Friday, October 2, 2015

Giveaway for Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook!

Great news, readers! I have three copies of Gertie's New Fashion Sketchbook: Indispensable Figure Templates for Body-Positive Design to give away. As I've written about, this is a collection of croquis (figure templates) that are of realistic height proportions and allow you to easily draw in differently proportioned body types.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here. Make sure that there is some way for me to get in touch with you (either leave your email address or use a login that links to your contact info). All countries eligible. I'll pick three winners at the end of the day on Tuesday the 6th.

A big thank you to Abrams for providing the books!


305 comments:

  1. I love your blog and would love to win this giveaway! Thank you Gertie :)

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  2. Dear Gertie! I love your blog and would be more than happy to win this book! Thank you for sharing all this with us. Sophie

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  3. Fantastic idea. It's really difficult to find realistic templates! christina_snellgrove@hotmail.com

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  4. OOH! I would LOVE to win one!!!! :)

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  5. Fingers crossed! I'd love to win a copy :)

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  6. This would come in SO handy as I try to make more of my clothing, instead of buying!

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  7. ooh yes please! i love the illustrator you use!

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  8. Yes, I would love to win this book!!!

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  9. Love, love, love your stuff (although I'm not so sure about dirndls... ;)! Would love a copy of this book for my knit designs. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Gertie! What a great giveaway. I would love to have your book. I already love your fabric and have some in my stash...love, love, love your stuff.

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  11. What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to win this book.

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  12. I would love to have this book. You're such a great resource for ideas!

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  13. Love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Omg what an exciting giveaway! Would love to win one to plan out some of the dresses I am dreaming of making. Fingers crossed!

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  15. Please count me in for the drawing1

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  16. Oh!!! My 11 year old burgeoning fashion designer daughter would FLIP over this. She has complained from the beginning that the books available don't look like the people she knows and loves and wants to design clothes for!

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  17. Thanks for such a great giveaway !!!!

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  18. I remember having a Crayola fashion template thing when I was a little girl and loved it. This is like an updated, grown up version! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  19. Awesome giveaway! Love the sketchbook. The croqui's are darling and would be so fun to dress :)

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  20. Wow, please count me in! I'd love to get a copy of your sketchbook. Plus it's my birthday soon, it would be like an advance treat. :) My thanks to you and your publisher for this giveaway.
    My email: lholy_chan [at] yahoo [dot] fr

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  21. Would love this, trying to design for my pear-shaped daughter and my own top-heavy hourglass.

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  22. Oooh, count me in! That would be the best birthday present!! I'm meagan [at] dryadsong [dot] com . Fingers crossed!

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  23. Thanks for holding this giveaway!

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  24. Great prize - just what I need to kick-start sewing again. Hope I win and thanks for the chance!
    margueritedesigns@yahoo.co.uk

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  25. I'd love one. I have zero artistic skills, so the croquis are super helpful. Great to see some that look more like me. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  26. I too would love to win a copy of your book! Love the blog, love the sewing for 'real' figures and thanks for a great giveaway!

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  27. I'm about to go on sabbatical and would love to take my sewing to the next level. This book looks informative and inspiring! Big thanks for your wonderful blog..

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  28. Oh, my daughter LOVES LOVES LOVES to draw/design clothes. She would flip for this!

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  29. I had given up on using croquis because none of them were shaped like me. I think your sketchbook will solve that problem. Thanks for making this offer!

    esther_mcafee(at)canadalife(dot)com

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  30. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  31. My boyfriend's daughter would love this! If I win, I'll give it to her :)

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway, what a great chance to improve my design skills

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  33. I would love to win! It would nice to be able to actually sketch out all the designs swimming around in my head! eewingo (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. I'd like to win this super book because it would help me with the scketches that i do before sewing my plus size clothes. Greetings from Chile :)

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  35. I am a sometimes illustrator who is usually too lazy to sketch out her own croquis, so this book would save me so much time and create so much efficiency in my sewing- especially as we get closer to the holiday season and I start to sew all my holiday gifts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. Congrats on having the book out! And such an important book too!

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  37. I'd love to win a copy! Thank you!

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  38. I'd love to win a copy! Thank you!

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  39. Ohhh! I would love to win a copy of this! I'm becoming quite the fan girl! :)

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  40. This would be a great addition to my sewing inspiration.
    rjmcreations@gmail.com

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  41. This would be a very fun book to win!

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  42. It would be fantastic to get a copy!

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  43. comme les autres lecteurs , j'aimerais gagner ce livre de croquis .
    macopinestarlet@only.fr

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  44. I love that you figures are realistic proportions!

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  45. I am very interested in this book!

