Review + Giveaway: Fashionary Sketchbook + Tape Measure!

Hi, guys! I have a fun giveaway for you today, hooray!  Vikki from Fashionary contacted me to see if I would like to do a review and giveaway of the Fashionary Sketchbook, and you know I don’t like to turn down an opportunity to give away stuff on this blog!*  Vikki asked if I wanted to give away the classic women’s sketchbook, or the “Tiger Mania”. Um…

MEOW!

Please don’t laugh at my terrible sketches… or my stubby baby fingers… or my disgusting iron burn…

If you haven’t seen it before, the Fashionary Sketchbook is really cool. It was designed to make fashion sketching easier and quicker by printing the pages with faint outlines of models. You can trace/draw/paint over the outlines as you feel inspired! This is great for me- although I’ve always been into fine art, I’ve always been terrible at drawing, so this book helps my little sewing idea sketches look better. Also, I tend to doodle ideas on scraps of paper whenever inspiration strikes, but then I have weird loose papers stuffed into notebooks. This is a much more organized approach! I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a long time, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to test one!

The Fashionary also has a dictionary of fashion terms, tons of little drawings of different design details, and even a chart that tells you what the care symbols on RTW garment labels means! Those have always mystified me… so I choose to believe that they all say “Wash in one giant load on hot, dry everything together, and leave in the laundry basket for at least a week before folding”.

Vikki also sent me their tape measure to review. It’s a tape measure marked on one side with standard measurements for a woman’s size 38, and on the other for a men’s 48. It’s meant to aid you when you’re patternmaking or draping without a live model or a mannequin handy. This would be nice for a fashion student, but probably not very useful for most home sewers.  It’s interesting to look at, though, and might be fun for those of you who are into patternmaking.

I’m not really into sewing with a plan (well, I make plans, but they generally derail), but I’m enjoying jotting down garment ideas in my Fashionary. It feels more flexible than lists of garments, and it’s nice when you see something that you like and want to get it on paper before you forget it (I’m recently obsessed with a crisp striped shirt I saw on a chic elderly Manhattanite… it looked AWESOME and I wanted one just like it the moment I saw it).  So I’m looking forward to using this to collect my sewing ideas in one place.

I’m basically just typing in the word “crotch” here so I can disappoint a few perverts… or maybe hook them on the joy of sewing?

OK, if you wanna win your own TIGER MANIA (OMG, I LOVE IT!) Fashionary, let me know in a comment below! I’ll close the comments at noon EST on Friday 6/6 and pick a winner at random soon after. I’m happy to ship internationally, but I’ll probably send it the slowest/cheapest way. OK, do you use any kind of sketchbook? Do you like to plan your sewing in advance? How do you organize your ideas?

*NOTE: Actually, I do turn down giveaway offers. I love being able to give away free stuff to you guys, but I also want to make sure that they’re responsible products and things that my readers would be interested in (sometimes I get approached by sketchy RTW clothing companies or people with books that have nothing to do with garment sewing… that’s just not what we’re about over here).

135 responses

  1. This looks awesome! I recently bought the 100 creations Sewists’s Notebook…. but yeah I can’t draw for squat so I have yet to use it. I love the idea of planning ahead and being organized but I’m terrible at it and any excuse not to do it is good enough for me!

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  2. Aaaah! Tiger print!! That’s fabulous!!!

    I’ve been wanting to try a Fashionairy for ages, they look like fun. (And, I am terrible at drawing, so having little outlines to start with sounds pretty perfect.)

    I used to have a note book with drawings of things I wanted to make and/or that inspired me. I keep meaning to do that again, it was really rather useful…. Can’t remember why I stopped, but probably something to do with frustration at how bad I am at drawing people! 😦

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  3. I’ve seen a few people buying this sketchbook lately (via IG). It looks super useful for a newbie sewist like me. I’m just going to throw the word crotch in here for fun too.

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  4. Oh definitely!! A jungle theme sketch book, sounds like a plan! 🙂 I’d love to see the faces on the weirdos who visit this page after googling “crotch”….

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  5. Hey, what a great giveaway! I’d love one of these as I keep lots of ideas in my head and make notes on a few in a few scrappy notebooks- oh to be organised. The fashionary would sort me out in style!

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  6. I am totally going to ask for a Fashionary for my birthday in August (even though I don’t want to wait that long…) Just this morning was trying to sketch out some ideas for a new dress and it would be super helpful to have a guide.

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  7. I want this!!!! I ordered the red sketchbook so it’s mostly the tape I’m after but even the tiger print is so fun!!!! I already keep a book of sketches but the flats and other “dictionary” info looks wonderful!

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  8. Oh my gosh! I would love to try out a sketchbook like that. Maybe…just maybe…it would help me make a plan or more likely be a fun place to store my ideas. Thanks for saying yes to this one.

