Day 10 Giveaway: Win The Sewing Bible!

WOW! We got an awesome response to our Day 9 Giveaway for Bags in Bloom: Create 20 Unique Flower Purses with Simple Embroidered Stitches and Easy-to-Sew Patterns. You all must be as bag-crazy as we are!The lucky winner is…drum roll, please…Linda! Here’s Linda’s great answer: “I tend to make the huge bags and totes. Since I am a grandma that watches the grandbabies, I am always toting around diapers, wipes, food and toys in addition to all the regular stuff a lady needs. Sometimes when I am shopping I will delve into my bag and pull out a toy or something for a mischievious tyke that a mom needs help with. icon smile Day 10 Giveaway: Win The Sewing Bible!

Congratulations, Linda, and thanks to everyone for participating! We’d love to see pictures of the bags you’ve made, so post them to our Facebook wall if you’d like to share.

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Don’t fret if you didn’t win yesterday’s drawing, because we still have three more awesome prizes up for grabs in our 12 Days of Giveaways.  For Day 10, we’re giving away the must-have book, The Sewing Bible-Clothing: The Ultimate Resource of Ideas, Techniques Ideas and Inspiration by Wendy Gardiner (David & Charles). And believe me–it’s just as cool as it sounds! To enter, answer the following question in the Comments section: What was the first garment you ever sewed? Leave your comment by tomorrow when we’ll announce the winner!

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77 Responses to Day 10 Giveaway: Win The Sewing Bible!

  1. Jenny says:

    First garmet was in 8th grade home ec. class and was a sweatshirt with a pieced panel in the front. Black, of course, it was middle school, with black/white/neon pink triangles pieced together, it WAS the 80s. :)

  2. Joan Oegema says:

    my first official garment was an apron in 7th grade home-ec class. After we passed the apron test we sewed flannel nightgowns. Looking back, I realize the nightgowns were really an achievement since they had gathering and sleeves! I haven’t had a flannel nightgown in years, this post makes me yearn for the good old days. Off to look for night gown patterns…..

  3. Kelly says:

    My first was only a couple of years ago at age 38 and I was so paranoid it would be too small and not fit, the shirt and skirt ended up big enough for a circus tent.

  4. Valerie Nicholson says:

    The first real garment I ever sewed was a wrap-around skirt. It was this green material that is really pretty. I still have it and (believe it or not) it still fits!!!!!

  5. Sharlene says:

    The First item I sewed was a reversable vest (age 8) with my Mama. I thought it was great two vests in one, after this project, I was hooked on sewing.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Ah…my first garment. Middle school, some sort of jumpsuit type garment that was a lavender and peach floral print and had a whole “genie from aladdin” vibe going. Luckily my taste has improved since then!

  7. Andrea says:

    Like other posts, my first garment was in 7th grade home-ec class. it was a skirt, maroon double knit. You just can’t forget those kinds of things. This sewing bible would be a good thing for me as I tend to not sew garments because I don’t have the best success fitting them correctly.

  8. Alma says:

    My first garment was a simple sundress. It was a beautiful blue fabric. I’ll never forget it.

  9. Lois Werts says:

    My first garment was a straight skirt gathered onto a band. I was starting to high school with very few clothes and I felt so dressed up. I am now 80 years old and still dew.

  10. Cheryl Enyart says:

    The first article of clothing I made was a gathered skirt in home ec. in 7th grade
    I learned to sew many things before that, but not an article of clothing for me.
    I made doll clothes for my doll from scrapes that my grandmother gave me. Some of them were pretty good.

  11. C. Schnuelle says:

    An apron in home ec. class. Does anyone remember home ec. classes?

  12. My first garment was an infant kimono, made as a sewing lesson at the local Singer Sewing Center and donated to the hospital for a “going home” garment for a needy newborn. I was one of a group of Camp Fire Girls taking the lessons – 5th grade (I think) in 1954. Still sewing:-).

  13. jance meleo says:

    Home EC -seventh grade, I made a multistriped corduroy vest and wore it proudly for the whole year!

  14. Diane says:

    The first garment that I sewed was when I about 12 or 13. I made a pair of shorts and a matching top. The fabric was white with big blue and red stripes that needed to be matched. The shorts had a waistband and zipper. The top had set-in sleeves and buttons and buttonholes up the front. My mother did not believe in starting simple! I got hooked from that very first experience.

  15. Ann says:

    I made a dress during the summer after second grade. I went to lessons so I would not distroy my mom’s machine and she would get me out of the house for a couple hours. Mom kept this dress and still has it 40+ years later.

  16. Elaine says:

    I made an apron in home Ec to wear in cooking class (still can’t cook) and then we made a pleated skirt with no pattern! We had to do the math and make a gauge for the pleat widths. I don’t believe any 2 pleats on that skirt were the same size.

  17. Candy Fisher says:

    7th grade Home Ec. We were sewing blouses. I grew out of mine before I could finish it. Sewing for my self has evolved over the years from clothes to home dec stuff, game stuff, baby stuff for other people. It is always fun and I still love the touchy feely part of fabric stores.

