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Do you remember when I hosted the Sewing With a Plan (SWAP) Series here on my blog in November of 2018? Well today my heart is bursting with excitement because Julie Starr and Sarah Gunn, the authors of The Tunic Bible, have released their second book, A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing.

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Why am I so excited? I’m super thrilled because this is an excellent resource for curating a fully functional wardrobe. Whether you sew your own clothes or shop ready-to-wear, this book has a wealth of helpful information to guide you in choosing items that never go out of style, pieces that you’ll be wearing for years to come. While the book is written for the home sewist, the concept of creating cohesiveness within your wardrobe is applicable to all.


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A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing takes the reader on a beautiful journey of exploring 30 classic, timeless garments. With each item, the authors provide the garment’s origin, historical facts, helpful styling options (because you elevate your garments by styling them), sewing tips, fabric suggestions and more.

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There’s a 43 page photo gallery of women wearing the classic pieces described throughout the book, along with pattern information and names of the creators.

Oh my goodness! This gallery is a TREASURE! When sewing your own clothes from patterns, it’s always a treat when you can see how the garment looks on real bodies before starting your project.

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I’m honored to be featured twice in the gallery. In the first photo, I’m wearing a black sheath dress, that I lovingly refer to as my Audrey Hepburn dress. The moment I slipped into this little black dress three years ago and styled it, my first thought was Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Also featured is a blue & white Halter Dress that I made with a beautiful bamboo knit.

The amazing fashion illustrations by Beth Briggs give the book a whimsical vibe that makes it fun to read and view. I found myself looking forward to turning the pages to see what the next sketch would be. She really nailed the illustration of me in the black sheath dress, which is also featured on the front cover of the book.

Some of the classics featured are: t-shirt, A-line skirt, shift dress, full skirt, cardigan sweater, palazzo pants, wrap dress, jeans, etc. There’s also a bonus pencil skirt pattern included with the book. I can’t wait to try it out because it has the lovely bell shape that I’m always trying to create by pegging the skirt at the bottom.

If you’re a beginner, I encourage you to treat yourself to a great start. Get a copy of this book before you begin buying ALL the fabric and patterns. I believe that, due to social media influence, many beginners get caught up in sewing what they see others making.

Heck, I got caught up in that cycle myself when I returned to sewing in 2015. It wasn’t until last year when I realized that I had spent three years sewing and had nothing to show for it. I never had anything to wear. WHAT?!!

That’s what prompted the SWAP Series. Since then, I’ve become more intentional about my sewing, choosing garments to create a wardrobe that fits my personal needs and style.

GIVEAWAY Entry Guidelines

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As part of their launch, Julie and Sarah are hosting a GIVEAWAY of their new book. Please follow the steps below to enter for a chance to win a copy of A STYLISH GUIDE TO CLASSIC SEWING. The last day to enter through my link is Saturday, December 7th. The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 8th, here on my blog.

The winner will receive a hard copy of the book from C&T Publishing if a resident of the United States. Those residing outside of the U.S. will receive a digital copy of the book.


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If you would like to purchase a copy of the book NOW for yourself or as a precious gift, click HERE.


As part of the Book Release, Julie and Sarah arranged a Blog Tour with several creators who are featured in the book’s gallery. Make sure you stop by their blogs to hear what they have to say about the book.


Dec 2  Lori VanMaanen / Blog – / Instagram –@girlsinthegarden

Dec 3 Andrea Birkan / Instagram – @andreabirkan

Dec 4 Anita Morris / Blog – /Instagram – @anitabydesign

Dec 5 Karen Helm / Blog – /Instagram – @fiftydresses

Dec 6 Alex Florea / Blog – /Instagram – @sewrendipity

Dec 7 Lucy VanDoorn /Blog – /Instagram – @myloveaffairwithsewing

Dec 7 Cennetta Burwell /Blog – Instagram – @cennetta_burwell

Dec 8 Manju Nittala /Blog – / Instagram – @sewmanju

Dec 8 Dorcas Ross / Instagram – @lonestarcouture

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Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!


If you have not yet learned to sew, I suggest you check out my Beginner’s Sewing Course. The Beginner’s Course will walk you through the basics of garment construction. Click the photo below to check out the Beginner’s Sewing Course Video Series.


Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 47 Comments

  1. Patrya Barnes

    Congrats Anita. What a well deserved notice. You do have a classy classic style. I would love to win this book to give to my sewing friend who is not on social media.

