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Welcome to Day 12 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Library of Sewing Titles and Canvas Tote from Random House, Inc.! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Tuesday, December 13th to be entered to win!

This prize includes a Potter Craft Fifth Anniversary Canvas Tote, a copy of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, a copy of Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, a copy of The Party Dress by Mary Adams, a copy of Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara, a copy of Simply Sublime Gifts by Jodi Kahn, a copy of Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal, and a copy of Sweet Stitches from the Heart by Anne Souhier-Fournel, Agnes Delage-Calvet, and Isabelle Leloup.

Comment to Win: Where do you find your sewing inspiration? What books or websites are your favorites?


This giveaway is sponsored by Random House

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[Update 12/13/11] – Congratulations to member tsedai for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 12!


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    Dec 13, 2011, 05.24 AMby nadinewoods

    I love BurdaStyle magazine and books like Make Your Own Dress Patterns for inspiration. I also enjoy sites like this one and all sorts of amazing blogs out there, especially Burda Addicts. I keep inspiration pictures on my laptop as well. Being inspired is the easy part. Bringing inspiration to life is a little harder.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 05.02 AMby flowergirl3

    I find my sewing inspiration from fashion and fashion sewing websites, magazines, books and the people and places in the area where I live and work – Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills. My favorite books for sewing inspiration are Alabama Chanin’s two books. My favorite magazines for sewing inspiration are Burda Style. My favorite websites for sewing inspiration are Burdastyle.com, grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com, blog.caseybrowndesigns.com, thesartorialist.blogspot.com, nymag.com/fashion, & style.com.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.58 AMby klma

    I see ads and think, I can make that for myself and for a lot cheaper. I love browsing for sewing tutorials. I just need more practice and time and those wonderful books to learn more.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.44 AMby darby1412

    Oh gosh, I am addicted to Bloglovin! Every time I see/read/hear about a cool sewing/craft/cooking related blog I add them to my list. I have gained much knowledge and know how on all manner of sewing and craft related ‘things’. I buy all my books from Book Depository and Fishpond.com (I live in Australia) because the don’t charge shipping…I love Etsy for any sewing related supplies, the occassional magazine and Sewing Patterns.Com are awesome as far as cost of patterns, latest availability and shipping costs – remember peeps I live in Australia patterns cost between 15 and 30 something dollars…for one pattern, a sale is generally half price!!!!! AND they are usually a season to two behind!!!! I love the Internet and the sewing community it has, you are all my inspiration :-)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.38 AMby jocel

    Pinterest is my favorite website at the moment, along with burdastyle! And just walking around the city, see what people are wearing.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.38 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    of course, burdastyle sewing book and burdastyle website

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.32 AMby alissaslagle

    When it comes to clothing sewing I’m inspired by the clothes of the 50’s. I love to dress up and they wore such fun, classy and modest dresses:) When it comes to quilting, I am inspired by tradition and quilts of the classic past.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.28 AMby Ginger Cloud

    Going through my grandmothers sewing books that are older than I am, rummaging through the racks at my favorite thrift stores, teenagers´ risky and unforgiving bravery to wear anything that leaves one going “huh”? tumblr, imgfave, graffiti art, music, foreign movies, costume pieces in my favorite films, old photographs, woodland creatures, my daughter, popular children’s brands, craft books and magazines, Indian culture and just about anything labeled as whimsical rustic and of course my favorite sewing websites to include Burda Style!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.28 AMby inspirehope

    I agree with everyone who said inspiration is everywhere. If I had to pick just one source it would be Craftster.org. That was the website that inspired me to take my crafting to another level. That is the website where I found out about Burdastyle.com years ago.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.18 AMby jain

    I’m especially inspired by shapes and colors found in nature, like the green of early-spring buds on trees or the shape of a fern leaf; I like fabrics with a lot of colors and patterns. I’m also inspired by things that are functional as well as beautiful. Some of my favorite websites to check for new ideas are Etsy, Denyse Schmidt Quilts, The Needle Shop, to name a few. The most recent book I’ve bought is Lotta Jansdotter’s “Simple Sewing” which has quite a few charming and practical ideas.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.13 AMby extra

    My inspiration comes from Anthropologie, Burda, Mod Cloth, and the many great sewing blogs.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.09 AMby Jkabana

