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Fashion A-Z: An Illustrated Dictionary // Review and Giveaway

The fabulous people at Laurence King Publishing have recently put another great book out there for sewing and fashion enthusiasts:  Fashion A-Z:  An Illustrated Dictionary.


It’s a cute mini book that’s perfect for even the smallest of sewing spaces.

Ever wonder why someone’s use of ‘jumper’ on their blog didn’t fit your idea of what the word meant?  Well, it turns out ‘jumper’ can mean any of three things:

(1) A US term for a sleeveless dress worn by women and children, more fully called a ‘jumper dress,’ and made in various different styles. (2) A British term for a pullover sweater. (3) A 19th c. term for a loose-fitting, hip-length jacket, often featuring a hood, and worn by soldiers.

For the never-knitters, ever wondered what exactly ‘gauge’ means in knitting?

In knitting, gauge is the number of stitches per unit measurement of knitted fabric.  This may correspond to the length or width of the fabric, and is usually expressed per inch, although increasingly given in metric units.  Gauge is affected by the yarn, knitting needles, and type of stitch used, as well as the tension imparted by the knitter.  Knowing the gauge ensures that the finished knitted piece will be the desired size.

And, there’s plenty more where that came from. In fact, there’s over 2,000 entries in total! Care to take a peek?

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A typical page layout with its cute little illustrations. (Click to embiggen.)

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A bit of what ‘K’ has to offer.

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Even the letters introducing each section are appropriately illustrated!

This dictionary covers stitches and fabrics, shoes and hats, garments and accessories, and more.  It delves into culture and history as well.  If you like being in the know and having everything in one place, I’d definitely recommend checking this little book out.

Now for the best part – the giveaway. Laurence King Publishing has agreed to give away an additional copy of Fashion A-Z:  An Illustrated Dictionary to one of my readers.  If you’d like to be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment below letting me know. I’ll pick a winner at random next Wednesday, June 19th at 7 am PDT. Good luck!

UPDATE: I just checked my blog reader, and I noticed that GingerMakes has the same giveaway going on. Head over there for a second chance to win!

73 thoughts on “Fashion A-Z: An Illustrated Dictionary // Review and Giveaway

  1. That book looks so lovely! I love dictionary-type books, I’m fairly new to sewing and my native language isn’t English, so I am sure it would be hugely helpful to me! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. So interesting finding out about other meanings for words you think you know – as well as all the others that you didn’t even know about. Thanks for letting us know about the book.

  3. Thanks for the opportunity, this book looks fantastic… Love the illustrations! I’m kind of a new sewist, so it would definitely help me figure out some terminology (armscye? Interfacing vs interlining?)

  4. I am new to garment sewing after 20 years of quilting….I need all the help I can get. Looks like a great resource.

  5. Oh, this book looks adorable! (And a very interesting read. 🙂 I’d love to be in the draw, please!

  6. That looks like a very cute & yet also informative little book which is the very best kind. Count me in!

  7. Wow! Finally a good looking dictionary that make it possible for me (who is not english spoken by default) to understand the glossary of english Sewing terms. So, please, count me in! 🙂

  8. I just saw your previous post and I’m glad to see everything’s fine in Seattle! Please count me in, I love that kind of books, thanks for the giveway. 🙂

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