Friday, March 15, 2013

Modestly Adorned - How To Sew Denim Ebook Review and Giveaway!!!

I have been so excited to write this review! Olivia of Fresh Modesty and Working With Eager Hands has recently released her newest How To Sew Denim eBook. It is a detailed instruction of how to make your own denim skirts. It offers 2 different skirt options -the Destination Skirt (short) and the Errand Skirt (long)- and explains how to use these two patterns to make as many skirts as you want. I was a little uneasy about using an eBook to make a skirt but after reading through the book I cannot wait to get started. Her instructions are clear, concise and very thorough leaving you feeling excited and confident you can  sew this skirt  all on your own.

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The book begins with a detailed list of all the items you will need to make your skirt. It explains the difference between all the different denim types and pictures of how they will look in a skirt. There are also a few tips on where to buy for a great price if you cannot find it in a fabric store.  She then goes on to explain how to figure out how many yards you will need and how to begin making the pattern work for you. I love that she says "I like to think of my skirt pattern as a never ending triangle rather then a fixed pattern." She goes on to explain how to widen, lengthen or shorten the pattern to fit your preferences. From here it is very detailed step by step instructions on cutting, pinning and sewing together your skirt. I don't consider myself a skilled seamstress but I do know the basics. I was thrilled to learn a few new things that will help me improve my sewing skills on futre projects as well.

DSC 0780-2For the Destination Skirt you get to learn how to make your own wasteband pattern. I love this part of the book because I have always wanted to learn to make my own patterns. The instructions during this section are very clear and easy to understand. Even more importantly the pictures are very detailed and you have a clear visual of what it is supposed to look like (or not look like!).  Another area that can be intimating is when you put in the zipper. Again, the instructions are detailed but what really makes you feel confident is the excellent photos showing you step by step what you need to do. If you have done something wrong you will be able to easily identify it because you will see clearly what it should look like. And when I say step by step, I really mean it. Zippers can be tough and she has provided excellent coverage on this part of the process. THe same can be said of the button wholes for the waist band and the pockets. There are lots of little extra tips thoughout to answer questions you may have as you sew. She has thought of everything and no stone has been left unturned.



I think what I love most about this eBook is that Oliva has given more then just a denim skirt instruction. Often you see home sewn clothing and you can tell it was made at home. Olivia's skirts look professionally made and she has done an excellent job of showing you how to make your's look that way too. She is helping to lay the ground work for better sewing in my future projects. I highly recommend getting this book for yourself or for anyone you know who loves to sew or particularly those who are learning to sew. I learned so much while reading and cannot wait to get my sewing machine fixed so I can make my own jeans skirt!!!

BUY IT- You can buy the Denim EBook as well as her Modest Swimsuit EBook from the Fresh Modesty website. Be sure to visit her modesty blog Fresh Modesty for lots of wardrobe inspiration and even more little tutorials to improve your wardrobe!

WIN IT- Olivia has kindly offered to give one Happily Domestic reader a free copy of her Denim EBook! See raffelcopter below to enter!



Written By Happily Domestic Contributor: Brittney Thompson

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17 comments:

Sarah♥ said...

I learned that you do not have to be an expert to sew your own swimsuit! yay! :D

Emily said...

I learned that on any given day nearly half the world's population is wearing denim!
~Emily fashionedanddesigned.blogspot.com

Sayna said...

I learned that the destination skirt has eight gores.. Didn't notice that before.

Sayna@pureherbrelief.com

Katelyn D said...

I learned that you can actually sew a swimsuit... something that I never thought was possible (for me at least) because of the fabric. Well, both of Olivia's eBooks look fantastic! Thanks!

Psalm 34:1 said...

The 4-piece design is really interesting! Thanks for this giveaway :)

Anonymous said...

I learned that spandex is not hard to work with. I've sewn for 20+ years and never really tried it but if this gal says it can be done, maybe it's worth a shot ;-)

lrwillia1980@yahoo.com

Lyn Mack said...

I learned she will answer all of my questions via email or her blog. I have a feeling that would come in handy. I would love to be able to sew swimsuits, but totally scared to!

Lori said...

Really excited about this...not on FB OR TWITTER so does that mean we can't do any entries? I didn't see the ones we normally can make. :(. Love that she teaches about zippers and such. Lmorgee5 at gmail dot com

Elizabeth said...

I learned that the swimsuit is a four piece design and that the spandex is easy to work with.

Coral said...

What do I need to do to enter the giveaway for Fresh Modesty?

bookworm0709 said...

I love the fact that the swim suit is four separate pieces.

bookworm0709 said...

i love that the suit is four separate pieces.

Jacki said...

I like all the different pieces as well. Very adjustable and made to fit you!

Anonymous said...

I found out that she had been sewing for a year and a half before she sewed her own suit, and spandex is not difficult to sew with!

Katie said...

I found you a 4-piece suit can be easier to wear and use than a 1-piece suit.

Desiree said...

I like the fact that they are separate pieces.

Coral said...

I am happy to learn that spandex is easy to work with, this has been a fear of mine!

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