  18. Shelly Weickum says:

    8th grade home-Ec class. We all had to sew a navy blue cotton gathered skirt with a zipper and a waistband to wear with our dickies on Wednesdays. Obviously there were no boys in the class! Everything turned out great except the hem which my aunt (an accomplished seamstress) was aghast at and said I should take it out and do it over “the right way”! I didn’t but I wore the skirt thru 9th grade when I then graduated to the high school.

  19. Dawn says:

    I had a Cabbage Patch Kid sewing machine, which had a horrible needle and no bobbin – which meant it just did a horrid chain stitch. I would have received it at around 7 or 8 years old. Because it was so frustrating, mum then taught me to sew on her machine – doll clothes were what I would sew – though I was already making duct tape and bubble wrap vests, hats, and bags without the machine for myself. Hehehe

  20. Robyn says:

    The first piece of clothing that I ever sewed was a long wrap-around skirt. I had bought one at a store and I absolutely loved it, but I couldn’t afford to buy another one so I made my own pattern from the one I bought and made one. That was six years ago and I still wear it.

  21. michele says:

    The fist garmet I sewed was a pair of boxer shorts and a matching tank top in the 10th grade. After that, I wanted to use this fake fur that my mother had, so I made a tea length fake fur jacket which took me an entire semester to produce… the lining was sateen and it was horribly fitted, although I wore it constantly for the following 4 years. :)

  22. Jamie says:

    The first real garments (a side from the barbie clothes my sister and I would design as kids) I ever sewed was halloween costumes for my girls, I figured if they didn’t work our they were just halloween costumes and nothing too important like prom or wedding dresses. Luckly they did work out and we had a lovely lady brown squirrel (complete with a large bushy tail), who later in the night became a eskimo princess when she got sick of the tail, and a beautiful butterfly. Both ended up being able to be made from one pattern with a few tweeks here and there. Now I (we now that they are old enought to help out) make the halloween costumes every year… and it always turns out to be so much fun that we end up planning the next years costumes almost as soon as trick-o-treating is done :)

  23. Kris says:

    I learned to sew in 4-H! I made a A-line pink skirt from a cotton broadcloth. It was so much fun to actually use the machine like a grown-up. We got to model our creations on a stage. It created a true desire to continue sewing and creating. The charm and magic of a first project that turns out okay never goes away.

  24. Stacey says:

    My first garment was a cotton shirt with kangaroo pockets. I learned to sew with my grandmother when I was 7. I sewed barbie doll clothes! Then I took a home ec class in 9th grade and made my 1st shirt for me! I stopped sewing for awhile…until I bought my 1st house and couldn’t find the kind of curtains I wanted and then realized how much it was going to cost to special order them. I took out my old machine, got a pattern, found some beautiful material…and it was like riding a bike…. (-:
    been sewing nonstop for the last 20 years!

  25. Rose Henry says:

    When I was about five, an elderly lady gave me a shoebox of fabrics. My mother gave me some scissors, a needle and a thread. From that moment I made my dolls their clothes ill fitted as they were. In high school I made a beige blouse with a brown gored skirt. Amazingly, that one shoebox of fabric has taken me on a wonderful journey.

  26. Jeny says:

    a bright red a-line skirt in Home Ec. I loved it. Ever since, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew when it comes to sewing clothes for myself.

  27. Darci says:

    I sewed Barbie clothes by hand at 9 years old. I wasn’t allowed on the sewing machine yet. Does that count? Seriously the first thing for me was a shirt and skirt in high school Home-EC class, 25 years ago. I am a stay at home mom now and would love to have a book to show me how to sew better. ☺

  28. Barbara says:

    The first i can remember sewing is short and tank-top for my friends baby sister, by taking her clothes and drawing around them on fabric, then sewing them up as I thought they should be. The baby wore them! I was about 10 years old.

  29. Barbara says:

    I made shorts and tank-top for my friends baby sister, without a pattern. I was about 10 years old.

  30. Chris Larton says:

    I took 4-H when I was 11. I wanted to do like the other girls: Victorian blouses, pleated skirts and intricate dresses…but my mom said no, and made me start off with a simple blouse, gathered pants and a basic A-line skirt…I was really glad that she insisted when I saw how often the other girls had to rip their seams out. I had finished a basic 7-piece wardrobe before any of the other girls finished their single garment. The first item was a basic pop-over top with no sleeves to set in.

  31. jen says:

    my first garmet i have ever sewed was in my sewing 101 class, a pair of pant pajamas. you can kind of see it here:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=2720033&l=1efeb5f5bf&id=547961566

  32. Karen A says:

    I started sewing Barbie clothes. I’m not sure if it was the first garment I made, but I do remember sewing a pink corduroy jumper in 7th or 8th grade and I learned about nap the hard way!!
    I haven’t made that mistake again :)

  33. Jeanne says:

    The first thing I ever sewed was a vest, quickly followed by pants, a skirt and a couple of shirts. I had no desire to sew, but my mom was a single parent and I knew she couldn’t afford school clothes for both me and my little brother. I don’t know if I ever actually grew to love sewing, but I became very good at it in a very short time so the other kids wouldn’t guess things were home-made. After 4 decades of sewing it is a hard habit to break.

