Sewtionary cover 2 Have you got your hands on a copy of The Sewtionary yet?  It is a a new publication that is quickly becoming a necessary reference book in every modern sewist's arsenal of sewing tools.  It is written by Tasia, of Sewaholic Patterns, who, as I'm sure you all know, is a fellow Canadian sewist and entrepreneur who I much admire.  When Tasia asked me to be part of her Sewtionary Blog Tour, I was thrilled to join in! Tasia So, in case you don't already know her, let me introduce you to Tasia! She is the designer and mastermind behind the gorgeous Sewaholic patterns which are, invariably, classic and easy-to-wear designs with careful pattern drafting and clear, well-thought out instructions.  Matt and I had the pleasure of meeting Tasia just a couple weeks ago while she was on a Vancouver Island holiday.  We were inspired to no end by her enthusiasm for sewing and her business! Sewaholic patterns The Sewtionary: An A to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques and Definitions, is exactly the sort of book you might expect from the woman behind such successful patterns - it is beautiful, easy-to-use (the spiral binding allows it to lay flat on the sewing table), well organized, and wonderfully logical.  I've interviewed Tasia about her new book so that you can learn a little more about it before acquiring one for yourself (head to the bottom of the post for a giveaway of a printed copy!). Sewtionary Can you summarize the purpose and content of your book and how you came to write the Sewtionary? I was approached by F+W Media about the possibility of turning the Sewtionary page on my blog into a book. Of course I was thrilled about the idea when I first received the email! I often read books that have very good tutorials, or useful tips, but then when it's actually time to sew a garment using the technique, I can't remember which book had the info. The purpose of the Sewtionary is to be a sewing dictionary, an easy to use alphabetical book that makes it easy to find what you're looking for. As well as demonstrations, I also wanted to include WHY you might want to know this skill, and examples of when it's used. Instead of trying to have something from each letter, I picked what I felt were the most important 101 techniques and organized them from A to Z.  I wanted to have all real fabric examples in the photos, instead of diagrams, so it would easy to follow along at home. Because it's a reference book, it features a coil binding so it can lie flat when you work. (Usually I weigh down other books with my phone or a stapler or something to keep it open, and end up bending the spine.) I wanted it to be a very useful book in all aspects, from the content and images to the physical book design. Sewtionary photos When writing your Sewtionary, what areas of the process most surprised or challenged you? I definitely underestimated how much time it would take to sew all of those samples! There are literally thousands of samples in the book, one for every single photo. Plus the garments! For the step-out samples that I had to cut or sew during a demo, I made extras in case I screwed up or in case we need to retake the shot. And there were some samples that didn't photograph well that I had to remake for a reshoot.  That was surprising, the sheer amount of time it took to sew everything, and a good reminder to always allow extra time for new or unknown projects. The other thing that surprised me was how many people are involved in writing a book! I had an editor, a tech editor, a book designer, photographers, and of course my own writing and sewing, with Caroline's and Corinne's help. So many people review and edit the material, it's an amazing amount of work. It's given me a new respect for the book publishing industry. Who do you imagine will find your Sewtionary most invaluable as a sewing room resource and how do you imagine it to be used? I bet some people will read it cover to cover, just to see what's inside! That's what I would do if I had just bought it. I think it will be most useful later on though, when someone needs a tutorial on bound buttonholes, wants to know what a godet is, or needs to look up different seam finishes. That's when the A-Z format will be really helpful. I'd love to see it used in a classroom setting, especially at the high school level. Sewtionary spiral bound What feedback about your book have you found to be most rewarding? So far, the number one comment is that it's so beautiful and there are so many pictures! People are loving the format of the book, especially the coil binding. Picnic dress I found it very clever and also stylish how you incorporated samples sewn using your sewing patterns throughout the book – do you have plans to display these finished garments on your blog? Some of them, yes! The border print Cambie Dress is so pretty I might use it for fresh photos on the shop page. Sewtionary launch party And, of course, do you have plans to write another book soon? Not soon, that's for sure! It took nearly a year from start to finish for the Sewtionary book, including writing, sewing, and editing, so it would be a while before another book would be a possibility. I'd love to wait and see if this book does well before starting the process over again. I'd also want to have a really good idea, something fresh and new, and right now I don't have anything in my mind as good as the Sewtionary concept. It's so rewarding to see the book out in the world now, so I could see another book in my future some day!   Tasia and her publisher have kindly offered a printed copy of the Sewtionary as a giveaway on our blog.  Enter the contest by commenting on this post for your chance to win the book (Please comment about the Sewtionary - what skills do you hope to learn from it?)!  And head to the Sewaholic store to buy your own (signed) copy if you don't want to wait for the winner to be drawn :P. The give-away will end on Wednesday, Sept. 17th.  The winner will be drawn randomly from the comments on this post.  Good luck! Here is a schedule of the rest of the book tour - follow the links on the listed dates to read more about the book, enjoy tutorials and projects related to the Sewtionary and have the chance to enter other giveaways!
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Alison said:

