired clothing. I often get requests for unusual things and pattern making can be tricky... a little extra help would be great!

  81. User avater JaneNZ May 8th

    Coats! There is just something about a beautifully made coat that is the wow factor for an outfit!

  82. User avater craftybanner May 8th

    I love sewing one of kind pants and shorts. How awesome it would be to have more guidance on pattern making.

  83. User avater Lynda21 May 8th

    I love to make coats and jackets. I love to design my own using ready to wear as my inspiration.

  84. User avater Arted1 May 8th

    At this time, I am all about dresses and tops. I am leaning by trial and error. A book on pattern making would be marvelous to win. Pick me! Thanks.

  85. atiyaafi May 8th

    I really like applying couture techniques to dresses(I'm not a pants girl), even simple basic ones, embellishing to make them "different/unique" as I don't like to look like everybody. And, I like my inside garments to be as pretty as the outside. Besides, back when I learned sewing, couture techniques was all I learned.

  86. User avater user-178494 May 8th

    I love to make 'wearable art" It allows for so much creativity!

  87. bclemmer May 8th

    I enjoy making classic clothing for myself and my adult daughters, as well as children's clothing. My next level of learning would be pants and jackets!

  88. mhharbour May 8th

    I used to make almost every garment I wore, and I am trying to get back into sewing. It's harder to fit myself now. I like to make and wear pants and simple jackets that I can change with accessories.

  89. Freydis May 8th

    I love Folkloric style clothing because of the ethnic detail it involves. The research into the history of the details is fascinating. I like to incorporate the folk details into modern clothing styles for both doll size and people size.
    Would love this book to learn to do it the right way.

    Thank you

  90. User avater sewhappybjm May 8th

    I mostly make formal dresses for my teenaged daughters because they don't like any of the prom options they find in stores and they design their own and ask me to make them.

  91. User avater Silvercurls May 8th

    I enjoy making & wearing classic clothes that really fit well. I'm not too into fads. I want to be able to wear what I make for a long time.

  92. User avater Cheriezel May 8th

    I've been making easy skirt recently and I'd like to upgrade to dresses and would love some help from this book to be able to adjust the patterns. Love Connie!

  93. jvenegas85 May 8th

    I am a beginner in sewing and have been working hard to increase my skills. So far, I've tried to made a variety different things and so far, I really enjoyed making tanks and skirts. I will be starting my next project which is address. I've been researching online pattern drafting because I want a better understanding on how patterns are created and eventually create my own line of patterns. I am excited for the opportunity to win this book.

  94. User avater user-1139316 May 8th

    I'm always interested in seeing different methods of pattern making. I learn something from each one.

  95. Freydis May 8th

    I love Folkloric style clothing because of the ethnic detail in involves. The research into the history of the details is fascinating. I like to incorporate the folk details into modern clothing styles for both doll size and people size.
    Would love this book to learn to do it the right way.

    Thank you

  96. User avater rdejam May 8th

    I just started making myself some more fitted dresses since I've lost over 70lbs in the last 1 1/2 years. I'm learning to alter out of necessity so it would be great to learn how to draft my own patterns.

  97. User avater tag21 May 8th

    Sewing’s been my love (escape, inspiration, energizer…you name it…) ever since stitching my first dress at age 9… Self-taught over 40 years ago, I’ve tried almost everything that caught my eye – some with more impressive results than others (ha, ha)! Unable to study at the fine schools, I’ve voraciously studied master tailors, dressmakers and industry secrets wherever I could find them. My long dream was to study with a couturier and master the art of pattern making and draping. Alas, expanding my skills from books must do for now and I'd LOVE to study this one!!

  98. user-161127 May 8th

    Soft, flowing garments, and structured, tailored suits...and anything I can make that fits on the first try!

  99. User avater nanasteph May 8th

    I am retired now, so I enjoy making myself more relaxed clothing, comfortable colorful button front tops, or tee type or tunic shirts in great colors, and easy wash/wear comfy pants or shorts.

  100. User avater user-90710 May 8th

    I like to sew right now summer tops that fit me. It is hard for me to find pretty tops that fit well and are comfortable

  101. Mar Hein May 8th

    my favourite clothing style to sew is clothes that fit me. :) i really like to sew polar fleece jackets, accessories & blankets. polar fleece is so forgiving.

  102. immc May 8th

    I design & sew costumes and clothing inspired by historic costume and ethnic clothing, especially for tall and plus size people. This would help me make my own patterns.

  103. pt6256 May 8th

    I love to make dresses, because they offer up a lot of opportunity for creativity, and for me they are so easy to wear!

  104. Charisse May 8th

    Right now I'm starting some pretty spring & summer blouses.

  105. stardrops May 8th

    I used to sew when the children were small and made their clothes etc. Then all the fabric stores closed around here and it was difficult to source fabric now however, fabric is so easy to find and so I'm hooked again yippy hee . I love to create my own designs and make them, and with a few mistakes I learned more. I would love to receive this book so much. Sewing is hand in hand with knitting for me. xxxxx

  106. user-50712 May 8th

    I like clothing styles suited best for each figure. I'm vertically challenged (5 ft tall) and cannot always wear the latest fashion. And it's nearly impossible to find name brand patterns that work for me without major alterations.

  107. DrMomm May 8th

    I've been looking for a book like this

  108. User avater user-2339583 May 8th

    I enjoy making most clothing items, particularly as I can make them to fit. A good fit is always flattering. I would like to learn to be more creative by making unusual clothes, to my own design rather than following someone else's pattern.

  109. User avater PamBowen May 8th

    I'm sewing a lot of maternity tops lately because my pregnant daughter is too tall for tops sold in maternity stores, and I'm about to start sewing jackets.

  110. I love to make dresses. They are cool and flirty in the warm months.

  111. scarlin3 May 8th

    I love making jackets! I'm a self-professed jacket junkie. I like how they complete an outfit and as outerwear, what a great impression they can make!

  112. user-2658802 May 8th

    I just started sewin 1 year ago. My goal is to make as much of my own clothing as possible. I love dresses and skirts!!! and making clothes for my little girl!

  113. User avater MoonFluff May 8th

    I like making costumes: vintage, ethnic and character. Quite often you have to invent the pattern.

  114. User avater thepkl May 8th

    I love to sew and I am quite good at it. My problem is fitting so I think that if I knew how to make the patterns I would have to study the body more and in this way understand why things do and do not fit. I am on my way as I am currently taking a Craftsy class on making a bodice sloper.

  115. user-2081848 May 8th

    I enjoy making jackets (blazers) for myself and golf shirts for my husband. Since his favorite style golf shirt can no longer be found, I have had to clone it! Thanks.

  116. abifae May 8th

    I love lyrical dresses, and sheath dresses with sheer overdresses. I like to sew things I can move in and that flow.

  117. user-3395499 May 8th

    I'm always messing about with patternmaking! I would love to have this book to add to my ever-growing library!

  118. user-1151614 May 8th

    I love making jackets which is totally impractical considering where I live...I always use patterns I have bought and alter them to fulfil my would be AWESOME to make my own patten from scratch... I can already visualise beautiful sleeve options and interestung finishes..on a pattern made myself?! Awesome! Do hope I win ;-)

  119. User avater AdaSharon May 8th

    I love to make blouses. There are so many different looks you can get from one simple blouse pattern.

  120. User avater mad14kt May 8th

    Dresses very easy styling :)

  121. User avater Melwyk May 8th

    I love to make dresses; they're flattering and make it easy to get dressed in the morning :) But I really need to learn to sew pants...

  122. betsyb2 May 8th

    I love classic, tailored clothing, and am slowly learning how to sew them.

  123. User avater 2tango May 8th

    I love anything drapey or wrapped. But as soon as I said that I also love anything with lots of seams and structured as well.

