GIVEAWAY: Sewing for Fashion Designers

6 Apr

Well hello there, folks! Sorry about my sudden abrupt absence (I wouldn’t normally even mention it, but I got a few concerned emails over the week, so I thought I would clarify!) – we spent the last weekend of March moving house, and then the past week painting and unpacking and then throwing our first party in the new place. I actually haven’t been at my sewing machine since before I went to New York last month, and I’m kind of going crazy! The good news is, I’m pretty much completely unpacked and set up at this point (I told myself I wasn’t allowed to sew until the house was set up – talk about a good motivator!). The bad news is, I don’t have anything new to show y’all just yet. The awesome news is, I do have a giveaway! So there’s that! Bear with me here and regular posting will resume shortly, I promise.

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Sewing for Fashion Designers is one of the newest titles from one of my favorite sewing book publishers, Laurence King. The beautiful hardcover book has over 300 pages of information, covering everything you need to know about sewing from a professional production standpoint.

I admit, when I received my copy in the mail – my first thought was, “For real? Another book on learning how to sew? How many more of these do we need, really?” And while I still agree with that to a certain extent, this particular title doesn’t necessarily fall into that category. This book won’t teach you how to thread your domestic machine and it doesn’t include any sewing patterns. What it is is a dictionary’s-worth of sewing knowledge, beautifully photographed and illustrated, giving you all the information you could possibly need to create clothing the same way it is done in the industry. To be honest, I found it really fascinating.

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The book is a bit textbook-like in how it’s laid out – the first chapter covers tools and equipment, working with patterns and cutting out your fabric. Chapter 2 is a comprehensive overview of fabric, notions, and supporting materials (such as interfacing for tailoring a jacket) and underpinnings. Chapter 3 covers stitches – both hand and machine – as well as finishing seams. Chapter 4 is for general techniques, such as setting in a sleeve or creating a welt pocket. Finally, chapter 5 explores fabric and cut-specific techniques, like working with sequined fabrics or fur. There’s a good mix of both illustration and photography, plus little tips scattered through the pages. There are also plenty of runway photos to illustrate the techniques and fabrics described in a particular section.

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As someone who has an aggressively edited sewing library (I can – and will – buy sewing books all day, but there comes a time in every sewer’s life when you realize you gotta let some of ’em go so they can be loved and appreciated by someone else, rather than gather dust on their shelves, you know?), I really like this book and I definitely made some space for it in my collection. I love that it covers an entire range of techniques and I love how the instructions are laid out and how easy they are to follow. It doesn’t cover fit – but I’m ok with that (I think fitting really belongs in its own book – that’s a whole world of knowledge that can’t possibly be covered in 20 pages). I love that it’s not necessarily geared toward the beginner female sewer – it speaks from a fashion industry standpoint, and holy shit there are actually photos of men sewing in this book. It’s also, like I said, just fascinating to flip through. I’ve been reading it, well… like a book. Ok, a novel. Whatever.

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Like I said at the beginning of this post, there’s a giveaway here! Laurence King has been kind enough to offer a second copy to one lucky winner, yay! If you’d like to throw your name in the hat to win your own copy of Sewing for Fashion Designers, just leave a comment on this post. You don’t have to say anything in particular, unless you want to tell me your favorite joke! (please – I need some new jokes!) This giveaway is open to US READERS ONLY (sorry, my international friends! I love you!) and I will close the comments one week from today, Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:30 AM CST.

If giveaways aren’t your jam, you can also get a copy of the book on Laurence King’s website and, of course, good ol’ Amazon. Please be aware that the title has not been released yet, and is currently on pre-order.Sewing For Fashion Designers_3DGood luck, everyone! In the meantime, you can bet I’ll be back puttering around the new sewing room – now that I’m unpacked, I can finally start sewing! I even made a cardigan last night! Life is good πŸ˜€

Note: Sewing for Fashion Designers was given to me by Laurence King, in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own πŸ™‚


298 Responses to “GIVEAWAY: Sewing for Fashion Designers”

  1. Becky April 6, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    Glad to see you back πŸ™‚

    • Judi April 6, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

      Welcome back.

  2. delamija April 6, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    I have no jokes…other than the bad one that isn’t so called vacation:(… I could use something to cheer me up…this book could do the trick. I miss my Nina(Betnina) so much…I need to sew so bad. Many thanks and congrats on the new place!

  3. Tammy Themel April 6, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    Glad to hear from you–started to worry. Congratulations on the new abode.

  4. Renee April 6, 2015 at 6:56 am #

    Here’s a joke I recently learned. “how do you top a car? You tep on the brake tupid!”

  5. Donna Shultz April 6, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    As someone just starting out with sewing, I found your blog via a search on Google and so glad I did! I have read through your posts and love the styles of clothing you have made as well as the fabric choices. I even connected to Made through your sight and purchased my first pattern πŸ™‚

  6. Rita April 6, 2015 at 7:09 am #

    Book looks good. Thanks!

  7. Genevieve April 6, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Congrats on the new house!
    The book sounds like a great read!

  8. Michelle Becker April 6, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    Looks like a great book; the sort that answers a lot of questions a home sewist might have.

  9. Sara April 6, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    This looks like a great resource!

  10. Olivia April 6, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    So, there’s two fish in a tank. One says to the other “do you know how to drive this thing?”

    • Claire April 6, 2015 at 11:30 am #

      Ha! This is the one my husband’s been using lately: I shot an elephant in my pajamas this morning….What he was doing in my pajamas, I have no idea.

  11. Stephanie Cauley April 6, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Looks like a fascinating book!

  12. Judy Balek April 6, 2015 at 7:28 am #

    Hello. I am recently getting back to clothing construction and could really use a good book to update my how to collection, and this one looks quite nice. Reading your blog has given me the confidence to get back to making my own clothing. I have a jacket cut out and a skirt coming up next. Then I would l like to tackle a dress. Thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us.

