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Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter for your chance to win The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard!

The lovely people at Interweave shared this fantastic book with us, and we know you’ll love it.

Interweave is the world’s largest online and offline resource for artists and crafters with businesses in magazine and book publishing, digital content and social media, television and instructional videos, directories, eCommerce, events and workshops.

Book Description: Fashion designer and expert sewist Lynda Maynard makes professional sewing and finishing techniques accessible to every sewist with clear instructions in simple step-by-step stages in The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. This handbook unlocks the door to stunning results with better shaping, simpler construction methods, and professional finishing touches. Lynda also explains several seemingly difficult “secrets,” from making bindings and finishing for hems, armholes, and necklines, to underpinnings and structuring techniques. She also teaches how to master finishing touches from textured stitches to couching and applique.

A complete guide to the fabrics suited to each technique and inspirational fashion photography are also included.

Until Tuesday, January 18th, you can win a copy of this must-have book! To enter, connect with us on Twitter, then answer the following question: What makes up a “finished” garment? Does it have to be lined, pressed or hemmed, or are these “requirements” subjective to one’s preference?

When submitting an answer via Twitter, be sure to include the @BurdaStyle tag.

Good Luck!

- David @ BurdaStyle


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    Jan 11, 2011, 07.00 PMby amaydak

    Lining makes a huge difference, but it certainly depends on the garment. I think it always reflects when you take you’re time with a garment and pick a fabric that works for the project.

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    Jan 11, 2011, 06.59 PMby angiegreen

    For me, if I’m going through the trouble of sewing something, I need to have a lining, with finished seams and a really good pressing. I want to be extremely proud of everything I wear & put on – even if no one else knows that it’s a handmade item.

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    Jan 11, 2011, 06.49 PMby lizzylove

    A lining really makes a garment look finished. For a light, casual, summer dress, a hem and a good pressing works.

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    Jan 11, 2011, 06.33 PMby taysha1128

    It depends on the type of garment but more importantly on the maker. Sometimes I love an unfinished piece cause it looks super trendy.

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    Jan 11, 2011, 06.25 PMby Erica Bunker

    I definitely think a garment should have it’s seems pressed. Who wants that “happy hands at home” look?

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    Jan 11, 2011, 05.20 PMby Ramona Bates

    I agree with Sugarduck and feel it depends on the type of garment. Lined skirts are more “finished” to me than those that aren’t, but then again summer, tiered skirts don’t need a lining. They do need the seams to be “finished” as in serged.

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    Jan 11, 2011, 05.15 PMby sugarduck

    I think it really depends on the type of garment you’re making. A jacket would require more finishing than a simple skirt. In general, I’d say the garment should have some sort of finishing on the seam allowances (pinked, serged, or any other appropriate treatment) to be considered “finished”.

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