Speaking of the book, I was in J Crew the other day and spied this skirt which is almost exactly the same as the Sewing School Skirt from my book cover! The J Crew version is $128 – but you could make your own with just a couple yards of fabric and a spare afternoon, for a fraction of the price.
Would it be immodest of me to say I think my version is cuter than J Crew’s? Yeah, that’s probably immodest. But I think the pleat placement on theirs is a little awkward. And I like the chunkier buttons on my version too. Plus? $128 vs DIY? No contest!
Also on the subject of the book, I want to thank the cool web site xojane.com for featuring a project from Sewing in a Straight Line today and offering up three free copies for giveaway, in honor of National Sewing Month! I’m stoked about this because I’ve been a big fan of Jane Pratt’s titles since back in the Sassy days, so it makes me very happy to have my book featured on her site now. I wonder what 14-year-old me, locked in my bedroom obsessively reading and re-reading my stack of Sassies while working on craft projects, would have thought of that.
Be sure to pop over to xoJane.com to enter to snag a copy of the book and to check out writer Rachel McPadden’s adorable version of my One-Hour Skirt (made from a vintage tablecloth, nice!) and read about her self-imposed challenge to sew 30 things in 30 days this month. Which is pretty insane, but as she puts it: “The more you sew, the more you know. Share needles.” You go, Rachel!