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BOOK GIVEAWAY: The Colette Sewing Handbook

Sep 12, 2012
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Leave a comment and "The Colette Sewing Handbook" could be yours!

In the “Cool Tools” section of SewStylish Summer 2012 we featured The Colette Sewing Handbook (Krause Publications, 2011) by Sarai Mitnick. The topics covered in the book include: sewing techniques, planning and fitting, working with patterns, working with fabrics, working with linings, and finishing techniques.

As a bonus the book includes five patterns neatly tucked in a pocket attached to the inside back cover. The packet includes patterns for a scalloped-hem skirt, a flutter-sleeve blouse, a sweetheart-neck sheath dress, an asymmetrical-flounce dress, and a lined dress with gathered sleeves. Each project will help you put the fundamentals outlined in the book into practice.

Simply leave a comment telling us why you’d love to have this book. Leave your comment on this post before the deadline-11:59 pm, Friday, September 21-and you could win a copy of the book. The winner will be randomly selected on September 21.


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  1. user-1114374 October 1st

    I would love to win because I am always looking for new ways to "think outside of the box".

  2. user-1114374 October 1st

  3. user-1151142 September 28th

    I would love to add this book to my little library of reference and patterns!To have another trick or two up my sleeve!Please pick me!

  4. dreamlady September 21st

    I want to have this book because I love sewing I've been sewing since I was 15 . Now I am starting to teach sewing for girls and ladies in my country and I love to have this book so I can have an important textbook to refer to when I need instructions
    I wish to win The Colette Handbook of sewing

  5. user-2101938 September 20th

    This sounds just the book to help me get my sewing mojo back again!

  6. User avater 2tango September 19th

    Love, Love, Love Colette I have been reading the blog for a while now and just love the Colette vision for sewers its very helpful to new sewers and the patterns are super pretty and feminine I think there should be a Colette type teaching studio for sewers/creators in every town!

  7. User avater MzGoddezz September 19th

    I've been cyber stalking this book for a while. I'm fairly new to sewing so this would be awesome to have.

  8. User avater LittleLaura September 18th

    Who wouldn't want this book? It is so cool I mean just look at the cover. I've been stalking the website enjoying all the beautiful photos and extras. Its always fun to dream.

  9. Grammyg September 18th

    I' ve just accepted a new position at work and need to expand my wardrobe to fit the promotion. My basic sewing skills could use an upgrade and I would love to win a copy of The Colette Sewing Handbook to aid in brushing up my skills.

  10. sweetz September 17th

    I have started a collection of handbooks on sewing. I've already received the Burda Style book. Next on my list is Colette and Gertie's.

  11. moviedoll September 17th

    I would love to wi. this to learn different techniques of finishing garments.

  12. User avater Bks4JHB September 17th

    My middle school sewing class from 20+ years ago hasn't stuck with me so much ... I'd love to have a total re-do! This book looks great!

  13. Jasmielle September 15th

    Wow! I would love to win this book I am trying to learn everything I can to be the best fashion designer one day my dream job!

  14. User avater KiwiTan September 15th

    What a wonderful book to give to my daughter, who is a new were and soon to leave home.

  15. Qnypplan September 15th

    I love the Colette Patterns and would really love to have the book.

  16. Menduca September 14th

    I'm really want that book!!

  17. User avater TaraSews September 14th

    I enjoy the classic of the tried and true style/techniques that Colette has to offer. I did see this book at the book store and put it on my wish list. Its a sturdy well made book on top of educational.

  18. Stephanie2X September 14th

    The book cover says for the New seamstress and that's me. I've just started out this year and I recently purchased my very first machine, the SE-350 Brother. This would be a wonderful addition to my threads subscription.

  19. user-1132947 September 14th

    As i now have all the time i need to to sew an enjoy making new clothes.I would love to have the chance to read this hand book. As i am not that experienced sewing. I Would love to win this really helpfull book. I hope i have proven my need and desire. I will be deeply honered an gratefull i i were to recieve this needed item from yous. thankyou

  20. User avater Marie_S_G September 14th

    As I live in Sweden I will probably not qualify but anyway, the Colette Handbook would be a nice-to-have. They have a nice web presence, well worth a visit now and then.

  21. User avater elizabeth001au September 14th

    Id love this book as I need guidance in sewing.

  22. user-78543 September 13th

    I have just started sewing again, and would love this book!!

