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Book Giveaway and Free Pattern Downloads: “The Magic Pattern Book”

Oct 23, 2014
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The Magic Pattern Book (Workman, 2014) can be purchased on Amazon.com or major booksellers.

THE MAGIC PATTERN BOOK
Founder of Indygo Junction, Amy Barickman, has recently published a new book: The Magic Pattern Book (Workman, 2014). This fabulous book contains an exciting twist on patterns that will show you how six basic patterns can be transformed into 36 different styles. The Magic Pattern Book includes a CD-ROM with six downloadable patterns for sizes S-XXL.

To help celebrate the release of The Magic Pattern Book, we sat down with the Barickman for an exclusive interview. As a bonus, we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of The Magic Pattern Book. Amy was also kind enough to share not one, but two of the patterns featured in the book.

Read on to learn more about Amy Barickman, how to download the free patterns, and to enter for a chance to win a copy of The Magic Pattern Book.

GET TO KNOW AMY BARICKMAN

Amy Barickman

Threads Magazine (TM):  What level of sewer would most benefit from your book?
Amy Barickman (AB): The instructions in The Magic Pattern Book were written with the beginner sewer in mind. We tried to be as detailed and explanatory as possible to make the sewing experience enjoyable. We also included a lot of information on sewing techniques, fabric types and sewing tools, to help educate the reader. Each chapter in The Magic Pattern Book offers readers a project using upcycled material, which can conserve fabric and expense for the beginner sewer. However, we didn’t want to bore intermediate or advanced sewers and strived to create sophisticated styles and interesting details that would peak their interest as well.

(TM): What inspired you to create a pattern book in the first place?
(AB): I have been collecting vintage sewing and dressmaking content for years. During my quest, I discovered Mary Brooks Picken who founded The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences in the early 20th century. I started collecting the schools sewing courses and Inspiration and Fashion Service newsletters, and as I learned more about Mary I felt like her story and publications had a timeless quality that I wanted to share with modern DIY audience. This led to the creation of my book Vintage Notions Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion & Fun. Read more about Mary Brooks Picken here.

One of Mary’s popular columns’ in the Institute newsletters was The Magic Page, which were instructions for creating patterns from diagrams for garments and accessories. Mary also encouraged the home sewers to express their individual style by adding distinctive details to the projects. I expanded this idea into the concept of using a single simple pattern design to create multiple unique projects, thus The Magic Pattern Book!

(TM): What is unique about your book, what sets it apart from others?
(AB):I think that the shear volume of projects offered is what sets The Magic Pattern Book apart – you can make an entire wardrobe out of these projects! The Magic Pattern Book gives readers 36 unique fashion and accessory patterns, as well as offering advice for further design options and fabric recommendations. When you look at the price, $22.95, and consider how much you would spend if the patterns were individual, you see what a valuable resource The Magic Pattern Book really is.

(TM): Where and/or how did you learn the techniques you demonstrate in your book?
(AB)::I worked with designer Mary Ann Donze on the designs for this book, who is an amazing seamstress and she suggested many of the techniques and unique details used in the patterns.

(TM): How was the writing process different with The Magic Pattern Book compared to the other books you’ve written?
(AB): At the beginning of each project, I strategize the best way to distribute the book. Most of the time I self-publish my titles and release them through Indygo Junction. I realized that The Magic Pattern Book concept would benefit from the working with an outside publisher and so I drew up a proposal and started collaborating with Workman Publishing. It was nice to have a team of people to discuss design, content and marketing ideas.

(TM): What is one tip or piece of advice you think is most important for your readers to know?
(AB):: The Magic Pattern Book is a little different in that the pattern pieces come on a disc. You print the pieces out at home and follow the guide to cut them out. One time and ink saver that I have found is to take the disc to your local print store. You can print black and white pages for next to nothing, and the printing goes a lot faster!

(TM): What pattern is your personal favorite?
(AB): I have always loved upcycling and throughout the years have created many patterns through Indygo Junction that are made with upcycled materials from denim to men’s suiting. So, it was important to me to make sure The Magic Pattern Book incorporated upcycling. Each chapter has one upcycled project, and I especially like the Charlotte top, which is made with upcycled men’s dress shirts.

(TM): What was the most difficult obstacle you faced when creating this book?
(AM): Time was the biggest obstacle on this project. Garment patterns take a lot of work and time to get just right, and often, we would have the pattern pieces drawn and instructions written, but realize that we needed to tweak a detail. For instance, we started developing some of the skirts with a full gathered waistband, but realized it would be better to have flat panel in front, gather in back. We had to go back and change directions and pattern pieces, all on a deadline! Our designer, Mary Ann Donze was an enormous help to this process, I couldn’t have done it without her.

(TM): What was the most rewarding experience you had when creating this book?
(AB): I loved collaborating with the folks at Workman Publishing. My editor Megan was a huge help through the whole writing process. When it came time to photograph the projects for the book I got to go to New York and work with the stylists and designers, which was really fun. I usually self-publish my Indygo Junction books, so this experience was a wonderful window into a much larger publisher’s process.

(TM): When did you realize sewing was going to be a part of your life and that you had a passion for it?
(AB): When I graduated from college, I launched Indygo Junction as a sewing book and pattern publishing company. When I saw immediate positive response I realized that this could be my long-term career. I have loved working in the sewing arts industry, and have been fortunate to work with a diverse array of crafts. Sewing, needlework, felting, there are so many opportunities for creativity. The challenge to keep our products fresh is what keeps me going day to day.

