giveaway: skirt-a-day! [CLOSED]


Today I’m happy to be a stop on the blog tour for Skirt-A-Day Sewing, the latest book by Nicole Smith! Nikki is a crazy-talented sewing lady who has been my colleague and friend for several years now here on the NYC crafting scene. I’m so excited for Nikki’s new book, because 1) all of her sewing designs are always amazing; and 2) skirts are the best!


Really, skirts are the perfect sewing project ever. They’re easy to make, great for learning new skills–and it’s fall now, which is the ideal time for my favorite uniform: a skirt, tights and boots! And Nikki’s book it just the perfect thing to make that happen.


Seriously with this book you could whip up a week’s worth of new skirts, and be all set for the season to come. Nikki teaches you everything you need to know, from sewing basics to customization all the way up to drafting your own skirt patterns. You can learn so many sewing skills, all through the process of making cute skirts.


I was honored to be quoted on the back cover of Nikki’s new book, and there’s really nothing better I can say here to describe the book than what I said there:

“Wow! This is THE definitive book on sewing amazing skirts! Nicole teaches you everything you’ll need to know to create your own personalized collection, from sewing basics to finer finishing techniques to even drafting your own patterns. With this book you can literally create the foundation for a whole new wardrobe while also building your garment-making skills.”

And that’s the truth!

Great news! I have one copy of Skirt-A-Day Sewing to give away to one of you! To enter, just leave a comment on this post and tell me what kind of garment sewing you’re into. Have you never sewn clothes at all but would love to learn? Have you made yourself a million skirts over the years but would love to learn to draft your own patterns? Whatever your garment sewing story is, I’d love to hear it.

I’ll draw one winner by random on Wednesday, September 25. Good luck! (Note: you must have a U.S. shipping address to be eligible to win.)

PS: I can’t pass up this opportunity to mention that Nikki is also teaching at our upcoming Brooklyn Craft Camp! So if you’d like to take a class with Nikki and a whole crew of amazing NYC-based craft superstars, join us on October 5! (Advance registration is required.)

 UPDATE: Thanks to all who entered! The lucky winner is Shelly! Congrats!!!


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  • Nan

    I’ve been itching to get back behind the sewing machine. Years ago, I would make pants and skirts. My mother taught me when I was a little girl. But I don’t have a place to keep my machine out. So, it stays in the closet most of the time. This book would be great inspiration.

  • KnittyNora

    My husband bought me your ‘sewing in a straight line’ book for my birthday this year along with my very first sewing machine. I absolutely love it! I’ve been hoping to create some skirts for winter and would love to win a copy of your ‘skirt a day’ book….looks fab!

    I started my crafty journey with knitting but have since developed my skills to include a bit of sewing too. I’ve made one of your one hour skirts… you will find on my kollabora page :)

  • Amie

    This looks like a wonderful book. Thank you for arranging the giveaway.

  • Amie

    I haven’t made clothes for an adult before, but would love to do skirts.

  • Melissa

    I’ve never made a garment…but sure would love to make a skirt!! :) I have a fabric licenses with Windham Fabrics and the pressure to know how to sew, is ever mounting!! My dear husband does most the sewing in our house (he does upholstery)…and my poor one-man-sweatshop is desperate for me to become a whole lot craftier of a seamstress!! I think this book would be the perfect challenge to get going!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Christie

    Awesome book! I’ve been having trouble finding material for a beginner that knows how to work a sewing machine. I just got my mom’s elna from 1984 and i’m really looking forward to figuring out how to make something I want to wear. This book looks pretty perfect!

  • Jody

    Brett-I’ve made my daughter some skirts with your Sewing in a Straight Line book. I’d love to expand and make something for myself from this lovely book. Thanks for the chance!!

  • Faith

    I am into casual wear. I do not wear skirts, but my daughter does and I would gift this book to her – her bday is in November. Making skirts isn’t hard unless you want to make fancy ones – casual ones are easy.

  • Shelly

    Skirts!! I LOVE sewing skirts just because they are so versatile (I’m wearing one now!). Pencil skirts are my go-to favorite, but I need to vary it up. This looks like a great book!

  • Melodye

    I have been sewing since I was 10 but am always looking for a challenge — and drafting my own pattern is something I haven’t ever done. This would be a good way to stick my toe into these particular waters… :-D

  • Heather

    I need to start sewing skirts. I can never find what I want ready-made. I did make a maxi skirt recently and would love to use this book to build up and give some variety to my skirt collection!

  • Miss Crayola reepy

    I’ve been trying to sew more separates, so this book would be perfect for me! :)

  • jennifer

    Made a slew of skirts a few years back when I was teaching myself to sew. Would like to get back on the bandwagon and freshen up the closet. Nicole’s book sounds like just the ticket for that project.

