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Book Giveaway: “The Essential A-Line”

Mar 27, 2013
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"The Essential A-Line" by Jona Giammalva. Comment on this post for your chance to win a copy!


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!

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  1. user-376130 March 27th

    I would really go far with a book like that!

  2. User avater user-1129450 March 27th

    With four daughters and three granddaughters, that would be a very handy book to own.

  3. terryabc March 27th

    Would love, love, love to have it!

  4. Pitchfire March 27th

    Name in hat.

  5. graciemay March 27th

    I'd like to make one with pockets!

  6. bermbroro March 27th

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

  7. AbbyT March 27th

    I'd love a book like this - i'm quite curvy so this type of skirt really suits a curvaceous figure :-)

  8. gMarieSews March 27th

    What a wonderful book filled with options. I think I would start with a bold two color floral print. g

  9. User avater 70sFashionista March 27th

    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!

  10. lauriesannie March 27th

    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.

  11. SewingPrincess March 27th

    I'd love to make the lace skirt!

  12. ASiverson March 27th

    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!

  13. User avater SansSouci572 March 27th

    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.

  14. ClaireE March 27th

    Oooh, I love A Line's and can see myself making many of these.

  15. repool March 27th

    I didn't know there were that many types, so any of the a lines would be new and great for me.

  16. user-1109384 March 27th

    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!

  17. User avater LuvThreadsMagazine March 27th

    Once more with feeling...ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!

    Pick me!!!!!!!!

  18. julieomiller March 27th

    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!

  19. user-2051428 March 28th

    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!

  20. user-2051428 March 28th

    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.

  21. User avater ShiningStar March 28th

    I would make one out of cotton blend.

  22. user-1109657 March 28th

    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!

  23. user-1109657 March 28th

    Whoops! Sew for me!

  24. dee53 March 28th

    I would love to make a skirt that fits the contour of my body using a polyester fabric and lining. Hope I will.

  25. Guiditta March 28th

    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!

  26. iceprincess01 March 28th

    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!

  27. Kathy_Cannon March 28th

    I would make the skirt with the rows of ruffles. Perfect for summer!

  28. user-2265795 March 28th

    Looks like a terrific book! Would love the chance to own that & update my wardrobe :)

  29. moviedoll March 28th

    I would love to make a basic A-line skirt, possible something in the future with ruffles. :)

  30. HBECHO March 28th

    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!

  31. SarahB123 March 28th

    I would love to make a button front a-line skirt!

  32. CroomScM March 29th

    I would make a button-down for my mom and me!

  33. User avater jamaco March 29th

    What a fun book - would love to have it!

  34. forresterred March 29th

    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!

  35. jjktmom March 29th

    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.

  36. meswafford March 30th

    I like the skirt on the front cover. I'd also like to make an aline skirt with a sailor style waistband.

  37. ImaCraftiMama March 30th

    I would like to make the lace one and the one with the contrasting pleats! Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. Lovi March 31st

    I would love to make the on the front cover. It's very cute.

  39. user-2007023 March 31st

    The lace version is very attractive. I would love to have this book to add to my sewing library.

  40. User avater smcfarland April 1st

    The winner of the giveaway is Lovi!
    I'll have another giveaway for visitors on Wednesday, April 3. Thank you for entering!

  41. User avater 2tango April 1st

    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.

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  44. user-3234428 April 17th

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  46. User avater annenet April 28th

    I would love to make a gored skirt or one with godets in it.

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