  124. gladgirl May 8th

    I have scoliosis and empire tops/dresses are what I would love to create.

  125. stacysews May 8th

    I sew just about everything, but my favorite has to be trendy tops!

  126. User avater dmc000 May 8th

    Vintage dresses, window treatments, costumes and "sew" much more!

  127. User avater Leelaa May 8th

    My favourite thing to sew is baby blankets and clothes for my girls - because they appreciate it SOOO much!

  128. user-906382 May 8th

    I love classic with an ethnic twist.

  129. User avater paulaberon70 May 8th

    i love to make jackets, but Im fearful of pattern making.

  130. Multicrafter May 8th

    I have sewn for over 30 years and now have my own business called "All Stitched Up". I do sewing of all kinds. I also alter, mend and repair, make clothing from new patterns. I pretty much taught myself with some help from my mother who is a professional seamstress. However, I am wanting to learn more on this subject of altering patterns better and making my own so that I can share that with my current clients. My mother is up in years now and does not have the ability to help me with this nor the space where she lives. Thank you for your consideration of me for this opportunity.

  131. user-2396204 May 8th

    I love making dresses, skirts, pants, tops, & pajamas for my daughter. I also love to make dance costumes for competing dancers. I love making pants and hats for my husband. I have made things for myself but have never really liked how they turned out because it's harder to fit myself, so what I make, I end up giving away to someone else. I have desired for years the knowledge to draft my own patterns and/or adjust my own patterns to make the garments better fit me and my family better. This would help me make the competition dance costumes fit the dancers better and they last the entire competition season.

  132. gwtw4ever May 8th

    I am most passionate about recreating film costumes from classic films such as "Gone With the Wind". On the same theme but on a smaller scale, replicating these came costumes for fashions dolls.

  133. AltiB May 8th

    I love sewing dresses and tops for my granddaughter and daughter, as it is so easy to fit on them (and the cuteness factor is very big for a 4 year old who loves dresses!). I myself am plus size, and without a fitting buddy, it is really hard to sew for myself (gone are the days when I could just use a pattern straight out of the package, alas!). I think to draft my own patterns based on my own measurements would go a long way to help me start sewing for myself again - so many ideas and beautiful fabrics in my stash, sitting, waiting patiently...

  134. User avater jenharrison May 8th

    I love making very soft, flattering, drapery jersey clothing - which is a shame because it is probably the hardest thing to find patterns for, and the hardest thing to design and sew! But worth it, if you can look like a million dollars but feel like you're in your pajamas... :)

  135. User avater nessawessa May 8th

    I'm loving practicing what I preached having retired after 29years of teaching textiles. I'm working on drafting the perfect pencil skirt as well as actually making for myself the garments I taught my students (if only they knew I'd never sewn a boned bodice!!). I'd love to recieve a book to help me draft my patterns.

  136. User avater nessawessa May 8th

    I'm loving practicing what I preached having retired after 29years of teaching textiles. I'm working on drafting the perfect pencil skirt as well as actually making for myself the garments I taught my students (if only they knew I'd never sewn a boned bodice!!). I'd love to recieve a book to help me draft my patterns.

  137. RWoodhams May 8th

    I love making dresses, simple styles that showcase the fabrics - wearing bright fabrics makes me feel much better especially in winter.

  138. kmegamom May 8th

    I like sewing pretty much everything. I love making costumes for my grandsons, for regular clothes I like making dresses.

  139. User avater Nikkicee May 7th

    i enjoy repurposing vintage clothing into fresh, modern designs

  140. User avater agapantha May 7th

    My favorite projects are costumes and ethnic clothing that translate into formal or every day wear.

  141. User avater Karel May 7th

    I make mostly separates. I wear a wide variety of colors, and I like to mix up my tops and bottoms. Skirts are very satisfying to make because they usually go together quickly and are fun to wear. I like making things from knits and from stretchy wovens, but I'm pushing myself to trying more challenging or unusual fabrics. My next big challenge is mixing some boldly patterned African prints into some sort of cohesive outfit.

  142. User avater TwilightStorm May 7th

    My favorite style to sew right now is leaning towards all different kinds of dresses new patterns and vintage patterns. I have been trying to find great free resources online to teach me pattern drafting. This looks like a great book, and has great reviews, but even on sale I can't afford to shell out the money for it. Good luck to everyone in the contest, and whoever wins enjoy the book for me!

  143. RLEMERY May 7th

    I have sewn just about everything. I love to sew for my grandchildren now and when my sewing room is remodeled, I will sew more for myself.

  144. User avater ElleCsews May 7th

    The kind of clothes that I like to sew and wear are simple classic styles, mostly separates. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Wish me luck!

  145. gvf May 7th

    I like sewing everything, except maybe patching! : )

  146. User avater SewMadly May 7th

    I enjoy tailored garments that fit and are comfortable to wear. I love my custom made jeans that I made using Sue Ready's class on Craftsy. They don't gap at the waist and I can spend all day in them! Now working on a couture dress with Susan Khalji... lots of fun. Also drafting slopers.

  147. User avater at_clearing May 7th

    I would love this comprehensive guide so I knew what I was doing and WHY! Tackling a long & tall form, not as svelte as it once was, uh, that means taking account for what fell out of the shoulders into the middle . . . and making me look awesome is my goal. I think this was be a miracle aid! Thanks!

  148. user-2003399 May 7th

    This would be lovely to add to my sewing library.

  149. User avater user-2335156 May 7th

    For the most part I sew tailored classic clothing for myself. I enjoy making things for the house as well as my grandchildren. Hand work is relaxing for me. I really enjoy healing other learn how to sew.

  150. AZLhasaMom May 7th

    I really enjoy sewing classic, comfortable clothing. I especially love making button down shirts! They are very hard for me to find in RTW because they are always way too short for me. I am going to learn to make blue jeans and bras this year as well.

  151. User avater ivory May 7th

    Shirts...there is so much to learn and I am so hard to fit. Pattern making is the answer for me.

  152. User avater user-2778833 May 7th

    I enjoy making clothes for my family and myself. As I have grown older, my "figure" has changed and I find that I must alter patterns to get a proper fit. I also find that many patterns don't have the features that I prefer. I would really like to try pattern making for myself - starting with a winter coat that will meet my warmth requirements in the Yukon winter, have adequate pockets for fulled mitts and other necessities, a functional hood and be flattering to me and dressy enough to wear for evenings out as well as everyday.

  153. User avater Cate6 May 7th

    As a former student of Connie Amaden-Crawford when she taught at FIDM, I was always impressed with her ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner. I have been utilizing her training over the years and would love nothing more than to be reacquainted with her expertise. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  154. MsGizzy May 7th

    I love garment sewing and always have to alter my patterns. I'd love to learn to make patterns that fit the first time.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  155. User avater clauditza May 7th

    Skirts! It's a fast project and you can get pretty creative easily.

  156. User avater HarmonyQ May 7th

    I'm pretty good at altering patterns, but when it comes to making a pattern I am clueless. I am very short so I like to make dresses because they make me look taller. It would be wonderful to have this book in my sewing library. Thanks for the opportunity.

  157. User avater NikkiHuff May 7th

    I would like more dresses in my wardrobe this summer. They're easy and fun and quick. I also would like more pairs of shorts.

  158. Pinnie May 7th

    The tunics is what I like making the most, but I want to focus on pants, especially with getting a good fit.

  159. SewMomma May 7th

    I would love to receive this book. I mostly sew for my children.I love making formal and casual dresses. Lately, I have been sewing lingerie and making my own bras to fit.I am hoping that this book would guide me in grading patterns to fit before cutting them out.

  160. User avater jamaco May 7th

    Tops, Blazers and Jackets. Never did like sewing pants or skirts. So many more design options in tops....

