Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Nook - The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

Two weeks have flown by, and it's time for another installment of Book Nook!  This week we're checking out what's between the covers of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit with Alison Kelly.

Nora is the co-founder of, on online community of sewers and crafters with over 600,000 members, and Alison is BurdaStyle's creative director,  a Project Runway alum, and also designs jewelry and fashion for her own label, Dahl.

Now that you've "met" the authors, let's talk about the book!  This one is spiral-bound, which allows the book to lay flat - very handy when you're trying to follow along with one of the projects.  There eight chapters.  The first three cover the basics - setting up your sewing area, tools you need, using patterns, choosing fabrics, cutting & finishing techniques - a great overview, especially if you're new to sewing clothes. 

The next five chapters are devoted to projects that are based on the five patterns that are included in an envelope at the back of the book.  There is a skirt, a blouse, a dress, a coat and a bag.  Each pattern has a chapter that goes over the basic construction of the piece (with pattern fitting instructions - very handy), and then two variations of the pattern with instructions.  There are also two additional pages with photos of even more variations. 

Overall, I think this would be a great addition to your sewing library, so we're excited that Potter Craft is generously donating a copy for us to give away! Leave a comment here telling us why you'd like to win it. Make sure the comment also includes your first name, last name, city and state so we can find you. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well, and fill out our contest registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page. Deadline is Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 5 pm Eastern time.

Last but not least, we'd like to announce the winner for our previous Book Nook. It's Kathie Bugbee from Fortuna, CA! Congratulations Kathie! 


  1. This sounds like a great book for a beginner like me!'

    Nina Nuernberger
    Nanaimo, BC

  2. Would love to add this to my sewing library and share with my 4h sewing group!

  3. Love the spiral bound, love the added patterns. I always "cindy-fy" patterns and such, I bet this book is full of shortcuts and wonderful tips!

  4. As I join the ranks of "empty-nesters" this fall, I hope to re-connect with and old, dear friend--sewing!--to keep me company and this books looks like an excellent opportunity to do that. Thank you.
    Anna Singleton
    Williamstown, MA

  5. Love Burda patterns. Easy to make, and always fashionable! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  6. I sew crafts and would like to start sewing clothing. This book would be great!

    Robbie Myers
    Chino Hills, CA

  7. Sounds great! I love seeing how people set up sewing areas, and ideas for personalizing clothes.

  8. As my mother and I are now making dresses for my five grandnieces (her 5 great grand daughters), a book like this will be a great reference. The Burdastyle book will also help me make more sophisticated outfits for myself after a 40 year vacation from personal sewing. Thanks for the chance.