Freebie Friday: Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques!

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday! If you're just joining us, here's how it works:

  • Every Friday (unless it's an ultra-busy day at Sew Daily HQ and we forget) we post a blog with something from our office stash to give away. Items range from books to sewing patterns to notions and supplies.
  • If the item is something you want to win, you leave a comment on the Freebie Friday blog post.
  • Sometime early the next week (usually Monday or Tuesday), we pick a random winner from the comments. You can continue commenting (only one comment per person, please) until you see a comment from us annoucing the winner.

Easy peasy! 🙂

This week we're giving away a copy of The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard.

Packed with professional techniques and tips, The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques takes the mystery out of the sewing and finishing techniques that many dressmakers assume are either extremely difficult or are only for professional fashion designers.

Fashion designer and expert sewist Lynda Maynard tackles each professional technique with clear instructions in simple step-by-step stages. Once these skills are understood, sewists will embrace their dressmaking projects with more confidence and the ability to create chic, refined looks. The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques unlocks the door to stunning results with better shaping, simpler construction methods, and professional finishing touches. Lynda also explains several seemingly difficult "secrets," from making bindings and finishing for hems, armholes, and necklines to underpinnings and structuring techniques. Plus, she teaches how to master finishing touches from textured stitches to couching and appliqué. A complete guide to the fabrics suited to each technique and inspirational fashion photography are also included.

Leave a comment below to win, and have a great weekend!

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Couture Sewing & Tailoring Techniques

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45 thoughts on “Freebie Friday: Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques!

  1. This would be perfect! The Dressmakers Handbook! I as I sew I always want to learn ways to finish each each piece with a professional look! Looks like a wonderful reference!

  2. I would love to give this to my daughter. I wish she had this book a few years ago when she was her theater department’s wardrobe designer in college.

  3. I definitely could use this book. So much so that I will buy it if I can’t win it? I’ve been sewing for a long time but only simple stuff. I would love to promote to more complicated items and have them come out smashing! Pick Me! LOL!

  4. I’m getting back into sewing after many years of just hemming jeans for hubby and 2 boys. Also patching umpteen holes. I’m ready to create for me and would love this book. Which they won’t touch with a ten foot pole.

  5. In 1971 I just graduated from high school got admitted to Babrizon school of fashion design in Oregon, I lived in whittier, Ca, my Mom wouldn’t let me go, its too far, I was so angry, I joined the Navy! Became a machinist! Lol, but the Dream hasn’t died, I’m. 59yrs old I still want to be a fashion designer, I will one day, I love to hand sew, I have 3 machines& serger,Dream On!

  6. You guys are doing a great job. I read every email and purchase your books from my locsl bookstore. Keep up the great work. I can’t get out to often so when I do I go to the book store and browse. I care for two reletatives with dementia. Your emails make my day. and just browsing through the different topics keep me sane some times. i love to sew and this give me a way of keeping up with the outside world.
    thanks a milion for all that you do. I hope that i win the book I certainly can use the information to help crfeate something new for me for a change.
    Again thanks

  7. The book looks to be just what I have been looking for to get me sewing again. Not sure whether being in the UK prevents me from entering the competition or not but heres hoping!

  8. I really want to learn more professional methods for finishing garments. I’m never happy with overlocked edges, for example and want a broader range of skills than just French seams. What a great giveaway. Im sure whoever wins it will be thrilled!

  9. I would love to win this book. love receiving your news letter as it gives me
    the insperation to go make things love that little fur wrap. Can’t wait to make it.

  10. Hi sewdaily,

    I too would like to acquire this lovely book as a resource for my learners’.

    I am currently studying on a teacher training course and I teach my learners’ basic sewing on a weekly basis. Also, I teach them voluntary so that they are able to attend the classes without paying. I would like to develop their skills and this book will help me to achieve this.

    Thanks for a wonderful website and good luck to all.

  11. What a wonderful prize to win!

    I am a “returning” sewer: Haven’t touched a sewing machine in over 20 years, and now I have a brand new embroidery/quilting Brother machine that I’m virtually SCARED of! So far, I’ve only been able to manage a straight seam and embroidered initials on a baby’s sun hat.

    I would dearly love to win this book, to help boost my skills level, as well as my confidence! Thank you for offering this, and for hosting this great website!

  12. We’ve been out of the office at a couple of photo shoots so we extended this Freebie Friday to a two-weeker 🙂 But now we’re back and it’s time to pick a winner!

    The random number generator has chosen PattieGraver as our winner this time! Congrats! Check your messages in a couple of minutes (click conversations in the upper-right corner of the site) for more details.

    Thanks for playing everyone! We’ll see you again on Friday!