Friday, 6 September 2013

September Giveaway!

Yay, September! After a fabulously sunny summer (this only happens about once every 7 years in Britain so expect to read plenty more about it in UK blogs!), we are entering the month of change! I'm feeling quite motivated after some lovely seaside days and am continuing my attempts to live only with what I use and generally clear up. There's plenty to do!

With this goal in mind, this month's giveaway is a book, A Perfect Fit by Lynne Garner, ideal for those looking to kick their pattern habit (ahem!) and make some perfectly fitting garments from their own measurements. It's a beginner level pattern drafting book with clear line drawings and photographs, but does include some style details such as making a different shaped collar or style of sleeve. True: this giveaway nearly didn't happen, as I couldn't find the book! That's how badly my sewing area needs clearing out.

Front cover

Back cover

Contents (might have been given away by heading at top of page!)

Sample Page

In case you are wondering why I don't keep this book. I basically ordered it in error along with some other sewing supplies, thinking it was a guide to achieving the perfect fit using commercial patterns and I wasn't sure how to phrase, "Can I return this since I didn't check out what I was buying thoroughly". I now have this book,

I strongly recommend this book if like me you don't always want to wade through lots of information and just want a clear and quick answer to a pattern alteration query. Here's an example of how the book is laid out.

Truly, a useful page!

I honestly prefer this  to the point approach to any of my other sewing reference books. The only thing I would change is a spiral spine would be useful so that it could be opened out flat while working from it - they're ideal for how-to books, I think.

Anyhow one day I might do some drafting again, but I have more than enough resources - I am going to write a post about my sewing history soon and I will show some of them then.

In the meantime if you would like 'A Perfect Fit' leave a comment below and your email address so that I can contact you. Since this giveaway is for a book, I am going to leave it open until Monday 30th September to give everyone a chance to enter, when a winner will be drawn at random. Good luck and

Happy sewing, 'til next time!


  1. This looks like a very good book to have, thanks for a very clear review. I would love a copy, as am currently trying to perfect the fit of my handmade clothes. I am your newest follower.

  2. That's wonderful Jackie. If there aren't any more entrants it looks highly likely the book will be coming your way, but please would you leave an email address so that I can contact you if you win, to get your mailing address? Many thanks, and welcome!

    1. Hi Phillipa,
      Sorry I didn't leave my email address. here it is:
      njeri.jacqueline (AT)gmail (DOT) com

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