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Built By Wendy Dresses by Wendy Mullin with Eviana Hartman
Nothing says spring or summer more than dresses and this season you’ll be ready to make your own with Wendy Mullin’s new book, Built By Wendy Dresses: The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl’s Best Frock. This book is your 101 guide to making your own dresses. Mullin, along with Eviana Hartman bring you three basic patterns, the Sheath, Shift, and Dimdi through which you can piece together and sew up to 25 different dress combinations. From a sundress to a shift dress, you’ll find that sewing up the perfect dress is easy! Not to mention, the step-by-step instructions with accompanying line drawings are easy to follow too. The front section of the book gives you quick sewing lessons as it relates to the projects — helpful stuff like how to sew a variety of pockets, zippers, and instructions on how to line a dress. These little sewing nuggets are great to jump start your inspiration on how you can alter the designs and make it all your own.
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See more photos and enter the giveaway after the jump!


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I love pages like this where you can see all the different variations of necklines and collars. It made me realize how much I love that bateau neckline.
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At the top of my list to sew is this versatile Palm Beach Tunic. Perfect to wear on vacation, on a warm spring day, or with leggings when there’s a little chill. So versatile!
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The book is highly organized when presenting material. For each project, you’ll know which pattern pieces you need to use and tips for optimum sewing.
Book Giveaway Time!
Three lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of the book, Built by Wendy Dresses. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Monday, February 22nd Wednesday, February 24th. The lucky winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!
Update: We’ve extended the giveway date! You now have until Wednesday, February 24 at Noon PST to enter. (Please see this post for more info.)
Update 2/24: This giveaway is now closed.

676 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway: Built By Wendy Dresses

  1. I’ve got a big collection of fabrics, I need some inspiration to start using it, and this books looks like inspiration to me! :-)

  2. i am making all of my own spring dresses this year, but i haven’t sewn clothing since high school. this would be GREAT!!!!

  3. I would love a book that suggests how to adjust for a little more bust so that the whole dress didn’t need to be bigger.

  4. I have Wendy’s other two books and would love to complete my collection! I tend to tweak the patterns I use and Wendy is very helpful with encouraging modifications – love her!
    -Amy

  5. I’ve always been hard to fit. I’m almost 6ft, I’m a little larger than normal and I dislike most styles of conventional clothing. After my 2nd baby arrives this summer I’d love to celebrate by making myself some new clothes!

  6. I’ve been in the mood for the last couple weeks to make a dress even though it’s freezing outside and I never wear dresses. Winning this book would inspire me to actually make the dress!
    chasleyp@gmail.com

  7. Oh, I would love this. I love her patterns and her style. This book would convince me to stop sewing clothes for my kids and start sewing clothes for myself! Plus, I’m a dress girl. I wear a dress almost every day.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. Having just completed a skirt from Sew U I am ready to try my skills with a dress. I never fit into clothes off the rack and am trying to make more and more of my own clothes. I would love to win this book.
    Great books!

  9. I’ve been working hard at refining my body and need new clothes – I’d love the book to make a new wardrobe!

  10. I would love to win this book because I plan to make a ton of cute dresses for summer. I hate shorts and I think dresses are my favorite way to keep cool.

  11. I would love to have this book! I’m new at sewing and need all the help I can get. Plus I have a hard time finding clothing that fits me properly, and I really want to learn how to make my own clothes.

  12. I’m just learning to sew and I’m dying to try my hand at making an actual dress to go with my Betty Draper apron. This book looks like just the thing!

  13. I’m determined to teach myself how to sew this year. I got a new sewing machine, now I just need something to make!

  14. i really, really need this book! love dresses lately but it’s so hard to find exactly what i want. i need to start making my own.

  15. I’ve just recently taken up sewing so I’m admittedly not much good, but I’m looking for inspiration and ways to practice. I can’t think of a better way than a new book to challenge and help me grow creatively. Thanks for consideration and good luck to everyone.

  16. I would love some new, easy patterns to make some dresses for the Spring and Summer. I enjoyed the S-E-W book quite a lot, and am looking forward to this one, too!

  17. I’m just starting to really delve into sewing on my own – after hanging over my mom’s shoulder growing up while she sewed all sorts of crazy things – I’m starting small with bags and skirts but would love to move into sewing some of my own dresses!

  18. I have a black linen BBW dress that I’ve worn to pieces. I often wish that it had a scoopneck to make it a wee bit more flattering and lo! It looks like I can replicate my best dress were I to just have this book. Pick me!

  19. this book is already in my queue for craft book purchasing – I am self taught so it would be nice to have a reference book for construction – especially because it comes with patterns. So cute.

  20. I would love to have this book. I always have such a hard time finding dresses that fit me on top and bottom. I could make custom-fit dresses.

  21. I would love this book because I’m new to sewing clothes and Wendy’s other books have been very helpful in explaining the whole process.
    joy.kelley AT gmail DOT com

  22. I’d love to win a copy of this book! I’ve been sewing for a little while now, and it’s time for me to graduate from tote bags and pillows and start making some cute clothes.

  23. I’m self-taught and new to garment sewing. Wendy’s first book has been invaluable and I hear this one won’t disappoint.

  24. I would love to start making dresses for me and my daughter. The previews of this book show some of the very styles of dresses that I like.

  25. I used to hate dresses, but now I’m making up for lost time. I wear dresses to everything and could use more of them!

