The complete photo guide to clothing construction by Christine Haynes

Woo hooo, I’m the next stop of Christine’s new book. I’m super excited to be sharing a little bit about it. You guys know I’m a BOOK NERD! I looove reading and sewing books are high on my reading time.
I am a visual learner so when I find books with clear and modern photograph I squeee of joy. The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction is exactly what says on the cover: A guidance for the most used steps you will need to learn as you progress as a dressmaker.
The book is divided into 5 chapters:
Tools of the trade where she shares a general overview of the material you need to start sewing.
Patterns, fabrics and your body where you will find an overview of understanding sewing patterns, choosing your size, fabrics etc…
Construction basics where you will learn the basic like sewing  buttons, zippers, finishing seams, grading seams etc.
Taking shape you will learn from simple darts to pleating and sleeves.
Finishing touches will share details like patch pockets, hems and sash belt.
Is this a beginner book then Rachel? I would say it’s beginner friendly. However, as you know, a sewist range of techniques varies and this book will fit nicely on a more experienced sewist library too. Just like mine!
The language is very clear and the quality of the pictures showcasing the techniques are really modern without being style over substance.
You can see for yourself …

* Basic Waistband Excerpts used with permission by Creative Publishing international.

Christine kindly offered House of Pinheiro’s readers a bundle of delightfulness!

3 yards 58′ wide 100% Rayon ( so yummy and soft)
Clover chacopel fine
Flexi- lace seam binding  Aqua
Atom red bias tape
16 inches metal zipper 
+ plus a surprise gift from my sewing room

For a chance of winning, tell me your favourite (non sewing) book. Open internationally to all my readers. Pls make sure you can be contacted.
Giveaway closes Friday 21 March at 8 PM UK Time (GMT)
You will find all stops of the blog tour:
Monday, February 24 City Stitching 
Friday, February 28 – Sew L.A.
Monday, March 3 – Coletterie
Tuesday, March 4 – Miss Crayola Creepy
Wednesday, March 5 – Whipstitch
Thursday, March 6 – Lucky Lucille
Friday, March 7 – Grainline
Monday, March 10 – Oonaballoona
Tuesday, March 11 – Paunnett
Wednesday, March 12 – Sewaholic
Thursday, March 13 – Lladybird
Friday, March 14 – House of Pinheiro
Monday, March 17 – Flossie Teacakes
Tuesday, March 18 – The Sew Convert
Wednesday, March 19 – Craftsy
Thursday, March 20 – Sublime Stitching
Friday, March 21 – Sew Stylish

If you liked what I am wearing you can read about it here


  • Oh gosh so hard to pick just one non sewing book but I would say Roots by Alex Hayley is one of my all time favs. Thanks Rachel x

  • I don’t read so much anymore, but my favourite books for from childhood was the lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce 🙂

  • The more I read about this book, the more I’m convinced that it’s truly a great book and a perfect addition to any sewing fanatic’s collection. Favorite book? Ooh, this is a tough one. I think I don’t have a favorite book. I have a ton of books I really enjoyed and that have ruined a lot of movies for me. I think I should mention Hobbit, The Yelena Zaltana trilogy, Hunger Games trilogy, anything from Dan Brown, The Inheritance Cycle and many more. Making a list like this makes me nervous that I missed something and that the books will be disappointed in me(damn, I’m a book nerd 😀 🙂

  • Hi, it seems to be a great book which would fit nicely in my library! Choosing my favourite non sewing book is so hard but if I have to choose just one it would be the dark tower series from Stephen King.

  • Kat

    Congrats on the blog tour! BTW, I love your sewing room 🙂 My fav non sewing book has to be the classic Anna Karenina – but I’m a sucker for a dark Russian 😛

  • My favorite book right now is Brideshead Revisited but that’s because I’ve just finished reading it. Come back in a month or two and I’m sure it will have changed.

  • I love the Narnia series I’ve had since I was a kid, I still re-read them now on a rainy days!

  • Picking a favorite book is as difficult as picking a favorite song, but right now I’d say J. L. Borges’s “Ficciones”. Highly recommended!

  • My favorite book, hmm… that is a hard one
    Irresistible revolution by Shane Claiborne
    Maisie Dobbs by Jacqeline Winspear
    Slow Gardening by Alyse Fowler
    Stitched in Scandinavia by Karin Holmberg (embroidery)
    and many more I recently read The Fashion file by Janie Bryant cover to cover in one day it’s brilliant.
    contact me on mail a docksjo dot com

  • Well I would have a tough time deciding between Anne of Green Gables (hence the blog name) and Harry Potter – I think I’d probably have to go with Potter (I am a bit obsessed!!) What a lovely giveaway, thanks x

  • What a great looking set of goodies. That fabric looks gorgeous. My favourite genre of books is crime fiction and thrillers – I usually have one of those on the go – but I love most fiction. At the moment one of my favourite books, though, is If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. Not much actually happens,but it is so beautifully shaped that it is like reading music in your head!