  13. Geni April 6, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    I’ve recently been thinking, but just thinking ;), about making a corset. Have no freakin’ idea when and where I might wear it. I’d love to have this book in my studio library. My email is genevieve1designs at gmail dot com. Thanks Lauren AND congrats on a new home!

  14. Sigrid April 6, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    Oh, looks fascinating!

  15. Marina April 6, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    What comes before Part B? Partayyyyyy!!!

  16. Lori H April 6, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    I enjoy reading your blog!! It is inspires. I would love to see pictures of you new sewing room

  17. Anna Worden Bauersmith April 6, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Congratulations on moving!
    This looks like a book that would like to be on my shelf.

  18. Eliza April 6, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Have noticed your absence and worried about you. Glad your move has gone well and you are settling into your new space. I enjoy reading your blog but would also love reading this book πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!

  19. Amy April 6, 2015 at 7:46 am #

    Congratulations on your new home! This book looks awesome!

  20. MJ April 6, 2015 at 7:46 am #

    I have missed you! Was getting ready to check your block to see if I had fallen off your email list. Hope your new place is a little better insulated!

  21. Katie Emma April 6, 2015 at 7:46 am #

    What’s brown and sticky? … a stick!
    What’s a foot long and slippery? … a slipper!

  22. Tracy April 6, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    Man, moving sucks. Congratulations on being done. πŸ™‚

  23. tigerlounge2000 April 6, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    I got no jokes – but this looks like a fabulous book, fingers crossed!

  24. Rachel April 6, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    I’m based in Edinburgh, so can’t enter the giveaway but just had to say how ace that dress is on the front cover. I will be looking out for this book when it comes in to my local store just to spy on that a little more. Thank you for pointing it out!
    Plus, good work on the move. We are moving in a fortnight and currently packing up in the weekend with the best weather all year so far. I’m on here because I’m SO.OVER.IT!! πŸ˜ƒ

  25. Tia April 6, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    Looks Awesome!

  26. Mary Beth April 6, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Moving is definitely one of life’s challenges, but a great time to edit! This will be a wonderful addition to my Library, thank you!

  27. Susan April 6, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Glad to have you back!

  28. hollylewis April 6, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    Looks like a great book!

  29. Meri April 6, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    What’s green and sings? Elvis Parsley!

  30. nea826 April 6, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    Ok, I’ll play.

  31. Tina Spear April 6, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    Congratulations on your new place. Will we see pictures soon? Especially your sewing room.

    • LLADYBIRD April 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

      I will be sharing pictures of the sewing room as soon as it’s ready to show πŸ™‚ I still need to finish painting and decorating haha πŸ™‚

  32. Jesy April 6, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    oh too fun! Congratulations on your new spot!! This looks like an amazing book!

  33. BasyaSpiliakos April 6, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    Ooh, looks like a great book!

  34. dikrem April 6, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Congrats on the new house, can’t wait to see your new sewing room! This book is the bomb! I learned a lot already just from the pages you posted. My brain could explode if I have the whole book, but I’m willing to take that chance! Knowledge always wins! So a skeleton walks into a bar; asks for a beer and a mop.

  35. Lola April 6, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    what do you call a mexican with a rubber toe? Roberto LOLOL
    what do you call two mexicans playing basketball? Juan on Juan

    i could go on but ill stop

  36. onlymaja April 6, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    This book sounds super interesting!

  37. Chadick April 6, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Q: Why did the cookie go to the doctor’s office?
    A: It was feeling crummy.

  38. audradeemer April 6, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Would love this!

  39. Anna April 6, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    Looks like a great reference πŸ™‚

  40. Bobbi April 6, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    Sounds like a really cool book with lots of information – something to feed the brain!

  41. Jackie Shepherd April 6, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    Looks like a good book. Good luck in your new home.

  42. Jae April 6, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    This book looks amazing! Your blog has been a great inspiration.

  43. Candace April 6, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    I need this book in my life. It will fit right in with my motivational sewing books.

  44. Jacquee April 6, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Help! I need a sewing resource like nobody’s business! πŸ™‚

  45. Vanisha Griggs April 6, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    Glad nothing happened to you, love your candid views and sense of humor and for giving me the courage to sew for myself. Thanks

  46. Chris April 6, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    Thanks for one of the funniest sewing blogs! I’ve returned to sewing clothing after a long absence. Book would be helpful.

  47. cheryl April 6, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    There are never too many sewing books! thanks!

  48. Sonia April 6, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    Book looks awesome!

  49. smonakey April 6, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Moving isn’t fun, but getting moved in is! Glad you’re all settling into your new place.

    I’m trying to improve my sewing skills, so throw my name in that hat too, please.

  50. Alicia Passfield April 6, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    Awesome, thanks for the chance to win!

  51. Anonymous April 6, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    Looks like a great book to add to my shelf. Thanks for the review!

  52. Shayna April 6, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    That is some pretty pretty goodness right there!

  53. tomatoworm April 6, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Please put me into your drawing. Thx for update — was wondering where you’ve been!

  54. Sassy Lass April 6, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    My mom was getting annoyed because of all the mending that was piling up for her to do.

    I said, “You seamstressed.”

    Glad to have you back Lladybird!

  55. Angela April 6, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    I’ve been eying that book – it looks very interesting! And of course, right now I can’t think of a joke….. I will later though!

  56. Catherine April 6, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    Count me in.

  57. photoblissphoto April 6, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back?

    A stick!