  161. User avater sewold May 7th

    Connie Crawford is a great instructor so her book would be like having her visit at home for a one-on-one instruction. I make most of my pants/slacks because I'm hard to fit. Some help would be appreciated!

  162. User avater sewfun611 May 7th

    summer dresses and skirts are fun to sew. so many nice cottons and fun and easy knits. I have enjoyed using my serger more and more to finish seams, hem with a rolled or ruffled edge, and always love the finishing touches such as a nice edge finish, trim, beads, buttons, etc.


  163. User avater Romy May 7th

    I sew tops, pants and right now doing a jogging outfit for my husband from two different pattern, so working with design and remaking pattern. I'm very visual and that book will give me a lot of input and help for future sewing for me and my family. Thank you and I can't wait to look through that book!

  164. user-3381419 May 7th

    I sew mostly for myself and have trouble fitting my back. I did a couture jacket and had to enlist the help of a friend to get the back right. Also I would like to see an illustration of Steampunk, I can't figure out what it is.

  165. User avater draegon May 7th

    I come from a long line of very over weight women and finding decent things to wear off the rack is near impossible when you are on a fixed income. I do a lot of refashioning and enlarging of clothing and patterns. This book would be so very helpful for getting the fitting and finesse down right. I was taught to sew very young first by my Grama and then my Mother. This book would be a blessing for me.

  166. user-3083743 May 7th

    When my sons were adolescents I started making Halloween costumes then jackets and various other articles of clothing. Unfortunately I have never been able to fit myself and would love to learn how to make something that doesn't end up two sizes too large for me.

  167. LorettaT May 7th

    May favorite clothing styles to sew are very small - Barbie size nightgowns, dresses, sporty outfits. It doesn't take long to see your final creation, and they can be done while waiting for the laundry or the oven, or the TV repair man.

  168. Barbarino May 7th

    After spending a semester taking a class on adjusting patterns to fit, I have one perfect blouse and several failed pieces. I need better instruction so I can make a pair of pants that actually fit my body.

  169. User avater CLOTH May 7th

    While recreating my entire life, sewing is my zen. Especially love deconstructing pieces people bring me in order to create a new pattern with details and customizations unique to the person and the garment. I would get a huge lift winning this book, well, winning!!!

  170. Fyrebird May 7th

    I would love to win this book! I do various forms of costuming: scifi, general Halloween, steampunk, and multiple eras of reenacting. I've been relying on published patterns, but the freedom of drafting my own is something I would ADORE. All of my family members are unable to use "off-the-rack" sizes, so drafting correct fits instead of altering to fit would be *so* freeing.

  171. Sheilarevans May 7th

    When my children were little I made many of their clothes, and now with grandchildren I have made things for them, but as they are getting older it's getting harder to fit them. This book would be a big help.

  172. Sewmeister May 7th

    I sew mostly children's clothing. My grandchildren have sensory and allergy conditions that necessitate clothes to be made to accommodate them. The youngest has a polyester allergy and the older can't handle the feel on her skin of different types of cloth and certain sewing techniques and embellishments.

  173. User avater CJ383 May 7th

    Girls and toddler boys clothes are what I have been working on in the past few years. This book would help me when I change the pattern, I have a hard time taking my ideas from paper to fabric - it doesn't stop me but it would be nice to actually know how to do it so I could be faster.

  174. User avater Wendy77 May 7th

    I love to sew clothing and some home dec projects. I am not an expert, but love new challenges for me that might be easy for others. T-shirts and woven tops that are a bit different than norm are my favorite. I love Connie's patterns and would love the book. Thanks!

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  176. User avater LindaG7 May 7th

    Dresses are my choice for favorite item to sew. I especially enjoy creating garments with interesting details, additions, or unusual seaming, particularly if they look complicated, but were actually relatively simple to produce.

    I have been eyeing this book for a while and would love to own it. I had some basic, traditional pattern making instruction a long time ago and used this knowledge to give feedback to sample pattern makers in some of my early jobs. This instruction book would help me refresh my skills and get back to customizing my own clothes.

  177. user-2005611 May 7th

    I have been sewing since I was 5 years old. I love to sew skirts and tailored jackets. Connie's book would help me a lot.

  178. User avater danidooley May 7th

    I love to make Baby Christening gowns. All the beauty and drama of a wedding dress but on a teeny tiny scale. Not to mention the fitting is easier. I would love this patternmaking book to help my students who are learning patternmaking.

  179. hsenkler May 7th

    I would *love* this book. I have been teaching myself a lot from a variety of materials.

  180. denneulin1 May 7th

    I hope to develop my sewing expertise mainly in suits with this book because I love to create my own design

  181. User avater 2370 May 7th

    I hope I win this book!

  182. User avater user-933140 May 7th

    I love to sew women's blouses/shirts and yoga pants. That's what I like to wear and I like to make my own. I also like to sew girls dresses. That's always fun for me, I have 3 granddaughters. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I have a pattern of Connie's that I love to make. I need more ideas of how to change up a basic style.

  183. User avater mariannetro May 7th

    I have just started sewing again after a long break (20 years!), and my first garments have been a-line/flared skirts. It's so fun to sew again! My goal is to make my own patterns, and this book would help me achieve that. When I feel a little more confident, I'm planning to sew mostly dresses, both knit and woven.

  184. User avater user-626014 May 6th

    I just like to sew!!! I put different parts of patterns together and make something different. I think the book looks interesting. I am sure I would learn something from it and will probably go back to it again and again. Thats" what make a book worthwhile.

  185. TLDS May 6th

    I love to sew all garments that have embellishments , ruffles or anything that keeps them from looking plain.

  186. User avater kitblu May 6th

    Although I am 5'6" I need Petite trousers. As I am also Plus size, trousers that fit are very difficult to buy off the rack without extensive retrofitting. This might lead you to believe my preference is sewing trousers. [sigh] No, I love sewing tops, which are also difficult to buy off the rack.

  187. User avater peej2 May 6th

    I would love this. It's a skill I could use for the size challenged family, diverse tastes, ages 1-58...this would be great.

  188. skiss May 6th

    I have existing garments that I would love to duplicate. I also make dog coats to custom fit any dog. As I am self-taught in pattern making, I am sure this book will help teach me and improve my skills.

  189. Laurie_Brown May 6th

    I like sewing historical and vintage fashions best! I usually do separates, so I can wear a Victorian shirtwaist with a modern skirt, or vice versa, but I also like doing vintage dresses. I also do drapes and Victorian crazy quilting and art quilting.

  190. User avater user-3220369 May 6th

    I sew mostly casual but also classic items. I prefer well made comfortable clothing that fits. I am not model thin. I really like to look well dressed. I was able to take a one hour drapping presentation given by Connie Crawford and found her informed and very clear in her explanations. I am sure the book is the same. I would very much appreciate winning it. She is a wonderful teacher.

  191. user-344817 May 6th

    My dear mom taught me to sew when I was a little girl. (Bless her heart!) I've never forgotten how much I have appreciated that gift she gave to me. As mother's day is quickly approaching, I would like to cut out a small blouse fit for a paper doll, place it in her Mother's Day card, and tell her that I would like to make her a real blouse-- a unique perfectly fitted blouse. She deserves that. And I think it would make a little lady very happy and loved.

    My idea of a unique and perfectly fitted blouse depends upon having the knowledge to create the pattern rather than trying to adjust a commercial pattern to fit her little 85 year old body. Please choose me to win. I would be honored to make her something special.

  192. User avater sewohio May 6th

    I like to make children's clothing. I'm teaching my granddaughters to sew, and the 13 year old likes to design her own clothes. This book would help with that.

