Monday, May 2, 2011

Sew Tina!: Review (and a Giveaway!)

By-Jenny2

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend. Today, I'd like to share some thoughts (and a project) about Sew Tina!, a recently published sewing book generously sent to me by our partner Lark Crafts.

Sew Tina! review

Sew Tina! 30 Cute Projects & Adorable Decor Items For Kids by Tina Givens features clothing, accessories and decor projects for kids age newborn to roughly 8 years old. The book is broad and spiral-bound for easy use while sewing (yay!), and comes with 18 full-size patterns in the inside pocket (just trace and cut, and you're good to go!).

Sew Tina! starts with a brief but thorough section on techniques like pleating, gathering, binding, mitering corners, with lovely drawn instructions. The projects are then split into two sections: for the Little Ones and the Bigger Ones. Tina Givens' adorable illustrations pepper the pages.

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While I've made a lot of baby gifts over the past few years, I continue to be hesitant about making clothing for kids or myself. Well, until I read this book! Tina's voice is so fun and encouraging, you can't help but be swayed by her enthusiasm and confidence that you'll do just fine. She's warm, funny and definitely not fussy. Her fabric designs and illustrations are a good reflection of her attitude: exuberant, playful and upbeat.

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In Tina's own words, this is a book "in which I celebrate sewing for kids". The patterns are whimsical and fun, perfect for playtime but stylish too. The clothes are roomy and meant to grow with the child. Tina gives the reader little tips throughout, including confidence-boosting gems like: "Remember to use your judgment and enjoy the creative journey, people!"

Some of my personal favorite projects include the Squeaky Cap and Booties (unbearably cute!), the awesome Moses Basket (wish I had seen this when I was still pregnant!), the Baby Lounge Suits and the Maryjane Booties.

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There are cool projects like wall art, a soft book, a simple quilt and a Sleeping Bag with Tote (definitely making that for Ben when we start sleepovers). I am pretty sure I won't be able to stop myself from making the Reversible Skirt for my niece!

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This past weekend, I made Ben the Dude Shorts.

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I'm happy to report the pattern was super straightforward and the instructions easy to follow. I made a couple of small modifications (which I'll post about later this week in more detail). Below is a pic of the finished project, a little wrinkly after some fun in the sun. I'm so excited to have jumped into this clothes-making process. Ben has something new to wear for summertime and my sewing confidence has been boosted.

Dude Shorts

Full of unique projects and straightforward instructions, Sew Tina! is a book I'm happy to add to my crafty collection. I'll definitely be going back to it for baby gifts and future clothing projects for the kiddos!

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Giveaway:

You guessed it! Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of Sew Tina! to a lucky reader. And because we love our readers, we're pairing this book with fabric generously offered by our awesome new partner Alewives Fabrics (Have you visited their shop yet? Be prepared to drool!).
Alewives Fabrics is happy to be giving away to Jenny and Angel's readers a fat quarter set that we put together just for you! The "Pomegranate fat quarter set" contains 10 different fat quarters (measuring 18" x 22" and all in a 100% cotton quilting weight) from designers like Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Liesl Gibson and of course, Tina Givens! The fat quarters are all in different shades of plum, deep red, tangerine and pink. Just right for many Sew Tina! patterns or any of your patchwork projects.

Fat Quarter Set from Alewives Fabrics


Comments are now closed! Thanks for participating!

For a chance to win Sew Tina! AND the fat quarters, you can have up to 3 entries. Please leave a comment for each of the following thing you do (and make sure to include your email address or link to a profile):

1. Say hello, and if you'd like, tell us about a piece of clothing you've made
2. "Like" Lark Crafts on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or add their blog to your reader
3. Befriend Alewives Fabrics on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or add Rhea's blog to your reader

This giveaway is limited to US residents only (apologies to our international friends!). We will accept comments until next Sunday, May 8 midnight PST. We'll draw a random winner and announce the lucky name on Monday, May 9.

Good luck and happy sewing!

PS: If you're new to Stumbles & Stitches, welcome! We'd love it if you would "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. We hope to see you around!

81 comments:

  1. I made a skirt, or mostly made a skirt - it's not finished 'cuz I don't think I like the fabric anymore, plus I wish I had a better body to put IN the skirt! :-( And I made lots of clothing for my "kids" (grown now) years ago.

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  2. Now subscribed to, ooh-la-la!, Lark Crafts!

