DIY Couture Book Deja Vu!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you! In the run up to publication day on Monday (a very important day in any author’s life), Laurence King are doing what every good publisher should – promoting the heck out of their new titles.

This means that as well as Tilly’s Giveaway on DIY Couture, there’s a second giveaway here. A second bite at the cherry!

Laurence King are the publishers of Drape Drape and the Pattern Magic books, so their lineage is impressive. Rosie Martin must be absolutely delighted to be joining the ranks, and there’ll be an interview here soon all about her route to publication. But first, what did I think of the book?

It’s easy to become jaded with general interest sewing books. After a few years’ reading, you start to see the same techniques shared in the same ways and feel like you’re not learning anything new. Which is why I was so excited by Rosie’s approach. Even to a long-term Sewist, I think her attitude and manner of working would really shake up the bag of tricks.

First of all, there’s a lot of self-forgiveness involved in Rosie’s school of thinking. As the introduction tells us, ‘All the clothes pictured in this book were handmade at home, and veyr few of them could be considered 100% perfect. My line of reasoning is this – let it go.’ Rosie, I want to marry you!

None of the makes involve the use of patterns. They barely feature a measuring tape. It’s all about refashioning, tracing, and some inspired use of pencil and string. A skirt is made by tracing your favourite pair of jeans! There are ten projects heavily illustrated in flow charts, but each project has eight variations – 80 potential makes and not a single pattern. It’s simple and it’s clever.

I particularly LOVE the repeated mantra that comes at the end of each make, reminding a reader of what they’ve achieved:

This book is undoubtedly aimed at a younger audience than myself, but there’s something very all-inclusive about it – I don’t feel that I shouldn’t be reading DIY Couture or can’t make something from it. Indeed, the relaxed and adventurous approach pushes me towards experimenting with makes I’ve shied away from in the past. (I’m nervous around cloaks, yet eerily drawn to them. There’s a cloak in this book – well, eight cloaks in this book! – and with Rosie’s simple take, I’d be happy to experiment. I wouldn’t be losing weeks of my life to an ultimately doomed project.)

Β The skirt variations particularly appeal.Β 

I think this book would be perfect to crack open on an empty weekend for a fast and fun make. So, one lucky reader can win a copy of DIY Couture. One of the collections in the book is called ‘The American Road Trip’, and seeing as I’m about to go on an American Road Trip, here are the rules:

Leave a comment saying which place in America you would visit on your dream road trip by midnight GMT Sunday 13 May. I’ll select a winner after that, but be aware – I can’t put the book in the post until two weeks after that date because of, you know, having fun commitments!

Thank you, Laurence King and Rosie.

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128 Responses to DIY Couture Book Deja Vu!

  1. Jo B says:

    It would have to be New York after seeing lots of blogs about the fabric available there. Lovely book which would suit my daughter who is just learning to sew.

  2. javede says:

    Either New York(fabric district!!!) or New Orleans.

  3. Karen Stewart-Jones says:

    I would go to San Francisco because it looks kilo an amazing place and Las Vegas because it’s Vegas and you have to! Have fun x

  4. little betty says:

    I’d head to NY – only a short ride to my sis in TO, but also the garment district. Both times I’ve been I wasn’t the sewing nut that I am now and certainly didn’t go there.

  5. Helena says:

    I would drive the Pacific coast, seeing LA, San Francisco and ending up in the beuatiful state of Washington.

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  7. makeitgiveit says:

    Am I allowed to join from NZ? There are so many places I’d love to visit but I guess the big cities and their amazing fabric shops would be VERY appealing. It looks like a fantastic book

  8. Anchorage in Alaska … it is as different as could be from where I live and I think it’ll be fun. The West Coast with San Francisco would be my second option πŸ™‚

  9. Tamsin says:

    Aren’t we lucky, having 2 chances to win! I have been to SF, but would love to go again. Alternatively, I would like to go to Savannah, or, back to Yosemite.

