Sew Bookish!: the ultimate reference

Happy Monday, and welcome to another installment of Sew Bookish!

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Growing up I was that kid. You know, the kid who couldn’t wait for school to start. I loved shopping for school supplies, and despite the hefty price tag, secretly enjoyed navigating the campus bookstore in college. Back-to-school season is my favorite. So today I get to give away my favorite back-to-school sewing reference, courtesy of Threads Magazine.


Two years ago my mom came into town to spend the week with me when my son was only a month old. By this time in my postpartum recovery, I was normal enough to enjoy some dedicated fabric shopping, and my mom and I spent a whole afternoon at Fabric Depot. While browsing the books offered at the store, we saw this one, the Threads Sewing Guide. And my mom said, “Charlotte, you have to have that.”

So I bought it.


This book is everything a sewing reference should be. The Threads Sewing Guide covers everything from closures and interfacing to the fundamentals of couture techniques and garment mending and repair. Like I said, it has everything.


Did you know that when you stitch a seam, you should press it flat before pressing it open? That’s because the heat from the iron sets the stitches into the seam, making the whole seam stronger. I learned that from the Threads Sewing Guide. Just imagine what you could learn! Maybe you’ll finally learn how to make a welt pocket or gain an understanding of why the fabric grain matters. I’ve had this book for two years, and my skills have improved immensely since I bought it–and I still pull it out often.


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite subject was in school! You can earn additional entries by following The Creative Domestic and Threads Magazine on Facebook. (I just found out about the SewStylish fall fashion contest through the Threads Facebook page!) You can also earn two more entries by sharing this post on Facebook.  This is a book that needs to be on every sewist’s shelves–enter to win your copy! The giveaway will end at 11:59 PDT on Friday, September 19. Good luck!

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  1. Emily
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Even though I’m an English teacher now, that wasn’t my favorite subject in school 🙂 I loved my music classes, and I loved history.

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      History was always one of my favorites! And our English discussions have always been some of my favorites–I wish we lived close enough to have a book club again. Like, really.

  2. Susan
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I guess science classes were my favorite…though it always really depended on the teacher.

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Teachers make such a big difference! Even though I love literature, I had some teachers who made the experience excruciating.

  3. paws
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    My favorite subject in HS was choir. Obviously.

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink


  4. Susanne
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Music of course… And languages (French, English, Russian…)

    All the best!

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Music classes were always some of my favorites. I had a harder time with languages, but I am glad I got through a few levels of French!

  5. Allyson Loumeau
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Despite my creative tendencies and dance performance degree, my favorite subject was and will always be calculus. Why on earth calculus? I think it was the only thing that made sense amid all the chaos and clutter of the creative mess that is me!

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps one of the only good things about math is that there is always only one answer! I took calculus in high school, and that was the last math class I ever took. I’m just glad there are people who like it and can do it well (e.g. my engineer husband!).

  6. Jasmine Bessey
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Anatomy & Physiology!

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Oo, those are subjects I never dared take in college! I had plenty of roommates, though, who did, and boy, is that hard stuff! Hats off to you.

  7. Karen
    Posted September 16, 2014 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    My favorite subject in school was math. I know. You are shocked! I’m a number-loving math nerd!

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      No surprise there! 🙂 I still remember the Christmas gift Dan gave me one year: the quadratic formula, because I’d blogged about how I’d forgotten it!

      • Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

        That’s more than sebslnie! That’s a great post!

  8. Posted September 16, 2014 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been a little intimidated by clothing construction so I’ve mostly limited my sewing to quilts. But I’d love to expand my sewing skills and I have two cute girls who would look seriously adorable in anything, so I can practice my skills on them. 🙂
    Oh, and favorite school subject? I’m trying to remember, I kind of liked all of them. But I remember looking forward most to my math and government classes. Also history. I liked English too. Okay—math, final answer. For now.

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think I would have guessed that! But I was a little like you–there were few courses that I outright disliked.

  9. Jerusha
    Posted September 16, 2014 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I’m like Breanna. I liked pretty much all the subjects. I really liked proofs in geometry it because it’s all about following rules in order, something I like in real life. I liked senior English class because I was introduced to Jane Austen. Science is nerdy, just for me. A jack-of-all subjects, master of none.

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

      I actually really liked geometry! I had a great teacher, so I’m sure that played into it. I’ve noticed that now I’m not in school anymore, I really enjoy learning about all sorts of things–thank goodness for podcasts!

  10. Posted September 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    My favorite class to take was English, but my favorite class to teach was PE. I was surprised to find my English students whined way more than my PE students. Plus, as a PE teacher it’s totally acceptable to make people take a lap when they annoy you 😉

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 17, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      That’s a good point! I guess you could make English students read something arduous like Chaucer or something, but I think running laps would be more effective!

  11. Andrea
    Posted September 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    WOW, dedicated students!!! For me, my favorite was any cooking class in Family/Health Sciences!
    There were some great dishes prepared that we ate after class. But if I remember correctly there were some flops as well!!! Thanks Charlotte for the chance to win!

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      I never took a cooking class, though I wish I would have! Since I became responsible for nourishing myself, America’s Test Kitchen is my cooking reference for just about everything. Though now that I’m writing that I have to give a shout out to Our Best Bites–they’ve given me some of our family favorites!

  12. Posted September 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    English was my fave subject. Obviously. 🙂 And I always anticipated the start of school with nerdish glee.

    • Charlotte
      Posted September 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      “Nerdish glee” is exactly how I’d describe my feelings about the start of school. And now that I’m out of school I feel nerdish nostalgia. You understand.

  13. Melissa H
    Posted September 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I love school too. I loved buying school supplies, new clothes, learning. My two favorite subjects were math, English, and band, but I liked science and the various home ec. classes too. I love to sew too and feel I am like you in ability. I was able to take the Beginning Clothing Construction class at BYU my senior year and, oh my, loved it! I have purchased a couple of fabric choices because of your blog and look forward to busting out some garments!

  14. Carrie Bousfield
    Posted September 19, 2014 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    English and Music!

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