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BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

Claire Shaeffers Couture Sewing Techniques is a must-have for any sewer who would like to take her sewing to the next level.
This beautiful evening gown, designed by Marc Bohan, has a convoluted placket that, when fastened, completely obsures the zipper.
The opening on this Dior jacket is finished with an extended facing for the jacket front and a separate facing for the lapel/collar.
This beautiful evening gown designed by Marc Bohan has a convoluted placket that, when fastened, completely obscures the zipper.
This set-in sleeve incorporates an intricate double-cuff treatment.
Claire Shaeffers Couture Sewing Techniques is a must-have for any sewer who would like to take her sewing to the next level.

Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques is a must-have for any sewer who would like to take her sewing to the next level.

LEARN COUTURE BASICS AND HOW TO EMPLOY THEM
Frequent Threads author, Claire Shaeffer has revised and updated her popular book Couture Sewing Techniques. The book examines the world of haute couture, including hand sewing, shaping garments, finishes, and more. In addition to factual information about these topics, Claire shares clear step-by-step instruction on how to incorporate the techniques in your personal or professional sewing.  The book was featured in Threads issue #157 (October/November 2011) in the "Notions" department and is available in our store, but if you're lucky, you could win a copy!

A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO YOUR SEWING LIBRARY
If you love to sew and aspire to rev up your sewing another notch, this book is for you. The sewing techniques you learned in school will no doubt allow you to make a beautiful garment, but probably not one that could be classified as couture. Reading Claire's detailed directons is like having a private couture instructor right in your sewing room!

LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST TO WIN
Simply leave a comment telling us what couture sewing technique you'd most like to learn about and why. Leave your comment on this post before the deadline—11:59 pm, Tuesday, September 13—and you could win a copy of the book. The winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, September 15, 2011.

Good luck!

amm April M. Mohr, contributor
Posted on Aug 30th, 2011 in sewing, garment construction, tips & tricks, embellishments, giveaway

Comments (508)

ChristineHP ChristineHP writes: I love learning new ways to make my garments look and fit great. Right now I'd like to learn more about different interfacings and underlinings, what the differences are in the various products available, how to choose one and what effect it has on the finished garment.
Posted: 6:42 pm on December 13th

LindaG7 LindaG7 writes: I have enjoyed the addition of Claire's columns to Threads magazine. I'd love to learn more about creating inner support and shaping in garments and custom fitting to camouflage figure flaws. I worked in bridal and formalwear years ago and have kept sewing for myself, so i can have well-fitted, personalized garments.
Posted: 1:29 am on September 9th

lcdrbetty lcdrbetty writes: I have been sewing clothing for myself for 50 years. I have learned so much since I discovered both Threads magazine and Marcy Tilton! I,m ready to take my skills up to the next level, and Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing would be just the ticket!
Posted: 8:20 am on May 13th

stevndi stevndi writes: I am in the middle of making a dress, this book would certainly be an enormous asset. This is my first dress!
The waist line is giving me problems, hoping to win and get the help I need to work on the dress. I love Threads way of teaching, by print and pictures.
Posted: 1:28 pm on January 18th

debbie_turney debbie_turney writes: sew....who won???
Posted: 11:39 am on November 14th

eneedle eneedle writes: The caption for the Marc Bohan evening gown is repeated under the 4th image of the skirt and blouse at the top of this blog.
And as for the book - I have 2 others by Claudia and meeting her is on my bucket list. I'd like to learn more about designing for fabric - most of us design then find a fabric to work with the design. It would be helpful to know more about looking at a fabric then creating a look that optimises its inherent qualities.
Posted: 4:28 am on October 24th

maryjillanderson maryjillanderson writes: I have had four individual students this semester ask me about this topic, and I find that fact alone interesting. I so welcome the new interest in timeless techniques, that is rare to find students interested in time consuming technical sewing, So I have been out hunting at second hand book stores trying to find books for them with no luck. Then I turn on the computer and look what is here. I'd love to own this book and I will gladly share it's contents with all my students, Knowledge is a wonderful thing, and every technique it is easy if you know how to do it! Here is to good information and sharing it with those who want to learn.
Posted: 5:14 pm on October 12th

SEWNYA SEWNYA writes: I have relied on Claire's techniques for years and find them where and when I can. Should be a great book.
Posted: 3:53 pm on September 30th

valeb valeb writes: color, texture and construction combine to create a beautiful piece of art as well as clothing, this book looks supportive and inspirational
Posted: 12:17 pm on September 25th

Pateho Pateho writes: I LOVE the cover of this book! I was drawn immediately to it and then to this site! I didn't think to look at "Threads" online to see what they have to offer! I actually was searching for 'couture' stitching techniques and found this site and have now signed on! I LOVE everything about sewing, threads and fibers! Couture sewing is the next evolution to my craft and I want to learn everything there is to know!
Posted: 1:15 pm on September 19th

Quatts Quatts writes: I would LOVE to win this book. I would use this book to learn how to take an ordinary dress pattern and turn it into something fabulous using hand sewing skills that are considered couture. After that the skies the limit, perhaps a coat for my daughter or a special top for my mother.
Posted: 7:45 pm on September 13th

ASGSEWS ASGSEWS writes: I'm ready to launch on a couture project and need to know where to start. I'm reading everything I can get my hands on and know Claire's book will set me in the right direction. I've done tailoring, but it's been many years and I need an updated perspective.
Posted: 7:43 pm on September 13th

JoaniesJosh JoaniesJosh writes: I hope I'm lucky enough to get a copy of Claire's new book on techniques. I find her explanations in Threads Magazine to be so easy to follow, I would love a whole book of her techniques. I know I could follow her comments.
Posted: 4:39 pm on September 13th

vmj1 vmj1 writes: The devil is in the details and this book could provide the help I need to conquer those devils. I would love to own a copy.
Posted: 2:44 pm on September 13th

selenevf selenevf writes: I would like to create fine details on my garments by the help of this book. Thank you for the opportunity.
Posted: 11:18 am on September 13th

GrandmaMary GrandmaMary writes: Learning is a lifelong journey and I would love to be able to step into the journey of couture sewing. With 4 daughters and 1 son to sew for, I have created many things along the way but mostly from "winging it". It would be wonderful to actually know what I need to do as my 18 grandchildren are now on the "make one for me" list.
Posted: 1:35 am on September 13th

Kealoha Kealoha writes: I would love to learn how to properly work with silk organza and lace appliqués. But all couture techniques are beautiful and worthwhile to me.
Posted: 12:35 am on September 13th

StephanieJ StephanieJ writes: I know that I need to learn more about working with silks in draping and pin tucks. I know there's a secret I'm not getting somehow.
Posted: 11:42 pm on September 12th

CarriefromTN CarriefromTN writes: I would love to learn more about shaping garments. Style lines and details add so much to a garment! For me, it is what draws my eye.
Posted: 10:28 pm on September 12th

snowm snowm writes: This would be a great addition to my collection of sewing book. I did a little bit of coutour sewing in college, but have gotten away from it. Would love to brush up on those skills again.
Posted: 5:05 pm on September 12th

Berauschend Berauschend writes: It would be wonderful to take my sewing to the next level, most of what I have available as far a instruction is my machine dealer who is awesome and books/magazines! It also gives me the opportunity to dream.
Posted: 4:25 pm on September 12th

macadele macadele writes: It would be fantastic to have this book, sewing was a sometime hobby that has become a passion. So now I am dying to make a Channel jacket and this is just the right book to bring about that dream...besides taking a class...Mu
Posted: 2:04 pm on September 12th

sewhappybjm sewhappybjm writes: I'm sure I can learn many things from this book. There are several things that I don't understand even though I have been sewing for many years.
Posted: 1:10 pm on September 12th

maryjomo maryjomo writes: Would love to win the book to put in our ASG library.
Our group would love it.
As we do your magazine.

Posted: 12:20 pm on September 12th

Barba2 Barba2 writes: I'm self taught and have worked my way through basic construction and fit. I'd love to begin branching out with the elegant details shown in Claire Shaeffer's book.
Posted: 11:25 am on September 12th

jeanw10 jeanw10 writes: I'd love to win this book. I'm self-taught and seek to improve my sewing skills to create new looks for my family, friends and myself.
Posted: 6:02 am on September 12th

Creative60 Creative60 writes: This book would be a fantastic addition to my library of sewing books. I am beginning to sew more outfits for my small granddaughter and I have another one on the way. I spend a lot of time reading through your eLetters and seeing if I can create elegant garments as presented here. I also tailor all my husband's shirts. This means I have to disassemble a store bought shirt that fits his neck size, cut it down in the sleeve length, shoulder length, and sometimes the total length of the shirt and I have to take in the sides of these shirts. I do this because my husband's neck size does not equate to the rest of his body structure. It is a very time consuming process and I sometimes have trouble re-creating the flat-fell seam. I have been asked by my older granddaughter to help her create a medieval style dress with boning. When I was much younger I created some pretty dresses for my daughter to wear to dances that contained boning, but it really did not look too professional. I know the techniques in this book would assist me greatly. I want to be ready to make dance dresses for my youngest granddaughters when they reach that age and possibly prom dresses. I love to sew and create beautiful things. I would thoroughly enjoy having this new book.
Posted: 2:01 am on September 12th

SewerSue SewerSue writes: I would love the opportunity to win this book! I'm a self taught sewer, sewing since I was 11 - learning from reading and watching tv programs. This book would be a great addition to my library and teach me more! I'm always looking to learn. Thanks Ms. Shaeffer!
Posted: 8:49 pm on September 11th

BelleRiver BelleRiver writes: I paricularly enjoy any articles that are available that provide techniques that are helpful. I would love to win this book.
Posted: 6:13 pm on September 11th

misshavs misshavs writes: Wow, this is an awesome giveaway. I´d like to be considered for it. That way if I get the chance to win it, I´ll get the chance to learn new techniques and develop fantastic designs. IF I don´t win, I´m sure that the lucky winner will learn a lot of cool things about the prize, and maybe a couple of interesting secrets to do better projects.
Just love it, thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone
Posted: 6:11 pm on September 11th

elektra elektra writes: Would love to learn more about ruching to shape a garment. Actually I'd like to learn more about a lot of techniques . . . .
Posted: 5:55 pm on September 11th

myomy1959 myomy1959 writes: I loved the first book and I hear this one has expanded sections and better organized sections. I hope to win one for my and my daughter's sewing library. ;)
Posted: 12:55 pm on September 11th

Fripperie Fripperie writes: I love to get ideas for surprising little details - an unusual fastening, a hidden splash of color, the perfect alternative to making a conventional seam...
Posted: 7:21 am on September 11th

DeirdreCollins DeirdreCollins writes: I would love to win this fabulous book. I made a mans overcoat years ago with concealed front buttoning...very french. I would love to learn more couture techniques.
Please put my name in the hat. Thanks
Posted: 3:13 am on September 11th

hautestuff hautestuff writes: Sewing is a renewed passion of mine and Claire Shaeffer, through her books and articles, has helped spark my interest in couture techniques. I would love to master seam finishes, bound buttonholes and picked zippers, among a million other techniques!
Posted: 12:30 am on September 11th

manigoldgirl manigoldgirl writes: I enjoy all the articles very much. I'm 73 and learned to sew on a treadle Singer. I've made 3 wedding dresses for my family and expect to do more as I have 15 grandchildren and 15 1/2 great-grand children. Would sure like to know alot more about fine couture finishing. This book sounds and looks delicious!
Posted: 11:10 pm on September 10th

momster399 momster399 writes: Winning this book would be awesome. I would like to "up" my game when it comes to sewing. I am self taught, like many, and really miss knowing some of the finer techniques. Please pick me! Thanks.
Posted: 10:35 pm on September 10th

minnieme minnieme writes: I would love to win this book and add to my knowledge of sewing. The last time I took a sewing class was in high school where I learned some tailoring techniques.
Posted: 8:20 pm on September 10th

ms_c21 ms_c21 writes: I would love to win this book. I've always wanted to create a Dior-style jacket.
Posted: 7:00 pm on September 10th

WandaJ WandaJ writes: Winning this book would be a special treat. I have the 1st Edition and have read this one, in part, as a result of a library loan. I really felt a tinge of loss when it was time to return it. I am very much interested in Couture Techniques, especially embellishments and interior garment finishing. Looking forward to being selected as 'the winner!'
Posted: 5:35 pm on September 10th

WandaJ WandaJ writes: Winning this book would be a special treat. I have the 1st Edition and have read this one, in part, as a result of a library loan. I really felt a tinge of loss when it was time to return it. I am very much interested in Couture Techniques, especially embellishments and interior garment finishing. Looking forward to being selected as 'the winner!'
Posted: 5:33 pm on September 10th

WandaJ WandaJ writes: Winning this wonderful book would be a special treat. With owning the first copy I decided to check the new edition out from the local library. Believe me it's on my list of new couture sewing books to buy, or put on my BD List for a gift. But, winning it would be so much fun and make it even a more treasured book. It is written with so much clarity, so yes one can go to the 'next level' of sewing using this book as a guide.

Claire Shaeffer's work can be relied upon. I have learned so much over the years using her books, and Threads Magazine Articles.

The winner of this book will be delighted, I'm sure.


Posted: 5:20 pm on September 10th

WandaJ WandaJ writes: Winning this wonderful book would be a special treat. With owning the first copy I decided to check the new edition out from the local library. Believe me it's on my list of new couture sewing books to buy, or put on my BD List for a gift. But, winning it would be so much fun and make it even a more treasured book. It is written with so much clarity, so yes one can go to the 'next level' of sewing using this book as a guide.

Claire Shaeffer's work can be relied upon. I have learned so much over the years using her books, and Threads Magazine Articles.

The winner of this book will be delighted, I'm sure.