  58. Bethany April 6, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    Congrats on the move! What do you call the spirit of a dead rooster?
    A pultry-geist. Yeah, that was pretty bad. Anyway, that book looks amazing!

  59. Dawn April 6, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Thank you for offering to help us all expand our sewing bookshelves. (Oh, please, someone stop me….)

  60. Laura April 6, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Hope you are enjoying your new digs!

  61. Cindy April 6, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Best wishes for happiness in your new place. Would love to win this book! Thanks for having the giveaway.

  62. edda April 6, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I can only remember jokes that are pretty bad.
    Two sheep are talking and the first one says: “baahh” and the other replies “that’s exactly what I was going to say!”

  63. toolegittoknit1 April 6, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    This looks so awesome! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for as an experienced seamstress who wants to learn new techniques! Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  64. Kathy April 6, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Welcome back!

  65. Anonymous April 6, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Okay so I’m raising 30 chickens (my first time). I need humor too, to survive all the poop smell. So,

    • Anonymous April 6, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      Why did the rooster go to kfc? Because he wanted to see a chicken strip. Ha!!

  66. Phoebe April 6, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Yesss! This book is exactly what I need in my life!

  67. PinhouseP April 6, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    The book looks great! So tossing my name in the hat!
    Also, congrats on your new home πŸ™‚

  68. Kten April 6, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Please add my name to the pool! Would love to get my hands on that book :). Ps-apologies, but I have no good jokes, wah wah.

  69. Whitney Luckenbill April 6, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I would love to add this book to my library! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  70. azhou27 April 6, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Entering the giveaway. This seems great for non-sewers or beginner sewers too! While I prob will never replicate these techniques due to skill level, it’s still neat to learn they exist!

  71. onewarpedengineer April 6, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    What’s black and red and hangs from the ceiling? Amateur electrician. I know, a little morbid, but for some reason it cracks me up every time. Happy new home and new studio! πŸ™‚

  72. shesewsswell April 6, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    The more you know, there more there is to know…. I would love this book! PS From the pics of your old sewing room, I thought it was a nice space, I look forward in anticipation to photos of how you organize the new room. Sorry, no jokes, I’m terrible at remembering them.

  73. Anna April 6, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Wow the book looks awesome!! Here’s my groaner joke:
    Q: How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?
    A: Tentacles!
    Har har har

  74. MamselleMiele April 6, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    What time does Sean Connery like to show up at Wimbledon?

    Anyway….nice looking book!

  75. alisonesther April 6, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    What do you call a crepe that makes lame jokes?

    …A puncake!

    Hahahahahahahahaha literally crying

  76. Sandi P April 6, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Lauren,
    I always do that too. I won’t let myself sew until I’ve got my work done, it gets results ! I want this book pretty bad. Love your blog. Sandi

  77. Lena April 6, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Why couldn’t the ghost get his wife pregnant?
    Because he had a Hollow weenie

  78. edenz April 6, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    Hope you are enjoying the new house!

  79. julie935 April 6, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    What a beautiful looking book! And it’s my birthday this week! πŸ™‚ No joke!

    • LLADYBIRD April 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Yay! Happy birthday! πŸ˜€

  80. KZ. April 6, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    hooray! I’d love to be entered to win, looks like a great resource. Excited to see your new sewing space setup soon (I’m way into seeing people’s sewing rooms)!

  81. Feminizzle April 6, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    I am terrible at jokes, so I’ll spare you. But thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book! It looks fantastic!

  82. Gina April 6, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    I’d love to see pics of your new sewing room πŸ™‚

  83. Nickey Robo April 6, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    A man was walking down the street with a lobster when another man stopped him and said “hey, what are you going to do with that lobster?” “I’m going to take it home and have it for dinner” the first man replied. Then the lobster piped in and said “I’ve already had dinner, how about we go to a movie instead?”

  84. sewtall April 6, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    Congrats on your new digs!

    Thanks for the book give a-away.

    Why didn’t the skeleton go to the Halloween party? Because he had no body to go with.

  85. Sam April 6, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    My only kid friendly joke: Why do gorillas have such big nostrils? Because they have big fingers….

  86. Juliet April 6, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    A rope walks into the bar and the bartender says, “Hey, we don’t serve ropes here.” The rope walks out, ties himself up, and toussles his hair. He walks back into the bar and the bartender says “Aren’t you that same rope from a few minutes ago?” And the rope says “I’m a frayed knot.”

  87. Tatiana April 6, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    This book looks so interesting! I would love to win it!
    Thank you!

  88. Anonymous April 6, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    I just love your blog and your taste in clothes. Good luck settling in your place.

  89. Jo April 6, 2015 at 11:57 am #

    Glad to see you back!!

  90. jennifer miller April 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Hi Lauren, Your blog is so informative and entertaining…..I’m glad you’re back. Your humor reminds me of my beautiful daughters and your Bernina reminds me of my beautiful mom. As a returning maker (just can’t use the term “sewer”, used to work for a water/wastewater engineering firm), I am continually inspired by you. That book would be spectacular in my soon-to-be finished sewing room! And we are all looking forward to seeing your new space.
    Jen, NY

  91. Mariah April 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?

    A Carrot!

    Terrible third-grade jokes aside, I think this book would be fascinating to read.

  92. charliewensley April 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I think it could be really useful in terms of finessing techniques etc so I’m throwing my hat in! Hope the new sewing space is inspiring.

  93. Shannon Snyder April 6, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m terrible at remembering jokes, so I have none to share, but that means I’ll always laugh at a joke because if I have heard it before I forgot! Thanks for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  94. Libby H April 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    The is a classic, and was a fav of my women’s co-op in college (we told it over and over again):
    What do you call cheese that doesn’t belong to you?

    Nacho cheese!