  193. User avater Rzacarias May 6th

    I'm always drawn to dress patterns, which is frustrating since I almost never want to actually wear dresses. I prefer simple, elegant lines.

  194. Bluepinegrove May 6th

    I would love to have this book. I make frequent use of an earlier edition and would appreciate the updates. My favorite things to sew are shirts, vests, cardigans-- the wovens or knits. Still trying to master fitting pants.

  195. User avater MelodyeJoy May 6th

    I like to make jackets or coats. I like the detail necessary to execute a complicated pattern. Admittedly, I don't sew for speed, but for the enjoyment of creating beauty!

    I have never made my own pattern but I have made so many adjustments on some, I could have designed from scratch.

    I'd love to win this book :-)

  196. user-2736465 May 6th

    I like to sew classic pieces with a hint of the latest trend. Many times I have a picture in my head of a garment but cannot find a commercial pattern to match. Learning to draft my own patterns would solve that problem. It would be great to create patterns that match my measurements.

  197. mabowles May 6th

    I would love this book. I make all of my clothes, and trying to design them too. I've started a basic designing neighborhood group for our American Sewing Guild chapter that is learning how to design. This book is a reference several of the ladies want to use.

  198. user-2592332 May 6th

    I love to sew complicated tailored suits and jackets. The more welt pockets, insets and seams the better.

  199. user-3065738 May 6th

    I love to sew skirts, and have recently begun sewing a lot of tee shirts. I would love a book like this to extend my skills. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  200. user-2436101 May 6th

    My favorite is couture shildren's clothes, but I am starting to sew more for myself, as I am hard to fit into RTW. Very tailored with classic details.

  201. charlynt May 6th

    I like to make anything for myself to which I can add my own touch to make it unique, to make it art. Usually something simple gives me more latitude to make changes or additions. It started long ago when there was no pattern for the outfit Cher wore on TV so I changed a pattern to make it my own pants with ruffled bottoms. I think this book would enable me to do more than I've done on my own.

  202. User avater elnisi May 6th

    I am retired and disabled I have an illness that makes my body shape different from the norm. size different here and there, I also sew for my daughter in law, she is nearly 6ft tall and has several fitting issues, typical of many Native American women,rare for a pattern or of the rack to fit.
    I would love to have this book to make patterns for us.
    have been wanting this book for a long time, and I love Connie
    Crawford's patterns.
    thank you for a chance to win this book now that I am on social security I have to be selective on books I buy.

  203. User avater v_flinn May 6th

    With my lifestyle which includes a Jack Russell its mostly pants and tops for me.

  204. I love sewing my own clothes and would love to have this book because it would help me create better sewing patterns for myself and become a better all around sewer. I enjoy studying books about garment sewing because some of that information actually sinks into my brain!! I love Connie Crawford, who is a sewing superstar in my book, and read as much of her writings as I can so I can learn to be a better sewist. I've coveted her books, and this one would make an excellent addition to my sewing library.

  205. User avater velogiant May 6th

    This is going to be a great reference for anyone who wins it. I already have one of Connie's books and it's an important reference that I constantly use.

  206. Stitchinrhyme May 6th

    I like sewing from scratch. Making my own designs, drafting the patterns, and garment construction. I like hand sewing, and love my thimble and hand needles.

  207. PatHersl May 6th

    I have only ventured back to little dresses for the grandgirls. I need to read this book!

  208. user-3039489 May 6th

    Looks like a great book. My style is classic but quirky so to be able to make/alter patterns more expertly would be a bonus :)

  209. User avater marycr8on May 6th

    I've always wanted to learn pattern making so i could draft patterns of my own that fit they way I want them to, without having to alter them after they're made.

  210. user-2513651 May 6th

    Everyone wants this book! Thank you for the opportunity. I like different styles and the ability to change. I would get bored staying with one style.

  211. User avater ctdamsel May 6th

    My style is almost everything but in moderation. I like 50's sheath, a 40's twin set with a pencil skirt. I never wear purchased clothing.

  212. user-766440 May 6th

    Ever since I was in Connie's class I have wanted her books. I was only able to purchase her grading book and ruler. My daughters and I are three very different shapes and sizes and I could save a lot by not having to buy so many patterns. My style is business casual.

  213. User avater abccc May 6th

    I like tailored clothes but would like to modify the office look for daytime... I've invested in some of the major pattern systems and still cannot make a 'button-up shirt' to fit or flatter myself. Maybe someday? This book, "Patternmaking Made Easy' could be the answer!
    Thanks -

  214. K_sew May 6th

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this wonderful book. I've been sewing for 50+ years. I love looking at commercial patterns, especially for jackets with interesting details, but making them fit me is quite another story!! It would be just terrific to learn to create or change designs to make them just right..

  215. user-2875442 May 6th

    I have reached the "Senior" category, and while I sewed all my office work clothes for years, my needs are now a lot more casual. However, I don't like the prevailing 'old lady' look of pants and t-shirt. So I am trying to continue to look fashionable while living an easier life! Pattern-making would really help with this endeavor!!!

  216. user-1115459 May 6th

    The classics never go out of style, but a few twists here and there add interest and a modern flare. I would love this book.

  217. user-2436772 May 6th

    I love making tailored clothes with couture touches - the kind of thing you can't buy in store.

  218. User avater VanRudolf May 6th

    I like to make dress pants the most because of my height it is hard for me to find clothes to fit me.

  219. User avater pamg May 6th

    Well - judging by the number of comments my chances of winning this book are slim! However - I love to sew business casual clothing - simple lines but with a lot of interest. I have wanted this book for AGES! In another life I might have been a fashion designer. I've been sewing since I was about 7 years old - first embroidery then sewing doll clothes, then clothes for myself - all by hand until I graduated to a sewing machine. My Grandmother taught me to sew and we had a wonderful sewing relationship. Grandma would send me sewing items for my birthday - and when she sent me a pair of scissors she requested a penny back because it's bad luck to send someone something sharp if it isn't paid for! LOVED my Grandma - SO happy she taught me to sew. It's been my lifelong interest. Proud owner of 6 sewing machines and two sergers. How many yards of fabric and boxes of patterns - TOO MANY to count and this is after trimming my stash by about 50% before moving two years ago! All fabric and patterns were donated - can't throw either away!!! ;-)

  220. User avater cbeallschmidt May 6th

    I like classic styles with clean simple lines and a touch of ruffle for femininity. I like classic styles because they are so easy to mix and match

  221. User avater user-2348800 May 6th

    I would LOVE this book. I sew bridal and evening wear and I would love to learn the easy ways to adjust styles

  222. User avater Jennysews2 May 6th

    Oh I've been wanting this book!! I love to sew dresses, skirts and tees with knits. They are comfortable and easy to wear which makes dressing up for work comfy. I've also been wanting to experiment drafting my own designs which is why I want this book. Awesome giveaway!

  223. User avater user-1142875 May 6th

    I love making casual clothes basically because I saw may own clothes. Doing it allows me to have exclusive designs and a very unique wardrobe. I enjoy shopping for fabrics, choosing the perfect one for the garment I am going to make.

  224. User avater Girlyb May 6th

    I'm in to knits right now. Comfy with a dressy flair. Great lines can make a knit outfit or dress not look shlumpy. I recently got a serger which makes the sewing of knits much easier!!

  225. user-56415 May 6th

    I love clothes with clean lines and a designer flair

  226. User avater Lady_D May 6th

    I like clothing that fits - neither too loose nor too tight, with sleeves of the blouses and legs of the jeans at proper length instead of being too long, as so many that I buy "off the rack" have been. Peasant blouses and long (floor length) skirts or jeans are my favorites.

    I have enough commercial patterns that I should never need another once I get those already in my pattern collection altered to correctly fit me... and start employing what I've learned from Angela Wolf's video, One Pattern, Many Ways - Volume 1.

