“Sew Classic Clothes for Girls” Book Tour and Giveaway!

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review

I am beyond thrilled today to share with you an AMAZING clothes pattern book as part of the Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Tour. Not only that, but I also get to give away a copy of this book (read to the bottom of the post for giveaway details!)  Now, I need to preface this review by saying that Lindsay Wilkes, the author of this book and woman extraordinaire behind The Cottage Mama brand, is a dear friend. Lindsay and I met through blogging several years ago and it has been so exciting and inspiring to witness her build her pattern-design business.  I feel like Lindsay and I are kindred spirits – she is passionate about cooking, throwing parties for her three little ones, and she loves beautiful fabric.  When we chat, it feels like I’ve known her my whole life.  Plus, she’s one of the kindest and most business-savvy women you’ll ever meet. She is the best of the best.  If you’re not already familiar with The Cottage Mama, you absolutely MUST go see her talented collection of work for yourself!

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review

The Sew Classic Clothes for Girls book is quite simply the most gorgeous sewing book!  With 20 patterns for everything from knickers to winter coats to hair accessories, this book will give you lots to work with.  The photography in the book is stunning – I think its Lindsay’s signature talent for choosing richly saturated and brightly patterned fabrics that results in clothing that pops right out of the book pages.  Lucky for us, she gives all the details on how to choose fabrics and notions . . . and how to use them to pull together a lovely garment.

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review

Beyond the finished garment pictures, I noticed that all of the step by step instructions are in full color detailed pictures.  No guessing if the black and white sketch in a book goes with the pile of fabric that’s laying right in front of you during a project!

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review


Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review

Also, the book has loads of, what should we call it…bonus material.  There are boxed off areas with sewing tips and tricks and extra techniques that instruct you on how to take an already great garment and really give it that next layer of customization.  I like “bonus material” in a book – makes me feel like there is plenty of room to grow as I sew the patterns with new fabrics and as my girls get older.

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review

All of the patterns in the book are included as PDF files on a CD.  I don’t know about you, but I despise spreading out big sheets of pattern pieces from a book and trying to figure out which piece goes with which garment and then wondering if I’ve found all the pieces.  I like that, with this method, I can just print off the pieces that I need as I go and they will be easily accessible (and always available – no more worrying about losing that critical pattern piece!).

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review

I loved flipping through this book to see the staging and accessories.  Being able to imagine where and when my own children are going to wear a garment provides loads of creative inspiration!  And again, the photography is gorgeous!!!!

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review

I think my favorite garments in the book come from Chapter 3: Baby, It’s Cold Outside (love these titles, Lindsay!!).  These coats…the velveteen…the adorable girls and the horse/barn scenery – total and complete perfection!  Yes, I do believe that my first project from the book will be a velveteen coat! or maybe the wool…so hard to decide.

Sew Classic Clothes for Girls Book Review

Thanks for flipping through this book with me!  See anything that catches your fancy?

“Sew Classic Clothes for Girls”  (a signed copy, mind you) can be purchased through
the Cottage Mama shop – click here.

It is also available through Amazon – an affiliate link here

Giveaway!! Giveaway is now closed.

If you’d like to enter for a chance to win a copy of Sew Classic Clothes for Girls by Lindsay Wilkes, leave a comment on this post!  The giveaway will remain open for one week and the randomly selected winner will be notified via e-mail.  If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.  Alternate entry can be obtained by emailing me at girlinspired@yahoo.com with the subject line: Cottage Mama Giveaway.  Good Luck!!!!!  This giveaway is now closed – thank you to everyone who entered – the randomly selected winner of the book is Sandi – check your email, Sandi!!

And….you can read the reviews of other blogs on the tour by heading over to The Cottage Mama blog and following her links each day!

The Cottage Mama Nancy Zieman Pat Sloan I Am Momma Hear Me Roar See Kate Sew The Sewing Rabbit Girl. Inspired. Craftiness is Not Optional Made Melly Sews Kojo Designs Craft Gossip The Sewing Loft U-Create The Train to Crazy Luvinthemommyhood Sew Classic Clothes for Girls


  1. I would so love to win this! It’s on my wish list in case I don’t..but oh! A signed copy! How awesome would that be as a bonus!

  2. Margaret R says:

    I love the Cottage Mama. I have several of her patterns already but would love to own the book.

  3. Sheena Mawson says:

    What a fabulous looking book! My daughter loves wearing stuff that I make for her and I am always looking for more patterns!

  4. Cindy Thompson says:

    I WANT this book!!! It combines two things I love, sewing adorable clothes for my two girls and beautiful photography.

  5. Looks like a really fun book… I am dying to get my hands on the Little Lady Coat pattern especially! Wow!


  6. What a treat! I would love to win! I have two beautiful girls and would to use these patterns to create for them. =-)

  7. I love that the book took came the same week my book arrived in the mail. This is my first sewing book and the pictures really are amazing. If I won a copy I would love to gift it to a fellow sewing friends. Can’t wait to see what you come up with from these patterns. You always make stunnin pieces for your girls. :)

  8. The patterns all look adorable!

  9. With two little girlies to sew for, this book would definitely come in handy….

  10. What an inspirational book! I’m looking forward to seeing what patterns she starts to design as her own children get older. I’d like to see more in the 8-16 year range.

  11. This has to be one of the most beautifully designed children’s clothing design books, among the many fabulous books available. Lindsay and Stef are two talented ladies! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  12. Love, love LOVE Lindsay’s patterns!! Would love to win a copy and create some of these gorgeous outfits. Thank you for the chance.

