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Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter for your chance to win The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard!

The lovely people at Interweave shared this fantastic book with us, and we know you’ll love it.

Interweave is the world’s largest online and offline resource for artists and crafters with businesses in magazine and book publishing, digital content and social media, television and instructional videos, directories, eCommerce, events and workshops.

Book Description: Fashion designer and expert sewist Lynda Maynard makes professional sewing and finishing techniques accessible to every sewist with clear instructions in simple step-by-step stages in The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. This handbook unlocks the door to stunning results with better shaping, simpler construction methods, and professional finishing touches. Lynda also explains several seemingly difficult “secrets,” from making bindings and finishing for hems, armholes, and necklines, to underpinnings and structuring techniques. She also teaches how to master finishing touches from textured stitches to couching and applique.

A complete guide to the fabrics suited to each technique and inspirational fashion photography are also included.

Until Tuesday, January 18th, you can win a copy of this must-have book! To enter, connect with us on Twitter, then answer the following question: What makes up a “finished” garment? Does it have to be lined, pressed or hemmed, or are these “requirements” subjective to one’s preference?

When submitting an answer via Twitter, be sure to include the @BurdaStyle tag.

Good Luck!

- David @ BurdaStyle

67 Comments

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    Apr 29, 2011, 08.46 AMby nanenane

    Looks like a must have ! :-)

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    Mar 10, 2011, 04.15 AMby gobepu

    I would love to add this to my sewing library.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 06.57 PMby teamydear

    A finished garment to me is just something made with care. You took the time to press the seams, make beautiful decorative stitches, you lined it if necessary. Ooooh and cutting off all the loose threads!

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    Jan 17, 2011, 07.05 PMby Imenka Bezprezimenkovska

    depends on the mood and inspiration… for example: I often start something and if lazy or some other reason (I don’t recall one now… :), go to a different solution, which looks more simple in that state of mind….

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    Jan 17, 2011, 08.56 AMby jalcindor

    I always think a garment should be pressed and hemmed, and dresses, skirts and jackets should be lined.

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    Jan 16, 2011, 06.18 PMby hfbowers

    It at least has to have seams pressed. And all those little threads snipped. But yes, there are some things that are “finished” and unfinished at the same time.

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    Jan 15, 2011, 10.48 PMby corpvp

    I believe a finished garment should include all 3 components: lined, hemmed, and pressed. However, just pressing a piece makes a lot of difference in the look.

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    Jan 15, 2011, 04.51 PMby corwin1

    It’s finished when every detail of the garment is complete. The hem is done, the lining is stitched in and it’s completely pressed. No matter how you get to this end – serging or hand rolling edges – is up to the sewer!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 09.47 AMby urbandon

    One of my favorite pieces is an un-hemmed designer waistcoat- hemming does not imply finishing. Pressed seams-yes.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 09.46 AMby auroras-y-sirenas

    Sometimes it’s just a detail, but life is made of details :)

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    Jan 14, 2011, 07.18 AMby giffengood

    I’d have to say nicely pressed is a must. Appropriate hem/seam techinique for it’s type of garment and fabric being used is just as important.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 06.38 AMby suntory

    It depends. A garment can be finished by not being lined, pressed or hemmed IF that is the look the creator was going for.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 01.14 AMby mdmaybe

    Isn’t it finished if all the seams are seen and the hem is done? Seriously though, the final passing is what make it finished.

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    Jan 13, 2011, 11.45 PMby sondraleigh

    Finishing is very subjective. Even pressing, which is the most important step, is not necessary on some fabrics. The hemline should be treated in some way, which is not to say that it must be “hemmed”. The seam allowances have to be treated in some way. Many garments do not require linings. It’s in these that the seam allowances matter the most. It’s sort of intangible, but a finished garment “looks” finished.

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    Jan 13, 2011, 04.30 PMby psychorat

    I think this is dependent on the fabric and the type of garment. I think it is finished when I feel comfortable to wear it. I always iron my things when the fabric allows it.

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    Jan 13, 2011, 04.22 PMby Ophelia K

    It really depends on what you are making what kind of material you are using, I think. But finished project reflects how much it’s loved by the person who made, I guess…

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    Jan 13, 2011, 01.43 PMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    I think a garment is finished when it fits and looks good to wear.

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    Jan 13, 2011, 11.43 AMby koh

    A finished garment is one that I feel confident wearing out. So definitely hemmed, all top stitching done, lined (if necessary), ironed etc.

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    Jan 13, 2011, 05.03 AMby kraftykatina

    I think lining is essential in many things but I wouldn’t tell someone they were wrong if they didn’t line something. I believe it’s all up to the designer and what stye is being portrayed.

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    Jan 12, 2011, 09.25 PMby tissyalex

    a finished garment should be pressed, hemmed, lined if needed. Edges needs to be finished. All garments does not have to be hemmed but they definitely should be pressed, hemmed and edges should be finished to make it not look as if it were made “at home”.

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    Jan 12, 2011, 08.12 PMby emilywirt

    Definitely depends on what you’re making. I don’t always line my projects, but I do always hem and press them. However, I have helped make my guy friends’ pants into shorts and let an unfinished edge to gain a frayed edge at the end. For everything I make, however, I prefer to have a finish hem.

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    Jan 12, 2011, 08.08 PMby fosteretalk

    To be a finished garment has what needs to be done to hold its shape and serve its function. It greatly depends on the garment. I have used many techniques over the years. I prefer my skirts lined as well as my jackets. I learned to sew many years ago and tend to construct garments based on the traditional methods. All of my seams are overlocked or otherwise protected from fray. I feel if I am going to take the time to make something for myself or someone else, it should be done with all the bells and whistles. I try to make things so that they look as though they came from an expensive store not out of my sewing room. I lean more towards seamstress than crafter.

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    Jan 12, 2011, 05.12 PMby bekabug8

    I “finished” garment is one of personal preference and also depends on the style of garment. Certain garments, like pjs require little finishing (seam finishing) while a winter coat requires many processes for it to be “finished.” I think I pretty much agree with the commenters above me :)

    I hope I win!

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    Jan 12, 2011, 04.15 PMby lunatepetal

    I don’t think it’s “required” to finish a garment with all those usual norms… if unfinished look is the part of the project, then that makes it complerted as a whole. all the ideas started in your head from the begginig came together and shaped as one(or maybe more) at the end, that is when a garment is “finished”,,, I think…

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    Jan 12, 2011, 02.38 PMby seedling

    I’d say it depends on the individual and what kind of garment it is…but generally speaking being pressed and having all finished edges is a good start :)

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    Jan 12, 2011, 01.32 PMby p1ppy1

    Of course it depends on the look you are tying to achieve. Minimally the seams should be pressed. Lining depends on the fabric and style as most shirts are not lined but dresses, skirts and pants maybe lined.

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    Jan 12, 2011, 01.03 PMby srkshannon

    i think that it all depends on the garment, as far as what makes it finished. Although most thinks need to be hemmed or at least have some kind of finished edge.

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    Jan 12, 2011, 12.10 PMby makurochan

    haha, looks like i’ll sound like a broken record, but it totally depends on the type of garment, what kind of fabric, etc.

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