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Welcome to Day 12 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Library of Sewing Titles and Canvas Tote from Random House, Inc.! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Tuesday, December 13th to be entered to win!

This prize includes a Potter Craft Fifth Anniversary Canvas Tote, a copy of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, a copy of Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, a copy of The Party Dress by Mary Adams, a copy of Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara, a copy of Simply Sublime Gifts by Jodi Kahn, a copy of Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal, and a copy of Sweet Stitches from the Heart by Anne Souhier-Fournel, Agnes Delage-Calvet, and Isabelle Leloup.

Comment to Win: Where do you find your sewing inspiration? What books or websites are your favorites?


This giveaway is sponsored by Random House

Please note: If selected as a winner, any personal information you provide to receive your prize in this giveaway is subject to the sponsor’s privacy policy. These may differ from BurdaStyle’s rules, so please review the rules before entering your information. BurdaStyle is not responsible for the handling of your data in connection with this giveaway.

[Update 12/13/11] – Congratulations to member tsedai for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 12!


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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.13 PMby sunnyb64

    I get my sewing inspiration all over the place— television and movies, fiction books, fashion magazines, the internet, watching random people when I go out… As for favorite books and websites, BurdaStyle, of course! Also various sewing blogs, such as Sewaholic.net and A Fashionable Stitch. I’m also loving the Colette Sewing Handbook, and Claire Schaeffer’s Couture Sewing Handbook.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.11 PMby lrm

    I find inspiration from art and design sites, and, of course, Burdastyle.com, though I love sewing books, as well!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.10 PMby lovevigilante

    I get inspiration from my mom, who first taught me the basics of sewing, and magazines, blogs, and websites like yours. Thanks!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.09 PMby gabila

    My sewing inspiration comes from Old hollywood Movies- and actress like Jane Russell, Sophia Loren,etc. I love The Sew Weekly and Sewaholic and am looking forward to the new Colette book and Burda Style.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.09 PMby wanderingmuse

    I am inspired by traveling and people watching! While I’m at home, I love looking at Burdastyle.com to see the great things other people come up with as well as etsy.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.05 PMby missb-1

    I follow numerous sewing blogs, Pinterest and above all BurdaStyle.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.05 PMby Karla Niederhauser

    I bought my very first sewing machine on black Friday, (yes, I was that crazy person at Wal-Mart fighting for that darn machine!) So I am new to this whole sewing thing. I have bought one book off of amazon. I am eager to learn. To be able to make anything that fits me perfectly or a Halloween costume for my kids makes it all worth while. I have tried to make a scarf and it looks ok, but I know I am lacking the knowledge on how to execute creating clothing properly. In other words, I need that library of books on sewing :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.03 PMby dessibella

    My inspiration comes from the swedish version of Burda Style, bloggers, magazines, FB and youtube … you name it!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.02 PMby ifmyheartbreaks

    I love going to my public library to try out new craft books. When I find myself borrowing the same one over and over I finally buy it like the Natalie Bray Dress Pattern Designing. Now I use that book for everything. I also love my Burda magazine subscription and checking out all the creative folks over on refashioncoop.org

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.02 PMby chopsticks

    I mostly get my inspiration from people watching then i go hunting for similar patterns and shapes so i can make my own

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.01 PMby Candcsmom

    I have a really old copy of the Singer’s sewing guide that taught me the basics and you-tube!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.01 PMby Jordann Hall

    My inspiration? I love lace and vintage. I love going to antique malls and looking through all the vintage clothing.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.01 PMby yays

    I am litteraly a sewing-blog addict! Each morning, with my cup of coffee, I make my daily tour of my fave blogs, which include but are not limited to: The slapdash sewist, the Selfish seamstress, the amazing Sew weekly bog, the Cupcake godess and, of course, Gertie’s new blog for better sewing. I really adore Gertie’s style and her passion for sewing always invigorates mine! My passion for sewing bloggers has even made me translate marchewkowa’s website from polish to french! She has such a unique retro vintage style! http://www.marchewkowa.pl/ Even if you dont’ want to fuss with translating her blog enteries, she is worth the look for her amazing creations.

    I also visit Modcloth EVERY DAY to see the new arrivals and I pin the clothes I like in pinterest…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.01 PMby jetsetx

    I’d love these books because I find myself lacking inspiration. When I do make things for myself, it comes from the occasional desperate need for a certain kind of clothing. My mom needed a bathing suit for when she was going on vacation, so I made her one. I felt the need for a skirt worn at the waist, so I made one. I feel like these books will inspire me without the desperation of that sort of sudden desire to make something.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.00 PMby Elizabeth Jones

    I almost always get inspiration from the fabric! The fabric picks me and then I start imagining what it can be. I love books with sewing patterns included, sewing blogs, etc. I am a seamstress by trade and I feel fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living. :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.00 PMby Romanssi

    i get my inspiration from blogs and tv :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.00 PMby ikesmamma

    I get inspiration frafty friends, my mom and grandmother, and pinterest.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.59 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

    I need this library. I have been a sewing like crazy the past few months. Learning new techniques, making not only clothing, but handbags, scarves and amplifier covers! I visit Burdastyle.com about 3 times a day to see what cool projects people have been posted and make sure I haven’t missed any cool news. Thanks Burda Style!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.58 PMby Kerry Marrocco

    What a fantastic win that would be!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.58 PMby Jo Karen MacAulay

    Sewing blogs not only provide great instructions – but the inspire my imagination to do something original.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.58 PMby tyketto

    My children have way better imaginations and ideas than I do. I let them pick out fabrics and let me know what they want. It keeps fashion fun.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.57 PMby ageha

    I get my inspiration from everywhere. People, magazines, blogs. And nature itself.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.57 PMby rltejkl

    Old Movies and old magazines(Harper’s Bazar from 1870-1890’s) For modern sewing Burdastyle .com is my fav.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.53 PMby ilovemytutu

    I get my inspiration from my favorite movies from the 50s and 60s. I also love to take walks just to see what people are wearing that day. And really, Burda has to be my favorite website, I check it almost everyday for new articles. I usually get on the computer and check facebook, then Burda, and finally my email. So there you go.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.53 PMby camelama

    Inspiration for me comes from everyday life, people’s blogs, historic photos, nature, what I see on my walk to work in the morning, things on TV, books I read, etc etc – basically, anything and everything! :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.53 PMby sewducky

    Mostly from print media and old movies. What can I say? I love vintage.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.51 PMby gccmom

    I love sewing books!!! I also spend way too much time reading blogs……need to get sewing!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.50 PMby natsunoyoru

    My inspiration comes from all kinds of sources-blogs,books, tv shows, magazines, catalogs, my family and friends. My favorite one? The Sew Weekly. It makes me smile when I see creations from sewists/crafters from all over the world.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.49 PMby prettysweet

    I get a lot of inspiration from blogs and the Burdastyle website. Also the Built by Wendy books.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.47 PMby SewSunshine

    I love Quilting Arts and Burda! Our Gold COuntry Chapter of the American Sewing Guild has many creative designers who freely share their wonderful creations. Some are garment makers, some quilters, fiber artists, beaders, knitters etc. and the list goes on, they are truely inspirational.

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