A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing – Blog Tour and a Giveaway


By now most of you have heard about the fabulous new book by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr, “A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing”. Can you tell by the picture how thrilled I am  about this book?!!!

The book explores 30 classic garments by providing history, characteristics, sewing tips, fabric suggestions, design variations, styling tips as well as who has famously worn the garment. Illustrations drawn by Beth Briggs add a touch of whimsy throughout the book.

Below is the table of contents that I photographed. The book is published on beautiful quality glossy paper which unfortunately I had issues photographing. The colors are much more vibrant than represented in my photos.


The book includes a Classic Garment Gallery. This section features many talented sewists wearing their timeless creations. I was honored to be featured in this section. One of my garments pictured in the gallery is the Sewaholic Robson trench coat I made a few years ago.

My Trench

Below is the feature page as well as the corresponding illustrations by Beth Briggs for the trench coat section. The pages in-between contain styling suggestions as well as the  information mentioned at the beginning of this post. Here is a quote attributed to Angela Ahrendts that accompanies this garment in the book: “Everyone in the world should have a trench coat, and there should be a trench coat for everyone in the world. It does not matter your age, it doesn’t matter your gender.” I concur!

“A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing” would be a great resource when planning your sewing projects. It would also be a wonderful pick-me-up when you’re low on sewing mojo. I would even recommend the book for non-sewists who are interested in learning more about classic garments.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE… This book is not only informative and visually pleasing, it also has a sewing pattern in sizes 2 through 22 for “The Modern Classic Pencil Skirt”. I have already made two skirts with this pattern and it has become my TNT (Tried ‘n True) pattern for this style of skirt. The curved waistband, dartless front and slight bell shape are details that help create a flattering skirt.

Pencil Skirt

Pictured below are the two skirts I made using the pattern included in the book. The skirt on the left is a boucle and the skirt on the right is wool gabardine. Both fabrics were in my stash just waiting for this pattern to come along.


C&T Publishing is offering a free book to one of my blog readers. If you are interested in being entered in the drawing for a copy of A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing, please let me know by writing a comment on my blog no later than December 7th, 2019. The winner will be announced December 8th on my blog. The winner will receive their book directly from the publisher. If the winner lives outside of the United States, they will receive a digital copy of the book. This contest is closed. The winner is Karen Eckert.

Blog Tour Schedule: The following sewists are participating in the blog tour. Visit them for a chance to enter in the drawing and find out about their thoughts on A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing.

Blog Tour

December 2 Lori VanMaanen
Blog  girlsinthegarden.net
Instagram @girlsinthegarden

December 3 Andrea Birkan
Instagram @andreabirkan

December 4 Anita Morris
Blog  anitabydesign.com
Instagram @anitabydesign

December 5 Karen Helm
Blog  fiftydresses.com
Instagram @fiftydresses

December 6 Alex Florea
Blog  sewrendipity.com
Instagram @sewrendipity

December 7 Cennetta Burwell
Blog  themahoganystylist.blogspot.com
Instagram @mahoganystylist

December 7 Lucy van Doorn
Blog  myloveaffairwithsewing.com
Instagram @myloveaffairwithsewing

December 8 Manju Nittala
Blog sewmanju.com
Instagram @sewmanju

December 8 Dorcas Ross
Instagram @lonestarcouture

I can’t resist including one more illustration. They are magnificent!

Dress Drawing

Back to Top

88 thoughts on “A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing – Blog Tour and a Giveaway

  1. I am always so excited to see you have a new blog post and the fabrics you choose and all your details or mods you make. I am just getting back into sewing after a very long time and you inspire me to make again!

  2. I always look forward to your blog! Your pattern and fabric choices are always “spot on” and have inspired me to purchase for myself, a few patterns you have featured. I would love to add the book and skirt pattern to my collection. Congratulations on being featured in the book the trench coat is truly “ classic”

  3. Love your coat! And would really appreciate the book as I describe my clothes as RTW Talbots (can’t get more classic than that!)

