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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!


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 | | #1

    I would really go far with a book like that!

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    user-1129450 | | #2

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

  3. terryabc | | #3

    Would love, love, love to have it!

  4. Pitchfire | | #4

    Name in hat.

  5. graciemay | | #5

    I'd like to make one with pockets!

  6. bermbroro | | #6

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

  7. AbbyT | | #7

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

  8. gMarieSews | | #8

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

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    70sFashionista | | #9

    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 | | #10

    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 | | #11

    I'd love to make the lace skirt!

  12. ASiverson | | #12

    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!

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    SansSouci572 | | #13

    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 | | #14

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

  15. repool | | #15

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

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    bostonrose | | #16

    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!

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #17

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

    Pick me!!!!!!!!

  18. julieomiller | | #18

    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 | | #19

    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 | | #20

    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.

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    ShiningStar | | #21

    I would make one out of cotton blend.

  22. user-1109657 | | #22

    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 | | #23

    Whoops! Sew for me!

  24. dee53 | | #24

    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 | | #25

    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 | | #26

    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 | | #27

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

  28. user-2265795 | | #28

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

  29. moviedoll | | #29

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

  30. HBECHO | | #30

    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 | | #31

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

  32. CroomScM | | #32

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

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    jamaco | | #33

    What a fun book - would love to have it!

  34. forresterred | | #34

    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 | | #35

    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 | | #36

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

  37. ImaCraftiMama | | #37

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

  38. Lovi | | #38

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

  39. user-2007023 | | #39

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

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    smcfarland | | #40

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

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    2tango | | #41

    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 | | #44

    I love long flowing jersey knits in whacky colours

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    annenet | | #46

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

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