  34. Rose says:

    When I took home ec in high school, I was declared to be totally exasperating by the teacher. She actually gave me the first and only “F” that I ever received in school – for my sewing projects, my cooking, and for the entire class [she hated my biscuits, too]. I had been sewing my own clothes for 2 years and cooked family meals for 5 years…the problem is that I took shortcuts, which the teacher did not approve of. My first ever project was a cute pair of shorts and a circle skirt out of a blue cotton broadcloth.

  35. Sara says:

    I believe it was skirt for 4-H. What I remember most is the difficulty I had being a lefty trying to use a right-handed scissors.

  36. Diana L says:

    The first garment I ever sewed was AGES ago. I remember making an apron and a skirt in junior high Home Ec sewing. It took forever to make both the apron and basic A-line skirt. I nearly gave up sewing after that! I think I made things before that, but don’t remember what. By high school I was making a lot of my clothes. I remember making a wool plaid fully lined suit (jacket & skirt), all matched, in high school.

  37. lois johnsen says:

    My first garment that I remember making was a gathered skirt with a skinny waistband. the fabric was a tight knit, skinny stripes of all different colors. I was about 8 or 9 and I remember wearing it all the time.

  38. Pat H. says:

    First real garment, excluding doll clothes and things with no back, was a dress in 8th grade. I can still see it. It was white, nubbly fabric, the weight of linen and very soft. The dress was just a sheath with facings in the neck and armholes. It had a drawstring at the waist. I was so proud when my teacher cornered my mother at a PTA meeting and told her I had a real talent for sewing. Momma was very proud of her little girl.

  39. Sheila Whitney says:

    The first item my Mom had me sew was a gingham pillowcase to learn to sew straight seams. The first garment was probably a skirt or shorts. I was about 7 years old and it is too far back to remember exactly what it was. My mother was an excellent seamstress & myself and my sisters. I am very thankful for her patience in teaching us.

  40. Linda T says:

    The first thing I ever sewed was clothing for my troll dolls and for Barbie. They were crude but had snaps and buttons to hold them on. The first real garment I made was a skirt in 7th grade Home Ec. It was navy blue and A-line. I remember going to Grants with my mom, to buy the fabric. I wore it until I out grew it.

  41. betsey karl says:

    the first garment i ever made was a camp style shirt with my mom…it was a border print of sailboats. I think I was about ten at the time. I loved that shirt! I’m lucky, my mom (now 80) still sews and acts as my mentor.

  42. Linda says:

    I made an apron, a tufted throw pillow and a dress in 7th grade Home Economics. I entered the yellow dress in the 4-H contest for my school and won first place. I then went to the county contest and sadly I didn’t place in it.

  43. Anna Nusbaum says:

    I remember many frustrating times as my mom, who cut out fabric freehand to make our clothes, tried to teach me to sew on a cranky and finickyNecchi sewing machine. But something must have stuck, because the first thing I made when I was still in college and newly married was a pullover peasant-style top. I loved it, my husband loved it, and I wore it for years. I think that early success kept me going for a long time (fighting with that Necchi, which would randomly generate giant thread nests under the fabric). I “suspended” sewing when I went back to school but am looking forward to starting up again.

  44. Kathy says:

    The first thing I ever made was a pair of wrap around shorts for a project in Home Economics class in school. My mother was watching over me to make sure I did it right so I would get a good grade and I mad the short six different times before getting them right. I have recently finished schooling for Dress Making and Design at Penn Foster. And have opened my own sewing business. I didnt really realize how much home made clothes were still in I have gotten several orders.

  45. Shelby says:

    My mom always sewed and was happy to help me pursue my interest at age 10. I took a beginner class at the local shop. I made a pair of capris and a top. It was terribly sewn, the stitches were so crooked and the pants were to short in the crotch! And that ended my interest in sewing for about 11 years. I got back into it and have been going strong for 17 years but I still haven’t made any pants for myself.

  46. Janice says:

    I started making doll clothes for my “Vogue” dolls. Ginny, Ginny Baby and Jill. (Before Barbie) About 1956 the “sack” dress was popular and my Mother hated the style. Said she wore them as a girl and she would not make one for me. Made my own at age 9.

  47. Inita Bermudez says:

    My first garment was in 9th grade . I made a sun dress. I was suprise that it turn out so nice. After that I wanted to sew all the time. Of course not all my sewing turn out good. Alot of sewing and reading .

  48. Lori says:

    Since I just learned to sew in May I have only completed one dress. A simple sleeveless dress with a modest side slit. I have started a dress for my daughter.

  49. Lisa says:

    My first garment was a suit (jacket and skirt) made in an adult ~ ed sewing class. I remember being so excited about taking the class. I always wanted to learn to make my own clothes. I never did wear that one though, but that class/pattern inspired me to continue sewing and learning about the craft.

  50. Jill says:

    The first garment I ever made for myself was an apron in seventh grade home economics.

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