  10. Marie says:

    Oh go on then…please can I enter? Sounds like a fun book to be honest! I’d love to visit San Francisco and may even get to do so this autumn!!!

  11. twilltapetiffany says:

    I would love to head back South. Hubs and I got hitched in New Orleans, and Savannah has been a dream destination for years. Thanks for the chance!

  12. bridget says:

    It would have to be Sanfrancisco its a place i’ve always wanted to visit, also yellowstone park (I’m a geology nut) and maybe Portland Oregon since i’ve started reading blogs i’ve realised how many creative people seem to live there and its made me interested to visit.

  13. Debby says:

    Oh gosh so much sewing and so little time . So many places to choose and so little time. I have always wanted to visit Martha’s Vineyard so I think that would be my choice.

  14. sarah says:

    ooo looks like a very inspiring book!! I would love to visit Arizona on a road trip, the desert region in particular. I don’t really know why but I think watching auf wiedersehen pet when they went to Arizona has something to do with it haha!!

  15. Kat says:

    What a great giveaway Karen…I am so intrigued by this book! Last year I was lucky enough to take in a snippet of the Pacific Coast and I loved it there, so my dream road trip would be to do the whole stretch at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to relax on the beach, take in the scenery and stop off at a few vineyards! Bliss.

  16. kokorimbaud says:

    Thank you for organizing this great give-away!
    If I had to pick a place, it’d be the Mojave desert, but what I really want is a road-trip starting in NY, going down the coast to Florida, then over California, back up the coast and then some zig-zagging in between the coast lines πŸ˜€

  17. I’d drive east – from California to New Orleans, and see parts of the southern states I couldn’t just fly to. I’d love to see Arizona, Texas, and the Louisiana coast.

  18. I would like to see Yellowstone natioal park for the nature and visitnNew York for the city life πŸ˜‰

  19. Funnygrrl says:

    I’ve taken a road trip on the west coast of the US. Now I’d like to see the east; Boston, New England and NY. Throw in Washington DC so I can see the Smithsonian.
    Thanks!

  20. Carrie B says:

    I would love a road trip up the California coast . . . or maybe across the Mojave Desert through Arizona and New Mexico . . . or maybe New England . . . or maybe anywhere, because . . . I love road trips!

  21. Stephanie says:

    I’d love to go to Boston! And yes the book seems super appealing in its new and fresh approach. Not like any other book. Would love to give the projects in it a try!

  22. Jess says:

    I’m torn between San Francisco and New Orleans. But I’m going to be cheeky and Machu Picchu, it’s in America, just South America =P

  23. That looks like a wonderful book and I like anything that takes an encouraging view of efforts that produce less than perfect results; but don’t enter me in your competition. I think I’d like to visit Boston and SF again and perhaps visit Portland (for Sock Summit, you know?); but I’m not a great fan of the USA (I know it’s very big and there are many wonderful places but, well, big country is not a new experience and I’m not much of a one for cities, even though they have many attractions).

  24. Shelagh says:

    The Grand Canyon is on my list…………. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. colognegrrl says:

    This is definitely the right book for me as I hate to deal with patterns. Concerning the road trip, it’s hard to make up my mind… Houston? (Great city, I have friends there) New Orleans? (Loved the French quarter) San Franscisco? (not enough time when we were there) Hawaii? (Magnum P.I. is probably retired by now…) Zion National Park? Chicago? (all I got to see was O’hare International Airport)
    Nah, it would be New York all over again. The greatest place I’ve ever been.

  26. elle c says:

    What a great giveaway! That book sounds fantastic. I would choose San Francisco, I love that city, and I could meet Shams. Next choice would be New York.

  27. Sanjj says:

    Hi there– Vegas, baby!

  28. I’d really like to visit New York because well IT’S NEW YORK!

  29. Book + give-away, thats almost a perfect sentence !! LOL

  30. Fiona says:

    Ooo I’m so excited to be in with another chance of winning a copy of this! Have a fantastic time in the USA, I hope you’ve got plenty of spare room in your suitcase for fabric on the way back! I’d love to go all over America but at the minute I’m very tempted by Vegas, though I’m always tempted to return to New York!