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  3. THis book looks great! I have made several clothing items: skirts for me and my girls, pajamas for the family, dresses for my girls, shirt for me and lots more in the works. I love making clothes!

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  4. I also 'liked' Lark crafts on Facebook.

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  5. I just flipped through this amazing book at the bookstore a few nights ago! I've made tons of little and big clothes for my 4 kids. Would love to win a copy of this book!

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  6. I also liked Lark Crafts on Facebook.

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  7. ive not made any clothing! can you believe it? i grew up with my mother sewing lots of our clothes, but NADA ...ive made none.

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  8. i follow rhea's blog ... i am a big fan of rhea's and her gorgeous shop!

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  9. Hi! This book looks fabulous. I have been on a curtain kick lately for all the naked windows in my home. I have fabric purchased and waiting for skirts for my daughter and myself.

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  10. I already "Like" Lark Crafts on FB.

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  11. I added Rhea's blog to my reader. :)

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  12. I have started a skirt..... Oh, to finish one day! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog and you've got me wanting to get back to making clothes. I've been without a sewing space for 6 months now.
    keithlizmorrison at farmerstel dot com

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  14. I would love a copy of this book! And I've been drooling over Alewive Fabrics for a while now. :)

    I have crocheted since I was 9, but only started learning to sew in the last few years. My first project was, like many firsts, a skirt with an elastic waistband. It was terribly ugly (I bought the cheapest fabric possible for practicing purposes), but I was so proud of myself!

    Unfortunately, I've been living in a 600 square foot loft with too many books and not enough space to use the sewing machine! In 3 weeks I move to a townhouse where I will have a craft room and can use my machine again. I am so excited that I'm already drawing up plans for how to organize the room!

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  15. I just started sewing and have made two sweet pillowcase dresses for my little girl!

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  16. I made the saddest version of hte Schoolhouse Tunic that makes my behind look enormous. next week, I have big plans for Weekend Sewing items. I'd love a S&S tutorial on tracing patterns sometime, please, as getting the pattern pages copied is expensive!

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  17. Great giveaway (especially because my new niece will be here in less than 5 WEEKS!!!) -- and a visit to Alewives was what spurred me to start my own blog!

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  18. Already follow Lark's blog (they reeled me in during the doodle stitch along!)

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  19. And I subscribe to ALewives Girl...

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  20. I made my own clothes including suits as a teen.I started sewing at the age of 12.I have 2 sewing machines & two grandgirls.I want to sew for them.The fabrics offered & Give A Way is wonderful.I have made pillows with fringe recently for my home.
    rinebird@gmail.com

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  21. Gorgeous! now a reader of Rhea's blog! (Hi rhea) and Lark Crafts. Currently sewing my baby girl a rain coat, lined with an elephant flannel from Alewives!

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  22. I 'liked' Lark Crafts on FB.

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  23. I just added Rhea's blog to my list. (^:

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  24. Howdy everyone! I haven't really made any clothing for myself yet... but I have a few plans in the works. I want to make a fun summer skirt for myself, in a natural fabric that breathes! I also want to try to make it with a super-wide elastic waistband, that will sit just above/on the hips... that way it's very flattering, despite my not so super-modelish figure. (^:

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  25. Hi~My name is Donna. I have been sewing and making crafts since I was very young. My granny taught me many different crafts. I won blue ribbons in 8th grade for a pant suit and an embroidery piece I made. Now, I love to make things for my grandchildren and my friends. I am trying to improve my skills with quilting now.

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  26. I've made sundresses for my daughters and just finished valences for my sister. I'll be taking an intro to quilting class next month-so excited!

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  27. Glad to have found you through Lark Crafts! I sewed matching dresses for my toddlers last month but they weren't completely from scratch as I made the top part using tank tops. They came out cute though and my girls like to match nincould use some inspiration for the after-baby set for which I have gone through many books! Love the FQ set too, it's gorgeous!
    radharas at yahoo dot com

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  28. I already like LC on FB (that's how I found you!) and now I 'like' you on FB too!
    radharas at yahoo dot com

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  29. Like AF on FB and following Rhea's blog!

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  30. One of the first kid clothing sewing projects that I did was the Lazy Days skirt which is a free pattern on the Oliver+S website. It's so easy and fun! And a great way to get the kids involved in choosing fabric, etc. All of the Oliver+S patterns are superb. *Heart* the fat quarter set that Rhea put together!!

