Giveaway: Pocket Apparel Expert

Continuing with our free book giveaways sponsored by OPR, today’s freebie is Pocket Apparel Expert: A Practical Handbook on Garment Manufacturing (regularly $39.95 but you can buy it for 10% off by mentioning you found it on Fashion-Incubator). Again, this is a little book, 5.5″X 4″, 310pp with guidance to novices interested in a survey of the trade. Meaning, if you’re not familiar with how a garment or product transits through the process, this will be of interest to you.

Like yesterday, you can enter to win a free copy of this book by leaving a comment on this entry or any other on this site. How easy is that? I love giving away free stuff.

For my part, I’ve had a productive week working on site but I still have quite a bit to do on Friday -my last day here. I return late tomorrow evening and look forward to catching up with everyone. In the meantime I appreciate everyone’s patience and will be speaking with you (such as it is) soon.

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  1. Julia Morley says:

    I would love it!

    Also, I’ve been lurking on your blog for some time and I just wanted to voice my appreciation, it’s awesome to see a blog that focuses on the industry behind the fashion :-)

  2. Carole McRight says:

    I do a lot of mending and see a lot of jean zippers with teeth out near the bottom (and we all know why that is). Is there anyhing in this book about adding teeth rather than replacing the entire zipper?

  3. Caryn Dossantos says:

    Hola! I hadn’t entered any contest before as it wasn’t a book I really wanted, and I didn’t want to take away a book from someone else should I win. But this is one I am really interested in. Wish me luck!

  4. Mrs. Nelson says:

    As someone who is dipping their whole leg in this biz instead of just their toes I would love it! I have a greater appreciation for manufacturing than I did before I started. So glad you cover all the stuff Project Runway NEVER talks about.

  5. Kate R says:

    This is a probably a reflection of my recent weeks, but when I saw the title of this post I thought it was a book about pockets….

  6. Kay E. says:

    For Carole – re: zipper teeth – they (both plastic and metal) are installed by machine, so you cannot manually replace them, but you can install new metal ‘stops’ at top & bottom, and you can sometimes replace a broken pull, but it is tricky to line up the teeth! And thank you Kathleen for all your commentary and information, and more.

  7. Kenna says:

    Hi, Kathleen-
    Your blog gives me such great insight into how to manufacture apparel in a more efficient way. I look forward to reading it every day. This books sounds like a good one, and your recommendation makes it very desirable.

  8. Roxanne says:

    I sure could use this book. Just started doing some manufacturing on a small scale. Love all the information you share with us. Extremely helpful, thank you so much.

  9. Vanessa Jane Castillo says:

    Sounds interesting! I would love to have the book Pocket Apparel Expert: A Practical Handbook on Garment Manufacturing. Hoping to win. :D
    God bless and more powers to you.

  10. Sabine says:

    And there we go again with lots and lots of comments. Good :) Obviously I need to check in more often, I seem to be missing all the excitement.
    anyways, I checked ou the site, there seem to be a few more books that would be of interest to me, so I guess I will be going book shopping when in July!

  11. Karly says:

    I am researching until I know exactly how this goes and what I need to do. I would love to have this book, I am afraid I cannot afford it!.. I am going to start my own brand and I must have this! I don’t have an income right now so yeah:(

  12. Joelle says:

    I’d like to win something so useful as this book. I’m slowly working my way through the archives – I love learning from this site.

  13. Suz says:

    Mmmmm another possible prize to celebrate going back to school. To distinguish this comment from my other I am happy to say that I have learned lots over the year since I discovered this incredible blog. I like the way you think Ms Fasanella, the dialogue that you inspire and how you spark thoughts in my brain on sooo many topics.

  14. linda mcginley says:

    In the 70’s I worked in a sweat shop, Munsingwear, in Mpls, MN. Actually loved it, learned to operate industrial machines and improved sewing skills and speed. Now I have my own small, one person, alterations shop out of my home and from time to time am approached by local designers wanting to know if I would sew some of their garments for them for their on-line sales. I find these small start up companies often don’t have a clue of what it takes to bring a sewn product to market, after all, how hard can it be to cut out a garment, sew it up and collect the money from the customer?!

    That said, I would LOVE to have this book!

  15. Kathleen says:

    In the 70’s I worked in a sweat shop, Munsingwear, in Mpls, MN

    You state you worked in “a sweat shop”. By this do you mean you worked in a factory under deplorable, unsafe, morally reprehensible and illegal conditions? Or do you mean you worked in a sewing factory? Perhaps it is more a case of this?

    [T]he term “sweatshop” has been misused to the point of dilution. Anyone who’s worked in a factory would have to admit to themselves that at some point they’ve also callously and senselessly thrown that ugly word around in response to a workplace disagreement or a mis-timed process. Disgruntled employees have been using that cheap-shot for years and I’m no less guilty; the memory shames me and sullies the remembrance of someone I profoundly respected.

    These days I think it is counterproductive to our interests to say “sweatshop” when we mean sewing factory because we are terribly, terribly short handed (I don’t know anyone who has all the skilled labor they need). Skills-wise we’ve been hollowed out and using a pejorative to describe the craft doesn’t encourage young people to enter the field. Sure there are tons of people who want to be fashion designers but increasingly fewer people are interested in providing critical support services. If we can’t encourage tradesmen, we’re doomed.

  16. Christina Weber says:

    John’s story that you linked to moved me to tears. It sounds like he was a wonderful person and did a lot for his community and his employees!
    I am very sensitive myself to the term “sweatshop” and it bothers me when people misuse it or casually use it to describe what in reality is a sewing factory. Our fit mode casually used the term in a discussion while we were waiting to start our fit session, and then she had to sit through a rant :-) where I explained what sweatshop really means and why the term shouldn’t be used without thinking, and why it’s an insult to describe a factory as a sweatshop etc. etc.
    Linda – this is not intended to be a reprimand to you. From what you wrote I gather that you casually used the term without realizing what you were actually saying, but yes, sweatshop should not be used out of its real context which is what Kathleen described above, so it’s worth exercising caution before we use the word.

  17. Gail Motil says:

    I don’t think this offer is an endorsement or a review by Kathleen or Fashion Incubator, I think it’s just a book being passed along to whomever might like it. Kathleen doesn’t endorse books or products lightly, she puts a lot of thought into what she does endorse.

  18. Laura P. says:

    I get so much wonderful information reading your blog and articles. I have recommended it to many of my stitcher/designer/needle and thread puller friends.
    Keep up the great work

  19. Marie-Christine says:

    But Kathleen, you know what we really want is a book -you- write about pockets :-). Well, OK, I’d settle for this one, thank you :-).

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