  26. I would be honored to win this book. Although I myself do not wear dresses, because of my gender/sexuality, my mother however does. I really think my mom could appreciate this book, and make some nice things.
    Thank you!
    Alex Haines
    alexzander.haines@gmail.com

  27. Between you, me, and the rest of the Craft readers, I own Impossible Can. Impossible Can looks kind of funny in pants. Impossible Can is roughly 2 sizes (on a good day) larger than the rest of Handleable Me. Problem-Solving Husband and Handleable Me decided the best way to get around this problem (and to keep me occupied with awesome sewing projects!) was to start making scads of dresses.
    I could use some help!
    Oh, and I just started a sewing circle in my area. I think the other ladies would kill to look at this book. :)
    vscacciatore@gmail.com

  28. Oh, I keep seeing this book popping up in the craft blog world, and it looks great! I would love to start sewing for myself, branch out of the kid’s clothes rut I’m in, so this would be a great start. Me please!

  29. One of my main goals for myself this year is to establish my style (in all facets of my life). This book would be lovely in my ‘making/upcycling/altering/embellishing/etc’ clothes part of the goal. And did I mention my birthday is coming up in three weeks? ;) Anyway, thanks for the chance to win!
    Tiffany Clark fortheloveofartandthemaking at gmail dot com

  30. I would love this book to continue 2009’s “wear more dresses” and “make clothes” resolutions! I would rather make dresses than separates – not so much “does this match?” worrying!

  31. I’m a newbie to sewing using a cheap sewing machine to learn. I’ve had to look up everything I’m learning through books or online tutorials. This book would be a great help to me! I would love to be able to sew my own clothing. I’ve managed to sew my toddler son a few things, but I’ve yet to venture into making my own clothing.
    amber.m.spencer@gmail.com

  32. I have a stash of fabric and no job, so I need some new clothes. Commercial patterns take me hours to modify (I’m 5’10”) so a book that shows how to modify its basic patterns would be excellent for me.

  33. I have always loved dresses because of their sheer girliness. My main reason for wanting this book is so that I can make some new dresses I feel really good in. I’m still getting used to my post-baby body and feel like making something that flatters and hopefully makes me feel more comfortable with my new shape.
    I am a mother of a very active 14 month old, but when I put a great fitting dress on I feel put together even if I have the remnants of my child’s last meal in my hair.
    I love sewing, but haven’t had as much time of late. Thankfully, my little one has started to entertain himself for longer stretches of time leaving me a new opportunity…to sew! What better motivator than a wonderful new book all about delicious dresses!

  34. …her books are so informative and filled with easy to follow instructions. I have this book on my wishlist and would LOVE to be one of the lucky ones to win a copy here. I am *trying* to be more selective about the clothing that I wear and upcycle materials that I already own…that tunic in the article looks like the perfect project to get me in a summer state of mind, too!

  35. Oh my goodness, we just got her book “Sew U” and have been having a *ball* with it… I would love to win this book and have my much-better-sewing teenage daughter show me how to use it! It is my dream to sew my own dress.

  36. So useful! I would love to add this to my library. :)
    (Um…if the email addys “won’t be published”, why do I see so many? Sigh. hfoutz at yahoo dot com)

  37. I have yet to make a dress that fits me well. This is a must have for my sewing library! I have the other Built By Wendy books, and LOVE them!!! Fingers crossed :)

  38. …. because the hardest part of my day was not so much the hangover; it was that I eventually had to put on PANTS.
    (clearly I need more dresses).
    tessisthebest (at) hotmail (dot) com

  39. These are fantastic! I have just started to sew. I can’t work anymore due to serious illness. I have seven sons and one daughter. And now two grandchildren. And we finally got a little girl-a granddaughter! My youngest sons are the same age as my grandchildren, too. So, I am learning how to sew and it’s HARD to learn at 42, haha!
    I would love to have this. I want my daughter (21), my younger sons and my grandchildren to learn young. I have become more relaxed and happy from sewing that any other craft I do (a LOT!).
    Thank you.
    mmars8@gmail.com

  40. I’ve been wanting to learn to sew dresses for a while now. I’ve bought 2 dress patterns, tried one but it was way too complicated for me and frustrating so I just gave up. This book would help alleviate those frustrations.

  41. I would LOVE to win this book. I want to learn how to sew and this looks so straightforward with amazing instructions and diagrams!

  42. I would LOVE this book to get me kick-started to sew something for myself. I am always making things for others (which I LLLLLOVE) but not for me. This drives my husband crazy! Having such a great resource like this book would be perfect. Oh, and my name is Wendy!!! :)

  43. I have a hard time finding dresses that are a good fit for me and work, while not being too generic. I want to make my own, and I’m just finishing a basic sewing course, so I’m hoping to try out garments soon. knitter_tara@yahoo.ca

  44. I would absolutely love this book as I have always been a huge Built by Wendy fan. But also because I’ve been determined to learn a new craft each year (at least), and sewing is one that I’ve been planning for a while. Got a machine, got a few yards of fabric, now I just need the most inspirational pattern!
    pandoraud@yahoo.com

  45. I would love to win this book! I love making dresses, but have a hard time finding good patterns. Built by Wendy patterns are awesome and some of my favorites right now.

  46. i’d love a copy of this book because i’ve discovered it’s incredibly challenging picking up “off the rack” patterns when you are 5′ 1″ and on the big is beautiful side of things. being able to build my own custom patterns for my size would be a dream!

  47. One of my goals this year to sew myself a new wardrobe so this would be a help to get me started!
    ~Christine H.

  48. Wow, I would love to have this book! It’d be a nice way to expand the wardrobe without decimating the wallet. By the way, your comments thingy DOES seem to be showing people’s email addresses, so you may want to ensure all variations of your comment form have a separate, private field for emails. I’d still like to win so here’s hoping I don’t get spammed:
    dnb211@nyu.edu

  49. I would love to win this book! I am such a huge fan of Built by Wendy designs and have been stocking up on A LOT of fabric destined to be made into cute dresses. Wendy shows us how you can have a beautiful, versatile wardrobe and sew it all too!