FREE PATTERN DOWNLOADS

adelaide pattern

Francesca - The Magic Pattern Book

The Magic Pattern Book
Adeliade Pattern
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Francesca Pattern
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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN
For a chance to win one (1) copy of The Magic Pattern Book you must leave a comment explaining why you would like to win. Comments must be made by 11:59 p.m. EST, on October 31, 2014. The winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and announced during the week of November 3, 2014.

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  1. user-4519666 February 12th

    I am a beginner assist and do not have a crest to much in the way of classes available to me. I primarily learn from online videos and would love to have a printed resource such as this.

  2. user-2541019 January 28th

    wow what a give away can only dream at the wonders this will do for my drab and boring wardrobe. I would be such a good ambassador for Amy and her Majic Patten book

  3. User avater CAS48 January 27th

    I would love to build a wardrobe using this book. I'm new to sewing clothes and it would be a great start!

  4. MsHem November 3rd

    Finally, a pattern catalog in a book! This could save time, fuel, and headaches. I'm imagining all the design elements that can be combined, a one stop for all my ideas.
    What a great way to maximize a multi-purpose item and minimize the amount of space for storage as well as paper waste.
    I'd love to receive this book!

  5. User avater sommerdreams October 31st

    I have taught myself to sew. I can always use more patterns and insight and help in developing my skill.

  6. user-2823123 October 31st

    I would love to win this book. I experienced a house fire on October 15th and am living out of a hotel. I love to sew and the idea of a book that would take me from start to finish; from pattern to finished products using material that might have been something else is right up my alley. I would love to create pieces that express my individuality created by ME!! I would also like to make jeans for my boys who don't have any clothes right now. We will be living in the hotel through December until our house is made whole again. I want the boys to feel that any place we are together can be our home and as soon as the restoration company brings my sewing machine back I'd like to start sewing and this book would be an inspiration for me! Our
    personal clothing was destroyed in the fire and this would be a great gift to start creating clothing that the will not only wear but appreciate. God Blessings;)

  7. wpeck October 31st

    I've recently returned to sewing after many years away. I really need to replentish my pattern supply, and this book seems like it would get me there fast.

    Wendy Peck
    wpeck@wpeck.com

  8. User avater Marsha1217 October 30th

    I have recently lost 75 pounds and can't afford new clothes. This pattern book would be a god-send, not only for ideas to convert the outsized clothes I have, but to recreate them into something new and exciting (I need exciting @ now). Patterns have become so expensive, I don't look at them very much anymore and rely on the patterns I already have, I need a change.

  9. user-3118298 October 30th

    I love resources that give new skills or tricks, and help me express my creativity. I'd enjoy adding this book to my collection.

  10. phoebe1beloved October 30th

    I want to get back to garment sewing and new patterns and ideas would help, I kind of need a push. Maybe I could learn to sew better, I never really learned, I just did it. Thanks

  11. User avater joannelse October 30th

    I would love to have this book. I teach immigrants sewing skills. It would be great to have simple patterns to use with them

  12. BLJ1952 October 30th

    The book looks full of great garments and ideas. It would be a huge help to me as I try to teach my daughter...who lives in another city....to sew. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  13. User avater Ursi October 30th

    It appears this book offers a fresh look at sewing and would expand a creative mind. I'd like the chance to be able to read it and practice all techniques offered there. Every opportunity to expand my knowledge is much appreciated, thanks for this one!

  14. debra078 October 30th

    I would love to have a chance at winning this book. looks great i love to sew but usually follow the patern whenever a change it up it looks awful the fit i mean i always use vogue 90 percent unless i am sewing for my grandaughter patterns are not like how they use to be over 40 yrs ago i am always eager to learn thanks

  15. User avater kerstin54 October 30th

    I teach one of nieces to sew. She is the only one of my big family who is interested in learning sewing and textile techniques. She enjoys learning, I myself enjoy teaching her. I guess, the book would be a great help to show her - additionally to my teaching- how patterns can be used. Not only as a template, strictly to be followed, but also and much more as a basic and inspiration to develop ideas of her own. And, of course, as an inspiration to upcycle or pimp up old or oldfashioned garment of good quality.
    During my 50 years of sewing "career" I always found it surprising, how many sewers -beginners or advanced- used a pattern just as a pattern which has strictly to be followed. It's just a template, an inspiration. Amy's book would help to explain and understand this.

  16. User avater Susan545 October 29th

    I would love to have this book and try out the designs.

  17. User avater heartycat October 29th

    I am a senior who is picking up sewing again, and I would like all the help I can get - this book could fill some of the voids of the past...Thanks

  18. User avater attheinlet October 29th

    I hope very much to be the lucky person randomly selected. I see this as a way to put more of my voice into the design of a piece of clothing. I have always been 100% bound to the pattern and this book looks as if it will help me spread my wings.

  19. User avater melissak78 October 29th

    I would love to win this book!! I am just beginning to learn to sew and would benefit from it greatly!!! I am fascinated with all the different things you can do with a sewing machine and cannot wait to learn them all!! I have a small sewing machine for my little girl (she is 6yrs) and we are learning to sew together so that we can create fabulous clothes!! :)

  20. User avater 247kath October 29th

    I love versatile patterns!! I usually can't use a pattern as is and love to add my own spin to it!

  21. User avater auschick October 29th

    I love the idea of using a basic block to create many styles! This would be a great book to have :)

  22. User avater joyjen October 29th

    This looks great! I would love it. Yay!!!

  23. User avater maplespring1 October 29th

    This could help me get off the dime and spark inspiration!

