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SewStylish Featured Giveaway!

Skirt-A-Day Sewing by Nicole Smith (Storey Publishing, 2013)

THESE AWESOME BOOKS WERE FEATURED IN SEWSTYLISH!
From the latest SewStylish Spring 2014 issue, you could win Skirt-A-Day Sewing: Create 28 Skirts for a Unique Look Every Day by Nicole Smith (Storey, 2013) and Sewing Made Simple: The Essential Guide to Teaching Yourself to Sew by the Editors of Threads (The Taunton Press, 2013). Both books were featured in the “Cool Tools” section of the magazine.

ABOUT THE BOOKS
Skirt-A-Day Sewing by Nicole Smith is full of 28 classy, cute, and stylish skirt patterns varying from a wrap to a pencil to a flared skirt. Each page is filled with easy to understand, step-by-step directions and detailed illustrations. You can draft your own custom-fit patterns and adapt them to be your own unique style. Soon enough, you’ll become a skirt-making expert!

Sewing Made Simple by the Editors of Threads is the best book a beginner sewer could have! This book is packed with expert advice that will make your sewing experience fun and easy. You’ll find detailed instructions to teach you proper sewing techniques that will build your skills on a firm foundation. The book will become a useful reference you’ll want to keep handy.

HOW TO WIN
What type of sewing projects do you hope to work on? Leave a comment answering this question , and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win! You must leave your comment before midnight on April 18, 2014, to be considered. The winner will be randomly selected during the week of April 21 and announced both online and via email. Good luck!

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  1. User avater
    ShiningStar | | #1

    I want to make skirts, bags and refashion.

  2. Robin809 | | #2

    getting ready to tackle my fear of knits. going to make a tank top dress and a long skirt.

  3. virb | | #3

    I want to create my winter wardrobe before winter!

  4. moviedoll | | #4

    I'd like to make a nice pencil skirt for myself.

  5. AmberMaeP | | #5

    I'm the mother of two daughters. I'm ready to get out of "Mom" sweats and start wearing fashionable clothes again--- I don't want my girls to think ill fitting clothes are what they should be wearing!

  6. GinnySieben | | #6

    Business clothes for my daughter and custom business shirts for my son.

  7. user-3008058 | | #7

    Love the tips in Threads that help take my sewing up to the next level. Thanks

  8. user-3008058 | | #8

    I love the tips that use textured fabrics to add style to an ordinary pattern.

  9. Marty_Marie | | #9

    ive thought about buying this book a couple times. i have not made a skirt yet but it is on my to do list. i usually only sew clothing for myself.

  10. Mutti | | #10

    I am getting ready to create a ballroom dance dress for a Viennese number in a showcase.

  11. user-2003399 | | #11

    More books to read and add to my library.

  12. User avater
    Maydge | | #12

    Curtains! They are the one thing that bring in color to a room. I find myself stumped when I have to plan as I don't know how to decorate, embroider, cut, fabric? I'm just not sure. Now I have basic panel type curtains, but one day I hope for great inspiration.

  13. Charisse | | #13

    I'm getting ready to make a skirt for my granddaughter, a shirt for my grandson, and a blouse for myself.

    I'll have to wait until after April 15th, since I prepare tax returns.

  14. DawnM70 | | #14

    As soon as April 16 gets here -- I'll be sewing to my little hearts content. I want to make my own wardrobe -- since nothing in ready-to-wear fits properly.

  15. superwhit2003 | | #15

    I am beginning work on my maid of honor's dress. I've never actually seen a dress before, but I hope to see my own wedding dress and this seems like good practice. Plus, she'll have to travel from NYC to NC and I'd hate for her to go through the added expense of buying a dress... And it's a Game of Thrones Themed Wedding at a Renesaince Faire... So finding a ready wear dress might be hard.

  16. user-2082793 | | #16

    I need to slow down a little and learn how to get the basics looking GREAT before moving on to something else. I'm going to go back to some basic garments that I know I can do well, and make improvements on them to make them great. Only then will I allow myself to move on.

  17. User avater
    ToniWI | | #17

    I want to make more skirts. I haven't worn them in a long time and I want more in my wardrobe.

  18. 247kath | | #18

    Always love new books and inspiration!!

  19. carojo | | #19

    Always needing new books - there's something to learn from each of them.

  20. Slsew | | #20

    I want to make some summer tops for my mother amd myself and some skirts and dresses for me.

  21. norajean | | #21

    I would love to make some new summer clothes for myself.

  22. User avater
    Andysmom | | #22

    I just received a plus size clothing catalog in the mail and noticed how nice the plus size models looked in certain clothes. The skirts were an eye opener for me. I had always thought that being overweight, skirts would make me look bigger. Wrong. Now that I got some great ideas on what would look good on someone with a figure like mine, I can get busy on my summer wardrobe including skirts. This book would be a wonderful addition to the patterns I have chosen for the tops.

  23. laurgo722 | | #23

    I want to sew something that challenges me and makes me learn new techniques.

  24. laurgo722 | | #24

    I want to sew something that challenges me and makes me learn new techniques.

  25. user-3163137 | | #25

    There is never enough time for sewing, but lots of motivation and plenty of inspiration from Threads.

  26. user-2433065 | | #26

    There's never enough time to sew! I plan to sew a coat for next winter, combine more patterns, and learn how to drape.

  27. SewWhatLilly | | #27

    I have made a few skirts and some blouses. I am currently working on a casual men's shirt for my brother. What I really would like to attempt is sewing/fitting a pair of slacks. This book looks really interesting I wouldn't mind trying sewing a few more skirts.

  28. knittedkat | | #28

    just ordered a sewing machine. would love to try making a simple blouse or skirt. Having a primer like "Sewing made Simple" would be great a commodity to my sewing essentials.

  29. user-2080226 | | #29

    Anything to use up the stash!!!

  30. User avater
    littlenicole | | #30

    I have a stash of new summer fashion fabrics that would make lovely new skirts!!