  95. amcclure2014 April 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    It’s a great pitty this giveaway is for US readers only. It looks interesting and similar in theme to a book I briefly reviewed on my blog -Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers by Julie Cole and Sharon Czachor. 2nd edition. Published by Bloomsbury.

  96. Elizabeth Amy Hajek April 6, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    This looks fascinating! And interesting timing, since my sister and I just had a conversation this weekend about how many fashion and costume designers don’t actually know how to sew, but can still be super successful in their fields, which seems counterintuitative to me, but is true!

  97. Katie April 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    It sounds like a really interesting book!
    My aunt told a really funny Jakey joke but it requires a glass of wine and a PA Dutch accent (the wine is so she can keep the accent for the whole joke) but this one is in the dialect and the language (not quite as funny but still a good punchline)

  98. Marilyn April 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    looks like an awesome book that I would love to own

  99. samizdat15 April 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Here’s a joke for ya, from a magnet a friend gave me: “I consider myself a beginner sewer. I like to begin sewing projects but I never finish them.” Thanks for the review!

  100. LeeAnn April 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    I would love to have this book πŸ™‚

  101. melissa April 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Looks like great bedtime reading!

  102. whatsoccurin April 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    We recently got rid of our vacuum cleaner. It was just gathering dust.

  103. Liz M. (@abirthdaypony) April 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Congrats on the move! Too bad this book doesn’t include patterns because that vaguely straightjacket-esque top on the cover is really calling my name πŸ™‚

  104. Aimee O April 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    Good luck getting everything all setup in your new place!

  105. Molly April 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    This book looks rad! Congrats on finishing unpacking; I just completely rearranged my house (sewing room/bedroom switch) and it felt like a mini-move, but that feeling of sewing in a freshly organized space is oh-so-sweet. I’m the worst with jokes, but here’s a short one for ya: A dyslexic guy walks into a bra.

  106. andekate April 6, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    What do kid monsters do when they get home from school? Use up all their scream time.

  107. Erin April 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I have no jokes. Yes, I’m lame.

  108. Grace April 6, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    Throw my name in that hat! I love technical tombs and text-y books. I can’t wait tto see pics from your new digs too!

  109. alexalhayes April 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    I would love a chance to win this book. ☺️

  110. Summy Lu April 6, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    I have been following your blog for a while and this is the first time I am making an effort to be in a giveaways (God knows how many times I have seen bloggers offer giveaways but none interest me as much as this one) so I really hope to win. Having a mom who is a professional tailor doesn’t mean I ended up as one. Here I am, a self-taught and DIY enthusiast, I would love to get a nice book as reference, especially if it is recommended by you.

  111. amanda April 6, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Ah, I cant think of any foo actual jokes because everyone I know (myself included) just uses really bad puns as they’ll fit

  112. Moira April 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    I recently rediscovered sewing and have a growing fabric stash. I would love to learn more about fabrics and sewing to help feel more comfy with sewing with professional finishings and fancier fabrics (e.g., silks). Thanks for the opportunity!

  113. CarmencitaB April 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    If i win you can ship it to my US address and I’ll pick it up this summer. Congrats on the new house.

  114. Jada Nicks Edwards April 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Congrats on your move….and already had a get together there? Impressive!! πŸ™‚

  115. mahlicadesigns April 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Im sure I could learn a few things from that book.

  116. ShowandTellMeg April 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m terrible with jokes, but I wish I had one for you! I’ll have to read these comments and try to pick up some new ones. I’d love to get the book though, lol πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  117. Lauren April 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    I don’t know any sewing related jokes, so you get music ones instead:

    What happens when you drop a piano on an army base? A flat Major
    What happens when you drop a piano down a mine shaft? A flat Minor

  118. Anna April 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Would love a copy of this πŸ™‚ Thanks!!

  119. Myla ... divabuddha on Instagram April 6, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    My favorite joke. Of all time. Ever. I tell it to my husband on a regular basis to make myself laugh. πŸ™‚

    What’s green and has wheels?

    (Insert answer … usually, “I dunno, what?”)

    Grass. I lied about the wheels.

  120. Katie April 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Okay, here’s my joke contribution. I work in an office full of lawyers (and am one myself) and we all found it hilarious. I cannot speak to how funny it is to normal people πŸ™‚

    An engineer died and went before St. Peter at the pearly gates. St. Peter took a look in his book and couldn’t find the engineer’s name. So he told him, “I’m very sorry, but you’re not in here, you’ll have to go down to hell.” A while later, God asked St. Peter about the engineer and St. Peter told Him what happened. God told St. Peter, “That’s a mistake, he’s supposed to be here. We have to get him back.” So God called up Satan and told him, “Look there was a mistake, that engineer should be up here in heaven. We need you to send him back.” Satan said to God, “No way! Since he got here, we have running water, we have air conditioning, there’s no way I’m sending him back.” So God said to Satan, “Well, if you don’t send him back, I’m going to have to sue you.” Satan responded, “Oh yeah, good luck finding a lawyer up there!”

  121. Valerie April 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    I have a bad joke to share.


    Who’s there?


    Europe who?

    No, You’re a poo!

    You’re welcome;)

  122. Rachael April 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    I’m so awesome – but even I sometimes need help πŸ˜‰

  123. Cheryl April 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    WOW! Lots of competition for this book. I would LOVE to have it and pretend I am a fashion designer.

  124. micki April 6, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Q: How do you get an elephant into the fridge?
    1. Open door.
    2. Insert elephant.
    3. Close door.

    Q: How do you get a giraffe into the fridge?
    1. Open door.
    2. Remove elephant.
    3. Insert giraffe.
    4. Close door.

