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Apr 21, 2016

My Birthday GIVEAWAY -- 1940's Draping Book!



It's my birthday today and I'm celebrating it with a giveaway!

I've owned this reissue of the wonderful 1948 draping book, Precision Draping, for years, but last week my friend Johanna gave me a second copy.  I asked if she minded if I offered it as a giveaway and she didn't, so here we are!

Precision Draping is a very easy-to-understand book that would be perfect for anyone with a passion for Forties style and an interest in crafting your own patterns (or in making changes to the ones you already own).  The concepts aren't difficult to grasp; anyone with a little draping experience -- or none -- will be able to figure them out.  This slim softcover book is full of charming illustrations that will inspire any Forties fashionista/sewista!

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This giveaway is open to everyone the world over.  To enter, simply leave a short comment below before midnight (EST) this coming Sunday.

I'll be announcing the winner, chosen at random, on Monday morning, April 25th.

Ready to start draping?

Good luck, everybody!

127 comments:

  1. This looks like the perfect asset for my sewing room!

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  2. Looks full of info even for those not interested in 40's style.

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  3. Love the vintage stuff so I would love this book! Love your blog and you're the reason how I got into collecting vintage sewing machines!

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  4. Oh my! That book looks absolutely fabulous!

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  5. Happy birthday, friend Peter! Am so glad that 1940s fashion is seeing a return -- those wartime fabric restrictions led to some very clever variations on dress and blouse designs for females, at least!

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  6. Happy birthday! I'm making my mum a forties style dress and this would really help!!

    Frankie
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  7. Happy birthday, Peter! Seems like a wonderful book to give away, lots of inspiration material. Thank you!

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  8. Aw, happy birthday and year, love the illustrations!

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  9. Happy Birthday! I hope you're having a wonderful day.

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  10. Happy birthday! Wow, that book looks amazing! A real treasure!

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  11. Happy birthday! Like you, I too have a "cousin" who loves vintage-style outfits! Now that she knows I'm learning to sew, she's becoming a bit annoying and impatient. Maybe this would help?

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  12. Happy Birthday Peter~ Let there be cake and joy!

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  13. happy birthday!!! so nice from you creating this giveaway!
    this book is so precious, I wish I could be the lucky winner to improve my skills with it!thank you and happy bday again!

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  14. Happy birthday! That book looks delicious. Thank you :).

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  15. Happy birthday Peter!

    I've never won anything, and I don't expect to start, but that book looks amazing. Where can I find my own copy of that to purchase please?

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  16. Happy Birthday. This book seems like a real gem. Thanks for the entry.

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  17. Happy birthday, Peter. I would love to win your book as I'm doing an evening course in flat pattern cutting and a little draping and this looks a lovely book, which would certainly add to my repertoire.

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  18. Happy Birthday and all the best! Keep sewing those beautiful garments.

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  19. Happy Birthday. the book looks wonderful

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  20. Happy Birthday and take care
    Claire

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  21. Why did I not know about this book?

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  22. Happy birthday and those illustrations are so pretty!

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  23. wow this book looks so cool! so much so that i who am trying to to acquire more things want to enter this giveaway. thanks for offering and many happy returns on your birthday!

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    1. trying *NOT* to! lol maybe that was freudian

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  24. Happy Birthday, sweetie! All the best and then some!

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  25. Happy birthday!! It is my birhday too to-day. April 21 is a good day for sewers evidently...The book looks lovely....

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  26. Happy birthday, love your blog, book looks really interesting

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  27. Ooh, yes, please! I'm totally digging the 40's look right now.
    Happy Birthday, Peter!

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  28. Don't enter me in the draw, though the book looks awesome, but I just wanted to delurk to say Happy Birthday! I hope you and Michael have something nice (well, something you like) planned.

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  29. Dear Peter First Happy Birthday. Second, I don't know if it just me or my computer, but I'm having problems in your blog site with too many pop-ups. It is making maneuvering around the blog very difficult. Strange things keep popping up or it takes me to a new page of ads. Hopefully others are not having the problem. I might have to get another Pop-up blocker.
    Thank you for your time, I really enjoy your blog and have been reading it for years. Alan

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  30. Happy Birthday! What a great book, maybe making my own 40s patterns would cut down on my vintage pattern buying sprees :P Doubt it though ;)

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  31. Happy Birthday to you! Monday April 25th is my birthday. In fact, I turn 50 on Monday..boohoo. I think this would be a lovely birthday gift and help me to forget how old I am.

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  32. Happy birthday! Here's to learning how to drape.

