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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, 02.37 AMby Cheryl Henderson


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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.33 AMby suzanac

    My favorite website is burdastyle site.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.06 AMby thorndancer

    From secondhand items, which sometimes have a mind of their own.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 02.00 AMby some-crafty

    I get most of my inspiration from sewing blogs, burdastyle, pinterest, craft gawker, etc. There are so many wonderful creations out there and most times just browsing through the images gets me in the creative mood.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.58 AMby redjul31

    Burdastyle is my favorite for inspiration and design ideas. My favorite books include coffee table couture books, history books, old Godey’s Ladies Book volumes. My favorite websites include anything to do with fashion, ideas, and really cool creative inspiration.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.52 AMby madrid64

    Well of course Burda! Then there’s Craftsy, Threadbanger, Martha Stewart, also books and magazines. Sometimes, I see someone on the street and something they are wearing inspires me!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.46 AMby foxeni

    As many others have posted before me, I find inspiration through Burda, other craft sites and other people’s blogs but I also am inspired when looking at fashion and clothing construction throughout history. Sometimes I find a characteristic on a piece of clothing from the past that particularly appeals to me and I try to incorporate it into something contemporary. Sometimes I’m successful….sometimes I’m not but it’s fun to try.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.40 AMby 3dogsandacat

    Inspired by various websites, blogs, magazines. Sometimes the fabric itself inspires me. Favorite general sewing books are Vogue sewing and Readers Digest Guide to Sewing.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.30 AMby grammaheh1

    Inspiration could come from anywhere! Websites like Burda, sewing blogs, yahoo embroidery groups, magazines, books, people, fabric, fun trims and buttons, and stores are just some of the places that inspire me,

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.26 AMby dewreb


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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.25 AMby mjpan

    I look at blogs, modcloth, anthropologie, online stores! Books include the art Of manipulating fabric, sewing! And of course i look at how people dress for my sewing inspiration!!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.22 AMby nannykk

    I love to look at Modcloth, Anthropologie, MillyNY, and style.com.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.21 AMby Dawn Lamb-Carpenter

    My sewing inspiration comes from everywhere, but usually movies with great costumes that I want to some how make relevant for everyday wear. RIght now I’m enamored with Gertie’s new blog for better sewing. I can’t get enough of it.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.19 AMby NYAM Afia Cayee'

    Pop’ Africana, ARISE magazine, and various fashion blogs!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.09 AMby tvriz

    I get a lot of inspiration from this site because it is full of projects from sewers like me. Because it is from other sewers, it must be do-able (unlike the pattern makers from Simplicity, Butterick, etc., does anybody test those patterns?). I like some books that are short, simple projects that make great gifts, can be done with scraps and notions lying around (ribbon/rick rack), and looks cute and unique!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 01.06 AMby Tai B

    I first got my sewing inspiration from the book Generation t, then cut out and keep..then i discovered Burdastyle and it completely opened up the world of sewing to me! i fell in love with this site, and it is a huge source of inspiration to me along with clothing lines like free people, and anything else i see that i want to add my own twist to.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.54 AMby fayedoll

    My sewing inspiration comes from EVERYWHERE – magazines, books, websites. If it strikes my eye the hunt for a similar pattern(s) begins.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.54 AMby netmyda

    I take my inspiration from the street, the dance shows and my own needs as a dancer. Then I look in magazines such as Burda to see what is the closest result to my project.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.39 AMby grignotine

    I love to go to PurlBee for inspiration—their color combinations are always beautiful, even if I can’t afford the beautiful fabric they use! I also look to style.com to see what designers are doing in the current season and try to draw inspiration from that as well. My most recent quilt is inspired by the modernist Josef Albers and his Homage to the Square. Any quilters will appreciate his geometric work, but all fabric artists would probably enjoy the work of his wife Anni, who was a print maker and a weaver. And last, open source patterns as can be found on BurdaStyle are really useful as well as being inspirational, because they give sewers the flexibility to choose different design elements of multiple patterns—without breaking the bank!
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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.35 AMby flashabou

    I am a big fan of Burda style magazine! But honestly most of my inspiration comes from the actual fabric itseld. Every piece is screaming to be a shirt, jacket, hat, bag, pillow or quilt. I just listen… :)

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.35 AMby ahkisha

    I like to go on a multitude of sites! I love tumblr, pinterest, many sites that an array of pictures can come from! it really shows all the possibilities out there

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.15 AMby sewlovely-1

    I find inspiration from magazines, websites, and especially my mother. She sews and knits, and makes the most creative garments and accessories.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.14 AMby Sadie Fox Metter

    Local craft fairs and boutiques are a great place to get inspired. Selvedge magazine and Burda Style Magazine are my two favorites! Of course Burda Style is at the top of my bookmarked list. Here are my other top five sites that I go to for inspiration: Gerties New Blog for Better Sewing, Coletterie (Colette Patterns blog), TrueUp (fabric inspiration), A Beautiful Mess, The Sartorialist.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.13 AMby cmonahan99

    I get inspiration from books, blogs and movies! I love Burdastyle and SewMamaSew. I really rely on books for technique suggestions. I loved Sew What! and would love to have this awesome collection!

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.10 AMby carlachan

    japanese sewing books!! and burdastyle.com :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.58 PMby Cassandraj16

    I think I get lots of sewing inspiration just looking subjectively at all different kinds of things. Any kind of unique object and just piecing something together in my brain or from everyday seeing passersby or people on tv. The mind is a wondrous thing I’m glad mine works for sewing inspiration!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.54 PMby moorjenn

    I follow the Sew Weekly religiously. I also like to click through projects on the Colette blog and Pinterest pictures to get inspired. And of course, Burda style!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.46 PMby renatap

    I am really inspired by vintage editions of Burda! My favorite book for inspiration is Pattern Magic, and my favorite website is “OMG that dress!”

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.41 PMby Shannon Kramp

    I’m inspired by paintings, costumes in film, and music.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.37 PMby isabelbk

    I’m inspired by fashion blogs, vintage patterns and my children.

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