This book has got a lot of great information for any beginner sewest.
The part I'm excited about is how to easily drape your own custom pattern block, and transfer that to a paper pattern. Then about half the book shows you all kinds of ways to alter that basic block to get different variations (which is also a great reference when altering a commercial pattern!). Everything is very clearly illustrated and concisely explained.
I will say that I didn't agree with the fabric choices on of the example garments, because they were too dark or the pattern was too busy to be able to see the design element they were trying to example.
Anyway, I'm so happy about my giveaway win that I've decided to host my own giveaway! I'm giving away three patterns from my stash to three sew rachel! readers:
#1) McCalls M6173 - Leggings season is here! And I accidentally bought two of this pattern (oops!), so you get to benefit! This pattern includes size XS, S, M.
#2) Simplicity 2703 - I bought this pattern for that jacket (now out of print), but when I opened it up realized that I had grabbed the wrong size. I hope someone else can make a fabulous version of it! The pattern pieces are all uncut and included, but I did have to refold them to get them back into the envelope (as you know, nearly impossible!) so they are not quite as neat and crisp as a brand new pattern. This pattern includes size 16 though 24.
#3) Butterick B5750 - You may remember this pattern from my failed bridesmaid's dress. I still believe it can make a beautiful dress. I had bought this pattern once, lost it in our move, had to buy another copy, than promptly found this first copy (isn't that always how those things work?)! This pattern includes size 6 through 14.
I know you want one... so comment below with which one(s) you would like to win and what your rendition would look like. You can choose just one, or two, or all three! Comment by October 20th to be eligible, and international readers are included! Don't forget to check back next week to see if you've won, or subscribe to get all my updates. I know you readers are out there... so comment!