Posted: 5:17 pm on September 10th

golf_gal golf_gal writes: I would love to own this book as the first in my collection of "NEW" sewing books. My other books are now 20 years old and some of the techniques are totally outdated. With my new Bernina it would be a joy to try some of the couture techniques as they relate to a modern sewing machine and the new fabrics. What a great reference book to help me out at home after the sewing classes are finished.
Posted: 4:33 pm on September 10th

WindyMD WindyMD writes: I would like to learn about finishing the inside of the garment. Nice clothes are finished so nicely inside and look as good as the outside. My garments are just pressed seams and look handmade on the inside. Patterns don't really tell you how to embellish the inside. When I see a garment, I always look at the inside and if it is beautifully done, I try to figure out how it was done. My grandma had an old Singer machine with a big wheel and a treadle that she used her feet to make it go. Every Christmas, all the cousins (well, Girl cousins!) got a brand new flannel nightgown that she sewed. A lot of it was by hand, and the inside looked just like the outside. I always thought that was so cool. I always got the hand-me-down clothes from my cousins, but every Christmas I got my own brand new flannel gown. I know flannel gowns aren't couture, but my Grandma sewed them like they were. It was a very special gift, and I always looked on the inside to see how beautiful she made it.
Posted: 1:04 pm on September 10th

jaylene jaylene writes: I am sure the book would help my sewing a great deal. I would really enjoy it. I hope to win thank you
Posted: 11:12 am on September 10th

lauz lauz writes: I love to receive this book so I can create old world styles with today's flair and fashion. I am a self taught sewer that learns fast and loves to create my own style. I know this book will give me the incentive to do more!
Posted: 9:34 am on September 10th

Irinochka Irinochka writes: I would love to have this book because if there is only one thing that I have learned about sewing is that there is always a new technique to discover. I get thrilled and excited when I discover those new techniques to create better designs. That is why I would love to win this book.
Posted: 7:39 am on September 10th

allsewedup allsewedup writes: What I would like to learn is how to create a garment using the draping method. Sometimes I just want to get out of the box.
Posted: 9:56 pm on September 9th

Sterline Sterline writes: I have been a subscriber for years and pass on my Thread copies to my daughter who presently runs an alterations business out of her home. We would both benefit from owning a book as complete as this one. I'm 80 years old and still learning. I have purchsed 2 embroidery machines and software to make my own designs. Most recently, I have set up a "Sewing Room" at our local ministry for assisting the homeless and unemployed find jobs. Our area is always looking for more alterations people, and we are teaching them to sew. As a graduate of Paris Academy School of Fashion in London in the 70's, I can assist in altering patterns to fit! Sometimes we just recycle/mend/alter the donations and other times we assist in making a new outfit for that interview!

As I stated above, I'm always learning and discovered many times that the sewing world changes with new products available. My Couture Book: The Biship Method, from college in the 50's is a bit outdated...but still good.
Posted: 5:53 pm on September 9th

mrj2 mrj2 writes: I would love to win this fabulous book! This is another book by Claire Shaeffer, which I would love to add to my library, I hope I will be the lucky recipient.

I have been sewing for myself and family all my life, and recently started custom sewing & alterations business, from my home. I design, make patterns and sew western & eastern style garments. Claire Shaeffer’s “Sew any Fabric” has been very useful in identifying fabrics when interacting with various clients, who have different terminology for fabrics. A true reference book!

I have been eyeing this book "Couture Sewing Techniques" for a while now. The techniques in this book would be wonderful to learn and master and incorporate them in my personal and professional sewing. I'd like to learn more about incorporating bras into evening gowns and costume bodices; create bustiers and corsets; learn how to make a boned lining for formal wear structure; and I would like to know more about underlining and use of correct interfacing in different garments, and additional tailoring COUTURE techniques.

Who wouldn't like to have "a private couture instructor” right in their sewing room? What a great resource!

Posted: 4:02 pm on September 9th

3dogMom 3dogMom writes: I recently retired and have picked up sewing again. Being tall I have always had trouble with fitting pants. I'm sure "Couture Sewing Techniques" could not only help me with fitting pants and further develop my current sewing skills, but so much more. I've read articles from Claire and would love to have her book so I can progress in my sewing and learn new techniques! What a valuable resource!
Posted: 3:12 pm on September 9th

OrahLee OrahLee writes: I want to learn how to make my garments fit PERFECTLY, and to construct them so they shine the way I see them in my imagination! Claire makes lessons effective for me.
I'm glad it is a book, and not a dvd.

(Please, let me win, let me win, let me win!)

Posted: 3:07 pm on September 9th

mrnglry mrnglry writes: I am always exploring ways to improve my sewing techniques, and am starting retro clothing soon, so am collecting patterns and books to help me along the way.
I would love to be included in the drawing. Thanks!
Posted: 2:17 pm on September 9th

SilksWithAttitude SilksWithAttitude writes: A refresher on interlining and underlining would be useful. I love Claire's articles, her patterns and I love hand/couture sewing -- I must be getting old because as a 4-Her I was always inventing ways to minimize the amount of hand sewing I had to do. And I was pretty good at creative alternatives -- with a box of purple ribbons to show for my ingenuity!
Posted: 2:15 pm on September 9th

SewKnitStash SewKnitStash writes: I would love to learn to line a jacket. I'll bet there are a lot more couture techniques I would like to learn, but I don't know what they are yet!
Posted: 12:34 pm on September 9th

Robertasugar Robertasugar writes: I am interested in making elegant linings, especially when there is no lining included in the pattern. I also would like help with getting that French fit.
Posted: 11:36 am on September 9th

SuzSews SuzSews writes: Love the double cuffs...what a beautiful book!
Posted: 11:10 am on September 9th

Barbouille Barbouille writes: I would like to learn about making perfect buttonholes!
Posted: 11:00 am on September 9th

smarchette smarchette writes: Oh to be able to learn how to take my sewing to the next level. his book looks so gooooood!
Posted: 6:54 am on September 9th

Roxnsilver925 Roxnsilver925 writes: I saw an older copy of this book and found the chapters all facinating but I would really like to learn the couture secrets of interfacings, hems, and bound buttonholes. This one is definitely on my wishlist.
Posted: 1:26 am on September 9th

sootfoot5 sootfoot5 writes: I want to perfect lining and gathers.

Posted: 12:02 am on September 9th

JohnsonMarilyn JohnsonMarilyn writes: I would love to emulate Claire's techniques.
Posted: 11:32 pm on September 8th

merrier merrier writes: I'm a new sewer, so working on fitting and tailoring would be wonderful.
Posted: 11:23 pm on September 8th

wendymmeb wendymmeb writes: I am a civil war reenactor and all my garments are mostly hand sewn. It would be great to learn all the couture hand sewing techniques for seams and applying trim. My machine use is very limited so I need some fancy handwork to add the "touch" to my garments.
Posted: 10:45 pm on September 8th

girlygirlsews916 girlygirlsews916 writes: I am an aspiring designer and would love to learn more about shaping a garment, and hand finishes. I've seen articles online and tried to follow them, but I believe that this book would help me tremendously.
Posted: 9:47 pm on September 8th

Pchipman Pchipman writes: I would love to learn more tailoring techniques
Posted: 9:44 pm on September 8th

skiss skiss writes: I am ready to learn the proper way to hand finish. I had lessons many years ago but it is time to take things to a higher standard.
Posted: 6:39 pm on September 8th

Seamstress_wannabe Seamstress_wannabe writes: I'm an amateur seamstress eager to upgrade my skills. I'm want to learn the first steps in couture sewing from Claire's book.
Posted: 6:05 pm on September 8th

fourcats fourcats writes: I'm fascinated with couture techniques and would love to use this book.
Posted: 5:00 pm on September 8th

SallyL SallyL writes: Being allergic to synthetics, I would like to learn couture techniques for closures that do not use zippers.
Posted: 4:23 pm on September 8th

blbirdsong blbirdsong writes: I've been looking forward to Claire Schaeffer's new book. I would love to learn the couture way of putting in a jacket lining.
Posted: 4:10 pm on September 8th

TBeckwith TBeckwith writes: I looked at this book last week online and am eager to get my hands on it! As soon as I've saved up.. I hope to add it to the collection.
Posted: 1:46 pm on September 8th

RoniBarr RoniBarr writes: I live abroad and as it's a small country, it's really hard to find a good sewing book, besides from ordering from abroad. I've heard wonderful things about Claire's books and would be delighted to be able to add it to my collection. :)
I am just a beginner and I have so much to learn from her...
Posted: 12:54 pm on September 8th

susandenise susandenise writes: I hope to gather yards of sewing books, wearing them out to increase my sewing skills. This book is on my list!
Posted: 12:42 pm on September 8th

isewtoo isewtoo writes: I always enjoy learning new skills. this is a book I would love to add to my library.
Posted: 11:14 am on September 8th

BlueHeartBear BlueHeartBear writes: I would like to add deconstruction techniques to my repetoire. Hope the revised version includes this info. Would love to win as I am disabled and alone, so income is tiny, but being mostly housebound, creativity is important to my sanity. Thanks.
Posted: 10:59 am on September 8th

divateacher divateacher writes: Claire is an elegant teacher. To spend an afternoon being inspired by the difficult becoming possible is a delightful dream. I hope I will be the lucky recipient of this newest edition of her wonderful book.
Posted: 10:28 am on September 8th

jleaberry jleaberry writes: I've been sewing for a few years now but still consider myself a beginner, I would really love this book to become a more experienced sewer!
Posted: 10:06 am on September 8th

Marpiz Marpiz writes: i'm a dressmaker and live abroad it would be nice to have in my library claire's couture sewing techniques book so as to widen my knowledge and use her techniques in my sewing
Posted: 8:52 am on September 8th

LadyCathe LadyCathe writes: Looking forward to learning much more.
Posted: 7:56 am on September 8th

tjlh54 tjlh54 writes: Claire is a wealth of knowledge and all her books and articles bring that wealth to us! Thanks for your love of research and your excellent way of sharing that knowledge.
Posted: 7:44 am on September 8th

mpgizmo2 mpgizmo2 writes: I love to learn more. This book could teach me alot
Posted: 6:46 am on September 8th

webolton webolton writes: Thank you for the offer of the book giveaway. Any couture sewing technique would be valuable. Education is priceless.
Posted: 4:10 am on September 8th

KayGV KayGV writes: I love luxurious linings that make coats and jackets slip on and off with ease. They increase the perceived and real value of any garment for me. This is the technique I would most like to concentrate on if I am fortunate to receive a great new updated version of Claire's writing. She is clear and concise--never leaving out a step that leaves you wondering what small miracle is supposed to happen in between!

Thanks for this great offer!


Posted: 12:02 am on September 8th

pattilynn pattilynn writes: i would love to learn more about bridal and fancy dresses and also to tailor a coat.
Posted: 10:42 pm on September 7th

PhyllisAR PhyllisAR writes: I have been sewing all my life...I sewed my entire 7th grade wardrobe!! My Grandma taught me to sew on her Singer treadle machine and she was very particular and meticulous in her techniques. I never want to stop learning!!
Posted: 10:34 pm on September 7th

btailoring btailoring writes: I have been looking at this book on Amazon! I have a small sewing business in my home and have altered and made a few bridal gowns, etc. really could use the methods in this book to step it up a notch!
Posted: 10:05 pm on September 7th

thimbleberry thimbleberry writes: I would love to take my construction to the next level. Couture Sewing is just the ticket. Thanks for the opportunity.

Posted: 10:05 pm on September 7th

myracat myracat writes: would love to get this book...always something new to learn.
Posted: 9:53 pm on September 7th

wlstarn wlstarn writes: I would love to learn more about shaping and custom fitting. There's always more to learn!
Posted: 9:27 pm on September 7th

wlstarn wlstarn writes: I'd like to learn more about shaping & customizing garments. There's always more to learn!
Posted: 9:23 pm on September 7th

DeeSeal DeeSeal writes: I love to sew and I would love to master the art of really fancy dresses. I need help in fitting and making the garments look really designer.
Posted: 9:09 pm on September 7th

MLefholz MLefholz writes: I would love to learn about tailoring a jacket; pad stitching; shaping, etc.
Posted: 8:54 pm on September 7th

auschick auschick writes: probably jacket tailoring
Posted: 8:40 pm on September 7th

SewGurl SewGurl writes: I have to take the summer off from sewing every year, but come fall I am ready to get going again. Since I haven't sewn in awhile, I need to brush up on all my techniques.
Posted: 8:35 pm on September 7th

stitch_it stitch_it writes: What a great book, I'd love to win it for our school library. The year 11 & 12 students would make great use of it for their product design inspirations.
Posted: 7:47 pm on September 7th

LuminousBeing78 LuminousBeing78 writes: I looooove creating costumes of all types, genres, and time periods. It would be interesting to see how this book would aid me in my creations!
Posted: 7:41 pm on September 7th

KathyBr KathyBr writes: I would love to learn how better to line and shape garments made from lace and other fine fabrics. I believe this book will greatly enhance my sewing skills.
Posted: 6:43 pm on September 7th

MaddyND MaddyND writes: I LOVE all those 'secret' finishing details and would love to see what Claire shows in this book.
Posted: 6:33 pm on September 7th

Gibbslap Gibbslap writes: I am a tough guy and I like to sew,therefore I should win.
Posted: 6:26 pm on September 7th

ggsews ggsews writes: HI, i would love to learn about sloted seams and underlining for lace fabrics. Loved the first book, and would love to win the update.
Posted: 6:06 pm on September 7th

ggsews ggsews writes: HI, i would love to learn about sloted seams and underlining for lace fabrics. Loved the first book, and would love to win the update.
Posted: 6:05 pm on September 7th

ggsews ggsews writes: HI, i would love to win this book.I would like to learn about slotted seams and underlining. Loved the fist book, hope to win the update!!!
Posted: 6:00 pm on September 7th

ggsews ggsews writes: hi, i would love to learn more about underlining for lace and sheer fabrics. This book would teach me so much i loved the first one. Oh i also would love to learn more about seam insertion or sloted seams.
Posted: 5:49 pm on September 7th