  • Hi, what a cool prize! It’s really hard to choose a favourite book but I am re-reading Bill Bryson’s ‘A short history of almost everything’ which I love – it’s so interesting.

  • Ghostwritten by david Mitchell

  • Pride and Prejudice which I more or less know off by heart.

  • Favourite non-sewing book? That’s hard for a librarian! Mm, Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy is great because it has me in fits, but then Joanne Harris’ Chocolat just gives me the chance to delve into France and dream of chocolate 🙂

  • A book I can read over and over again: Alice in Wonderland

  • Wow, you have SO many sewing books & this one looks like a good addition to my current collection of two.

    My favourite non-sewing related book…that’s hard; but I think The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak. Oh, and anything by Alexander McCall Smith – I heard him speak in Sydney this week and now I love him even more!

  • I can’t possibly pick one favourite ever book, but Blankets, a graphic novel by Craig Thompson, had a massive influence on me by showing how comics can be used to tell all kinds of stories… Thanks to that book I made up my mind about what I wanted to do for a living!

  • I read very few books nowadays, but still sort of like most things I read. Maybe I say some heavy read by fjodor dostojevskij (didn’t check the spell there thou). I also have 2 books about swedish languish at home who are both interesting and funny to read.

  • My favourite non sewing book at the moment is Gone Girl… it has great twists in the tale! I am just starting to take on more difficult patterns and it scares the life out of me… this book would be such a saviour!
    Currently slowly working my way through the dakota dress quietly following the sewalong instructions 🙂 Your blog is super helpful to avoid so many of the mistakes I would definitely have made!

  • That book looks great. I’m an adventure lover, so it’s Treasure Island for me.

  • Hmm.. Dave Egger’s You Shall Know Our Velocity changed my life in college as did The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien in high school.

  • Best book ever…Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto!

  • I would love to win that book. I’m a visual learner as well and need good pics for tricky New techniques. My fave book I’ve read in recent years is The Book Thief. It’s in the cinema now. An oldie book that I read as a teenager that I found memorable was The Grapes of Wrath.

  • Favourite book- as a teenager Pride and Prejudice, now… something by Thomas Hardy or Graham Greene (I no longer like happy endings).

  • As a teenager – Pride and Prejudice. Now I no longer like happy endings so something by Thomas Hardy or Graham Green

  • Oh my goodness – you have soooo many sewing books, that’s amazing!

    Thanks to you and Christine for this amazing giveaway (and the book looks fab). I would say one of my all time favourite books is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. A brilliant book set in the slums of Mumbai (and other places too), with such wonderful characters. It’s a massive book, but I devoured it and missed it when I was finished!

  • I love all books by Erica James. Her stories are so beautiful (and sometimes sad) but she tells the stories in the most beautiful ways.
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. The book looks absolutely perfect!

  • I thought I had a lot of sewing books, but you win, hands down! This book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • My favourite book of all time is Persuasion by Jane Austen. I have read it over and over and I still love it!

  • Your sewing book collection is fabulous! My favourite book is The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh. Evelyn Waugh in general, but that was the first one I read and it’s so dark and funny and descriptive and enjoyable. I’m putting myself in the mood to reread it! 🙂

  • Have recently fallen in love the with the storytelling of tje journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. If I had to choose one of his books it would be Another Day of Life – his writings on his experience of the revolution in Angola. Heartbreaking and powerful stuff.

  • I have to say I don’t read that many book but the last one I read was The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, It had me in stitches (pun intended). It just got crazier and crazier but it was so funny.

  • I’m really enjoying the Game of Thrones right now but my all time fav book is A Fine Balance.

  • Oooh, so jealous of your sewing book collection!! (No wonder you couldn’t narrow down to just three faves…!) I really love The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It’s incredible how much drama and pathos can be crammed into such a short book!

  • Anonymous

    Now I have a great list of books to read…Thankyou!
    My most very favourite book is ‘Cloudstreet’ by Aussie writer Tim Winton. He captures the Australian way of life, language and sense of family so beautifully. It is a huge book but I love it and have read it 4 times
    Thanks for the competitiion! Wendytlove at

  • This is a lovely giveaway – I would love to win Christine’s book!

    My favourite book is Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood – I read it first when I was a student and go back to it regularly and over time I find I have a different response to it. She is a really great author.


  • I love books of all sorts so this one would look good in my reference library..

    Gosh, fav non sewing book…. Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien..

    Great giveaway..

  • As the soon to be proud owner of a new sewing machine I’d love Christine’s book.

