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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

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy policy. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.

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


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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.10 PMby rerei

    Polyvore is fantastic for inspiration!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.10 PMby ealis

    Most of my inspiration comes from movies, mostly the classics ( TCM or AMC). I also read women’s magazine to stay current on the trends.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.06 PMby dianajanssen

    Burdastyle magazine and website, of course. Threads also provides some inspiration as well as snoop shopping.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.06 PMby jmelsha

    I get ideas from Etsy- and my very artistic daughter.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.04 PMby Dijana Albijanić

    I always felt deeply in love with clothes! The idea of making a garment makes me pumped up with energy and ready to go! I can spend days and days reading BURDA, and different kind of blogs. Four months ago, I got a beautiful sewing machine to help me with my dreams, and these books would also be a huge help!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.04 PMby lokicat

    pictures of 1950’s dresses, japanese pattern books and burdastyle

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    Dec 12, 2011, 10.02 PMby quetee02

    I’m inspired by my mother – she’s a pro! Seeing the outfits she made for me and herself when I was a little girl inspires me to do the same for my daughter. I love the shop Pins & Needles here in NYC for inspiration!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.58 PMby stephiaffi

    mostly on the internet, my favourite sites to visit online are other sewists’ blogs

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.57 PMby marlagrace

    i find lots of ideas on blogs and in magazines!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.55 PMby Candice Leslie

    Right now, my inspiration comes from Pinterest! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.51 PMby nani

    I always find inspiration in history books and of course, in Burdastyle!
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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.50 PMby dgporter

    Very much into re-styling retro clothes. I find such wonderful fabrics and fashions in the thrift shop, and then I go home and re-invent. My favorite web sites are BerninaUSA; BurdaStyle blog; and We All Sew.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.48 PMby gibbylet

    Oh so sweet! I get my inspiration from a lot of different sewing blogs, Burda mag, and patternreview.com (thats not inspiration so much, but a reality check on if I want to invest time and fabric into a project) I am trying to get better at the basics before I let inspiration run too far away with me…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.46 PMby dameventh

    I get a lot of my inspiration from the 1930’s. I loved to look through old magazines and see the styles from then. I also read several sewing blogs for good tips and great ideas.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.44 PMby jjkawano

    I always look at Burdastyle for all my sewing needs. I am a newbie into the sewing craft, and I find the patterns and designs a great inspiration and something always catches my eyes.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.41 PMby flutefish

    I’ve just discovered Pinterest, and that is definitely inspiring!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.37 PMby clare

    Definitely Pinterest at the moment. I love it!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.33 PMby v3g4n

    Burdastyle, of course. But also Sew, mama, sew; and Gertie’s Blog for better sewing.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.29 PMby kittehs

    I tend to be inspired by people in motion. The way someone walks or does their job makes me think of how their clothing could serve to make them appear more graceful. My favorite websites are those that belong to individuals. I like that they keep their craft alive and anyone can come across their art and enjoy it.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.27 PMby pausznurek

    I look for inspiration in fashion news, I follow many many sewing blogs too. I also like websites and forums, where I can meet other people who sew :) Now I read everyday: burdastyle .com papavero.pl szyjemy-po-godzinach.pl and numerous blogs, i.e. verypurpleperson.com, sistu.blogspot.com, szyjesobie.blogspot.com …

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.26 PMby lauramae

    From everywhere and everything! I am especially inspired by magazine layouts, and, of course, bloggers and Burda Style! And anything vintage is sure to catch my eye.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.26 PMby Michalgsaw

    I agree with the others that said inspiration is everywhere. I do however follow sewing blogs such as Gertie’s new blog for better sewing, new dress a day, Coletterie and of course Burdastyle.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.20 PMby HouseNymph

    Inspiration is everywhere! Burda Style is definitely a big one. I also like the Sew 4 Home site.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.20 PMby luvmedew

    Fabric is my inspiration!Sometimes I visit my local fabric store and peruse their selection for a fabric that I want to work with.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.19 PMby libra-s

    I get inspiration for my projects from every where… magazines, shops, people in the street, websites, book,…. every where. I visit burdastyle.com every single day. So, it should be my favorite website!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.18 PMby euma

    I usually get my inspiration on the burdastyle magazine, love it, and this month it contains a lot of beautiful dresses!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.15 PMby boydagoyl

    I find my sewing inspiration in the dresses of the 1940s & ‘50s. I’m a beginning sewer and would love to make my own clothes! My favorite websites right now are BurdaStyle :-) for inspiration, Craftsy for instruction, and The Man Repeller for laughs. I’m currently looking for the quintessential sewing book(s)!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.08 PMby MajaC

    Ohh, Im just beginner…soooo it will be fantastic if I win this giweaway…but I know many people deserve to win it:)…well, number one source of inspiration is Burda magazine, and Burda style of course too:)))…and I think that there are so many sites today which gave us inspiration…sooo many:)))

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.08 PMby Amanda Cox

    Inspiration is everywhere!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 09.04 PMby Mimipaulusma

    I get my inspiration from the city and its people. Also when I hold a nice fabric in my hands I almost instandly know what I am going to make out of it. Burdastyle is my favorite website for patterns, I have a membership on the magazine and I’m very happy with it. I getlots of inspiration from it.

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