I have this book on my Amazon wish list. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Janet said:

I have been looking for a basic sewing book. I am back to sewing after some time and I would love a book with LOTS of pictures to remind me how to do techniques properly. Her tutorials on her blog are excellent. A book would be lovely to have.

Heather Dawson said:

I would appreciate having the tutorials available without the screen saver kicking in. Hoping for fba tutorials.

Cathy said:

Can’t wait to check out this book and see all her tips for sewing with knits!

Sarah said:

I’d love this!

Maria said:

I have followed Tasia’s blog from the beginning and have been so impressed by everything she does. The book is beautiful and she obviously put a lot of thought into it. I would love to win a copy. Congrats to Tasia and enjoy the book tour!

Jane's sew & tell said:

Lovely looking book. I’d like to learn more about finishing necklines with bias binding

Georg said:

The book is beautiful. I have weakness for sewing reference books, old or new.

CarmencitaB said:

Bonjour, I would love to check it out!

maeklein said:

I would love for this book to teach me how to install an invisible zip or tell me which stitch to use for different fabrics or explain different uses for various hem techniques.

auraoriano said:

Hems! I’m so lazy so a new technique would help me finish a garment neatly!

Debbie said:

This book looks beautiful and would be so handy for a beginner like me.

ellen said:

Take care of your book with coil bindings ladies…my last one (gertie’s) arrived from THE internet store with the pages all bend out of shape at the binding…its impossible to iron out, and makes turning the pages difficult. So store it carefully

Erin said:

I would love to win this book. I’m a fairly new sewer and I’m always having issues w/ zippers!

Sheela said:

Ha, I have no idea what a godet is. I suppose I need the book!

Leanne said:

As a new sewer I have so much to learn! This would be the perfect book to have!!!

phisch said:

The Sewtionary looks so interesting! I would love to have a copy because haven’t been sewing very long and still have to look things up.

Angie said:

What a great idea — I’m sure there are many techniques to learn and/or review, so I woul dplan to start at the beginning and work my way through…

Elizabeth said:

I am new to garment sewing and I LOVE the look of this book as a resource!

elentari95 said:

I always avoid patterns with buttonholes, because the bound ones take so long to make – I hope that there’ll be some tips and tricks to make them easier and faster!

askouras said:

I honestly just need to get better at all my techniques. I’m not one for patience and I’d rather just get comfortable and better as I go rather than intentionally. Bu there are definitely a number of things I just need to see good, close up pictures of in order to understand whats going on. My poor little technical brain can’t understand things without 3d blueprints.

Rachel said:

The next three skills I want to learn are: lining unlined garments, fitting skills, and making lapped zippers. This book would be so useful, I can tell, as I go from a beginning seamstress to a more advanced one!

Elizabeth said:

Would love to learn more about lining garments, particularly garments that don’t have a lining but need one. Thanks for the giveaway!

Oli said:

I try not to buy new books but I’ve been obsessed with this one! It looks perfect!