  13. What a beautiful book!

  14. This book is on my Christmas list! So beautiful!

  15. I love her patterns!

  16. Would love to win the book. It looks like it has excellent patterns and ideas!

  17. Olivia Walker says:

    So many cute outfits to choose from!! My girls would love it! :)

  18. Beautiful book, I would love to win this one.

  19. Love this book and am very sure my daughter is going to as well :)

  20. I have a little girl I love to sew for–and these outfits look like they’re super cute!

  21. Looks like a fun book!

  22. I dream of outfits I would love to make for my granddaughter from this book! Would love a signed copy!

  23. This book is on my Christmas list!,

  24. Such a fun book! I would love to win this.

  25. Stephanie Rose says:

    I would so love to win this book! The pictures are precious, and the patterns look like so much fun to sew and to wear! :-) Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. My husband was just looking this book up online this morning to see if our local Barnes and Noble has it so he could get it for me for Christmas. It’d be awesome to win it instead!

  27. How adorable are these and the Little Lady coat has to be my favorite. My girls would love this.

  28. What a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. This looks like such a lovely book. They looks like great patterns for my two girls.

  30. Love the look of this book !

  31. That looks like an awesome book!

  32. Gorgeous book! Crossing my fingers to win…I know 3 little girls that would adore all these clothes!

  33. I would LOVE to win this book, thank you so much for flipping the pages for us, my favorite is also one of the coats, I love the linen one and the too sweet pockets.

  34. T. McInerney says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. This is the best review I’ve read so far.

  35. I would love to win this as a gift for my mother.in.law ♥ who LOVES to sew for little girls!

  36. Gorgeous! I’d love to sew anything from that book!

  37. Wow this looks like an essential addition to anyones sewing library, esp. love the CD of PDF patterns!!

  38. The photography in this book is stunning :) I would proudly make the gorgeous items in this book and tell others to get a copy too!

  39. Looks like an awesome book!

  40. The book looks awesome!

  41. This is perfect for my granddaughter, she loves the clothes that I make for her !
    I WANT !!

  42. This book looks awesome, so many great patterns!!

  43. I’m excited to check this book out. Winning would be even better!

  44. Love everything about this book, thanks for letting us take a peek of it.

  45. this book looks wonderful!

  46. I love Lindsay’s style, perfection in details, and her stunning fabric pairing. Looking so forward to getting my hands on this book!

  47. Thanks for the chance :)

  48. Such beautiful clothes! Wishing I could win :)

  49. Stacey Dalton says:

    I would love a book with beautiful photography and amazing patterns for my girls!!!

  50. I’d love to get my hands on this book! The patterns look great.

  51. I just had a little girl after having three boys! Can’t wait to start seeing for her!

  52. LOVE Cottage Mama & winning her book would be fantastic!

  53. Oh, my little one loves the horse riding outfit in one of the pictures, and I do too! She is only three, but is a horse fanatic and I can totally see her wearing that outfit!

  54. I’d sure love to win the book. Maybe I’ll be lucky?

  55. I would love to win this beautiful book! With two little girls at home, this book will definitely be very useful!!

  56. Carol Passeno says:

    I love this book, and Lindsey!! I follow your blog daily for inspiration for my granddaughter. Happy Holiday!

  57. Rhien Stricker says:

    I’ve been sewing for about a year but only recently started sewing clothes for my daughter. This would be an awesome book to have!

  58. Oh, what a beautiful book! I think the coat looks amazing too. I would love to have a copy!

  59. Jennifer O says:

    I just love Lindsay’s style! I got the chance to take several classes with her at Fabric Fest and she’s just the sweetest!!

  60. Sandy Osborne says:

    These patterns are darling. I would love a copy of this book :)

  61. Love these clothes and love the fact that all the patterns come on a disc!

  62. It looks like a great book.

  63. I love that Little Lady Coat! Wool or velveteen is a difficult choice. Maybe wool with velveteen accents? =)

  64. The book looks great and I love the fabrics combinations.

  65. I’m with you…putting the book’s patterns on a CD is genius. I hope more book publishers get on board with this idea.

  66. The pictures are adorable.

  67. Becky Ensinger says:

    I need this book!

  68. Monique Dewey says:

    Love all of Lindsay’s designs and the photography in the book looks great! I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  69. I’m dying to get a look at this book. Will probably be on my wish list. I love Lindsay’s projects and patterns. Such fun style.

  70. Would love to get my paws on this book!

  71. Every dress I’ve seen so far in Lindsay’s book!

  72. I would love a copy of this book. It is so fun to sew for girls and I have 3 of them! Lucky me!

  73. The sweet dress lokk soooooo beautiful!

  74. So sweet! I adore having a little girl for whom to sew.

  75. Barbara P. says:

    What an awesome looking book! Would love one.

  76. This book looks amazing!! I am already imagining the things I could make from it :)

  77. Me Pendleton says:

    This book is so awesome & inspiring . My first grandchild – a granddaughter was born in August & I’m raring to sew !!!! Thanks !!!!

  78. I think this book looks fantastic! Thanks for the chance.

  79. I love this book. It is definitely on my wish list.

  80. Kristin Marsh says:

    What lovely clothes for little girls! I know my girls would love any of the outfits pictured.

  81. Such a great book full of girlie sewing! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  82. I’d love this to indulge my very girly 3 year old.

  83. Oh, I would love to get this! My little girl is finally moving from baby to kid, and I’m excited to start sewing for her.

  84. If I wasn’t a seamstress, I’d buy this book simply for the beautiful pictures. I think The Sweet Dress will be my first project.

  85. This is such an exciting book! Can’t wait to get my hands on what I can do! :-)

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