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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

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


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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.46 PMby Shelley Franklin

    I take inspiration from architecture as well as from antique furniture. I love shapes!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.45 PMby Katie Sayers Raschdorf

    I get my inspiration on the streets of NYC. I also read WWD as frequently as I can!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.45 PMby Sara Anderson

    I find inspiration everywhere- from the current fashion magazines to my grandmother’s McCalls pattern catalog from the 50s.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.40 PMby Erica Mitchell

    I get my sewing inspiration from my grandmother. She can make literally everything! I watch and learn! I dont have any particular favorite book or website because I think they’re all great! I can always find something I like from everywhere I visit or every book I read. =]

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.34 PMby kiball

    I get the most inspiration from all the fabulous sewing blogs and patternreview.com…..I love to see what tohers have made and issues/improvements that they faced with patterns.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.29 PMby lydianna

    The Quiltart list has delivered so much good information and inspiration. It is a joy to read the various discussions, and they veer off into such interesting topics, places, and people that involve way more than just quilt art. Have been introduced to artists in all venues and what’s going on in other countries and cultures… Love, love, love it.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.29 PMby chocolatecake

    I love Colette Patterns’ blog, the Coletterie! And of course, the Sew Weekly, Sewaholic, and Burdastyle :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.26 PMby nettie

    I love BurdaStyle, of course. Dear Golden Vintage, http://deargolden.blogspot.com Pinterest is AMAZING. Flickr, too. I like to visit my contacts’ favorites to see what they’ve discovered. I buy Lucky every month. And O magazine, which has more fashion than you would think. And I love all of Elsa Mora’s blogs, elsita.tyepad.com

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.25 PMby Claire Cooper

    My sewing inspiration comes from a number of sources. My art work – I desperately want to incorporate my fine art into clothing. I’m also finding Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Drafting useful and can’t wait to get my hands on Pattern Magic. In the same vein I love the TR Design series on you tube and also follow some of the threadbanger links. most of all – Burda – I love this website.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.23 PMby qsogirl

    I read a LOT of blogs, and that’s where I find most of my inspiration!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.19 PMby hayleyroper

    vogue and harpers bazaar are good sources of inspiration for me

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.13 PMby Amy W

    Pinterest is a blessing when I am feeling uninspired!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.11 PMby bttn

    I find inspiration in blogs, magazines, Pinterest, books, on the streets, everywhere…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.09 PMby sparkledonkey

    I love looking at vintage clothing online at sites like Etsy, Couture Allure, and The Frock. I don’t pay much attention to current fashions unless someone on a blog I read links to it.

    For sewing blogs, my current favorites are:http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/ (The first sewing blog I followed religiously)http://mybeaubaby.blogspot.com/http://oonaballoona.blogspot.com/http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.com/http://www.coletterie.com/

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.08 PMby gemmafloyd

    So many sources of inspiration! Of course window shopping, Burda Style and it’s members’ blogs and some vintage photos as well.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.07 PMby catran

    I find my inspirations from all sorts of places…blogs, magazines, television, the outdoors.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.06 PMby aldara

    I love reading other people’s sewing blogs for inspiration, but ModCloth also is a great source, as is Pinterest!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 06.03 PMby misscrayolacreepy

    I find most of my sewing inspiration from fellow bloggers.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.57 PMby bekabug8

    I get a lot of inspiration from sewing blogs.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.56 PMby serenityslr

    I find it everywhere. Sometimes I will even corner a stranger just so I can admire a piece up close, and try to figure out how it may be constructed.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.52 PMby rose

    My sewing inspiration comes from bloggers who sew. By sharing the creation process (in however many details as they feel comfortable), they make it appear that sewing any garment is possible. I liike looking at fashion, magazines, but the sewing bloggers make magical beaufiful garments seem achievable, on variety of shapes and sizes.


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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.48 PMby Redsonia

    The major source of inspiration for me is Russian version of burdafashion.com and Burda Style, recently I have bought “Pattern Magic” and visit dayly different sewing blog.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.47 PMby Brandy totten

    I find most of my inspiration on the internet looking at vintage patterns and styles and other bloggers that have a similar style as me. There is anyone around that I know who has the same style as me, but it is amazing how many people do over the internet :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.42 PMby 1Karin

    I get a lot of inspiration from sewing blogs. I like to snoop shop on net a porter. And of course I have a subscription to Burdastyle magazine:-)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.41 PMby seersuckersally

    I get inspiration from Anthropologie, Mad Men, and various sewing blogs such as Gertie’s NBFBS.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.41 PMby queijada

    I love Flickr and True Up…I can spend hours daydreaming!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.40 PMby burda-user-913639

    pinterest! i also like reading the sew weekly & gerties. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.34 PMby kitsuneincrimson

    I started sewing to make costumes, but I still am inspired by movie costumes when I dream about future projects! Also, my sewing buddies and I feed off each others’ enthusiasm as to which projects to start next. Stuffed elephants are currently on the table.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.33 PMby latulipenoire

    My inspiration is mixed. I draw a lot of inspiration from tv shows set in other eras. For example, the show Pan Am has inspired me to sew WAY too many cocktail dresses.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.32 PMby januacoeli

    Chanin, Mama Soule,Crazy Mom Quilts.Anna Maria Horner,Pozy Gets Cozy, Simply Things and much more in blogs. I peruse the library shelves all the time. I like English Country Living and Selvedge. I collect books where ever I can find them. I like Alabama Stitch Books,French General’s books," Stitched in Time “by Alicia Paulson,Christina Strutt’s books,Martha Stewart is always great,”Sewing in no Time", by Emma Hardy, the List is endless.

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