  31. amy says:

    Angel’s Landing (the destination of a hiking trail) in Zion National Park in Utah. Breath-taking (both the view and the hike).

  32. Sarah says:

    What an neat idea. If I were to go on a road trip, being of the outdoorsy sort, I would go explore Bryce Canyon National Park…I’ve heard it’s beautiful.

  33. Amy says:

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing giveaway! I’m so excited about this book because it sounds like it reflects exactly how I feel about sewing clothes! I would visit Washington state because I have friends there, the scenery is beautiful and being from Scotland, it looks like a more wild and magnificent Scotland!

  34. Barbara J says:

    I’d love to see Maine and drive along that rugged coast.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Karen. Enjoy your visit to the US.

  35. Can I combine a visit to the Sonora Desert to see the Saguaro Cacti ( the big ones with the arms!), with a side trip to the NY garment district. That’s a packing/ wardrobe challenge!

  36. Jasmine says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by the desert, especially in New Mexico. I grew up in snow country, and as a child a place with constant heat and sun was pretty darn appealing. Plus, the colors! The flowers, the cacti! I’d definitely need a long tour to take it all in :).

  37. I would visit San Francisco and ride from there to New York (on a cruiser bike of course)! Thanks for setting this up. I’m really getting into refashioning thanks in part to Kazzthespazz (and the refashioning co-op) so this would be an awesome win. Fingers crossed.

  38. Molly says:

    Even though I live in America, there are tons of places I’ve never been. I really want to go to the Grand Canyon and San Francisco (and Alcatraz while I’m there).
    This book looks so cool, I’m definitely going to get it one way or another!

  39. Anna says:

    I would go back to New York for shopping in the garment district – just can’t beat it! Thanks for the offer….

  40. Portia says:

    I don’t know why but San Francisco has always appealed to me. Maybe it’s something to do with some 70’s TV series or some 70’s pop tune about being “sure to wear some flowers in your hair..”. Crikey, I’m such a 70’s child,lol!
    I like the ethos behind this book. Really fits my own take on sewing. Freeeeestylin!
    Hope your trip is going well!
    Px

  41. Donna says:

    We vacation by doing slow road trips in our Model T. Where I want to go most is the Grand Canyon.

  42. Robin Demaree says:

    I would like to go to Maine in the fall. Never been to the NE and I hear it is breathtaking.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  43. Jennifer says:

    My current road trip wish is to drive up to, then hike/bike along Michigans edge of LakeSuperior. This trip should happen in the early Fall to miss the flies and as a side bonus, catch the color.

  44. Threadless says:

    New York! All that fabric! Yipee

  45. paunnet says:

    It’s banale, but definitely New York!

  46. Monica says:

    The Grand Canyon! I would be in hiking heaven.

  47. Jenn-NY says:

    Old Route 66 + a few side trips. This old highway (you need a book or guide map) runs from southern California, through the California, Arizona & New Mexico deserts (a loop goes through Santa Fe), the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma, a small corner of Kansas, Missouri (including St. Louis), and ends in Chicago, Illinois. The southwestern portion is particularly interesting – dramatic red mesas, roadside “attractions,” and fabulous old signage. Window Rock (a sacred site on an Indian Reservation) & the Grand Canyon are a good short detours too. So far I’ve only seen the Grand Canyon from the window of a plane…
    ~Jen

  48. kristen says:

    sunny southern california! You have city and beach. Also, the thrifting is great out there.

  49. Forrest says:

    I’d love to visit Miami and drink mojitos all day long!

  50. Bold Sewist says:

    I’d start in Savannah, then head to Atlanta, and from there my roadtrip would take me slowly slowly down to New Orleans. One day!

  51. Susan says:

    This book is new to me; I hadn’t even seen it on my coming soon lists — very excited about it! Being both a resident of the US and an avid road tripper, there are lots of places I’ve already been, but I’ve always wanted to visit the northeast — Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, etc!