    Q. The lion, the king of the jungle, decided to have a party. He invited all the animals in the jungle, and they all came except one. Which one?
    A. The giraffe, because he was still in the fridge.

    Q: How do you know there are two elephants in your fridge?
    A: The door won’t close.

    Q: How do you know there are three elephants in your fridge?
    A: There’ll be one waiting outside in the Mini.

    Q: How can you tell that an elephant has been in your fridge?
    A: By the footprints in the butter.

  125. Hillary April 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    Love the pics of material sources! What did the ghost do when he won the lottery? He lost his sheet!

  126. Renee April 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Sorry I don’t have a joke but it sounds like a great book!

  127. Cynthia April 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for sharing a copy with us.

  128. Anonymous April 6, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I have a joke suitable for use with small children–How do you get out of an elephant’s stomach? You run around and around till you’re all pooped out.

    Would love to have the book.

    • Susan B. April 6, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

      Ugh – didn’t mean to be anonymous.

  129. Natalie April 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm #


    Knock knock?

    Who’s there?

    Britney Spears

    Britney Spears who?

    Knock Knock

    Who’s there?

    Oops I did it again.
    Love you Lauren! Thanks!

  130. Laura April 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    A new sewer here – with a desire to get into garment sewing! And a joke (best told by my boyfriend’s 8 year old son).

    “Wanna hear my duck call?”

    *holds hands to face as to make a duck call*

    “HEY DUCK!”

  131. Molly K April 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    I could use this book πŸ™‚

  132. Aj Ylizaliturri (@smaktcat) April 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    what a hoot!

  133. amy brice April 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Is your new sewing room as awesome as your last one?

    • LLADYBIRD April 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      It’s preeeeetty awesome! πŸ™‚

  134. JamieDSC April 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    Nice! I’d like to win this book; I haven’t been disappointed with a LK book yet.

  135. Heather April 6, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    This book looks great! Sorry, can’t think of any good jokes :/

  136. smeebot April 6, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    The book looks really cool.

  137. Maria April 6, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi Lauren, the books looks amazing. Great pictures and stuffed with information! Who wouldn’t want to win that??!!
    I don’t have a favorite joke but I thought this might make you smile…just because you knit (as do I)…check out the Grannies who knit web site. How awesome is that?!
    Although they’re in the UK I am British but I live in the US so totally eligible for the giveaway :o)

  138. sylviesuzanne April 6, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    Words go here.

    And I absolutely want a shot at this book!

  139. tiff April 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    Joke for the book: What do you do when your confronted by an angry mob of clowns? Go for the juggler. (found on my kitchen chalkboard wall by a dear friend who used to live with us…) Happy week!

  140. Gail B April 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  141. Ali V. April 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    Q: How many ears does Picard have?
    A: Three. A right ear. A left ear. And a final front ear.

    I love Star Trek jokes.

  142. suezensea April 6, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Looks like an incredibly valuable reference that I don’t want to do without!

  143. Deborah Penner April 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Want to win this book!

  144. Nique et April 6, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanks for the opportunity

  145. Donna April 6, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    You are always an inspiration! Love your blog.

  146. Chie (@vivatveritas) April 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    looks like its a great book! congrats on the house!

  147. Logan Mack April 6, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Thanks for the review. It’s so hard to guess what a book will be like from Amazon reviews.

  148. Bernice April 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    I appreciate the chance to win this book. Thanks!
    Best of luck in your new home.
    And thanks for sharing so much of your sewing on the blog – always helpful.

  149. CindyM April 6, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    My husband & I just bought a house, so I’m moving too & getting my first sewing room! Parallel life points?

  150. judy284jdleise April 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Share some photos of your new digs!

  151. Karen April 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Congrats on the new place!

  152. Lisa S April 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    Cool book. Looking forward to seeing pics of the new sewing room.

  153. Caroline April 6, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    Looks neat! I would be very interested in seeing what the book has to say. I collect sewing books as well, but fortunately I get most of mine from the library and take notes on the really important stuff. Much less expensive!

  154. Julia April 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    Oo pick me, pick me!

  155. Jeri April 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    Yup, I too would like to own this book. Getting it for free would be great!

  156. LoriAnne Gamble April 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Enjoy your new home and that book sounds so cool.

  157. Alli April 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    This book looks really interesting! Thanks for the chance to win! πŸ™‚

  158. Orymonster April 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    The thought of moving always depresses me, so I think that calls for TWO stupid jokes:
    1) Two guys walk into a bar. The third one ducks.
    2)”Knock Knock” “Who’s there?” “The doorbell repairman!”

  159. Vickie C April 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    Congrats on your new home!

  160. Sallie April 6, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    This is from my 8 year old daughter: Why didn’t the skeleton cross the street? Because he didn’t have the guts!

  161. Ruth D April 6, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    During a visit to the mental asylum, I asked the director
    “How do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized”?
    “Well”, he said, “We fill up a bathtub with water and then offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him to empty the bathtub.”
    “Oh, I get it”, I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or cup.”
    “No”, said the director, “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

  162. Lori April 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

    Such discipline to get your house all unpacked before you start to sew.

  163. Michele Dunn April 6, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    would love to read this book πŸ™‚ Congrats on your new place!

  164. Carol S April 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    What did the vinegrette say when the refrigerator door was opened?
    Shut the door I’m dressing…..

    Would love the book.

  165. Pamela H. April 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Interested in the book, thank you!

  166. Chris April 6, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    What did the fish say when it ran into the wall?

  167. Angie April 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    Interesting book. I think it would definitely help my sewing!

  168. Alisha April 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    Ooh!! I just love mew sewing books!! Its not really a “joke ” but I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy! Cheers!

  169. Margot April 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    This looks like a wonderful compilation of a number of my college textbooks – a fashion merchandising major who has sewn for almost 50 years!

