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Comment on the blog or follow us on Twitter for your chance to win a copy of “Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women’s Clothing!” by Suzy Furrer.

Book Description:

Building Patterns is the perfect step-by-step book for students and at-home sewers who are new to patternmaking. The book starts with an overview of the basic tools and ends with students creating garments. With every exercise, students broaden their skill level and gain a deeper understanding of the art of patternmaking. For more information, please go

This excellent, informative book is perfect for those wanting to take their sewing skills to the next level!

Until Tuesday, May 17th at 12 p.m. EST you can win a copy. Only one winner will be selected. To enter, answer the following question: If you could only draft one sewing pattern, what kind of garment would it be for?

If submitting an answer via Twitter, be sure to include the @BurdaStyle tag and the hashtag #comment2win.

Good Luck!

- David @ BurdaStyle

P.S. – Congratulations to bombase and xanderJL on Twitter for winning our previous giveaway with Cathy Cano-Murillo!


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    Nov 26, 2011, 07.24 PMby Lea Bishop

    I would draft pants that actually fit, where my ankles don’t stick out or my butt doesn’t swim in.

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    May 25, 2011, 01.42 PMby sewsweetviolets

    I took All of Suzy’s pattern making intensives, they are 2 to 3 full day classes once a month. Amazing teacher, and this book is really great. I use it at least twice as much as any other pattern making book I own. If you are every near San Francisco, look into taking classes at her school. Good luck to who ever wins this, or maybe I should say who ever won this.

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    May 18, 2011, 04.27 AMby taiwo .

    An evening gown!!!

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    May 18, 2011, 03.19 AMby vintagekara

    If I could only draft one pattern, it would be a simple sundress with classic lines.

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    May 17, 2011, 09.08 PMby RoniBarr

    Without a doubt – the perfect bra – both sexy and comfortable with wonderful support that doesn’t cause back aches or leaves marks on my skin.

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    May 17, 2011, 07.58 PMby purplemage

    would love to draft clothes that actually fit. but i think i missed the deadline. :-(

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    May 17, 2011, 07.06 PMby nyphertiti

    If I could draft a dress or pants that fit me perfectly, I’d be pretty happy~

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    May 16, 2011, 11.15 PMby orchardcity

    I would draft the perfect suit for my beloved.

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    May 16, 2011, 08.12 PMby euma

    A dress of course, I love them!

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    May 16, 2011, 05.21 PMby Alexis Mizrahi

    It would have to be a basic shift dress. I feel that a shift dress is the archetype for so many other garment opportunities that can be created from it :)

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    May 16, 2011, 03.29 PMby escorpio

    I sew mostly skirts and dresses, because I haven’t found the perfect pants. I would therefore draft the perfect most well-fitting pants ever.

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    May 16, 2011, 02.40 PMby artemis-ivorywings

    Definitely a dress. Can’t get enough of them!

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    May 15, 2011, 06.45 PMby anndk

    Just one pattern… I would make a dress – a gal can never have too many dresses

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    May 15, 2011, 04.49 PMby claudmndz

    i want to make a swim suit like wendy pefercorn’s in The Sandlot

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    May 15, 2011, 03.21 PMby destiknit

    Only one garment? Then it would be a tailored dress which could be worn casual or dressed up.

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    May 14, 2011, 08.19 PMby elisabetsy

    Even though I mostly wear dresses and skirts, I would most like to draft well-fitting pants.

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    May 14, 2011, 05.40 PMby GLAM13

    If I could draft only one sewing pattern it would be a classic sheath dress - mainly because it is very simple and complex at the same time. glam13

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    May 14, 2011, 04.47 PMby fuzzyg

    Some weird Japanese top.. I already have perfectly fine pants and basic tops, but am shy about moving in really different directions.

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    May 14, 2011, 02.44 PMby sunquistadora

    Ah! That’s too hard to choose! The prefect figure flattering dress, I suppose. Or corsets. I could wear corsets basically every day.

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    May 14, 2011, 02.32 PMby Christi Woglemuth

    It would probably be a summer dress! Just because right now I want a pattern for a summer dress but can’t find one.

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    May 13, 2011, 10.07 PMby bethw82

    I would love to draft a perfectly fitting 1950s style sundress.

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    May 13, 2011, 08.05 PMby cam557

    A perfect fitting pair of pants!

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    May 13, 2011, 06.44 PMby cmstephens

    The perfect fitting jeans.

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    May 13, 2011, 06.26 PMby boppygreen

    I’ve been redrafting patterns for years. I would love to learn to create them from scratch. To choose one pattern, I would have to go with a dress with clean lines that I could easily change from day wear to night wear with the right fabrics.

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    May 13, 2011, 05.47 PMby seedling

    Trousers! I de-constructed a pair of my favorite jeans once they started falling apart to use as a pattern, but I still haven’t found that perfect pair of trousers.

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    May 13, 2011, 05.46 PMby 00nihila00

    oh, i would so appreciate having access to this book……it retails for $52.50 on amazon….quite a prize…..

    i saw a neat idea in an instructional video by Don McCunn on youtube—to make a bodice sloper in your exact body measurements & sew & stuff to make a dress form!!…..

    ….so….. i would like to learn how to draft a bodice sloper….

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