  50. I want to learn to sew my own clothes, I am a plus size, 5’2″ chick… and wow would this be cool to help me understand and learn! I hope I win!!
    Looks like a wonderful book and good luck to everyone!

  51. I’d love this book. I’m hoping to make my first dress or two this year for some weddings I’ll be attending. I don’t have a lot of experience sewing clothing. Thanks!

  52. Oh man…I have spent the better part of a year thousands of miles away from my sewing machine in California and the last three months suffering in icy, snowy, below-freezing winter weather. I’ll be reunited with my sewing machine soon, so not only would this book help ease my itchy pedal foot, but would give me the chance to make up a whole new wardrobe that doesn’t require me to wear a layer of wool!
    cbalkovek@gmail.com

  53. I’d love to win this book because I have a shelf of stash fabric (much of it given to me or cheap from thrift stores) that is just waiting to be made into some beautiful dresses!

  54. This book would be my sewing machine’s perfect mate!!!
    This is a great opportunity to have some dresses that actually fit me.

  55. I am in love with dresses! I keep buying and altering patterns, or buying and altering 2nd hand patterns but i would just LOVE to know how to create my own look from the beginning! It would be especially useful as I have to rebuild my wardrobe after the recent birth of my child :)

  56. I really love Built by Wendy patterns and how versatile they are, along with the fact that they’re cut generously (since I’m built kind of generously!) to fit a range of sizes. I have the Built by Wendy Stretch U book that has helped me a ton in sewing knits, but dresses are my favorite thing to both wear and sew…the Built by Wendy Dresses book would be an awesome addition to my shelves!!
    jessicafritsche@gmail.com

  57. So I actually am very new to sewing and i think this would make the whole construction aspect very easy. I just got a sewing machine for christmas and am currently setting up my work station. As my first few projects have come out…funny (to say the least) i would really appreciate all the help i can get!!! HELP!!!
    thanks for making a crazy informative blog btw

  58. I would love to have this book for a lot of reasons! First, I think it is time to move on from skirts, and this book will definitely help. Second, I have events happening when the weather gets warm, and I would love to make my outfits. Third, it would complete my Built By Wendy book collection!

  59. I love Built by wendy, I use her simplicity patterns all the time! I would love this book, i love sewing clothes especially dresses and her book would be a good challange since the patterns aren’t typical in that you have to add your own seam allowance. plus i just love her style and design!!!

  60. I have the other built by wendy books and would love to complete my collection! I’m already thinking about summer dresses so this book would definitely come in handy…

  61. I am a full sized (and then some) woman. It’s very difficult to find dresses I like in my size. I am teaching myself to design my own, and really really really REALLY want this book as it looks fantastic for my purposes.
    ms.gyspy@gmail.com

  62. ‘m making a few dresses for my wife and daughter, mostly modified from other patterns lying about, as I’m never happy with the exact details in a pattern. It would be great to have some fresh ideas to add to the ferment. You can never have too many projects on the go. I’d love this book.

  63. I’ve been sewing for my daugthers for a while and was planning to start sewing for myself and this would be the perfect book to start!

  64. I’m a crafty person stuck in a very un-crafty place for the time being and in a craft slump as a result :( I would love to have some inspiration for when I return to my lovely warm haven with perfect dress weather! Looks like a fabulous book for a relatively newcomer to sewing as well!

  65. As a veteran sewer, the Built by Wendy Dresses book intrigues me. The possibilities are endless and it inspires me to branch out, leave my safe zone and create something wonderful. How confident can you get?! Would love one.
    mcfisher@mindspring.com

  66. I live in India and here sewing is not so popular with the younger generation….I keep trying the stuff that you put on your website regularly….but books on sewing and patterns are tough to find here…I;ve been struggling for the past month to get a pattern for my birthday dress but cant…this book would be the best birthday present ever….please ….

  67. Wendy’s books are so inspiring and her do-it-yourself message is really empowering. I’m dying to get my hands on this book so I can ditch all these drab business clothes and really express myself with hand-made dresses.

  68. At 55 I am still learning. However, I have a fear of my sewing machine. Mostly cause I can’t afford to screw things up and “WASTE” materials. I think knowing more about what I am doing will help in ways that i can only imagine now.

  69. my first sewing class is tonight and my long-term goal is to sew a dress for myself! patterns at the store are not that exciting and these are adorable! i love them!
    ps wish me luck on my sewing class :-)
    jaytay5@gmail.com

  70. I’d really like a copy of this book because my grandmother spent this past summer teaching me to man my beloved sewing machine and I’d love the chance to surprise her with something beautiful and homemade. I think this book would be the perfect avenue to do that.
    shepburnlane(at)gmail(dot)com

  71. Love sewing but as a mom of four, my time is limited. I don’t have the time to experiment with patterns and don’t have the confidence to deviate from the original patterns. This book would give me that!!
    Keep up the great work

  72. I am always combining patterns to get the look that I want — this book would be an incredible addition to my library! Love it!
    Rasperry

  73. I need to win, b/c my brother is getting married in August and I don’t have a thing to wear! :-)
    I love the Built By Wendy sewing patters, I just wish they were all petiteable. Maybe the book would help me adjust them?
    Vicki

  74. The nature of my job leaves me pretty frumpy most days, and I’ve been wanting to wear more dresses. I would like to experiment with different fabrics and styles and I think this book would be a great jump start for a sewing novice like me.

  75. i’d like to win this book to share with my friend and business partner, who is coveting it, so that we can have a little sewing party and make ourselves some new dresses!

  76. Please..I could really use this. I have recently taught myself to sew with the help of Wendy’s other book… so helpful. I love dresses I would really like this book.
    Thanks—– Gabbystuff

  77. This book looks so fabulous! I’m trying to sew more for myself this year, instead of just for my kids, and this would be great incentive!