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  33. Happy birthday! Thanks for the opportunity! I discovered your blog just a few weeks ago. Enjoying your posts about FIT a lot��

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  34. Happy Birthday. I watch your posts always and I am inspired to sew better by you. Thanks

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  35. Happy birthday! That looks like such a cool book, I love the silhouettes of that era but wouldn't have the foggiest where to start drafting them myself!

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  36. Many happy returns! Hope you had a great day :)

    Won't lie, crossing my fingers for that book, it looks amazing! So nice of you to share!

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  37. That's stunning, like a whole book of vintage pattern covers! Happy birthday :-)
    X

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  38. Happy birthday! It's my daughter's birthday too! (She's 14 and wants to celebrate by going to IHOP for dinner. LOL). So nice of you to give away presents for your birthday.

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  39. Happy Birthday, and many more of 'em!

    This book would be the perfect kickstart to my new life, having moved away from everything I knew to a new home, with a man whose idea of housemoving was to say, "now right in front of the window here is the best place for your 1903 treadle Singer, isn't it?" and made sure I have all the space I need for all my sewing stuff, bless him!

    Now I'm just struggling to bring my own haphazard sewing standards up, so this book would be ideal!

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    1. Happy birthday Peter! I wish you a lot of happiness, love, and anything else that you would like to accomplish this year.
      What a lovely book.

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  40. Happy birthday Peter, and thank-you for sharing the joy. The draping book looks like lots of fun.
    Best Wishes,
    Gail from Schwenksville

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  41. Happy Birthday! What a charming book that looks to be - love the 40s style, and it seems like there is a lot to learn about draping.

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  42. Very Nice!!!!!! Happy Birthday to you!!

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  43. Lovely! And happy birthday! Sometimes it seems like you're the luckiest guy ever.

    Antone

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  44. I love it! 1940's illustrations take mysteries out of many things. Happy birthday, and thanks for allowing me the pleasant thought that I might someday own a book like this.

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  45. Happy Birthday!!!

    -LS

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  46. Happy Birthday! What a fun book and giveaway.

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  47. If I don't win this book, I will have to buy it. Because it looks awesome!

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  48. Happy birthday, Peter! This would be great paired with my Lutterloh patterns from the same era. Assuming I don't win, this is one I should look up! Hope you're having a splendid day.

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  49. What a treat! Thank you for sharing.

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  50. Happy Birthday Peter! I wish you a great day!

    I never win Giveaways, so I never comment even when the present is such a great book. In the past I had some basic course about drapping, because was part of my grad. course but never tried
    put it to praxis. I found complicated at that time, but this method looks quite simple!


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  51. Hello, Peter, and a happy birthday to you. Wonderful book, love the yoke treatments.

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  52. Happy Birthday! Would love this book! Cathie!

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  53. Oh, how exciting!! This book looks fabulous!! Have a wonderful birthday...You're the best!!

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  54. Oh, how exciting!! This book looks fabulous!! Have a wonderful birthday...You're the best!!

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  55. Awesome! Happy birthday to you and thanks for thinking of your fans!

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  56. Wow! That book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win it, and Happy Birthday!

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  57. Hope you are partying Boxtop style! Thanks for all the fun posts--

    Brenda

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  58. Your post and the book photos brought back happy memories of classes in Draping and Flat Pattern making at Iowa State University during the middle 1960s. I enjoyed the draping class, but absolutely loved the Flat Pattern class.
    Thanks triggering for my trip down memory lane.

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  59. Happy Birthday!!! Looks like a great book!

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  60. It's official, the woodwork is now empty.

    All good things to you, Peter!

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  61. Birthday greetings from Australia! I have literally just "discovered" you and I am very much looking forward to reading your blog and learning about your sewing adventures over the weekend.
    The draping book looks divine. What a fantastic way to celebrate your birthday by giving away such a gem.
    Enjoy your day!

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  62. What a cool book. I would love a copy!
    Happy Birthday!

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  63. Birthday greeting Peter. Love the blog and enjoying seeing what you are working on. This book looks great . Hope I win..
    Don

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  64. Happy birthday! I'd love to add this book to my knowledge arsenal.

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  65. Happy birthday! My husband thought your posts on the boxtop/calchemise were hilarious! (And no, I'm not making him one ...)

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  66. Happy Birthday, you and Queen Elizabeth! With a draping primer I might venture into womenswear !

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  67. Happy birthday! Mine was on Tuesday 19th, when I was a small child it used to really annoy me how she would have such a fuss for hers and I would have considerably less fuss.


    My 6 year old self really resented how she had an official and unofficial birthday....I tried doing that too but strangely it didn't catch on.....imagine!

