Sorry for the blurry image–it was late at night, and there was wine.

So as of yesterday, Improv Sewing is “officially” out in the big wide world. Since the Amazon pre-orders shipped last week, and the bookstores seem to have had it on their shelves for a week or so too, I’m not really sure what the official pub date means these days. But who cares–it’s all been a HUGE thrill, seeing our little baby being embraced. We’ve heard from some readers already about stuff they’ve already made… That is amazing. And there there’s this sweet thing that happened last Friday in the Bay Area. While I was visiting with my friends Kate and Mati, their 7-on-the-brink-of-8-year-old daughter was looking through the book and just spontaneously started writing a list of all the projects she wanted to do. She covered both sides of the envelope. See my blurry phone pic above. It was really one of the most gratifying moments I could possibly imagine.

When I got back home, I found this super nice review from the lovely Nanette Donohue at Library Journal:

Given this book’s title, you may expect pieces that are thrown together with little care. That’s certainly not the approach in Blum and Immergut’s excellent introduction to sewing—they simply want to reduce the intimidation factor. The authors’ “five basic designs” are at the heart of all of the garments in the book, and they’re broken down so clearly and concisely that any stitcher, regardless of experience level, could create a well-fitting, attractive garment following these instructions. These five designs alone are worth the cost of the book; the 96 other patterns, which include riffs on the five basic designs as well as household goods and accessories, make it an even better value.

VERDICT An excellent sewing book for beginners, although experienced tailors will also enjoy the simple yet tailored patterns and creative approach.

Hey, thank you, Nanette!!!

And if you are reading this now, and have looked at Improv Sewing and like it, could you do us a favor? A big favor? Please go to and review it. Takes only a sec, and we will be grateful beyond words.

And thank you, thank you, all who have come out to our events, or will be coming to upcoming events, and all who have taken a moment to check out the book or even have bought it. You are so fine!!

P.S. If you are wondering if we will ever get back to posting tutorials here, the answer is yes. We will! When we have a spare second to make something! Which just ain’t happening with all this hullabaloo going on. Apologies…

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2 thoughts on “Feedback

  1. I love your book. I have sewn for years and have forgotten the simple pleasures of just making up stuff. I have only one question. The pleated neckline is too tight after the pleats are in. What to do? Keep up the good work. Come to Austin , Houston any where down here. Would love to see you. Even at an American Sewing Guild Conference.

    • Hi Priscilla! We definitely have our sights on Austin one of these days and we will let you know! I am so glad you like the book. So glad! I think that the pleated neckline shirt is best for a wide scoop neck. I like to use it to reign an unwieldy neckline in and we must not have made that clear enough in the book. I would say, even though I haven’t seen your shirt, that if you cut off the neckline as it is now (which would rid you of the pleats as they are now) and make it a scoop neck, then try again, it will probably work great. Don’t cut into the shoulder seams too much or they might slide down your shoulders or show a bra strap, but scoop the neckline a bit. See what i mean? Do let me know if this helped. I am all for cutting off a neckline if it isn’t working – especially if you can’t wear it as is. Nothing to lose, right? Good Luck and do spread the word if you like the book!

      Best, Nicole

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