    My favourite book is usually the one I’ve just finished, which at the moment is A Feat of Crows, the 4th book in the Game of Thrones series. But my favourite book, the one I keep going back to is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

  • Tough choice but I’m going to go with Of Mice and Men, loved it since I first read it in school

  • Lou

    Looks like a fantastic book, thanks for the opportunity!
    My favourite book of all time has to be Lord of the Rings, I’ve owned it since I was 11 and must have read it over 20 times!! As a light-hearted literary feast I’m currently working my way through Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series…

  • My favourite book? That is a hard one.
    I love every Lonely Planet there is. I love reading travel guides. And then there is about any travel story by Michael Palin, the pictures alone are great and his humor even better…
    Books I can keep reading are ‘The old man and the Sea’ by Hemingway, the first time I think I had to start 3 times over, because it kind of had to grow on me. And another favourite is ‘Tender is the night’ by Fitzgerald, a book I like better than his ‘Gatsby’ which I also love.
    And as far as children books go: I loved The Ranger’s Apprentice series.

    I am extremely impressed by your sewing library. I think I need to refocus my book-buying goals… Thanks for the give-away!

  • Such a difficult choice! After a lot of hesitation, I think my fav non sewing book would be… Martin Eden by Jack London… <3

    Fabulous giveaway!

  • I would love to own this book, thanks for the chance! My fave book of all time and one I go back to often is ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel Marquez

  • Ooo, that’s hard! I love to read and there are so many good choices but I am a sucker for Pride and Prejudice.


  • Hmm, so hard to pick one book. I’m a book nerd too! I love the thorn birds as well as the clan of the cave bear. (I had to pick 2) 😀 Thanks!

  • So many books I could put here but for now my favorite book is Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman. Something about following a history of a house made it so interesting!! Thanks for the chance of winning some amazing loot!!

  • My favourite book is Au bonheur des Dames by Zola ! It’s french because I am too ! 😉

  • I am about to begin the fourth volume of Jeffrey Archer’s The Clifton Chronicles and my favorite read right now. Love to read. Love your blog, what a great seamstress you are. I am learning.

  • I would have to say The Hitchkiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Every book.

  • My favorite is “We Need to Talk About Kevin”.

  • That’s a difficult question! Can I just say, the entire oeuvre of John Irving? Hmm or Haruki Murakami. Or Umberto Eco. Gah!

    Choosing what to do with that gorgeous rayon would be simple in comparison!

  • My favorite book is If On A Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. That said, I just finished the Goldfinch by Donna Tart and loved it. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  • Looks like Christine wrote a great book. Over the years I had many literary favorites … but the first book I remember calling that was Vargas Llosa’s “The War of the End of the World”.

  • My favorite book is If On Winters Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. I just finished the Goldfinch by Donna Tart and that was pretty amazing. Thanks for hosting such an amazing giveaway!

  • I just finished Little Bee and loved it. Love your Blog! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • I’ve read Barbara Kingsolver’s book The Poisonwood Bible twice, one before I even knew where Congo was on a map, and once, years later, while I was living there. It’s one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. I also love the Wolf Hall series and can’t wait for the final one to come out next year!

  • Hmmm…I am a huge reader, so choosing a favorite book is nearly impossible. My favorite book from the past couple of years is the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It manages to be both a good love story and a compelling mystery, with a fantastic, unusual setting. As I was reading I kept wishing I could go to the night circus myself and see all the beautiful costumes and amazing performances! Thanks for such a fantastic giveaway and fun prompt for comments – I really enjoyed seeing other peoples picks for their favorite book.

  • I would have to say my favourite book(s) is all the books about Harry Potter (my favourite among those is The half-blood prince) especially now that I get to read them for my son!!!

  • Alexander McCall Smith is my favourite author! I love all his books 🙂

  • Enders Game by Orson Scott Card is my favorite book, but a close runner up is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

  • Anonymous

    I love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, it’s a great book and is based in London.

    supersonic_sarama (at ) hotmail (dot) com

  • I’d have to say probably my favorite book is “The Lincoln Lawyer” by Michael Connelly. And the movie with Matthew McConaughey (swoon!)
    🙂 Chris

  • The Passage by Justin Cronin. Very creepy and action packed.

  • The Lord of the Rings. Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Animal, vegetable, miracle by Barbara kingsolver. It’s so hard to pick just one! I love to see pictures of your library. I am addicted to books and I had to squeal when I saw your beautiful collection. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!!

  • The Passage by Justin Cronin. Creepy and action packed.

  • Mmm, hard to pick, but I think I would have to go with a classic: Cien Años de Soldedad (100 Years of Solitude) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’ve read it a few times and never tire of it. Thanks for a fantastic give away!

    P.S. Coincidentally, another one of my favourite books comes from your side of the world: Meu Pé de Laranja Lima by José Mauro de Vasconcelos

  • Ohhh, that would be great if I won it! My favourite book is Bomarzo, by Manuel Mújica Lainez. I´m an avid reader 🙂

  • I grew up without sisters, so Little Women became a favourite pretty early on. Today, I’d also consider Dickens’ Great Expectations and Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland as my top picks.