  78. I am still a beginning sewer and I could use all the little tips and tricks! I would love to sew some dresses for myself that would really fit my between sizes frame.
    Thanks.
    julie_dolan at hotmail dot com

  79. I have a sewing machine and have done only very basic stuff on it. I’d love to start making dresses. 2010 is my year without pants! (I’m only wearing skirted things.)

  80. I love making my own clothes and have decided this year to make most of my new wardrobe. This would be awesome to get!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lesliejankowski [at] gmail [dot] com

  81. I’m pretty good as sewing housewares and toys, but I would love to start figuring out how to make clothing and it always sounds like Wendy is a great place to start!
    Thank!!

  82. I need to add more dresses to my wardrobe and this book would be the perfect way to get me into sewing more of them!

  83. I usually wing it and make my own pattern when it comes to making things, but I’m pretty sure I need some help when it comes to making clothing. And I need to spend more time making things for myself!

  84. I would love to win this book! I want to make my own dresses but have been too scared to try!
    mosthotbutter [at] gmail [dot] com

  85. Ok, here is why I should win this giveaway. I love love love Wendy. I have her first book, and when I can afford a serger machine, I will buy her second. I have all of her patterns (- 1) and I visit her website to see all of her cute styles. I have been anticipating this book for months. Before this book even came out it was in my Amazon Wishlist. Thank you for your consideration!
    lmwilliams2009(at)gmail.com

  86. Oh My! I have so much beautiful fabric stashed in boxes in my closet that I’ve been collecting (HOARDING!) for years.. I hear it whispering at night.. it wants to BE SOMETHING! It wants to be a Built By Wendy Dress! Help me give my fabric the life it deserves!
    Thanks for the offer!
    carmelana@gmail.com

  87. I would love this book, I haven’t gotten any Built By Wendy books yet and seriously need some sewing help. Simplicity and Butterick just don’t do it for me! My ten tons of fabric would thank you as well!
    cvkasdan@yahoo.com

  88. I have Wendy’s first book and have found it full of helpful tips. I’ve bought patterns and fabric for dresses before, but I’m too intimidated to start working on them.

  89. I’m newly divorced, recently lost 20 pounds, none of my clothes fit and I’m desperate for some new cute clothes to start my new life with! I’ve been sewing since I was a child but I’m new to sewing clothes – I have Wendy’s other books and love them, can’t wait to get my hands on the dress book!

  90. One of my first sewing projects was made from a Built by Wendy pattern. I love the way that the shirt turned out. I made a point to buy all the patterns at JoAnns when they were on sale…this book would be quite the little sewing blessing!
    Thanks for the chance.
    Amy
    areed1134@gmail.com

  91. LOVE the whole idea of this book! What could be better than making yourself a fab new wardrobe of well-constructed, made to fit, not to mention hip dresses? I feel pretty just thinking about it. [madcapcupcake at gmail dot com]

  92. i love built by wendy and have her first two books and find something new every time i open them. i was just looking at this in the store the other day and would love to add this to my built by wendy collection.
    woowhokids@gmail.com

  93. Ooh, pick me please. This would be a perfect book for me because I can never find dresses that fits me off the rack because of my size. I would have to pay for alteration every time I buy a dress either on sale or full price. I love dresses, but I only have a few. Therefore, this would be a perfect book for me to learn how to sew my own dresses and add more clothes to my wardrobe,

  94. i’ve lost a few pounds recently due to a complicated breakup and nothing fits anymore. i need new dresses and probably a new hobby as well…
    ced.fischer[at]gmail[dot]com

  95. I am fairly new to sewing, but recently came across a flickr group of sewing projects made by different people using only Built By Wendy patterns. I was so inspired by how stylish and simple they were… exactly my style. So they have been added to my list of things to purchase. When I saw this post, I knew I had to enter. I would LOVE this book to help me really get into it and start sewing for myself instead of just for my toddler.

  96. i would love a copy of this book! i have always admired the built by wendy patterns, but never had a chance to try any of them out. this book looks it has lots of fun dresses and i have lots of vintage fabric laying around that need to be put to use.

  97. I’ve been itching to get my hands on a copy of this baby. I wear dresses everyday – yes, even in the snow. So, I would find this book to be extremely useful and inspiring. Thanks for offering this fantastic giveaway.
    jen_ballot AT hotmail DOT com

  98. Basic dressmaking is always welcome in my library! This looks like a book that presents the elements of style that are timeless and useful in building a clothing wardrobe.

  99. I just started sewing clothes – and now I am on my third project. Since there are no courses I can take around here, I have learned a lot from the Sew U book (and by doing… and ripping out and re-doing…)
    I would love to have this book as well, it would be perfect timing to start making some dresses for the sprint and summer – and some dresses to bring when going on honeymoon in June!

  100. I’ve been thinking about getting this book, would love to win it!
    Recently dreaming of a 50’s/60’s full-skirted dress that is simple enough for everyday wear!

  101. I’ve been following Wendy’s work since her guitar strap days. I would love to get my hands on this book and finally learn how to frock and rebuild my wardrobe by making my own clothes. A little over a year ago I had a fire and lost everything and I barely have any clothes or money for clothes. I would love to have the resources and direction to have a DIY wardrobe. Thank you for this opportunity!
    drtyvenus5@hotmail.com

  102. I just started making my own clothes this month.. starting by using pattern from japanese magazine then using burdastyle pattern. This book looks cool! and will definitely help me in understanding clothes making:)

  103. I wish I had this book because there is nothing more enjoyable than female and dressed in the summer of Brazil.
    Dresses are bright, elegant, practical, finally! are all in a wardrobe. And such a book would be complete success!