  24. user-2680711 October 29th

    I have been sewing for more than 50 years. Indygo Junction has been one of my favorites for a long time. I love the individuality and adaptability of the patterns and the fact that they are unique and not "mainstream".

  25. sewgramms October 29th

    I have an ambition to make my own patterns. This would help.

  26. User avater cbaglien October 29th

    I would love this book to learn how to use patterns in many ways. I am starting to sew again after 30 yrs. as I have fibromyalgia and need comfortable clothes with softer seams. Thank you

  27. Sewmeister October 29th

    It would be nice to have this set of patterns because my granddaughter is allergic to polyester and we will have to make the majority of her clothes. To be able to create different looks from the basic patterns would be helpful.

  28. DollsandBooks October 29th

    I would be delighted to win this contest.
    Thank You
    Dolls and Books

  29. User avater mrsviolet October 29th

    Because I like to sew and learn new things. It could be, probably would be a lot of fun.
    Ruth

  30. Fyrebird October 29th

    I'd love to win this book, to help me teach my children to sew, as well as have basic patterns at my fingertips! I have some small skills to modify things, but can't draft my own ideas from scratch...

  31. DrivesSewMachBest October 29th

    OooooEeeeee! Something Fresh; Something NEW! Bring it on!

    THANK YOU!

  32. User avater Starrypath October 29th

    I love the versatility of these patterns. Can't wait to try them.

  33. User avater Lindalou1617 October 29th

    I would love to win this book as I an new to sewing even though I am 53 years old. It seems like this book would be a perfect fit for me and my skill level. From glancing at it online it looks like wonderful beautiful patterns. Fingers Crossed!!!

  34. User avater KritterStitcher October 29th

    I am pursuing a sewing career and need as much information and education as I can get. The beginner aspect would be perfect as to not further overwhelm me. :)

  35. mdperigo October 29th

    I have been teaching my daughter to sew as she finally expressed an interest. She now wants to make her own clothes and this book would be a good learning experience for her on how to incorporate different techniques. Bonus, it would help me brush up on them as well. This book would be very well used in our household.

  36. User avater SallyL October 29th

    As the county 4-H clothing leader this would be an excellent reference to add to my sewing library. Showing 4-her's the creativity they can exhibit with their clothing creations would be wonderful.

  37. user-2383984 October 29th

    Your book sounds super fun! I love making new patterns look unique. I'd like to learn how to do that easier and better with your cute, new book!

  38. User avater user-3416188 October 29th

    I need a new work wardrobe and this book would make it faster and easier to make one.

  39. sewict October 29th

    I have two daughters and 3 granddaughter. This pattern would be great for sewing for them as well as myself. I would truly like to win this.

  40. lucyjack October 29th

    I have a granddaughter that is interested in sewing. It would be great to give her this book. We could work with it together. She loves to draw/design clothes and has come up with some interesting looking clothes. I am not sure if it is possible to actually make the clothes as she has drawn them. I think this book would keep her interested in sewing.

  41. User avater Adventitiously October 29th

    I love the idea of using a few basic patterns to create many garments! This would be a great book to spend the winter with, creating my own work clothes. Would love to add this to my resources!

  42. blondbomber October 29th

    love the idea of being able to multi use patterns in so many different ways. It is always nice to get a different perspective on how people look at things compared to yourself. It looks like a beautiful book and one that I would love to add to my collection.Thank you

  43. User avater facsteacher2001 October 29th

    I am 74 years old and have been making most of my clothes since I was 11 years old. As a former home economics teacher, I like to dress modern and stylish but my clothes must be suitable for my age. I believe I can accomplish that with this book and these patterns! Thank you for considering me.

  44. elar40 October 29th

    I am always interested in new patternmaking/sewing books.The styles in this book have great versatility and I would love to test the fit on these patterns. The book is already on my wish list, but winning it would be a great bonus!

  45. jbryant984 October 29th

    I would love to have this book. It sounds like it was written with ME in mind!I would like to learn more about fitting a pattern to ME better...and this book...well what can I say about a whole wardrobe in these patterns in one book...now that is MAGIC!!! PICK ME!!!!

  46. User avater Sewnancy1230 October 29th

    I work long hours and have only time to sew in the evenings, I love to make my own work clothes and having a pattern with multiple uses would allow me to get more accomplished in the limited amount of sewing time I have. I would be very greatful and would put the book to great use.

    Thank you so much for your consideration

  47. user-259546 October 29th

    We are just about finished with the outside construction, shed, fencing, etc. with our new house and I am ready to go inside and start sewing in my newly completed sewing room. This book would be the perfect place to start. Love Threads!

  48. kmm207 October 29th

    I would love to learn how to use a pattern that can be changed into other styles. I am just starting to learn how to sew high-end, quality clothing and the learning curve is quite steep. Ms. Barickman's book and patterns would be a great asset and I'm sure the content would help me continue to grow.

  49. User avater ColletteS October 29th

    I would like this because I like to redo things and would appreciate ideas on how to make different looks out of different patterns or, in this instance, pieces of clothing. Also, I don't sew all that well and anything that can help broaden my experience would be much appreciated.

  50. user-254635 October 29th

    Now that I am retiring, I want to spend more time sewing and, in terms of skills, step it up a notch. This book looks like it would provide inspiration for more accurate fitting and more creative sewing. Linda Hobgood

  51. user-2059403 October 29th

    I would love to be able to use one pattern for several looks. It takes time to alter patterns and my sewing time is limited. I am excited to see this book on the market and hope to have it in my library.