  • Right now, I’m enjoying reading A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 🙂

  • Hello from Brasília 😉 I have lots of favorite books – but one come to my mind now: Ensaio sobre a Cegueira, Saramago. I love reading book that are originally written in Portuguese, I’m even discovering new authors now.

  • My favourite book is Captain Correlli’s Mandolin

  • My favorite book is probably The Stand by Stephen King or Harry Potter: The Half Blood Prince!

  • i think my favourite book that i only read recently is a fine balance by rohinton mistry. just love how it immerses you in the culture and lifes of the individuals.

  • Okay, the more I see this book, the more I think it’s just what I need.

    Also, my favorite book is probably a collection of Damon Runyon’s short stories – any is good, but Guys & Dolls is the largest collection, so it wins.

  • Aw what a lovely giveaway! It’s hard for me to choose one favourite book, but if I had to have one to take to a desert island, it would be Jane Eyre.

  • Oh gosh, so hard to pick a favorite! I love Barbara Kingsolver’s earlier books, especially The Poisonwood Bible. I also love anything by Bill Bryson. And a really good one I read recently is The Light Between Oceans by ML Steadman. Christine’s book looks great, I may have to get it!

  • Favorite Book: Marcos Ramirez by Carlos Luis Fallas from Costa Rica 🙂

  • My favorite books would be the Anne of Green Gables series. It takes me back to childhood.

  • My favorite book is There Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  • Can’t believe I’m saying this, since I’m 41 years old, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit it: Harry Potter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Libby

    Anything by Roald Dahl!

  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is my favorite!

  • Rox

    As a former lit. student (and now a teacher), this is an impossible question! Also, I tend to have phases where I fall in love with a perticular book, so it varies so much… My first “book crush” was Edgar Allan Poe’s Extraordinary stories, which I re-read every two years. I loved Alessandro Barrico’s quiet and poetic novel titled Silk when I was in school.

    My latest crush has been Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. It’s a total geek-fest of a book and I read it like a maniac!

  • The giveaway and book both look lovely. My favorite book is often the one I just finished reading as I read at least 3 books a week. I think one of the best books I’ve read in the past year is Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

  • I really love reading what other people’s favorite books are! It’s impossible to completely narrow down faves, but my top few are: The Lies of Locke Lamora (for a fairly new book), The Outsiders, The Once and Future King (all-time fantasy), and almost all of the Ender’s Game/Shadow series (for sci-fi). All of The Hitchhiker’s Guide books are absolutely amazing, too. Gah, I love books too much!!

  • I just finished Bean Trees and really enjoyed it.

  • Dear Friend and Gardener by Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd

  • Wow – that’s a hard question! I guess I would go with my latest favorite, The Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick. It was fantastic! I still haven’t seen the movie, but I have been told of some things that were severely changed. The book sounds like it was much better. The guy thinks Kenny G is his nemesis – what’s not to love?!

  • JAG

    Here’s three for the price of one: “And Both Were Young” by Madeleine L’Engle is probably my most reread book. “My Year of Meats” by Ruth Ozeki is my most loaned out non-cookbook, although I also really enjoyed her latest book and it may join the ranks soon. My most loaned out book is actually a cookbook, “Good to the Grain” it made my whole grain baking experiments tasty instead of flops.

  • My most recent favorite book is The immortal Henrietta Lacks

  • My all time favourite is Pride and Prejudice

  • I’m a huge fan of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. They’re they first books I think of when someone asks me about my favorite 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! This looks like a fantastic book for someone relatively new to clothes making like me!

  • So wanna win! The book looks amazing!

  • I just love the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin, especially since I keep re-reading each book when each new season of Game of Thrones is back on! Winter is coming… lol 🙂

  • The book I’ve read the most is Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The book looks great as do the sewing goodies. Your collection of sewing books is enviable.

  • Picking a favorite book is, I assume, like picking a favorite child. It’s nearly impossible (and you can’t help but feel guilty naming one when there are so many other brilliant ones out there!). But, if I had to pick just one favorite, I’d pick The Hours by Michael Cunningham. I think a book becomes a favorite because it resonates with you at the time you read it, as this one did when I was in college. I haven’t read it since, but I still remember passages from it and how it affected me at the time. So, that’d be pick!


  • Tough question but my final answer is Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

  • It will sound cheesy but I still love Twilight by Stefanie Meyer

  • My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read it so many times and it never gets old!

  • Christine’s book is definitely on my wish list, it looks great from all the sneak peeks I’ve seen on the blog tour. As for my favourite non-sewing book, it’s a tough choice but it would probably have to be Persuasion by Jane Austen.

  • Great giveaway! My favourite book is English Passengers by Matthew Kneale – it won the Whitbread years ago and is great

  • I have so many favourite books, it’s really hard to chose one, Pride and Prejudice, anything by Terry Pratchett, all the Harry Potter Books, the Ink Heart trilogy… gosh this is hard, I could name so many more and would stll leave some great ones out.
    Great giveaway and I’d love to win.