  104. It’s hard having a good book like this here in Brazil, so it would be wonderful having this one.
    I really want to learn how to sew dresses.
    Ana

  105. I have always wanted to dive into making my own dresses and not just copying a store-bought pattern. I made my wedding dress and would love to show off all the other dresses that I could make with this book’s help! PLEASE consider me! <3 <3
    enigme100@hotmail.com

  106. i’d love to use this book to start actually learning how to sew dresses. i’ve had to teach myself, and the results could definitely use some help. :)

  107. I’ve been asked by the woman I intend to marry to make the dress she is to be married in. I’d love this book for that! :-)

  108. I really need this book. I have so much fabric and a fantasy of making my own clothes (that I would actually wear)

  109. I have so enjoyed Wendy’s other books– they are much loved in my circle of friends! I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, and yet I find that her instructions add so much to my skill set. Really indispensable books and I’ve got to get my hands on this new one. Summer projects, here I come!

  110. ooh, this looks lovely! i’ve been wanting to learn to draft patterns, but it’s intimidating. this looks like a great intermediate step!

  111. ooh, this looks lovely! i’ve been wanting to learn to draft patterns, but it’s intimidating. this looks like a great intermediate step!

  112. I’m starting in sew… so I would love to win this book.
    I think it would give me good ideas to start to make a fashion clothes to me and other good friends!
    I really want to!
    My email: julianamsa@gmail.com
    Thanks!

  113. Oh! I was just looking at this book! I’ve been trying to sew a few dress for myself, and it hasn’t come out very well. I was hoping this book would help. I love wearing dresses, but I can never find the ones I want in shops, but the sewing them part is tripping me up!

  114. I’ve just signed up to a fabric printing course, so I’ll need some help using my groovy fabric to make groovy dresses.
    A lot of help :)
    rhubarb and custard AT mac DOT com

  115. this book is so exciting. i’ve been looking for basic patterns that i can then play with. thanks for hosting the giveaway!!

  116. im a beginner in sewing, this book is gonna be extremely useful with structured and clear instructions. the patterns will sure to spark off lots of creativity! i want to influence fellow Singaporeans to start making their own garments, prove to them sewing is not that difficult afterall.

  117. Now that I live in a warmer location I want to make myself some dresses that I can wear to work. So much easier to make my own than to try to go out and find some in the stores. But I could use some ideas.

  118. Oooo, I would like this book as I have a few large lengths of fabric that are calling from my shelves to be used and new dresses would be perfect for spring and my bank balance!
    jaqueline (at) craftyfoxes (dot) co (dot) uk

  119. I’m an artsy type who messed around with every medium and artisan craft under the sun. However I have always wanted to make my own clothes but have always been far too intimidated. But Wendy’s books look easy to follow and clear, meaning I could jump straight in!!
    And of course try and give it my own unique flair =D
    h.pickering@live.com

  120. No off-the-shelf dress is ever going to fit my pear shape, so I never wear dresses. I’d like to change that, so I desperately need to learn how to sew dresses that fit me!

  121. Looks like there’s a dress to flatter any shape or size – that’s what I love about her books! ~H

  122. i go specifically to thrift stores to find these kind of dresses! it has been a goal of mine for 2 years now to sew my own dress and these would be the perfect patterns to start with. what a great book!

  123. i go to thrift stores simply to find amazing dresses like these! and i have been wanting to make my own dresses for a few years now….how perfect.

  124. I’m pretty experienced with sewing, but I often find myself having to alter store-bought patterns to get the look I want. From what I’ve seen on other reviews, there’s a lot of great how-tos on here for drafting and altering your own patterns, and pattern-making is something I’ve been wanting to learn for years!

  125. I love to sew but still get easily befuddled by patterns. Wendy’s book breaks down the art of sewing dresses (my favorite), into easy to understand components. The book looks like it could really influence my sewing time in a positive way.

  126. I’ve been looking for a book like this ever since I started sewing. I am woefully under average height (20 years old and 4’8), so even working with normal petite patterns requires some finagling. Any books that contribute to my understanding of basic patterns is a help to me. This looks pretty simple and direct, which is great.

  127. I have a terrible time finding dresses that will fit the top half of my body and the bottom half at the same time, and one goal for this year is to learn to make them for myself. This book looks perfect!

  128. This looks like a super fun book and I think I’d have a fantastic time using it! Thank you for the opportunity to win! :D

  129. I taught myself how to sew, so I’d love to learn the correct way to sew more sophisticated projects like dresses! I’ve never attempted to sew a dress or shirt before because I’m intimidated by sewing darts and zippers. Winning this book would be perfect timing for sewing spring and summer dresses for myself and some lucky friends! Please pick me!
    sweetyaznjulie@yahoo.com

  130. I’ve been a quilter for many years but haven’t sewn a garment since I was pregnant with my now-19-year-old son! That dress I made was a barely suitable maternity tent and I’d love to sew some really beautiful dresses now. There are such spectacular fabrics out there, and this book sounds like it would really be thorough and totally useful.
    Thanks for the opportunity to play along!!
    Betsy in sunny Mukilteo, WA

  131. I just started working with Design It Yourselves Clothes and I realized that I love making my own clothes. This would be a great companion book!

  132. I love to sew and want to learn more about how to alter patterns to get different styles. This book looks fantastic.

  133. After a winter of turmoil and sweat, I just lost a bunch of weight… this would be great to have, so I could make a bunch of new dresses in my size for the spring.
    mariessad(at)gmail.com

  134. I’ve learned so much reading and doing the projects in the Built by Wendy Home Stretch book. I’d love to own this one because I already know I like the format. These books are very easy to understand and I like that they start off with the easier projects and work up towards more complicated ones (it gives me something to aim for). And they are great to keep around for reference. Also, it’s funny because I’ve been perusing the bookstores for a good dress making book for a couple of weeks. It’s like it’s meant to be!

  135. Being tall and curvy, I have had to make or alter every dress pattern I have ever used. Since the age of 12. I would definitely use the techniques and patterns in this book to make myself something I’d actually wear. Thank you for the giveaway!