  52. LeeWells October 29th

    This book sounds like a wonderful reference; six multi-use patterns would be an excellent addition to any sewing collection. I would love to win! Lee

  53. User avater MrsSmitty October 29th

    Oh This book would be wonderful to have. to have different styles with just 6 patterns. I would love to win it.

  54. JeanneNS October 29th

    I love to study what is done to a pattern for inspiration in my own sewing.

  55. User avater jamaco October 29th

    I would love this book in order to learn more about changing patterns and making them a style of my own

  56. User avater SewSam October 29th

    This book looks like it's full of inspiration. It would be a great addition to any sewing library.

  57. ERMAJ October 29th

    I have had my eye on this book for awhile now. I love the idea of up-cycling. I have done some, and I think this would be a great opportunity to learn more. So many different fashions, how can you not love it.

  58. lag21479 October 29th

    This book would be a great inspiration for me to look at a basic pattern and see possibilities beyond the original design. It's received good reviews across the Internet. Would love to own it!

  59. User avater user-117660 October 29th

    This looks like a wonderful book. I spend a huge amount of time adjusting patterns to fit my body. It would be great to take that adjusted pattern and change it up.
    Thanks

  60. User avater jacqsky October 29th

    The reviews for this book are wonderful, if it's not a win then all is good, it will be a purchase.

  61. sewright4you October 29th

    The book looks fantastic. I really like the fact that the patterns will be on a disc. I also like Amy's thoughts on recycling and putting your own flair on the patterns. Let me win!!

  62. catjjt86 October 29th

    I'm a 4-H leader - teaching young girls how to sew. Your book would give the girls ideas of how to take a basic pattern and design your own style! I love your ideas!

  63. user-3973536 October 29th

    I have been struggling for so long to try and get the perfect fit from patterns... I do my best to alter them, but not with much success. I have been watching video tutorials online to help, but there again - not with much success. This book looks wonderful and would be a go to for me if I had it. I don't own many sewing books and would love to have this gift!
    Thank you!

  64. SusanT October 29th

    I love making variations of tried and true patterns ... saves time, but one gets a new look with each garment.

  65. User avater sailcocktail October 29th

    I'm learning how to fit patterns and I'm quite sure this book would help.

  66. user-943517 October 29th

    Like to try out new patterns Check out the fit to see what works best.

  67. User avater 50socks October 29th

    as a quilter of 20 years i am just begining to explore dress making, i am sure this book would an excellent resource

  68. User avater ShelleyBelle October 29th

    This is an awesome book - what an amazing concept, very clever. I would love to have this as it would save so much in all the patterns I keep buying and altering and then making a mistake and ruining perfectly good material!!! Being in a small town in a third world country its rare that I get a chance to have something so beautiful and new so I would certainly treasure it.

  69. user-3178417 October 29th

    I love sewing, but I'm still fairly new at it and it sounds like this book has alot to offer. I want to learn!

  70. Mamato8 October 29th

    Options! I love options! I love playing around with ideas! This looks like a great book for me and for those I sew for, my family.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    Thank you for the downloads!

  71. CrystalDyes October 29th

    I would love to win because I sew for 3 girls and this would give me lots of options for variety in their clothes as well as a cohesive look for them as they get older. They are 16, 13 and 10 yrs old. The 13 yr old is quite thin but is also, like her sisters, quite tall. Off the rack just doesn't cut it in finding clothes to fit them. Most pattern company selections require lots of adjustments to fit them. That can get very expensive over the long haul.

  72. cassiesmydog October 29th

    Being under 5' I must alter all patterns. It would be a blessing to have "Master Patterns" and be able to add creative flair to them rather then spending all my time just making the pattern fit me. To have the possibility of hundreds of pattern variations at the ready is a very exciting concept and something I'd love to try.

  73. User avater user-933140 October 28th

    I would love to win this book. I have seen a few of the pieces from this book and I really think they are cute. I would love the chance to see them all and sew a few up for my daughters and my self. Thank you

  74. User avater LindamMMMM October 28th

    Sometimes when I bring home a pattern, I realize that it is almost the same as something I have already, except for some detail. I would love to try the garments in this book!

  75. User avater Christabelle October 28th

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this exciting book! I have been sewing simple items for some years and now I want to encourage my 14 year old grand daughter to sew - she is very keen. This book sounds as though it would be ideal for her!
    thanks again

  76. User avater NGuy October 28th

    What a great concept- would love to try it!

  77. User avater auspi October 28th

    I love all the styles you can get from the basic patterns.

  78. VickiAnn October 28th

    I am relearning clothes sewing after a "break" of some years and a loss of 70 pounds. This book sounds like a wonderful way to learn both old and new techniques, including upcycling clothes to fit the new me.

  79. User avater scissorlover October 28th

    I would love to win this book because I like the idea of creating many different styles with just a few patterns.

  80. User avater ageofreason45 October 28th

    After years of sewing home dec and accessories I stared making clothes for myself again a couple of years ago. I would love the opportunity to increase my knowledge of alterations and pattern design. Thank you for your generosity.

  81. curlyski October 28th

    I am an upcycling wannabe!!! Oh how I would love to win this magical publication- Thank you for the opportunity!!

  82. Sarcelle October 28th

    I am almost 69 years old. My mother was an accomplished seamstress and she made clothes for our family of 5 children out of hand-me downs. She had a few patterns that she changed around again and again. She was so very patient and creative. I learned to sew a little with her. But I left for university education when I was 17 years of age and the sewing machine stayed home with her.