  • I’d have to say Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – long, sweeping story with lost love, betrayal, revenge and hope. I have 4 hard copies and one copy on each e-reader platform I have!

  • My absolute favourite book is Jane Eyre. Triumph over adversity and true love. What more do you need?

  • I really love Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

  • I love ALL of Anne Rice’s work, except her most recent christian based novels. I tried my best to like them, but it was lacking her wonderful word imagery that made her previous books so delicious to me! Lucky for me ( and other Rice fans) she is working on a new book with Lestat as one of the main characters! As a word to you personally, I want to thank you for your blog. I found you through the Project Sewn series, and I am amazed at your talent and your wonderfully professionally finished garments that you create! I am constantly on the lookout for better and more sewing books for my own library, and frequently check out books at the library to see if I wish to purchase them. Book reviews such as these keep me from having to hunt down new material through card catalog bases, and give me an honest look at material that is new to the market. THank you, and now I have another book to add to my list of must have’s! Keep up the amazing (and I know, hard) work!!

  • That’s a tough one… I think my favorit non-sewing book might be the godfather… But as a book lover it is really hard to choose just one.

  • This looks like a sewing book must have 🙂
    I have a lot of books that I love but one of my all time favourites is ‘Last Chance to See’ by Douglas Adams.

  • Ellen

    Two little known children’s books. Seven Sons and Seven Daughters by Susan Cohen (my absolutely favorite that I’ve reread over and over) and a recent find but oldie Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace. Oh my favorite recent books are the Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.

  • White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick is one of my favorite books.
    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  • I can’t say no to Candide. Its so easy to accidentally find oneself rereading it. Comedic and satirical awesomeness, right there. I also have some strong feelings for anything by David Foster Wallace, but that’s a discussion for another time.

  • there are too many to pick a favorite, but i find myself going back to the hunger games series and the lord of the rings trilogy (plus the hobbit) time and time again.

  • KW

    I really want that book! Thanks for the opportunity! I love too many books to pick my favorite, but one of my favs that others may not mention is the Education of Little Tree, by Forrest Carter.

  • OK… my favourite (non sewing) book is… the Thermomix cooking book, definetly. I collect cooking books, and I have a lot of Thermomix official publications, but the first one bought with the machine is the most used book in this house, for sure.

  • OK… my favourite (non sewing) book is… the Thermomix cooking book, definetly. I collect cooking books, and I have a lot of Thermomix official publications, but the first one bought with the machine is the most used book in this house, for sure.

  • My favorite book(s) are the Harry Potter series. I never seem to get tired of them!

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer – charmingly witty.

  • Anonymous

    I have so many favourite books, most recently the hunger games.
    But my all time favourite and a book that I come back to again and again and take something different from it every time is the time travellers wife.
    It’s so beautifully written and heartbreaking.
    In fact where is my copy!

  • I think it would have to be my ancient and often re-read copy of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

  • What a lovely giveaway package, I’d love to win!
    My favourite book is Letters Between Six Sisters, edited by Charlotte Mosley, which contains some of the thousands of letters sent by the Mitford sisters to each other between the 20s and the 2000s. It is utterly absorbing and amazing as a record of a period of time as well as a record of them as people and of their relationship. Highly recommended!

  • My favorite book has to be “Le Petit Prince” (the little prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Every time I read it, I see something new. My advanced French 4 students are loving the story- not so much the tests though 🙂

  • I like some mystery and crime stories. I’m a fan of Agatha Christie and I like all of her books, but my favorite is “4.50 from Paddington”
    I also like Paulo Coelho’s books and my favorite from him is “As Valkirias” which I used to read over and over again ☺

  • My favorite book is Aunt Dimity and the Duke — the whole Aunt Dimity series is a cozy mystery series and it’s delightful. 🙂

  • I have many favorites, but the highest on my list has to be the book I am reading with my advanced French class students: “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

  • Siddartha, Martian Chronicles, All Quiet on the Western Front – all incredibly expansive reading.

  • I love everything by the author Maggie O’Farrell but my favourite has to be After You’d Gone (avmcollins at hotmail dot com)

  • My favourite book/books have got to be every single Harry Potter, I queued outside the bookstore each time a new one was released as a kid and if she released another now I’d do it again in a heartbeat! =)

  • Ana

    How difficult to choose just one book! I think I can’t. I’m torn between Anna Karenina and One Hundred Years of Solitude. What a LOVELY giveaway, thank you!

  • My favourite book would have to be Persuasion by Jane Austen (I’m a total sucker for a romance!!) on the other hand I’m in love with everything Terry Pratchett writes and I’ve read Wyrd sisters a thousand times and could read it a thousand more and not get tired!

  • Fantastic, gorgeous, wonderful book. So excited to read this and hope I get to win one!
    I love to read anything and everything, so it’s difficult to name a favorite but I loved the Harry Potter series, of course (!!), and a book I recommend and have gifted to several friends is Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund. A beautiful, epic story. Thanks sooo much for the giveaway!

