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Winner: Fabric for Fashion, The Swatch Book

seamstress_erin_winnerCourtesy of, the winner selected from the 17 qualifying entries was number 11. Congratulations to Erin, winner of this latest giveaway from the review of Fabric for Fashion, The Swatch Book. That said, everyone wins -Laurence King is offering a 35% discount for this title through Jan 5, 2015. Use fashionincubator35 for the discount.

An aside due to the high number of unqualified entries; I'm thinking people don't know what a haiku is anymore. Hmm. Also, carrying one word over to a second line to match the required number of syllables for the stanza is a grey area that I allowed but won't next time. Also, many entries had no weaving words per se. Some fabrics are known by their weave (satin -which I suspect was often a lucky choice) but others are not (denim).

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Winner: Day 7 Giveaway of Draping, The Complete Course

arizona_winnerMany apologies for my tardy posting. I've had a dear friend and long time customer on the premises, burning the midnight oil for the past two days. Be that as it may, I've not forgotten my pretties.

This giveaway -Draping: The Complete Course- was a popular one as well should it have been. I am looking forward to seeing commentary from the inter tubes once it has been released for sale and folks have had an opportunity to sample its intellectual largesse.

To recap, you can pre-order this book now. I'd actually recommend it because it helps the publisher gauge the size of the print run and if they run out, well, you know how that goes, you have to wait until the powers that be decide if and when it may be worth reprinting. There are too many promising products that are never rerun after the first splash because not enough expressed sufficient interest to buy it when it mattered.

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Winner of Day 6 Giveaway: Grading Workbook

demetra_winnerThe winner of the Day 6 giveaway of Connie Crawford's Grading Workbook is Demetra! Yay!

Grading Workbook by Connie Crawford
122 pp, 8.5" x 11"

Make note of the variety of purchasing options. It comes in hard copy or ebook (pdf) and there is a grading ruler available too. The options are:

Printed version (book only): $37.50
Printed Book with Grading Ruler: $44.50
E-Book only: $29.50
E-Book with Grading Ruler: $36.50
Printed Book and E-Book: $49.50
Printed Book, E-Book, and Grading Ruler: $54.50

There is still one last giveaway that of the draping book -please, only one entry per person. The deadline is 5:00 PM MST Friday Sept 6, 2013.

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Winner: Day 5 Giveaway of Stylish Dress Book

malorie_winnerTa Da! The winner for day#5 of giveaways is... Malorie. Yay! Malorie, be sure to send me your address so the publisher can ship this to you.

Again, this book won't be available until October 22nd although the rest of you can pre-order Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear on Amazon.

Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear
200 illustrations, 87 pp
9.25″ x 7.25″, paperback
ISBN 9781780673042
Publisher: Laurence King
List: $19.95
Published October 22, 2013

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Day 7 Giveaway. Draping: The Complete Course

draping_complete_course_coverAnd now we come to the final day of our 7 day, 7 book giveaway... people, I'm thinking this one -Draping: The Complete Course- is a game changer; this book is exquisite. It would seem that many agree with me, newly published last month, it is already out of stock. Oh wait, there's a bit of confusion. Amazon shows it won't go on sale until October 1st. Either way, I recommend pre-ordering it. You want to make sure you'll get a copy when they come available. Really, you will. This is the book of the year, maybe even the book of next year. I haven't ever seen anything like this -it weighs 4 pounds! All I can say is that I'm glad I don't write draping books because this would be a tough act to follow.

Now. As a lot of you already know, I'm not too wild on draping. Not that I don't care for it, not that I don't think it's a great thing and it definitely has its uses, but I'm one of those (apparently rare?) people who can create flounces, cowls -you know, all draped styles- with paper and pencil or CAD. Frankly until I started this blog, I didn't know that everyone else couldn't because any place I'd worked, everybody else drafted exclusively too.