  • Michelle k

    Would love to win a copy of this book. I am a garment sewer, but I lack great knowhow for better finishing and the idea of more self drafting that this book offers makes it a want for my library.

  • Rosalynn Warren

    This looks like it would be a fabulous addition to any stitcher & crafters’ book collection! I would love to win this copy because I’m a plus size lady and need all the help I can get in learning to draft my own patterns. I have to alter clothes quite a bit to get a good fit. And I LOVE skirts! A lot of plus size ladies won’t wear skirts, but I say…as long as it fits well and you feel good, go for it!

  • Heather S

    I’m into sewing skirts as well! I’d la la LOVE to win and use this, thanks for the chance!

  • Margaret C.

    mostly, I make jackets. I recently bought at a thrift shop over 4 yards of Viyella which is 36 inches wide. It would make a terrific skirt.

  • mary

    I love sewing skirts, and can crank them out easily for my daughter and me. However, I haven’t been able to translate others’ body measurements into a successful skirt. I would love to figure out how to do that so I can sew skirts for friends!

  • Amy

    The only serious garment I’ve sewn (so far!) is the cardigan from YOUR book Sewing In a Straight Line. So I would love, love, LOVE to add some skirts to my wardrobe, too! That way I’ll gain some confidence before I tackle pants!

  • Katie

    I have literally just gotten started with sewing. I would love to make my own loungewear for at home, as well as shirts for work.

    Now, I don’t really consider myself a skirt person, but seeing all of those skirts on the front of the book (especially the sexy red one) makes me really want to try to make one fit into my wardrobe!!

    I also reserved your Sewing in a straight line book from the local library this morning. Hopefully I get to check it out this weekend! I was seriously impressed by the one-hour skirt and the super easy zippered pillow case!

  • Tiffany

    I have never sewn clothes before, but would love a guide that could help me get started. Pick me, pick me!

  • Claudia TN

    Love skirts. They are so fun to sew and wear. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Jennifer w

    haven’t made it past comfy flannel pants yet…but have Brett’s “Sewing in a Straight Line” so hopefully someday I’ll get off my duff & get busy!

  • kristina

    After some pajama pants that turned out well I got too brave and attempted a top with curved arm holes. I think I will need to backtrack a bit to skirts!

  • Lori Lynn @ Playing House

    I’d really love to learn to sew all kinds of garments for myself. I have just very basic sewing skills, so this book would totally help expand my skills! :-)

  • Annette

    I sew everything – clothing, quilts, bags, etc. I love sewing!!!!!!

  • sharon neuman

    I have been in a dress sewing craze lately, but those skirts are so awesome! i would gladly switch sewing gears!

  • calee

    I’m hugely into reconstructing T-shirts, but would like to get into some more legitimate garment sewing.

  • Mary

    I haven’t sewn in years; itchy to get back into it. Would love to make my own skirts like I did in high school (many, many moons ago!). Looks like a fun book. Best to all of us!

  • Emme

    This book is perfect because I’m into skirts and tights this fall!

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  • Cindy G.

    I haven’t sewn any clothing in a very long time, but it used to be the only thing I ever sewed! I would love to add a few cute skirts to my wardrobe. I teach 6th grade science, and it would also be totally fun to add to my {already high} geek cred by using some science-themed fabrics. If I put my curly hair up into a bun, I could almost pull of a Ms. Frizzle!

  • Holly S.

    I just bought my first sewing machine last week. I’m attempting a pillow, with hopes of advancing my skills project by project. I can’t wait for the day when someone asks where I bought my dress/skirt/shirt/etc and I can say that I made it!

  • Emily C

    I love to sew. I like to sew skirts. Shirt armholes tend to frustrate, though.

  • Cyndy

    I’m trying to get more skilled at sewing. I just made a couple skirts, but would love to make more! This book looks awesome.

  • Michelle C.

    I used to sew many years ago, and have just started sewing again. I have my grandmother’s 1950-something Singer that still works great, even though it only sews straight stitches. I’d love to sew some of these great skirts and learn to make my own patterns!

  • Tas

    After 3 kids, I have just gotten into sewing seriosly for myself again. At the moment it is a lot of knit fabric tops and I am trying to find the most flattering knit fabric skirt. But I have a huge pile of vintage dress patterns and really want to make myself some (a lot) of those.

    (I am in Australia but I do have a US shipping address if I am so lucky as to win)

  • Michelle

    I’m sewing purses & bags, plus a few of your one-hour skirts! I’m trying to expand my skills…which lately has been occupied by knitting, but just finished all my projects. Thanks!