  31. cl15 | | #31

    i just bought another batch of pretty fabrics, so i'm hoping to make two skirts, three day dresses, three night dresses, five cute bags, (clutches, purses, tote for the beach, etc). i'm also hoping to make some dresses, accessories, things like that to give to my friends!

  32. Hope9x | | #32

    I keep buying 1-2 yards of the most beautiful fabrics meaning to make pencil and circle skirts out of them, but then I get to nervous to cut the fabric. :-(

  33. 7373_Toni | | #33

    I'm teaching myself to sew and would like to make blouses, skirts, and pants.

  34. 7373_Toni | | #34

    New to sewing and want to learn all kinds of different techniques for making blouses, skirts, and pants.

  35. sapientsaphead | | #35

    I'm interested in building a wardrobe that will look smart enough for work and fun enough to reflect my personality and look fabulous at happy hours.

  36. Shyshy01 | | #36

    I love making skirts for me and my daughter. I often find myself in the fabric store buying fabric without a project in mind. Now that I'm finding a break in time I would like to better my skills.

  37. MarshaCWP | | #37

    I refashion thrift-store clothes.

  38. bajjmayer | | #38

    I hope to start working on more skirts and dresses for the summer months!I have enough "stash" to get started, just need the time.......

  39. bubblebear | | #39

    I am hoping to tackle and complete a cocktail dress and a few summer dresses for my trip to New York where my husband will receive a prestegeous award.

    Afte that I hope to finish my daughter's wants as well as my grand-daughter(s) wants. I completed a Elsa dress from the movie frozen which my youngest grand daughter loved. It took me a few weeks to do because I had to create the pattern since I didn't have pattern to follow.

  40. suemari | | #40

    Lots of spring plans - relining jacket I made last year, lots of new tops and a romper for my daughter.

  41. arefaces | | #41

    I am a college student and entering in my entry level of design. I would love to win these books, because I know they will help me learn the basic in sewing and women's wear. I plan to work on learning my basic stitches and learning how to sew/construct basic blouses and skirts for women.

  42. Quiltgran | | #42

    I have 8 grand daughters who always want me to sew and love to wear skirts. This would give them a great selection.

  43. Caryl61 | | #43

    Although I have done many home dec projects, I want to start doing more clothes for myself. I love skirts and here in Florida they are the best way to stay cool during our long, hot summers! I would love to win a copy of this book and get started on my skirt sewing adventure!

  44. CharDean | | #44

    I was given 10-12 pieces of wool ranging from 1yd to 2 yd.
    lengths and various widths. I have started making skirts but
    would like some ideas and patterns for skirts other than
    straight or pencil styles.

  45. user-234821 | | #45

    My Mother gave me a sewing machine as a wedding gift. I stopped sewing for awhile and am ready to start again. This skirt pattern would be a great way to start!

  46. user-319370 | | #46

    I'm getting back into sewing after an absence of about 25 years, during which time the tools have changed and so has my body. Can't wait to upgrade my skills and start creating some nice, well-fitting clothing!

  47. user-2855244 | | #47

    I love skirts!

  48. user-2281952 | | #48

    I am working on a shirt for my husband, and would like to make a dress for my mother next.

  49. gailete | | #49

    Since I've found lots of tops at the thrift store this past year, I'm needing some new skirts or jumpers, and easy fast projects at that!

  50. wingsgrammy | | #50

    I just finished a prom dress for my Grand daughter, a skating dress formyself for our competition events held last Sunday. In the immediate future I have two Grand daughters gettin married in July and September. I tried on a readymade 20's style semi formal while all while my grandaughters were trying on Bridesmaid dresses. I liked the dress but was surprised it also looked good when I tried it on. I have been immersing myself in 20's fashions. I plan on making a 20's dress that stands out as a 2014 style as well. I really would like to make two, a different dress for each wedding. Time will tell. I have a casserole carrier to make for my daughter's birthday at the end of this month. I have fleece vests to make for my Ice skating club to wear during free style practice so it is easy to tell who is practicing to music. The skater that is practicing to music has the right of way. Others skaters know by the colored vest they need to be alert.

  51. aliciajordan | | #51

    I would like to work on dresses and skirts. I love both and have far to few in my closet.

  52. suzannelogan | | #52

    Having raised 2 boys, I am thrilled to now have a granddaughter to sew for. She loves twirly skirts and dresses. I want to begin designing and sewing originals for her.

  53. SEGnesa | | #53

    28 skirts??? I would only have to do laundry once a month! What a wonderful idea. In addition, my little granddaughter would STYLE IT.
    Susan

  54. thread91362 | | #54

    I am a grandmother of 4 girls, aged 16 to 7. They all want to wear something that is different from there friends. Seems the only way to do tnat is sew it myself. Some of my fondest memories of my Mother are sitting at the Singer treadle machine as she taugbt me to sew, which is exactly the kind of memories I am trhing to build with my granddaughters. New patter s of skirts would be a wonderful way to help them with their sewing skills. Tha ks for the opportunity.

  55. Lady_D | | #55

    I have an extensive list of projects to sew including fashion accessories, handbags, clothing, toys, and home decor. I hope not only to work with new types of projects but also new-to-me fabrics. I have previously worked only with cotton and polyester.

  56. Kat_Tricks | | #56

    I have fabric ready and waiting to reupholster my dining room chairs, if I could just get started! I'd also like to sew a summer dress and a couple bags. Those 28 skirts would be great for my daughters.

  57. KDesigns | | #57

    I am at a new weight and new skirts in my size. I would love to use the instruction to make skirts I am proud to wear.

  58. December27 | | #58

    I'm looking forward to making totes, purses, and home decor items.

  59. ArtofRed | | #59

    I have just purchased fabric to make a summer dress and also a pinafore style apron dress. After that, maybe something for my Mother-In-Law for Mother's Day and some fabric art.

