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Book Giveaway: "The Essential A-Line"

The Essential A-Line by Jona Giammalva. Comment on this post for your chance to win a copy!

"The Essential A-Line" by Jona Giammalva. Comment on this post for your chance to win a copy!

Photo: Stash Books


Drum roll, please.... the winner is LOVI! I'll be reaching out to our winner via email. Thank you to everyone who entered - and don't be sad if you didn't win this time - I'll announce another great giveaway on Wednesday, April 3. 


Have you ever wanted a quick way to create a beautiful skirt? Jona Giammalva has one simple, classic pattern to inspire your creativity in her new book, The Essential A-Line (Stash Books, 2013).

From the pattern included in the book, you have the option to create 17 different A-line skirts. The size range is 0 to 20. With its simple construction and no-waistband silhouette, these A-line skirts are a perfect project for beginners or anyone looking to make something quick and adorable in just an an afternoon.


Interested in adding this book to your collection? If so, what type of A-line skirt would you like to make? Submit a comment below, and you will be entered in our randown drawing for the book!

The entry deadline is midnight EST, Sunday, March 31. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 1, and I'll contact the winner via email.

Good luck, everyone!

Comments (46)

annenet annenet writes: I would love to make a gored skirt or one with godets in it.
Posted: 12:24 pm on April 28th

user-3234428 user-3234428 writes: I love long flowing jersey knits in whacky colours
Posted: 3:42 am on April 17th

user-3234428 user-3234428 writes: I love long flowing jersey knits in whacky colours
Posted: 3:42 am on April 17th

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Thank you, useful.
Thank you, useful
But to be frank, it doesn't tell in detail what should we do to choose a best one, agree?
I don't think it's good to buy a new hard dirve, why not change the laptop? Lol.
Posted: 2:23 pm on May 11th

2tango 2tango writes: I think I would love to try the basic Aline in a digital print fabric and also cut one out on the bias and see what transpires.
Posted: 12:05 pm on April 1st

smcfarland smcfarland writes: The winner of the giveaway is Lovi!
I'll have another giveaway for visitors on Wednesday, April 3. Thank you for entering!
Posted: 9:17 am on April 1st

user-2007023 user-2007023 writes: The lace version is very attractive. I would love to have this book to add to my sewing library.
Posted: 8:38 pm on March 31st

Lovi Lovi writes: I would love to make the on the front cover. It's very cute.
Posted: 9:04 am on March 31st

ImaCraftiMama ImaCraftiMama writes: I would like to make the lace one and the one with the contrasting pleats! Thanks for the opportunity!
Posted: 7:42 pm on March 30th

meswafford meswafford writes: I like the skirt on the front cover. I'd also like to make an aline skirt with a sailor style waistband.
Posted: 10:21 am on March 30th

jjktmom jjktmom writes: I would love to own this book. An A-line skirt is the perfect thing for me to teach young sewers to make as I try to pass the torch to the next generation of Sewists. "The Essential A-Line" is the perfect title for this lovely book.
Posted: 11:01 pm on March 29th

forresterred forresterred writes: I'd make basic black and red, with matching ribbon trim at the hemline. Thanks, Threads, for offering learning opportunities for sewers of every level!

Posted: 4:29 pm on March 29th

jamaco jamaco writes: What a fun book - would love to have it!
Posted: 11:01 am on March 29th

CroomScM CroomScM writes: I would make a button-down for my mom and me!
Posted: 12:21 am on March 29th

SarahB123 SarahB123 writes: I would love to make a button front a-line skirt!
Posted: 10:41 pm on March 28th

HBECHO HBECHO writes: Hi, I love this kind of skirts. I would love so much to win this book! I don't have money to buy clothes, and as I work with Doctors and Engineers I have to dress up well. This book would HELP ME to make my own skirts! Kisses from Portugal!
Posted: 3:25 pm on March 28th

moviedoll moviedoll writes: I would love to make a basic A-line skirt, possible something in the future with ruffles. :)
Posted: 1:51 pm on March 28th

user-2265795 user-2265795 writes: Looks like a terrific book! Would love the chance to own that & update my wardrobe :)
Posted: 11:04 am on March 28th

Kathy_Cannon Kathy_Cannon writes: I would make the skirt with the rows of ruffles. Perfect for summer!
Posted: 10:06 am on March 28th

iceprincess01 iceprincess01 writes: I would begin with the basic A-line, then move to the two-ruffled skirt. That look is so flirty and feminine, and I could still wear it to work!
Posted: 10:05 am on March 28th

