The Vintage Traveler Annual Giveaway

It’s Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah, and I wish all my readers a peaceful holiday season.  To celebrate, I’ve got two books to giveaway, Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer, and Modern Fashion in Detail, by Claire Wilcox and Valerie Mendes.  Both are duplicates from my library, and both are excellent.

Claire Shaeffer is well-known as a sewing teacher and Chanel expert, but she has also studied other couturiers techniques extensively.  And while the book is aimed at people who sew, anyone interested in couture will love this book.

Modern Fashion in Detail really should be titled 20th Century Fashion, as it covers the work of designers from Lucille to Christian Lacroix.  It’s a fascinating look at the details.

To enter, just leave a comment telling which book (or even both of them) you would love to own.  I’ll ship worldwide so the drawing is open to all.  I’ll pick the winners on New Years Day.

I want to thank all of you who have supported my research and collecting with your readership and comments.  It is truly delightful having a wonderful group of textile and fashion history lovers who are willing to help me solve my little mysteries and who give encouragement.  I wish you all peace.


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40 responses to “The Vintage Traveler Annual Giveaway

  1. Hi, Lizzie, and Merry Christmas to you and your family! If I’m eligible to enter/win, I’d love Claire’s book. I need all the help I can get! xo


  2. pamela j

    I would like either book. Really enjoy reading your blog. Have a happy, merry and joyful holiday!


  3. Jennifer Faust

    Ooh, I’d love either! I’m a seamstress in portland, just opened an alterations business out of a 1968 Aladdin trailer -my design focus has always been vintage- inspired, so I love your blog- thanks for all the great reads, and merry Christmas!
    4325 se milwaukie ave, portland, or. 97202


  4. Kimberly Vigil

    I love your blog!

    The book I would like would be the fashion book, I like to know more about the fashion of the world.


  5. suzstyle

    These are amazing ! I love your blog Lizzie !! I’ve told several of my vtg living girlfriends about it!! I have an industrial sewing machine and a vtg bernina ! I try to copy vtg clothing which I collect ! Hats ! Even gloves! Textile & Lessage , pattern making. Draping ( I took once at FIT) are my passion ..Happy Holidays !!


  6. GailB

    Thank you for providing great content all year! Either book would be great. Thanks for the opportunity.


  7. Dear Lizzie, Happy Holidays! I’m too full of the traditional Hanukkah pigs-in-blankets dinner (hahaha–long story), to say more than thanks for putting out such an informative blog. I have no preference regarding either book in your give-away. Both are intriguing. Cheers, Riva


  8. Ruth Whitten

    I would love either book. I am interested in creating vintage fashions for some of my dolls! I enjoy reading your blog. Ruth Whitten


  9. June Albright

    Modern Fashion in Detail would be my choice since I have the other. I love reading your blog and have shared it with others. Thank you, June A


  10. Thank you Lizzie for the insight and joy your studious passion brings to us all throughout the year. I’m not in the drawing, I can barely sew on a button!


  11. I enjoy your blog and would enjoy the sewing book.


  12. As a recent graduate of a fashion & textile studies MA and a burgeoning young professional in the fashion history field, I would love either of these books, both of which I have heard of but do not yet own. It is such a pleasure to read your blog, and I thank you for expanding my knowledge and interests! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – I wish you peace, health, happiness, and lots more fashion mysteries to solve!


  13. Jane C

    You always have the most interesting posts, both here and on histogram. Modern Fashion in Detail is preferred, but both look great.


  14. Jan Caloia

    Would love to own “Modern Fashion in Detail”, if I won. Have a Merry Christmas!


  15. rockyspace

    I would love a copy of Fashion in Detail! While the devil is always in the detail, the results are angelic masterpieces! The study of construction makes one really appreciate how the garments become greater than the individual parts. Thank you for a fantastic year of endliess revelations and gloriohs discoveries. We live for your travels through the eras of fasion. I look forward to the coming year!