  60. evelyn163 | | #60

    I love the idea of having skirt patterns that can be custom fit

  61. Mayell | | #61

    I make clothing, and am working on better pant fitting. I also make small quilts and home decor items.

  62. user-2009001 | | #62

    I would like to make semi fitted skirts for work, also I am going to try and sew some trousers

  63. csmarie | | #63

    I am planning on making a duvet cover for the master bedroom.

  64. Changmom | | #64

    Might actually start wearing skirts again!

  65. User avater
    GypsyThread | | #65

    I'm hoping to add a few dresses, skirts, and button down tops made from flirty summer fabrics to my wardrobe before summer hits. Wish me luck! ~ Carey

  66. zzz123 | | #66

    I want to make basics like skirts, tops and pants.

  67. quickiequilter | | #67

    I teach all levels of sewing in my county's 4-H program. I'm always looking for resources to help with this.

  68. myself | | #68

    I enjoy all types of garment sewing.

  69. MommaSew | | #69

    My twin daughters and I always have projects going. Spring and summer apparel are up next...skirts, dresses, tops, shorts.

  70. Ellen66 | | #70

    I have set a goal to sew every day and I am happy to say since the sewing expo in March I strive daily to reach this personal goal. I have found garment sewing to be extremely rewarding. I have a great thrust for learning and implementing new ideas. I have ordered several sewing books and I read daily from the books to learn the tricks of the tread because I want to improve my techniques.

  71. User avater
    jroach | | #71

    I will be making curtains for my newly remodeled kitchen.

  72. Ramc | | #72

    My projects include some new items for me: blouse, pants and re-fitting a dress that is very loose.
    Favorite sewing is anything my granddaughter wants.
    And then there are costumes for the theaters here in Key West: what fun to make a milkmaid costume ( from the costumer's sketch)and a Hispanic dancer costume!

  73. user-2775537 | | #73

    I am starting a sewing school teaching beginning to advanced sewing skills with an emphasis on garment sewing. Hopefully, I'll find extra time to make some new garments for myself! These books would be a good resource for my students.

  74. cupcake1028 | | #74

    All of my sewing lately has been for baby, so I am hoping to do some "grown-up" sewing this summer! On the to-do list: alter my RTW slacks, transform some old dresses and tops, and maybe get started on a winter coat for the mister.

  75. User avater
    Scarlet | | #75

    Summer clothing and a bridesmaids dress for a wedding next spring

  76. Kath1314 | | #76

    I love sewing, and teach high school fashion classes. Currently I am sewing a blouse and a big hand bag. What I love most is recreating fashion!

  77. 14scotty | | #77

    I just like to sew. I do all kinds of sewing. Making stuff is my life.

  78. Stitch2much | | #78

    I am looking forward to starting a mix and match summer wardrobe! I hope to win these books so I can add the yummy looking skirts to my plan.

  79. Stitch2much | | #79

    I am looking forward to starting a mix and match summer wardrobe! I hope to win these books so I can add the yummy looking skirts to my plan.

  80. Hekelelinei | | #80

    I'm working on building a wardrobe of fabulously fitting clothes for myself.

  81. User avater
    CosmicCaro | | #81

    I need a new black pencil skirt and since I sew, buying one is foolish notion now! I would love that book to give me more design idea... Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. judyoday | | #82

    I just checked this book out from the Library!! It is full of good ideas and tips.

    Right now, working on a dress for my son's wedding in May.

  83. User avater
    sewsite | | #83

    I've been looking for this book, but I couldn't find it locally. I've been making scarves and I am working on a few dresser outfits for myself.

  84. user-2909335 | | #84

    Having learned how to pattern draft, I would love to make clothes for myself this year instead of always making clothes for family and friends. I am also looking forward to learning about 'draping,' in order to see what designs I can come up with. I just love sewing in my sewing room, whatever it is.

  85. msladyjt | | #85

    I'm on a retail fast at the moment. My sewing plan is to replenish and update my wardrobe well taking my sewing skills up a notch.

  86. tinapickles | | #86

    This summer I'd like to finish a sheath dress I started eons ago and learn how to sew with knits.

  87. user-178494 | | #87

    I want to start on a new summer wardrobe of separates.

  88. amh61771 | | #88

    I hope to finish the prom dress for my granddaughter on time and want to make many baby items for my new grandniece and grandson.Ttwo babies due this year 4 months apart lots to sew

  89. amh61771 | | #89

    I am working on a prom dress for my step granddaughter now but will be making one for my younger granddaughter next year

  90. user-2432618 | | #90

    I'll be working on a wardrobe for myself and my 3 sons.

  91. user-3048358 | | #91

    My focus has mainly has been apparel for family and friends (adults and children) and home accessories, but I am looking forward to start making clothing for myself!

  92. Sewingforfun | | #92

    I am anxious to start some summer clothing projects..have been looking at several fun skirt ideas so this book would be an excellent resource! :-)

  93. gurliebot | | #93

    I hope get a chance to work on making some shorts for summer as well as some tops! I have a white board with a list of projects relating to my fabric stash. The Skirt-a-day would be great for stash busting ideas.

  94. User avater
    danidooley | | #94

    I'm working on teaching my 13 year old daughter how to make patterns and my 10 year old how to sew. These books would be so perfect for them.

  95. User avater
    frostedthreads | | #95

    I am working on spring and summer skirts and dresses to get over the dreary winter in Ohio!

  96. msspanky1 | | #96

    I hope to get to the point where I'm making most of my own clothes again. It's been years and my skills are a bit rusty, but I'm really looking forward to picking it up again.

  97. gwennie64 | | #97

    I want to make colorful skirts as accessories to wear over leggings, my legs are no good bare anymore!

  98. LindaCdnRock | | #98

    I have been learning fitting techniques and I am hoping to make some great work clothes for my daughter that has some fitting issues when it comes to her clothing.

  99. User avater
    Wantasew | | #99

    I'm currently working on finishing my first quilt. I also need to make a new wardrobe for myself since I've lost weight and now nothing fits!