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  46. I'd be super happy with a book, not often that one can join giveaways from abroad (sweden)!

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  47. Count me in! The book looks lovely!
    corrineappleby@gmail.com

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  48. I think it's so awesome you're helping ladies with a healthy body image with this book! It would be so fun to dream up new patterns/looks by sketching.
    eqsarah@gmail.com

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  49. A year and a half ago I designed and sewed my prom dress and I would have loved to have this book then to help me get a realistic depiction of what it would look like on paper! As I dive deeper into designing my own clothes this book will help me so much! rklacas@comcast.net

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  50. I would love this book! I am in fashion school right now and it's so hard to find body positive dolls to use for your sketches. I have tried to make my own but these look so good! Hope I'll win a copy. <3

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  51. OMG. I already have one of these but am planning on buying one or two more for "backup"! Will you be signing the giveaway copies, by any chance?

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  52. I love your blog. I also own the other books you have out and would be excited to add this one to my collection. silentbrookhaven@gmail.com

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  53. Very serendipitous! I just finished cutting vintage Simplicity pattern 1543 in your new faille fabric with velvet dresses! Pick me!

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  54. Thanks Gertie! I ordered some sheets of figure template paper for my daughter, who dreams of being a fashion designer, but was unhappy with the overly tall, skinny figures. I would much prefer this book for her! So excited!

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  55. What a great giveaway. Halifaxfaye@gmail.com

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  56. Yipee! This will make selling patterns so much easier.
    Also, I'm working on a Dirndl and glad you love them too.

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  57. I've loved following your blog. You're so body-positive, it's refreshing. And these new sketchbooks are simply incredible, because they gently reinforce body-positive ideals.

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  58. Brilliant! For those of use blessed with a giant peach this book will be life-saver! ;-)

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  59. I find your blog inspiring and I would love a copy of your book!

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  60. This is awesome for us plus size girls!

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  61. Your books are always so beautiful.

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  62. This looks so amazing and I would love to win it.

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  63. The best way to start the weekend! I'm a feminist stylist too, you go on the way. Greetings from Madrid (Spain)!! <3

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  64. Love your books - have learned and improved so much since using them! Would love to add this to my arsenal. :) mcatee_amy@yahoo.com

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  65. This is excellent, and I am so excited to see realistic proportions on a fashion croquis!

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  66. Thanks for putting together this great sketchbook!

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  67. Count me in! My email is sewingandmore (at) gmail (dot) com

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  68. Been coveting the sketchbook! HopeIwinhopeIwin...

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  69. Congratulations on your newest book!

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  70. Ooh, here's hoping! I want to do more fashion sketches, but I'm not so good at figure drawing... alice (at) alicecharette (dot) com

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  71. I'd love to use this! Hoping I might win!

    romantichistory @ yahoo.com\

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  72. I love this book, and I'm so glad you've been blogging up a storm lately! The quilted skirt is smashing.

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  73. Awesome giveaway!! So glad you are back on the blog!

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  74. Fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  75. This book sounds fantastic. Would love to win a copy

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  76. I didn't know that this type of book is available. Would love to be entered in your contest, thank you.---
    dstahl2@prodigy.net

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  77. I didn't know that this type of book is available. Would love to be entered in your contest, thank you.---
    dstahl2@prodigy.net

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  78. Wow, what fun I could have with a book like this! Would love to be entered - thank you!

    Tina-jamieathome@live.co.uk

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  79. So great! This would be a fun book to have. Chihulyme @ yahoo.com

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  80. It's on my amazon wish list -- I would love to win!

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  81. I'd love to win a copy of the book - it would be neat to be able to play with design ideas.

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  82. This is pretty new territory for me, but I've drafted a couple simple patterns this year. Nothing much, but a start. It would be fun to play with such a nice sketchbook. What a great giveaway! deathbop (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  83. I am a complete beginner when it comes to illustration. I'd love to win this

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  84. Hi Gertie! Please pick me! I would love to win this! Thanks Anthea (scrappydiva at sky dot com)

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  85. I'd love to get my hands on this one!

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  86. What a great giveaway - I'd love a copy!

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  87. I would love this book!! Thanks for the chance! :D

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  88. Please count me in, I would love to win a copy :) debralynn1213@yahoo.com

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  89. Would love to win one! I just received your other two books as gifts, and can't wait to start sewing once I'm not pregnant... ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  90. Oooo that would be a nice addition to my bookshelf!!!
    Carla, Tiny Angry Crafts

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  91. This is a great giveaway!!! I'v been in a slump and I think this book will help me!!!

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  92. i just discovered the importance of illustrations when planning my next sewing project. this book would help me lots. thanks. micammann@swissonline.ch

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    1. For some reason when I go to your blog the comment box disappears before I have a chance to type anything but replying to someone elses works...

