Sewing Book Giveaway

Happy Monday seamstresses! To ease you into the week, we have a great book giveaway for you!

9781849493659 Sewing Book Giveaway

Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking by Tilly Walnes ­

Tilly Walnes breaks down handmade clothing in an approachable, fun-to-read way. Each chapter contains a project, beginning simple with a scarf and ending with an impressive lined dress. Plus Tilly provides variations to make the project your own and suggestions for making sewing not only a hobby but a lifestyle and incorporating sewing into a busy schedule. These helpful sections outline how to approach your trip to the fabric store for the most organized and least stressful results, and sewing for your personal style and wardrobe. Tilly walks through the basics, from sewing lingo and supplies to more advanced techniques, such as staystitching, invisible zippers and facings. With seven projects, including pants, skirts and dresses, and the full patterns in eight sizes for each, sewists of all skill levels will enjoy this beautiful book. 

Enter to win a copy of Love at First Stitch by answering the following question in the comments section below: “What’s the most difficult part of garment sewing for you?”

Update: Congratulations to winner Erin E!

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60 Responses to Sewing Book Giveaway

  1. definitely zippers—hate putting them in—never turn out that good

  2. Denise Powel says:

    Fitting the bodice for a custom fit.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Inserting a sleeve is the hardest thing to do.

  4. susan artz says:

    the fit everybody has an idea of what they want to look at and the garment doesn’t always reject that look

  5. Bobbye Jones says:

    I have a hard time getting the pattern to fit me in all areas but more so the waist. And to get the gathered sleeves just right is hard.

  6. Raihana says:

    Zip closures in trousers.

  7. Becky McClintock says:

    The hardest part for me is trusting in myself enough to know that I can do it! It’s a confidence thing. I have so many ideas and dreams of great things to make, some of them are just slightly out of reach. But I keep on sewing!

  8. Maureen S says:

    Set in sleeves and button holes are my problem areas.

  9. Karen Wright says:

    Zippers continue to be my nemesis.

  10. Erin says:

    Getting started! Haha …
    I always seem to take time picking out patterns , fabric, and gathering ideas – I need to just get started and things will turn out just beautiful :)

  11. Maureen V says:

    Sewing barbie doll clothes! The outfits are so small!

  12. Renee G says:

    The most difficult part for me is any hand-sewing.

  13. Myra Lovett says:

    My issue is getting the bodice to fit from the shoulders to bust line. Its like I am shorter in this area of a pattern.

  14. Frankie says:

    My most challenging problem is getting the fit just right for pants.

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  16. Pam says:

    Finding the perfect fabric is the biggest challenge these days. There is no decent fabric shop within a reasonable distance from me any more (lot of quilting shops, but not dressmaking fabrics) and you really need to feel and see a fabric before purchasing, so online shopping is not so helpful.

  17. Erin Ellis says:

    I am really terrible at waistbands! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  18. Karen Watkins says:

    The most difficult part of sewing for me these days is finding appropriate fabric for making garments. I am old enough to remember when there were several fabric stores in town as well as fabric departments in all of the department stores.

  19. Marion Johnson says:

    Fitting for my tummy bulge for skirts and pants.

  20. Jane Gatts says:

    Sewing the v – facing on a scrub top.

  21. LA says:

    Threading a needle!
    Eyesight unfortunately deteriorates as you get older!

  22. Kim Veira says:

    Most difficult for me is adding an invisible zipper… to make it neat and absolutely invisible….

  23. Patricia Hersl says:

    Getting the proper fit, especially on this lumpy body I now possess. Sticking to grands, still only 4 and 18mos. Success is so much easier without a bustline.

  24. Lorie evanoff says:

    the most difficult thing for me is getting the fit of the low back right. It’s tricky with a sway back. I often end up with fabric pooling on top of my backside.

  25. Cindy says:

    i have a difficult time hemming a full skirt. There must be some tip!

  26. Penny says:

    Proper fit around the back of the neck :/

  27. Lorene says:

    My hardest part in sewing is getting the proper fit. I don’t enjoy cutting out patterns because I have such a hard time getting the patterns to fit my body. My top is a different size than the bottom and when I adjust patterns to fit the top, the waist is wrong and the sleeves are wrong. When I look for patterns, I look for simple lines so I can adjust the patterns more easily, but then I don’t like the fashion because it ends up looking like a sack. It is very frustrating. When will patterns be designed to fit real people?

  28. Valentina Rodoracio says:

    Working without a body form and trying to fit patterns to my petite full figure..Short waist, full bust, slopping shoulders – oye!

  29. peggy carnahan says:

    Getting the fit right.

  30. Michelle white says:

    using new types of fabrics like stretch, leatherette etc

  31. edenz says:

    Starting projects :) I always have great plans but procrastinate on starting.

  32. Jean Collins says:

    Making things that fit right

  33. Annette says:

    Getting the fit exactly how I like it.

  34. cyndy lacey says:

    The fit. I am large busted so it can be a challenge!

  35. Ruffles! There is probably a very easy way to do them – but I don’t know what it is.

  36. Judi says:

    I would say the fitting. And that makes everything else go slowly! oy!

  37. Jean McNear says:

    Understanding the pattern instructions are the difficult part for me. Sometimes they are very vague so it gets frustrating.

  38. Crystal Rios says:

    Zippers… I’ve won prizes for my handmade dresses, but I one occasion a judge actually wrote on the back of the note card “please learn how to install zippers properly!” :-)

  39. Wendy says:

    Getting the fit just right.

  40. Meliah Ross says:

    What a great book to help with teaching my kids to sew :)

  41. Elisa says:

    Resizing patterns. I am two very distinct sizes top and bottom. Sewing a top or dress is tough because my hip size is so far out outside of the size range of my bust size. And the armholes of the size that fits my top are way to big for my actual arms.

  42. VICKIE BROWN says:

    I still have problems with getting the inverted angle just right on the lapels of jackets. I am self taught and have been sewing for over 50 years. my biggest learning curve came after my son was born. I began learning pattern construction with his clothes when he turned one as I was living overseas and didn’t like the limited choice of clothing I had for him. Sewing has been a life saver for me and I have copies of Sew News that go back forever!

  43. MaryRuth Sadler says:

    Fitting the arm hole/ shoulder slope to the individual.

  44. The most difficult part for me is the closure. Zippers still give me trouble from time to time.

  45. Sam P says:

    I’m relatively new to sewing clothing – knits has been interesting because of all the stretch. With dressmaking I’m not sure about getting fit right and the contours.

  46. liz voegele says:

    Wanting to sew more for myself.

  47. Cherie says:

    Getting waistbands on skirts to fit correctly.

  48. Cynthia Cain says:

    I am teaching myself to sew and the sleeves are the most difficult part of sewing for me

  49. Jenny Holly says:

    Zipper. I just struggle with zippers. Oh and sleeves that are puffy!