  2. Ros Reed

    Hi Anita, I received my book today. It’s here early. Thank you again.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh yaaay! Enjoy your book Ros!

  3. Gwendolyn Styles

    Congratulations Anita! this is wonderful, you deserve this!

    1. Caroll

      Congratulations!? You are such an Inspiration!

  4. Liz

    Anita, congratulations on being included in this new book! They know who has the style!

  5. Trish

    This is awesome news. Congratulations!

  6. maureen

    Although I couldn’t get my e-mail to take I went ahead and bought the book. I’m so thrilled for you and I can’t wait to get the book. Congratulations Anita!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Maureen, I’m sorry you couldn’t get your email to work to enter the drawing. Enjoy your book, my sister.

  7. Michelle Hersilia

    Lots of congratulations to you Anita well deserved ❤️?❤️?

      1. Sherry

        This is so exciting! Congratulations on being included in this fabulous book.

  8. Terry P

    Congrats to you Anita!! Love your ‘Audrey Hepburn’ look…so classy!!!

  9. Lillian M

    CONGRATULATIONS ! This is great news, and the perfect black dress with the beautiful you to show it off. God Bless, I’m so, so happy for you !

  10. Lynette Patrice

    Oh Anita, this is wonderful, congratulations to every one involved.

    This is going to be a great read!!! Looking forward to it.

    1. Caroll

      Congratulations!?I’m soooo happy for you! ?

  11. Laura

    I love that the sketch of you is on the cover! So exciting! Congrats!

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, very exciting! Thank you Laura!

  12. Keisha Gainey

    I love your spirit and it radiates so brightly through your smile! Despite the storms, your God anointed smile will always bring you out along with the Sun. Thank you for your work and dedication to empower and share with others! Blessings to you!

    1. Peggy

      ?‍♀️Hi Anita. Congratulations! Yep, she nailed that sketch. This is wonderful and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thank you so much for sharing.

    2. Anita Morris

      Oh Keisha, thank you so much for your beautiful words.

  13. Martha Turner

    Wow Anita, Congrats to you… GOD is so good.


  14. Yvette

    Anita, this is awesome news! I’m so happy and proud of you!! You deserve it for all of your hard work and your love to spread and share your gift from God! Before long, you will publish your own book!!
    Again, Congratulations!

    1. Anita Morris

      Awww, thank you so much Yvette! This book is so AWESOME! It fits so perfectly with what I’m about.

  15. Julia

    Thanks Anita! I’m doing some research for an upcoming class reunion next year (50 years!), and I’ve used the past few months to diet and exercise (you’ve inspired that!) and hopefully be able to wiggle into those bellbottoms my mom hand-embroidered! (My mom said never throw your jeans away! Ha!) Also the fashions at that time are back in style, so it will be fun whipping up some outfits!

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, Julia! It sounds like you’ve got some fun going on. Wow, 50th Reunion! What a blessing! Have fun getting. those outfits ready for Reunion.

  16. Johanna Ali

    This is so exciting and so well deserving! Congrats Anita. I can’t wait to get this book.

    1. Anita Morris

      Johanna, you’re gonna love this book. Girl, I’m so excited about what they have created.

  17. Samantha

    How exciting Anita to be featured in the sewing book. Congratulations, that dress is perfection. I love watching your tutorials on youtube and following you on instagram, you bring so much joy with your beautiful smile and wardrobe.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Samantha! Thank you so much! I. really appreciate you being here and on my social. media pages.

  18. Lynn Wall

    How exciting, I’m so happy for you. I know I have learned so much from watching your videos. Thank you for sharing this information I have entered and hope my name is drawn. Again Congratulation!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Lynn! You’re very welcome. Thank you for watching my videos. Stay tuned because more are on the way.

  19. Ej

    Congratulations Anita!
    This is so exciting!? I love your Style and tutorials.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you EJ for watching my tutorials. Yes, this book is so exciting!

  20. Falana Hunter

    Congratulations! Thank you for all the information that you share and tutorials you provide.

    1. Anita Morris

      You’re very welcome Falana!

  21. Ros Reed

    Hi Anita, Congratulations!!! And I just ordered the book. I received a nice discount because I subscribe to Amazon Prime. Thank you so much. Can’t wait for the book to arrive.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh, that’s AWESOME, Ros! Enjoy your book and thank you for supporting Julie & Sarah!

      1. Ros Reed

        Anita, I forgot to mentioned, the book is supposed to arrive on Monday, Dec 9th. I am excited…???????

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