  170. V Reed April 6, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Ahem. My two favorites…

    One snowman to another…You’re right. I smell carrots too!

    Did you hear about the two antennas that got married? The wedding wasn’t much, but the the reception was incredible.

  171. opalspeacock April 6, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    Q: What do you call 40 guys watching the Super Bowl?

    A: The Chicago Bears!

    Congrats on the new place, please post pics. Thanks to you and King for the giveaway, fingers crossed.

  172. redsilvia April 6, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    What color blue weighs the least?

    Light blue.

    Ya, I did it – quoted a 7 year old. Happy moving!

  173. chuichoy April 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    Here goes nothing.. What is black and white and black and white and black and white? (A penguin rolling down a hill.) What is black and white and laughing? (The penguin that pushed the other one down the hill!) The book looks awesome πŸ™‚

  174. Frances Hanna April 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    I’m a sewing book-a-holic too. Would soooo love this too….

  175. RED April 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    You’ve probably heard this joke before, but it’s the only one I know, so it’s my favorite: “What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? NACHO CHEESE!” Haha get it, Not-yo cheese? Haha, ohhh.. yeah, lame. But I laugh every time. Anyway, congrats on the move and I can’t wait to see what fun things you’ll sew up next!

  176. Chunghee April 6, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Have you heard about those new corduroy pillowcases? THEY’RE MAKING HEADLINES. I got a million of ’em, waka waka waka…

  177. c April 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    I would like this, please

  178. jackiefitzgerald April 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi Llady!
    Why do girls wear makeup and perfume?
    Cuz they’re ugly and and they stink!


  179. CherylB April 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    I’m heading out your way in June! Watch out!

  180. Alexandra April 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    ugh I live in canada so I’m exempt from this contest but anyways:

    wanna hear a joke about pizza? …..nah it’s too cheesy

  181. Elise Harris April 7, 2015 at 12:13 am #

    A frog walks into a bank for a meeting with his loan consultant, Patricia Whack. He says he needs a new loan, but he doesn’t have anything for collateral except this small figurine left to him by his grandfather, which would be worth a lot of money if he were to sell it. His consultant seems hesitant and has to call her supervisor over. He seems immediately interested in the figurine and declares after a brief moment of review, “That’s a knick knack Patty Whack, give that frog a loan!”

  182. Cherie April 7, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    You are right about all the beginning sewing books…there has to be something for people with some sewing under their belt. Count me in on the give away. πŸ™‚

  183. Vanessa April 7, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    A neutron walks into a bar, sits down, and orders a drink, then asks the bartender, “how much?” Bartender says, “for you: no charge!”

  184. Beccy April 7, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    Congratulations on your new place!

  185. Lusty April 7, 2015 at 1:21 am #

    Oh goody, something to distract me from taxes!

  186. LolitaPatterns April 7, 2015 at 1:35 am #

    Why can’t boy ghosts have children? Because they have hallow-weenies!

  187. Jenny April 7, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    How many mice does out take to screw in a lightbulb?

    2, But I don’t know how they got in there!

  188. Ramona April 7, 2015 at 3:53 am #

    Just discovered your inspiring website… and first thing to discover?.. a fab book !

  189. Juliana April 7, 2015 at 4:40 am #

    As a beginner I still appreciate basic books, however it does not mean that all of them have to be the same. This book looks like a great addition to beginner’s library. Thank you for this giveaway!

  190. Becky April 7, 2015 at 6:38 am #

    Welcome back, and congrats on the new place! (Not so good with the jokes, since geek/music humor is what usually cracks me up the most. And that’s mostly reference-based.)

  191. HoopesParkStudios April 7, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    Yay sewing book! This looks like a useful addition to any sewing library.

  192. mertxelasierra April 7, 2015 at 7:05 am #

    So, how is your new sewing nest???? We wanna see it NOW! I think we deserve a post on it (forget about sewing for now, haha) after so many photos outside your old shabby shed, don’t you think so? OK, OK, it was beautiful inside and cool outside, but your new sewing space will be an improvement, won’t it? So, come on girl, give us a tour πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD April 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Hahaha well it’s not quite ready to show yet πŸ™‚ (I need to finish painting it, for one, and there’s some more decorating I’d like to do) I promise it will get it’s own post once it is ready, though!

  193. MeenaSheekee April 7, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    Looks like a great book!

  194. Nini April 7, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    So glad you are back…A new sewing room! Ok…a new house, too. But, a new sewing room! Congrats! πŸ˜‰

  195. Erika April 7, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    The book looks awesome! Would love a copy. πŸ™‚

  196. Anonymous April 7, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Gutted that I can’t be in your gang – the curse of living in the UK!

    Am old to sewing but new to your blog and really enjoying it … who needs a free book?!?

    My second favourite joke of all time:

    A very shy girl with a hunchback is loathe to go out because everyone stares at her. Her friends persuade her to go to a dance with them. She’s standing to the side on her own when a boy looks her way, he sees the hunch of her back then sees her smile and goes over to her, “Would you like to dance?” the boys says, “Wouldn’t I ! Wouldn’t I !” says the girl, “Hunchback!! Hunchback !!” snarls the boy ….

  197. Jeannetta April 7, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    I’d love this πŸ™‚

  198. Amanda April 7, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    Welcome back! Glad to see you posting again!

    What’s a dentist’s favorite time? 2:30 (Tooth-hurty)

  199. T. Van April 7, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    Bring it on Laurence! Thanks for this interesting book and review Lladybird!

  200. Michelle E April 7, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    No jokes because I cannot remember any complete jokes. But the book would tickle me pink.

  201. Christina Harrell April 7, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Hope to check out a sewing class of yours soon!