      Anyway, as someone with a definitely not "ideal" body, I would love to get a copy of your sketchbook!

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  94. That looks lovely, what a great idea!

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  95. Have been following you for years Gertie, even got my local liuary to buy your batter sewing book. Would love to have 1 of your book all to myself xxx mmkdragon@gmail.com

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  96. I would love to get my hands on one of your sketchbook. It's so great to have real-body-type croquis!

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  97. Love Love Love!!!! Cant wait to add the fall collection to my stash and into some holiday presents!

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  98. Hi Gertie! Your sketchbook has been on my mind a lot. Croquis of (for me) more relatable height and proportion sound like a great help in brainstorming new sews and wardrobe shuffling. Thank you for that! email: swarmofchickadees [at] gmail [dot] com

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  99. I am so happy to see this sketch book available. I purposely held off buying a fashionary once you announced this book - would love to win a copy!

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  100. I would be delighted to win this one!

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  101. What a great giveaway! I've been experimenting with my own croquis but just cant get them in the right proportions - so this would be perfect!

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  102. I love your work and would love this book! Thanks, Gertie! shelly@sewallthethings.com

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  103. What a great book! I learned drawing croquis the old way, very tall and super slim. So good to see other proportions.

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  104. Hi Gertie
    I love how you showed us your creations by being your own model. It makes it personal and when I sew your pattern, I feel a connection.
    Puccamaid@yahoo.com

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  105. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love a chance to try out designing on paper first.

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  106. It's on my wish list! I would love to win a copy.

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  107. I am so excited about this new book! Happy Friday!

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  108. Would be a great addition to my Gertie book and pattern collection!

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  109. This is great! Actual people sized croquis rather than 9-head tall aliens!

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  110. Shut the Front Door! I hope I'm a lucky winner! joengreen@yahoo.com

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  111. Ooo! Thank you for the chance of winning, and I love the back of the skirt on the drawing on the right! ozzyblackbeard at gmail dot com

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  112. I've always looks at sketch books and said they're not for me cause I'm not that good at drawing, so I'm keen to see how I can learn how to capture all my sewing ideas on paper. Thanks for the opportunity :-)

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  113. Thanks for offering this giveaway! It would be great to try out sketching.

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  114. Ooh...my fingers are definitely crossed! I've been frustrated by sketching in the past because I'm petite, and styles that look balanced and perfectly proportioned on the super elongated croquis just don't have the same effect on a body that inhabits less vertical space. ;-) This book would be really helpful in envisioning how certain designs will actually translate on my body.

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  115. I always wanted a set of Fashion Plates when I was a kid and love to sketch clothes. This book is on my wish list and I would love to get a copy. Thanks!

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  116. I love that these types of fashion sketch books are becoming popular, it makes it so much easier for those of us that aren't good at sketching people!

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  117. I've been wanting a sketch book and this one is perfect!!

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  118. What a great giveaway. Jenny larking at gmail dot com

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  119. The book looks awesome! I'd love to enter.

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  120. Love your books, blog, patterns, fabric,...you ;)
    I haven't gotten this yet as I haven't really began sketching yet. I know I should and it would really help in planning and help me see things that might work/ might not work. Winning this would propel me forward to pursue actually getting off my butt and doing this.

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  121. It looks beautiful. How lovely to have your own books, something I dream about! A copy of your gorgeous book would be a wonderful treat.
    Amber. amber.freelance@gmail.com

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  122. Great idea. Would love to win!

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  123. Love the concept, can't wait to hopefully win one!

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  124. Gertie, thank you for all of your time and effort sharing your seeing knowledge. I have really learned a lot from you! And so have many others, I see. You have come so far since you started this blog!!!
    e.m.wagner@outlook.com

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  125. Pick me! ๐Ÿ‘—๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’
    This year I had chemotherapy and radiation for cervical cancer. While recovering I have been sewing myself some new clothes using your vintage casual book. Thank you for all the wonderful work our doing, it has really helped me through a tough time. Last week I found out I am cancer free! Catherinealicemason@live.com

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  126. All I wanna do is win win win win win! <3

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  127. This would be an awesome book to add to my collection. I teach clothing and textiles both to high school and university students and finding croquis that are realistic are almost impossible! hmecteacher@gmail.com

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  128. This book is such a great idea! Hope I win!

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  129. You look like Taylor Swift! Your blog is amazing, and thank you for this opportunity to expand my sewing skills.

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  130. Oh my gosh! This book looks fabulous! What a great way to bring ones sewing skills to a new level!

