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[UPDATE 12/05/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member ariation

Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of The Sew Simple Guide to Easy Sewing and Embellishing.

Just learning to sew? Or ready for a refresher course? Have at your fingertips basic construction terms, techniques, and tips that make sewing at home a joy.

  • Master sewing basics such as marking, cutting, gathering, shirring, piping, facing, boxing, binding, sewing zippers, and much more
  • Learn a variety of methods for embellishing fabric, such as embroidery, couching, fusible appliqué, and needle felting; find excellent photos and illustrations
  • Work with specialty fabrics—including fleece, knits, and nylon—as well as leather

Click here for purchasing info on The Sew Simple Guide to Easy Sewing and Embellishing.

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What is your favorite garment to embellish, and how?

The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


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    Dec 3, 2012, 08.43 PMby bitterbunny

    so far, just napkins, but i’d love to expand on what i embellish!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 07.22 PMby onceworn

    Lately I’ve been drawn to vintage type embellishments like adding colourful ric rac to hems, shirring and smocking. I’ve never smocked anything before but I’m putting it on my “to learn” list!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 05.38 PMby mixtlii

    I embellish pants, on the inside… Meaning contrasting pocket and belt! But apart from that, I don’t know much the techniques, and I would love to learn!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 05.33 PMby Lollyrosedragon

    embellishing is great for polishing up a look or revamping pieces you already own. Good skills to add for anybody that sews.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 05.11 PMby sradecki

    I don’t embellish much, I would like to learn how to.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 05.03 PMby laurertheexplorer

    Awesome contest, thanks for the chance!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 04.16 PMby saxysarah

    I love embellishing shirts. So cheap and easy!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 03.58 PMby joen

    The garments I embellish most are tanks, I love you machine stitch a design then embellish by hand sewing beads or sequins. Give my tanks a great pop when worn under a tunic or jacket.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 03.28 PMby flashabou

    Definitely, skirts with embroidered borders.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 03.00 PMby runningwithscissors1

    I am always afraid that embellishments might make something look too over the top so I usually don’t do much by the way. I have worked a couple of shirts of my daughter’s to make them a little more special. And I have done ribbon hems to a couple of simple skirts, does that count?

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    Dec 3, 2012, 02.41 PMby DarcyRo

    Looking at most of the dresses I’ve created one would think this would be easy for me — the answer is bows and yes I love to create a dress then make a bow and place it in various areas of the dress for embellishments but I also like creating simple dresses and embellishing the neckline, waistline and wrist area with jewel type, sparkle type finishings.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 02.34 PMby SewNotWork

    Has anyone actually won? I keep seeing these “enter to win” but don’t see the winner announced. Where would I find the winner list??

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      Dec 3, 2012, 09.28 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi SewNotWork,

      Once we hear back from the winners via personal e-mail we are updating the blog posts. You can see the winners at the top of each post. This update is visible from the main blog page (http://www.burdastyle.com/blog) so that you don’t have to open each individual post to find out if the winner has been posted.

      This weekend’s Comment To Win does not close until 5pm this evening (35 more minutes!!) and this Comment To Win closes tonight at midnight. Stay tuned for the winners!

      Thank you for asking and participating.



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    Dec 3, 2012, 02.17 PMby Lela1983

    I love embellishing my steampunk stuff because there are just so many options… pleated trim.. ruffles… ribbons… lace… embroidery… contrast stitching… beads…

    anything goes… and that is nice…

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    Dec 3, 2012, 02.06 PMby perrineco

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 01.55 PMby ariation

    My favorite type of garment to embellish are dresses. I like to use coloured ribbons and buttons to give it a unique appearance. I like to add the ribbons horizontally close to the garment hem in various widths and spacing. Buttons that may vary in colour i use as decorative rather than functional.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 01.17 PMby Christine Prevost

    I like to embellish jackets, dresses and tops with embroidery and piping. I’d like to get better at it and see some other ideas, so this book would be wondrful!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 12.53 PMby Mai-der

    My favourite garment to embellish is a dress, and I love to sew piping around the waistline!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 12.19 PMby Cheryl Henderson

    My favorite garments to embellish are dresses and tops. I embellish them with beads around the necklines

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    Dec 3, 2012, 11.47 AMby juz

    I’m not very good at embellishments (so this book would be awesome!) but I do quite little hidden embellishments that only I know are there, or that just peek out a tiny bit – like a lace edged lining. I also love buttons!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 11.33 AMby LBL1548

    I think that “Lace edging” is one of the most elegant and easier way to embellish garments. Is so easy to adapt from a folk to an formal look that I really love it!!!! And I’m sure I’ll find so many ways to sew and use it in the book that I can’t wait to have it!!! Congrats for the idea!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 11.13 AMby ajsemuel

    I’d love to win the book …

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    Dec 3, 2012, 10.59 AMby WilijA

    I’m just a novice, so haven’t embellish many thing. But I really like tasteful small bows and handcrafted pieces (cute flowers mostly). Also, one of the best embellishment in my opinion is something what is not attached to blouse or dress directly, but made of the same fabric – earrings, hairband, purse, etc.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 10.27 AMby libra-s

    I mostly like to embellish blouses on collar and cuffs!

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    Dec 3, 2012, 10.11 AMby panifrau

    I like to draw attention to my upper half so tops are my pieces to embellish of choice. Exposed zippers are my favorites. I consider myself a minimalist, I like clean lines and simplicity. A unexpected cut or interesting seam lines are enough for me. I like unusual collars, pockets and darts though.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 06.33 AMby Denim Skirts Etc

    I would like to win this. (I couldn’t see a question above).

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    Dec 3, 2012, 05.59 AMby metteks

    Looks great. I would love to win that book.

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    Dec 3, 2012, 05.29 AMby Jamie DSC

    I’d love to win this!

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