  100. User avater
    CarrGrand | | #100

    I am looking forward to updating my wardrobe to fit into my new career. Previously, I had to wear business attire, but now I can dress casually. I don't want to do the jeans and t-shirt thing - I'm hoping to make several nice blouses to wear with pants and skirts...not too casual!

  101. paulaberon70 | | #101

    Im looking forward to be able to sew Claire Shaeffer cardigan jacket. I´ve been getting all the information I can about it. Looking forward to it.

  102. da28715 | | #102

    hi, I am sewing all new clothes mostly skirts and tops. I would like to know how to change the pattern to make many different styles from one pattern. It is really hard to find clothes that fit right off the rack. I would like to create a wardrobe where the garments are coordinated.

  103. psdxyz | | #103

    I would like to sew more clothing for myself.

  104. Fleurs | | #104

    I am going to finish a tulip skirt this week and then onto a skirt for my birthday and am hoping to have a go at a long jacket for winter as well…
    happy sewing ladies and gents.

  105. LeslieG78 | | #105

    In the near future, I will be working on making a fleece hat or two, making a few skirts, a pair of pants, and a couple of zippered bags as gifts. I may also work on making a few baby items for a cousin.

  106. Azurea | | #106

    I'd like to make some versatile, cool, drapey summer pieces.

  107. SandrainSaintJohn | | #107

    I am currently finishing a tailored jacket and have all my supplies to make a Chanel jacket. Currently finishing an art quilt and a graduation quilt for my grandson. All I need is time :-) .

  108. SewblessedPatty | | #108

    I want to sharpen my skills so I can create a new wardrobe. I recently have gained some weight and I need a whole new wardrobe and I would like to be able to make the clothes that not only fit well but look good on my body type. Clothes that fit my shape well. I taught myself how to sew 4 years ago and I am always amazed at the way people can create an outfit and make it come to life with their hands and a machine. I admire those that can do that and those who take the time to teach others to be able to do the same. I love Threads magazine and all the beautiful clothes they show us how they are made.

  109. User avater
    JaneNZ | | #109

    Jeans are what I want to sew and to master!

  110. judyh321 | | #110

    Little girl's dresses!

  111. user-973225 | | #111

    I've been wanting to sew some skirts after dropping a few sizes. I need to replace my wardrobe and having new ideas for skirts would fit the bill.

  112. ChrisRenee | | #112

    After finishing alterations on prom dresses and sewing a few costumes for a high school show, I hope to make a couple of summer weight skirts for casual wear and maybe a easy knit dress.

  113. Melwyk | | #113

    I need to start making some basics -- like skirts -- and have to dare to learn to make pants too!

  114. user-943483 | | #114

    Hi I want to start making clothes and quilts. I made a wedding dress and costumes but would like to work on clothes. Thank you!

  115. patrichter | | #115

    I would love to make a few new skirts for work. The book looks awesome
    Thanks

  116. User avater
    rtrittel | | #116

    I would like to make summer clothes - shorts, skirts, tops, you name it, I am ready for summer and ready to get busy in the sewing room! Thanks, Threads!!

  117. QuiltinBarb | | #117

    I have fabric cut out for a skirt....also have fabric for a coat, which I haven't started yet...

  118. livesimple | | #118

    I want to teach my daughter to sew. Skirts are a great starting point!

  119. User avater
    Kate751 | | #119

    I'm planning to make myself a Chanel style jacket!

  120. user-3233339 | | #120

    I've just lost 10kgs started January 1st and plan on another 10kgs before we travel in September and I need ti sew a whole new wardrobe fir my trip.

  121. dalej528 | | #121

    Capri pants... lots of them... some in wild patterns! Can't get enough of 'em!

  122. User avater
    Uglybeat | | #122

    I would like to sew a few pairs of shorts for the hot Texas summer coming up!

  123. suec47 | | #123

    I amplanning a summer purse....and a blouse or 2.

  124. TheStitchinWitch | | #124

    I'm hoping to complete an Elsa dress (from the movie Frozen)for my three year old daughter since the Disney dresses are so difficult to find. It's a top priority!!!!!

  125. carolmayuree | | #125

    I usually make quilts, but would love to start making clothes for myself.

  126. carolmayuree | | #126

    I usually make quilts, but would love to start making clothes for myself.

  127. TheStitchinWitch | | #127

    I hope to complete an Elsa dress (from the movie Frozen) for my three year old daughter! It's a top priority, and so far it's been so much fun to work with stretch knits, organza, and silks.

  128. Ljedwards2 | | #128

    I would like to make something for myself for a change! All my sewing lately has been for my children. Momma needs a turn! And I really really need some new skirts!!

  129. User avater
    Countessa | | #129

    I'd like to make myself and my daughter a nice moto jacket.

    Note: I just made her the 'Relaxed Dress' from SEWSTYLISH Spring 2014, and she loves it!!!

  130. User avater
    Kimchee_gal | | #130

    I'm newly retired from the Air Force and would like to make a new clothes for my new no-uniform life style!

  131. RegencyLady | | #131

    Hoping to work on some nice blouses to use up some of my stash. All so I can go buy more fabric!!! :)

  132. user-2778833 | | #132

    I am looking forward to sewing the 3 lovely skirt lengths that I purchased on trip to Avoca, Ireland 6 years ago. They will be well used here in our Yukon weather.

  133. sewseitz | | #133

    This last two weeks I have been making Easter dresses for grands. Next week I will be making pillowcases and gowns for hospital. I also need to make Christmas socks for military. Hopefully, I will sew for me.

  134. Karrie_S | | #134

    I want to make skirts and dresses for the summer!!! I NEED this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  135. Mar Hein | | #135

    i want to sew a skirt that fits & that i would wear more than just once!! :)

  136. momofcami | | #136

    I am currently working on some quilting projects. I ant to make my daughters some pajamas and I would love to make some skirts for me

  137. User avater
    CakesDecorAndMore | | #137

    I expect to begin working on the undergarments for my first historical costume, which will be Victorian.