  52. Laura says:

    I’d love to do a road trip from east to west. Other than that, I’d like to see Seattle.

  53. gmariesews says:

    I’ve been to New York and all over the East Coast, finally seen the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore and been all over the West Coast – my next dream road trip is to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. While there won’t be any sewing or fabric in that trip there will be yarny goodness.

    Karen hope your trip is wonderful and you have a fabulous time. g

  54. I would visit San Francisco and re-enact the car chase from Bullitt with flowers in my hair.

    Hope you have a great time!

  55. Kate Coley says:

    I’d do a road trip to New York where I’d drive straight to Mood having seen it so many times on Project Runway. I’d then hang about for as long as it takes for Tim Gunn to turn up. Have a great time in the USA, I’ve never commented before but I really enjoy your blog πŸ™‚

  56. Roobeedoo says:

    Oh my goodness, The Girl would love this book! I would go to Portland Oregon because it is the home of so many inspiring sew-ists and bloggers. She would go to Seattle because her one-true-love singer lives there. I have checked and we could road trip from one to the other : )

  57. gingermakes says:

    Ooh, yay, another giveaway!! I would love to go to Montana! It looks so beautiful, and I’ve never made it there. πŸ™‚

  58. Bethany says:

    This is adorable! I’d probably go out to LA, I’ve never been there but the beaches would be great!

  59. I’d want to go to every State including Alaska, but it’s in Baltimore that I’d stay the longest. I’m a big Anne Tyler fan (as well as of Edgar Allan) and already feel the place is a second home.

  60. Joanne says:

    Ooh this sounds like my kinda book! I have always wanted to go to Portland because it just sounds like the coolest and hippest place on earth. Plus the music scene is great there too. I’d just hang out drinking amazing coffee, listening to toons and sewing my little heart out all day. Plus, let’s not forget – they put a bird on it! (See ‘Portlandia’ for details!)

  61. Jennifer says:

    Big Sur… along the Pacific coast just south of San Francisco.

  62. ulla says:

    On my dream road trip in America, I would definetly go see The Grand Canyon. Coming from Denmark (itΒ΄s pretty flat here..), I have a hard time imagine such greatness. And then I would just love to go where the heart takes me.

  63. Katarina says:

    Such a nice giveaway, thank you! I have a mix of places I would like eto visit – New York, of course, but I am also attracted by national parks and nature of the coutry. And a nice vacation in Hawaii wouldn’t be bad either;)

  64. Caroline King says:

    I’d love to some of the southern states like Texas or New Mexico or Lousiana and New Orleans – i think thats a road trip all by itself! Enjoy your trip to San Fran, really interested to see what places you find there as I am going in October and any hints from a sewist would be appreciated!! thanks for the givaway! Caroline

  65. Wendy says:

    I lived in New York for a year and would go back in a heartbeat, but if we are road tripping – Alaska in summer is definitely my pick

  66. Evelyne says:

    Would love to visit the Hamptons and Maine!! – the east coast mainly – love autumn and american architecture.

  67. Coco says:

    NY NY – I’m in a NY state of mind… corny, but I would sure be there this fall if I could!

  68. Deb Cameron says:

    Wow, sounds like I am not alone, I would love to see NY at Christmas time, I have heard it is beautiful. Love the concept of the book,thanks for the chance to win. Enjoy your road trip!

  69. wendy says:

    I would go to seatle on the west coast. Amazing scenery, great thrift stores, delicious food and coffee. If the whole US is on the table. I would go with chicago for the food, culture and architecture, and dc. Driving cross country is also an an amazing adveture.

    I have no doubt that you will have a fantastic time wherever you go. Bon voyage πŸ™‚

  70. Angela says:

    I would take my family to New York and explore some of the country along the way if I could.