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  68. Happy Birthday, Peter! May it be a great year for you!
    The book looks wonderful!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

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  69. happy birthday! May you have as long and as healthy a life as QEII! an may I say how sweet it is of you to give a gift on your own birthday:).

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  70. Happy Birthday from Oman. I love reading your blog - keep up all the good work^^

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  71. Happy Birthday Peter! I hope you have a great year!

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  72. Happy Birthday! This book would be a great addition to my library.

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  73. I enjoy your blog and your Instagram feed. Hope your birthday was great.

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  74. Happy Birthday to a fellow Taurus! Thank you for making this giveaway international! ♥

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  75. Happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful celebration with your family.
    Neat book! I imagine it would really get the creative juices flowing overtime.

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  76. Many happy returns, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. Happy birthday from one April baby to another!!! What a great resource this book looks like, if love to win!

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  78. Happy Birthday! I hope you receive as nice a present as you are giving for the occasion.

    This book looks great - I'm not into 40s fashion to make full garments, but they had so many wonderful details. And I'd love to learn draping. I may be hunting this book if not so fortunate as to win.

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  79. This book would be a lovely addition to my sewing library. Each book I acquire provides new insight into the complexities and joys of clothing construction. I love you and your blog Peter and you inspire me to be a better sewist.

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  80. Happy Birthday! I would love to have this book.

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  81. Happy Birthday! I adore the book's cover! She has some serious attitude :)

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  82. Happy birthday Peter! And what a nice thought of younto give this book away. It would be a major asset for my sewing studio.

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  83. Happy Birthday! What a great book for any sewers collection. :)

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  84. Happy Birthday, Peter! Great looking book. Forties style...that's got my sister written all over it!

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  85. How kind of you to offer a giveaway on your Birthday. I am a new blog reader. Your blog is so interesting. Thank you for writing.

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  86. Happy Birthday!! This book looks amazing! Always looking to learn more and beef up my sewing skills. This will be a great gift for whomever wins it.

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  87. First, I don't want to be included in the giveaway, secondly I want to wish you a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and I hope you have an amazing day. Can't wait to see who the winner is.

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  88. Happy Birthday Peter! I've been addicted to your blog ever since I first stumbled upon it looking for vintage slips. You have great talent. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

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  89. The 40's are my favorite era! Everything is so classic and timeless.

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  90. Happy birthday Peter. This is my first ever comment. I may write again soon as I am thinking of making my husband a shirt (a first for me). But I am on holiday in Germany at present and my sewing machine broke the day before we left!!!!!!!

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  91. I would love to win this book.Looks great.

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  92. Many happy returns of the day to you! : )You just gave me a present since I didn't know this book was in reprint.

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  93. Happy Birthday Peter! I hope this is your best birthday yet!!

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  94. Congratulations! I really would love to learn draping, so....
    Greetings from The Netherlands!

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  95. Hope you had a lovely birthday. The book looks fascinating - I have a dress form but haven't actually used it for draping yet as it seems rather intimidating, but I am keen to learn!

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  96. Hoping you have a unique and blessed birthday!!!! Enjoy it with love ones and doing what enlightens your days 🎂

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  97. Happy Belated Birthday, hope you are still celebrating!

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  98. A belated happy birthday to you!

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  99. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. I love old books like this - they have amazing tips in them that often seem to be missing in more modern books. Plus when it boils down to it the basic techniques haven't changed much.

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  100. Happy birthday! Love the book. You can't find information like this anymore. Enjoy.

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  101. Happy Birthday! Thank you for the opportunity!

    Rose in SV

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  102. Happy birthday to you! I was just on your blog to see if you posted any more tutorials for our tailoring class. Wow you sure have a lot of followers! Anyway I'd love to be in the lottery for that book. 1940's style dresses really suit me. Enjoy your birthday weekend.
    -Gaby

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  103. Happy Birthday Peter!

    A(nonymous)

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  104. Happy birthday Peter!
    -LH

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  105. Happy Birthday! Just finishing up my draping class as part of my degree program.Hard going back to school when in your 60's but enjoying it.

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  106. Happy Birthday! I've always wanted to learn how to drape.

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  107. Happy birthday and thanks for sharing.

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  108. Happy birthday - looks like a cool book!

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  109. Happy Birthday to you! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and when I'm done reading it I get joy reading the blogs on the right that I'm not subscribed to. Would love to win the book!

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  110. Happy happy birthday! That book looks amazing!

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  111. Hey! I've been a fan of your blog for yonks. You've given me so much inspiration to sew vintage fashion. <3 That book looks beautiful!

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