Bonanza book giveaway challenge

Courtesy of the generosity of Laurence King Publishing, we are sponsoring a bonanza giveaway. Yay Laurence King! For your enjoyment, they will be giving away copies of all five Bunka College books that they have translated into English to one lucky winner. The titles are:

Drape Drape,
Drape Drape 2,
Pattern Magic,
Pattern Magic 2,
Pattern Magic: Stretch Fabrics

Laurence King has also generously offered to ship directly and being that they are international, this giveaway is not limited to residents of the U.S..

The publisher would also like you to know that Drape Drape 3, Stylish Dress Book, and Feminine Wardrobe will also become available in English in Spring 2013 —but I’ll tell you more about those as more information becomes available.

My question for you is, since this is such a grand giveaway, what sort of challenge should we ask of contestants who want to enter the contest?

Speaking of challenges, at right you’ll see a photo of a pant rendered from the “Apple Peel” pattern in Pattern Magic: Stretch Fabrics (pg. 56).


  1. JoAnne says:

    you can pre-order drape drape 3 on amazon! woot woot! I love all of these books! I’m trying to wrack my brain for a contest idea that matches this giveaway, and I’m kind of stumped as well… hmmmReport

  2. Natasha E says:

    The continuous piece of fabric challenge was one that had me sweating in college. It’s easy to make something that only has one piece much hard to not make it look like a**Report

  3. Sandra Stroud says:

    Wow that is a humdinger of a giveaway!! How about contestants write a haiku with sewing as the theme? (I of course have no idea as to whether this is possible as I know nothing about poetry but at least it is in keeping with the Japanese theme!).Report

  4. Quincunx says:

    Synchronicity! I saw pants like those this afternoon with drapes at calf level and was wondering how to replicate the effect–although I’d swear that the pants I saw were done in a gauzy non-stretch fabric, I suppose the same principles apply.

    If this were a giveaway for sewing enthusiasts, I’d raise the bar above my own head and ask for people to show how they modified one such pattern for a particular fitting issue. Posts like that, willing to teach the sisters of similar shape, ought to be enshrined. It does presuppose some familiarity with one of the books, but again, if this was an enthusiasts’ giveaway the used book could then become a giveaway in its own right.Report

  5. re: actual pattern –
    Yeah, I had a staircase thought about leaving the outseam and extending it, but didn’t consider going that far into an arc. Obviously taking advantage of a stretchy fabric with a lot of drape.


  6. Quincunx says:

    Well, now I’m just puzzled, the pants I saw had no seam in the midst of the ripples and that seems necessary for the ‘apple peel’ cowls. Back to plan A and running a seam across the knees and tucking some excess fabric into the lower leg that way. If there wasn’t a seam back there (and I couldn’t see the backs of the knees, the tunics were too long), then either Carol Kimball’s sketch is correct or I just fell in love with the drag lines upon ill-cut pants. :/Report

  7. Natasha E says:

    You can see what I believe to be the seam better on the left leg. Start 3 tucks/scoops/peels up from the ankle then follow the line. I assume that to be the seam especially taking in consideration that the pattern indicates that their *should* be one. Who knows it could be pattern magic at work.Report

  8. Kathleen says:

    I made the pattern in the photo. I sewed it too. I linked to a screen cap of the pattern from my program above. There is no need for conjecture. Two front pieces, two backs, side seams, inseams, cf and cb, no tucks cowling or anything else sewn into place.Report

  9. says:

    Ay… had I known this was coming, I would’ve waited before purchase!

    I’m DYING to see the Bunka College’s Vionnet translated; I too emailed L.K. reception early last year if they’d translate Vionnet and couple other Bunka books I liked (can’t remember what), and they said they’ll look into it; with their continuous Bunka books projects, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were on it – just a matter of priority. If it happens, with the revival of Vionnet’s fame along the inspired brand after her name, I’m sure it’ll be a hit.

    I love L.K. versions, as they showed decent translation qualities so far. (I seriously planned to get all THREE language versions – original, English, Korean – of these, before I looked at my bank account.) I sincerely appreciate their publishing efforts.

    Off to Amazon now.Report

  10. I like Quincunx’ approach. Such a great giveaway should go to someone very motivated.

    How about a Tyler Cowen problem? “Pick your own question and answer it. More points for harder questions and better answers.”Report

  11. Lisa Taylor says:

    I think that it should be a draping-related challenge. Maybe something you’ve draped in a difficult or unusual fabric.
    Something that has a cool story that would relate to the use of the books would be neat!Report

  12. Quincunx says:

    There were two pairs of pants under discussion–these ‘apple peel’ pants with ripples (or cowls) (or whatever) all the way down the leg and a seam at the fullest point of the ripples, and the pair mentioned in comments that was only rippled on the lower leg and unseamed.

    Supermarket fruit
    Never shed a peel so thin,
    so fluid as this.Report

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