  4. I would so love to win this book as a companion to my copy of the Tunic Bible. Such inspiration! I live in New Zealand and the cost of buying, or importing, books “Downunder” can be quite prohibitive. Keep up the great work — I love your blog!

  5. Hi Lucy, How exciting to see you included in the book. I have followed your sewing journey for a few years and many of your garments have been an inspiration to me in my sewing journey. Although I live in New Zealand I would love to win a digital copy of this book.

  6. How lovely to be included in the book. I agree a trench coat is a very handy garment to have in the wardrobe as is a pencil skirt. Good luck to the girls with this new book.

  7. I have The Tunic Bible by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr and can’t tell you the hours I’ve spent with that book. And of course, Lucy, you had to be a part of this. I would love to add this book to my collection! Please and thank you 🙏

  8. Hi Lucy how exciting being featured in this wonderful book. Your skirts look spot on I really like the waistband. I always look forward to all of your creations thanks for sharing and also thanks for the opportunity to win this fun book.

  9. Your skirts and trench coat are gorgeous! I would love to have a copy of this book- classic fashion is what I prefer. Thank you for the give-away, and congratulations on your inclusion in the book.

  10. Looks like a fun read. I like the idea of putting together a classic wardrobe. It will be interesting to see how the authors define the classics. Thanks.

  11. I am continually inspired by your sewing. This book looks like a wonderful resource for stylish and classic clothing and I could use the guidance!

  12. Your sewing talents are exceptional. Always looking forward to the next garment. I also follow Goodbye Valentino so having this book would be a great Christmas present.

  13. Hi Lucy,
    Read about Sarah and Julie’s new book @ “Goodbye Valentino” — would love to win a copy!
    And wonderful that your work was included!!!

  14. Oh how I love classic clothes… clothes that remind me of Audrey Hepburn. You did a wonderful job reviewing the book and it was fun seeing a picture of your classic trench coat. Please enter me in the drawing. I have some beautiful wool in my stash that would be perfect for the pencil skirt.

  15. I love following you on Instagram- very inspirational and classic- just what I need!! Thanks for offering the giveaway. Happy holidays and keep up the wonderful work- so fun to watch

  16. You certainly deserve to be in the book, since you create so many beautiful clothes! I would love to have this pattern for a pencil skirt.

  17. Thanks to C&T and you for this opportunity! I always find inspiration here, and I have been working to reframe what I choose to see, and to keep in my wardrobe. This would’ve a fabulous resource to align my goals. Love both skirts…now to work on filling my stash so I can make similar classics.

  18. Thank your for your book review! I would love to be entered into the giveaway! This book is definitely on my Christmas wish list!

  19. Lucy-
    What a great follow-up to the Tunic Bible by Sarah and Julie! Would love to own a copy of this new book. I remember that adorable trench coat-you inspired me to make my own! Of course, I love all of your creations- your closet and skills are enviable.
    Best, Bernadette

  20. This book is just what I need to re-fire up my sewing mojo which I am struggling to get back after a really tough year. Sarah Gunn was my inspiration when I decided to dive in to sewing years ago. Your talented creations, Lucy, inspired me to perfect my sewing ability. I love to sew. It has been a wonderful way to express my creativity. I am ready to re-focus and dust off my sewing machine. Thanks for your wonderful blog.

  21. Hi Lucy, I love your blog and am delighted that you have been featured in this book. I think I would definitely benefit from the styling advice given as I need to develop a capsule wardrobe – I have far too many garments which don’t go with many other pieces!

  22. Oh, how wonderful this book looks. I admit that I am guilty of sewing garments on a whim…. Just whatever takes my fancy, or been impressed by other sewers versions, which although fun doesn’t always produce a wardrobe of garments that work together. Sounds like this book is just what I need to organise my projects better. Love your trench coat Lucy. I made one many years ago which I loved and still have but the styling of it is very dated now. One day I should make another more modern version.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s