Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Looking Good Every Day...

The author of the book is Nancy Nix-Rice,  who contacted me and asked me to review the book. I've known of Nancy for years and have a copy of the first version of this book. So I was thrilled to receive the new version of the book and to share my thoughts about it with you.

First can I say that when I pulled the book from the envelope I smiled! I was so happy to see my friend Cennetta on the book's cover! There is a two page spread featuring Cennetta detailing how she learned what colors worked for her.



To me this book is for the woman who is looking for information on how to sew her style, just like the title says, "Style Solutions for Real Women."  The book is organized into three sections:

Chapters 1-8 
Are all about training your eye to find points of connection between you and the clothes and accessories you choose.

Chapters 9-12 
Walk you through a step by step process of refining your wardrobe

Chapters 13-19
Highlight special reference information - makeup, fabric traits, clothing care, closet organization, custom sewing and alterations and more.

This is not a sewing book. However, this book will affect your sewing in a positive way.  If you're trying to develop your style. Figure out what colors work for you when using make-up and for your clothing. Determine what length is most flattering.  Need to understand how lines lengthen and slim you or cut you off or maybe square you off?  All of these questions and more will be answered in this book.

As we all know, sewing is about more than just stitching two pieces of fabric together.  There are so many decisions that you have to make to end up with a finished garment that you will love and wear often...so anything that helps you end up with a great new piece is worth adding to your sewing library.

Nancy sent me two copies of the book and it's only far to share.  So if you're interested in winning a copy, leave a comment here by Saturday, May 10th at midnight EST. I promise I will mail it out next week! 


However, if you want your own copy now, you can purchase one here on the Palmer & Pletsch site.  I hope you will look into owning this book. As I said before I have the original version and used it extensively when I first started sewing my work wardrobe. It is a wonderful resource!

...as always more later!




92 comments:

  1. I would love to have a copy of this. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks for your review. I would be grateful to receive a copy. Thanks

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  3. Hi Carolyn! Just a note to tell you that I love your blog! I always find something inspiring when reading it! Thanks for the give away!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this info, I would love to have this book!

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  5. I'm a big Nice-Rice fan but don't yet have her book. Count me in!

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  6. Thanks for sharing! Looking it up immediately

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  7. Would love a copy. It is so disappointing to spend time sewing something and then discovering that it doesn't look good on you

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  8. I'd LOVE to have a copy of this book! If you think it's a good style guide, then I'm ALL in! :)

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  9. This book looks great. I need all the help I can get as I get starting on sewing clothes again after years of making quilts.

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  10. I love these books and have a collection of similar tomes. This would be quite the feather in the cap...

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  11. I would love to have this book. I was sitting here with 5 pieces of fabric trying to figure out what to do with it and saw your blog. Timely. .. Thanks for the info

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  12. This would be very helpful. My garment sewing needs new inspiration. Thanks for providing this opportunity.

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  13. You have no idea how much I need this book!!! My wardrobe is ... well... an embarrassment. Seriously. I dress in the SAME BLAH JEANS and tops, and look like a messy student at best. No, worse than many. And it is totally NOT acceptable with where I am really at in life. Really now... I am about to turn 50, and just feel lost.

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  14. You always dress so beautifully... and if the first edition of this book helped you - then I most definitely need it to help me!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your bounty . This looks like such a great book to revitalize my wardrobe !
    Thanks

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  16. Oh, I'm gonna hafta get this one...one way or another ;-) I've read some of her online stuff and she seems very sensible. What fun that you got an extra book to share!

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  17. What a great idea for a book! I'll be buying it if I don't win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  18. I can really use this book; need all the help I can get! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  19. I'd love to add this book to my library. Count me in!

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  20. Count me in! This looks like a book that I need.

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  21. I would really love to learn more! Please count me in!

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  22. How generous! I could do with a few tips.

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  23. Thanks for the review of this book. I went to one of Nancy's talks in Puyallup this year and she did give some great tips on looking good that have affected my sewing. My wrists have been showing ever since I heard her speak!

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  24. Would love to have this book! Thanks for offering the chance to win it.

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  25. I also have the original book and would love to see the new up to date edition. Thank you for your generous offer.

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  26. I am just starting to sew . Thanks for this review! It makes me realize I need to do some study and planning before I just start sewing away.

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  27. Hi Carolyn! Thanks for the review. I'm still looking for my style so will check out this book. I hope you have your mojo back!

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  28. This sounds like a very useful resource and I would love to win a copy.

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  29. this book looks great! would love to win!!

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  30. I too have the first book; it would be great to win the newer version so put my name in for the drawing. I love an opportunity to win something and how nice of you to share.

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  31. I would like to have this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  32. I would love to have a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I would love to have a copy! Thanks.

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  34. This is a book I would read cover to cover in one sitting! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  35. I already have the older copy of this book so I thank you for bringing the updated version to my attention. Please do not enter me in the giveaway. I loved the original so much I am happy to just buy it.
    Melissa

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  36. I would love this book. I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  37. Sounds like a wonderful book! I'd love a chance to win, thank you.

    ~Beckie

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  38. Sounds like a great book and I'd love to win it.

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  39. This book sounds like a great resource. Would love to win it!

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  40. This seems to be a wonderful addition to any woman's bookshelf, even more so for a sewist. I find that even though I learn new sewing techniques and get better at making garments, i'm more hesitant about fabric and pattern choices for my body. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. I think it is just wonderful to have non-models on the cover of her book. This just makes Nancy's information so much more believable and relevant. Drop my name in the hat for the book. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  42. Thanks for the review. I would like a copy

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  43. I'm recently retired and trying to figure out my new lifestyle "style". It is so easy to just wear yoga pants and tee shirt, I really try to not look like a slob when my husband comes home from work. Hopefully this book would give me some direction. :)

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  44. I would love a copy of this book, so count me in.