  138. bjmimi | | #138

    Iwant to make a variety of projects - garments for grandchildren, quilts and home dec items and bags.

  139. JosieLCPC | | #139

    I want to make some pants that fit well, and a few dresses for summer. I'm a new subscriber to Threads, and love the content!

  140. beadembroiderer | | #140

    I have lost over 100 pounds and have always sewn most of my clothes, even when at a normal weight, because I am also 5'10" and it affects how ready-to-wear fits. I plan to make a new coat, lots of blouses and skirts and also accessories like purses and scarves/shawls. I am planning a sweater out of crochet size 10 lace weight. Honestly, I am almost at a point where I am smaller than most clothes I have (I get rid of them as soon as they are too big), so I better get to work. Oh, by the way, I have a brand new Viking Opal 670 sewing machine, which will help.

  141. User avater
    threadmama | | #141

    I would love to make some more skirts for summer!

  142. user-2973093 | | #142

    I want to create a body-friendly wardrobe: items that flatter, with an accent on style! I deserve to look fab for every occasion. :)

  143. Annamar | | #143

    I want to make some skirts this summer. I have lots and lots of fabric that is crying out to be used! I love to sew and find my 24 hour day to short to work it in so summertime, I'm hoping to spend hours in my sewing room!! Threads is might favorite magazine of the 3 or 4 sewing/emb. related subscriptions I take. So many wonderful ideas and love the challenge to think outside the box!!

  144. user-1064229 | | #144

    I need to get started on a Christmas tree skirt that is a present and I would like to make a purse and a coat but first I need to finish my valentine wall hanging.

  145. mad14kt | | #145

    Make more summer jackets/shrugs :)

  146. kalee | | #146

    I recently decided to add more skirts to my wardrobe. I would also love to learn to re-fashion some of the fantastic items I see at the thrift store.

  147. dzioni | | #147

    I want some cool breezy pants for this summer.

  148. melbansocal | | #148

    I love to make summer skirts. Nothing cooler or more flattering to wear on those hot summer days.
    I am working on a rayon voile skirt tomorrow and then hopefully a fuschia jacquard linen jacket!

  149. whitering | | #149

    I love wearing skirts and making them. I'd like to make more but time has been very tight. I'd like to see if I could make a skirt a day.

  150. User avater
    Girlyb | | #150

    I love easy breezy skirts for the summer. They are so cool and comfy. A tank top and flip flops and I'm Set! This book looks like it has lots of patterns to choose from.

  151. buttonedup | | #151

    I have been away from sewing for so many years that I have become
    quite intimidated by it. I think trying a skirt for a "refresher" just might
    be what will start the creative brain cells working again. I know I need
    to put my sewing machine, serger and embroidery mschine back to
    work.

  152. TrevaE | | #152

    I'm trying work on some new wardrobe pieces to accommodate my recent 35 lb weight loss. The 28 days of skirts would be fabulous for helping this long. Right now I'm working perfecting the fit of a peplum top for summer.

  153. User avater
    auschick | | #153

    I want to make more things for me! Right now it is all stuff for my toddler and get friends!

  154. NGuy | | #154

    Want to make an apron for my daughter, fantastic original clothes for my granddaughter, and assorted Christmas gifts for this year.

  155. heathermk | | #155

    I am teaching my daughter to sew this summer and would love a skirt and top to be included in her first projects!

  156. user-2731681 | | #156

    Wow! What a fun, gorgeous premise for a book!
    I have just embarked on a fashion degree, and the overriding theme for semester one, covering drafting and construction to design and CAD, is ......
    SKIRTS! Without the least guile, I intend to work for the next three months at least on drafting and sewing SKIRTS! I firmly believe that this would help my design and drafting skills.

  157. LauraSews | | #157

    I have a spring skirt/jacket I'm working on right now. I also need to sew a formal by June for an event. Helping my 4-H kids finish up their sewing projects before we stop for the summer.

  158. ciecie | | #158

    I WOULD Like to start my sewing business again after caring for my mom for eight years. I am tring to get back in the market. My goal is to start off offering a general line of skirts and dresses.
    The books would be a big help in moving me up to current clothings and increasing my knowledge.
    Thanks and blessings
    Cie Cie

  159. User avater
    rdejam | | #159

    Well, this is pretty appropriate. I just started making skirts for my neighbors daughters. They're having a rough patch so I thought it would be nice if the girls had some new, pretty clothes. I'd love to make a variety of styles for them. Teens can be so cruel.

  160. evel8yn | | #160

    I want to make some skirts that will work with and without tights for a lot of different weather. And that I can ride a bike in!

  161. Chatelaine03 | | #161

    I want to make a pair of jeans that really fit well. Then, I'd like to make a bunch of skirts and tops for a new summer wardrobe!

  162. yveivyovr | | #162

    I am getting back into sewing after a very long break (of many years) & am now happily working on baby clothes for my dear little grandson. I would love to upgrade my 'old' wardrobe too & am *planning* on making all sorts - including skirts :) Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  163. User avater
    Cheriezel | | #163

    I just got into making skirts for summer out of novelty fabrics - I would love this book!

  164. user-2805431 | | #164

    I read your magazines and so enjoy learning more about sewing. I need to be dressed up a number of times a week and skirts are the way to go. They easily increase my wardrobe variety. Thank you!

  165. Katie | | #165

    I sew stuffed animals, purses, wall quilts, tops/pants/skirts for myself, and lots more.

  166. user-2731681 | | #166

    Wow! A lovely premise for a book, with so many people looking for wardrobe guidance on types of garments, proportions etc.
    I've just entered a fash degree, and skirts are the focus of Semester 1, in terms of both drafting and designing, AND sewing. Given that there's a drafting influence in the book, I'd absolutely love to get my hands on it.