  136. My ever-expanding body needs help looking cute! And since I have slim hips, no waist and a large chest, I always need to mix ‘n match my patterns. Would love to be able to do it more easily / intuitively. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  137. I’m fifteen, almost sixteen, and my goal for the next two years is to phase out all the clothes in my closet that are mass-produced and replace them with things that I’ve either made myself, or bought cheap and altered. I especially want to learn how to design my own simple patterns, and this book seems like a great way to start.
    crazynerd(at)att(dot)net

  138. I’d love this book, my girlfriend and I love making things for each other, but we’ve never made clothes for each other… maybe a dress for her (not me clearly…) would be a good start?!
    snowpoch (at) gmail (dot) com

  139. I have Wendy’s other books, but my go-to outfit is always a dress. I can’t wait to check this book out. If it’s free, even better!

  140. lovely. my fingers are crossed.
    this books looks like a perfect resource for the kind of projects that I love to do.
    shopworkmade [at] gmail [dot] com

  141. I have Wendy’s other two books and think they are extraordinary. Plus, I wear exclusively skirts and dresses, so this would be a great way to bulk up my wardrobe!

  142. with a hint of spring in the air today my mind is starting to think about summer, and this would be great to start making some summer dresses!

  143. I would love this book. I have her other two books and have done lots of projects from them (turns out I can make pants – that fit and look cute!). And I love dresses – so this seems like the ideal combination of a great teaching style, great patterns, and clothes I want to wear!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    A

  144. i just finished a sewing class. i would love to have this book to use my newly learned sewing skills with!

  145. I can’t seem to make anything that fits me right and I can’t find a lot of dresses in the store that fit my body type so I’d love to learn to do this!

  146. My little sister and I have next to nothing in common besides our love of knitting. Learning to sew dresses together would give us another great way to interact without bickering.

  147. i have had for years, and learned to sew on, my grandmother’s singer which, while beautiful, last year decided to only sew in reverse. it would be so nice to test-run the new machine i just got in the mail by making one of these gorgeous dresses!

  148. I just inherited a boxful of vintage sewing patterns…mostly dresses, of course, from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I really think Wendy’s book would help me take these awesome patterns and make them my own. Plus, I have such a hard time with off-the-rack dresses. They never fit right!
    Liz

  149. The last thing that I made for myself was a shirt that I finished right before having my daughter, and thus will probably never fit me again. As much as I love sewing diapers for stuffed animals (don’t ask), and hats for the same stuffed animals, winning this book would be an awesome excuse to make something fun for myself (and, heck, maybe also scale it down and make a toddler version for kiddo)!
    email: annmarie.p.thomas@gmail.com

  150. So in Vermont it’s cold and dark for 6 months…Spring won’t come until May for us but I’d like to be ready with some cute dresses! I get overwhelmed easily by patterns so I’d love some inspiration from this book.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    rachaelricearts[at]yahoo[dot]com

  151. I would love this book because I enjoy wearing dresses, but I have the hardest time finding styles and patterns I like from dresses on the rack. I have always enjoyed being ‘crafty’ and I think making my own dresses would be an excellent addition to my crafting repertoire.
    mcmartian@chartermi.net

  152. I fell in love with Wendy’s style of teaching after buying tons of sewing books and none worked for me. I had her 1st 2 books and then lost them in a fire. When my mojo came back to sew I realized that the only books I needed were Wendy’s. I purchased them again and I am happy that I did. I would love the 3rd to complete my collection.

  153. I absolutely love the layout and options available in Wendy’s book.
    This would be perfect for someone like me who would love to change things up in a pattern, but definitely needs direction. Her many options for different styles is sure to add to the individual comfort and fit that seems to be difficult with the uniformly designed dresses in the stores. I’d LOVE to have some stylish and fitting personal creations c/o Wendy’s designs!

  154. okay, here is why I NEED this great book. Built by Wendy could spare my boyfriend a life of humiliation.
    Where I live, many of the local thrift shops eliminated their dressing rooms due to stealing/vandalism, so now I can no longer try on the great dresses I seek before purchasing them.
    If I purchase one more thrift-store dress that doesn’t fit and gets crammed into the wardrobe my boyfriend and I share, I fear he may never be able to find his clothes and thus, be forced to live life in his underpants.
    He would get awfully cold and people would stare. If I became a proud owner of this BBW book I could start making my own dresses that fit and never buy another tad too small dress again! Therefor, freeing up space in our wardrobe so my poor boyfriend can find his clothes.
    So, help a gal…I mean GUY, out.
    jenna012@gmail.com

  155. oh man, i gave up shopping for lent and i’m already feeling it. if i could make some of these cute dresses i think that would definitely help with my retail cravings!

  156. I would love to have this book because it seems like it would help me customize everything to so many different shapes!

  157. I’m a beginner, and the patterns in the book look both gorgeous and easy! I would love it.
    sefarros at gmail dot com

  158. I would love to learn to sew dresses! I pretty much have made 600 of the same skirt. It’s time to branch out a bit.

  159. My best friend Amy got a sewing machine for Christmas and I’d love to give this to her and start her sewing journey! She’s so artistic and I know she’ll make some great dresses.

  160. Would love to have a copy of this book since I already own the first 2 of Wendy’s Built series. Great stuff!

  161. I live in Alaska and it’s very difficult to find any dresses in stores, let alone any that I like, let alone ones that will fit me! I can however find fabric that I like, so a book like this would help me get some new clothes that I both like the look of and that actually fits me! Hooray! Plus, I’d like to learn how to sew and size patterns better, and I’m sure this book could help me to do that too.

