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Welcome to Day 29 of the Holiday Giveaway! 5 lucky winners will receive The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Friday, December 30th to be entered to win!

If you’ve ever made your own clothes, you know how empowering it can be. That awesome skirt in a fabric you adore. The blouse that fits perfectly. The one-of-a-kind dress you just knew would look cuter with a few extra details at the neck and hem. All made by you. Packed with easy-to-follow tutorials; five adaptable sewing patterns for a skirt, blouse, dress, coat, and bag; and fifteen step-by-step sewing projects, this book gives you the basic building blocks to begin sewing and the tools you need to move beyond the basics to designing and customizing your own wardrobe. With its unique blend of fashion, creativity, and expert know-how, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is the ultimate guide to sewing with style.

Comment to Win: What are some project ideas you have for the new year?


This giveaway is sponsored by BurdaStyle

[Update 12/30/11] – Congratulations to members kath4kids, bobthesewer, TabulaRasa, nani, and chopsticks for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 29!


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    Dec 30, 2011, 05.55 AMby paintedlady89

    Of the many projects that I have on the line up is a skirt remake from a dress, a romantic winter blouse, and a few tops!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 05.41 AMby sema80

    I want to make a flowergirl dress for my daughter

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    Dec 30, 2011, 05.25 AMby margiwarg

    I’m planning on making some blue jeans and a grey wool jacket

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    Dec 30, 2011, 05.17 AMby nannykk

    My girls want hooded footie pajamas with comfy knit socks seen in as the feet.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 05.02 AMby leahfranqui

    Oh, man, so very many! A couple of dresses for sure, for various weddings, and trousers! Oh, and pencil skirts, I’m going to perfect my perfect fit!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 05.01 AMby taenocat

    I have so many projects I want to get stuck into! But I think I’m going to start with a dress for a wedding I’m going to in February. And my brother wants me to make him a laundry bag – he’s finally growing up!!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 04.58 AMby initabermudezyahoocom

    I like to swim, So i am going to sew a bathing suit. first time. I think it would be fun. can design it my way.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 04.41 AMby cowlady1990

    I currently have two purses and a casserole carrier cut out ready to sew for next weekend (birthday party!). I have material for new jammies for ME!, a pattern and fabric for a jacket for ME!, a froggie pillow for my son, a matching father/son pair of pants for my husband and son, a shirt for a set of shorts I made my son last summer (they were HUGE on him – lol). a flannel shirt for son, a long sleeved shirt for my hubby . . . . I could continue, but my guess is I’ll have plenty more projects to add to the list by the time mid-year shows up! Oh – and Christmas presents for next year: jammies for the adults and quillows for the kids! :) (BTW – checked out the book in a Kindle sample the other day :) – if you haven’t, you should!!)

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    Dec 30, 2011, 04.38 AMby jocel

    The first thing I’m going to make is a blouse for my birthday in January. I already have the fabric and everything planned out in my head. I can’t wait to have it done!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 04.31 AMby teresa201

    I’ll be designing little girl dresses for my grandaughter and suites for the grandsons ! Plus a pair of PJ’s for my daughter with the feet in them she’s crazy about them!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 04.20 AMby flutefish

    Need to make some baby clothes and a baby quilt for a friend of mine who is expecting—other than that, I’d really like to learn to do a better job on clothes other than skirts for myself!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 04.11 AMby Carnold1

    Lots and Lots of collars, a suit/work dress made from this vintage pattern I found and beautiful wool fabric, a skirt from this pattern I found from the 1960s, and combine that with the skirt top I found from this 1970s pattern. And cover a pair of shoes with fabric I got when I was studying abroad.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 04.00 AMby sewlovely-1

    I plan to sew more garments that will work with my wardrobe. I also hope to be better at planning and making gifts instead of purchasing unmeaningful ones.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 03.46 AMby mrempert

    I am planning on making some custom made curtains and coordinating accessories for two bedrooms and my living room. As for clothing, I hopefully will finish two pairs of pants and two coats.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 03.45 AMby breona

    I’m looking forward to chair cushions using fabric I purchased in Kenya while volunteering there recently, making myself a new swimsuit for the summer season based on the “Alison” pattern and making a few new skirts.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 03.38 AMby gmotil

    Work on fine-tuning jeans…almost there…and I’d like to work on some lined jackets for work.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 03.25 AMby daisy1423

    I’d love to make some cute tops, and I have a skirt I want to make too.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 03.11 AMby Cynthia Froman

    A Sherlock Holmes cape!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 03.04 AMby burda-user-913639

    a baby tunic for my new niece!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 02.53 AMby 10ashus

    I just took a quiz that says the Boho style suits me well, as long as I don’t go for the total gypsy look. I will be adding a few loose tops, vests, tribal prints, and hobo bags.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 02.53 AMby pamelahenry

    I’ll be finishing up on some pajamas, making some career clothes for my daughter and quilting that “bug jar” quilt for my grandson.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 02.29 AMby krdrox

    I’m aiming low, I only want to finish a skirt, shirt and two dresses for myself that I’ve started but not finished!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 02.03 AMby Seeks Corey

    At least monthly projects inspired by a vintage pin-up calendar I have. Tons of refashions. Actually sewing.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 02.01 AMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    I have drawn three new designs for next designer competitions on burdastyle.com.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 01.59 AMby mrschamp-1

    I have a few project ideas for the new year, starting with some summer dresses, a blazer or two for work and some cute skirts. I also want to start learning embroidery so that I can further personalize my garments.

    I can’t wait to get stuck into some stash-busting!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 01.56 AMby Ladypippie

    The first thing I may work on in 2012 is curtains. I have never made curtains before so this will be interesting.

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    Dec 30, 2011, 01.55 AMby nohealani

    More handbags and purses, but hopefully some dresses & skirts too! I’ve also been thinking about quilting a lot lately… Might actually attempt a mini wall quilt in 2012. :) Here’s to a GREAT 2012 of sewing!!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 01.49 AMby hagar007

    Organizing more time to embroider the things i have been sewing all year… never seem to get time to finish them. I really need more creative ideas..

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    Dec 30, 2011, 01.42 AMby alexus1325

    I have so many WIPs, I actually have a box labeled “WIPs and leather,” (because I used to keep my leather in the same tote). I didn’t notice the hilarity of the label until much later…

    I want to finish a short jacket I started using a Vogue pattern, a tropical sheath dress that needs some fitting and a hem, and maybe, just maybe, make my pineapple bombshell dress I bought the fabric and pattern for, oh, three years ago :P

    It’s the year of the WIPs and the planned-or-started-long-agos for me!

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    Dec 30, 2011, 01.38 AMby multifaceted

    Some ones that I started up this year, and hope to have finished soon next year:

    A custom sized mannequin based on a self drafted sloper pattern (I’ve got the pattern drafted and it fits pretty good, too! Just need to figure out/execute the DIY stuffing and base).

    A corset (I have patterns for two by my sewing table, one I will be hopefully doing as a “sew-along”)

    A quilt-as-you-go quilt (the center is entirely finished and about 75% quilted, the borders are probably a little over half done).

    That’s the main things on my list for now.

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