    My style is very feminine and embellishment-oriented, and skirts make great star pieces!

    Jacqueline

  167. User avater
    Ypw | | #167

    I am working on putting together a holiday mix and match wardrobe for traveling. These books would be a great help. I am very keen to improve my sewing skills in order to get a more proffessional looking garment. The Thread Insider videos and tutorials are great for this.

  168. Dressin | | #168

    I have recently rediscovered the joy of wearing skirts. I made 2 last year (from the same pattern) and would love to explore different variations - from fun and flirty to classic and casual. Of course a new skirt wardrobe would also require some new tops and jackets to coordinate. I may be a busy sewer this year.

  169. Dressin | | #169

    I have recently rediscovered the joy of wearing skirts. I made 2 last year (from the same pattern) and would love to explore different variations - from fun and flirty to classic and casual. Of course a new skirt wardrobe would also require some new tops and jackets to coordinate. I may be a busy sewer this year.

  170. Windtroll | | #170

    I really want to upcycle clothing. I just lost weight and went down 4-5 sizes so may start with making some of my clothing wearable again.

  171. Sewfoolish | | #171

    Some skirts and top after I finish my gown. The draped material for my gown has been like a dust cover for my dress form ... I wish time was unlimited!

  172. User avater
    user-2913441 | | #172

    Hi I'm doing my usual thing and having too many projects on the go haha so I'm doing some summer curtains which I've never tried before and a 50's style coat and a wiggle dress for my nephews wedding yey :))

  173. Sew_claire | | #173

    I'm making the kids some fabric folders to keep all their bits together in the car like colouring books n story books, then I'm going to be a busy little sewing bee as my youngest has decided she no longer wants to wear tshirts but cotton shirts and has fell in love with some fabric I have bless her, my son (10 on 21st and has AS) doesn't mind as long as he gets to help, he loves anything technological ,

    Good luck to everyone entered, it's been lovely reading your posts

  174. ThePatternTester | | #174

    I recently did a pattern test for a skirt, so I'd love to make more. I also want to start making bags with all the fat quarters that I have.

  175. lrldelrosso | | #175

    I've been doing a lot of sewing for myself lately. I'm hoping to create a great summer wardrobe. (Skirts, shorts, tops, dresses.) I will also be making some things for my 2 year old daughter.

  176. plumporter | | #176

    I'm going to be sewing a dress for my boyfriend's mother. She gave us plane tickets as a gift to come and see her so I'm replicating a vintage dress that she loves as a thank you present.

  177. natann108 | | #177

    I am just working on a dress ... the dress like Jacqueline Kennedy used to wear. I am almost done last steps to the finished project:
    Inserting the invisible zipper
    Sewing the hem by hand...
    I am so excited when I wear it the first time.

  178. user-1085566 | | #178

    I am currently working on a toile for myself. I have recently lost over 30kgs and need to work on fitting for myself due to the change in measurements. I have recently visited Arab Street in Singapore, featuring a whole street filled, side to side, with fabric shops. Came home with some beautiful fabrics (including some Silk Organza recommended by Louise Cutting as a pressing cloth which the shop keeper could not believe :) ) I want to get the fit right to ensure that the end garments are fitted correctly and beautiful. Now that my children have grown and left home I am finally able to make things for myself...yay!

  179. sewerdownunder | | #179

    Living in the southern hemisphere, I'm wanting to sew some Autumn/winter wardrobe staples, maybe repurposed from Op ( thrift shop ) finds.

  180. User avater
    MichelleClaire | | #180

    Slim pants and sassy tops will be top of my sewing list!

  181. user-2297052 | | #181

    My aim is to produce a basic stylish age-appropriate wardrobe that looks as good on the inside as on the outside - garments that say "beautiful work and wonderful style".

    I've yet to make a skirt with which I'm completely happy, so I don't wear them often. A good reference book could help me change all that, whilst reducing my stash!

  182. Sarahruth | | #182

    I've been sewing for years, but always look for new ideas, techniques, etc. Sewing is such a pleasure for me. Not only is is a creative outlet, but allows me to make the "designer" look for less than "designer" prices!

  183. user-3226337 | | #183

    I'm aiming to make some comfortable summer tops & dresses, and also to tailor my current RTW wardrobe to better fit me.

  184. bethatply | | #184

    I would love the opportunity to sew skirts with this pattern for my wardrobe! What a beautiful collection.

  185. user-2867423 | | #185

    I mostly sew skirts and tops, new techniques, stretch fabrics and knits will be used in my next sewing item.

  186. cecine | | #186

    I want to make something easy and fast for summer. I like skirt so much. Thanks

  187. balesbydesign | | #187

    I would like to work on separates to wear this summer.

  188. user-1128556 | | #188

    Skirts are the mainstay of my summer wardrobe. I just bought fabric for 3 different styles.

  189. fpenchant | | #189

    I plan to make dresses for myself and clothes for my six-year-old niece. Thanks!

  190. erreed20 | | #190

    I hope to work on some airy summer skirts and dresses to help keep cool in this Georgia heat!

  191. AmiLynn | | #191

    I have been sewing purses for a few years now. I am getting brave and starting on clothes. My goal this summer is to make all my summer clothes including tops, shorts and skirts. I can't wait to do my own personal fashion show for my friends and family at our Labor Day party with all the great projects I made this summer, especially skirts from this book.

  192. superwhit2003 | | #192

    I want to make my bridesmaids dresses!

  193. user-1112564 | | #193

    I'm currently working on making a moulage from Patternmaking Basics with Suzy Furrer and hope to make a summer wardrobe that fits, especially skirts.

  194. dsharp90 | | #194

    I'd love to make some clothes for my two year old this summer, and a bonus would be to sew some skirts for myself!

  195. KCsews | | #195

    I'm currently working on some dresses. I would love the challenge of a skirt a day! Looks like a fantastic book!