    I think "Pattern Making Made Easy" will supplement Angela Wolf's video nicely.

  227. user-2000869 May 6th

    Skirts, tops, pants, dresses, for my daughter and myself- jackets soon! Would love to draft my own patterns.

  228. User avater Carrrrol May 6th

    I sew wedding fashions. Many brides bring me a picture of the dress they want made. So I NEED this book!

  229. sewlikechanel May 6th

    I make tailored suits and dresses mainly with a 1950s feel and usually from 1950s patterns. I love the detailing on these patterns and the styles suit my figure. My only issue is that many of them are tiny - size 32 or 34 and I have never been that tiny. I spend much of my time adjusting patterns, it would be nice to just draft something similar in my size. Great giveaway.

  230. sewlikechanel May 6th

    I make tailored suits and dresses mainly with a 1950s feel and usually from 1950s patterns. I love the detailing on these patterns and the styles suit my figure. My only issue is that many of them are tiny - size 32 or 34 and I have never been that tiny. I spend much of my time adjusting patterns, it would be nice to just draft something similar in my size. Great giveaway.

  231. User avater teresa5562 May 6th

    I sure could use this book!! I have been trying to learn how to sew clothes but I never get anything to come out right. Please help me!!

  232. slmendes May 6th

    I have so many commercial patterns in my stash, it is kind of embarassing! I really should be designing my own patterns! I just need that extra "push" and time put into it to make my own designs, and winning this book would be a good encouragement and knowledge boost that I need!

  233. User avater MrsC110 May 6th

    I've made a couple of jackets, skirts and a blouse as well. I'm interested in learning more about making dresses and jeans as well. Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic book!

  234. greatgrammy May 6th

    I love to make and wear casual but chic clothing. I have many ideas to do my "own thing ".

  235. littlefriz May 6th

    I like the classic style. Clean lines, princess sheath dresses to show off curves, tailored slacks, etc. i think it makes a woman look sophisticated!

  236. greatgrammy May 6th

    I most enjoy making and wearing casual but chic clothing. I have many ideas for my "own thing ", but need patternmaking help. thanks

  237. User avater island_girl May 6th

    I love making tops and outfits that are comfortable and flatters the figure but not necessarily fitted or tight. Commercial patterns are so expensive and needs so many adjustments. I think learning an easier way to make patterns that fit would be so much better!

  238. maryjobo May 6th

    I like to make classic garments with clean lines in bright colors with high-quality fabrics. I have a hard time finding patterns to suit my tastes so I have struggled with trying (rather unsuccessfully) to duplicate RTW garments.
    I would really love to win the book!

  239. Debbie May 6th

    Nothing off the rack ever fits me, so I either have to alter purchased garments, or spend time trying to adapt patterns before I can make something myself. Being able to draft my own patterns that would actually fit properly would be such a huge step forward for my sewing, not to mention having things that fit from the get go would be just awesome. I would LOVE to win this book.

  240. lucyjack May 6th

    I want to connect with my granddaughter and sewing could be the way. She has wonderful crazy ideas for clothes and teaching her to sew could be our connection.

  241. User avater sonjalv May 6th

    This pattern Book looks so intriguing!
    I love making Dresses with tiny pleats in the front,and small darts for a Tapered look.

  242. User avater user-117660 May 6th

    Connie Crawford is superb. Her course finally helped me adjust patterns for my full bust and tiny shoulders. Of course I want the book!

  243. user-1150098 May 6th

    I love to make knit tops and skirts.

  244. User avater rrjane011749 May 6th

    Tops--you can never have too many!

  245. User avater sneezepac May 6th

    I sew everything from upholstery to special occasion dresses. From baby clothes to pants. Outerwear to nighties. Drapes to quilts. I do some alterations, some tailoring. I especially do a good bit of that for myself as I am only 5"2 and EVERYTHING needs shortened.

  246. User avater AkothA May 6th

    My pattern style is mixing African and American designs. I lived in Kenya thirteen years and my family is a mixture of American and Kenyan. I love to sew and am a designer by training. The struggle I have is making my own patterns. I am trying to learn how to make the patterns of the garments I love to create for my customers within the African community here in the USA. I can use all the help I can get!

  247. User avater sewcat08 May 6th

    I love putting the details I love into a garment that I make. I can change a pattern to showcase my fabric to its best effect. Who wants to see the clothes you are wearing on everyone else?

  248. User avater user-1074083 May 6th

    I love to sew jackets and coats. You can make them as classic or crazy as you want. I sew most of my tops because as a pear with narrow shoulders RTW doesn't fit. I've been combining patterns for years and would really like to begin drafting my own.

  249. LeeWells May 6th

    At 4' 10" and 92 pounds I really cannot buy much clothing "off the rack"; most adult sizes are too large and child sizes are the wrong shape. (I do purchase coats and accept that the coat will be too long in both body and sleeves) I have some patterns from many years ago that still fit, but I'd like to have more variety than those few skirts and dresses. Shirts are more difficult, since I have narrow shoulders, short from neck to waist (back waist length), but a wide upper back -- diagnosed at a fitting clinic many years ago. I'd also be interested in sewing some pants for myself, just to see if I could. (Since I sew pants for my husband I know I can sew them once I get the pattern right. But getting the pattern right is not simple; he is harder to fit than I am and had his pants professionally altered before we were married. He told me what adjustments were needed and we worked it out for sewing from the fabric)

  250. User avater Ellabella100 May 6th

    I find myself sewing eveything BUT I especially enjoy making dresses and gowns for special occasions. Clothing that one does not wear every day that sparkles with great fabric and classic style-lines

  251. User avater pjwhite530 May 6th

    I most like to make pants because I find it impossible to buy a well-fitted pair of pants. I can make them with relative ease.

  252. User avater user-2334979 May 6th

    I sew just about everything from baby clothing to quilts. I have been yearning to learn how to make my own patterns because as a plus sized woman, the selection and fit are limited to say the least. Anyway, I just want to add to SunnyRoseGarden, it is the love that counts and your little girl understand that, even if she isn't able to express it.

  253. lodenthal May 6th

    Truthfully, I love to make clothes that actually fit. My struggle with commercial patterns is legendary. As a result, I shy away from most garment construction unless its a very forgiving pattern with considerable ease.

    I'd love to sew more garments that fit and flatter. I've been sewing all my life. I used to sit under my grandmother while she sewed pushing her treadle sewing machine and have had a love affair with sewing ever since. I've never had the guts to try pattern making but would love to!!

  254. user-2936767 May 6th

    In retirement, I find more time to sew and I enjoy it. I choose styles that are comfortable which usually means not too fitted. However, as one ages, even these styles need alterations to fit properly. I enjoy learning about how to do that. (Love Connie Crawford patterns. So straightforward to use).

  255. user-1064945 May 6th

    I like to make clothing that is not hampered by the latest fad. I like to make clothing that is elegant and suits me. And I also like to include details that no one else may know of, but I do, like secret pockets, or a lining out of something silky that only I know about, and maybe a little piped edge that hints at that. I don't like clothing that restricts movement, even in tailored clothing. I think that is where measuring and making sure the pattern is fitted correctly to the body is the keystone. I am learning about patternmaking from a variety of angles, from taking Craftsy classes, reading and experimenting on my own. I have several duct tape models of my friends(guinea pigs)so I can practice making things that look good on them without the conflict of their schedules and mine. My daughter thinks it's odd to have all these "bodies" laying around (including hers). But hopefully the results will be worth all that duct tape.

  256. MBaas May 6th

    I love to make tops that are comfortable and casual. Lately I have really been getting into embellishing clothes I already have. I love all the different unique things you can create using an old t-shirt or other clothing items that you have but don't wear because they are out dated or plain. By adding some fun appliqués, beads, buttons, etc. you can turn any item into a new one that's fabulous. The possibilities are endless. I also like doing this with household items too!