  202. Mary Beth Mesrobian April 7, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    You will love having a sewing room! and I would love to have the book!, Mary Beth

  203. Eileen April 7, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Hey, congratulations on your move/ prompt settling in. Congrats also on your making that top 100 sewing bloggers list! I’m loving following you all even though I don’t have machine yet. I feel like I’ll be really ready when I get one though! A great book wouldn’t hurt either!

  204. Laura April 7, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    Yay on moving and having a new sewing room and new adventures! Eager to hear more!

  205. Tilda April 7, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    Thanks for the detailed review!

  206. Linda K Huse April 7, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    As a seasoned stitcher it’s nice to see a book geared for more than a beginning sewer. It thrills me to see so many still involved and interested in making their own clothing for themselves and family. I’m lucky to be able to sew for my daughter and granddaughter who love retro looks.

  207. Cornelia April 7, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    Wow, amazing book! πŸ™‚

  208. jaxbear April 7, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Sorry, no jokes here – I’m a sleep-deprived mom of four month old twin boys. But when I get a minute, I’m totally going to read all the comments on your post to get some new material. I’m sure in my sleep-deprived state, even the corniest jokes will seem hilarious. πŸ™‚

  209. Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz April 7, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Just starting following your blog, great stuff πŸ™‚

  210. Kaelyn April 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    A joke from my childhood:

    Three men are hiking on a mountain when they find a magic lamp. They rub it and a genie comes out. He agrees to give them each one wish of what they’d like to turn into, but they have to say the wish while jumping off the cliff. The first man runs, jumps, and says “I wish I were a raven!” *Poof* He turns into a raven and flies off into the distance.The second man runs, jumps and says “I wish were an eagle!” *Poof* he turns into an eagle and flies off majestically. The third man runs, and just as he is about to jump he trips over a rock sending him over the cliff yelling “Oh sh*t!”

    Or something close to that… Har Har

  211. Paula C. April 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Would love to read this book!

  212. Kelsey R. April 7, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    A bad but short joke: what do you call an alligator in a vest? An Investigator. Harhar. I would love to see some of the fancy techniques in this book.

  213. misskacysews April 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Great to hear that you are doing well. I’d love to get my hands on this book! ❀

  214. Jane April 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    I would love to read this book.

  215. Jessie April 7, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    Now that is a sewing book I may actually use! The other ones just languish on my wish list because I never remember why I put them there and can’t justify a purchase.

  216. Kaci April 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

    What do clouds wear under their rain coats?

  217. Cathy B. April 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  218. Katie April 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    I want to learn more about princess seams!

  219. Amy April 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

    I promise this book would be well-loved in my home.

  220. Katie Lynn April 7, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    I don’t currently have a good sewing reference book, and I feel this would an excellent one for me to have around.

  221. StephanieB April 7, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Welcome back! I’d love this book for my daughter who is majoring in fashion design.

  222. Katie April 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    The book looks puuuurdy sweet! Joke: I wrote this joke with a dull pencil, so it’s pointless 😁

  223. Kady April 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    This book looks so thorough! As for my favorite joke right now…. Q: How did the tree feel in spring? A: Re-Leaved! hahahah

  224. Jennifer Essad April 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    I’m really lucky that my mom taught us three kids to sew. She made most all of our clothes in the 60’s, probably until I was about 10. I wish we had more fabric choices today.

  225. gibbylet April 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    Luckily I have no jokes – that book looks really interesting and I’m glad you’re settling in!

  226. dressingtherole April 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

    Congrats on surviving your move! The book looks fantastic – I’d love to get my hands on it! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reviewing!

  227. d April 8, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    Count me in for the book — it seems great!

  228. amandanygaard April 8, 2015 at 5:09 am #

    I would love a complimentary copy of this book! Otherwise I may have to purchase it on Amazon!

  229. Jennifer Blackman April 8, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    Congrats on your new place! This looks like an amazing book- It would be perfect in my small collection of sewing books that I actually own. Sounds like there is a lot of really great information in it. πŸ™‚

  230. michellebryer April 8, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    Where does the General keep his Army?

    In his sleevey!!!!!!!

    Lol πŸ˜‚

  231. bayeaston April 8, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    This one does look like a keeper.

  232. JamieLMac April 8, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Why do girls wear makeup and perfume?
    Because they’re ugly and they stink.

    My favorite childish joke. πŸ™‚

  233. Natalia April 8, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Sounds like a great book. I have noticed too many “beginner” books out there – but not enough guides for someone who wants to know how cuffs are attached on a man’s shirt professionally.

  234. Joyce Pedercini April 8, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    I’m new to your blog! I love the dresses that you have made!

  235. malia April 8, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    love your sight. Congrats on the new house.

  236. qplourde April 8, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Cool! Looks like an interesting book.

  237. melodymcfarland April 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!

  238. Laurie April 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    Looks like a great book!

  239. Lauren H April 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    What is a whale’s favorite sandwich? Peanut butter and jellyfish!

    Where does a fish store his money? In the River Bank!

  240. medirama April 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    Hooray on moving! I hope you give us a picture of the new abode. The book looks likes a good read and a great resource.

  241. Daryl Reese April 8, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    I’m glad you’re back. Congrats on your new place ! I hope your new yard will give you a good photo studio. The book for the Giveaway looks neat and perfect for the advancing sewer.

  242. Sara K April 8, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    Hm… Can’t come up with any jokes, but that looks like a great book!

    Hopefully you’ll get settled in and back to sewing soon.

  243. Lili April 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    What is a bug’s least favorite food?


  244. Jane {sewingpieces} April 9, 2015 at 12:19 am #

    Would love to have this!

  245. chaiber April 9, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    What do you call cheese that doesn’t belong to you?
    Nacho cheese.

