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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
BOOK RELEASE BLOG TOUR
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.
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
NEW TO SEWING?
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