  • Sonalee

    I sew kurtas, they are Indian tunics. i am also venturing into frocks, skirts and tops recently.I would love to win this and make myself some skirts to gift and keep.

  • Charity

    My favorite thing to sew is dresses–I love to wear girly clothes, and am petite, so it’s hard to find dresses that fit properly. I’d love to learn to draft custom skirts that fit me well!

  • MelodyJ

    I haven’t sewn at all and I want to. I don’t know if I should take a class or teach myself.

  • Krrinken

    I used to sew a lot when I was younger and want to start using my machine again. This book looks great!

  • Kayleigh L

    Would love to start sewing clothes and these skirts look great and fun to try. Thank you for this opportunity!

  • sarah

    I have hard to fit hips and would love some instructions on drafting my own patterns!

  • Christine

    Looks like such a fun book. I’m working on making my own clothes, I think I’m partial to dresses and cute skirts!


    I just watched Brett on “Sew It All” with the straight line sewing project. That’s how I found this site. :) Now I feel motivated to break out the sewing machine I’ve only used once and get creative. I am tall and it’s impossible to find pants that fit, so I am a die-hard dress and skirt gal.This would be perfect!

  • Heather

    I love sewing skirts. They are so easy to wear, and great all year.

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  • Samantha

    Im not experienced sewing clothes. This book looks like a great start. Thanks.

  • Renee

    I’m a garment sewer. Dresses, skirts and blouses all for me!

  • Anita

    I’m a quilter but recently started sewing garmets.

  • felicia

    I usually sew for my kids. But every once in a while I’m able to sneak in a little something for myself.

  • Samina

    I love sewing & wearing skirts, too. It’s funny, because I rarely wore skirts when I was younger, but as I’ve gotten older, I find them to be the perfect combination of style & comfort, & now they’ve become wardrobe staples for me.

  • Emma

    I love sewing dresses. It’s always so much fun to see those come together. I haven’t sewn many skirts but i find them much easier to wear and would LOVE to sew more skirts. It’s so much fun to make clothes for myself whenever i have the time!

  • Sharmeen

    I would sew a skirt a day if I had this book. I would make for a great blog challenge!

  • Diya

    I love drafting sewing patterns with unique designs for myself and friends.. I blog about all these on my blog here.

  • Kemi Quinn

    I have sewn myself a few nice things over the years. I come from a family of sewers so they help me out. I would love to make skirts for myself and my daughter. I’ve made dresses but strangely no skirts.

  • Jane S.

    Most of the garments I’ve made have been for myself, tops, maternity wear, stuff like that. When my girls were little I used to sew things for them too. That was easy and fun. Little kids don’t have curves so it was just a matter of making sure the clothes were long or short enough! I haven’t sewn any garments for years (decades, actually) so it would be nice to get back into it. Thank you for the chance to win. :)

  • Wendy

    I love to sew skirts! I would like to draft my own pattern or adjust one.

  • Dorothy Burkholder

    I have sewn basic skirts, pants, shirts and dresses. I am now teaching my kids to sew and would love the book to help them springboard into more drafting ideas. The book looks marvelous. Thanks.

  • Miriam

    I have been sewing about 6 months all about household sewing and accessories and am currently enrolled in a class to sew my first garment.

  • Linda Armenti

    I’m new at sewing garments, but just thrilled with the process. I am looking to expand my horizons and I love skirts so this would be a great win.

  • Carmen

    I’ve only made a pair of simple shorts for my daughter and a really bad t-shirt (at the age of 12); I really want to make more clothing

  • Allison

    I’m into taking thrift store stuff and resizing it to my shape. I’ve yet to do any from scratch sewing, and I’d really love to start.

  • melissa

    I’m making a couple blouses. I started sewing one this evening that I will finish tomorrow. Then I have another one I have to complete by the end of the month for a sewing challenge. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

  • Yan

    I love making dresses. I love wearing dresses.

  • Miranda

    I love making simple patterns out of great cotton prints. Skirts and dresses are probably my favourite!

  • Cathy W

    I’ve only tried the one-hour skirt. Excited to try other styles!

  • Diane

    I have four teenage daughters – and we’ve made lots of skirts – just recently branching out where we taken a pattern and altered it by adding a flounce or a godet. It’s usually a group effort sewing project – we’ve two machines – but sewing gives the girls a chance to choose their colors and their styles. This book looks great!

  • jessicac

    Still just a novice sewer… and would love to try garments!

  • linda

    all the skirts look amazing!

  • Janet Willison

    I love the patterns.. It skirt creativity all in one place.

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