Book Giveaway: Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B.Shaeffer

Hello folks, how goes the Sunday?

My sister and some friends came visiting yesterday, so my Saturday was a very happy one. I always love seeing my older sister, as she cracks me up, and being around her always makes me so happy. Yesterday she had me in stitches, and I felt so much better. Here’s an old picture of us goofing around….

Now, about this giveaway.

Do you want this book?

If yes, read on.
You might be wondering why I am giving this book away just a couple of days after I wrote about wanting to engage in the art of fine sewing. I have not taken leave of my senses…oh no…all I’m doing is executing my still evolving plan of attack on fine sewing. I have been deliberating for some time now if I should get the revised edition of this book, and I have finally made up my mind to go for it. This means I will now have 2 copies of the same book, which translates into… I have to get rid of one.
This giveaway is the beginning of a series of sewing book related giveaways that I plan on doing this year. I love books. There is just something special about leafing through pages and pages of beautifully assembled papers.   For want of a better explanation of the Dibs-Books relationship, I’ll say I’m a Book Addict. I don’t like the term bookworm, because it brings a not very sexy image to my mind…and I like to think of myself as a sexy woman….yes I am….I insist I am…..well I am if I say I am….what? the bump? ……..ahem….okay then, I am a sexy bumpified chica….got that?……now where was I? Oh yes, the giveaway.
As I was saying, I buy too many books, and sometimes I end up not using them, and they spend lonely nights on my bookshelve, the only exciting thing for them being having to fight for space on the bookshelf with Mr.Dibs’s cooking books. Whats the point of having a book that is not used. I figured someone out there would probably give these books the proper attention they deserve. Don’t get me wrong, I love these books, its just that I have not really taken the time to get some use out of them, and now I am trying to make space for more books, like Gertie’s upcoming book.
You, my friends, have been so kind to me, with your lovely emails, and comments, and texts, so its only fair to pay you back in my own small way.
So, to stand a chance of having this book you need to full-fill certain criteria…… 
1) You need to be a follower of my blog.
2) Be a resident of planet earth. ( No aliens please…no not even you beauties of Pandora or spice addicts of Arrakis)
3) Be a member of the human race ( No hobbits, elves, and certainly NO ORCS).
4) Leave a comment about why you want this book.
This giveaway is open till midnight London time, on the 14th of February 2012.
Coolio. I’m off now. Mr.Dibs marinated some chicken last night with Nandos peri peri marinate, and judging from the sweet aroma wafting into the bedroom, I assume said chicken is being acquainted with the hotness of the oven…..aahhhhhhh exciting stuff.  


  1. January 29, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    Ohh Dibs count me in! I am a girl type humanoid!

  2. January 29, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    What a fun photo… I'm also book addicted and they never lonely… I always take them to bed … I always get funny looks from hrh as why I'm reading sewing techniques and I say I will learn better if I read before resting.. Like osmosis knowllogde heheheh

  3. January 29, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    I love books. No Kindle for this girl. I love turning pages and looking for answers through my sewing books.

    Hope you are doing well Dibs!

  4. January 29, 2012 / 2:53 pm

    You write beautifully! I'm skipping the Claire book give away cause it's already on my shelf. I will however be looking out for your other contests.

  5. January 29, 2012 / 3:17 pm

    Count me in, I like to learn things to make my sewn items prettier, and I prefer books too. The net is very handy for quickness but it's much nicer to study a book than the screen.

  6. January 29, 2012 / 3:37 pm

    Love that photo of you and your sis! Definitely count me in for the book giveaway–like you, I'd like to hone up my skillz this year 🙂

  7. January 29, 2012 / 3:40 pm

    I've got this book in my library; whomever gets it will love it.

    Just wanted to comment I look forward to reading your blog updates. Your picture of you and your sister touched my heart. I am an older siste. Older than my sister by 15 years and taller than her by 6 inches. We have such fun when we are together. Enjoy her visit.

  8. January 29, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    Glad you're having a better weekend! I always have the best time with my sister!

    I would love this book as this year I'm focusing on my techniques and the quality of what I make.