  257. User avater Cuillere May 6th

    I really like to make classic-style clothing with just a detail which makes all the difference in the world ! I like this most because classic is often stylish and needs just a bit of extra color or extra decoration to be absolutely stunning. Making them this way also enables to associate them with one another very easily ! Also i can keep quality high and insides fun :)

  258. user-1111566 May 6th

    Actually I sew all sorts of garments for family and home dec. I alter for friends and family. I like trying new styles and fabrics but get intimidated when it becomes time to cut. I'd like to build my confidence.

  259. mep May 6th

    This is a great giveaway - thanks so much. I wear mostly skirts & tees . I'd love to step that up a bit , but still keep my casual lifestyle !

  260. User avater cbaglien May 6th

    Living with the pain of fibromyalgia I need comfortable clothing. I love the draping styles that are popular now. This book is just what I need as I haven't sewn clothing for many years and I am eager to learn as much as I can. Thank you for the giveaways you offer.

  261. User avater CAS48 May 6th

    I like to make comfortable shirts that look tailored.

  262. User avater FlutterBye May 6th

    I enjoy sewing most of my clothing. Because I rarely find "off the rack" clothing that fits me well, I make both sportswear and "workwear" for myself. Even with years of experience, though, I find some patterns difficult to alter - couture patterns with nonstandard seams, for example. It would be so much easier if I just had a standard set of "templates" and knew how to change the seams and lines myself.

  263. user-181584 May 6th

    I work for a company whose main product is fabric swatching for the mens apparel and quilting fabric industries. We have the world's best left-overs! I didn't sew much for years until I had access to all this left-over fabric,ranging from fat-quarter-size calico to as a many as several yards of wools and silks. My challenge is finding ways to utilize this found stash, especially to make blouses and skirts for work and play. I can dress quite casually for work, and I participate in a number of active sports, particularly mountain biking and kayaking. As a middle-aged woman, I find there is a limited selection for age/figure friendly clothing for my sports, and I enjoy the challenge of developing styles that will suit my, and my friends', rather "unathletic-looking" bodies. (Appearances can and ARE deceiving). I would love to learn to properly measure for and draft patterns for some of my creations!

  264. User avater adaminah May 6th

    I have been sewing since I was a teen (a long time ago). Make everything from coats to purses. I like to use unusual fabrics to make classic styles. I would love to learn how t make my own patterns.

  265. Ah. I used to enjoy so many different creative endeavors. But never did i truly encounter creative design until after my special needs child outgrew those cute things that can fit a special needs child. Now, she is nine yrs old, almost five feet tall, about 115 pounds, and very special i am beginning to understand that creative a limitless path. Her needs change, and i must accommodate. There are extraordinarily few and extraordinarily limited and ...unattractive....options out there for any special needs sizes beyond the young child and small older child. Its as if commando is the only possible solution for any special needs over the age of 8 years old. So, i now spend most of my creative effort trying to keep this rapidly growing big little girl dressed, pretty, and in functionally efficient clothing that somehow meet her clothing needs. I am becoming a sewing engineer. I do not know if it actually matters to her. She is very low function. But it matters to me. Just as i keep her hair and nails trimmed and nice, her face and teeth clean, a bit of bath powder in the summer, Pretty and functional leather shoes.....these things might seem superficial, but i prefer to think she benefits from the love that goes into these small attentions and efforts and being fussed over, in addition to her regular services schedules. So, i sew.

  266. Kminturn May 6th

    Custom bras; high added value and they impact everything else. I get a well-fitted bra for relatively little cost.

  267. THIS is the book i've been waiting for. For many years i have made most of my clothes but find it difficult to find the simple, relaxed but office appropriate style i prefer. it doesn't help that i'm "full figured" and all the cutest patterns are for those that look good in a sheet. I have a large library of sewing books but this would probably be the most helpful to me.

  268. anniebananie May 6th

    My most rewarding endeavor isn't completed yet. I'm in the process of drafting a sloper for a disabled woman for whom there are no patterns available. I'm doing it by brute force and would love to have some reference material to assist me.

  269. User avater suez May 6th

    Most of my sewing is for my grandchildren, 6 girls and 2 boys. I like frilly things for the girls, but as they get older this book would be great!

  270. user-3381996 May 6th

    I have loved making clothing from pattern making software. Yet, I would love to learn how to create my own designs from scratch and then make them fit well! I love Connie Crawford's pattern line and have many of them. I also sew for my church and need to make each garment fit 10 different sized people. Thank you for the offer!

  271. zsazsa13 May 6th

    I saw this in my Threads magazine and it looks like it would be something that would really help me out when I try to change patterns, besides making new ones.

  272. User avater idosew May 6th

    This would solve a lot of fitting problems!!

  273. User avater betsysmom May 6th

    I have been making patterns from existing garments for years and would like to add this book to my library. I have some fitting problems from surgeries and as I age they are becoming more pronounced. Need to learn to design to disguise! Thanks for the chance to win!

  274. User avater IreneR May 6th

    I like "classic" style with a bit of a new twist, the best. After all they are classic for a reason, and don't go out of style,but with current fabrics,and techniques they can look fresh. My body does not fit the average standard patterns very well so I would greatly appreciate the "Patternmaking made Easy" book.
    Thank you for a chance to win this book.

  275. msfroggy May 6th

    My style is mostly classic/casual classic and I'd love to make everything fit, the first time. My body has changed as I've aged and I've lost some weight. I want a good, comfortable fit and now have time to work at sewing it right. I also am trying my hand at creating costumes for fun and loving it. Thanks for this great opportunity!

  276. User avater amy1 May 6th

    I enjoy making skirts and simple style dresses. But, I'd like to learn more about patter making as I have an uneven shoulder and need to learn how to adjust for it. Thanks for all the effort to bring us good resources !

  277. User avater rosiedoodle May 6th

    Due to an accident a few years ago, I am "uniquely" shaped and must make almost every item of clothing for myself. Any helpful suggestions are always appreciated, as well as a very nice book! Sue

  278. user-3062183 May 6th

    I have been sewing most of my life and make everything from gowns to coats. I have made some patterns of my own but some have been less effective than I would have wanted. I would love to find out where I am going wrong.

  279. SewMagical May 6th

    I enjoy making historical costumes. It can be difficult, if not impossible to find ready-made patterns for these garments. If you are a large size, the problem becomes worse. Making your won patterns becomes the option, and any methods to make that taks easier are welcome!

  280. SewMagical May 6th

    I enjoy making historical costumes. It can be difficult, if not impossible to find ready-made patterns for these garments. If you are a large size, the problem becomes worse. Making your won patterns becomes the option, and any methods to make that taks easier are welcome!

  281. Austin57 May 6th

    I enjoy sewing almost anything, but I get the greatest satisfaction when I design and create female preaching attire. Having this book would help me be even more creative.

  282. ErinSooit May 6th

    I love to sew tailored pants and skirts, and while I have fun making knit tops, I am currently working on fitting woven shirts, since they are more flattering and appropriate for work.
    I like to use good high quality fabrics and casual style silhouettes, but would like to add a edgy twist to them to keep from looking too preppy. Maybe learning to draft one's own patterns is the way to attempt this styling, so I would appreciate winning Connie Crawford's book Patternmaking Made Easy.

    Thanks for your consideration! Happy sewing to all!

  283. User avater luvtosew66 May 6th

    I enjoyed making knit tops on a serger because it sewed so easily and the project went very fast. And...I love having that new comfortable top! Lol

  284. Sewingforfun May 6th

    Seeing all the fun patterns for dresses this season, it is time to stitch one for me! Would love to see what this author shares in this new book!

