And the Winner of She Wears the Pants…

is Megan Berka!

She Wears the Pants by Yuko Takada-

Megan gets a copy of She Wears the Pants by Yuko Takada! How did I choose the winner? I plugged in the lowest number 1 and the highest 2- (I skipped the one person I knew who already had the book) – and gave me “10” as the result. Megan was the tenth person to comment (skipping Lizzy).

Congrats, Megan! I just need your mailing address and if you are not a U.S. resident, I need your phone number to pass along to Tuttle Publishing, which will send your copy of She Wears the Pants to you.

BTW – I did make the Draped Mini Dress from this book. You can see it here.

Thanks to everyone who commented on my book review!

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And the Winner of Basic Black Giveaway Is…


Before I announce the winner of the Basic Black giveaway, I just want to explain how that person was chosen. I went to, which has a “True Random Number Generator.” There were 28 people who commented so I entered a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 28, hit “generate,” and it gave me number 7!

Random number generator

And the seventh person who commented is Laura, who said: “I don’t have any experience with Japanese sewing and would love to win this book to learn this art.”

So Laura – you are the lucky winner of Basic Black, published by Tuttle Publishing!

Basic Black by Sato Watanabe - Tuttle Publishing

Just send me your mailing address and if you are not a U.S. resident, I’ll need your phone number, too so Tuttle Publishing can fill out the customs form.

Thank you everyone for commenting on my book review post! You can order the book on Amazon here (currently less than $11!) or search your indie bookstores for a copy.

Happy Sewing!

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Happy Sewing – Fashion Calendar Giveaway!

2015 Fashion calendar giveaway -

On January 1, Pegasus Books in the East Bay holds its annual calendar sale. I’ve been going to it for years. Calendars are 3 for $9.99 or 1 for $3.99. Last year I got a wall calendar which had great photos of hats for nearly every day of the year. This year I spied this lovely 2015 Fashion calendar featuring clothes and accessories from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Emilio Pucci- costume institute -
Evening Dress, Emilio Pucci, 1966


Oh, the outfits! The shoes! The hats! Full page photos on every other page! This will be my sewing inspiration calendar for the year.

Bonnie Cashin-1955 - evening ensemble -
Evening Ensemble, Bonnie Chashin, 1955


I was so excited to see this calendar that I got an extra one to give away to one lucky person. This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Sorry international folks – shipping/customs costs are too high!

To enter, please answer one (or) both of the following question(s) in the comments area below by Monday, January 5, 11:59 pm, Pacific (California time): What inspires you to sew? What are your sewing resolutions this year?

I’ll pick a winner on Tues., January 6 and ship it when I get your address. Happy Sewing! May all your seams be straight and your fabric sew true. 😉


Winners of My Vintage Fabric Swatch Giveaway

Vintage Swiss dot cotton voile - late 1940s

I had a little vintage fabric leftover from my Fall for Cotton project so I decided to some of it away. This Swiss dot voile fabric dates back to the late 1940s, according to Maxie’s Daughter Fabrics, the Philadelphia store where I got the fabric. So I thought it would be nice to let other folks see what this fabric looked like in person. (Thanks to Trice of SewTell for telling me to visit Philly’s Fabric Row area when I was there in August!) My original intention was just to cut small swatches – a few inches square. But then I realized that I likely won’t do anything with my remnant so why not give larger pieces? I have three largish scraps, one about 1/4 yard and the other two are more triangular (30 inches on one side). I drew three names for the largish scraps and one will get a swatch. Not everyone who entered a comment wanted fabric so I didn’t have five winners. Here are the winners of my Vintage Fabric Swatch Giveaway:

1/4 yard – MaciNic of The Somnolent Dachshund who made a very lovely red and white striped Tiramisu, which you can read in her post I do like Tiramisu.

1 triangular piece – Catja of Gjeometry, who made two snzzy knit dresses for her Fall for Cotton project. Check our her post That 70s Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg.

1 triangular piece – Lyric of Sew and Cro, whose blog I recently discovered. Her tagline is intriguing: “Wardrobe transformation from modern to Regency, Edwardian, 1940s and 1950s.” Her blog covers vintage sewing and crochet.

1 swatch – Loran of Loran’s World, who made an amazing number of outfits for Fall for Cotton. You should definitely visit her site to see what she made! Here’s a link to her second of three (THREE!) posts on her completed outfits: Fall for Cotton – part two.

Congrats ladies! Send your mailing addresses to info [at] csews [dot] com!

And if any of the folks who commented by over the past week would like a swatch, send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll send you one!

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