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  31. And already follow Alewives on FB, Twitter and my Google Reader. (Do I sound like a stalker?) Alewives Fabrics is an amazing destination if you are in midcoast Maine. I love to go visit the shop, and the online shop is equally as awesome.

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  32. hello from E. Tennessee! I made a jacket from a sweatshirt using quilting fabrics. It was so much fun to make,I thoroughly enjoyed it! I love the Alewives Fabric and would love to have some fq's to add to my fabric 'stash'.

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  33. I've done all kinds of sewing over the years...now into soft toys for my granddaughters.

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  34. I have sewn quite a bit of clothing in the past as I grew up with a mother who made all of our clothing as toddlers. Actually made my 8th grade graduation dress and a prom dress. Mostly quilt now, but did make cute little sun dresses for my daughters to wear to a wedding!

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  35. Hi! Most of the clothing I've made has been for my kids. simple shorts and skirts. I keep thinking i will make myself some things! the book looks fun and those fabrics are gorgeous!!

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  36. I friended Alewives Fabrics too :)

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  37. I made two pinwale corduroy jumpers for my daughter to wear to school. She loves them!

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  38. I am a follower of AlewivesGirl.

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  39. I made my Older Bebe Girl and Middle Bebe Girl matching Easter dresses when they were 11 and 6(complete with overbib, ruffles, puffed sleeves, tulle, and lining for Easter) - what a project! Now, they are both grownups with girls of their own and are waiting for their own girls to get big enough to wear the dresses!

    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I follow Lark Crafts on Facebook, but I'm not certain how to list my name there, but I'm also an @LarkCrafts Twitter follower as jewelknits!

    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I am following Alewives Fabric on Twitter as jewelknits!

    knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I just turned my living room into a craft room...all set up with 2 six foot tables, 2 sewing machines, and an ironing board. I have started making all kinds of things out of old wool sweaters....mainly purses that I design and am starting to make purses from material....inspired by Alewives fabric which I just visited last week. I live about 40 minutes away and can't believe this was the first time to visit...awesome!

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  43. I liked lark crafts on facebook

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  44. Just a few days ago I became a follower of alewives fabric on facebook. My daughter, daughter-in-law, 5 grandchildren and I had a wonderful experience there.
    fourirons@yahoo.com

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  45. Hi there! I started sewing so I could sew my own leotards 25 years ago.... Oi, I've made mountains of leotards since then....

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  46. What a great giveaway! I can't wait to check out your blog.

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  47. i once made sleep pants for my nephews that they still wear today - even though they no longer fit so well!

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  48. I made my Senior Prom dress from a wedding dress pattern.

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  49. I also follow Rhea's Blog -- love it!

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  50. Hi --

    I've made lots of clothing, but as the Mum to four boys, my current love is quilting. I don't watch the show "Hoarders" in fear that my sewing room will be featured. Yes, I have a love of all things fabric! I'd love to win! Thanks for the chance.
    smdecoste at yahoo.com

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  51. I haven't made any clothing yet, but I really want to try sewing a linen skirt, especially after working with linen on the runner project. I still haven't lost all my baby weight, so I'm thinking easy linen skirt will be the first clothing I make. Love those bunnie booties in the book!

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  52. Hi ...So nice to be introduced to you by Rhea at Alewives.

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  53. Lark Craft Blog...here I come!

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  54. Rhea inspires me with every Alewives blog!

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  55. Hi! I already follow your bog and on Facebook! I recently made a 3 tiered Bohemian skirt out of some really pretty Michael Miller Japanese print fabric. I picked the patter up for free at Purlsoho.com.

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  56. I am making my 2nd "Twirly Skirt" for my daughter. Courtesy of L. Gibsons pattern online!

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  57. I started with sewing clothing -- dresses, skirts, tops when i was 11

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  58. I already follow Rhea's blog

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  59. i added lark to my blog reader

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  60. I added Lark to my blog reader.....another entry for me. Thanks for the chance.

    smdecoste at yahoo.com

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  61. i liked Stumbles and Stitches on Facebook

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  62. Just bought my first pattern to learn to make clothes. I quilt and make crafty things, baby accessories etc. I'm due with a baby girl in a few weeks and dying to learn to make her some fun dresses!

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  63. Now I follow Alewives Fabric on twitter too!

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  64. I've not sewn much for myself. But I'm particularly proud of a dress I made to wear to my sister-in-law's wedding. It actually fit and the seams lay flat (no small feat for a novice self-taught sewer with rayon no less!)

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  65. new Alewives friend on FB.

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