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – a classic and a beautiful story

  • The Vampire Lestat, the first four books were so much better than those movies!

  • The Hiding Place by Cori Ten Boom.

  • Nice giveaway! I’ll have to go with Lord of the Rings. I’m proud of my geeky side!

  • Too many favorites to choose from! Gone With the Wind, Lord of the Rings, Brideshead Revisited, Lonesome Dove, Lolita, Pride and Prejudice. I just finished Breakfast at Tiffany’s and it was fantastic (very different from the movie).

  • I have read so many great books! My current favorite is probably The Oh She Glows Cookbook – vegetarian dishes that are delicious & fairly easy.
    mandiprout80 @ gmail dot com

  • Like most everyone else, I can’t pick an all time fave but recently I loved The Night Circus and Gone Girl. I will definitely be adding this book to my collection at done point!

  • That’s a tough question–I can hardly remember why I loved certain books as a kid… but I remember I really liked A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, and of course I can’t wait to re-read all the Harry Potter books.

  • thanks for the preview! I definitely need to get my hands on this book. One of my very favorite non-sewing books is “The Art of Possibility” by Benjamin Zander – a fantastic and inspiring read! (also, anything by C.S. Lewis!)

  • Anonymous

    I loved reading the comments above. My favorite is Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami. Although I am a fan of his other works as well, that was my first read, and favorite.
    ~Jen (NY)

  • The Retelling of the Story Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley.

  • My favourite non sewing book would definitely be The Secret , by Rhonda Byrne 🙂

  • My favorite books right now are from Christopher Palini the Aragon trilogy.

  • Picking a favourite book is like picking a favourite child! But at the moment I’m reading a lot of Terry Pratchett and Agatha Christie.

  • ybat

    I love to buy sewing books as well. I like to go to used book stores and thrift stores because sometimes I’ll find some great vintage ones for a great price. My reading guilty pleasure is romance novels. I always feel embarrassed by that and I don’t really like to tell people because I’m afraid they will laugh. So one of my favorite books that I’ve read is a romance called “When she was wicked” by Anne Barton. Its actually about a poor English girl who becomes a dressmaker to support her family and how she falls in love. I really loved how they describe the dressmaking and how she feels about what she makes. So if you love sewing and romance this is the book for you.

  • Green Darkness by Anya Seton (1972). Themes include reincarnation, forbidden love, Tudor England, history and murder.

    It looks like you have a great collection of sewing books. I think I might have to have the one you are reviewing. Thank you

    This may be a second post. ?

  • The book looks great. My favour tie fiction book is I capture the Castl read it as a teenager. Sorry my phone won’t let me edit my typos!

  • My favourite non sewing book is the Honestly Healthy Cookbook. If it’s not about sewing it’s got to be about cooking and eating 🙂

  • Anonymous

    The last book I read was “The book thief” Markus Zusak great reading.


  • A fiction book I like is The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis. I love your sewing library. I see a few knitting books as well.

  • The more I follow this book tour the more Im romanced…may just have to put it on my wishlist. Favourite non-sewing books are without a doubt the Tessa Kiros cookbooks. Her books are like taking a journey to a foreign land. I love the styling & old school feel. The recipes are the cherry on the cake. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. Love your sewing library too 🙂

  • Thanks for a great giveaway Rachel! It’s so hard to pick a favourite book- I’d have to go with Anne of green gables from childhood (which I still reread if I’m ill or needing comfort) & now, anything by Paul Auster or Haruki Murakami.

  • Love your library! Thank you for the giveaway. I’m a bookaholic and it’s so difficult to chose a favourite, or even a few! As I read through some of the comments, I thought ‘oh yes, that was a great book’ . I’ve gone for ‘Name of the Rose’ by Umberto Eco. There are so many others I could have chosen – I love crime, legal and thrillers – some of my favourites have been made into films, with varying results. One, ‘Presumed Innocent’ even changed the ending – it meant we were really left guessing even though I had read the book.
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  • My favourite is My Father & Myself by Joe Ackerley. I love to re-read the Holmes stories regularly & The Little Prince too.

  • Heather

    This is a tough one, but I’d have to say my favorite non-sewing book is probably The Little Prince. Or The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Or Slaughterhouse Five. Or….
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  • My favourite book is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, I did not know anything about the plot before I started reading and the book really moved me. Thanks for the great giveaway, I’d love to win this!

  • I loved reading through all these comments and finding new books to read . I would say either The Giver or Cutting for Stone. Both amazing !!

  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet is my all time favorite read!

  • Amy

    This really does look like a great book. My favourite book would be the Harry Potter books, such a guilty pleasure

  • My favourite book is Nation by Terry Pratchett. There’s just something so beautiful about the book. I’m currently really enjoying Shades of Grey by Jasper Force and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites. Q

  • I love Robert Ludlum!!! and my favorite is The Parsifal Mosaic

  • I looooove cold war fiction novel! 😀 and is pure pleasure read Robert Ludlum!!! my favorite is The Parsifal Mosaic!!! amazing!