Kathy120 Kathy120 writes: I love Claire's writing. I'm most interested in couture shaping of garments and how to do that.
Posted: 5:24 pm on September 7th

sewuk sewuk writes: Pad stitching for collar and lapels in mens tailoring...neat and functional bound buttonholes....pattern grading that actually works...but most of all the time and space to indulge in limitless sewing, using my ever growing stash!!
Posted: 5:04 pm on September 7th

whoneedlesthis whoneedlesthis writes: I love Claires work, and I would love to learn more about finishing the inside of things, or anything to do with using bias, or fitting issues such as a full bust adjustment to unusual styles. This book would make me one happy little camper!!!
Posted: 4:52 pm on September 7th

spaniello007 spaniello007 writes: the instant i saw the title of this book i knew that i need to get a copy. being able to design and sew my own couture is what draws me to sewing! there are so many times that i see an outfit that i think "i could make that", but in reality, i really can't b/c i have not yet learned how to shape couture garments, or even how to make pretty and efficient hand stitches! i would love it if i could win this book.
Posted: 4:31 pm on September 7th

kathykat kathykat writes: I love to sew. I purchase every book that I can afford on sewing. I love the couture sewing and how the couture garments look so professional. This book would open up a whole new world of sewing for me. I try various styles and techniques of sewing, and would simply love the knowledge that Claire Shaeffer shares in her book. I can't afford the schools, so I obtain my knowlege from books an YouTube. I pray that I win this book.
Posted: 3:57 pm on September 7th

corelbelle corelbelle writes: love all of the wonderful articles you send out. I wonder if Claire has ever made a zip tie corset!
Posted: 3:44 pm on September 7th

tisharris tisharris writes: I've started making costumes for a youth group. The tips and techniques in this book would be a great help!
Posted: 3:36 pm on September 7th

marys_yarn marys_yarn writes: Hi, I have been sewing and crafting since an early age and it always amazes me how much I don't know and learn every day. I have seen this book, but have never owned one and hope to one day. I can only imagine the information contained in the pages that I can use to learn new techniques, hugs, Mary
Posted: 3:19 pm on September 7th

modestoash modestoash writes: I continue to be fascinated by how to manipulate fabric successfully for tailored looks using techniques such as pin tucking and pleating. I devoured her first book and would love to own her revised version!
Posted: 2:49 pm on September 7th

aljmcc aljmcc writes: This looks like an awesome book! I would like to learn how to use drapery weights and bias cuts for better draping of fabric.
Posted: 2:47 pm on September 7th

island_girl island_girl writes: I think it's time to step up my sewing skills and this looks like a good start to learn how.
Posted: 2:35 pm on September 7th

KatrinaAriana KatrinaAriana writes: Claire Schaeffer is one of my favorite seamstresses, and this looks like a terrific book.
Posted: 1:49 pm on September 7th

JoleenKnits JoleenKnits writes: This would be a GREAT book for my library!! Thanks for offering it.
Posted: 1:42 pm on September 7th

sewdemon sewdemon writes: I loved her previous edition of Couture Sewing Techniques and have notes from that book. I would love to master sewing on sleeves by hand (which I am currently trying out on several jackets)and lining pants. I hope I win!!!
Posted: 1:34 pm on September 7th

notenoughdivas notenoughdivas writes: Learning this techniques would be additional skill set that I would enjoy. I look forward to one day owning this book.

Posted: 1:19 pm on September 7th

Sturbridge Sturbridge writes: Always a pleasure to read one of her books.
Posted: 12:58 pm on September 7th

dolcam dolcam writes: I read everything I can find from Claire Shaeffer and always enjoy learning something new. I would love to learn more about finishing inside the garment. I was told years ago that the inside should be as pretty as the outside and I am still striving toward that goal.

Thank you,


Posted: 12:34 pm on September 7th

Dwana58 Dwana58 writes: This looks like a wonderful book. Where I live there are no teachers for sewing and no stores for material. This would be great to learn new techniques
Posted: 12:24 pm on September 7th

eclecticity eclecticity writes: i love threads magazine. i have to adjust patterns to work with my bust size. it is always wonderful to learn techniques so that clothes fit and look better.
Posted: 12:15 pm on September 7th

tujibuji tujibuji writes: This looks like a great book! More advanced than the usual sewing-guide, exactly what I need!
Posted: 12:09 pm on September 7th

Ayofemi Ayofemi writes: I would love to improve my hand stitiching techniques. I have her fabric guide and use it regularly.
Posted: 11:52 am on September 7th

Kyrielle Kyrielle writes: Anything tips for hand finishing techniques is always welcome.
Posted: 11:44 am on September 7th

Weaverbec Weaverbec writes: I'd like to learn more about using the correct interfacing in different garments. I want to improve the look of my garments.
Posted: 11:32 am on September 7th

sewit2 sewit2 writes: I would love to learn about shaping. Anything that helps me make something that doesn't end up looking like a sack is a great idea.
Posted: 11:23 am on September 7th

dbirish40 dbirish40 writes: I would like to learn about lace edges and overlapping lace. I have a small business sewing Irish dance costumes and this effect would help my business greatly!
Posted: 11:17 am on September 7th

murmeme murmeme writes: I'm always looking for another book to improve my sewing skills.
Posted: 11:14 am on September 7th

welted welted writes: I so enjoy the detail in the finished look. I know I tend toward perfectionism but oh glory what a thrill to pull off a grand seam! I read cover to cover anything about couture sewing! Thanks so much for all the ideas, and hints that I can refer to again and again!
Posted: 11:12 am on September 7th

seemless seemless writes: I got quite a bit of info on the difference between lining and interlining, and the uses interlining can be helpful for. Looking forward to more good, useful info!
Posted: 11:11 am on September 7th

soundsofthecity soundsofthecity writes: I have been eyeing this book for a while now. Would love to win but if not, I will be buying it.


Posted: 11:10 am on September 7th

Nanann Nanann writes: Always striving to create a better finish to my garments, and Claire Shaeffer's articles are so clear and informative. I would really appreciate a copy of this book.
Posted: 11:00 am on September 7th

Kayak32 Kayak32 writes: I had not found time to sew in years. Then when my daughter was born 2 years ago I got back into sewing. I have always lover to learn new techniques and would love to learn about couture sewing.
Posted: 10:59 am on September 7th

saschapup saschapup writes: I am getting back into garment sewing, and would love to learn more about shaping garments, as well as finishing techniques.
Posted: 10:59 am on September 7th

Nanann Nanann writes:
Posted: 10:56 am on September 7th

CarolaLin CarolaLin writes: I have sewed for more years than I would like to admit. My mom had me make my first dress for school at 8 years old. Most of my learning since then has been self-taught. Next week I get to see a dream come true - I start teaching young girls to sew. Hopefully I can pass on to them not only the joy of sewing but a desire to always be trying to excell at creating something beautiful, doing their best no matter how small.
Posted: 10:52 am on September 7th

Ilene60 Ilene60 writes: Working as a theater Costume Designer in a private High School, I often bemoan the fact that we have to use some shortcuts when under extreme deadlines. The costumes we build are strong and lasting, but some fine techniques suffer. I work with students, and try and teach them proper techniques while putting out the work needed. A text like this would enable me to pinpoint the techniques I want them to learn once the production is up and running. In my high school, (I graduated in 1968), we were able to take classes from Advanced Sewing to Advanced Tailoring!If my teacher could only hear her words come out of my mouth today, she would be quite pleased.Thanks for your great articles and inspiration.
Ilene
Posted: 10:19 am on September 7th

Pinnie Pinnie writes: For me any information on hand sewing is always appreciated, but also learning other methods about shaping garments are always helpful.
Posted: 10:11 am on September 7th

Sunny75771 Sunny75771 writes: I have been creating 11th thru 17th century garments for quite some time now, but want to take my fitting of garments to another level and expand my sewing knowledge base to being able to create and properly professional finish all types of garments. This book would be an invaluable tool in taking my skill level up! What a wonderful addition to my ever growing library this would be.
Posted: 10:06 am on September 7th

immc immc writes: I live in a resort area where the libraries haven't had new books on sewing garments since the early 80's. I find books occasionally in thrift stores. I've been the only person in my family who has a job for several years, and am working to build self employment so that if or when my job disappears, I have a fledgling business to fall back on.
Posted: 10:06 am on September 7th

Isabelsdaughter Isabelsdaughter writes: As someone who learned to sew by watching my mother, I have been trying to learn couture techniques ever since. Mom lovingly made many garments and curtains but lacked the training to move to the next level. That's my goal, increasing my knowledge and perfecting my techniques.
Posted: 10:03 am on September 7th

pdevore pdevore writes: What a wonderful book! Fitting garments to a person for that professional look has always been a challenge for me. Now that I have 7 granddaughters (and 2 grandsons), sewing for them is a joy, but I would love to have the confidence that what I make will fit them perfectly.
Posted: 9:56 am on September 7th

sweetserenity sweetserenity writes: I'm interested in learning to embellish garments.
Posted: 9:42 am on September 7th

RiaAndTiggy RiaAndTiggy writes: I've recently purchased a vintage pattern for a pea coat. This is more advanced than I am capable of right now so I would like to learn more about lining and finishing a coat or jacket. Then I can take this project on.
Posted: 9:38 am on September 7th

sewohio sewohio writes: I would like to learn how to combine patterns -- use the collar from one pattern, the sleeve from another -- to get the garment I really want.
Posted: 9:33 am on September 7th

jfddrsn jfddrsn writes: Love learning about hand sewing techniques and shaping garments, the often lost details that can really make the difference.
Posted: 9:29 am on September 7th

coutureweaving coutureweaving writes: Claire, I'm a weaver who loves to combine my handwoven fabrics with the finest finishing details possible. This book looks like it will be a source of constant inspiration and exploration.
Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!
Posted: 9:19 am on September 7th

mfendley mfendley writes: I continually strive to learn and improve my sewing. Mom taught me, but I have read many books over the years. This is a book I could really use and would love to have. Always wanted to know how to sew couture style.
Pick me please.
Thanks

Posted: 9:15 am on September 7th

tamed tamed writes: Forgot to say what sewing technique I am anxious to improve: welt pockets. As many times as I have made them, I still do not have a consistently successful technique. I'd really like to have another technique up my sleeve.
Posted: 8:58 am on September 7th

Adventitiously Adventitiously writes: It would be a wonderful way to improve my sewing skills. Claire Schaeffer always has something to teach me.
Posted: 8:54 am on September 7th

tamed tamed writes: I love Claire Schaeffer's instructions. They are easy to follow but never patronizing. This book is going on my Christmas wish list. Unless, of course, I win it. :)
Posted: 8:52 am on September 7th

beige_cannelle beige_cannelle writes: Je suis toujours à la recherche de techniques nouvelles pour perfectionner ma couture. J'apprécierais notamment d'apprendre quelques "trucs" pour ajuster des vêtements quand on n'a pas la taille mannequin ...
Posted: 8:48 am on September 7th

nankay1 nankay1 writes: I am learning to sew more detailed and formal wear. Clare gives such easy to follow instructions and her techniques are great. i would love to have this book.
Posted: 8:32 am on September 7th

JMR1986 JMR1986 writes: I would love to learn techniques that would allow me to construct a garment that is unique and perfectly finished. The satisfaction that would give me would be tremendous.
Posted: 8:24 am on September 7th

angellady angellady writes: I love fine hand sewing and couture methods. It would be lovely to add this book to my library.
Posted: 8:23 am on September 7th

moniedust moniedust writes: Always love to learn new techniques to perfect whatever I'm sewing - and to be able to fit all body types would be great!

Posted: 8:13 am on September 7th

bbieri bbieri writes: I would like to learn how to make a boned lining for formal wear.


Posted: 8:05 am on September 7th

RemnantsOfLife RemnantsOfLife writes: I am getting into millinery work and I would like techniques that show alternatives tools (read cheaper) and how to use them instead of the head blocks and other expensive tools that are out of reach price wise for beginners but still give the Couture look and style.
Posted: 7:49 am on September 7th

CelticaDea CelticaDea writes: The first/primary couture technique I want to learn is seam finishing. Currently I just use my serger but there are so many other beautiful techniques. At this point I am trying to learn the right way and not the shortcuts. Shortcuts often look sloppy to me. I'd also like to get better with garment shaping. Who wouldn't? This book has been on my wishlist for some time now.
Posted: 7:48 am on September 7th

raevenfea raevenfea writes: This has been on my wishlist for a while now. I would love to win it! I really want to learn more about constructing permanent foundation and shaping inside garments, but I need help with everything from a(ltering) to z(ippers)…
Posted: 7:38 am on September 7th

stitches66 stitches66 writes: Great Book, would love to add it to my collection.
Posted: 7:21 am on September 7th

FirstSnow FirstSnow writes: I would like to learn to sew jackets the couture way and
Claire 's book would be perfect for helping me to learn how. Her articles in Threads have been very helpful and her book would teach me a lot of techniques in the correct way.
Posted: 7:19 am on September 7th

__J __J writes: I want to learn about garment shaping!
Posted: 7:06 am on September 7th

Sarah_KG Sarah_KG writes: I would like to begin the journey of couture techniques with hand-stitched buttonholes. This would elevate any garment and be not only functional but also extend its life.
Posted: 7:03 am on September 7th

mypasttime mypasttime writes: I just finished making my daughter's wedding dress and am always looking for ways to improve my skills for the next time they are needed. This book sounds like it would take me to the next level and provide the instruction for those techniques that I don't often use.
Posted: 7:01 am on September 7th

olifant olifant writes: I would love to win this book by Claire Schaeffer. I would like my sewing projects to take on a professional polished look. I believe the information in this book would be a great help. I have made several lined suits but they just do not have that crisp couture look.
Posted: 6:59 am on September 7th

KatyMac KatyMac writes: Mine would be creating perfect bustiers and corsets. I have yet to master shaping the bust area and constructing the understructure support.
Posted: 6:33 am on September 7th

Alexus1325 Alexus1325 writes: I'd love to learn how to properly implement hand-stitched finishes, like in hems and linings. Sure, I've seen pictures in tutorials, but the stitches look so neat and perfect, it's intimidating! I feel like my hand stitching would look awful, or bunch up, or I'd have to do it three times to get it right. There's currently VERY little I do by hand.

