Ginger Skirt Pattern Giveaway!


So I’m gonna be teaching a class November 4th, here in Austin at the Common Thread with Colette’s Ginger Skirt pattern!

And for some strange reason I bought two copies of this pattern. Must have forgotten the first one I bought. Luckily for you that means a giveaway! You don’t have to live in Austin or go to my class to make your own Ginger Skirt. Win the pattern for free! I promise to send you the uncut copy. 😉

Sorry, this giveaway is open to US residents only.

To enter leave me a comment and tell me the best tip you’ve ever learned in a sewing class (on or offline, or just from a cool tutorial you’ve found). Oh, and make sure I have a way to find your email address. 🙂

I’ll pick a winner on Friday, October 25th @ noon CST.

  • Tricia Waitkus

    I love

  • carla

    Love your give away… thank you in advance. i think the best i learn was I can baste by machine… I didn’t know that was possible (i know very ignorant on my part)

  • Liz

    Best tip I learned in a sewing class was to use those thick little plastic strips to help the presser foot get over a hump of fabric at a seam. Instead of, you know, just trying to carefully walk the foot over turn by turn, which never works super well anyway and is tedious. Amazing for sewing anything thick-ish like corduroy!

  • Mary Deeter

    I think the best tutorials I have employed are Debbie Cooks cover stitch tutorials…they have helped me immensely.

  • Alice

    Handpicking a zip! (I learned it from the internet somewhere.) It looks so tidy from the outside and is so much better than wrestling with a zipper foot. My email is alice (at) worldsastage (dot) net

  • LM

    How to properly use a seam ripper… I know, so basic but so useful 🙂 I would love this pattern

  • mrspie

    This may be a little late (the deadline seems to have been Friday, a couple days before this posted?), but my big sewing epiphany this year has been double-sided water-soluble basting tape. It has changed my relationship to very stretchy knits and other problematic fabrics.

  • Kirsty Maurits

    My best tip that someone told me would be to insert a pin on either side of a buttonhole before seam-ripping it. I can’t tell you how many buttonholes I ripped through before I did this!

  • Mama Lusco

    I’d love this skirt pattern! One of the best tips I’ve learned is to change my needle at the start of every project. My machine is much happier if I do 🙂

  • Mary

    I learned how to install an invisible zipper from a YouTube video and I love installing them now! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Marybeezo (AT) aol (DOT) com

  • Jeni Hackett

    Basically everything I now actively use in my sewing came from various blogs, but I think my favorite would be how to make my own bias tape (I used the Colette continuous method). That’s ended up being part of just about every project I’ve done since learning it. XD

  • Anne McCallum Sweeney

    I found my favorite tip on the From an Igloo blog. She suggested that you use a glue stick instead of pins when sewing with knits. I now do that all the time!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Grokgrace at hotmail dot com

  • Meri

    Using my blind hemming foot for topstitching and stitching in the ditch. I just finished a heavy wool Sewaholic Minoru jacket and all my topstitching is so even!

  • A tip I learned that I use all the time was learned in a quilting class. If you press seams in the opposite direction, they line up and sew together so nicely! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Rebekah Fox

    Oh, this pattern looks very tempting!

    One of the best tips I’ve learned is actually from your blog. Your tip on using a twin needle to hem knits has helped me a lot in my sewing and in a way, has made me less afraid of tackling knit fabric. So thank you!

    herlittleway at gmail dot com

  • Margo Gillaspy

    One of my favorite tips I learned was from a sewing with elastic course. The instructor said to throughly test the elastic before you sew with it (stretch it several times), and make sure it doesn’t decrease in width when you stretch it. Don’t use that elastic because it will twist, not lay flat, and look unattractive.

  • SH

    Pressing as you go. I made a very simple dress without pressing and the exact same with pressing. It’s a great way to learn that lesson :/

  • Karen Havelka

    I know its basic, but squaring up your fabric before you start cutting, your finished garments will thank you for it!

  • Jaime jo Tanis

    thread basting – from Claire Shaffer. I do this a lot for pockets and collar stands. Helps thing stay exactly where you want them and you don’t need to stop while sewing to take out pins.

  • Amanda Kattner

    I’m mostly a quilter. So, the best tip I’ve gotten was to use the folded edge of the fabric as the first straight line. It really helps with squaring fabric up.

  • Amber Angell

    If short sleeves are too restricting, cut them on the bias and they will be much more comfortable.

  • Jessica w

    I learned how to tell the grain on knits by messing it up first.

  • Julie

    I learned this great technique to make seams on the edge of clothing, e.g. the top of a waistband, flatter with an easy extra step when you iron: if you iron the seam allowance to one side (the left or the right) on the inside before you iron the seam on the outside, the seam ends up ironing flat (without any of the fabric getting ironed in.. which can be pretty annoying).

    Thanks for holding this giveaway!:)

  • cleverviolet

    I learned in a serger 101 class how to change the threads of the serger without actually rethreading the whole thing. So easy and also great!!

  • Elisha

    These are all really useful tips, but I won’t cheat and say “all of the tips given here….” how about, use a walking foot to keep stripes and plaids aligned?

    Hemandhawblog at gmail

  • Beth Byrge

    My biggest tip is to Google anything you’re unsure about. I’ve learned SO much frm sewing blogs that you don’t always learn in books!

  • I find that the littlest tips are the best and Colette pattern’s blog recently posted an amazing one. To sew a straight dart, take one or two stitches at the seam toward the dart point (so you’re sewing towards the dart point). Then, lift the presser foot, swing the thread around to the front, and use that as a guide. Brilliant, eh?

    contact as per usual

  • niddipav

    The most useful thing I’ve ever found is instructions for doing a FBA, like the one for By Hand London’s Anna dress. So when in doubt, search for the pattern you’re working on or the change you need to make, and there tends to be a useful sew along or some other blogger who’s already done it.

  • Deby N Nigel Coles

    My best online tutorial was the free zippers class that Sunni does on Craftsy – she made it all look so calm, not like my fraught efforts! Thanks for the great giveaway…

  • The best tip I have learned in a sewing class was from Christine Haynes’ Craftsy class. She suggested using a small stitch length as you get closer to the tip of a dart. This eliminates having to tie it!

  • Meagan Buch

    Knowing about understitching has changed my sewing!