  16. Lisa

    Those books look amazing! After graduating in styling and design I’ve been focussing more on costume history. Wanting to eventually work in a museum as a curator. So this would be a great addition to my small library.

    In short: I would love to win both of these books!

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

    A reader.


  17. I know both books will be so interesting, but Fashion Detail would be my first choice. Your knowledge is so deep on this subject, thanks for sharing your passion with us.


  18. Oh Lizzie, I would LOVE to have Claire’s book! I’ve got a sewing business, but I’m self-taught. I really need to have some expert assistance 🙂


  19. would love the Wilcox & Mendes (the other one looks great too, but I am not a clothing sewer). I think the W&M would help me in my new very part time career in vintage clothes (and stuff). Thank YOU for a year of interesting reading.


  20. Teresa H.

    When I discovered your blog….I felt like I had found a new best friend. Read it faithfully. I am a lover of quality vintage clothing and thinking about using my sewing skills to bridge my retirement income. Would love either book!
    Thank you for great reading and friendship!


  21. Hari

    Merry Christmas and thankyou for sharing your lovely blog and experiences with us. Thankyou for the giveaway opportunity too 🙂 I’d love to be considered for Modern Fashion in Detail. I already have and treasure Claire’s book.


  22. I would love to own the Couture Book (first)! I love books and the second looks like a great one too!


  23. Debra graham

    Modern Fashion would be my pick. Love reading your blog, and Merry Christmas to you!


  24. I have both books and they are wonderful. I wanted to thank you so much for your blog and your intelligence, and look forward to more in the coming year.
    All the best to you and yours and their friends too


  25. Diane behmer

    It’s all in the details so I would love either or both books!
    Happy new year!
    Love your writing.


  26. irene gardner

    Oh my, I would love to win either book. Both subjects interest me.


  27. dixieodare

    I would absolutely love to win either book, but “Modern Fashion in detail” really catches my eye!
    I hope you have a great New Year!


  28. Sara

    Hi Lizzie, Just found you recently via Wearing Happy Holidays to you! I would love the Couture Sewing Techniques book as I’m participating in a Red Carpet Mystery fabric contest at my school. I’m currently pursuing a theatrical costuming certificate and have been researching couture techniques to incorporate into my design for the contest.
    Regardless, have a Happy New Year!


  29. oldschoolsewing

    I have been a follower of your blog for a very long time and have enjoyed each of your posts. I would love to win either of the books. Happy New Year!


  30. Thank you for all of your fascinating posts – looking forward to more in the new year! I would love to get my hands on Fashion in Detail. I dream of getting to see couture masterpieces up close and in person, from the inside out, and books like these help me visualize what that experience might be like.


  31. Maria Morales

    Hi Lizzie, Happy New Year! I love all your Boggles and I have learned so much from them. I love to win both books!

    Maria Morales


  32. Shannon

    I’ve been a home sewer since high school. I make a lot of my own clothes and I’d absolutely love the Couture Sewing Techniques! Thanks so much for your fun blog.


  33. Lamar Mendiola

    Hello and Happy Holidays! Love your blog and learn so much from it. Would love to win the Couture Sewing Techniques since this is the year I plan to make myself a copy of a Chanel jacket using one of Claire’s Vogue patterns. Thanks and happy new year.

    Lamar Mendiola, San Antonio, TX


  34. Ela Georg

    Happy New Year!

    I would love the Modern Fashion in Detail. I have been a collector of vintage and a seller on eBay and ETSY since 2001. But sewing is what I really love, if I don’t win, at least I have a new mission when I visit my favorite used book store. So thank you for all of the priceless information you give so freely in your blog. I enjoy the history so much.

    Best regards,


  35. Either book would be wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!


  36. Retrospecticus

    Such a nice proposition to start the new year. I would love to own ‘Couture Sewing Techniques’ (though the other looks just as lovely if I’m in second place 😉 ). Thank you for sharing all the fantastic history and your collection with us; you’re my favorite site!

    Best wishes for a wonderful 2017 full of finds and fashion.


  37. This contest is now closed. My thanks to all you have entered!


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