    Later on, when I had children I bought a sewing machine and was able to get by with easy pieces and straight sewing. However, the poor machines gathered dust as I lacked the skills and the time to really learn.

    Now that I am retired, I decided to take the time to learn to sew properly and to enjoy the experience of creating beautiful pieces with my machine.I bought a beautiful sewing machine and I am taking a sewing course in the hope of becoming a better seamstress.

    I would also hope to teach my grandchildren, 2 boys and one girl, to sew. They are all showing some interest as the machine is computerized; it makes all the difference in the world for youngs children of the 21st century!

    As I'm practicing and sewing more and more, I realize that having such tools as this incredible book would be absolutely marvelous. It would also serve as a teaching tool for my grandchildren.

    I thank you for considering my comments and hope to hear from you.

  83. User avater HMOE October 28th

    I have read several reviews of Amy's book. It seems (Seams!) to be exactly what I am looking for in a guide to upcycle some of my old ready made wear to more unique styles...with much better fit. This book would be an ideal source for patterns for my stash of soon to be remodeled garments!

  84. Yentair October 28th

    I would like to win the giveaway because I am always looking for new ways to expand my skills and learn a new way to capitalize on skills I already have. The Magic Pattern Book would fit perfectly into my sewing program. :)

  85. GTully October 28th

    This would give me the kick-in-the-seat-of-the-pants to get sewing again. In high school and college I made all my clothes but would like to get back to it. Thanks for the contest!

  86. SandrainSaintJohn October 28th

    This sounds like a very informative book to enhance my library.

  87. user-2607210 October 28th

    I can't think of a better way to expand my pattern library than to have this fabulous book at my fingertips.

  88. stitchingqueen October 28th

    I always enjoy learning new techniques and would love to learn how to create
    more than one item from a single pattern. Love the style choices, and the opportunity for plenty of creativity. This book looks and sounds like a book I
    will truly enjoy.

  89. User avater cptmelissa October 28th

    Have lots of sewing books and patterns, but love books that show me how to adapt patterns to make them look fresh and new.

  90. User avater micksmom2 October 28th

    Oh, I hope I win this book! I've been a fan of Indygo Junction patterns for many years now, and I'd love to have a copy of this book. It looks like it would be so helpful and inspirational!

  91. User avater Karrie_S October 28th

    I have seen this book in the store and it is AMAZING!!! There are so many variations on the six standard patterns that are written. I am a beginner, so this book would be awesome for me! I want to have my own wardrobe and this would be a great place to start. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book. It's definitely a staple in any sewing library.

  92. Mitzi October 28th

    This book looks fantastic! I would love to go over these vintage patterns, and be able to adapt them. Having lost well over 100 pounds, my wardrobe needs to be expanded with clothes that will fit me. I love the downloadable patterns. Thank you.

  93. LLaMona October 28th

    I have several sewing books. I love how each one is unique and offers some new tidbit of information to add to one's sewing skills. I would love to win this book to add to my collection and perhaps learn a new sewing technique as well.

  94. sweetcakesb October 28th

    Would love to win this book. You can never have too many books on sewing.

  95. Mezoaria October 28th

    I love learning new techiques and very much love vintage looks and trying to recreate them. I need something new and different to get me going again.
    This book looks very intriquing and and exciting way to get me going again.

  96. Carly_Sue October 28th

    I enjoyed reading about the author and the book. It is a book that I would love to have to extend my knowledge of pattern drafting. I, like most sewers, have a lot of fabrics, notions, clothing that could be remodeled. Fitting is the most important phase of sewing. I would cherish this book.

  97. User avater SueannSews October 28th

    I would love to win this book, I like the thought of all the options with only 6 patterns.

  98. user-372980 October 28th

    Having been retired for over 7 years, I desperately need to update my wardrobe (something other than t-shirts and jeans!

  99. beegee October 28th

    Would love to win this book. Hopefully, it would inspire me to get back into garment sewing.

  100. lizardlodge October 28th

    I would like to win this book because I am ready to make every single one of these styles. Love them.

  101. lizardlodge October 28th

    I would like to win this book because I am ready to make every single one of these styles. Love them.

  102. sewcat25 October 28th

    I would love this book. I think it makes to use this book to make a new wardrobe and learn how to modify patterns better.

  103. HighToss October 28th

    I would love to win this book because I think it would give me inspiration to start sewing again. I think it will be just the kick in the pants I need!

  104. User avater kschalk October 28th

    I'm always *hacking* my patterns to improve fit or see what new thing I can come up with. This book sounds like it would help my experiments turn out better!

  105. User avater kegrain October 28th

    I would like to win this book because I think it will help me become a better sewer. I've never done much pattern modification and this book looks like a treasure trove of ideas for making the most out a bunch of really good looking patterns. I'm also very interested in doing more upcycling.

  106. posigram October 28th

    I would love to have this book for two sewing sisters at our local k-12 school. They started making their own garments by hand with scissors, needles and thread and were given a sewing machine for Christmas...enterprising young gals!

  107. user-2511780 October 28th

    I'm a new sewist and would love to win this, I have trouble getting clothes to fit my narrow shoulders. Also hard to find age/my-style appropriate patterns. thanks for the oportunity.

  108. User avater DianaLouise October 28th

    I love lo sew clothes and need a collection of modern patterns. This book looks perfect!

  109. User avater sewinggal1 October 28th

    I'd love to share this with my daughter, she hasn't been sewing very long, and while I have, I'm sure I could learn a few new tricks too. I don't have a lot of money to spend on patterns and with the high prices these days, it doesn't go very far.