  196. User avater
    Boheme | | #196

    I would love to make skirts and dresses, particularly maxi dresses this summer. Also need some suitable work attire!

  197. margaretsoo | | #197

    I am enjoying sewing doll clothes for my granddaughter and greatgranddaughter. They each have new dollies.

  198. User avater
    chelosunny | | #198

    I have four yards of Vyella that is 35 inches wide. I would like to make a skirt that would accommodate the small width. The fabric is no longer made because of the small fires it started when being made. I purchased it at a thrift shop.

  199. User avater
    LoveLi | | #199

    I have 3 weddings to attend, this year. Need to make dresses, dresses, dresses!!!....

  200. User avater
    NikkiHuff | | #200

    What my closet is lacking are easy summer dresses, both knit and woven. That's what I want to focus on making the next few months. Because EVENTUALLY the weather will be warm!
    I'd love to win this book because you can never have enough skirts in your wardrobe. Also, I've been wanting to teach some young teenagers at my church how to sew, and if I could have one book for them to pick patterns from (as opposed to a jumble of envelopes) that would help.

  201. user-2092169 | | #201

    I'm going to be starting on a Chanel jacket for my daughter soon following the techniques featured in the magazine and in Threads online.

  202. DMMichaelson | | #202

    Planning a couture Chanel jacket that is classic but still a bit casual so I can pair it with nice jeans if I want too. I've been waiting all year to do this.

  203. GBaker23 | | #203

    Some new skirts & tops are on my list to sew!

  204. GrammysSC | | #204

    I hope to work on a ball gown for a drama gala and clothing for my grand daughter as well as getting pants to fit properly

  205. user-1138829 | | #205

    I love making fancy gowns! I made my bridal gown and the gowns for my 10 bridesmaids and 2 flowergirls, and they all turned out AWESOME! I hope I get to make gowns for other people's weddings in the future. :)

  206. ammiemac | | #206

    I've been teaching myself to sew, beginning with tops. And now I'm moving on to skirts. This is going to be a real challenge as my hips are nowhere near even and I lost my waist somewhere along the line. My goal is to create outfits that really fit my proportions so I can wear them with pride. My ultimate goal is to recreate a skirt, top and jacket outfit from a past issue of threads. I have the patterns, Claire Schaeffer's book about Chanel jackets and the fabric. Now I just need to acquire the skills. Both these books would help me along the way.

  207. TheJellyKey | | #207

    I love sewing EVERYTHING! From patchwork cushions, to denim giraffes, to giant teapot costumes!! My next challenge is to make myself a structured yet feminine smart/casual jacket and some vintage style lingerie.. I haven't really made any skirts yet (dresses, yes) so I would love to get my hands on this book.. :0)

  208. tymajor | | #208

    I'm going to work on skirts and dresses. I am in need!

  209. animegirlie | | #209

    prettier skirts and a dress that I can actually wear outside the house!

  210. cakrt | | #210

    I really want to sew more skirts, shirts and dresses and get away from the "Colorado Jean" look. This would be such a motivator for me. It could also be something I can share with my adult daughter, who is just learning to sew.

  211. NanaLu | | #211

    I've been sewing for boys lately and I really want to get fashion fabrics in my hands again. Inspirations for skirts will be just what i need.

  212. Eyelyon | | #212

    I'm going to make a fitted day dress following Susan Khalje's Craftsy class.

  213. jumptoit | | #213

    My goal is to finish projects I have started such as a jacket, wool coat and blouse before starting anything new.

  214. greenbp | | #214

    Home projects and clothes for grand kids.

  215. user-3116853 | | #215

    I have always sewed for friends and family; never myself. I want to learn how to make skirts that will fit my protruding tummy and would love to have the books to help me in my learning journey! With these skills, I want to make interview attire for charities; such as, Dress For Success.

  216. User avater
    jamaco | | #216

    I love making doll clothes, and I piece quilts

  217. User avater
    Patty88 | | #217

    I am working on a fitted shirt, and a tote bag. I just purchased a serger and am learning how to use it. I hope to use it every day!

  218. cindyt7 | | #218

    I sewed all my girls clothes when they were young. Now that they're grown I want to get back into ready to wear for all of us! :)

  219. DonTod | | #219

    I'm interested in learning how to tailor my sewing for a better fit, and to improve my sewing techniques. I have just purchased a serger to improve the look of knits, which I find I wear more, now that I have retired.

  220. Karzine | | #220

    I want to make my own night gowns with matching robes.

  221. nukoollook | | #221

    I love sewing.I guess you can say I'm a "born again" sewer. I'm looking forward to creating a new wardrobe..

  222. sew2sew | | #222

    i want to make skirts pants and blouses ...

  223. pumpener | | #223

    Separates, 1940/50s blouses, aline skirts, pinafores, trousers. I want that book ^=^

  224. Katywho | | #224

    I'd love to make some new skirts

  225. Katywho | | #225

    I'd love to make some new skirts

  226. LslyB | | #226

    To be able to sit down and have some time for making lots of things! I want to make some bags and skirts to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

    I’ve got lots of fabric in the attic just waiting!

  227. RUDA88 | | #227

    There is nothing like having a different skirt for every day of the month!:)

  228. IamShoppingCarty | | #228

    I'd be happy to work on anything!!

  229. user-2513651 | | #229

    spring and summer clothes

  230. User avater
    malsews | | #230

    I would love to learn to sew on different fabrics that I have not tried before; I like the challenge! I've always stayed away from knits even though I have a serger, but I hope to conquer my fear of knits and make myself some new clothes.

  231. DaleAKetch | | #231

    At this moment, I'm sewing Diane Ericson's Peony Top #107, & hoping to have it finished on time for my holiday, starting in 3 days. I've had help from a friend, who loaned me her machine when mine stopped working last night.

  232. SueBee256 | | #232

    I would like a well fitting skirt. I have yet to find a skirt I like the last 3 years.