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  9. Yay! This is a mangable way for me to combine animal print and fashion. I love to plan my makes and I’d love to do it in this book. Thanks for giveaway 🙂

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  10. What a great giveaway!
    I do NOT sew with a “plan” other than making sure what I turn up with doesn’t look completely awful 🙂

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  11. I would love to win that notebook! I keep all my plans in my head, which is a terrible way to work because I forget. All. The. Time.

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  12. I’d like to be entered! I have a notebook where things get sketched, but it’s also my all-purpose knittting, cooking, shopping list jotting, random ideas, new password, books to read, etc. notebook! So a dedicated sewing sketchbook would be great.

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  13. Our laundry styles sound very similar! My husband has taken to putting the clothes away since looooord knows I’m not getting to it

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  14. Why yes I do want a tiger fashionary. I’ve just run out of the fashionary lady figure post-it notes I’ve been sticking all over the hosue so I could do with the actual book! Thanks!

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  15. I haven’t sketched in a really long time (other than technical drawings for work) and this would be a great book to get me back into the groove. Please enter me in the giveaway! THANKS!!!

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  16. I would absolutely love one of these sketch books, especially for the glossary of fashion terms! It would be handy to know what all the different styles are called.

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  17. What a great idea. I never jot my ideas down then sometimes remember them months later. I think I need to be a bit more organised and this notebook would be just perfect. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  18. I don’t have a sewing plan. I usually think what I feel like sewing and go from there. Usually I just have a million ideas in my brain but I rarely but them down on paper. Mainly because I don’t have an awesomesauce notebook like this, haha. The things I’ve put down are on various pieces of paper and they sometimes get sucked into oblivion and I never see them again.

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  19. I ‘organise’ most of my ideas in my head so a Fashionary would be quite useful for getting them down on paper! Occasionally I make haphazard lists that I leave lying around, but inevitably they get repurposed as bits of paper for grocery lists so clearly I need help.

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  20. Hello!! I could do with some help sketching as my drawings are seriously dodgy! I have had a mega plan for the last three months due to lots of events I *had* to sew for. Never been so structured or disciplined before – I’ve project planned ( yes, I jest not) identifying available sewing weekends in my diary and matching that to deadlines for garments and prioritising. Very serious. I then wrote out on a whiteboard! Yay!! Ultimate ! Showing what I should be sewing each available weekend. I’m not used to quite so much organisation, but in this occasion it was needed.

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  21. It is so great that you ship internationally, yuhuuuuu (from Spain)!
    I try to plan what to sew in the following month, but I don’t have much time and normally I sew what others plan in sew-alongs ;))
    Thanks for the giveaway, I would benefit from the sketchbook and I’d try to plan better my sewing.

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  22. The Fashionary looks like an awesome idea – all the better for being in tiger stripes!! I recently paid out a large bucket of money to learn how to sew through an online course – only to find it WAAAAY outdated and really quite uninteresting (and of course non-refundable!)….however, the tips and tricks I’ve picked up off the likes of you and many of the other amazing sewing bloggers out there has kept me inspired and encouraged me to keep learning. Eventually… hopefully I’ll be able to produce something that I can actually wear out in public! I hope I win, but if not, I’ve already gained so much from these blogs anyway. Thanks Ginger !

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  23. I’d love a fashionary – especially a Tiger one! I don’t really plan my sewing and I think I need to start really. Fabric is my big inspiration and then the pattern follows from there….. it’s fun to do it that way but I end up with gaps in my me-made wardrobe! I love the idea of sewing a mini-capsule wardrobe and this book might help in the designing!

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  24. This would probably be very useful because I can’t draw at all. Proportions are always off by a mile so my sketches never really look how I intend them to.

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  25. Love it! What a good idea, I currently have a notebook and various post it pads with scribbles and scraps of paper and fabric swatches floating around in the bottom of my bag, so a central place have all my ideas would be amazing…like the idea of the glossary thang too…Pick me!

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  26. Ooh lovely, please count me in too! The book looks gorgeous and the tape measure really intriguing – must be interesting to see how the basic circumference measurements compare to some of those less usual measurements!

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  27. Obviously I’m in on the giveaway! Tiger Mania?!? I think the name says it all… And off course it would be great to document my endless growing waiting list of garments to sew.

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  28. Sometimes I sketch out my ideas in advance, though my planning usually consists more of making lists on my blog of all the things I want to sew in any given season, and maybe actually getting to 1/3-1/2 of them! This looks really fun, though.

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  29. How wonderful is that….count me in. I have been wanting a fashionary….and am in desperate need of a new tape measure.

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  30. This looks awesome, yes please! I constantly draw sketches in the margins of my notes but since my skillz are lacking, they end up looking like little blobs. It would be nice to actually be able to reference these ideas!

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  31. I don’t really plan my sewing projects out like I should. This would help! I’m looking into it even if I don’t win. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity–love your blog!

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  32. Ooh. Yes please…meow! We just moved so haven’t drafted patterns lately. This could be just the motivation I need to get back into it again!! I am mostly sewing from patterns now. This would be a great way to organize my thoughts 🙂 Thanks.

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