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  45. I bought this book last month and it is worth every penny of the price. I hope she does well with this book as it has so much valuable information.

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  46. I have heard Nancy Nix-Rice speak years ago. It made a lasting impression. I'd love to win a new copy and glean her updated pearls of wisdom.

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  47. This sounds like something I could really use!

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  48. Sounds like a book lots of us could use.

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  49. I ca be reached AT MSYP1@AOL I hope I win the book

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  50. Sounds like a great addition to any sewing library. Thanks for the review.

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  51. Wow, sounds like a really interesting book, especially for those of us who are looking to find our style, make a change in our style (if we have one!) or just tweak it. I know I can always use guidance in this direction. Thanks for your review.

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  52. I have the book. It's a wonderful resource. Thanks for your review
    Marciae

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  53. I really could use this book. I think I'm going through a style metamorphosis and could use some styling advice. It may also help me work through my fabric stash and become more focused on my future purchases. Please toss my name into the hat.

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  54. How sweet of you and Nancy! I'm in the process of working on my style as a woman about to hit the big 50 and not sure of myself style-wise or what to focus on sewing wise. This book would really help.

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  55. Despite my advanced years (!), coming up to the big 60 in 2 months, I haven't fully sorted my style as my needs have changed following retirement and I'm struggling to match sewing (I'm a beginner) with my needs rather than my wants. This book could be very helpful, so please count me in for the giveaway. Thank you

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  56. Great review! Count me in for the giveaway.

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  57. I would love this book.The copy I had 20 years ago is long gone.

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  58. Thanks for your review. I am just getting back into sewing and would appreciate a book such as this one since it would help eliminate the "wadders" due to wrong colour or style.

    Also thank you for your posts. They are inspirational and encouraging.

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  59. Looks like an interesting book. I am on the heavier side and need some help with my style (or lack of). Cheers!

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  60. I could really use this book. Thanks!

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  61. Thank you for your generosity. As with everyone else, I would love to add this to my sewing library.

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  62. I love your blog and have learned so much from reading you! I would love to win this book-thank you for the chance to win!

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  63. I love your blog and have learned so much from reading you! I would love to win this book-thank you for the chance to win!

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  64. I also love your blog and would certainly enjoy this book

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  65. I would love to have a copy of the book. I've been looking at it on their website, but didn't feel I could spend the money right now.

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  66. Hello Carolyn- I've been meaning to write to tell you how inspiring your blog is and now you've given me a great incentive to do so! I'd love a copy of this book (like everybody else!). Thanks for sharing (the book AND the blog!)

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  67. I'd love a copy, I need a fresh eye. I started to just go buy a copy, then decided that winning it from you would make it extra special.. so throw me into the mix. K

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  68. I could use a book like this. I'm in the process of finally being child and college tuition free! It's a new phase of my life that I'm truly looking forward too. This book will help me "refine" this new me.

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  69. You're very kind to offer this book. You can toss my name in the fishbowl.

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  70. Please enter me in the drawing! I would love to have a copy of the book.

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  71. would love to have this book. As a 60+ who doesn't even have a hair style that I like, or know what colors look good. I could sure use it.

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  72. I didn't know they had this book before. Very cool and as one who is trying to figure out if what I want will work with what I've got, this book would be a great help.

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  73. Oh how fun. I love Wardrobe Building books. They inspire my sewing immensely.

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  74. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing what your are sewing. You always look so sleek and professional. Bernice ramcrest@gmail.com

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  75. I need this. I am constantly drawn to some patterns that I'm certain don't look good on me - the baggy look. I guess that feels safe, but it never seems to look good. Thanks for the contest!

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  76. Sounds like a good book to help you sew things you will like and wear. Thanks for the offer to win a copy.

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  77. Thank you for your insightful post. I did not know this book was available and would certainly like to win a copy. Yes, it is distressing to sew a garment and find out it is so wrong for you! I do need help determining what to look for that defines my style.

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  78. I would love to win. Please enter me into the drawing!

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  79. I saw this on Palmer & Pletsch's web site too. Most interested; please enter my name. Thank you.

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  80. I saw her speak - twice - at Sew Expo, and I was very impressed. I didn't leave with her book, but I wanted to, and I saw so many others with it. I'd love to win a copy!

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  81. I have discovered your site about a week ago and you have been quite inspirational! Thank you for sharing all of the things you do via this blog, I am learning so much.

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  82. I would LOVE to win a copy of that book!

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  83. Please, please, please pick me. My sewing mojo has gotten a shot in the arm since starting to read your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  84. This book sounds just what I need to pull some sense of style together! I would love to receive a copy. thanks

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  85. It is great to see the gorgeous Cennetta on the cover and I would love the book to see the spread on her. Even more - I NEED the advice in the book. I would love a copy.

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  86. I've been avidly reading your blog, getting inspiration to sew for my 'not straight from a pattern' figure. I appreciate your sewing technique and your thoughtfulness in making styles work for YOU- which I give up on doing for myself :( . Thanks for sharing!

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  87. I look a lot different than I used to, and I'm struggling to figure out what works for me now. I think this book would really help me. Thanks for sharing!

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  88. This sounds like a book I need. I am a 32 year old mom of three and even though I do love beautiful clothes and have a decent wardrobe, I tend to get overwhelmed with life and default back to jeans and tees with little or no makeup. I feel so much better those days where I am dressed nicely and took a little time on my face and hair. I wonder if this book addresses my issues. I don't know why I am listed as 'unknown' on my google account. My name is Amanda and I will have to make a blogspot account I believe. Thank-you!

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