I'm also intrigued by the "proper" way to make a blazer's hem and front facing meet. I saw it on Fashion Incubator, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it. In fact, I have a hard time wrapping my head around a lot of stuff on Fashion Incubator :P
Posted: 5:40 am on September 7th

DefiletDebobine DefiletDebobine writes: I am so bad at hand stiching, this book would be really usefull!
Posted: 5:06 am on September 7th

gilshallos gilshallos writes: I have been sewing for many years and I am completely self-taught, although I have had the benefit of some wonderful books and of course, Threads! I realize there are many, many things I have yet to learn, particularly in the realm of finer sewing such as couture. The clothing produced by the great Couture Houses has always fascinated me and I would love to be able to emulate their work even if it is in a small way and I believe this book will help enable me to do so. Also, I am teaching my husband to sew, partly for his own interest and partly to help me in such areas in fittings. However, he is still terrified to even look at my garments-in-progress without thorough step-by-step instructions laid out in front of him. I'm hoping that the addition of a book of this caliber would ease his fears and teach him valuable skills which would help both of us.
Posted: 4:47 am on September 7th

TooBusy TooBusy writes: I need all the help I can get.
Always enjoy Claire's articles.
Posted: 4:34 am on September 7th

Bazarle Bazarle writes: I'm trying to improve my sewing qualities and I really hope to win this lovely book!
Posted: 3:56 am on September 7th

Wrapaquack Wrapaquack writes: There are really two kinds of couture sewing I would love to learn they are tailoring and evening dresses, especially embellished and boned evening dress. I just love the idea of making something beautiful that is perfectly tailored/fitted to the wearer. If I had to choose the most important one, i would have to go for the evening wear, though. It seems so much more intricate and rewarding.
Wendy
Posted: 2:25 am on September 7th

shirley97128 shirley97128 writes: I love to read details and see what Pops to make your garment more personal and perfect for your wearing pleasure.
Posted: 2:03 am on September 7th

Anewmorning Anewmorning writes: I just love the way Couture clothing looks and I would like to make it for myself. Since most of their clothing is out of my size, now I would be able to make that style of clothing for myself.
Posted: 1:59 am on September 7th

dianajanssen dianajanssen writes: I'd love to learn more about designing with fabric.
Posted: 1:28 am on September 7th

wahiawagrl wahiawagrl writes: I would love to learn how to put in the perfect dart and the perfect collar.
Posted: 1:23 am on September 7th

northTXranchers northTXranchers writes: I'd love to learn the techniques that will help me create a wonderfully fitted and flattering jacket for showing our horses. With the right information, I could do a bang-up job on the jackets that the custom sewers are charging over $3,000 for! That's not in my budget so I'd love to be able to get the same result myself for much less -- plus I'd be so proud to tell folks I did that myself!
Posted: 12:49 am on September 7th

azbarbara azbarbara writes: I took a Couture sewing class at the community college and loved the techniques and love to learn more.
Posted: 12:37 am on September 7th

grami grami writes: would love to win as it hasbeen twenty years since I've made prom or wedding gowns for my family and now another generation is coming up and I would love to learn the latest techniques and short cuts to use when sewing for them.
Posted: 12:30 am on September 7th

designsbyjanetp designsbyjanetp writes: The dress on the front of the cover of the book is the most gorgeous dress. I would love to own this dress as well. This is the type of sewing that I want to accomplish. I have been sewing for many years, and I want to be able to embellish and add details that take your breath away like the dress on the cover. I want to add details like beads and threads, and tucks, and other couture details and learn from the best. I would love to win this wonderful book and want to thank Claire and Threads for the giveaway.
Posted: 12:03 am on September 7th

merrimba merrimba writes: I'd love to learn some new fitting tips and tricks - it would make me a better designer!
Posted: 11:41 pm on September 6th

kasprzn kasprzn writes: I consider sewing a very relaxing and creative activity. I also enjoy having to wear that is 'very special' and unique,which is also of a finer quality than those garments available in the shops. I feel great sense of satisfaction in having made garments for myself. I would love to own this book, because it would assist me in learning new techniques and perfecting the ones I have. Access to such books is limited in Australia, and I would feel privileged to win this.
Posted: 11:29 pm on September 6th

LusciousLouie LusciousLouie writes: I would just love to win this book. It has been on my wishlist for ever so long. And it might actually give my sewing a boost. Cross fingers.
Posted: 11:01 pm on September 6th

Animama Animama writes: I would love to learn how to line different garments. I would love to add this wonderful book to my collection.
Posted: 10:43 pm on September 6th

Ingiepops Ingiepops writes: I would love to learn any new couture techniques, but I think especially how to get perfect linings. I love hand stitching techniques as well.
Posted: 10:42 pm on September 6th

Lil_Tourniquet Lil_Tourniquet writes: I would love to learn anything and everything about couture sewing!!
Posted: 10:31 pm on September 6th

sodreamer sodreamer writes: I always need help in sorting out how to fit various types of garments to the quite different shapes of our family members. No two of us are alike at all, and we all defy the "standard" patterns. More tricks to adapt clothes quickly and finish them so as to hang better would be a godsend.

Posted: 10:10 pm on September 6th

sodreamer sodreamer writes: I always need help in sorting out how to fit various types of garments to the quite different shapes of our family members. No two of us are alike at all, and we all defy the "standard" patterns. More tricks to adapt clothes quickly and finish them so as to hang better would be a godsend.

Posted: 10:10 pm on September 6th

denisekerner denisekerner writes: It would be a delight to win a copy of this book! I'm interested in improving all of my sewing skills, but I've always been fascinated by the couture technique of using hidden hand stitches to shape a garment.
Posted: 10:07 pm on September 6th

sewandgolf sewandgolf writes: I have an old Vogue sewing book (probably late 50's edition well used. I would love to win an up-to-date sewing guide as I get back into some garment sewing.
Posted: 10:05 pm on September 6th

sksalus sksalus writes: I would love to be able to benefit from the advice in this book.
Posted: 10:04 pm on September 6th

TheBubbe TheBubbe writes: My favorite garment of all time was a suit. Slim skirt. Shaped Jacket. I haven't been able to find one to buy so I must make it myself and I need instructions to do that.
Posted: 9:59 pm on September 6th

rrjane011749 rrjane011749 writes: I would love to win this fabulos book!
Posted: 9:48 pm on September 6th

LadyofShalott LadyofShalott writes: The couture technique I would like most to learn about is Bias Draping. Never having been professionally trained, this would be a real plus to my existing skills.
Posted: 9:33 pm on September 6th

eviej eviej writes: I have always dreamed of making a black bustier, complete with lace, ribbons, boning, you name it! A really sexy little couture number!
Posted: 9:16 pm on September 6th

sewlikechanel sewlikechanel writes: I love this book! i keep borrowing it from the library. iwould love to see it on my bookshelf.
Posted: 9:13 pm on September 6th

416 416 writes: I am truly a Claire Shaeffer fan. I have two of her books: "High-Fashion Sewing Secrets" and "Couture Sewing Techniques." I find her step-by-step instructions helpful and my garments always turn out great. I would like to have the updated book of "Couture Sewing Techniques". I am sure I will find a new way to make buttonholes and pockets or learn to apply a new couture technique for making pants and skirts that fit.
Posted: 9:11 pm on September 6th

MelanieLK MelanieLK writes: I would like to learn hand sewing techniques for making projects of high quality.
Posted: 9:11 pm on September 6th

fiona9 fiona9 writes: what wouldn't i love to learn?? ;) i'd say to make my underlinings look more professional, and to add beautiful finishing touches to seams & hems
Posted: 9:03 pm on September 6th

Lizothelake Lizothelake writes: I have NO WINTER COAT or Jacket, but I do have three or four lengths of fabric stashed away ready to make myself a couple of new ones. Since it is 20 years since I last made a properly stitched one I am going to have to brush up on my skills. Especially as the one length is a fine Camel Hair, another is a length of Linton Mills Tweed that has lurked since 1989, and another is a much cheaper Wool Tweed that looks like a more sensible everyday wear garment.
So pick me as the winner and I will triple the use of the prize by making three coats! ;-) Liz
Posted: 8:56 pm on September 6th

fiberthyme fiberthyme writes: Too Wonderful To Be True! That is if I am so lucky to receive the Couture book. What an amazing way to step it up a notch for my sewing.

Thank You for the opportunity.
Posted: 8:50 pm on September 6th

modalab modalab writes: Yes!!!!!! I just put this book on my wishlist on Amazon a few days ago...serendipity maybe?? I'm a fashion designer and have had serious issues with some clients regarding haute finishings. There are jut certain techniques that are not taught in school and unless you work for a Haute Couturier, which I have not had the opportunity to do as of yet, there is no chance to learn or practice. Ill keep my fingers and leggs crossed :) Hope its me!! and if not...congrats to the person who does!
Posted: 8:36 pm on September 6th

momadd momadd writes: I have been sewing for 30+ years and I'm mostly self taught from great books and magazines. I love trying new techniques(or new to me) and incorporating inspiration from couture.
Posted: 8:35 pm on September 6th

Punkin8 Punkin8 writes: Would love to win the book; always looking for ways to make my projects look as good on the inside as they do on the outside.
Posted: 8:34 pm on September 6th

tairyland tairyland writes: I can never get enough of reading about sewing, especially about costume creation and construction. This book looks like it would be a costume makers bible....WISH "I" had one!
Posted: 8:34 pm on September 6th

fozie fozie writes: Lovely! I'd love to know about finishing techniques to make my own garments look a little less "home ec." Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it would be nice for me personally to step it up a bit. Thanks!
Posted: 8:31 pm on September 6th

LaSylvie LaSylvie writes: Cover is beautiful and if the info inside is as great, I really must have this book!
Posted: 8:31 pm on September 6th

bakereliz bakereliz writes: I would love to learn about steaming fabric on the dress form to take up excess, for example, when tailoring wool jackets.
Posted: 8:31 pm on September 6th

glendasews glendasews writes: I love tailoring. I recently did one a Claire Shaeffer's jacket patterns a found her technique for putting in a lapel collar using the fel stitch resulted in a wonderful collar. I still us many hand stitches when I make tailored clothing.

I have had a chance to look at her and it would be a wonderful addition to everyone's sewing library.
Posted: 8:25 pm on September 6th

Jemnoshoul Jemnoshoul writes:
Claire Schaefer's books and articles have gotten me out of many messy situations. this book would be a great help in expanding my sewing skills.
Posted: 8:23 pm on September 6th

thana thana writes: Yes! I would love to have this book to learn more about professional couture finishings.
Posted: 8:17 pm on September 6th

RevMary RevMary writes: I'm very excited about the book we could win. I've resonantly been diagnosed
as disabled. That means a lot more sitting time to do the things I love,
which of course is sewing. I know I would use this book often as I develop
my beginners skills
Thanks for this chance to win.
Posted: 8:16 pm on September 6th

cindy_sews cindy_sews writes: I would love to win this book. I am very interested in bound pockets and button holes. I love all the embellishing techniques that were displayed in the sample pictures of the book.I would also love to learn how to properly fit a pattern to my own shape around the waist/hip area and the bust.
Posted: 8:12 pm on September 6th

mamafrog mamafrog writes: I love to learn new techniques even after 40 years of sewing, especially when I discover ways to refine what I do already!
Posted: 8:06 pm on September 6th

Sewshable1 Sewshable1 writes: I've left comments many times to win- what are the odds?
Posted: 8:03 pm on September 6th

wolfkit wolfkit writes: I have [mostly] made a coat of black crystal organza in a 'Matrix' style but am at odds on how to finish it. Any help would be appreciated and I have a feeling I could find that help in this book.
Posted: 8:03 pm on September 6th

mscgal mscgal writes: I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but am always inspired by Claire's expertise and knowledge, there is always something new to learn. I have been indulging in some vintage patterns lately, and realize how little I know of couture techniques, although sewing all my life. In particular, I would like to know more about underlining and structure (boning and stabilizing shapes). Carolyn
Posted: 7:56 pm on September 6th

Henfeathers Henfeathers writes: Both pad stitching and doing really good linings are my challenges. By the time I've altered the garment shell to fit, I'm befuddled about how large an area to pad and how to make all the changes in the linings. Kenneth King has been my inspiration but lack of time to practice has been my downfall so far..
Posted: 7:46 pm on September 6th

Sunnyday72 Sunnyday72 writes: I NEED this book. I have seen the first edition and I am very interested in the updated photos and info in this new edition.
Posted: 7:44 pm on September 6th

frilly frilly writes: Although I have been sewing for almost 50 years, I would really like to learn more about lining garments. Based on how often I refer to the author's books on fabric (which is every time I start a new project!), I know Couture Sewing Techniques would be well utlized. I LOVE the dress/gown on the cover and hope to see and read about all the construction details!
Posted: 7:41 pm on September 6th

izzie izzie writes: I would love to win a copy of this book!
Posted: 7:41 pm on September 6th

at_clearing at_clearing writes: I'm still long and lean, though not as lanky as I used to be. Nonetheless, I'd love to learn Claire's methods on creating and adjusting perfect fits for slacks and pants, as well as diminishing that bit of a tummy bump way past being a baby one.
Posted: 7:38 pm on September 6th

CarlaF CarlaF writes: I love Claire Shaeffer's books and articles in Threads. Please keep them coming :)
Posted: 7:36 pm on September 6th

en_gee en_gee writes: I would love to learn about creating and attaching linings and underlinings.
Posted: 7:34 pm on September 6th