  23. user-78543 September 13th

    I have just started sewing again, and would love this book!!

  24. user-1082915 September 13th

    I would love to win this book. I have been sewing clothes with patterns but the results are always a little "off." I know that a book like this could help me get more professional results!

  25. Maritza September 13th

    I have read the reviews for this book and are great! I would love to own this book since I'm getting back to sewing :o)

  26. Mizmash September 13th

    I've been reading about this book just about everywhere and it has received great reviews. Would love to be part of the fan club!

  27. IuditaC September 13th

    It's a fresh, modern book with plenty of inspiration to get my creativity going and motivation to make something myself. It'll give me the know how to make my projects technically correct so they wont fall apart..ha ha

  28. User avater Darbyel September 13th

    Woohoo! I love all of the Colette patterns. And I have been eying this book for a while!

    I just love new sewing books. They are sew inspiring. Get it?!

    I really do love them though. :)

  29. Christine_R September 13th

    I've seen so many lovely projects from this book on various blogs - and I love Colette Patterns' style.

  30. cecine September 13th

    I'd like to win this book for sure since I don't have any book for the basic sewing. Thanks.

  31. misssarcastica September 13th

    Looks like a good book to have!

  32. Vi_Callas September 13th

    I would love to have this book as I heard so many wonderful things about it! It would be amazing to try sewing some things in Colette style :)

  33. User avater ShiningStar September 13th

    I like retro style clothes.

  34. nsews September 13th

    I'd love to have this book because I am getting back into sewing clothes for myself and could use a refresher. Thanks!

  35. missamae329 September 12th

    I think I would learn a bunch of fun sewing techniques from this book!

  36. User avater CosmicCaro September 12th

    I love Colette Patterns and would love this beautiful book! Thanks!

  37. User avater emmyjay September 12th

    I really like the Colette approach to things and am always looking for new techniques and new ways to approach the sewing process.

  38. MrsDepew September 12th

    I would love to win this book because I have followed and really enjoyed Colette patterns for a few years now!

  39. User avater YasminS September 12th

    This book has been sitting in my wishlist for a while, waiting on its turn to be bought. I would love win it, especially to attempt the lovely projects in there!

  40. rebpalma September 12th

    It would be fantastic to win this book! Thank you for this opportunity!

  41. IamLilyMunster September 12th

    I've wanted this book since it first came out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. mosull September 12th

    I would love a copy of this book. As a beginner, attempting to teach myself to sew I definitely need some guidance. Not only does this book have inspiration, sewing techniques and fitting tips but five bonus patterns! Wonderful.

  43. bajjmayer September 12th

    I would love to win this book because I have recently gotten back to fashion sewing and need a little more guidance and inspiration--I am "itching" to become more creative and I feel this book would incent me to step "outside of the box"

  44. user-469778 September 12th

    This looks like a LOVELY book! I would love to win so that I can refresh and enhance my sewing skills. I really enjoy learning techniques done the correct way to achieve a professional finish.

    Good Luck to all!! Lisa

  45. TalyQu September 12th

    That looks like a wonderful book - I would be honored if I could get my hands on it.

  46. laurahoj September 12th

    I think this book would be a great for teaching my daughters to sew.

  47. MinaH September 12th

    I would love to win this book. I just started teaching myself to sew a couple of weeks ago, but I haven't ventured beyond skirts and household items. I especially would like to try my hand at the asymmetrical flounce dress pattern included in the book.

  48. User avater SassyT September 12th

    I would love a copy of this. I am a beginner and have yet to move on to tops and dresses. Beginning to see skirts in my sleep. A book like this would give me the confidence I am so lacking, to progress.

  49. bekabug8 September 12th

    I would love to have the patterns in this book. I've been wanting to try more Colette patterns, plus I hear the book is really pretty.

  50. lhartup September 12th

    I've been eyeing this book since it came out, but I haven't had a chance to pick it up. I would love to win it!

  51. draphael September 12th

    I would love to win this book! I've recently gotten interested again in sewing - both for the home, and for clothing - after having not done it since high school.

    I really need to learn the basics again, by doing some projects and

    have been looking for the right book to guide me through it. I learn best by doing - rather than just reading - so a well-written book of projects (and especially this one, which seems to fit my personal style really well) would be a wonderful thing!

    Crossing my fingers and hoping to win a copy of The Colette Handbook of Sewing!

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