  • My favourite book is ‘The God of Small Things’, read it at uni and loved it 🙂

  • Lovely post Rachel, great pictures of your sewing room. My favourite book- The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy- or many of his others, Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d’urbervilles

  • I can’t wait for the release of this book! 🙂 My favorite non-sewing book however has to be ‘Almost a Woman’ by Esmerelda Santiago. Brilliant!

  • Your sewing book collection is amazing!Thanks for the giveaway!My favorite non sewing book is “The tea rose” by Jennifer Donnelly!

  • I’m loving this blog tour! My favourite book is flowers for Algernon. It’s very thought provoking and a captivating story. I recommend it whole heartedly!

  • What a fantastic giveaway! I’m really looking forward to your top 5 roundup of your favourite sewing books from your collection :). My favourite non-sewing book is either Pride and Prejudice or Agnes Grey. I’m a 19th century novel nerd!

  • One of my favorite non-books has been “Flowers for Mrs. Harris” by Paul Gallico. Thank you for the opportunity of participating.

  • I read a novel: “el tiempo entre costuras” it was really great. Is about a seamstress but without any sewing technique at all.
    thanks for a chance!

  • I just read Brown Dog by Jim Harrison and it was wonderful. A collection of funny and sweet novellas about a native American man subsistence living in the upper peninsula of Michigan and his makeshift family.

  • Ooh, great giveaway! I think I have already won of your giveways once 🙂 (thank you:) but I’ll try again anyways, because I absolutely adore the fabric!! and my favourite book…that’s got to be Lolita by Nabokov.

  • Loving this book blog tour! My favourite non sewing book right now is S. by J.J. Abrahms. It’s so well constructed and involving.

  • Looking forward to this book. And my non sewing book is Jane Eyre. Love those Bronte sisters.

  • I loved “Ensemble c’est tout” by Anna Gavalda

  • This may sound a bit ridiculous coming from a non-child, but my absolute favorite book is A Little Princess. It always gives me a pick-me-up whenever I’m feeling down 🙂

  • Amazing Giveaway! That fabric looks amazing! My favourite non-sewing book are either the Rizzoli and Isles series or the In Death Series, I love me a good crime novel!

  • Sox

    My favourite non-sewing book? Only one? Well, that might well be “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley. I’m a Flavia wanna-be.

  • I am such an avid reader, picking just one is difficult! One of my all time faves is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. It just makes me feel warm and bubbly inside.

  • My favorite books are the Little House series by Laura ingalls wilder.

  • Thanks for the giveaway! Fav book? Hmm, the lion the witch and the wardrobe by c.s. Lewis 🙂

  • The whole Artemis Fowl series. Eion’s take on fairies has made Lord of the Rings so much more fun to see!

  • My favorite non-sewing book is The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. I first read it when I was eight years old, and then every couple years throughout my childhood. Now I’m a teacher and assign it to my kids. Every time I read it, I get something new from it.

  • love seeing your sewing book collection! my favorite book would have to be… victor hugo’s les miserables, or dostoyevsky’s crime and punishment, or faulkner’s the sound and the fury, all of sherlock holmes… clearly i can’t pick a favorite!

  • PJ

    My favorite author is Dorothy Dunnett who wrote King Hereafter; I just loved reading that book. Now I am reading her House of Niccolo series. I found your blog recently and follow you on BlogLoving app.

  • Such a lovely giveaway! My favourite non sewing books at the moment are the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery series by Kerry Greenwood. They’ve been made into a gorgeous TV series too with divine fashion from the 1920s

  • Augustine’s Confessions. I loved how human the man was and the fact he struggled with life just the same as the modern reader.

  • Probably Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury because it makes me think, but there are so many!

  • My favourite is a book called ‘Voorbij de regenboog’ (translated ‘over the rainbow’) by Paul Kustermans, not an adult book, but I read it over and over when I was younger and I still think it was one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. It takes place in the time of the Spanish Inquisition in Europe, and tells the story of two young people who fall in love. The girl turns out to be very ill, and they flee together from Belgium to the south of France, so the girl can spend her last year in peace and happiness.

  • Congrats on the blog tour, I love to read sewing and non sewing books. Just finished NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son, loved it!

  • Em

    Ooh, so hard to choose! I have enjoyed everything I’ve ever read by Kate Atkinson. They are entertaining and a great way to switch off. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • If we were talking classics – then it would have to be jane eyre or pride and prejudice or ….. Oh dear – I always find it difficult to pick just one.

  • Leah

    So hard to choose! I think I would have to go with The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale- a children’s book that never grows old!

  • AC

    Thank you for hosting the give away!!

    I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and it’s one of my favourite book so far. It’s funny, addictive and easy to read as English is not my mother language.

  • My favorite book is the Bible!!

