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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, 07.58 PMby iloveicecream2

    Definitely Burdastyle, several blogs and pinterest. Refashioning is something very new to me but very rewarding to turn something in the depths of the closet to something wonderful. Project Runway

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.57 PMby Laurie Green

    Burdastyle is a staple, of course. I also like looking at Pinterest and fashion magazine websites. I also like looking at “Red Carpet” celebrity reviews to see what does and doesn’t look good with different body shapes and hair colors.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.50 PMby Meghan Gerrity

    I always find inspiration from looking through old magazines and newspapers. I actually prefer the newspaper ads to the magazines because I think they are more authentic to that time period. I also love browsing on burdastyle’s pattern section and also checking out the vintage and repro clothing on etsy.com.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.46 PMby claub

    I read and a look at burda sites, here a get some great ideas, and also burda magazines. I get inspired also by the television and also a have some friends whitch give some great sugestions. Thank you all.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.45 PMby miaow

    I get inspiration from post apocalyptic movies and nature.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.42 PMby teamydear

    There’s inspiration everywhere! Nature, people, books, blogs, shops… As to websites, I like a number of sewing blogs, Pinterest, BurdaStyle and Etsy

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.40 PMby obscurusmercury

    Finding inspiration is as easy as walking for 20 minutes on my lunch break. City streets have plenty to offer if you look up :-)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.38 PMby bunniesrevenge

    Most of my inspiration comes from boredom with my wardrobe, Instead of going out to buy clothing when ever I get sick of whats in my closet I sit down at my sewing machine. Burda style has been a huge boost with this as well, seeing what others have done inspires me to do the same :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.38 PMby srkshannon

    Currently I am finding a lot of inspiration on Pinterest. That website is so addicting!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.34 PMby shrimpsaladcircus

    I find my sewing inspiration everything, but I think that I’m most inspired by seeing revamped clothing pieces. I think it’s so neat to see something outdated, awkwardly shaped, and generally unflattering become a beautiful, unique, and flattering piece of clothing.

    Maybe these books would help me polish/develop my sewing skills so that I could be a master revamper, too! :D

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.33 PMby wildcatspow

    I’m inspired by tons of blogs from sewists all over the world, as well as movies, tv, and paintings. There are so many great sources of inspiration out there— it’s tough to name just a few!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.33 PMby princmay-1

    Uffaaaa voglio vincere qualcosa anche io dall’Italiaaaaaa!!!!!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.33 PMby megabyte24

    Used to get inspiration from my Grandmother and my Mother. Now I get it from my wife and various online resources, including http://sewmamasew.com

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.31 PMby Rachel Bain

    I find my sewing inspiration everywhere. Of course I get inspired by seeing the things other people have made, but I really love looking for inspiration in completely unrelated things.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.30 PMby cfulcher

    I get my inspiration from wandering around Pinterest and Etsy. Seeing neat creations at those two places always inspires me to want to go home and sew.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.29 PMby Natasha Venzke

    I obviously love looking at what people make on here. I can’t afford new sewing books, so I buy them from charity shops. Most of the blogs I follow are Burdastyle members and blogs I found through them.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.28 PMby shaylasharp

    Flickr and blogs are big inspiration sources for me!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.26 PMby gdavid3039

    Well one inspiration is this very site and the usual fashion mags and shopping sites, such as outnet.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.25 PMby rachelnicole

    I am constantly inundated with sewing inspiration, in the films I watch, the blogs I read, stores where I window shop & of course people watching. Living in a city, Philadelphia, especially working on a college campus gives me lots of opportunities to see what is new, exciting & inspires me to make it myself.

    Of course I love Burdastyle, not only is there a plethora of stylish patterns, but the community of sewers is incredibly inspiring. I also enjoy reading blogs such as creature comforts, modish, & design sponge to name a few. In terms of books I really want the burdastyle book (hoping I win it or get it for Christmas). I also love Built by Wendy series and I really Really love Design it yourself clothes: Pattern-making Simplified by Cal Patch.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.24 PMby t4n14

    My sewing inspirations include shop window displays, magazines, fashion shows, movies, and TV series, basically just about anything with people in fashionable clothes. My favorite sewing magazine/website’s BurdaStyle, obviously :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.22 PMby raylynn

    I get a lot of inspiration from movies, magazines, and books – older ones are the best. I also love my morning dose of blogs (including burdastyle!) and the public library.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.21 PMby turtlegirl00

    my inspiration comes from burda, sewing blogs, and magazines. Burda and the blogs help me learn tricks/tips to actually create my inspirations. I also am in love with my Diana Rupp Sew Everything Workshop book, very handy and helpful. I would love this library to add to my tiny collection of books!! :)

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.20 PMby pink-cornelia

    lately I’ve found inspiration in movies and museum expositions. The last movie that inspired me was begginers, Mélanie Laurent´s caracter has some great outfits. My favorite website are burda, lost at e-minor and craftzine.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.17 PMby btstars

    I find a lot of my inspiration on sewing blogs, burdastyle website, sew weekly website, fashion blogs, and even fashion shows. I think if you open your eyes, you could find a lot of inspiration everywhere.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.16 PMby btstars

    I find a lot of my inspiration on sewing blogs, burdastyle website, sew weekly website, fashion blogs, and even fashion shows. I think if you open your eyes, you could find a lot of inspiration everywhere.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.16 PMby Fella Girlie

    style.com; I look at all the runways shows on their site and see the ways things are designed and draped.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.16 PMby kidgiddy

    I’m in it to win it! Not only am I wanting these awesome books…to read and make fun gifts from, but I’m also working on my very own first book submission for Potter Craft! So it would be extra special and fun to win this giveaway!

    As for where I get my inspiration from…my daughters. Their laughter, their tears, their joys, talents and everything else in between. They inspire me everyday when I’m awake and when I’m asleep. They remind me to be a kid and to be happy and not stressed. They remind me to have fun all the time and to add more “giddy” to my life! So, I do!

    Thanks Random House!!! – kg

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.16 PMby lclurbanite

    I love finding inspiration from old shows – like the Dick Van Dyke show – LOVE Mary Tyler Moore!!! I also like searchng the internet and then seeing what styles would work for me and how to adjust them to make them work better!

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.15 PMby lolliepeeps

    My inspiration comes from classic Hollywood looks and ladies.

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    Dec 12, 2011, 07.13 PMby Jenni Morgan

    I get inspired by many things. Blogs, books, magazines, all kinds of stores and even my husband. My hubby has a GREAT eye for art and makes GREAT suggestions!!!

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