Nikki H. said:

I’d love to have a go-to resource with beautiful pictures when I have a sewing conundrum. I think the idea of this book is brilliant, instead of having to root around online or though sewing books.

MelodyJ said:

I want learn how to put in a zipper.

Cheryl said:

I hope to learn a professional finished look to my garments.

nita said:

This looks like a book that I would use all the time. :)

jaclynmariet said:

Having actually looked things up on the Sewtionary blog page, I would love to be able to look at things in a book! Specifically, I’m always checking out Tasia’s posts on hand-picking zippers.

Heather said:

I’d love to know more about linings…I recently put a lining in a skirt and I think I goofed using fabric that had too much body and it changed the whole skirt. (In the end I have come to like it after all but it would have liked to know what I was doing!)

Sallie said:

I would read it cover to cover, too! And then look up all the techniques relevant to my project.

nuala12 said:

This book looks great! I’d find it really useful for pockets. I always have trouble remembering the steps for inserting them.

Show and Tell Meg said:

I know that I would use this book like crazy – most of the time I like to look up a technique just to make sure I’m doing it right, but just last week I had a buttonhole question that I’m sure this would have helped with so much. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Tina Jeo said:

Beautiful pictures. Looks very easy to understand

Cyndi said:

I would love to improve all my skills and my confidence at my machine. The enthusiasim is there but the confidence is lacking!

Karen U said:

I would love to maser – or at least ease some fear – inserting zippers. Learning to use my serger would be a happy thing, too. Thanks

Vesna Popovic said:

How exciting, I love this blog tour! I’m always looking up the ways to hand stitch hems, hope I will find some in Tasia’s new book!

wendyhatton said:

The size- not too big- and the flat opening make this book very practical to use I think. And it is very good looking, worthy of any coffee table!

Tas said:

If I ever get around to trying piping, I’d be looking it up. And even though I have done many before, I’d be using the book to guide through invisble zippers.

Diana Madden said:

I love the clarity of the sewaholic tutorials, and often turn to them online, but the search can sometimes be circuitous. I would really appreciate access to those tips and techniques in a logical arrangement so you can turn right to “interlining” or seam finishes. Bravo

Karen H said:

Sewtionary looks like it will be a wonderful tool to have along side as I venture into the world of garment sewing. i’ve been quilting for many years, but garment sewing is somewhat new to me. Just the other day, I couldn’t remember which direction buttonholes were to go. It sure would have been handy to refer to it. I think I would refer to it for terminology, techniques (pockets, hemming, etc). It really looks like it will be the Betty Crocker of Sewing books. I can’t wait to see the book in person!

Crystal Tracy said:

I would love some instructions for different types of pockets!

Rebecca said:

I would like to know how I can improve finishes – I’m usually pretty happy with the outside look, but often my garment insides like a bit like the dog has sewn it!

Melissa said:

I have yet to tackle a zipper, so I hope to learn about that from this book. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Caitlyn M. said:

I’d be tempted to read through the whole thing from start to finish looking for techniques that I don’t realize I don’t know. For instance, I only learned about inserting a waist stay a few months ago (though I haven’t done it yet). It’s not that it’s a particularly difficult technique, but it doesn’t seem like the kind of detail that’s included in most patterns, so if you haven’t heard of it before, you could go on making dresses with waists that sag out of shape and never know that a good solution exists. I’d love to learn about those kinds of techniques, the ones that elevate a make into a more beautiful, durable garment.

buntyw said:

I’d like to learn more about facings – this looks a fabulous book!!

Birgit said:

I’d love to get my hands on this book! I hope to master zipper skills… Congratulations to Tania, and thank you for this wonderful post, I enjoyed reading it!

elinoora said:

Came over from Tasia’s blog… it’s such a gorgeous book, and it’s great to see what’s in it through the reviews.

JamieDSC said:

Yay, I’d love to win this! I’d like to learn some different kinds of zipper insertions, besides invisible zippers. I don’t have any good reference books on that.

Marissa said:

It looks like such a great guide!

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