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Winner: Day 4 Giveaway of Patternmaking Made Easy

david_s_drafting_book_winnerI know everyone has been eagerly awaiting the result from this very popular giveaway -comments are now closed as a winner has been selected. We had 98 qualified entries. There were a few duplicates this time with some people entering multiple times. I suppose I should have mentioned one entry per person unless otherwise stated but I think most people figured out that was fairest. Also, if you won before, I pulled you out of the drawing for any subsequent ones. Sorry about that but do post your contributory comments anyway because they're useful. I should also mention that there are planned giveaways scheduled that will be limited to my most loyal visitors -people who link to me. The odds of winning that will be high since so few do it. Just something to consider for the future.

But anyway, the winner of Patternmaking Made Easy by Connie Crawford is David S. Yay! David, please confirm your shipping address and I will forward your information to the publisher who will be filling it. Don't forget that you can get a 20% discount on this book by using FASANELLA at check out.

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Day 6 Giveaway: Grading Workbook

CC_grading_workbook_coverBefore getting into this review, you can still enter to win the pattern book until late tomorrow afternoon. A winner for the Stylish dress book will be selected on Wednesday. Moving on.

Today's giveaway features the second edition of Connie Crawford's Grading Workbook. I have the hard copy, spiral bound edition, 136 pages. It is nicely formatted and illustrated, similar to the drafting book. I do think it is a low cost option to learn grading from -all explained in a clear manner as possible but there are a few issues to be aware of. Before I forget, if you're not sure of all the technical terms I'm using, you might consider perusing the grading posts on this site, they are extensive and detailed.

No matter how dedicated and disciplined an author, discrepancies will creep in. For example, the grade stack of the neck point at the bottom of pg 35 is correct but in a later section on page 54, it is not. That said, scale is everything. My disputation amounts to something on the order of 1/32nd to 1/64th of an inch -something only professional graders will fuss about (and fuss we do). I only bring it up in the event that you follow the instructions step by step and your result doesn't look exactly like the illustration on page 54. If it looks like the one on pg 35 instead, you're doing fine.

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Day 5 Giveaway: Stylish Dress Book; Clothing for Everyday Wear

Stylish_dress_everyday_coverOur third translated from Japanese into English Bunka title, courtesy of Laurence King Publishing that is up for grabs is Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Unlike the previous titles though, you'll have to wait for this one. It won't be available for purchase until October 22, 2013.

As with many in this series, the designs are eminently wearable and casual. Again, styling is targeted to a younger demography but there are quite a few styles that would also work for older bodies. A lot of these designs would be ideal for back to school; there are a lot of classics in this one, items you'll wear year after year. For a better idea of what I mean, see these page excerpts on the LKP site. It is possible that I may amend this entry. Some of this stuff is so cute that I may sew one up tomorrow.

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Winner: Day 3 Giveaway of Textile Visionaries

amrit_in_sfThe winner of Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Designdonated by Laurence King Publishing is Amrit in SF. Yay!

As a reminder, here are the details about this book.

Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design by Bradley Quinn
650 illustrations, 312 pp
9.75″x8.25″, paperback
ISBN 9781780670539
Publisher: Laurence King (link to purchase on publisher’s site)
List: $40.00

And not to belabor the point but everybody wins with the 35% off promotional code BACKTOSCHOOL13, at Laurence King Publishing.

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Day 4 Giveaway: Patternmaking Made Easy

PME_3rd_edToday's giveaway features a popular title that has been given away at least twice previously on this site, and that would be Patternmaking Made Easy by Connie Crawford. This being the brand new third edition, it would be an excellent choice if you're looking for a friendly, hands on, yet professional guide to learn patternmaking as applied to industry.

As you would imagine, I'm a bit particular about drafting books but then, so is everyone else. There is a caveat though; most people tend to prefer whatever book they cut their teeth on which usually means the default text that was required in school. However, once you've been around awhile, you're able to be more discriminating because the requirements of your job or your product depend on it. Toward that end, I wrote a post on how I review patternmaking books which you really should read. This is not to say that other books don't serve a purpose because most books do get the basics right. What you need outside the classroom is the certainty of performance.

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