Guiditta Guiditta writes: This is such a beautiful book. Here on Cape Cod, where our workplaces tend to be on the casual side, an A-like strikes the perfect balance between feeling cool and comfortable and yet looking professional. I'd like to try the two-colored floral -- very flattering!
Posted: 9:26 am on March 28th

dee53 dee53 writes: I would love to make a skirt that fits the contour of my body using a polyester fabric and lining. Hope I will.
Posted: 9:03 am on March 28th

user-1109657 user-1109657 writes: Whoops! Sew for me!
Posted: 6:06 am on March 28th

user-1109657 user-1109657 writes: I've spent all my time sewing for my grandchildren and this book would inspire me to so for me! Oh, and also for my granddaughter--can't resist those kids!
Posted: 6:05 am on March 28th

ShiningStar ShiningStar writes: I would make one out of cotton blend.
Posted: 2:21 am on March 28th

user-2051428 user-2051428 writes: The A-line skirt is a truly great style for any body type. Petite or Plus size can pull this style off. I would love very much to add this book to my collection.
Posted: 12:45 am on March 28th

user-2051428 user-2051428 writes: I love the A-line skirt because I wasn't blessed with hips and the style flatters my figure! Pick me! Pick me! Pick Me!
Posted: 12:36 am on March 28th

julieomiller julieomiller writes: I have three fabrics picked out to make Spring skirts. This book would be just the motivation and patterns I need. Thanks for the chance!
Posted: 10:39 pm on March 27th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: Once more with feeling...ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!

Pick me!!!!!!!!
Posted: 4:26 pm on March 27th

user-1109384 user-1109384 writes: Like so many have already stated, an A-line skirt flatters most every figure. Having used the same pattern for eons, and altering it to death to fit my ever-changing waist and hips, I'm ready for some fresh ideas. The A-line skirt is certainly an essential in my wardrobe!
Posted: 2:14 pm on March 27th

repool repool writes: I didn't know there were that many types, so any of the a lines would be new and great for me.
Posted: 1:32 pm on March 27th

ClaireE ClaireE writes: Oooh, I love A Line's and can see myself making many of these.
Posted: 1:14 pm on March 27th

SansSouci572 SansSouci572 writes: Every time I am shopping and see a skirt for $$$, I always think to myself, skirts are the easiest thing to sew. If I only made my skirts and nothing else..that would be good.
Posted: 1:02 pm on March 27th

ASiverson ASiverson writes: I love making A-Line skirts as they are best for my figure and they are quick and easy to make and then embellish as one would wish. I would love to win a copy of this book and learn more about my favorite project and see what the author has in store for us. Thank you for the opportuniy. If I don't win, I may have to purchase this one!
Posted: 12:06 pm on March 27th

SewingPrincess SewingPrincess writes: I'd love to make the lace skirt!
Posted: 11:43 am on March 27th

lauriesannie lauriesannie writes: I'd love to have this book. I've been trolling the vintage sites for an a-line skirt pattern to no avail. Fingers crossed.
Posted: 11:42 am on March 27th

70sFashionista 70sFashionista writes: I enjoy making vintage Wrap & Go skirts! I just got a new job as a professional secretary so I would enjoy using this book to make skirts for the office! Thanks!
Posted: 11:02 am on March 27th

gMarieSews gMarieSews writes: What a wonderful book filled with options. I think I would start with a bold two color floral print. g
Posted: 10:37 am on March 27th

AbbyT AbbyT writes: I'd love a book like this - i'm quite curvy so this type of skirt really suits a curvaceous figure :-)
Posted: 10:31 am on March 27th

bermbroro bermbroro writes: I would make one with super a lot of drape!!! :)

Posted: 10:30 am on March 27th

graciemay graciemay writes: I'd like to make one with pockets!
Posted: 10:23 am on March 27th

Pitchfire Pitchfire writes: Name in hat.
Posted: 10:16 am on March 27th

terryabc terryabc writes: Would love, love, love to have it!
Posted: 10:10 am on March 27th

user-1129450 user-1129450 writes: With four daughters and three granddaughters, that would be a very handy book to own.
Posted: 9:55 am on March 27th

user-376130 user-376130 writes: I would really go far with a book like that!
Posted: 9:52 am on March 27th

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