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[UPDATE 12/03/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member alicewang for winning this giveaway!

Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of Sew Merry and Bright: 20 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns by Linda Lum Debono.

Have yourself a colorful little Christmas! From popular designer Linda Lum DeBono, this handmade-holiday collection offers an exciting array of decorating ideas.

• Fill your sleigh with 21 fun and whimsical projects, including wall hangings, place mats, ornaments, stockings, table runners, a tree skirt, an Advent calendar, and more
• Indulge in bright novelty prints; projects also work nicely in a more traditional palette
• Find a host of cheery home-decor items and gift ideas for Christmas

Click here for purchasing info on Sew Merry and Bright: 20 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns (That Patchwork Place).

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What advice do you have for finishing technique for necklines and armholes?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


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    Dec 3, 2012, 03.25 PMby BurdaStyle Support

    Thank you all for participating in this fun Comment to Win! Congratulations alicewang for being out winning commenter! (http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/alicewang/my_activity)

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    Dec 2, 2012, 12.29 AMby aluckmann

    Self made bias tape – either matching your fabric or a fun contrasting color/print.

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    Dec 1, 2012, 06.47 PMby saxysarah

    I love using bias binding for arm and neck holes, I usually use the single fold packaged stuff.

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    Dec 1, 2012, 02.08 PMby fluteplayer

    Bias binding is my favorite neckline finish and double needling for the sleeves. Some people find binding hard but it is worth the work when you really get it down.

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    Nov 29, 2012, 11.25 PMby SewNotWork

    Who won?

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    Nov 28, 2012, 02.34 PMby sonziekat

    I love bias binding these areas. Nothing like it!

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    Nov 28, 2012, 02.34 PMby Sew Lola Sew

    intresting…! hope to win it : )

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    Nov 28, 2012, 05.09 AMby cottonrose

    Armhole edges and neck lines? Well, I was teaching sewing this morning to ladies in a fabric store and a BEGINNER had downloaded a pattern from the Burda site. The finish described for the neckline and repeated for the armhole was to’ trim the seam to 6mm. Turn under and stitch down’. She had purchased a silk fabric at Au$30 a metre. I felt that the suggested finish was cheap and most unsuitable for a decent garment. We will be cutting bias strips from the fabric and binding the edges.

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    Nov 27, 2012, 11.56 PMby Jo Jo

    Loving the patchwork patterns as usual, however my eye is particularly drawn to the Babushka Christmas tree ornament on the cover!

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    Nov 27, 2012, 06.24 PMby kellytuttle

    I like doing a facing for the bodice, so when you turn the bodice right side out, the neckline is all done up with nothing showing on the inside. For armholes bias tape is the easiest, but sometimes I don’t like the way it looks.

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    Nov 27, 2012, 06.04 PMby wildflower31

    I would love to have a homemade christmas with the ideas from this book!

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    Nov 27, 2012, 04.00 PMby beim-zahnersatz-sparen

    Great! Cant wait to see more…

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    Nov 27, 2012, 01.46 PMby Leigh Wood

    These all look so great that I can’t wait to get started.

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    Nov 27, 2012, 12.33 PMby ddw113

    I usually like using bias tape but love the posts and will give other methods a try.

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    Nov 26, 2012, 08.28 PMby adriprints

    For necklines – make sure you’ve stabilized the area if it’s fabric prone to distortion… and don’t forget to clip and notch the edges.

    Form armholes – same – stay stitch the edge, make sure you’ve clipped, notched, and trimmed the area before turning it toward the right side.

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    Nov 26, 2012, 02.03 PMby libra-s

    Use a sharp pair of scissors and carefully make small V-shape notches on curves!

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    Nov 26, 2012, 12.21 AMby Laurie Moran

    I need advice! I’m very much a novice garment maker. ::Scrolls up to read the rest of the comments.::

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    Nov 25, 2012, 07.49 PMby alissaslagle

    Bias tape is a pretty easy way to go. You can always make your own out of the article’s same fabric too.

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    Nov 25, 2012, 03.09 PMby mwelland

    Staystitch and press everything before you start attaching the facing. It’s worth the time to baste everything instead of using pins. You’ll end up with a much cleaner look.

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    Nov 25, 2012, 04.25 AMby rita61

    Go slowly. Don’t rush. Always evenly space your clips or notches, understitch where possible, and press with tip of the iron. Finish seam allowances on lightweight fabric with self bound finish. Finish thicker seam allowanes on the armhole with maybe HongKong finish, using very light weight fabric. Make sure to grade your neckline seam allowances. I always ask myself: “what would my mom say if she was here to inspect my garment?”

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    Nov 24, 2012, 11.05 PMby Anniemollison

    Always clip your seam allowance curves. Makes such a difference to the finished edge.

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    Nov 24, 2012, 09.32 PMby Robvihunt

    Usign scraps from old projects can bring new life to old clothing or new projects, Adding binding strips of the same fabric by cutting a 1in width and a 1/4 fold on each side to make a clean edge, then give a half press to the complete strip.

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    Nov 24, 2012, 07.13 PMby heatherrique

    This looks so fun and helpful to have! :-)

    Using a bias binding; for facings, understitch, and do lots of pressing to prevent “flap outs”.

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    Nov 24, 2012, 10.55 AMby Irina Schwab

    Just when I said there is nothings else I could try… There it is! A new, exciting book! We like merry and bright to cheer up our Christmas :-)

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    Nov 24, 2012, 07.16 AMby MojoHollz

    Bias tape for armholes! Realtively eas and looks great. Necklines I think do best with interfaced facings. This is not a place you want streching so ALWAYS stay stich when instructed! I’ve had a few mishaps by forgetting to do that step.

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    Nov 24, 2012, 05.19 AMby rynsnn

    Well, I haven’t done a lot of them, but double check the arm width with a muslin first! Especially if you have wider arms than most people your size!

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    Nov 24, 2012, 02.07 AMby drainl

    Cute! I don’t have any great tips, since I’ve only sewn a few tops. My kiddos have large heads though, so making sure the head opening is large enough is important to me!

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    Nov 24, 2012, 01.50 AMby Michelle Duchene

    never skip the notching when making the armholes and necklines! And never skip out on the pressing!

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    Nov 23, 2012, 10.47 PMby Bridget Delavale

    Press, press, press! And go slowly.

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