Free Stuff Friday

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week. Are you ready for the weekend? Well, to kick off the weekend festivities, we’re offering another chance to win a great prize! This week’s prize is a revised and updated edition of Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer.

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From the art of hand sewing to mastering edge finishes, from classic closures to shaping a garment for a perfect fit, fashion historian Claire B. Shaeffer teaches readers all the basics — and more importantly: how to apply the techniques — on skirts and sleeves, pockets and jackets, evening gowns, and more.

All you have to do to enter to win this great prize is answer the following question in the comments section below:

“How often do you use couture techniques in your sewing?”

The specialty shaping and hand sewing often found in couture garments add a special element that aren’t often found in ready-to-wear today. Though I’ll admit, when I’m stitching up a garment, it’s usually the quicker the better. Don’t worry if you don’t use couture techniques, just comment below and you’ll still be entered to win the prize!

The winner will be announced on Monday!

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23 Responses to Free Stuff Friday

  1. Suzi Johnson says:

    The last BIG project was my daughter’s wedding gown. I hand-set pearls and sequins on the lace and allowed close friends and loved ones to add some (under my supervision). Her husband sewed the last ones on the lace that was nearest her heart. I’m such a sentimental fool, aren’t I? Anyway, it turned out beautifully and I was so proud when she came down that aisle. It was my first wedding dress and my last, I hope! I like to do those things that make each outfit a little more special when I have time.

  2. Carol Howard says:

    I sew all of my clothes, casual wear-capri pants & long pants, tops, sundresses, cowl neck sweaters, long sleeve tops; work clothes-skirts, sheath dresses, blouses, jackets, dress pants, over-lay, sheer, burn-out long vest; outer wear-coats, kimono jackets, head scarf, hats, fingerless gloves; night wear-housecoats, pj bottoms & nightgowns. Many couture sewing techniques are incorporated into these sewing projects. I took sewing in high school and that was the beginning of learning couture sewing. I made straight A’s in three years of sewing classes and continued my interest in clothing design. And some 30 years later, I am still enjoy designing my clothes and wearable art.

  3. Vicki says:

    Only occasionally… sometimes you have to correct things purchased… or mend a toy too roughly loved.

  4. Fran says:

    I have just started garment sewing again after several years hiatus. I am working on my sewing skills so that I can add some of the nice couture details.

  5. Veronica Reed says:

    I love hand sewn hems, often sacrificing time to curl up in a chair and stitch the hem of a skirt or dress. Finishing a lined dress by hand stitching the lining into place is another plus in my book. I recently learned that one of my go to marking techniques was couture. I learned to use tailor tacks my first year of home ec years and years ago. I use them nearly every time I sew. I had no idea that people thought them difficult or confusing until I read about them on a blog post discussing couture sewing.

  6. Mindy B says:

    I have never used couture techniques! I have been wanting to learn, maybe this book will insipre me! :-)

  7. Mindy B says:

    I’ve never used couture techniques! I have been wanting to try it out though, maybe this book will insipre me.

  8. Jocelyn says:

    I’m always surprised at the techniques I use when I sew. Recently, I’ve been making quiet books, doll clothes, costumes, and quilts for grandchildren and future grandchildren. That extra touch makes the items really special.

  9. Ann Cooper says:

    I use them once in a while. Last time was doing a hand-rolled hem on a chiffon jacket.

  10. Debbie says:

    I would love to learn more couture techniques for my sewing today. I did learn some techniques many years and now i am back for better fitting clothes and a more professional look.

  11. Savannagal says:

    I’ve never used couture techniques. I consider myself a beginner. I have sewn entire garments by hand, and I do mean plural. But that was out of necessity because I didn’t own a sewing machine at the time. I’d love to learn couture techniques.

  12. Heather says:

    I can’t say that I do, I’m new to sewing clothing.

  13. Carla says:

    Heh… my hand-sewing usually consists of trying to fix something I didn’t do right on the machine! And if all else fails, embellish!

  14. sunny says:

    I don’t think I use any, but that may not be strictly true. I usually prefer a hand-sewn hem.

  15. Tanja H says:

    My only couture experience includes fitting pageant clothes seconds before my kid walks onstage! I’m usually in the line- up still sewing.

  16. Betty says:

    Only when I’m making something special.

  17. Kristin says:

    I haven’t done anything fancy yet, but this book would sure give me a good start!

  18. beth says:

    I hand sew hems and facings. They just look better and don’t seem to take that much more time.

  19. Mary M says:

    I have not done any couture sewing. I’m happy when the clothes fit and look nice. No fancy sewing for me . . . yet. Thanks!

  20. Evelyn says:

    While I learned a few couture techniques years ago, I haven’t made anything recently that needed them. I’ve been making quilts more than clothing items in the last few years.

  21. Dell M says:

    I have made 4 or 5 heirloom dresses (over a span of 20 years) which required a lot of detail and hand sewing.

  22. Mary Mac says:

    I am still a novice and usually have my friend kathleen help me with difficult projects. I would have to share this book with her for sure.

  23. I never ever do. My sewing technique: don’t mess up enough that it is noticeable! Maybe with this book I could learn a little more :)