  • Ooh! I’m a book nerd too! I love love love sewing books and have many very useful ones, but to choose a favourite non sewing book? Hmmm… Honestly, the hype of the Harry Potter serious. Love! Love the special little world you can absorb into, with the magic of, well, magic! I love them so much i have the first book 5 languages! (i can read 3, the plan is to learn the other 2 languages too!)

  • My favourite book is “Great Gatsby”. Loooooove it!

  • My favourite book is without a doubt “The world according to Garp”!

  • My favourite book is any travel guide! Besides sewing, I love to travel!

  • My favorite book is (at the moment) Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas

  • Great giveaway! My favorite book at the moment is Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas.

  • one book? Impossible:). OK, I have re-read The Stand by the King (Stephen King) umpteen times……
    I love your Cocos! Granted, you could wear a sack and look great…
    And thanks again for the info on the seam allowance gadget – it has saved my life!

  • My favorite book is “Alice in The Wonderland” from Lewis Carol since I was a child. I have a lot of different editions and just love to discover new ones! When I discover that I was waiting for a baby, I have no doubt: her name would be ALICE! I am a lucky girl because my husband loves this book too and agreed with the idea!

  • I am a big time book lover too, but I have to say that Pride and Prejudice will always have a special place in my heart and if I get to share any book with my daughter I want it to be that one!

  • Two recent reads that I think everyone should finish are Brave New World and Rich Dad, Poor Dad!

  • My favorite non sewing book has got to be “The Big Sleep!” and all things Raymond Chandler. I love that 1930s detective stuff! 🙂

  • I cannot recommend Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides enough! It is just brilliant, and I was so lost when I finished it. I think it is my favourite book!

    I also just finished reading an amazing book that I found at my parent’s house in Scotland about the remote island’s of St Kilda (far) off the west coast of Scotland. The book tells the story of the community who lived there and their unique way of life before they were evacuated in 1930. I found it really fascinating and peaceful to read about them as their way of life is so far removed from anything I can imagine! The title is ‘The Life and Death of St. Kilda’ and the author is Tom Steel.

    Good luck to everyone, the prize looks amazing!

  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay 🙂

  • My favourite book is definitely Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, though the movie could have been better. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • L.

    What an awesome giveaway 🙂 love the fabric and the book! my favorite book seems to always be the last i read so i highly recommend “Born to run”. it is not just about running…worthy read! thank you!

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  • Most recent good read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, great for visual thinkers.

  • Does a trilogy count? Favourite book is definitely Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. I used to reread it every year when I was growing up!

  • I can’t choose my favourite book of all time but my current favourite is Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders Trilogy which I am loving re-reading

  • Hi Rachel! Hmm, I have a few favourite non-sewing books, but I have to say, I really have been reading mostly sewing related stuff lately! I probably should get out more and expand my horizons once again, LOL. But, one of my faves is definitely Holidays on Ice or anything really, by David Sedaris. Brilliant writer and fantastic story teller.

  • This giveaway looks so great! I would have to say my current favorite book is Don Quixote

  • My favourite book is Dreamtime Alice by Mandy Sayer

  • Favourite book? Really hard to chose one – To Kill a Mocking Bird probably

  • Although I spend more time sewing than anything else these days I’m a jeweller by trade; the book ‘the jewellers directory of decorative finishes’ by Jinks McGrath is very cool. Novel wise – anything by Roald Dahl! 😉

  • I’m into Sci-Fi, and I love the Ender saga. The best is book 1 and the movie doesn’t do it justice. If you want a classic, go for Catch-22, I loved it.

  • The Adrian Mole Diaries by Sue Townsend make me laugh as much now as they did when I first read them aged 10. Thanks for the giveaway Rachel!

  • I love the Harry Potter Series! but to change the usual Cliche, I also really loved Brida from Paulo Coelho. 🙂

  • Hmm. Favourite book. I’d have to go with ‘The Repo Man’. I love a good sci fi.

  • What an amazing giveaway! I’m struggling to think of my favourite book, there are so many! A series of books that have stuck with me and have sentimental value are the Northern lights trilogy by Philip Pullman, I honestly can’t wait to read them again when I have children!

  • Hi Rachel! I love your blog!
    My favourite non-sewing book is “Um Amor Feliz” by Portuguese author David Mourão-Ferreira. Since you read Portuguese, you would not need a translation 🙂
    Thank you!

  • My favourite book is “The Physician” by Noah Gordon.

  • Ohh Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. I read it whenever I get lusty for a dreamy book. Otherwise anything by Neil Gaiman. The Graveyard Book (audiobook) is a favourite while I knit 🙂

  • The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag! SO unique!

  • I’m a Jane Austen fan like many others (Persuasion, P&P especially), but I also love, love, love Cold Mountain.

  • What a lovely giveaway! I don’t really have a favourite book, they tend to change over time and I’ve never re-read one, so I’m going with what I’m currently reading, A Song of Ice and Fire series.