  162. i would love to have this book in my collection of crafts and everything! i’m a very short small young woman, and many clothes are made for the super skinny tall girls. and lets face it petite stuff, not happening place. great giveaway hope i have a chance!!!

  163. I am just beginning to sew clothes for myself and would love this book. Need to branch out from the pillow cases and small sewing projects.

  164. I would love to have this book for my craft library. These dresses would be great for the new summer wardrobe I’m sewing :) :)

  165. Since I never wear pants, this would do wonders for my DIY wardrobe. Built by Wendy books are so good, but I have been really limited in what I make from them (most just tops) since I have a femme lez commitment to dresses and skirts.

  166. Wendy Mullins’ patterns make great use a few well-cut pieces of fabric to create clothes that are stylish and interesting without being too basic or so frustrating that your piece joins the “project pile.” I’ve enjoyed using her patterns and making variations on them ever since she first shared them. I think it’s fantastic that she shows so clearly how you can make your own wardrobe. So happy to see that she’s still putting out these books!
    leah.rico@gmail.com

  167. This book appeals to me because I have oddish proportions that require some creative pattern-adjusting on my part. I would love to get a crash course in adjusting patterns and get a more solid foundation in basic drafting, and it seems that this book would be perfect for both of those goals.
    Thanks for running the contest!

  168. I’m 5’0” with an extremely short torso. Finding dresses that actually fit me is a struggle, even when shopping in the petite section. This book would definitely help me out! It’d be amazing (and incredibly satisfying) if I could make my own dresses that fit well and give me confidence.

  169. I would love to get this book. I’ve been reconstructing clothes for over a year now but have had trouble finding decent pattern or pattern books to help me move on to making my own clothes from scratch. I think this book would be a great help to fledgling crafter like myself.

  170. I am inordinately fond of dresses, but have a peculiar body type/size (way tiny, yet curvy, and long waisted, to boot) and am generally hard to please (as far as clothes, otherwise flowers, coffee, smiles, books, cats and most other things will work quite nicely). So I need this book, see?
    PS: If this isn’t open internationally, please disregard. Thanks!

  171. I lost my memory two years ago in a car crash, the first thing missing was my ability to sew. I started sewing at age 10 and now at over 45, I need to focus on making easy, beautiful pieces. This would be a great beginning, I have ideas, they just never materialize. Thanks for the opportunity to add to your long list.
    puddykat9@aol.com

  172. I’m just learning how to sew. My only teachers are the internet and Wendy’s books. The first 2 are great. I would like this book too so that I can make a pretty dress.

  173. but this book has inspired me to learn how! I’m the only girl in a house of boys, so I’d love to make something girly for myself.

  174. I would love to win this book to help me learn how to sew clothes instead of just square items (pillows, duvets, curtains…)!

  175. This book looks so full of cool ideas and easy-to-follow directions. I would love to spend my summer learning to make dresses!

  176. Looks like a totally awesome book, I love the idea of mixing and matching the patterns, ingenious! I remember reading Craft’s earlier feature on Wendy, about selling from her front lawn and at the wax trax boutique in Chicago. It’s great that she has a book now. Thanks for the chance to win.

  177. I’d like to win this book because the only thing cooler than commenting while wearing a Built by Wendy dress would be commenting while wearing a Built by Wendy dress I made myself!
    thehipsterhome (at) gmail (dot) com

  178. I will be entering my first year of college in the fall, and my budget would be limited. By having this book I would be able to make a variety of cute and simple dresses easily and at an affordable price. I would be very appreciative if I was chosen to receive this book. Have an excellent and blessed day.
    My email is octinker@yahoo.com

  179. I come from a long family history of making dresses that almost fit right. Almost. Would be lovely to learn to make it right (plus I also love that bateau neck!).
    Thanks!

  180. I love her Sew-U book AND just received my grandma’s sewing machine. Also, due to the highly unusually warm temperatures here in Seattle, I’ll be needing some new spring dresses sooner than ever! :)
    PS-Thank you for fixing the commenting error!

  181. This books looks very creative and just my style. I would love to add it to my collection! My mother taught me how to sew when I was a little girl and on my 10th birthday gave me my very first singer sewing machine. I have had it ever since—just a few minor repairs—and have been making garments and accessories for several years now. My friends and co-workers call me the jill-of-all-trades, because they think I can do it all (key word: think).
    I would love to win this book!
    grace@kernacopia.com

  182. I would love to own this book because I’m just getting into sewing, looking towards learning to sew my own garments and also looking to broaden my fashion range to include dresses again :)

  183. I’ve been really intrigued by this book ever since it was recommended on http://www.dressaday.com. And now seeing my favorite crafting site recommend it too? Now I really know it’s awesome. As an experienced quilter who still has lingering doubts about my ability to make clothes, this sounds right up my alley.

  184. I’d like to win this book because it’d be a great excuse for me to stop just sewing square tote bags – even I don’t need any more! – and finally dust off the dress form I pulled out of a skip on the side of the road and make something useful!

  185. I’m doing my best to learn how to sew clothes, this book looks like it’s just what I need!
    nighthawksatthediner @ hotmail.com

  186. I would love this book to help my daughter & I to make proper fitting dresses. You cannot buy in our body type!

  187. I love to make my own clothes and whilst only a beginner, a book like this would help me no ends to further my skills! :)
    Megan

  188. I need this book. I need all the patterns. I need all the dresses. I will burn/refashion every pair of pants I have if I can have this book. Maybe not… But I need the book to make the dresses, which I need to do.
    There is a lot of needing going on in this comment.

  189. I would make seven of everything in this book and give them to all my friends!
    I have the first Sew U book & love it. Would love to have this one as well.

  190. I gave up clothes/shoes shopping for Lent and would like another means to satisfy the thrill of having new clothes and to use up the fabric stash I received from my great-grandmother.
    Thank you!

