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Welcome to Day 29 of the Holiday Giveaway! 5 lucky winners will receive The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Friday, December 30th to be entered to win!

If you’ve ever made your own clothes, you know how empowering it can be. That awesome skirt in a fabric you adore. The blouse that fits perfectly. The one-of-a-kind dress you just knew would look cuter with a few extra details at the neck and hem. All made by you. Packed with easy-to-follow tutorials; five adaptable sewing patterns for a skirt, blouse, dress, coat, and bag; and fifteen step-by-step sewing projects, this book gives you the basic building blocks to begin sewing and the tools you need to move beyond the basics to designing and customizing your own wardrobe. With its unique blend of fashion, creativity, and expert know-how, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is the ultimate guide to sewing with style.

Comment to Win: What are some project ideas you have for the new year?


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[Update 12/30/11] – Congratulations to members kath4kids, bobthesewer, TabulaRasa, nani, and chopsticks for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 29!


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    Dec 29, 2011, 01.02 PMby ellesea

    I want to “Sew With A Plan” wardrobe for myself this year, a pair of pants, a skirt or two, jackets, and tops, haven’t worked out the details yet.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.54 PMby kallie

    I’d like to sew a skirt and a dress for myself.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.53 PMby pambox

    having spent $100 on fabric today and already having a lot in my stash that needs to be sewn, i have a list: summer blazer out of lightweight navy and red check wool. casual grey trousers white and royal blue lace camisoles 1930s check palazzo pants 1940s sundress little black dress (2 – one 60s style shift, one silver sequinned drape dress) floral blouse

    many more things half thought of, but those are definite plans.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.47 PMby renatap

    I plan to sew chiffon! I have two pieces of nice prints. I want to make blouses and dresses with them.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.38 PMby glaucowl

    I just made my first fitted dress, so I’m hoping to continue on in that vein! I have quite a few ideas in the works, including a Jenny that I want for spring.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.35 PMby makroma

    I’m hoping to make a coat. I have the fabric and know the style I want … just building up the co confidence to make a start.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.29 PMby peaudane

    I’m thinking more and more in terms of practical capsule wardrobes. I need clothes that I can bicycle in and that I can wear over my yoga gear.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.18 PMby wannalearn

    I would love to try to make a 50s dress with a cut out in the back and I’m definitely making a pencil skirt :)

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.13 PMby boomer57

    I am going to make a suit for my husband….3 piece, lined! I have never made a man’s suit, but I did make a suit for myself once. I have the book, Classic Tailoring Techniques: A Construction Guide for Men’s Wear to guide me. Plus I am reading Bespoke – Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed by Richard Anderson. It has some fabulous hints embedded in the story and a glossary of tailoring term in the back of the book. After my husband’s suit I plan to make a wrap dress for myself.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.12 PMby Kobydk

    dresses for myself and the girls

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.09 PMby loguhu

    I want to start designing my own fabric prints, and my new clothing collection. Yes, 2012 is going to be the year!

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.07 PMby mosaicmaven

    I have a recycle project I hope to get to this year. I want to make a skirt out of men’s ties. I have a collection of ties, I just need to “make” time to do it.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 12.04 PMby lala86

    Finishing everything I left halfway sewn.. Anita jeans, talea coat, a few bags, also making at least one variation of each pattern in the book and finally making a colection of dresses

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    Dec 29, 2011, 11.40 AMby lennert

    I have so many! I have a whole lot of new pattern, including some Colette and Citronille patterns. I also want to try out my new embroidery machine as I’m new to machine embroidering. I want to make some more baby presents for friends and finally something for my husband.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 11.27 AMby Karen Caron

    I really want to learn to make clothes other than simple straight skirts and pajama pants. On the top of my list are jeans and a winter coat.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 11.14 AMby catarina

    Since i’m a newbie i want to “take a course” with my mom and start sewing by my own. So far I have always had her help for the more complicated details.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 11.12 AMby madyb

    Hm…right now i’m thinking a new coat.a chiffon dress i wanted to try for ages and a pair of slim pants!

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    Dec 29, 2011, 11.10 AMby eckypucky

    Oh I have a long list! lol Just to name a few….a case for my tiny serger that has storage for it it’s cones of thread, a new coccyx cusion for my sewing chair, a new purse for spring. I could go on and on! :o)

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    Dec 29, 2011, 11.05 AMby magnolia729

    joining to another course, a longer one, so hopefully going trough all the garment types… Otherwise my first project of 2012 going to be a faux fur coat.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 11.03 AMby carlachan

    prayer outfit which match my long dress

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.52 AMby sewmyway

    definitely a wool cape for wintertime (its summer here.)

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.46 AMby singultus

    I want to make trousers for myself and a dress of some fabric I have since three years now lying in my wardrobe…

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.46 AMby DESPINA KARAGIOUMLEZI

    dresses, bags and jackets! my favourite!!

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.42 AMby KathfromOz

    Mainly dresses, skirts & tops/blouses for THE Granddaughter, two & a half, and her dolls/teddies. Also a dress or 2 and a couple of skirts for myself as well as some embroidery UFOs!

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.23 AMby Victoria Callas

    I’m just a beginner so for a new year I’ve collected quite a bunch of BWOF patterns. I dream of making almost every piece of garment: pants, shorts, dress (day, evening, summery, warm…), skirt, coat, etc. I want to learn a lot during next year!

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.20 AMby mccit

    a whole bunch of shirts and skirts!! and some dresses…

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.20 AMby erinf

    I’m hoping to make myself a new wardrobe as my major year long project especially as I need work suitable clothes.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.19 AMby ellarecycladelic

    My main goal is to create adapted basics for my “not off the shelf” figure (tall, curves, etc.). So far I have nearly finished a shell top pattern and skirt yoke, which I am hoping to develop during 2012. And I’d love to make some 60’s style colour blocked shift dresses with the great stash of purple, emerald green and yellow poly crepe that I got at a house clearance.

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.18 AMby Liia Kuusk

    One thing I definately want to make, is a 50s dress. That’s been fascinating me quite long. Don’t know where I’m going to wear it, though, but that’s my dream. Then, I’d like to make a felt-coat with national pattern embroidery. And the third definite thing I’d like to sew is a black pencil skirt. I hope to make many things besides above mentioned, though.

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