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Welcome to day four of our Holiday Giveaway! Win an 3 year subscription from Selvedge Magazine! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Sunday, December 5th to be entered to win!

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Comment to Win: What inspires you to sew?

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.58 AMby dupcodeb

    I sew to create one of a kind items and to repurpose beautiful materials into useful items again. Thank you for the chance to win… I love this magazine!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.48 AMby Valeria Martinez

    The whole world that is behind a piece and a model wearing it.. It cant be transforme in so many ways you can never imagine like combining it with other pieces it just turns to another level!!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.44 AMby captain-obvious

    I like being able to bring my ideas to life.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.39 AMby melaniec

    Beautiful vintage fabrics inspire me. I love being able to make something unique for myself or friends and family.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.36 AMby tamaracameron

    What inspires me is the way it makes you feel when you put on a freshly sewn garment and some one compliments you and says “you made that! WOW! REALLY”

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.36 AMby alissaslagle

    Quilters in the past made such beautiful things out of so little. I’m also inspired by the the fabulous colors in the fabrics people design.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.30 AMby earthenwings

    Seeing beautiful clothes, trying them on, and finding out that they just don’t fit right or just need a little more edge. Also, to express and present myself in the most comfortable way possible.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.29 AMby shellidawn

    Manhattan. I live in the East Village, and I am constantly being challenged and surprised. But no matter what part of the city I venture to; the Upper East Side, the Seaport, Harlem… I always see buildings, street art, street fashion, people, etc. that inspire me!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.23 AMby StephWitch

    Looking at historic textiles from different cultures and traditions around the world always gets me excited to consider how these things might be incorporated into the things I want to make and wear!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.21 AMby trickygirlb


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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.18 AMby amachray

    creating something from a vision and being able to watch the idea grow as you create it and turn it into something wearable.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.15 AMby gerwerken

    I sew because I have a need to create and I a desire to work in textiles.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.14 AMby laurertheexplorer

    the want to never wear a plain ol’ t shirt again haha!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.12 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I am inspired by so many things, other creations, current fashion, art and design in general. The need to keep creating, to exercise the brain and learn more and more is inspirting in itself :)

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.08 AMby shoshiebee

    i like being better than my friends at something.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 03.06 AMby pinkraygun

    Frustration and grief.

    Frustration that so little at the store fits me properly – none of it fits without alterations. But, when I make my own stuff and someone asks where I got it, I get to say, “I made this!”

    And the grief. . . my mom taught me to sew even though, at the time, I didn’t want to learn. I was only 12 or so, but she made me sit down and learn, insisting that it’s a good skill to know. I sewed off and on for years, but didn’t start sewing regularly until after she passed away a few years ago. She left me her immense fabric stash, which I incorporate into a lot of my projects. It helps me feel like part of her is still with me and I take pride in knowing that she passed this down to me.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.53 AMby manaturelle

    i love beautiful things, especially those made with fabric and thread.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.51 AMby suz123

    I’m learning to sew, and aside from another creative outlet, I want clothes that fit better than the clothes in the department store. I’m tired of paying too much for clothes that need to be altered.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.38 AMby mineymoe

    Recreating designer styles custom fit for me at a fraction of the cost.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.34 AMby countsheep

    The ability to replicate what I see on inspirational people and from the runway!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.34 AMby nehmah

    Fabric is my inspiration. Sewing is a way to use up my ever-expanding stash. Nehmah

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.31 AMby maters

    I just like to make thing.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.18 AMby susannegoetz

    The fabrics I print :)

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.14 AMby mmmenta

    sometimes other clothes get me inspired. to see them and then imagine how to do them and realize it. Its the feeling of reaching a goal.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.13 AMby tamezdc

    Newborn babies inspire me to sew, crochet, and knit. I enjoy very much sewing for little girls specially.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.59 AMby janetzplace

    I find this creates a productive opportunity for inspiration.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.50 AMby wkc

    I want to make clothes that help me look gorgeous and feel good in my skin

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.43 AMby briannamarie

    Everything! Fabrics and patterns; seeing what other people have created; the creative process of creating a garment; working out tough spots in a pattern; and of course, the joy of wearing something I created that fits my personal style!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.42 AMby thirdtry

    I’m inspired by the democratic nature of sewing. It makes fashion more accessible to those who can’t afford expensive clothes. Even if I can’t buy fabric, there’s alway the option of altering something I already have, and making it look great. With sewing, I feel like there are no limits placed on me.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.38 AMby annawilliamson

    Rome. Every street you walk down, you pass a dozen beautifully dressed, confident, sexy women. They look like they’re ready to take over the world, and that confidence is what I aim for in my sewing. Rocking a fabulous outfit can mean the difference between a “blah” day and an amazing day, and exponentially so when you’ve made it yourself.

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