    • Anonymous April 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Better one:
      What do you call a cross between an elephant and a rhino?
      Elephino (Hell if I know)!

  246. Kate April 9, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment for a chance at the lovely book. Your blog is very inspiring. Thank you!

  247. Amber Hunter April 9, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    How do you get a tissue to dance? Put a little boogie in it!

  248. Kimberly April 9, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    So glad you got all moved in and unpacked enough to sew! Thanks for the giveaway. I’m afraid I don’t have any good/ new jokes for you but I have plenty of old/ lame/ sciency ones and puns. “A lymphocyte is invited to a monocyte’s house. ‘Would you like some coffee?’ asks the monocyte. The lymphocyte replies, ‘I’m more of a tea (T) cell.'” lol

  249. Emily April 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Thank you for the inspiring blog and the exciting giveaway!

  250. shaewc April 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    yay, my favorite blogger ! ;-D
    First, the joke (courtesy of my 10 yr old) Q: What did the cross-eyed teacher say?
    A: Waaa! I can’t control my pupils!!!
    Second, a question (courtesy of me!): Where did you get your blog name?

    • LLADYBIRD April 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

      Ladybird is an old nickname; the extra L was just me being a smart ass πŸ™‚ I originally had a clothing line under the same name when I started this blog.

  251. Juli April 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Love it!

  252. Molly Hamilton April 9, 2015 at 9:51 pm #


  253. Ms Wilder April 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

    I’ll be completely silly and be the kid jumping up and down saying ‘pick me, pick me’.

  254. Audie April 10, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    What’s ‘a the difference between bird flu and swine flu?
    Bird flu requires tweet-ment while swine flu requires oink-ment.

    Note – I may be 30 but I have the sense of humor of a 6 year old:)

  255. Abbie April 10, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    What did one orphan say to the other?

    “Quick Robin, get in the Batmobile!”

  256. Christa April 10, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    No joke, just looking to get lucky.

  257. Dina Moskowitz April 10, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    I love your blog. It gives me so much inspiration!

  258. debrajrawlings April 10, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    It’s good to see you back. This title is going on my wish list.

    • Marsha April 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      The whole moving thing! URG!! Thing is… I’m desperately trying to get my sewing room in order after my move so I can get on with it. Sad part is I now have way more sewing room, too! Been a reader for a long time now and enjoy your blog tremendously! Can’t wait to see pics of your new sewing space. Feelin’ the moving pain and need inspiration. Glad to have you back posting! The Vogue patterns review had me rolling!

  259. lindseystrange April 10, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    Looks great, I’d love a copy! I like that it’s a combination of photos and illustrations.

  260. Kat April 10, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    Always looking to improve my skills!

  261. edukedesigns April 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    hey ladybird! first, just love following you and your spot on and edgy posts!
    THANKS FOR THAT! sorry, wish i had a good joke to share…not my strength!
    love to hear a good one too, though! please enter me in your contest…the book looks great! I teach young kids to sew and always love a great reference! thanks girl!

  262. Lyn April 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    So glad that I discovered your blog! Your tutorials and “Lurk My Style” section are great!

  263. autumnyarn April 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    That book looks excellent, and I would love a copy!

  264. Ruth April 10, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    Looks Fabulous ! ! !

  265. Samantha April 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    That books looks amazing πŸ™‚ excited for the giveaway

  266. jennettex April 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Looks like a great book!

  267. 64colorbox April 10, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    I am also a sewing book collector. This looks like the next book I need to add to the collection. Let’s see, a joke:
    What did the father buffalo say to his son when he left for school?
    Bye son!

  268. therainbowrevolts April 10, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    this book looks so awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway! I wish I had a good joke to share…

  269. Stefanie April 11, 2015 at 6:17 am #

    I just found your blog looking for sewing inspiration and it’s great! I love your style and your way of making sewing approachable.

  270. Dani April 11, 2015 at 6:40 am #

    Looks interesting!

  271. Maria April 11, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye!

  272. Debra April 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    Oh yes, please! I am in serious need of some sewing education materials. I really need to up my game.

  273. binilin April 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    What do you call a pile of cats? A “meow-tain” LOL – amirite?!

  274. Diana madden (@Redski23) April 12, 2015 at 12:31 am #

    really enjoyed the sassy vogue pattern review, I always love your spirited blog posts, thank you (btw, hoping for a win on the book).

  275. Beth Hull April 12, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Hope no one said this one already but it is my current fave: The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar… It was tense.

  276. RainDayPerson April 12, 2015 at 6:23 am #

    Want to know how the handkerchief ghost won the hallow’een dance – off?

    He put a little boogie in it.

    Nb, I may be Canadian, but my mailing address is in GA.

  277. Levone April 12, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Looks like a wonderful resource, I would love to win a copy!

  278. Sue April 13, 2015 at 12:03 am #

    yup, I’d like to call myself a fashion designer. Maybe with this book…..

  279. Amanda Werner April 13, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    Sorry, I don’t know any jokes, but I’d like to enter! Thanks!

  280. Nikki H. April 17, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    I know the giveaway is over but I want to tell you my favorite joke.
    There was a family of moles living in a tunnel underground. Of course moles can’t see very well so they have to get around by smell. One day the daddy mole stuck his head out of the hole and said, “the air smells like maple syrup today.” The mamma mole stuck her head up next to him and said, “I think it smells like honey.” The baby mole tried to stick his head up but his parents were blocking the hole, and he said, “I think it smells like molasses!”

  281. majestade May 19, 2015 at 4:39 am #

    Hey there! I’ve been reading your web site for a while now
    and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Huffman Tx!
    Just wanted to say keep up the good work!


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