Trailrprc Trailrprc writes: I would love to learn more about everything.. this would be a great book to start my library. New to sewing garments so anything learned would be great. :)
Posted: 7:33 pm on September 6th

kayr kayr writes: Aside from home ec. in jr. high school, I am a self taught sewer and I have learned a lot from reading Threads. I would love to learn anything I can about any and all couture techniques to improve my sewing.
Posted: 7:29 pm on September 6th

Nelle05 Nelle05 writes: I have tried mny different bound buttonhole methods. Would like to know how the couture method is accommplished.
Posted: 7:27 pm on September 6th

vic2025 vic2025 writes: I would love to learn all Claire's techniques. What a wonderful book. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I love Threads.
Posted: 7:23 pm on September 6th

Leolemon Leolemon writes: This may be the book that re-starts my creative juices!
Posted: 7:21 pm on September 6th

jupe77 jupe77 writes: I would like to learn more about linings and underlinings and hand stitching.
Posted: 7:16 pm on September 6th

WYsewist WYsewist writes: Claire's work both in books and patterns encourages my passion for hand sewing. I don't own this book and would love to win a copy especially because of the chapters on seam and edge finishing and closures.
Posted: 7:15 pm on September 6th

nanasue nanasue writes: I am interested in all things couture and would love to have Claire Shaeffer's latest book. I have several of her books in my library and have thoroughly enjoyed them.
Posted: 7:10 pm on September 6th

gallowglas gallowglas writes: I am not sure what Couture technique I would like to learn. Possibly this is above my current skill set, but you never know.
Posted: 7:09 pm on September 6th

anttibear anttibear writes: This book would be a fantastic resource to have, whether or not a person plans to sew haute couture. There is much to learn that can be applied to one's sewing projects. It would make a wonderful addition to my sewing library.
Posted: 7:05 pm on September 6th

klp1831 klp1831 writes: I would love to learn more about techniques such as pintucking, double needle, etc. This book would be a great first book.
Posted: 7:02 pm on September 6th

Ribbqah08 Ribbqah08 writes: Looks like the book has plenty of pictures (for those of us who are visual learners) with understandable explanations. This type of construction, with precision handsewing keeps garments from looking "homemade". Would love a copy to keep in my sewing desk ready to use when needed or when I need to take a break from the machines.
Posted: 7:00 pm on September 6th

Ribbqah08 Ribbqah08 writes: Looks like the book has plenty of pictures (for those of us who are visual learners) with understandable explanations. This type of construction, with precision handsewing keeps garments from looking "homemade". Would love a copy to keep in my sewing desk ready to use when needed or when I need to take a break from the machines.
Posted: 7:00 pm on September 6th

2newfies 2newfies writes: I've been circling this book like a hungry lion-ess. I would love to learn new techniques! Not a book you could check out of the library for a week or two, but a true reference book!
Posted: 6:59 pm on September 6th

Kwicks Kwicks writes: I have been sewing for 44 yrs., now and have been improving my skills and techniques since just by reading books and copying what I see. I want to learn each and every couture technique there is. Mostly I want to perfect my hand stitching skills as used in zipper applications. I get very tickled at the techniques used to hide closures and would love to learn them too.
Posted: 6:57 pm on September 6th

Nettie14 Nettie14 writes: I would love to win a copy of this book!!!
Posted: 6:52 pm on September 6th

Lauriepie Lauriepie writes: oooohhh! Just what I need for my sewing library. I have EVERY issue of THREADS and this would certainly round it out. Hy hairdresser is new to sewing and really appreciates my "lending library". We're already planning to barter for sewing lessons/haircuts! A very nice tradeoff!
Posted: 6:48 pm on September 6th

smfsprout smfsprout writes: This book would be an absolute treasure to add to my library. Thanks.
Posted: 6:47 pm on September 6th

SC_Catherine SC_Catherine writes: I loved her first Couture book. I need to improve my hand sewing techniques.
Posted: 6:43 pm on September 6th

rxxanne rxxanne writes: I have wanted the old one and now I want the new one.
Posted: 6:40 pm on September 6th

MorningRose MorningRose writes: I am doing much more hand sewing of unique items that this would be a great addition to my library.
Posted: 6:40 pm on September 6th

Corkid Corkid writes: since I began sewing late in life (my senior years)....would love to add Claire's new book to my library along with the Claire Shaeffer Fabric Sewing Guide which I also own....am trying to perfect hand sewing.
Posted: 6:34 pm on September 6th

Ion_Vulture Ion_Vulture writes: Personally, I'd be thrilled at the opportunity to get to learn any of the various Couture sewing techniques. I haven't really done any of them, but I have every confidence they'd give my work that extra something that separates merely acceptable garments from extraordinary ones. I guess if I had to choose one, I'd want to learn more about beading fabric.
Posted: 6:33 pm on September 6th

Corkid Corkid writes: since I began sewing in late in life (my senior years)....would love to add Claire's new book to my library along with the Claire Shaeffer Fabric Sewing Guide which I also own....am trying to perfect hand sewing.
Posted: 6:29 pm on September 6th

kershawgirl kershawgirl writes: I'm sure this book could really make some one a much better sewer in no time! I would like to be that one, so I'm entering with my fingers crossed for the best.
Posted: 6:23 pm on September 6th

Mizmash Mizmash writes: Would it be too much to ask, to want to learn it ALL?!!! :)
Might take a lifetime...and some...since I started rather late...I'll be content with a little bit whenever I can make the time!
Posted: 6:17 pm on September 6th

msfroggy msfroggy writes: I would love to learn more about fitting and various alterations. I have been admiring this book and would love to win it.
Posted: 6:14 pm on September 6th

jocaba jocaba writes: Anything about making things fit better would be a great help. I also just enjoy reading books about beautiful sewing. I'm sure the pictures are great. Looks like a good reference book.
Posted: 6:12 pm on September 6th

eak1 eak1 writes: This would be an excellent book to inspire me further in my sewing! Would love to build on the handful of couture techniques I know.
Posted: 6:10 pm on September 6th

audsbiz audsbiz writes: I would love to learn how to do more tailoring!
Posted: 6:10 pm on September 6th

moogie moogie writes: I'm surrounded by quilters!! I need some inspiration. Sewing clothing well is still my favorite.
Posted: 6:03 pm on September 6th

cassie69emt cassie69emt writes: any help from anyone right now is appreciated because I have some little guy tuxes to make for our daughters wedding coming up
Posted: 5:55 pm on September 6th

nanacosta nanacosta writes: I love to learn!!! and being Claire one of the top teachers in this field of sewing, I would love to have a copy of her book!!!
Posted: 5:53 pm on September 6th

FoundOz FoundOz writes: Need a new wardrobe for a new job and want it to look designer. I think this book would help me achieve that goal. Would love to win it. Thanks!
Posted: 5:52 pm on September 6th

tohonol tohonol writes: would love to make these kinda dresses on the cover, would love to win this book
Posted: 5:51 pm on September 6th

Elsabae Elsabae writes: I would like to understand more about the under-structure of garments for a better fit. Didn't matter so much when I was 20, but 30 years later...seems to be more pertinent!
Posted: 5:46 pm on September 6th

sewcool sewcool writes: I love Claire Shaeffer, would like to add this book to my sewing library.
Posted: 5:45 pm on September 6th

bernie4me bernie4me writes: With the help of one wedding dress designer's informational article in Threads years ago, I was able to make my daughter's wedding dress, complete with corset top with built in bra. She now has teenage children and I have every issue of Threads ever printed. I can't tell you how often I have used the couture sewing techniques in the magazines and would absolutely treasure Claire Shaeffer's book. My granddaughters are now following in my sewing footsteps and we have so many prom and homecoming dresses, and countless other garments to construct before they are sewing for their children.
Posted: 5:44 pm on September 6th

Colwaiting Colwaiting writes: What a beautiful cover! What a joy to own this book. That you for entering my name.
Posted: 5:42 pm on September 6th

Colwaiting Colwaiting writes: What a beautiful cover! What a joy to own this book. That you for entering my name.
Posted: 5:42 pm on September 6th

NewYorker NewYorker writes: I would be thrilled to win this book. Everyone seems to have an excellent comment, but I'm a newbie to sewing. They tried to teach me in HS, but I had no interest in making aprons and other items that no one cares for. This book would really set the high-water mark to strive for in sewing.
Posted: 5:40 pm on September 6th

39sewgal 39sewgal writes: I love all of the articles and sewing tips that Claire gives to the sewing world. Adding this new book to my library would be a wonderful treat. I'd like to know more about how to control slinky/slippery fabrics.
Posted: 5:37 pm on September 6th

CaroVienna CaroVienna writes: I would love to have a copy of this book, I have always made clothes and this would let me learn how to do the really fine fashion details.
Posted: 5:35 pm on September 6th

evego evego writes: We used an older version of this book as a text in a couture sewing class in fashion school. It was really helpful. Can't help but want the newest edition!
Posted: 5:33 pm on September 6th

elsew elsew writes: ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT,BUT WOULD REALLY FEEL LIKE I 'MADE' IT WHEN I'M WEARING A PAIR OF 'COUTURE' PANTS I MADE.
Posted: 5:31 pm on September 6th

juliem juliem writes: I just returned the book to my public library, 2 weeks was not long enough to take in all the information. I would love to own a copy.
Posted: 5:31 pm on September 6th

showmequilter showmequilter writes: Would love to win this book. Would like to learn the finer art of finishing garments.
Posted: 5:28 pm on September 6th

klrocks klrocks writes: I love clever minds. What a wonderful way to make a corset.
Posted: 5:28 pm on September 6th

gypsysue gypsysue writes: As a newbie to fashion sewing, this books would be a real bonanza. Thank you Threads for a great magazine and blog. Sue M in Minn
Posted: 5:28 pm on September 6th

liansawires liansawires writes: Most interested in patternmaking. I make my own cloth and I'm just starting to make garments, so this would really be helpful.
Posted: 5:28 pm on September 6th

talondrago talondrago writes: I would like to learn hand sewing better.
Posted: 5:24 pm on September 6th

ptothefourth ptothefourth writes: I also have an older version of this book! I'd love to have the newest edition. There's always room to improve my skills.
Posted: 5:18 pm on September 6th

Susanamy Susanamy writes: I'd like to learn the proper use and execution of padding stitches to assure the shape of a tailored garment.
Posted: 5:18 pm on September 6th

Linkbeth Linkbeth writes: ohhh I just can never have enough 'good' books...and this one takes it a step beyond to make your hand sewn items really complete...thanks much for the opportunity...Elizabeth
Posted: 5:18 pm on September 6th

5jeanne 5jeanne writes: Been away from sewing for a few years, but now with my new Viking Designer Diamond machine I'm raring to go and am also desperately in need of a new wardrobe. Would love to learn all those wonderful couture techniques. Thanks
Posted: 5:12 pm on September 6th

robynmcintyre robynmcintyre writes: Everyone has such good reasons for wanting this book, I'm glad that the winner will be a random selection.

I started hand sewing in HS because I couldn't afford a machine and have continued because I love the process. I learned how to create basic patterns but would love to know more about shaping a garment, since it is the fit as well as the details that defines haute couture.
Posted: 5:11 pm on September 6th

UnaHagen UnaHagen writes: The technique I would most love to learn is how to incorporate interlinings into womens' jackets. I will be sewing most of my daughter's professional clothing and jackets will be the key component in building her wardrobe.
Posted: 5:02 pm on September 6th

SusannahRodana SusannahRodana writes: I want to take my sewing to the next level with Couture Techniques. I love Clare's patterns also!
Posted: 5:01 pm on September 6th

Rainbowheart Rainbowheart writes: I have recently started a custom made design business and the techniques in this book would be wonderful to learn and master.
Posted: 5:01 pm on September 6th

beachdoll beachdoll writes: I love, love, love Haute Couture and my goal in life is go to Claire's workshop someday. I was able to attend one when she was in Michigan years ago and I count it as my top seminar of all the sewing ones I have attended. She is an amazing font of couture knowledge and I need this book to use with her last one! Louise
Posted: 5:00 pm on September 6th

Myluco Myluco writes: I would love to learn more about "costumes" (read old-style" dresses a-la Scarlet O'Hara. Thanks for this chance.
Posted: 4:59 pm on September 6th

sewing_teacher sewing_teacher writes: My friend just introduced me to a new store with beautiful fabrics for Couture sewing this book would be a great reference guide to get us started on a new project.
Posted: 4:59 pm on September 6th

minerva454 minerva454 writes: I would love to learn more about hand sewing techniques. I find that sewing is my escape these days - I don't make a lot of things, but I want them to be exquisite and I want them to be around for a LONG time. Learning more about hand sewing would help me take the steps from craft to art...I'm very excited that this book has been updated and reprinted; I'm still very much a book person, thanks!
Posted: 4:58 pm on September 6th

AlyceJ AlyceJ writes: I've looked at this book - it is extremely detailed!
I would love to own a copy! :-)
Posted: 4:58 pm on September 6th

carlina carlina writes: I'd love to learn about interlining garments, this book would be a wealth of information, I'm sure!
Posted: 4:57 pm on September 6th

ljelgin ljelgin writes: Great book...
Posted: 4:53 pm on September 6th

4lornhope 4lornhope writes: I would love to be able to reconstruct the great clothes I find in second hand stores. They are so lovely, but just don't fit. This book would be so helpful in doing that.
Posted: 4:53 pm on September 6th

Phylli Phylli writes: I would love to improve my skills in fine finishing garments, particularly hemming of silk chiffon.
Posted: 4:51 pm on September 6th

bbrockhoff bbrockhoff writes: Thanks for making this book available as a "prize." I hope I'm the lucky recipient!
Posted: 4:50 pm on September 6th

tusche tusche writes: A refined approach to construction and finish. Couture work is always a work in progress and congratulations to Claire.
Posted: 4:50 pm on September 6th

QuinteShores QuinteShores writes: I am interested in how to create the structure in couture garments as well as hand embellisment. I am also interested in draping techniques.
Posted: 4:50 pm on September 6th

maxibelle maxibelle writes: This would be a win-win for me...a new sewing book,
which I never grow tried of reading over & over
again, picking up new tips that last time I read
didn't register, but this time would make my
good, acceptable sewing garments...Awesome.
Posted: 4:47 pm on September 6th

minuit1 minuit1 writes: I would love to know how to create the internal support structure of formnal garments - boning, fitting, finishing
Posted: 4:46 pm on September 6th

Kimstu Kimstu writes: Finishing seam allowances! particularly "French finishing". I have a secondhand French book "Guide de Coupe et de Couture" but a lot of it's over my head---would love to read descriptions of these techniques geared to the English-speaking sewer.
Posted: 4:44 pm on September 6th

b_sirius b_sirius writes: Hand embellishment is my next skill to conquer! The simple elegance that well placed french knots or a running stitch can add to a garment enchants me.
Posted: 4:44 pm on September 6th

eve1224 eve1224 writes: If I were to win this terrific book I would share it with my aunt who I was named after but also who shared her love of sewing to a great extent! My aunt would start her career at Maidenform as a seamstress and learn mass techniques.