  191. this is such an awesome offer.some of the proudest moments in my crafting life have been when i’ve stepped out wearing clothes i’ve made or upcycled myself.even better when someone compliments what i’ve made.the only thing is when this happens i’m always thinking’don’t look too closely’ because my practical skills don’t match aspirations.i’ve drooled over this book because i think it would really make enough of a difference to my efforts for me to be 100% proud of them …even on close up inspection.thankyou so much for this offer**

  192. I expect that England may be exempt from this lovely giveaway…but in for a penny…
    Seeing as the English recession is still in full swing and i have 2 kids to clothe, i would LOVE this book to aid me in my thrifty adventures of making myself and my children wear clothes that i love and they actually don’t hate! (and husband likes due to less opening of wallet…)
    I bet the book is every bit as brilliant as ‘Sew-U Home stretch’ which i have and is ridiculously over-used.
    Greetings from and English fan,
    xx

  193. I recently discovered that I had a stash of fabric, which made me very happy, since I don’t have money to buy new clothes :) I’m having trouble however finding simple dress patterns, not to mention paying for them :) This book looks like just the ticket!

  194. At six feet tall, I have a nearly impossible time finding clothes that fit! Especially dresses. And, I have no idea of how to alter patterns, so sewing clothes is hard for me too. I would so love to be able to figure this all out! And, it will help with my eventually going to be 6 foot tall daughter, too. I have the fabric and the sewing machine, just need to learn how make a pattern that actually fits. Please, my mother in law would be thrilled if I stopped wearing mens clothes! Thanks for the contest!

  195. Hi there,
    This is a great find. Not too many books around like this I can tell you. Am in a beginner sewing circle learning how to make clothes for me and my little girl but there’s not too many books that explain things like this and looks nice and easy to follow.
    cheers
    tifjane@hotmail.com

  196. I would love this book because while I can be considered a plus size on top I have small hips and average legs.
    And when I go searching for standard patterns to fit my dimensions they all look like I am wearing a sack!
    So I would like to learn to play with a pattern to find a cute, flattering fit for both my top and bottom!
    Thanks,
    Morgan
    morgalee@gmail.com

  197. I would love to have a chance to work out of this book – it looks like it would be wonderful for me, as a beginning sewer and an utter dress obsessive. I would love to start making my own dresses to add to my ever-growing collection!

  198. I’m the inverse of “naked tall lady” at 5’1″. Everything is rolled, cuffed, chopped off, pinned …… My sewing skills are basic and I really would like to learn to change a pattern or garment to truly fit me!

  199. I was just reading about this book over on Dress-A-Day! I’m not a very good seamstress yet, but I’m trying to learn and this would be so helpful!

  200. I love to sew, and I love dresses! I’m really not good at fitting dresses to me yet, and this book would be a tremendous help!!

  201. The book looks fantastic. I would love to finally sew a dress that my mother will not only agree to wear but be proud to wear.

  202. As a curvy girl who buys dresses 2 sizes too big in order to (kind of) fit, I would love to have a book that lets me make perfect dresses for myself and hard to fit sisters!

  203. How have I not known about these before? I love it! Want this for making some “professional” clothing, as the store-bought stuff available in my size is all horrible cheap fabrics and cheap sewing and buttons that fall off the day after you buy it. Jobhunting means needing interview clothing, and two years of unemployment means no money for buying new clothes!

  204. Two of my cousins received sewing machines for Christmas. We have a monthly craft night, and this would be a great gift for both of them (to share) at next month’s craft night!

  205. Having battled with patterns for years and never coming out in front I am looking for anything that will help. Plus my children are growing up and are more fussy about what they will wear so I need to get better.

  206. My mom just gave me her old sewing machine, and I’m dying to start making my own clothes.
    Plus, dresses are awesome!

  207. I live in dresses in the summer and just love them. I’ve been wanting to try Built By Wendy and this would be just perfect!

  208. I moved from San Francisco to Las Vegas last year. If there’s one thing my wardrobe is still lacking, it’s DRESSES!!

  209. I would love to make some new dresses, and my daughter would like me to do that too. She often tells me I do not wear dresses enough, so if I made a few I’d have more to put in the rotation with jeans and skirts!

  210. I would love to win this book! My sewing consists of halloween costumes, but I would love to improve upon that, and this book looks perfect to get me on the right track!

  211. I recently gave birth to a baby boy. Aside from the ecstatic feeling I have of being a new mom, I also hate my wardrobe. I’m still 20 pounds overweight, and nothing in my old wardrobe fits. I have to buy new clothes.
    What makes me so sad is because I love wearing dresses. Love, love, love dresses. But I haven’t been wearing them since I got big, and apparently now I still cannot find dresses that fit my new shape. They always get tight around the tummy and hip. That’s why lately I’ve been thinking about learning to sew my own dresses, and this book will be perfect!

  212. This looks like a great book for someone like me: new to sewing garments, inexperienced with working with patterns, and hoping to learn how to make them more “me”.
    Julia

  213. I’ve always been attracted to Built by Wendy clothing, books and patterns and so feel that the book would be a great reference in my library. The clothes themselves have amazing simplicity while retaining unique style – which is also replicated in the layout the books and patterns. With Wendy at my side, I feel that I can conquer my clothesmaking fears – which need to be mastered as my new year’s resolution was to only make my own clothes! Just thinking about using the book makes me excited to have dresses that fit me well, as I’ve always found it difficult to find petite sized dresses. I also feel that I’ve shown amazing perseverance to login and comment despite the problems over the past few days! :D
    Oh, I would actually love to find out what a ‘Dimdi’ is!!

  214. This looks like just the thing to get me sewing again. I stopped when Mom passed away & I didn’t have her guidance anymore.

  215. i’m just about to take my first sewing class and this book would be a great primer on construction.
    also, i love dresses.

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