  110. User avater pattipat October 28th

    I love sewing books and am anxious to get back into sewing after a short hiatus due to other obligations.

  111. User avater Annemorr001 October 28th

    I adore reading sewing books and learning, learning, learning. This would be one more on my lap and then on my shelf after I consume it.

  112. fiberthyme October 28th

    Oh how winning this book would be wonderful. I have followed the pattern designs of Amy Barackman for some years and really feel her style fits into my wardrobe so well. Love the swing jacket a few years back.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Keep sewing everyone.

  113. DailK October 28th

    I love patterns and ideas that have flexibility to go beyond the basics! This book would give me even more to work on!

  114. User avater sewthernbelle October 28th

    My dream is to start my own design firm one day. So I collect as many pattern books as I can to help me build a resource library for my future business. I would love to add this book to my collection!

  115. user-2443647 October 28th

    I Have followed the work of Mary Brook Picken for several years. Her teachings still ring true today. I love creating garments for everyday wear that showcase me as a person. Even today in our fast paced world there is no reason to not dress your best everyday, even on those days you don't have to leave home.

  116. ItzMeSandraD October 28th

    I would love to own this book. I've been sewing since I was in 8th grade, I'm now in my late 50s. I recently had bariatric surgery and my body is changing rapidly, I would love to have some new clothes that actually fit and I would also love to use some of the fabric I currently own. Thank you in advance for the opportunity.

  117. user-3359114 October 28th

    This book looks so inviting with the ability to customize and create many different looks. It would be a wonderful reference book with so many different patterns. I would LOVE to win it.
    quiltnsew6

  118. ChocLab October 28th

    My creative adult daughter is afraid to sew for fear of "ruining" fabric. Seeing all the options in this book, with the focus on beginning sewing, might be just what she needs!

  119. liinco October 28th

    What an interesting concept. Can't wait to read and sew.

  120. User avater arliesgma October 28th

    I love the idea of sewing different styles from a few basic patterns. Plus I'm not that proficient at making my own clothes that look good.

  121. MrsTheo October 28th

    I would be just great to win the pattern book. I live in a VERY rural area of Colorado and my choice of patterns is is limited. The patterns are simple to make. I work 50 hours per week so I could make several pieces in just a weekend.

  122. Sewadell October 28th

    I really want a copy of this book. It would add to my enjoyment in sewing. Making garments that really fit and feel good about self while teaching others how to sew.

  123. StephenZ October 28th

    Hello!

    I am from Shanghai China, a magic city, i would love to win this book! Current i am working in a trading company of doing apparel business, there are lots of opportnity to share the pattern knowledge with my colleague and manufacturing counterpart. The book will be very useful for me to learn for my self and resources to share as well.

  124. Caryl61 October 28th

    I've been reading about this book and about Magic Patterns for a few months now. I love the concept of taking simple shapes and reinventing them with new details! Most of our wardrobes include a few favorite pieces we wear over and over again. Why not create an entire wardrobe of most- loved pieces? That's why I want to win this book - to make my closet a place where I can find a great answer to the question "What will I wear?"!
    Sincerely,
    Ruth L

  125. LCJsew October 28th

    I would love to win this book because it will help me continue to grow in my ability to be very creative in my garment sewing. Flexibility invites creativity.

  126. User avater gr82trvl October 28th

    I would love to win this book. I would use it to help my daughter with her wardrobe, she's an attorney for a non-profit helping women and girls who have been abused.

  127. CindiBH October 28th

    I love that the patterns go to XXL. My daughters and I are all losing weight and it is so much cheaper to recycle old clothes into new while we lose the weight. It would save us a lot of money!

  128. DbyDesign October 28th

    I would like to win because I love to create my own wardrobe that fits perfectly and save on alterations.

  129. User avater Countessa October 28th

    I would like to win this book to be able to share it with my daughter, who is just taking up sewing again after completing university and doesn't live at home. I have viewed this book, and it is well written and great for a novice. Thanks.

  130. LaSylvie October 28th

    It's time I got back to sewing some of my own clothes.

  131. sewseitz October 28th

    I would sew more for myself if I had this book for all the ideas and instructions. I love watching AMY BARICKMAN on Nancy Zieman shows.
    Thanks for the chance.

  132. SewLynn October 28th

    I love that the patterns go to size XXL! That doesn't always happen.

  133. User avater rrjane011749 October 28th

    I would "sew" love to have this book! Thanks for the tank pattern--I can't wait to make one--or five!

  134. User avater user-3378053 October 28th

    I am a beginner seamstress and having the time of my life!

  135. User avater silkcottontree October 28th

    I love books that show how to adapt patterns and customize the design to our needs, so I'm excited about this one.

  136. User avater njean October 28th

    This looks like a really interesting twist on utilizing patterns. I'd love to give it a try!

  137. LarkLane October 28th

    This book sounds so great. I have 5 granddaughters and a great-grand who all want to learn how to, or more about sewing. This book sounds like just the right one to introduce them to the idea of patterns as guides, not gospels.

  138. user-2319398 October 28th

    I would like to win the book to assist in getting to sewing clothes for myself and family. I would be over the moon to win such a wonderful book.

  139. User avater SandeeG October 28th

    I just love sewing books! I'm always interested in learning new tips and techniques for my own wardrobe, and those of my friends.

  140. User avater aspiretodesign October 28th

    I love sewing and fashion. By explaining for someone who does not have much experience, this book would allow me to create unique designs. It would be so fun and inspiring!