  71. borrominibear says:

    I want to go back to the western states and visit all those amazing national parks – Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion, Bryce, Yellowstone,

  72. Pat says:

    I’d go to New Orleans and then travel north through Louisiana. All that great Cajun music and food. What could be better? Also I’m sure there would be great wool and fabric shops along the way too.

  73. Elodie says:

    I would love to go back to New England, and see again the dance festival of Jacob’s Pillow in the Berkshires. It is so wonderful, but a bit far away for me.

  74. Rachel says:

    Los Angeles every time! I went there a few years ago, and would LOVE to go again!! Hope you are havin fun in SF, I went there just after LA too(:

  75. Ooo lovely giveaway, thanks Karen
    My dream roadtrip (apart from the winnebago year tour of as much of the country as I could, would have to be California- beaches, national parks and skiing at lake tahoe….

  76. I’d love to see Maine in winter πŸ™‚

  77. KristenMakes says:

    I definitely need to do a cross-country road trip. My family and later my husband & I have taken many south-north trips between FL & MI, and FL & PA, but I need to travel east-west next I think…

  78. Zoe says:

    Oh my! So many places I’d love to cram into a US road trip, it’s not even funny. At this precise point I’m filled with envy that you are in San Fran, and reliving happy memories of being there myself (have a margarita for me please!). But because I HAVE been there before, I’m going to say Portland, Oregon, because I haven’t been there and am desparate to see if it is as creative and wonderful as I’ve been led to believe. Thanks for hosting this giveaway Karen. Rosie is a total sweetie and she deserves to do really well after all the time and effort she’s put into working on this publication. Oh and BTW, if I won this giveaway, I would give this book to my friend Harriet who is so creative but petrified of commercial sewing patterns
    Zoe xxx

  79. Marchelle says:

    Maine! And the rest of New England! I’ve never been northeast of D.C/Ohio in the US and I feel like it would be a great place to road trip through in the fall. Maple Syrup and Lobsters for everyone! Thanks for the giveaway!

  80. Nadia says:

    Well I’ve been to New York, but I’d love to go again! I wasn’t into sewing when I went the first time, so if I were to go again, I would go to all those amazing fabric shops I keep hearing about πŸ˜›
    Or I’d love to go to Yellowstone or Alaska πŸ™‚

  81. koalasoup says:

    I would love to go to Boston so I could listen the the ‘Harvard Yard’ accent and I could compare ‘real’ Irish to Irish-American people

  82. Suze says:

    Route 66. It’s where I want to travel after seeing the movie Cars. Just get in the convertible and go!

  83. Miriana says:

    I’d love to travel down the West Coast on route 101.
    Enjoy your fun commitments and thank you for the chance to win this book!

  84. Anne says:

    I would do a road trip in Montana and Wyoming, to see all the wildlife and natural areas and do some hiking in the mountains. But for fabric shopping – straight to New York City!

  85. Megan says:

    I’d love to travel through the Black Hills and stop in some antique stores for treasures along the way!

  86. Anna says:

    I would road trip it to the Appalachian Mountains. I love Aaron Copland and his song “Appalachian Spring” and would love to see such a spring in person!

  87. sorbetsurprise says:

    I would love to visit Yellowstone national park as it really looks so beautiful and is very different from anything in the UK.. The book looks really fab and has some interested ideas to try out!

  88. Jessica says:

    My motive would be purely food related. I would love to eat my way through the southen states on soul food and grits (drool) – although with that said I have always wanted to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
    hope you enjoy San Fran!
    Jessica – shkoober@hotmail.com

  89. Heather Lou says:

    I think this book looks really fun – it can be liberating to throw off teh shackles of sewing pattern oppression. Would love to add this to my growing sewing collection

  90. Got to be Death Valley – it’s incredible and so different to anything we have in the UK – closely followed by Las Vegas! I would love to win the book, it sounds right up my street. Enjoy your trip!
    charityshopchic at hotmail dot co dot uk

  91. I’ve done my ideal road trip through America, just last year: Graceland, Nashville, Dollywood, Las Vegas and San Francisco! In every single place I bought fabric, in most places things happened that were too weird to comprehend, and every single place was great! I still have a lot of Elvis fabric to get through…That book looks fabulous!

    threadcarefully{AT}gmail{dot}com

  92. Amy says:

    Well, coast-to-coast I’d love to start in Savannah and drive west: NOLA, Austin, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, LA. The only place I’ve been on that list is New Orleans, but I’ve always wanted to visit the others, and they’re all supposed to be fun, creative, unique places.

