Book Review and Giveaway: A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing

A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

Hi Readers,

Sarah Gunn (from Goodbye Valentino fame) and Julie Starr have authored a second, sewing related book. The first was, of course, The Tunic Bible (see here for details) and I was completely honoured when they asked if they could use some of my images of items I have sewn in their new book, A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing.

A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

This is not a book of sewing patterns (although one pattern is included; more on that in a moment). This is a book which will educate and inspire you to sew items to create a classic wardrobe. The book covers 5 garments (skirts, tops, dresses, pants and outerwear), with an additional chapter on menswear pajamas and wraps (30 garments in total). Each chapter covers different classic styles of that particular garment (e.g. outwear covers jeans-style jackets, blazers, trench coats and french jackets) and gives you some history, characteristics, sewing tips and fabric suggestions, as well as suggestions on how to style the garment and fashion icons who wore the garment well. It’s a fascinating and enjoyable read and completely encapsulates Sarah’s and Julie’s own style.

A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with whimsical illustrations by illustrator Beth Briggs and it’s refreshing to see a variety of body shapes and skin tones represented, and that also includes the the garment gallery which features lots of familiar faces from the sewing blogging community.

A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

As mentioned the book also includes a full size pull out pattern for a Modern Classic Pencil Skirt which comes in sizes 2 – 22. All in all, this is a fabulous book which any stylish sewist needs in their library!

I have one copy of A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing to giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone, worldwide, although if you live outside the USA you will receive a digital copy of the book. The giveaway is going to close at 8am GMT Monday 9th December 2019 to allow entries from other time zones. Sorry for the short window but that is why I have extended the time frame slightly. Just leave a comment down below and make sure you have used a email that I can contact you through to receive your prize.

There is also a blog tour featuring the following blogging superstars! Go visit their blogs or find them on Instagram to find out more on their thoughts and to enter the giveaway more times.

Blog Tour

December 2 Lori VanMaanen
Instagram @girlsinthegarden

December 3 Andrea Birkan
Instagram @andreabirkan

December 4 Anita Morris
Instagram @anitabydesign

December 5 Karen Helm
Instagram @fiftydresses

December 6 Alex Florea
Instagram @sewrendipity

December 7 Cennetta Burwell
Instagram @mahoganystylist

December 7 Lucy van Doorn
Instagram @myloveaffairwithsewing

December 8 Manju Nittala
Instagram @sewmanju

December 8 Dorcas Ross
Instagram @lonestarcouture

Good luck!

This giveaway has now closed.

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

49 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveaway: A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing

  1. Thank you for your review! I’m super excited about this book and have been waiting for it to be available for the past 8 months! Your featured dress looks amazing!

  2. Thank you for your review, Manju. I followed Sarah and Julie’s launch of their first book and was excited to see their second book. I agree that it would be essential reading for those of us cultivating a wardrobe! I love perusing books about sewing, design and style. You certainly deserve a place in a book like this. I read each one of your posts and draw great inspiration from your stylish, well fitting, on trend makes!

  3. This looks gorgeous, perfect for sitting on the sofa with a cuppa😀. Thank you for this chance to win a copy 😀 and congratulations on being a part of it.

  4. Your featured dress is one of my favourites you’ve sewn. Thank you for the review. Looks very interesting. Can’t wait to have a good look.

  5. How awesome that you are featured in this book! You are an inspiration to me and many other the sewist who wants to further their sewing skills.

  6. Congratulations on being featured, and thank you for the giveaway! Certainly seems like an interesting book that will help curate my wardrobe!

  7. This was a surprise of a post! If I don’t win, I will purchase the book, because I want to get back to sewing again. I used to sew as a girl, quite often, but I haven’t done much as an adult.

  8. Great review – and your photo in it is stunning. I would love some help cultivating a curated self made wardrobe and this book looks perfect

  9. This looks like it would be a great resource for those of us moving away from just sewing clothes to trying to build a working wardrobe. The illustrations are adorable and it’s great how they used the sewing community, too.

  10. What a wonderfully illustrated book. Your pink dress is a stunning example of a timeless classic garment. Would love to see more of this book!

  11. All the reviews on the book are so positive. Congratulations on being included. Your sewing is such an inspiration to me.

  12. The book looks interesting! I purchased the Tunic Bible a few years ago, and has helped me understand how perfecting just one pattern’s fit could lead to endless sewing options.

  13. Congratulations on being included in this new book by Sarah and Julie. It looks so neat – I can’t wait to get a copy. Of course winning one would be so nice!!

  14. Congrats on being featured, you look lovely in the pink dress, (as you do in everything you make). I have this book on my wish list and if it is as good as the Tunic Bible then it will be worth the wait.

  15. I love the colour of your dress. I’ve followed your blog for a number of years and really like it as you make such a wide variety of different styles and look elegant in almost all of them. I’d love to win this book.

  16. Looks like an interesting book. I appreciate diversity of size, age, and skin tone in illustrations. Makes me feel welcome.

  17. Your Instagram and blog have slowly lured me back into sewing garments. Thanks for this opportunity–the book looks incredibly helpful.

  18. Thanks for the review. It sounds as if it will be a good guide to having a solid wardrobe. Thanks for the book giveaway!

  19. *Sew* exciting to be included in this book, congratulations! It looks like an amazing book for any sewing library.

  20. Such a fun book! I’ve admired Sarah’s style since she began blogging. Thank you for hosting a giveaway.

  21. This looks like such an interesting book. Your entry in it is really lovely. Thanks for the opportunity to read about it and possibly win a copy.

  22. Nice job! How cool to be one those featured in the book. I’d like to enter to take a better look at it. : )

  23. Congrats on being featured in the book. I have admired Sarah and Julie ever since I joined Pattern Review and I admire all those sewers who blog.

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