  141. User avater Jaggededge October 28th

    Everyone should have a copy of this book!
    Love it.

  142. User avater paisleyparkes October 28th

    I love this book! I peeked through it and knew it had to go to the top of my wishlist. Easy, fashionable styles from the founder of Indygo Junction, how could you go wrong?

  143. user-2809778 October 28th

    I love downloading patterns and then using the patterns as ideas to create my own clothing. I've done this with regular patterns since I started sewing as a child. for me the pattern is only a guide and this book has numerous patterns for a variety of clothes that I would love to use. For the past few years I've been taking used men's clothes or plus size women's clothing I purchase as second hand stores and cutting them apart to design clothes and this is another extension for me to use creativity in my sewing.

  144. User avater MaxQofE October 28th

    I love to sew! Unfortunately I cannot afford the patterns and many that I have are outdated or the wrong size. I would love to be able to be able to update my wardrobe with these patterns.

  145. gbherons October 28th

    Just finished my textile studio and would love some creative pattern ideas. This book sounds great.

  146. User avater tfw October 28th

    This book sounds perfect for setting up a new wardrobe for me!! I have sewn so much for the grandchildren and now have time to sew for myself again! Can hardly wait to get started!

  147. carla109 October 28th

    I love patterns....and I love magic, so this book must be tailor made for me :) I sew clothing for my grandchildren and my daughters-in-law. I'm always on the lookout for new patterns. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  148. User avater DaisyW October 28th

    To be honest I can't see me making either of the free patterns on offer, but I would love to have the opportunity to see what else the book has to offer.

  149. Lillace October 28th

    I find very little in stores that I can wear; it's time to get back to sewing my own clothes!

  150. Lillace October 28th

    I find very little in stores that I can wear; it's time to get back to sewing my own clothes!

  151. LoracC October 28th

    I would love this book. So many different options to sew and they all look wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win!

  152. JaneEfficiency October 28th

    I would love to win this book as I am teaching myself to sew, and am still a beginner. I love to customize, and I also have a difficult shape to find well-fitting clothing, and this book would allow me to custom-make and fit clothes! It is already on my GoodReads "to-read" list, and I am anxious to add it to my repertoire.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  153. User avater user-1053060 October 28th

    I would love to win this book. I am always anxious to learn new skills and work with changing patterns.

  154. user-3185837 October 28th

    I am not really a beginner, but i love the making of 1 pattern different ways. That's why i would love to win a copy if this book.

  155. User avater sew4th October 27th

    I'm returning to sewing after 20 years and loving it. Now I want to be more practical, creating a wearable wardrobe. This book sounds like just the thing to get me sewing that new wardrobe!
    Thanks for the great interview article.

  156. User avater creatarian October 26th

    One pattern - many looks. It sounds so inspiring. As I looked at the preview, my head is already spinning with ideas I can create.

  157. Jessad October 26th

    I'm just getting back into sewing after 6 years of not doing any type of craft. I'm looking for amazing fabrics and patterns. This book holds the most beautiful designs - thanks for a chance.

  158. User avater ABQAnna October 25th

    It would be a thrill to win this book. I'm working on getting back into sewing, and this approach provides straightforward patterns with lots of options.

  159. User avater shreya_l October 25th

    wow! Would love to have this book to learn adapting patterns to create multiple dress styles.

  160. Bluizeblu October 25th

    My biggest fitting problem is my arms/sleeves. I almost always have to make adjustments for my smallish frame, but don't like tight sleeve holes or baggy backs.

  161. Bluizeblu October 25th

    I like the idea of using a minimum number of patterns, and altering them for so many different looks. This sounds like a great resource to learn to do this.

  162. SewinginRentonWA October 25th

    I'm quite a fan of products from Indygo Junction. I enjoy their up-to-date styles, as well as sewing instruction methods. Currently, I'm re-vamping, making it my own, rather than just another version of "the way we used to do" for many years. Always open to concepts. This book looks to fulfill that goal! Thank you!

  163. User avater DGMoby October 25th

    I would love to learn how to make so many items from so few patterns! I am always fascinated by this process.

  164. User avater ShiningStar October 25th

    I want to be able to make lots of things with just a few patterns.

  165. ambrerose October 25th

    I have been sewing for years and love to sew. But I am not very good about thinking outside of the box and coming up with new patterns.

  166. User avater nanagloria October 24th

    This book looks great and the patterns are so cute and stylish. A lot of time these multiview patterns leave a little to be desired, but this one looks like clothes I and my daughters would love to wear, and being that we are all different sizes...it is perfect!

  167. User avater Patty88 October 24th

    I began fashion sewing last November and can't believe how difficult some patterns are to understand! I appreciate that you wrote this book with beginners, like me, in mind. The information that you listed would be so helpful! Sewing techniques and explanations, fabric types, are just a few areas that I would love to learn more.

  168. User avater skmgardens October 24th

    In the last nine months, I went from size 12 to size 6. I need new skirts, pants and shirts. However, I do not have time nor money to invest in buying new, modern patters. The time alone to pick and choose patterns would be an all day event!
    This book would not only save me time and money, but could provide me with a wardrobe that is well made( by myself & in my own color/ fabric choices) and works together to give me a more polished look.
    This book would be a great reference book for my daughter who is learning to sew.

  169. User avater sjune October 24th

    I like the idea of adapting differing elements to make different styles and would be very happy to study the book.
    Lots of great ideas to incorporate-thanks for the opportunity!