    My inspiration is primarily from blogs, followed by books. Colletterie, Gertie, MPB, The Sew Weekly are the daily drivers (plus many many more) and whichever book has caught my eye. This week has been spent perusing Sewing with Nancy books.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.08 AMby laurel37

    I get my inspiration from a lot of sources: other seamstreses & seamsters on craftster.org and here on BurdaStyle, tv shows like Mad Men and Dr. Who, movies, and fashion magazines like Vogue & Lucky.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 04.05 AMby hanshaag

    I’ve been loving Cakies lately….lovely! http://mycakies.blogspot.com/

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.57 AMby pinkjello

    I get my inspiration from vintage classics, Burda, and definitely Mod Cloth. :)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.55 AMby curliecue

    i’ve been collecting random images from anywhere on the web really and putting them in folders to view later for inspiration, much like a digital moodboard or i guess pinterest (i just now got the invitation to join). I’m new to this site but it looks like a great resource for me, though I’m a beginner.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.48 AMby mismis777

    I check out BurdaStyle for most of my inspiration when it comes to sewing. I also check out different store websites (like ModCloth and Anthropologie).

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.46 AMby knitist

    I get inspiration from vintage clothes. I wish I could be more specific!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.43 AMby macoskrm

    I find inspiration from Pinterest, all of my favorite blogs, and favorite stores like Anthropologie. Burdastyle is definitely my favorite sewing community website!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.40 AMby cucperson

    I read a few sewing blogs and online magazines. I also watch people to see what they are wearing and often do a knock off.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.35 AMby VivianGrace

    My sewing inspiration comes mostly from my constantly-running brain! Once I start thinking, I can’t stop! Good for my drawing books, bad for my time management skills :D But I do get some inspiration from other places like images and shopping sites, mostly google and any hard copies (books, magazines) I get ahold of. When I’m looking around on the internet, and I see something I really think is neat but click on it and of course is nothing like what I imagined from the thumbnail photo- gets me going too. I have a hard time falling asleep after shopping because I can’t stop imagining new fashion! And browsing through an art book, don’t get me started, I love seeing a fantasy work and imagining what things would be like if they were real- the cloth, texture, jewelry, hair! AH! Fashion pieces also send me bursting, thinking of what the costume would be like to compliment this makeup or that color and texture XD Now I just need some sewing skills to go with my creative vision..that would be awesome!!!! Books PLEASE! <3 and well wishes, Vivian

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.32 AMby foliusdesign

    I love looking at my favorite stores for inspiration… anthro, chanel, vivienne westwood. As well as blogs like Burdastyle, Sew Liberated, Sew Mama Sew, Fashion Incubator, and Sewing Divas. The books i like the most are from Yoshiko Tsukiori and Tomoko Nakamichi.
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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.29 AMby megatron

    If I am just simply sewing a garment I like the fabric to speak to me. Often a certain type of fabric screams, “make a dress out of me.” If I am designing a collection or line I look to nature and the world around me for inspiration, I take time to notice the small things around me. For example, I designed a few outfits for school around a bur that stuck to my pants on my walk home. It’s texture was too great to pass up.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.17 AMby lecsmiscellany

    My favorite websites are Sewaholic, Coletterie, and BurdaStyle. My favorite magazine for looking at fashion is People Stylewatch.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.14 AMby lhynx28

    I get my inspiration from this site, forever 21,, japanese magazines, sew weekly and gertie’s blogs. One of my fave sewing books is the Make your own Dress Patterns by the Adele Margolis. :)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 03.10 AMby dozaline

    Windowshopping! Nothing like walking by store display windows to see what’s trending and then make it my own. Facebook pages are good inspiration, so is Sew News and Threads magazines. And, teaching sewing to 4-H kids always inspires me. Amazing what those kids can do!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.52 AMby jennymachete

    I’m not trying to suck up but I do actually get inspiration from this site as well as the talented members. Keep up the good work!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.49 AMby nostephot

    I love sewing magazines and blogs! I always find something new to try!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.45 AMby runningwithscissors1

    inspiration? anywhere really. I can’t say anyplace in particular, because it always changes. I do love burdastyle and visit it almost every day. Otherwise, I hit random blogs, never really the same one twice.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.40 AMby manda-mae

    lately: burdastyle, etsy, flickr

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