  9. January 29, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    I'm desperately trying to improve my sewing skills so this book would be great, I was worried I'd be excluded from entering as there was always a rumour of orcish ancestry in my family, but I took one of those handy genetic tests and it turns out my great aunt was just very ugly.

  10. January 29, 2012 / 6:42 pm

    Hi Dibs, what a cool giveaway – I'm a book hoarder too – & AMazon wishlists are one of the best inventions – ever! I'd like this book because I'd learn so much more. It would be better bed time reading than some crime novel that doesn't really feed the brain now, does it?!

  11. January 29, 2012 / 8:18 pm

    I would love this book because I'm always trying to lean new techniques, but am generally too cheap to shell out any cash for them. 🙂

  12. January 29, 2012 / 11:28 pm

    Aw, now you've made me miss my sister… 🙂
    Great giveaway! I've had this book on my amazon to-buy list for ages, but didn't get it yet because I was wondering if it was still too advanced. I really want to step up my techniques this year, though! I made my first hand-picked faced hem yesterday (I'm so proud…) 😉

  13. January 30, 2012 / 5:57 am

    At last check I was human, though after seam ripping sometimes I do wonder!!! I am a page-turner as opposed to a screen-slider…

  14. January 30, 2012 / 2:21 pm

    love the photo, I love books to. Count me in because i think that this year I really want to work harder at making better styled clothes.

  15. January 30, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    Actually, I'm from ZZ9 Plural Alpha but don't let it deter you, just press the panic button!
    This book is nowhere to be found on this planet in plain English, this is why I would love a copy.

  16. January 30, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Bought the Susan Kahlje course on Craftsy and now I'm kind of obsessed with couture. This book would be amazing!

  17. January 31, 2012 / 9:40 am

    Oh, I want it! I am definitely looking at learning how to make better and better garments. I am hoping to also buy the Susan Kahlje course, but I've been drooling over this book for a long time!

    I reside on earth, and while I dreamed and hoped that I would be a mermaid someday, I am thus far, a human.

  18. February 1, 2012 / 4:23 pm

    Oh,what a nice book.. thanks for offering it.
    Hope your feeling better and Mr. Noah is being sweet
    to his mama.. Take it easy..

  19. February 2, 2012 / 3:00 am

    Oh yes please!

    Can we discuss how much I love that you made a Dune reference? Serious love flowing from me to you for that!

  20. February 2, 2012 / 12:39 pm

    Lovely picture! I certify that I am a resident of planet earth (lol) and I would be very happy to win the book.

  21. February 2, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    Your sister is pretty just like you. I am an old follower and yes, I would like to get that book off your hands.
    Lots of hugs.

  22. February 5, 2012 / 5:40 am

    I do live on earth, well if you count NZ. I am human – wait let me check my ears. Yep I have some (two in fact) and they're not pointy or oddly coloured or um anything else. Does that count.

    What else? Oh yes please I would love your lovely book. Please. Thanks for putting it up for giveaway.

    PS how's bump?

  23. February 5, 2012 / 9:24 am

    Hey Dibs… how you doin? What an oh-so-fabulous pic of you and your sis. And what a lovely giveaway! Yes please… count me in! x

  24. February 5, 2012 / 11:32 pm

    Ooh, what a lovely giveaway! Count me in! I follow you on Bloglovin', and I'm interested in the book because I'm trying to bump my sewing techniques up to the next level. Thanks a million! You and your sis are both so beautiful!

  25. February 8, 2012 / 2:25 am

    I'm still a novice sewer, and I'm trying to gain as many good habits as possible as I learn. I look at this book a lot at the library, and it would be wonderful to have one at home. Thanks for the chance!

  26. February 11, 2012 / 4:14 am

    I want to take my sewing to the next level, and I think this would be a great book for that! Also, count me among the folks who loves curling up with real books, even for reference.

  27. February 14, 2012 / 9:41 am

    Oh, I sew need this book. I've just recently come back to sewing, and this time around I don't want my garments to look like I made them! I could use all the help I can get 🙂

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