Later, we both had separate custom bridal dress businesses although she out-sewed me most times! I learned some menswear tailoring techniques a while ago and enjoyed the results. Couture and custom applications always contribute to great looking clothes.

I would love to read about all the tried-and-true as well as the latest couture techniques and approaches. I would email her and visit her to share what I learned and complete the circle as she started the circle about 30 years ago with me!
Posted: 4:43 pm on September 6th

SueBee256 SueBee256 writes: I would love to upgrade my sewing skills. I could really use this to help me.
Posted: 4:42 pm on September 6th

kkemper kkemper writes: I would love to read this book and get inspired.
Posted: 4:42 pm on September 6th

SewTall_Michele SewTall_Michele writes: Claire Schaffer is da bomb! Working on a jacket now from her patterns.
Posted: 4:41 pm on September 6th

Jaderaven Jaderaven writes: What an excellent prize! I'm personally interested in learning how to professionally finish my garments, techniques to improve what skills I do have currently and Claire's book would be perfect for this. Thanks for a great opportunity for everyone!
Posted: 4:40 pm on September 6th

gerde gerde writes: I would love to learn more about shaping- bustiers
Posted: 4:40 pm on September 6th

MessyVirgo MessyVirgo writes: I like having the insides of my garments and other projects look as good as the outsides, even if no one ever sees them. Learning Claire Schaeffer's techniques would really help.
Posted: 4:40 pm on September 6th

StitchFree StitchFree writes: I would love to learn how to put in beautiful jacket linings. Mine always end up hanging too low or pulling.
Posted: 4:39 pm on September 6th

jpadden53 jpadden53 writes: I would love to learn how to profesinally finish my daughter's wedding gowns when it comes time. I can do anything with a needle and thread, it's just a matter of knowing what to do. Thanks for this opportunity.
Posted: 4:39 pm on September 6th

NikkiD NikkiD writes: I would love to extend my knowledge by reading and practicing the techniques in this wonderful book.
Posted: 4:38 pm on September 6th

tomsmama2 tomsmama2 writes: Would love to learn how to do a finely turned lapel. No matter how I try mine always seem to be a bit awkward. Perhaps its the materials or maybe something I'm doing wrong in the hand-stitching but it's just not right.
Posted: 4:38 pm on September 6th

smonakey smonakey writes: Claire's such a knowledgeable & talented crafter that I'm always impressed with her books & articles. I expect this updated edition to be another winner.
Posted: 4:37 pm on September 6th

SewcietyMaven SewcietyMaven writes: I will be sewing my daughter's wedding gown for this upcoming year, and I am feeling a bit intimidated. I believe this book would relieve a bit of stress!!!

Posted: 4:37 pm on September 6th

3feathers 3feathers writes: Oh my! So many tailoring facets that I'd love to learn. Bound buttonholes, professional underlining, pick stitched zippers, fitting and altering, and the list goes on! I do hope I win a copy!
Posted: 4:35 pm on September 6th

2tango 2tango writes: I love Claire Shaffer and have followed her wonderful advice for years from books and in Threads magazine. This book would be a welcome addition to my collection.
Posted: 4:35 pm on September 6th

Ranchera Ranchera writes: Claire Shaeffer's COUTURE SEWING book will be a fantastic book to own and get educated by.
Posted: 4:29 pm on September 6th

krawz krawz writes: I would love Claire Schaeffer's new book! I am especially interested in welt pockets and bound buttonholes, but I love learning about all couture techniques. I've been sewing about 15 years now and I am constantly trying to learn and challenge myself. Claire's techniques can certainly be challenging - and they are always worth learning!
Posted: 4:23 pm on September 6th

nanagloria nanagloria writes: I would love to add this book to my collection! I want to learn everything I can about all aspects of sewing!
Posted: 4:22 pm on September 6th

bunnyflower bunnyflower writes: I'd love to learn about those gorgeous buttonholes!!
Posted: 4:20 pm on September 6th

LaceyClaire LaceyClaire writes: If "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer
measures up to the book I have by Claire Shaeffer, it is a work of excellence (... has a red jacket with grasshopper buttons on the cover...)

I am interested in everything C.S. teaches, but am most of all 'hand sewing' techniques to finish off a garment of quality. In my younger days, I fantasized about being a minion to a professional in a New York couturier house had anyone been willing. Alas, time has passed me by, but I plan to maximize time left.
Posted: 1:04 pm on September 6th

sewdelicious sewdelicious writes: This book would be such a tremendous help to me. I have just gotten back into sewing and need professional assistance fitting garments, especially where the armhole meets the shoulders. I don't know how to measure that area or where the seam should lie. I always have to adjust my patterns at the shoulders. Adding special embellishments and making the design your own, is what I am trying to graduate to. I have heard only supreme comments about Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques book. This would be a treasure to have.
Posted: 11:45 am on September 6th

vwren99 vwren99 writes: Fine finishing is my passion,and while I have a lot of experience with fine sewing for babies/children, I have a lot to learn about sewing for adults. I would really love to win this book! I am just starting to delve into making clothes for myself, which I haven't really attempted since several less-than-stellar school projects many (many!) years ago.
Posted: 10:34 am on September 6th

pitmankl pitmankl writes: am currently taking up sewing again for my granddaughter, who is now 15 and severely handicapped. Trying to get garments to fit correctly taking into account braces, height, etc. is difficulty - this would be a wonderful addition to my sewing room with tips on fitting, etc. Here's hopingA!
Posted: 9:24 am on September 6th

sradoll sradoll writes: Anything from Claire would be a much welcome addition to my sewing library!
Posted: 1:52 am on September 6th

fortieschic fortieschic writes: I've been sewing for years and years and am still very interested in all the best techniques for incorporating small embellishments such as fine piping, well-placed seams, and pockets (but not patch pockets!). I love Adrian and Armani. I am now more interested in attractive silhouettes for the more mature figure that has little waistline and even some tummy without looking like the mother-of-the-bride. Thanks for a great magazine!
Posted: 11:31 pm on September 5th

sewfly86 sewfly86 writes: I love to sew and I think this book is awesome! I want to try all of the techniques.....but especially design details with garments of all kinds. I am so excited!!!
Posted: 5:46 pm on September 5th

Jennoelle Jennoelle writes: I would love to learn more about draping a muslin and about different techniques for finishing seams.
Posted: 2:14 pm on September 5th

yourwildestseams yourwildestseams writes: I would love to improve my handsewing techniques now that I have the patience to appreciate it. I have had no luck finding any reading material on the subject of handwork and could so use this book!
Posted: 1:04 pm on September 5th

KathleenCCC KathleenCCC writes: I forgot to add - that I just like hand stitching in general. Hand beading, hand stitched hems, pad stitching......you cant get certain looks any other way.
Posted: 12:41 pm on September 5th

KathleenCCC KathleenCCC writes: IwantIwantIwant!!
I always do my best to add couture techniques to my garments when at all possible! It makes such a difference!
XX
Posted: 12:39 pm on September 5th

kylakae kylakae writes: Looks like a great book!
Posted: 12:21 pm on September 5th

CarolW CarolW writes: Would love to have this book to learn more finishing and hand stitching techniques.
Posted: 9:58 am on September 5th

Rozzybb Rozzybb writes: This book look awesome!!! It would be great to make evening wear without it looking 'homemade', especially using more textured and beaded fabric.
Posted: 9:38 am on September 5th

lambiee lambiee writes: I'd like to learn how to do machine bound button holes as well as the extended collar and facing.
Posted: 8:53 am on September 5th

kslaughter kslaughter writes: I would love to learn more about fitting and shaping. Also love the idea of having a garment as beautiful on the inside as outside with the seam techniques. Thanks so much for a super giveaway!

Posted: 8:01 am on September 5th

thatsmyreen thatsmyreen writes: would LOVE to have this book!

Posted: 7:27 am on September 5th

LunaMortus LunaMortus writes: I would really enjoy & put this book to great use! I have been sewing for years, but my end product lacks that certain professional touch. I would be absolutely ecstatic to have such an amazing book! Sewing is my life, my refuge, my art & creative outlet.
Posted: 11:44 pm on September 4th

alaskapsych alaskapsych writes: I have recently returned to sewing. I would love to have this book to improve my very rusty skills!
Posted: 9:38 pm on September 4th

Vicky15 Vicky15 writes: I am interested in learning more about fitting clothing and some unique sewing techniques. I have taught myself to sew but would love to have someone else share their expertise.
Posted: 6:44 pm on September 4th

iluv2sew iluv2sew writes: Can't wait to spend hours mastering all the techniques....
My dream job is to work for a couture house in Paris


Posted: 4:55 pm on September 4th

kelli_d kelli_d writes: I love to sew but I am limited by my instruction. This book would help me to improve my finishing and closures to make my pieces look more like the works of art I feel that they are.
Posted: 11:18 am on September 4th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: Claire is an excellent writer and student of design.
I would like to learn more about couture hand sewing stitches and techniques.
Posted: 9:45 am on September 4th

Sarah3811 Sarah3811 writes: I think i would be most interested in the fitting aspect and the closures as those are areas that I feel that i could improve the most at the moment (there will always be something to improve on really ) This book would be beneficial for that :)
Posted: 11:23 pm on September 3rd

CosmicCaro CosmicCaro writes: Thank you for the giveaway! This book is definitively on my wish list! I hope to learn the hand sewing stitches...
Posted: 9:22 pm on September 3rd

ahearta ahearta writes: There's so many couture sewing techniques that I would like to learn that I don't know where to start. I'm a relatively new seamstress, and I'm doing my best to take my time and learn to sew well. This book would be a great addition to my library and really help me to achieve my goal of learning how to sew well. Thanks for the chance to win it!
Posted: 2:31 pm on September 3rd

rshively rshively writes: Couture sewing is becoming more special because it has become so rare. I would particularly enjoy learning how to finish seams in a way that is not only secure, but decorative - so much better than the standard zig-zag to do nothing other than prevent raveling, but looks puckered from the outside. These details turn "home-made" into "custom-made". Besides, if you're going to spend $$ on fabric and precious time to make something, shouldn't it be extra special?
Posted: 10:43 am on September 3rd

Bluizeblu Bluizeblu writes: This would be a great book to add to my library, and just in time for holiday sewing!
Posted: 12:07 am on September 3rd

niici niici writes: I have been looking at this book and wishing I had it in my sewing room. I would be awesome to win it. niici
Posted: 11:04 pm on September 2nd

SewReel SewReel writes: Wow! I have had my eye on this book for some time! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.
Posted: 12:57 pm on September 2nd

lhuggins lhuggins writes: I LOVE Details... and this book is full of how i can create stunning things with lots of them. I would LOVE to have this book.

Posted: 12:49 pm on September 2nd

lhuggins lhuggins writes: I LOVE Details... and this book is full of how i can create stunning things with lots of them. I would LOVE to have this book.

Posted: 12:49 pm on September 2nd

lvstosew lvstosew writes: I've been sewing for a little over 3 yrs self taught I would love to win this book because I think it would help me master the techniques to better fitting garments i have so much trouble making my garments fit perfect to my shape i would love to make one that fits great and be proud to wear
Posted: 11:54 am on September 2nd

AlicePoppet AlicePoppet writes: I am a teenager and have been sewing ever since I can remember. I love to sew by hand but know very few couture techniques at all. It would be great to learn some that I could use on my sewing projects.
Posted: 11:18 am on September 2nd

showdog1719 showdog1719 writes: I reviewed Claire's book in the store and know it will be a great addition to my library. Easy to read and understandable directions for those fine touches. I may not be able to wait for the 'giveaway' end to pick it up.
Posted: 9:31 am on September 2nd

Finally_Time Finally_Time writes: Going to retire soon and have more time to sew! Need tips on how to properly fit garments to my own shape. Much easier doing it on another person.
Posted: 7:20 am on September 2nd

Colargolet Colargolet writes: Wow! I'd really like to win this book!!!
Thanks for the chance!
Posted: 4:31 am on September 2nd

DustyBunny DustyBunny writes: I would be thrilled to win this book! I think it would be amazing to learn how to create stunning details that really allow a garment to look chic. I am most interested in learning more about how to create a finished look on the interior of a piece, as well as embellishments and collars.
Posted: 1:04 am on September 2nd

KVoisey KVoisey writes: I would love to take my sewing to the next level with this book!
Posted: 11:12 pm on September 1st

NHale NHale writes: I looked through a friend's copy of the last edition; it was wonderful. I'd love to have my own copy of the new edition.
Posted: 9:33 pm on September 1st

greenbp greenbp writes: I love to read books on sewing. I am sure it is filled with lots of information of things I can learn.