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  131. Please enter me too! I currently use a fashionary book, but their croquis are very, very unrealistically tall and skinny! It'd be great to be able to 'see' my ideas on a regular shape ;).

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  132. I'm loving the look of this book and I love the idea of realistic templates to work with. It might just help me to draw! LOL

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  133. Wow! That is so cool! Who wouldn't love to win this!!! Thanks for the chance.

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  134. Oooooh! I would love a copy! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  135. such an awesome book! cant wait to read it!

    xdanimarie(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  136. Hello from Australia. Your blog is inspiring my ideas for a 2015 summer dress. Only October and its 30 degrees celsius . And then of course the retail therapy for shoes to match. THX Gertie.
    Robyn

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  137. Fantastic!!
    falafelandthebee(at)gmail(dot)com
    ~Michelle

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    1. Thank you for an opertunity to win one of your books. Gertie, I love your everything. I am planning my JoAnnes shopping spree for tomorrow, and I am going to have a ball with your fabric. Besides JoAnnes, where else can we buy your fabric, your books, your anything? Thanks for inspiring us.

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  138. AWESOME! courtney.haycock(at)gmail(dot)com

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  139. These are really amazing! peasantlady@gmail.com

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  140. Wow - what a great give away.

    j.honey@ntlworld.com

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  141. I have been enjoying your posts on dirndls :) I love wearing the my vintage bavarian folk dress, and sewing bunads ( Norwegian folk dress) I would love to have such a neat sketchbook to use.

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  142. I have been enjoying your posts on dirndls :) I love wearing the my vintage bavarian folk dress, and sewing bunads ( Norwegian folk dress) I would love to have such a neat sketchbook to use.

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  143. thank you for a lovely and inspiring blog! I Would love to have that sketchbook ! :)

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  144. I really enjoy your blog and have learned so much!

    val@casamarengo.com

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  145. Awesome! I used to fill notebooks as a kid with my fashion drawings!

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  146. I love your new fall fabrics! I already ran out and got a few yards to make another button up Gertie Top!

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  147. What a great giveaway - I'd love to win!

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  148. Ooh yes, it would be great to win one of these! Love your blog and have your other books. anneehill7 AT gmail DOT com

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  149. I've loved the look of these from day one. Many of my attempts to sketch croquis based on my body have failed...terribly.Thanks for another great book!

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  150. Would love one. I keep thinking I should plan before I do!

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  151. I have been sewing for years but I surely could benefit from a copy of your book. Love your blog.

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  152. Greetings from the Netherlands! Big fan here! Would love to win a copy af your book!
    triesbiel@gmail.com

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  153. I teach Fashion Design and Technology at a Canadian high school. We would love to have your book as a resource in our classroom. Our students need to see many different body types represented as croquis.

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  154. Great giveaway.
    Fam (dot) Rother (at) web (dot) de

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  155. I find your blog so inspiring and I would love to get one of these books! Riza

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  156. I think these are great! I would love to win one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  157. I would love to give this book to my 11yo. She has been using a 'fashion designer' sketchbook from the toy dept that might be even more unrealistic then the industry standards.

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  158. Would love to win your book!
    redlocks81@gmail.com

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  159. I was just thinking about your book yesterday. lp(dot)vintageliving(at)gmail(dot)com

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  160. This sounds like a fantastic book! The cover illustrations are especially gorgeous. If I don't win a copy, I'll be adding it to my Christmas wishlist this year :)

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  161. I loved this sketch book when it first launched. I would love to win one :) Thank you so much for inspiring my sewing!

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  162. Love the book, looks really useful

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  163. This would be a great win x jmurdison at Hotmail dot com

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  164. i would love to wing this. starrschaos @ Gmail.com

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  165. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

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  166. That would be such a fun prize to win!

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  167. What fun! And a huge yay for real women!

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  168. Aw man, I literally just bought one of these for myself yesterday! But I'm sure I could find a use for a second one ;) Do you know if there is anything like this with children's croquis? I have been looking for something like that without any success.

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  169. I would put this to good use. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  170. This is brilliant! I love drawing design ideas, but do not enjoy using high fashion croquis as I do not look like that. These have realistic proportions which would make it much easier to imagine what a garment would look like made up. Great book, thanks Gertie. sbroughtonpooch @ hotmail dot com

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  171. I don't think my comment posted! If it did, sorry for the duplicate! I tried to post: I have a template of a more realistic body that I put under my sketch page every time I'm sketching ideas. This book would be helpful. Good work! mswift34@gmail.com

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  172. Ooooh! Me, please. I t would help win the long war for body acceptance.

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  174. Gertie,
    Love your blog! So creative, unique and fun. You inspire my sewing! Great giveaway - would love this book.

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