  285. User avater 3feathers May 6th

    My favorite sewing projects are costumes. My grandchildren often ask for costumes that have no patterns. I love the challenge of putting it all together. Having to invent accessories is part of the fun, too. I would love to win the book since I have no idea of how to make a pattern for what's floating around in my brain!

  286. User avater 416 May 6th

    I like to make loose and layered styles of clothing for most of my garments. I choose patterns that feature simple uncluttered construction and complicated styling. I buy beautiful, colorful fabrics. The more basic my garment is, the easier it will interchange with other items in my wardrobe. The garments I make usually require the least care even if I'm away from home. I would like to have a copy of Patternmaking Made Easy to add to my sewing library and start making my own patterns. Thanks for the offer.

  287. User avater AlaskaMarilyn May 6th

    I mostly make "princess" dresses for my six year old granddaughter and satin pajamas for all the females in the family. I would love to sew more for myself but have a hard time fitting myself.

  288. user-617874 May 6th

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this helpful book! I like to sew whatever my family asks for [babies to wedding gowns] as well as for friends/customers. The advice would undoubtedly save me time by educating me on the best way to go about design changes as opposed to trial and error.

  289. 2much2so May 6th

    I have college aged sons who I used to sew for. Bib overalls when they were toddlers and alot of Halloween costumes. I now have time to sew for myself. A fitted dress would be perfect.

  290. user-3370652 May 6th

    I like to sew relatively uncomplicated styles. I am a hand weaver so the cotton cloth I weave tends to be heavier than most shirt fabrics, so I can't encumber the finished piece with too many fancy additions that add to the weight. Mostly, I like weaving cloth for sewn sweaters, especially pullover. I'm not sure what style that would fall under. I'd like to be able to make my own patterns that I can tailor to the cloth.

  291. gbherons May 6th

    I've always altered patterns to fit my shape and offbeat style, but not always with great success. Now I want to make travel wear that is comfortable, convertible and stylish. It would be more successful if I knew how to make my own patterns.

  292. User avater sbourdeau May 6th

    Remember the "Your Changing Body" type books from Health class? Well, it never stops. Being able to sew enables me to get a great fit in custom clothes I make myself or by altering those fabulous buys in ready-to-wear that just don't hang quite right. My adult daughter still loves to have me rescue favorite garments or coax new purchases into the perfect fit.

  293. User avater dorothysheldon May 6th

    My favorite style to sew is skorts, skirts and dresses of 4 way stretch knit.
    Most of these are for my grand girls because they love the comfort of this type of knit. Dresses are usually a sundress or sleeveless. The skirts all have ruffles on the bottom. The pattern I use adapts to a skirt easily, with or without ruffles.
    So much to sew, so little time. Oh what joy it brings to do something for these girls.

  294. User avater marchmoon May 6th

    I make workout clothing for myself and my daughters. Anything knit, spandex etc, is my idea of a good time

  295. User avater JulieKay May 6th

    In recent years I've been doing mostly craft sewing and quilting, but desire to get back into sewing my own wardrobe. I've a hard-to-fit figure, and usually can't find ready-to-wear that fits well and looks good (not just on the hanger). I'm really interested in learning to draft my own patterns and/or alter store-bought patterns. This book looks like the perfect place for me to start! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!

  296. User avater Sydju May 6th

    I make a lot of dresses and slacks. This book would help with things that I could do better/easier. I want to win it because I have been looking at it as one of my future purchases for my library. I'm up to 15 books now. I hope I can win this one and make it 16.

  297. User avater user-1109561 May 6th

    I love to make dresses. I'm 5' and petite it means that I'm looking in stores for 0 and 00 and trust me they are rare and there's nothing when it come to dresses for a 59 years old. The last one was for the weding of my daugther in law.

  298. User avater MistressTailor May 6th

    Love learning about different methods of patternmaking and draping. This would be a great addition. I own Connie Crawford's draping book and it's great.

  299. user-1126774 May 6th

    I like making tailored jackets. They have lots of hand work inside, but they are so worth the effort.

  300. User avater fun2sew May 6th

    For work, I find myself making the Classic styles....A-line skirts, straight slacks, loose blouses.

  301. user-660773 May 6th

    I love sewing swimsuits. Well it's not so much that I love sewing them - Being very short in the body, I just can't buy ones that fit. So it's make or not swim. Perish the thought!

    Thanks for the possibility of winning this book which looks great.

  302. User avater BellieJean May 6th

    I like everyday casual styles that are also feminine and a little flirty. Clothes shouldn't be tight, they should just fit well. I'm a female, not a male. And I'm not a teenager anymore. Rather, I'm a woman, and I want my garments to say so!

  303. nanny65 May 6th

    That's a hard question to answer, especially since I am starting all over. I used to sew as a teenager, young adult, and young mother. But I haven't sewn in years and am re-learning things! So far, without much success. Mostly, I would like to sew for myself.

  304. EasilyAmewsed May 6th

    The clothing style I LIKE to make most are knit tops, but the styles I WANT to make are dresses and pants that are for woven fabric.
    My interest in drafting has come from the desire to make patterns for my mature 5' petite plus body. I'm currently finding most standard sized patterns are quite different than me so there's always a lot of alterations.
    There's always fine tuning to do for every garment, but it would be nice to start out with a pattern that's been drafted for me in the first place.
    Here's hoping I can get some help from Connie's book.

  305. User avater Candilee May 6th

    I love making knit tops. So easy yet comfortable. Pants are a challenge to get a good fit making my own pattern would be ideal.

  306. User avater svd1502 May 6th

    My favorite things to sew are billowy tops made with lawn or shirting. It's perfect for Florida weather; the breeze blows through the fabric and refreshes the skin.

  307. User avater creative_diva May 6th

    I am half way to my goal of loosing 150 pounds. Obviously, well-fitting clothes are my goal. My style is classic casual, with accents of creative details and design. I also love dress styles from the '30s, '40s and '50s. I am eager to be designing and making my new clothes for a much smaller me!

  308. User avater mams43 May 6th

    My favorite clothing to sew right now is pretty much anything for my daughter - she is a delight to sew for and always like the things we come up with. Skirts and tops are our current picks.

  309. User avater user-2794179 May 6th

    I love tailored garments. Slim fitting skirts, with a bit of flounce. I also like jackets that fit my top- which is a bit of a challenge. Hence I began making my own.
    Would love to own Connie's new book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  310. User avater skywater May 6th

    I sew a lot of tops but I would love to learn more about fitting pants as RTW pants do not fit me well at all!

  311. zzz123 May 6th

    I like to make simple, classic pieces that don't go out of style, like tees and straight skirts.

  312. user-3321935 May 6th

    I love to make evening dresses. It makes me so happy to make a girl or woman to feel like she looks like a princess. It's what I love to sketch and what I love to make.

  313. User avater user-3384123 May 6th

    I like making dresses. I know it's not very impressive, but the amount of time you put in it as opposed to the result, always astounds me. It's a whole outfit, and you can sew something exactly fitting to your taste and body shape. Fashions hardly ever flatter everyone, but custom made classic garments will always satisfy you. :)

  314. User avater Mollie16 May 6th

    I like to make garments with princess seams because of the opportunities for fitting.

