Monday, October 06, 2014

Famous Frocks - The Little Black Dress - Review and Giveaway

The nice people over at Chronicle Books sent me a copy of their new release sewing book
Famous Frocks - The Little Black Dress
by Dolin Bliss O'Shea

cover photo from Chronicle Site - link above



from the Chronicle website:
Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly. . . . Each of these women had an influential take on the most classic wardrobe staple of all: the Little Black Dress. In this chic sewing book, patternmaker Dolin Bliss O'Shea pulls inspiration from famous LBDs throughout history—including Mary Quant's mod mini, a classic wrap dress worn by Liza Minelli, Princess Diana's smart A-line, and more—and offers patterns for reinterpreted versions that are perfectly stylish. Including 10 full dress patterns with sewing variations to make 20 garments in all, a primer on sewing techniques, vintage photographs of style icons, and full-color shots of the finished pieces, this book has everything fashionistas need to bring timeless style right into their closets.


This is a lovely, lovely book.   What makes it so lovely you ask?  Well, the substantial cover, the full-size patterns for 10 garments, the layout and photography.  40 pages of general sewing instructions

Here is the inside cover with the patterns in the envelope


Let's talk about the patterns - the black dress patterns are inspired by famous women through the years from Coco Chanel to Kate Moss with a variety of dress choices to suit many tastes.

I plan on making one of the dresses in the future (or it could be a skirt or top - these patterns are included also)

Now the fun part, I was sent a book and Chronicle Books kindly sent me a second book to giveaway on my blog.  So leave a comment  and I will draw a winner on 
Friday, October 10th!






70 comments:

  1. Oh that book looks lovely. It will be a great read. Will you show some of the patterns (in the event I don't win LOL!).

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  2. This sounds like a very useful and fun book with a lot of classic styles. Do share more of it if you can!

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  3. I'd love to win the book. It looks like a fabulous one; it features some of my favorite icons!

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  4. WOW = I'd love to win this book!

    Karen

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  5. This book looks so interesting & full of great ideas !!!
    Thanks Lori for the inspiration

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  6. This book looks lovely. Would love to win.

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  7. What a nice book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  8. I've admired this book in my local bookshop. There were so many dressed in it that I would love to make. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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  9. I too looked at it in my local bookstore and it does have a good variety of styles. Which one(s) are you thinking of making?

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  10. What a wonderful giveaway--thank you for hosting it! I'd love to add this book to my collection, especially since it has so many gorgeous options!

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  11. What an amazing book, I would love to have it!!

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  12. Wow, a lovely book AND patterns? I'd love to have it!

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  13. Thanks for the review - I'd love a chance to win it.

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  14. I have been drooling over this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. What a fun book! I would love to add it my collection. Looking forward to seeing your creations from it.

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  16. Thank You for the giveaway, I would love to win the book.

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  17. Ooh, this looks so interesting!

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  18. Can't wait to see what you make.

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  19. I'd love to win this book as it is very unlikely to be available here in NZ. Sewing dresses for myself and my granddaughters is my favourite type of sewing however after seeing some of your beautiful quilts, I'm going to make the girls a quilt each incorporating some of the scraps from garments I have made them.

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  20. I would like to enter, thanks.

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  21. Always love to see your new creations. can't wait to see what you make from the book!

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  22. What a beautiful book. Sounds like a fun read.

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  23. What a beautiful book! Featuring so many style icons, there must be some wonderful dresses to choose from. Thanks for the giveaway and I'm looking forward to see which one you'll pick for yourself!

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  24. I would like to enter , thank you.

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  25. Read this blog faithfully and so appreciative of the ideas generated. Thanks, Mary Ann

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  26. Sounds like a wonderful book...thanks for the chance to win a copy...Marilyn

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  27. What a beautiful book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  28. What a truly beautiful book. And as Friday 10th is my birthday, seems it was meant to be. Seriously love your blog, very inspirational. Thank you for the opportunity to have this on my book shelf - Jill

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  29. Wow sounds like a great book! I could use some inspiration for a new dress to wear to a wedding I am attending in February. In Punta Cana!!

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  30. Looks like a fabulous book! So sweet of them and you to share!

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  31. I could use a little black dress in my wardrobe! Please count me in!

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  33. I'd love this book - it looks gorgeous!!

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  34. Looks like an amazing book to add to my sewing book collection!

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  35. I may have to purchase this book just for the joy of reading it.

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  36. Looks like a wonderful resource! I would love to win a copy.

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  37. What a great looking book. I would love to win a copy.

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  38. I'd love a copy of this book for my sewing library...what inspiration!

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  39. This book sounds fascinating. I would love to win a copy!

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  40. Of course I'd love to win the book, but you know what's more important to say? Lori, hardly a day goes by that I don't think about something sewing I've learned from you. I think about your neckband tutorial because I'm planning to make another 4076 tee (boy I think that's the number on the pattern marked 'Lori's fave tee'). And I think about all the things I just never even knew to lookup (!) until I heard about them on Sew Forth Now. And when I work on my podcast each month I think, now what would Lori have to say about this? Oh, she would include something historical, I think I would too!

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  41. This book looks like it would be a fabulous addition to anyone's library.

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  42. I would love a copy of this book!
    Looking forward to seeing what you are going to make from it!

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  43. Sounds like a great book. I'd love to win a copy!

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  44. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make from this book and would love to have my own copy!

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  45. This book looks lovely! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  46. This book looks gorgeous. I can't wait to see which one you choose to make.

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  47. I always read but have slowed down on making comments! This book sounds terrific!

    Lynda

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  48. A whole book full of LBDs??? I'd LOVE to win a copy of this :)

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  49. The book looks lovely! From the last pictures, my favorite is the Grace Kelly's dress

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  50. This would be very timely. I realized I don't have a LBD.

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  51. Looks very interesting :-)

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  52. This book looks amazing, classic and timeless! I can not wait to see wait you make from it.

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  53. I wasn't going to enter until I saw that Grace Kelly inspired dress on your second post. Pick me, pick me!!

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  54. Very curious about this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. I'd love to read through this book! Thanks for such a lovely giveaway :) Count me in.

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  56. I would love this book. thanks for the chance to win it

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  57. You had me at Grace Kelly! Count me in, please :) Thank you Lori!!!

    jodi

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  58. What a fun book!

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  59. Since black is my favorite color for clothing, how could I not enter? My wedding dress was even black! :)

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  60. My favorite is the Grace Kelly dress too! Love the effect of that sheer shoulder.

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  61. I love all the variations of the LBD! You can never have too many!

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  62. Love it! Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  63. The photo's certainly are a teaser for the rest of the book. Who wouldn't want a dress inspired by Grace Kelly? Great give away!

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  64. Several bloggers have posted about this book. Looks like it would be a great book to have in one's sewing book collections; and would be very inspiring for one's own LBD. It seems like the Grace Kelly dress is many individual's faves as is mine. Thanks to Chronicle and you for this give away! Sign me up.

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  65. Love the Grace Kelly - count me in!

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  66. Classics! Count me in.

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  67. Lovely patterns! Please add me

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  68. Apologies, my earlier comment published as unknown. These are lovely, please add me.

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