Posted: 9:03 pm on September 1st

frostedthreads frostedthreads writes: I would love this book to add to my sewing collection. I would love to learn some of these couture techniques to pass down to my duaghters.
Posted: 8:30 pm on September 1st

KatieCrabCakes KatieCrabCakes writes: Claire is so great with her instructions and her content. I enjoy everything she sends our way!
Posted: 8:17 pm on September 1st

kapl45 kapl45 writes: I would like to learn more about shaping garments and how to create a proper lining for a garment.
Posted: 7:30 pm on September 1st

TessaBear TessaBear writes: I also have the older version of Clair's book. The additional techniques from the review in Threads sound interesting.
Posted: 6:04 pm on September 1st

jsews jsews writes: Claire's atricles are always so informative and so is her original book. I would love to learn to make professional looking garments on the inside as well as the outside. Also, hidden closures would be nice.


Posted: 5:46 pm on September 1st

TessaBear TessaBear writes: Clair's books are wonderful!
Posted: 5:46 pm on September 1st

Dexez Dexez writes: love Claire and her books. When I first started sewing a fellow designer had the first edition. Didn't had time to make a copy, this is my chance :D
I would love to find out more about couture techinques of finishing the inside garment.
Posted: 5:34 pm on September 1st

Zippylady Zippylady writes: I need to know more about the hidden construction of garments and you have to know that to truely sew a couture worthy garment.
Posted: 5:29 pm on September 1st

JensWare JensWare writes: I'd like to learn more about incorporating bras into evening gowns and costume bodices. And I'm not talking about just slapping a triangle piece of foam in place and calling it a day.
Posted: 4:58 pm on September 1st

dpete dpete writes: I would love to have this book. I would like to improve my fitting skills especially.

Posted: 4:41 pm on September 1st

Foxtrot401 Foxtrot401 writes: I'd like to get into more fine, high-end sewing but need some confidence in fitting and shaping. Can't risk the cost of good fabrics and more elaborate designs when I can't get a clean, consistent fit.
Posted: 4:35 pm on September 1st

jsnoble jsnoble writes: Looking forward to seeing this book. Would be lovely to win it!
Posted: 4:09 pm on September 1st

Rogues_of_Thread Rogues_of_Thread writes: I've been looking at this book for a while now; it's definitely on my to buy list so I hope I win! I would like to learn more about advanced seaming and darting to give a garment structure and shape.
Posted: 4:09 pm on September 1st

pelicanmom pelicanmom writes: I WOULD LOVE TO MASTER HIDDEN POCKETS.
Posted: 3:55 pm on September 1st

purcul purcul writes: would love to own this amazing book!!! sure it would improve my dressmaking x
Posted: 3:37 pm on September 1st

Laura_Mae Laura_Mae writes: Ooh, what a fabulous book to add to the library!
Posted: 3:23 pm on September 1st

meganeliza meganeliza writes: How fabulous- more techniques to take sewing to the next level!
Posted: 2:26 pm on September 1st

GreyBird GreyBird writes: I would love to improve my hand sewing skills and this book looks like a great resource. I also love reading about couture. I want to win!

Posted: 2:02 pm on September 1st

suesewing suesewing writes: I would like to perfect my bodices, especially those that are strapless and need boning.
Posted: 1:47 pm on September 1st

daffs daffs writes: What a great resource!
Posted: 1:35 pm on September 1st

SewCindy SewCindy writes: I want to learn couture hand sewing techniques. In general, I would just like to improve my sewing on all levels.
Posted: 1:34 pm on September 1st

kkegeland kkegeland writes: I am always looking for new techniques that help make the inside of my garments look as clean as the outside.
This book would be great to add to my collection!!
Posted: 1:33 pm on September 1st

SewCindy SewCindy writes: I would like to learn couture techniques for hand sewing.
Posted: 1:33 pm on September 1st

jajtoworld jajtoworld writes: I would love to learn more about building a foundation into a garment. As the years go by, the body needs all the help it can get to make the clothes look great!
Posted: 1:02 pm on September 1st

fabricstitcher fabricstitcher writes: This would be a wonderful resource
Posted: 12:54 pm on September 1st

cecine cecine writes: I'm trying to perfect my technique at sewing and winning this book will help me to achieve my goal.
Posted: 12:53 pm on September 1st

dksmith dksmith writes: I love to use the couture finishing touches to garments to give the the extra special look and feel!
Posted: 12:28 pm on September 1st

Kukana Kukana writes: I haven't done this type of sewing in many years, but I took a class in college from Catherine Stephenson and LOVED it! I have a couple of Claire's books and have been to one of her 1/2 day seminars and she is fabulous! Anyone would be proud to own this book! Keep up the great work Threads! Love, love love your magazine - look forward to it the most of all my subscriptions.
Posted: 12:18 pm on September 1st

grdanecrazy grdanecrazy writes: My friends ask me all the time why do you sew when clothes are so cheap? Because I want a great fit, clothes that last, and in colors that look good on me! I look at the best labels all the time, and wonder how did they get that look. I am sure that this book would answer my questions about technique.
Posted: 12:08 pm on September 1st

LivingLRG LivingLRG writes: I love Claire Schaffer - I have her DVD's and her original Couture Sewing Techniques. She's been an inspiration for me and I would love to win her revised book. I don't have the opportunity to sew couture like I used to so I use her book and DVD's as my primer to ensure I'm reminded of what I need to do to create drop-dead custom couture looks no-one else has. Thanks Claire!
Posted: 12:07 pm on September 1st

dawmie dawmie writes: Having just finished making a wedding dress, I sure could have used this book!
Posted: 12:03 pm on September 1st

lmbarber lmbarber writes: I would love to learn about couture sewing techniques. This would be a fantastic way to do so.
Posted: 11:45 am on September 1st

puntopunti puntopunti writes: It's been a few years that I put this book on my wish list for Christmas. I hope winning it for my birthday this month.
Good luck to everyone!
Posted: 11:37 am on September 1st

SansSouci572 SansSouci572 writes: I would like to learn boning. I want my skirts and "corset" type tops to stay polished looking, instead of being crumpled!
Posted: 11:36 am on September 1st

GinnieI GinnieI writes: I'm finding a real lack in the availability of books and resources out there for those of us who want to have a really professional look to the clothing we make. I've been making wedding dresses for years, but feel the information provided in this book could make them have a more finished look.
Posted: 11:26 am on September 1st

mo_luv2sew mo_luv2sew writes: Ohhh, I love Claire Schaeffer's books - pick me, pick me!! :-)

Maris
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Posted: 10:41 am on September 1st

Diowyn Diowyn writes: I am have made a serious goal for 2011 to learn at least 12 new sewing techniques - 1 per month and this books will help me accomplish that goal! What a great addition to a perfect reference sewing library.
Posted: 10:20 am on September 1st

Nett1970 Nett1970 writes: I'm getting back into sewing after years of absence and my goal is to soak up as much information as possible. I was a pretty darn good seamstress in high school and since high school I have become that 5'3" 150 lb curvy girl with a DD bust that nothing fits. I'm tired of not being able to wear shirts with buttons so I've decided that I'm going to make them myself. Thus, I need any information I can get my hands on regarding fitting and alterations and I want the end result to look professional. Claire Shaeffer comes HIGHLY recommended by a friend of mine who has sewn for years and owns one of her previous books.
Posted: 10:20 am on September 1st

emilynd06 emilynd06 writes: I've been wanting this book for quite some time! I'd really love to up my sewing game.
Posted: 10:16 am on September 1st

kvenkat kvenkat writes: Oh, I could learn something from each chapter in this book. I really would like to make my sewing look more polished and professional.
Posted: 10:13 am on September 1st

Hurricaneelaine Hurricaneelaine writes: This book looks so interesting, definitely something to help me increase my sewing abilities!
Posted: 10:11 am on September 1st

alisoncat alisoncat writes: I would like to learn about fitting finesse. The curved darts and details that make a couture garment stand out from usual ready-to-wear. I'd also like to learn more about how well made garments are finished on the inside since that can make such a huge difference in the over all look of a garment.
Posted: 10:00 am on September 1st

lag21479 lag21479 writes: I have always wanted to make a tailored pant suit, but shy away from trying for fear of not knowing how to finish the interior. I'd love to learn about sleeve headings, pad stitching, making a perfect lapel, bound buttonholes, and of course fitting the whole thing to an anything-but-model-tall-and-thin-with-few-curves body.
As a side note, I'd love to see the Project Runway designers fit a 5'3" 150+ lbs with DD cup woman! LOL! They wouldn't know where to begin!
Posted: 9:48 am on September 1st

Vmpyrchik Vmpyrchik writes: I've generally been a fan of hand-sewing for years, intentionally or not! :) Basically, whenever I start out sewing something on a machine, it always seems to lack a certain 'something' unless I finish it by hand.
I would like to one day have a custom clothing store, a store that would be able to tailor a garment directly to the customers needs and desires. The section on 'Jackets' seems to be a dream come true: I've found it difficult to locate a book that can walk me through tailoring the perfect jacket (and I'm in school for fashion design! You'd think I'd find something THERE, but no dice). And, of course, the chapter on shaping the garment is right up my alley. To be able to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece that will make a customer leave with a smile...those are my reasons as to why I'd love this book.
Posted: 9:43 am on September 1st

neaton neaton writes: I am so tired of my sewing looking "homemade". I want it to look like it came out of a high end store. Claire's techniques in Threads are doable!
Posted: 9:43 am on September 1st

Sewballet Sewballet writes: I would love to have a copy of this book!
Posted: 9:36 am on September 1st

Susan545 Susan545 writes: Drooling! I would love to have this! I'd, also wish Threads had an online digital version of their magazine.
Posted: 9:36 am on September 1st

Christine_Haynes Christine_Haynes writes: what a great giveaway! i was considering buying this book and wining it would be amazing. the techniques i'd most like to see are all the various hand finishings. i'm sure it is loaded with good tips!
Posted: 9:29 am on September 1st

sewingonthefarm sewingonthefarm writes: This would be a perfect addition to my collection of sewing books, a great next step sort of thing.
Posted: 9:26 am on September 1st

sewwot sewwot writes: I am starting my daughters wedding dress and would love any tips or techniques on making the perfect fitted bodice from the inside out.
Posted: 9:15 am on September 1st

BarbaraMcD BarbaraMcD writes: I love love to learn how to get a better fit in garments. ladywhosews.blogspot.com

Thank You
Posted: 9:01 am on September 1st

wrpnwft wrpnwft writes: I would like to be able to improve upon my 46 years of sewing experience to create garments that look as wonderful on the inside as they do on the outside. Seam finishing is, for me, the true indicator of a seamstress's skills. I am detailed oriented. Even if I will be the only person who will ever see the work, it matters to me that it be precise.
Posted: 9:00 am on September 1st

DESPINAGR DESPINAGR writes: I want this book!!!
Posted: 8:59 am on September 1st

JoaniesJosh JoaniesJosh writes: I would LOVE to have a copy of Claire Shaeffer's new book Couture Sewing Techniques. I always read her articles as soon as my Threads magazine arrives in the mail. Since I am detail-oriented, I find techniques fasinating, especially those from Claire. I am starting to get my sewing articles, books, etc. organized in order to help others get interested in sewing -- for instance my daughter-in-law and nieces. Thank you.
Posted: 8:54 am on September 1st

Ensnee Ensnee writes: I would definitely love to learn more about shaping & handfinishing!
Posted: 8:44 am on September 1st

Cisa Cisa writes: I would love to have a copy of this! My dog ate my original when he was a puppy and so I've been missing several chapters for the last few years.
Posted: 8:43 am on September 1st

Krissco Krissco writes: I would love to learn more about tailoring techniques and shaping.
Posted: 8:41 am on September 1st

CottageWhimsey CottageWhimsey writes: loved the techniques in the former edition...would lve to see what's new
Posted: 8:38 am on September 1st

strasfamily strasfamily writes: I would love to learn more about adding linings to garments.
Posted: 8:32 am on September 1st

buddcker buddcker writes: Bound buttonholes are a worthy goal! I'd love to win.
Posted: 8:30 am on September 1st

threadsquare threadsquare writes: I would love to learn tailoring techniques for shaping, and also perfect hand hem finishing.
Posted: 8:29 am on September 1st

ClaireSews ClaireSews writes: It would be fabulous to know the secrets of couture construction!
Posted: 8:28 am on September 1st

bleakhouse bleakhouse writes: Definitely shaping and hand sewing.
I am new to sewing and my instructor informed us that Threads is the only company whose books and magazines she recommends, due to your ease of instruction and excellent techniques.
Posted: 8:23 am on September 1st

sjune sjune writes: Just to be more confident in my self to have a more professional looking garment. A go-to source for assurance. Thanks.
Posted: 8:14 am on September 1st

wawawoman wawawoman writes: If I have to choose one technique to learn more about, I would most like to perfect the fitting of a muslin. (pickmepickmepickme!!!)
Posted: 8:07 am on September 1st

SewingDaisy SewingDaisy writes: Love Claire's books.
Posted: 8:03 am on September 1st

GuenevereMcMahon GuenevereMcMahon writes: This book is definitely on my wish list!
Posted: 8:03 am on September 1st

Knitnut Knitnut writes: Both books AND sewing are my passion! What a double treat to win a book on sewing! Threads, you know me so well! I'm hooked on you! Because of Threads, I'm taking my sewing to the next level in terms of quality sewing and creativity. This book is on my wish list.......pick me, pick me!
Posted: 8:02 am on September 1st

torilynn torilynn writes: My High School (all years ever) reunion just came and went. I made the dress and sure could have used some help/suggestions on the bias ruffles I added to 'raise' the neckline, and on finishing the seams.
Posted: 8:02 am on September 1st

Spin2Knit Spin2Knit writes: ... can't wait to add this book to my library of Threads publications! Thank you for covering this topic!
Posted: 7:52 am on September 1st