  315. User avater Nana55 May 6th

    I have been creating girls dress for about 35 years self taught which isn't the best way but I had two girls, so I had to get creative boy how I wish I could have had this book and an embroidery machine way back when. I guess I did ok when my girls were in HS I made their prom dresses, raising them on my own with a couple of jobs I sometimes be up late finishing the dress. I am sure if I could've had a book like this thing could have went faster. Now I make fun clothes for my granddaughters now is when I need this book! I quilt but I never have made patterns for Dresses , I really would like to make the dresses more fitting and learn more techniques as well as using my own pattern which is a much needed now. Thank you for giving us a chance to win this book

  316. maxermoo May 6th

    I love knits. Plain and simple. I've been sewing with knits since I was a teen in the 80's. At least 90% of what I make is some kind of knit--ponte roma, poly/spandex or viscose/spandex blends, jersey, interlock, sweater favorite garments are simple with as few seams as possible but with interesting cuts or shapes (such as side seams that have been moved to the front of the leg or asymmetric hems or draped necklines). I love little knit spring/summer dresses because it gets so hot here in Texas and they keep you cooler than shorts and a top. I travel quite a bit and I have several dogs at home, so the things I make and wear are as comfortable as pj's, are washable and packable, and won't wrinkle. Because I stick to "classic" lines, most of my knit outfits can go from work to dinner and even to the dog park if I don't have time to change in between!

  317. User avater talliana May 6th

    Tunics because I can wear them loose over jeans or shorts/skirts and even belt them to make a short dress. They are so versatile and easy to make.

  318. LaSylvie May 6th

    Tops. I almost always wear slacks, and simple tops are my go to for wardrobe and sewing.

  319. Lin50 May 6th

    I prefer to sew casual separates. Tops, tees, shorts, pants, etc. That's what I wear the most. I do like challenging myself with different types of jackets.

  320. User avater machinemaven May 6th

    I enjoy working out my own ideas, but have pretty much modified commercial patterns - with varying success - or not! I'd love to have better information on patternmaking.

  321. User avater tinainanderson May 6th

    I like to sew mainly skirts & dresses. I would like to learn how to draft my own pants since this is the area which is hardest for me to get a good fit with commercial patterns.

  322. User avater sewandgolf May 6th

    I am 78 years old, 5'2" and I am not into clothes/dresses above my knees nor ankle length/dragging on the floor. I like classic designs and being able to draft/change patterns of clothing suitable for me would be wonderful. I have made clothing for all members of my family, but am less than happy with many styles today.

  323. redriet May 6th

    I like my clothes to fit, but be comfortable. Classic with sometimes a little twist, some unexpected detail. Styles that are elegant and fi in any decade. I'm sure this book will make things easier than what I learned in school.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  324. MSelf May 6th

    Chanel style jackets are my passion. I started sewing at 11 yrs old and still love learning new techniques.

  325. User avater vo1234 May 6th

    I used to sew a lot of more fitted clothing, but I stopped trying after figuring out the patterns never really fit me and I didn't really know how to adjust many of the problem areas BEFORE I cut and sewed it. Now I make shirts and skirts that have a lot of ease in them so I can pass them off as slouchy! hahaha. I really need that book!

  326. jdetrick May 6th

    I am finding that off-the-rack clothes do not fit, and I am wanting to learn how to draft my own patterns. This book would help a lot!

  327. User avater GingerJ63 May 6th

    My most favored style and the style in which I long to excel is haute couture. You are not going to believe this but I apply every streamline, durable, classy, and classic technique to the small kitchen appliance covers I design, construct and sell. My covers are TOPSHELF. And, I am eager to learn all that I can to make my products couture-defined worthy. Fingers crossed. And, wish me luck. I would treasure this book, devour this book and utilize its teachings. Thank you. Ginger

  328. User avater user-2862712 May 6th

    Lately, I don't like making anything because fitting has become such a bear! LOL

    Which is why I'm becoming a little obsessed with fitting and pattern making. I would love to get my hands on this book!

    Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

  329. User avater milly92 May 6th

    I like making jackets so that I can embellish them for personalization.

  330. User avater user-1143794 May 6th

    I admit to being a dress and jacket sort of girl. When I find a pattern I like I alter it to fit my lumpy bits then trace it to card stock to use again and again. Just made my own handbag too, thanks to help from Craftsy.

  331. user-3252215 May 6th

    I love to make skirts and tops. I would really love to be able to create pants that are tailormade for me. Kat

  332. yummytops May 6th

    I have been focusing on fitting and now it is time to take the plunge and make something unique. This book sounds perfect!

  333. gailete May 6th

    Over the years I have made most of my clothes from my nursing uniforms to my Sunday clothes and regular clothes. Mostly I have made skirts and simple tops over the last few years. I am now experimenting with pillowcase dresses in my search for easy on and off clothing that is comfortable to wear as I have bad arthritis and need clothing that caters more to disabilities (no zippers, snaps, hooks and eyes, etc.), something that the pattern companies seem to ignore.(hint, hint to all those designers looking for a clothing need to focus on)

    I thought I had it made when I went to my son's wedding and all the clothes that I took and wore were made my me and my only jewelry was a coordinating necklace made by my hubby!

    I've had this book on my Amazon wish list for a while and would love to study it.

  334. Carolsewmuch May 6th

    The style of clothing I like to sew is fitted garments on my petite figure but with a large bust.

  335. fiberthyme May 6th

    I mostly like to sew "go to church" because that is when I like to look my best. Best fit, best fabric etc. So, I like casual slack outfits to tailored jacket suits. I sew with woven as well as knits. Whatever I sew, FIT is most important.

  336. jennymead May 6th

    I make mostly dresses these days. Would love to create my own patterns!

  337. User avater bubblebear May 6th

    I love to make elaborate dresses for evening wear. I recently made an Elsa dress for my grand-daughter that took me 3 weeks to make because I had to create the pattern for her, she now loves it so much that she wants me to make the ball gowns for Elsa and Anna. My work is never done.......

  338. User avater kprincegentry May 6th

    Right now my clothing style is vintage. I love the looks from the 1940's and the 1950's. Vintage patterns are hard to find, they only come in one size per pattern package, and the woman size of those years are not what we are today, the pattern alterations came become overwhelming. Being able to draft my own patterns would give me the ability to get a perfect size pattern that could be adapted to vintage style clothing.

  339. User avater Marty_Marie May 6th

    Currently im making a ton of dresses. Ive had quite a few fails when it comes to a tailored shirt but i have taken a couple craftsy classes and i plan to take more cause they help a lot. I want to continue to sew professional looking garments and i am expanding my reference books because they help me a lot.

  340. jozin100 May 6th

    Boy shorts swimsuit, because they fit.

  341. User avater ShiningStar May 6th

    I like skirts because they are simple and you can make so many versions.

  342. User avater Chefti May 6th

    I love to make skirts. Starting with a well fitting basic straight skirt block it is possible to create a multitude of patterns and make lots of different ones. I have trouble buying skirts that fit but making my own means I can have them fit well and that is much more slimming.

  343. bekabug8 May 5th

    I want to be able to draft my own pants!

  344. msladyjt May 5th

    I love to sew skirts, but I have developed a desire to make more classic and fitted garments. I guess looking at older fashion and fashion in other countries, besides the USA, has opened the door that not everything needs to be knit or considered comfy clothes. I've been on this road to learn fit and pattern making.

  345. jsinger May 5th

    I love to sew jackets and vests to use as the basis for embellishment and fabric manipulation.

  346. user-3387873 May 5th

    I love sewing dresses because I custom fit for figure flattery and fit to an imperfect figure.

  347. User avater user-1050845 May 5th

    My next level of learning would be pants. :)

  348. virb May 5th

    Pencil skirts - they're easy to fit yet so stylish when made with quality fabric

  349. LaurelCJ May 5th

    I love to sew dresses, because I can use interesting prints (my favourites!) and not worry about matching separates.

  350. Karissajo May 5th

    Ooh, I've been ogling this book for a long while! I love to sew dresses because they are comfortable, flattering, and an easy one-piece outfit that makes getting dressed in the morning (and doing the laundry later) easy! Thanks for the chance to win!

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