  170. bermbroro October 24th

    I would love this...I am in desperate need of a new wardrobe and this would teach me how to adapt a few solid pieces into a whole closet full of clothes!

  171. bermbroro October 24th

    I would love this...I am in desperate need of a new wardrobe and this would teach me how to adapt a few solid pieces into a whole closet full of clothes!

  172. User avater juditupp October 24th

    I would love to win this book because it has a few good basics that I can use over and over.

  173. 1luckyblonde October 24th

    I need a new up to date book on sewing, everything I have is 20 plus years old.

  174. sailorita2002 October 24th

    It's always nice to get new up-cycling ideas and patterns for that are a bonus!!

  175. PatHersl October 24th

    Maybe I need to try something that would fit me! Wimping out on little girl dresses.

  176. User avater RushW October 24th

    I am an intermediate sewer and am exploring challenges and opportunities associated with taking one pattern and turning it into another. This book is right up my alley.

  177. User avater RushW October 24th

  178. User avater bajjmayer October 24th

    I would LOVE to win this because it would help me expand my wardrobe, challenge me to become more creative with new fabrics and create outside the "proverbial pattern box".

  179. User avater AussieCharlene October 24th

    I would love to win this book, it would motivate me to get back into sewing again. I could create a complete wardrobe from this resource, how fantastic!

  180. chrisch October 24th

    What a great resource. Thanks for the giveaway and downloads!!

  181. User avater fabricjunkie416 October 24th

    These patterns look look like something all 3 of my girls would love. Add me to the mix and this book would get a workout.

  182. User avater avasgrndma October 23rd

    I am at the beginning of learning to sew and I can see this book being a tremendous help with all the additional information included. A wonderful book to learn and grow with as a sewist. I also like the upcycled idea with clothing.

  183. User avater joanrob8 October 23rd

    I love to up cycle clothes. I bought a beautiful chiffon blouse at a yard sale & I just need to change the sleeves. I would love to learn more about changing clothes (up cycling) love the free patterns to. Hope I win. Thank you

  184. SarahAiko October 23rd

    I have sewn clothing most of my life, and always have to make several alterations. I like the idea of a few basic patterns used to make several garments.

  185. User avater MamaLusco3 October 23rd

    I would love to make a wardrobe for myself! I I usually sew for my kids, so this would be a treat!

  186. Ms_C October 23rd

    These patterns look fun and maybe I can get my daughter to start sewing as well.

  187. Babepig October 23rd

    It's about time someone wrote this book! Thank you Amy Barickman!

  188. Babepig October 23rd

    It's about time someone wrote this book! Thank you Amy Barickman!

  189. ejanvrin October 23rd

    I am always looking for new techniques. I love that upcycling is included.

  190. User avater Lilyah October 23rd

    This book is an awesome addition for a new sewer such as myself. I hope I win!

  191. Robin809 October 23rd

    I would love to win this book. The idea of fitting 6 patterns to my measurements and then using them as a base to construct a wardrobe is genius. Thank you!

  192. User avater sewhappybjm October 23rd

    I would love to win this book. I've been sewing for years and this book would be a great resource as I share my knowledge with others who are learning.

  193. Mar Hein October 23rd

    i love to sew upcycled material. this book would give me more ideas & patterns to use material from other clothes like old blue jeans. i am always looking for ways to improve my sewing & new ideas of how to use a pattern for more than one thing/garment/accessories. thus i would love to win this book!! :))

  194. user-1064229 October 23rd

    I always need to learn new things when it comes to sewing.

  195. User avater pelicanmom October 23rd

    I would love to win. Need some inspiration to get me back to sewing.

  196. User avater Chilizee October 23rd

    I am a baby in garment sewing . This book will teach a host of techniques and it looks like if you can sew this book you can sew anything.

  197. User avater SandyChavez October 23rd

    I would love to win this book because it seems that once I get one outfit fitted for me, all the other transformations should also be almost perfectly fitted as well. To me, the concept of mix and match pattern parts makes a lot of sense and takes up a heck of a lot less room in my already sewing space. Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity.

    Sandy

  198. User avater lmichelle October 23rd

    I'm with everyone else... I'd LOVE to win the book. I've been learning more how to adapt and modify patterns and think this would be a tremendous help.

  199. kellybird1954 October 23rd

    I've sewn for a long time, but I'm always ready to learn new things. This book looks like fun and inspiration rolled into one!

  200. User avater beadembroiderer October 23rd

    I need this badly. After losing 115 lbs, I suddenly have run out of clothes that fit and need to get to it!!!

  201. virb October 23rd

    This would really help keep me moving forward with learning to sew and actually making things.

  202. User avater TessaBear October 23rd

    I would find the book useful to create additional patterns. Seeing how patterns are changed for different looks would be very useful.

    Thanks!

  203. User avater RamonaK October 23rd

    What a great idea. And includes most sizes.

  204. stillSTH October 23rd

    I'd love to learn more about modifying patterns to get different looks and this book looks like it would be very helpful for that.

  205. User avater MendingMyOwn October 23rd

    I am just learning to make clothes and I think this book would help me learn the basics of construction while increasing the size of my wardrobe.

  206. scog1 October 23rd

    I would LOOOVE to win this book! I am new to sewing and I personally like classic yet simple silhouettes. I have read a sample of her other books on Amazon.com. I know this would be a great resource for me.

  207. User avater LeslieG78 October 23rd

    I would love to win this book! I also still learning much about sewing, and using patterns is still a bit tricky for me. This book would give me the flexibility to learn a lot!

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