  233. larpaia | | #233

    I've just finished drafting a bodice sloper, and hope to use it to make fabulous dresses.

  234. cbaglien | | #234

    I have fibromyalgia and love the comfort of skirts and dresses. This has prompted me to start sewing again. No more tags and scratchy seams. I would love to have these books to help me. Thank you

  235. Sans6 | | #235

    I am planning to sew hand bags.I have SOOOO much fabric just sitting there, waiting for me to start!!

  236. user-3234428 | | #236

    I love long flowing jersey knits in loud colours xx

  237. user-3309900 | | #237

    This spring and summer I will be spending lots of my limited free time making dresses, skirts, jeans, shorts, bags, and doing some embroidery. Love sewing clothes - just wish I was better at making them fit. These books would be helpful with drafting patterns for my measurements!

  238. saratogasewing | | #238

    Having dropped 40 pounds (with concentrated effort), I need to make myself a new spring and summer wardrobe with new fabrics as well as with reworked older, larger garments. This book would be b!

  239. saratogasewing | | #239

    Having dropped 40 pounds (with concentrated effort), I need to make myself a new spring and summer wardrobe with new fabrics as well as with reworked older, larger garments. This book would be both inspiring and useful!

  240. user-1126774 | | #240

    I'd like to get better and more efficient at making tailored jackets. I just finished one. It's a beauty, but it took me a long time and I had to re-do several things along the way. Now I'm motivated to improve my tailoring skills.

  241. judski | | #241

    Sewing dresses for Spring for myself and
    Have made 2 dresses for grand-daughter. Love to
    Sew with cottons. Also I,m making my mother of the bride dress for Sept wedding.

  242. annem54 | | #242

    I'm trying for a coordinated stylish wardrobe of clothes that FIT and suit me. I want to start with skirts, simple tops then move onto shirts, pants and then the ultimate - jackets! As a beginner, I need my hand held via some decent instruction whether in person, online or from a book.

  243. AlterJBD | | #243

    I hope to make a few sundresses for my daughters this summer as well as some comfortable tunics for myself. My younger daughter would love the skirt book. She is learning basic garment sewing and it seems like the book would be an excellent guide for her.

  244. patchoulired | | #244

    I hope to work on the following sewing projects in the next few weeks: altering a bridesmaid dress, altering quite a few pairs of jeans for myself, my partner, and my Dad; repurposing some t-shirts and dresses, and hoping to get to at least one or two actual sewing projects via Spring/Summer patterns! :)

  245. Candy_s | | #245

    My current time will be spent on a sewing 6 week workshop using a My Label by Bernina pattern with designer additions. Using this type of pattern gets the garmet closest to my body shape. Also, a standing body mold comes in very handy. My plans are to become a couture designer but I need all the help I can get. This winning would add greatly to my sewing knowledge and be very much appreciated. Thank you for reading my comment.

  246. user-934542 | | #246

    I will be doing some home dec projects, like pillow shams and outdoor pillows. Then I will finish the skirt I planned on doing last year. Also on my agenda is altering some clothes that are still too big.

  247. LeeWells | | #247

    Right now I hope to finish the trousers I recently cut out for my husband (he needs custom made pants and I have sewn his for years).. I also hope to shorten the jeans I got recently and make some new skirts for myself. The sewing is not the problem, our new puppy is! I think she would try to run off with fabric pieces or pull over the ironing board! I will need those jeans when we start baling hay in another month or so (that's part of farming)

  248. AliceEliza | | #248

    Right now I am working on a cushion for a window seat, doll clothes for my granddaughters, and as well I am attending classes to learn techniques for my new sewing machine.

  249. SharonPicone | | #249

    I have the potential opportunity to work on a very elaborate wedding gown for one of my clients. Even though I've made dozens of wedding gowns, each one is unique and offers its own set of challenges. It should be an exciting and a rewarding project.

  250. User avater
    Letha | | #250

    I'm trying to get a tunic top to fit properly before I cut into some expensive fabric. I'm a plus size and need to grade it up slightly to fit. After sewing that top, I need to finish a baby blanket I have material for. One side is going to be from Minky (sp?) and I have been putting that off.

  251. user-1127959 | | #251

    I've been trying to educate myself through the Threads website and archives to prepare for making a custom jacket for my daughter in law and myself. Of course the skirts will follow to make some lovely suits tailored to fit. This book would be an exciting compliment to my expanding library. I love having a book in hand for a learning tool. Here's to becoming a better seamstress!

  252. tooold | | #252

    I am working on knit T-shirts and a jacket. Perfect for a nice skirt.

  253. User avater
    SunSwan | | #253

    I love making skirts, shirts, jeans but would like to tackle lingerie as well.

  254. janet8488 | | #254

    Just lost 30# and 40 inches so I have two major goals.
    1. Alter so of my favorite clothes.
    2. Make new items for the summer season.
    These would be a great help!

  255. violetgypsie | | #255

    I recently quit smoking and gained 20 lbs. Nothing fits anymore and I feel frumpy. I am currently working on my rusty sewing skills to make myself a few new pieces for spring and summer. Would absolutely LOVE to have either of the books, although the skirt book sounds really fabulous.

  256. mjjsews | | #256

    Currently working on a quilt, but just got some beautiful rayon batik material that I hope to make into clothing. It has been a long time sine I've made clothing, but the time has come to go back to sewing.....

  257. User avater
    annenet | | #257

    Just finished a pattern drafting class and would love to apply what I know to skirts. Could definitely use some as it's my preferred Summer wear!

  258. user-289239 | | #258

    I want to make a variety of skirts for my daughter who is employed by a State University. She was recently honored as Employee of the Year and needs to look the part.

  259. Kaidydid | | #259

    I have bought fabric to make myself and my granddaughters some skirts so I would love either of both books. I am working on my techniques and perfecting them so the other book would be perfect. I have mostly taught my self to sew and learning techniques from books has played a big part in this. Thank you so much for a wonderful magazine and great give-aways.

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