  93. Joyce in NC says:

    I would love to visit Los Angeles, CA. I understand that LA has some fabulous fabric vendors and I have family in the area. Thansk for the book giveaway.

  94. Jo says:

    I think I would have to go to Nashville and soak up the music. Or I would go to wherever Mary Gauthier was playing and try not to be too creepy stalker! I like the sound of Elvis fabric !

  95. Alessa says:

    I’ve done one very fun roadtrip in the US already… If I got the chance to go on another, I’d want to visit Bryce Canyon! (And after that, I’d definitely need to hit California and visit a few of my favorite sewing bloggers…)

  96. As an America, even I have to agree – you have to go to New York! I love going to NY for the normal things every tourist sees, but I also love going to the not-so-common sites. If you like history, you should definitely go to The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park. Also, I love seeing Ellis Island. But the shopping areas are great and you could leave with a ton of fabric and such in the clothing district πŸ™‚

  97. Megan says:

    As an America, even I have to agree – you have to go to New York! I love going to NY for the normal things every tourist sees, but I also love going to the not-so-common sites. If you like history, you should definitely go to The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park. Also, I love seeing Ellis Island. But the shopping areas are great and you could leave with a ton of fabric and such in the clothing district πŸ™‚

  98. muddledstyle says:

    I’d probably have to go with NYC as well, I’ve wanted to go there for years, even before I started learning to sew. Although having watched a lot of Man vs Food recently, I rather like the idea of a full-on road trip, sampling OTT menus all over the US.

  99. TBH I’ve never really thought of going to America. I do rather fancy attending one of their enormous quilt shows – or heading to Amish country, again for the quilts!

  100. Tania says:

    In 1987 I was lucky enough to embark on a mini road trip with my family, which was a big deal considering we were coming all the way from Australia. It was fantastic and some of my fondest family memories were from that trip. We jumped in a big black buick and drove from LA to San Fransico through desert and mountain ranges. It was such a great experience because Dad loved getting off the beaten track. I would love to do it again with my family when the kids get a bit older.

  101. mary says:

    By car, I’d drive the US Pacific Coast from north to south. If a rail roadtrip is permissible, I’d try one of the cross-country trains, like the Sunset Limited.

  102. Jill says:

    You are there, Karen … San Francisco and the Bay Area! My teenage son was born there and would so love to visit and enjoy the old memories.

  103. Siga says:

    I’d cross the grand canyon. Twice.

  104. yolandi says:

    I would love to go to Yellow Stone and the Grand Canyon!!

  105. blueadt says:

    I’d love to go to Boston & Houston as I have online friends there and would love to finally meet them. Plus I’ve heard that the fabric shops are fantastic. I could even tie in the trip to Houston with the Quilt Festival…

  106. Steph says:

    I’d love to go to New Orleans, it looks so vibrant on the tv and in movies. And that is where most of my geography education is from. Hopefully no vampires in New Orleans though…

  107. Meg says:

    I’d go to Austin, TX, for the music, or New Orleans to try and find Trombone Shorty (again, the music).

  108. Grace says:

    I would love to visit Florida.

  109. Sonya says:

    New York Chicago Portland and San francisco
    Love love the concept of the book – getting back to first principles. Thank you!

  110. I would go to New York where I met sweatshop workers before I knew how to sew, and would ask them to do some punk-style, no-pattern jamming on my treadle-powered Singer

  111. To Karen from Karen great book! Even if I don’t win I would have a copy for my studio and another one to share! I would go to LA and visit the fabric and fashion district with my daughter Lisa who loves fashion design then drive up Pacific Coast Highway, watch the surfers, dream, get inspired and eat fish tacos.

