Months ago I was interviewed for a Q&A to be included in the new book Sew Retro: A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution, by Judi Kettler, published by Voyageur Press. I was lucky enough to get my own copy (gratís) and now a lucky-one-of-you can too!

Before we get to the give-away, let me tell you about this fascinating sewing book. First the facts, ma’am:

  • List price: $24.99, hardcover
  • spiral bound for easy use during crafting (lies flat!)
  • 25 projects, designed by Judi, including bags, aprons, home accessories and wearables.
  • skill level: beginning sewers
  • patterns/templates included in an envelope in the back of book
  • Designer Q&A’s throughout the book as well as historical profiles on remarkable “Stitching Women”

While the projects are cute, simple and modern (with a nod to retro style), what I really love about this book is the history. I loved fashion history in college but this is even better. Judi writes in such an accessible and entertaining way that makes it really fun to read about everything from the invention of the sewing machine to thrifty sewing during wartime to the feminism and revolution in the 60’s and beyond!

Each chapter spans a few decades starting with the 1800’s up to modern day. The pages are full of fun vintage fashion ephemera to look at like Victorian trade cards, magazine covers from the 50’s, sewing pattern illustrations from the 70’s, etc.

In addition Judi features 6 designer Q&A’s including Amy Butler, Judie Rothermel, and little ol’ me. 🙂 If you want to learn a little more about the book, watch the video below:

Are you excited about this book now? I am giving away one copy to a lucky commenter on this post. To make entering more fun, why don’t you tell me what your favorite decade of fashion is? You have until midnight EST, Sunday August 22nd to enter. I will announce the winner Monday the 23rd here on the blog. (Be sure to leave an email or way to contact you if you win!)

My favorite decade? I love the Lucille Ball looks of the 50’s and the mod prints of the 60’s. Oops, that was 2 decades…

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