Crslyn Crslyn writes: What a treat it would be to have. I love to add to my skills. Thank you for the offer.
Posted: 7:42 am on September 1st

Sondraleigh Sondraleigh writes: Oh, I long to take the couture plunge! I'm especially interested in bound buttonholes and welt pockets! Great give away! Thanks!
Posted: 7:39 am on September 1st

racu racu writes: I would love to learn more about seams finishes and zippers!
Posted: 7:38 am on September 1st

pamstitches pamstitches writes: Claire Schaeffer has always been a favorite of mine. Closures and facing finishes are my focus right now.
Posted: 7:36 am on September 1st

coolmommy coolmommy writes: I would love to know more about shaping and structure.
Posted: 7:36 am on September 1st

apronann apronann writes: I would like to know more about seam finishes, buttonholes and pockets.
Posted: 7:33 am on September 1st

ceschbach ceschbach writes: I would love to learn more about lining garments and was just looking at this book in the bookstore a few weekends ago!
Posted: 7:31 am on September 1st

Lavendar64 Lavendar64 writes: I would love to own this book, Claire's articles are always so useful & it would be so much nicer to just peek into her book whenever the need arises.
Running my own lingerie business means I get little time to sew other articles, but when I do I want them to be ultra special & with Claire's techniques I would achieve that! :o)

Posted: 7:31 am on September 1st

BeckyGockel BeckyGockel writes: The new and updated version would be a very welcome addition to my sewing room. I have always wanted the old version and look for it at used book stores. But I suppose if I don't win it, I can get it used on line for $4.50 :-)
Posted: 7:25 am on September 1st

MariaKie MariaKie writes: Would love to be more professional in my finishing.
Posted: 7:24 am on September 1st

dem402001 dem402001 writes: I would love to learn more about creating great linings. Also, seam finishing techniques. Oh, the list goes on and on!
Posted: 7:17 am on September 1st

DarlaKDavis DarlaKDavis writes: I would love to learn a skill that makes the seams and finishing look couture, rather than homemade.
Posted: 7:17 am on September 1st

dgray1101 dgray1101 writes: I have about worn out the first issue of Claire's, and really look forward to reading this one! Thank you for the opportunity!
Posted: 7:05 am on September 1st

LebecEgirl LebecEgirl writes: Claire's contributions to quality sewing have always intrigued me. Winning a copy of her new book would be amazing!
Posted: 7:05 am on September 1st

LebecEgirl LebecEgirl writes: Claire's contributions to quality sewing have always intrigued me. Winning a copy of her new book would be amazing!
Posted: 7:02 am on September 1st

pt6256 pt6256 writes: Great give-away! This would be a nice addition to my sewing library.
Posted: 6:51 am on September 1st

Horse4Hmom Horse4Hmom writes: Not only would this be a fabulous addition to my own sewing library, but I would share this copy with my local 4-H county extension office as part of their lending library for all those 4-H youth who want to take their sewing to the next level.
Posted: 6:51 am on September 1st

Carly_Sue Carly_Sue writes: I would like to make my garments look more elegant, couture looking. This is just the book I need. Claire is such an inspiration to me. I hope I win!
Posted: 6:51 am on September 1st

Brandyfroufrou Brandyfroufrou writes: I would like to learn it all because I'm tired of sewing pillow cases! :D
Posted: 6:37 am on September 1st

TheSewingFool TheSewingFool writes: A Fabulous book! I would LOVE to own it.
Posted: 6:34 am on September 1st

PeskyCatDesigns PeskyCatDesigns writes: What a wonderful giveaway! I make handbags exclusively and I'm looking to start creating clothes. This book would be so useful for both my new venture and for ideas that I can apply to my bag design.
Posted: 6:16 am on September 1st

faerieann faerieann writes: This book would help put the polish on the basic knowledge that I have of doing couture sewing. I would be able to have professional looking clothes instead of mums handmade look and also would be able to make better clothes for some of my friends that could not be able to afford those top end clothes.
Posted: 6:15 am on September 1st

Leesy Leesy writes: I wish my seams and seam finishes were more fine-tuned.
Posted: 6:06 am on September 1st

LizInVa LizInVa writes: I love both her techniques and her skill in explaining them. This book is a gem. I've skimmed through it, but would sure love to have my own copy.
Posted: 6:02 am on September 1st

SaraDinVA SaraDinVA writes: I already have this book as well - but an updated version would be great! My most valuable lessons from the first - proper welt pockets, shaped waistbands, and buttonholes. Good luck to everyone.
Posted: 5:58 am on September 1st

betsyb2 betsyb2 writes: This book has been on my wish list!
Posted: 5:54 am on September 1st

vabney vabney writes: I love to add to my skill set using her techniques!
Posted: 5:53 am on September 1st

lcdrbetty lcdrbetty writes: Though I have been sewing for many years, I seem to frequently find myself in need of new or different techniques to improve and inhance my skills. This book would b just the ticket!



Posted: 5:52 am on September 1st

LLaMona LLaMona writes: I know very little about couture techniques. This book would most definitely would add to my knowledge about various techniques. I do have an interest in pad stitching and bound buttonholes particularly. I have numerous Claire Schaeffer books and this would be a much desired addition.
Posted: 5:51 am on September 1st

Neisy Neisy writes: I would love to learn more about linings....among many other things! What a great give-away! (crossing fingers and toes)
Posted: 1:56 am on September 1st

sewerdownunder sewerdownunder writes: I would love to learn more about linings and tailoring so that my confidence would be bolstered to not be fearful to tackle challenging techniques.
Posted: 1:41 am on September 1st

slowe55 slowe55 writes: I don't know enough about couture techniques to know what I want to learn more about, which is why I would love to own the book!
Posted: 1:22 am on September 1st

dawnbel dawnbel writes: Just having this book would be inspiration enough.
Posted: 7:58 pm on August 31st

Lynda21 Lynda21 writes: I would love to win this book as I have been constructing coats this season. I would welcome the help this book would give me with regards the construction and tailoring techniques. I love to make my garments as beautiful on the inside as they are on the out and this book would be an asset to my collection.
Posted: 7:53 pm on August 31st

jjdance01 jjdance01 writes: I would love to learn more about the interior construction methods like inter corset work and letting the facing do more than the initial intented job. I used some couture methods from my mother's collection of literature and my dress came out beautiful but having more visual aids would be fabulous!!!
Posted: 5:12 pm on August 31st

pbeesley pbeesley writes: Oh, oh oh, I would love to have this book. My goal is to use Claire's techniques in my sewing.
Posted: 2:40 pm on August 31st

deChez deChez writes: Oh how I would love to have this book! Shaping is something of a challenge for me. Who wouldn't like to have "a private couture instructor right in your sewing room!"
Posted: 1:45 pm on August 31st

babaof2 babaof2 writes: When I sewed my daughter's wedding gown Claires's books were my guiding lights. I don't know what I would have done without her! I took her books out of the library because I couldn't afford to buy them. Having a copy in my library would be the ultimate prize!
Posted: 12:32 pm on August 31st

AmyGail AmyGail writes: Looks like a marvelous book--the cover dress is so beautiful!
Posted: 10:46 am on August 31st

jennieMB jennieMB writes: I love stitching by hand so I`d like a project/pattern that`s instructed from start to finish by hand.
Posted: 10:40 am on August 31st

mrshnkns mrshnkns writes: I would classify myself and intermediate sewer. So this books would really help me take my sewing to the next level. I want to learn how to make my own patterns and build things to look more designer!
Posted: 10:36 am on August 31st

rakijaa rakijaa writes: I've always been terrified of button holes! So if I could learn a few tricks, it might ease my fears........I usually end up putting zippers in everything, and avoiding coat and jacket patterns. I want to make a new winter coat, so this could come in handy!
Posted: 10:32 am on August 31st

lindarr lindarr writes: I'm especially interested in shaping garments, i.e steaming wool and setting fabric. This is a reference book to always have on hand.
Posted: 10:09 am on August 31st

just jane just jane writes: A quote I recently read, 'it is the complexity of the subject that compels me'.
I feel the need to read more, learn more, put into practice and develope more skills.
Posted: 8:09 am on August 31st

LoracC LoracC writes: This book looks amazing. I would love to add it to my sewing library. I think I would love to learn more about hand finishes for different styles of clothing. Couture sewing just makes everything look wonderful.
Posted: 7:09 am on August 31st

rebpalma rebpalma writes: I would love to learn more lining techniques for not-so-basic garments and also tricks to make perfect tailored pockets. Thank you for this opportunity!
Posted: 4:39 am on August 31st

Titania1 Titania1 writes: I would love this book, I love her articles in Threads, and I have also checked out the first couture book from the library.
It certainly would take me to the next lvl.
Tania
Posted: 2:46 am on August 31st

Darbyblue Darbyblue writes: OHHHH!!!! this book is going on the top of my wish list!!!!!I sure hope he peeks at it soon!!!!!!
Posted: 12:48 am on August 31st

PaigeG PaigeG writes: I would love to learn more about tailoring techniques like pad stitching.
Posted: 11:33 pm on August 30th

ElaineElise ElaineElise writes: I want to learn everything! I would love to learn about the construction of garments!
Posted: 10:50 pm on August 30th

Suze60 Suze60 writes: Claire Shaeffer is so classic. I consider her Vogue sewing patterns to be wonderful tutorials. What a terrific book to have in my library.
Posted: 9:55 pm on August 30th

quiltet1000 quiltet1000 writes: I love to see how Claire sews everything. She is so talented and I would love to create clothes to wear using her techniques. Couture Sewing Techniques would help me achieve my sewing goals.
Posted: 9:53 pm on August 30th

Jen_NYC Jen_NYC writes: I'd like to learn hand-sewing techniques. I mean, I know the basics, but I'd like to learn how to do it well--in that way that makes a garment really special inside and out.
Posted: 8:38 pm on August 30th

tinapickles tinapickles writes: I'd love to learn about finishing garments--linings, seams, and hemming to be specific.
Posted: 8:28 pm on August 30th

elizabeth001au elizabeth001au writes: Id love to learn all the techniques and generally "Up my game" with sewing
Posted: 8:23 pm on August 30th

BarbaraG97 BarbaraG97 writes: I'd love to learn to fit patterns better to my body
Posted: 8:14 pm on August 30th

KSouza KSouza writes: Hm-m-m! This is my first comment left on a blog. Usually I hide out and admire. What a joy to have this book!!


Posted: 8:13 pm on August 30th

TStegmiller TStegmiller writes: I've been eyeing this book for a while now and would love a chance to win it. I don't know exactly what I'd most like to learn as I'm a beginner and not sure what there is to learn.
Posted: 7:45 pm on August 30th

Zeila Zeila writes: I will happily read anything Claire writes. She is a delight.
Posted: 7:33 pm on August 30th

michellekauf_ michellekauf_ writes: i want to learn everything balenciaga
Posted: 7:26 pm on August 30th

michellekauf_ michellekauf_ writes: i want to learn everything-balenciaga.
Posted: 7:25 pm on August 30th

bekabug8 bekabug8 writes: I would like to learn more decorative embellishments!

Thanks for the chance to win!
Posted: 7:24 pm on August 30th

cocogone cocogone writes: Wow I would love to be able to look up Ralph Rucci's couture techniques in my own copy of this book and not in the public library copy.
Posted: 6:33 pm on August 30th

GemmaGrace GemmaGrace writes: Nothing compares to a beautiful finish :) I'd like to learn more about constructing / shaping a coat. Thank you for publishing Claire Shaeffer's book.
Posted: 6:31 pm on August 30th

kaitui_kiwi kaitui_kiwi writes: I really want to learn more about correctly lining a garment because at the moment my knowledge is limited and I tend to only line something if I have the lining pattern included. I have made a few basic linings but to learn more sophisticated techniques would be great.
Posted: 6:18 pm on August 30th

Debby4 Debby4 writes: I would love to learn more about how to finish seams more smoothly and professionally, as well as more techniques for hand sewing and hand finishing a garment. I am also one of those who is interested in making clothes look as beautiful on the inside as they do on the outside.
Posted: 6:13 pm on August 30th

WillaMcNeill WillaMcNeill writes: Oh, my, this looks like a good handbook to add to any sewer's library. I love to see how it is done! Have not done much garment construction in a while but would enjoy getting back into it!

Posted: 5:58 pm on August 30th

Kayle9 Kayle9 writes: I'd like to learn how to modify commercial patterns to hide closures.
Posted: 5:57 pm on August 30th

Suegsews Suegsews writes: I would like to perfect intricate seams, finishes and buttonholes. I love finding a challenging pattern and making something unique and beautiful. Claire always has good instructions and pictures to help with a project.

Posted: 5:36 pm on August 30th

PatsyS PatsyS writes: Absolutely beautiful techniques! It would be stellar to have this book in my sewing library!
Posted: 5:32 pm on August 30th

jomac30 jomac30 writes: I'd like to learn more about finishing professional looking insides of garments. I need to concentrate on the interfacings, seams, etc. I want the clothes to look as good on the inside as on the outside. I never really gave this much thought years ago, but now it's very important to me. I hope I win!!!!
Posted: 4:54 pm on August 30th

TxMouse TxMouse writes: I'm always trying to improve my hand sewing skills, and Claire usually has really good instructions, drawings and photos of examples. to make everything "gel".

Posted: 4:14 pm on August 30th

Fabiana Fabiana writes: I really hope I win, I have the older version of this book and I've heard Claire added a lot of interesting new techniques...
Posted: 4:12 pm on August 30th

samty samty writes: I have never been able to master pad stitching. It is such a useful technique and I really do need to get better at it.
Posted: 4:00 pm on August 30th

lou19 lou19 writes: I always enjoy Claires article's in Threads.
The recent one on Balenciaga was fantastic, I particularly noted the straps to top a wrap-back falling off shoulders.......a fitting problem I've had recently.
Posted: 3:17 pm on August 30th

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