  112. rhubarbcrumble says:

    Oooh, it’s hard to choose just one! But if I’m really pushed…New Orleans! Great food, music, history and a part of the States I’ve never been to.

  113. symondezyn says:

    Well seeing as how I’ve been all over, I’d have to pick Las Vegas – it’s one of the funnest places I’ve ever been (and yes it warrants the usage of the word funnest LOL) and I’d love to go back there! πŸ˜€

    The book looks like great inspirational reading and an excellent way to stretch the imagination and think outside of the box πŸ™‚

  114. Melizza says:

    When I move back I hope to road trip across Texas to California. On the way I’d love to stop by a few national parks, like Zion, Grand Canyon and Yosemite. *SIGH* What a dream it would be.

  115. Helen says:

    I’ve always wanted to set out on a music related road trip in the southern States – starting in Austin for SxSW festival and meandering my way through (in no particular order) Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans and Athens.

    (And is it cheating if I do part of it by train? I have very romantic notions of Amtrak journeys! I’ll do the rest in a big red convertible to make up for it.)

  116. I’d love to see the west coast, or the Grand Canyon, always looks incredible in photos!

  117. nothy lane says:

    Los Angeles if I was confined to North America. I actually drove across country from LA to Toronto. It was a blast. So I guess I already lived my dream road trip.

  118. Kirsty S says:

    Portland for the coffee and bicycles and general coll factor. and the coolish weather too. I’m hoping that means lots of good cool weather fabrics…

  119. Linda says:

    My husband and I have always dreamed of going to Yosemite πŸ™‚ If it were just me, I’d have to agree with Portland — seems to be a very creative place. I’ve seen a few sewing bloggers from that area, and the woman who did my letterpress wedding invites too! DIY Couture looks like it would be right up my alley, as I’m a beginning sewist who is getting seriously frustrated with pattern fitting!

  120. Maria G says:

    Washington D.C, New York, or Florida because my grandma lives in Florida and I wish I could go visit her!

  121. Sarah says:

    ooohhh… thanks for this great opportunity… don’t normally enter giveaways but this book looks really interesting!! have also entered Tilly’s giveaway and most probably will be buying it myself (or start hinting to hubby re possible gift idea!!) if I don’t win πŸ™‚

    if I could pack up and leave for a US break (although at the moment that’s a bit difficult with a two year old in tow!!), I would definitely opt for NY… read so many nice things about the fabric district… plus I’m a huge SATC fan so I’d love to play the part of a Carrie wearing me-made clothes (yeah right!!)

    thanks again
    srh078[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

  122. Tanya says:

    Being a northern exposure fan I’d have to say Alaska but seeing the west coast and San Francisco would be my second choice.

  123. kerstin says:

    hi karen,
    hope you have a lovely trip to SF.
    for me it would have to be San Francisco, because i read all “Tales of the City” as a teenager and always wanted to go since.
    but of course NY would also be a great option. maybe a stop on my way back from SF to europe.

    BTW: great book. i’d love to win.

  124. seeks says:

    I’m currently fantasizing about getting myself out to Oregon, around Portland. I love roadtrips, so will take off to a number of places happily, but I have family and friends out there that need visiting. Then up to Seattle for more visiting. πŸ˜€

  125. Lala Lisa says:

    Ooh I’d love this book, I love to make my own patterns. I’d fly to NYC, hang around the fashion district for a few days, than head up north for a hike in het Adirondacks, before visiting friends in Ohio!

  126. MarilΓ³ says:

    I’d love to visit all the fabric districts anywhere, maybe my first stop would be New York!

  127. Anne says:

    After reading your post about Britex Fabrics, I’d love to return to San Fransisco where I was last in 1991. On the way (or on the way back) I’d like to go to Boston to visit my brother & sister-in-law.

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