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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, 05.31 PMby fatandy

    Burdastyle is a great source, of course, but I enjoy lots of different blogs. Style.com has to be mentioned as well and The Satorialist and Modcloth and Anthropology and and and……

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.25 PMby dawnwich

    I fell in love with the print Burda magazine when I lived in Europe, and I still enjoy picking it up when I can. I am a costumer, and I love fantasy costuming so I get inspiration from a wide variety of books and artwork.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.24 PMby lennert

    My inspiration sources are endless! Burdastyle is my number one… So many amazing pleople with great ideas! I also get inspired by TV programs and movies (Mad Men,Pan Am,Boardwalk Empire…). Thirdly I love to read blogs and websites. Some of my favourites are Pinterest, Colette patterns, Tilly and the buttons…. Lastly books. I particularly like Japanese pattern books.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.23 PMby Demi Aguilar

    Burda! The magazine and the website. I love looking at the designs made by other users. I can’t wait to get this book either by winning or I’m planning on putting it on my list.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.22 PMby indigoeve

    Here (of course ;)), anything interesting I find at the library, shop windows in town, tv shows, and sewing blogs (of which Casey’s Elegant Musings has to be my favourite). If I’m looking for a particular era or style detail I often do an image search on Google and click on any interesting image that catches my eye. Oh, and for belly dance costumes I search for designers websites and see what I can adapt to my much smaller budget and simpler sewing skills.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.22 PMby mcgjean

    I like Burdastyle for inspiration. I also like to read Instyle Magazine and Vogue.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.16 PMby corvus

    Burdastyle’s a big one! Pinterest, and of course a whole stack of blogs.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.15 PMby mlssfshn

    Vintagesewing.info, some books from the 30’s I was able to copy at the library, other designers, style.com, nature books…..inspiration is everywhere!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.12 PMby theDuck

    Burdastyle.com and all kinds of blogs.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.09 PMby kanhoro

    places like yanko design and other knitting blogs as well.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.07 PMby 09extrastuff

    Looking at my fabric stash. The fabric will tell me what it wants to be.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.02 PMby tinapickles

    Everywhere! Sometimes on the street, in cataloges, magazines, blogs…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 05.02 PMby busybunch

    I love using Flickr to find inspiration! ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.57 PMby dobleufa

    I find my sewing inspiration in vintage magazines as well as blogs and other websites.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.57 PMby lisbeth-s

    I like modcloth and I also follow «clothing blogs». I like to go see japanese’s clothes store online, I love that style. Generally, the Internet is the place where I find inspiration.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.56 PMby boppygreen

    A large portion of my inspiration comes from BurdaStyle and all your wonderful members. I especially enjoy Peter Lappin’s recreations of the dresses from the glamor days of Hollywood. I just wish I still had the figure for them. I also like redrafting new ideas from existing patterns.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.56 PMby rebpalma

    I get my sewing inspiration mainly from fashion and sewing blogs, and also from Burda magazine. Too many things to sew, too little time!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.55 PMby mrempert

    the internet is my source including this site, apartmenttherapy, houzz, bhg, pinterest, & i’m sad to admit martha stewart. can’t deny she and her team have skillz.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.53 PMby simonewarrior

    I find my sewing inspirations from my 9yr. old. She has an imagination that inspires me to make her ideas into a reality. I often look at her drawings and then pass the time researching on YouTube or other craft websites for pieces of ideas that are later put together to make a whole new _________? Most of the research online is for techniques which I don’t know. I am an artist and there’s a lot I need to learn and I am thankful to all those out there who are posting their knowledge. I am finding a true joy in sewing!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.53 PMby sammyk

    Love chezlarsson.typepad.com just because it makes me want to have a tidy space and make everything for it. The most random place I’ve been inspired is looking at things on eBay.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.51 PMby ninachan

    Everywhere! Nature is a big one and I’m always amazed at the work of film costume designers; they’re usually the one’s who save a terrible movie for me lol. Most of my online inspiration comes from BurdaStyle. Modcloth.com & Anthropologie often have really pretty vintage inspired garments. StumbleUpon is great for inspiration/tutorial/pattern trawling!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.49 PMby sala22

    I find inspiration mostly from the internet, if I see a pattern I like, I love to see how it looks as a finished garment before I buy it so I’m always checking burdastyle and pattern review. I <3 looking through member projects on burdastyle, I can’t believe how supportive and talented this community is!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.48 PMby kallers

    I find a lot of inspiration through the colette patterns blog and the sew weekly. I am a fan of vintage fashion, so old movies and tv shows like mad men are also a source of inspiration.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.47 PMby spud13

    I really like the Craft Gossip blog, as I don’t have enough time to be trawling the internet as much as I’d like. I also randomly gain interest when I’m out and about or travelling. I always carry a pen and paper so that I can jot down ideas for later.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.47 PMby lindac

    I get inspiration from reading blogs such as BurdaStyle, So’Zo, The Wardrobe Re-imagined and numerous othersI. I wish I had my mother’s old Singer Sewing Books.


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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.45 PMby cam557

    Recently I discovered Pinterest and I love it. So many ideas…

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.42 PMby MicheleW

    I scour pinterest and creative blogs like sew mama sew and a little tipsy— there are just so many amazing bloggers out there! I also love collette patterns and diy of anthro and modcloth.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.40 PMby stefilu

    I find my inspiration everywhere: books, websites, blogs, people around me – I don’t have a specific place to go for inspiration

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.40 PMby audie2002

    Sewing blogs! It’s really inspiring to follow the blogs of new-ish sewers (like Sewaholic) that in a year or two have been able to create amazing garments!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 04.40 PMby morkin13

    Lookbook and Burdastyle are where I go to for inspiration!

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