Free Stuff Friday: Win DIY Couture

DIY Couture Free Stuff Friday: Win DIY Couture

For today’s Free Stuff Friday giveaway, we have the very cool book DIY Couture by designer Rosie Martin for Laurence King Publishing. The book includes step-by-step instructions for beginner or experienced sewists to create a custom wardrobe–no patterns needed! To enter to win this book, answer the following question: Where do you find garment-sewing inspiration? Post your answer in the “Comments” section below, and we’ll randomly select a winner on Monday. Good luck!

 Free Stuff Friday: Win DIY Couture
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88 Responses to Free Stuff Friday: Win DIY Couture

  1. Noemy kreidl says:

    I’m inspired by magazines but lately mostly by Blogs there are lots and lots of inspirations and nice people who share their ideas as well as their patterns step by step, I am so grateful …..

  2. Allie says:

    Fashion shows, people watching and geek culture. XD

  3. Brenda Pedersen says:

    My garment sewing inspiration comes from two places; magazines but more importantly from the wonderfully talented ladies in my Designer III group. They are amazing and constantly challenge me to step out of my comfort zone and create new garments using unique techniques and fibers.

  4. tammy says:

    Being a new sewer, I have to look at commercial patterns. However, I also watch QVC and HSN for ideas about what patterns to look for.

  5. Shirley says:

    The clothes for my size and age range are in yucky fabric and poorly made. I love classics and they are very hard to find for a mature body in a university town. So I sew.

  6. JP says:

    From magazines, vintage fashion books, and great sewing blogs!

  7. Lexie Little says:

    Blogs, thrift store finds and modcloth.

  8. deb Henderson says:

    When I see how small my bank account is I go straight to my stash make something new for me or my kids.

  9. Judy Harris says:

    I get inspiration from everywhere: magazines, photos, art, nature, a box of crayons, the fabric store, the yarn store, craft shows on tv, movies, etsy, Pinterist, bouquets, wedding cakes, boutiques, polymer clay, the ‘wall o’color at the paint store, a bookstore, travel photos, textiles, the garden center, the farmer’s market, even images of exotic fish, birds, animals, bugs — anywhere and EVERYWHERE! anywhere I find color and texture, anything that catches my eye and starts me thinking: WHAT IF…?

  10. Kathe McMullan says:

    For my inspiration, I find myself grabbing a sketchbook while watching new shows.
    For example in Political Animals:
    Sigourney Weaver wore an amazing dress and jacket ensemble in the beginning scene and I frantically sketched her outfit. With anything striking on the news, shows, even commercials, (you can see how something would work and how it fails) sketching and later altering til a garment design emerges with parts from all over that will work for and look good on my body type.

  11. Jamie F says:

    Lately it’s been pinterest but this book would be a GREAT help to me!!!

  12. Pat Hersl says:

    Pictures from ready-made or other sewists. My design capabilities are limited, but my world is not!

  13. Mama Lusco says:

    I like to browse Pinterest & sewing blogs for inspiration.

  14. evelyn franklin says:

    My granny use to make patterns out of newspaper. Always fascinated me how they always fit. I remember that she had quilts that she had made out of old clothes. She was a gifted seamstress, she just didn’t know it.

  15. Betty W says:

    I love following fashion shows online and seeing trends pop up on style blogs, but I love knowing that anything I sew for myself will be completely unique and made for me.

  16. Diane says:

    I get inspired when I see something I really like or run across a pattern online that catches my eye.

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  18. Paula Moore says:

    Movies and magazines mostly. I really love the great styles of the 30′s and 40′s. People seemed to take pride in how the looked. Love the old Hollywood looks!

  19. Carol Rosheck says:

    My inspiration comes from everyday life and nature. I envision designs and fabrics that would be perfect for the garment. I love working with natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk, wool, bamboo and others made with natural fibers. The drape of these fabrics almost beg to be made into certain garments. I guess I look beyond traditional sources to find what I like. Everything that penetrates my world becomes a source of inspiration!

  20. Janice Baldwin says:

    I am inspired by magazines and Project Runway. It is important to know what you like and what you see that doesn’t interest you and then create your own

  21. Linda T says:

    I find inspiration in magazines like In Style.

  22. christine wozniak says:

    I get inspired by the fabrics I find and finding ways to give something in the media a new twist to make it my own.

  23. lara Murray says:

    Where i find inspiration..I go to walmart and watch what people are wearing..What is hip and the colors would i wear that..Or how to change it to make it more modern..And would that color look good on me.

  24. Tina C. says:

    Honestly? Everywhere. I’ve been working on a dress concept inspired by a close-up of a butterfly wing. I’ve got everything from Haute Couture to vintage to art pinned on Pinterest as inspiration!

  25. MForehan says:

    I find my inspiration in the person who will be wearing the garment. Fads and current styles do not look good on everyone. Of course, you can sometimes modify a style to make it work for them.

  26. Amy Casner says:

    My inspiration comes from pictures on old patterns, my imagination, and life both past and present and in print, on the tv, or the web. While fabric sometimes tells me the pattern most come from inside of me and are then drawn out before making tissue paper patterns to measure up to my ferrets who I create outfits for.

  27. Pam says:

    I find inspiration from gorgeous fabrics I find, sewing magazines, and websites I visit.

  28. Susan says:

    Movies, they have great designers!

  29. yarnball says:

    I am inspired by fabrics and by clothing I see other women my age / size wearing. “Hey, I can do that!”

  30. Elizabeth Owens says:

    I get inspired by several things. 1. I like to see what is on the TV shopping networks and magazines. I also sew with my own inspiration. I look at the garment and it speaks to me. I sew the garment, then add my own designs. I think, “this could use a ? Or I can put the ribbon here? Or embroidery this on that. On and on and on.

  31. Catlyn says:

    I find inspiration from old movies and vintage fashion magazines! :)

  32. Emily Love says:

    Every time I try on what seem like a nice garment in store, I’m inspired to get it off as quickly as possible and go home to cut out and sew someting that fits me, that drapes properly instead of stretching oddly around me –something in a color that flatters me, in a style that won’t make me look like some teeny-bopper on her way to a baby-sitting gig. I’d rather take the time to look for patterns that I can use or adapt than to be seen in those”tart clothes” that are the only things on store racks!

  33. Michelle says:

    I get inspired by looking in a magazine or pattern book. When ready wear does not fit I have to make my own.

  34. Melissa Meserve says:

    I find my garment-sewing inspiration from Pinterest. :)

  35. dee says:

    I get inspired by the internet, reading blogs and books then movies.

  36. Cathi Graham says:

    Finding a beautiful fabric or a great pattern completely inspires me to make something new!

  37. catherine visage says:

    I find inspiration from the internet, magazines, and restoring vintage clothing. recreating “new”from “old” is the most rewarding challenge in sewing today

  38. Mary Francis says:

    I get inspired everytime I look at the rows and rows of beautiful fabric at the fabric stores! When I go to shop ready to wear & see poorly made garments that do not fit right and all I can think of is how much I like wearing something that fits ME and that is not one of 50 on the rack in the store. Looking at patterns also gets me SO inspired! I don’t always make it exactly like the pattern, but then that is what makes sewing so much fun!!

  39. Darcie says:

    The internet and all the smart people in it is where I usually get inspiration. Inspiration in the form of new ideas and also to get up and make something.

  40. Louanna Flint says:

    My sewing inspiration comes from many places: magazines, television shows, (usually older ones, like 70′s & 80′s), and my “state of mind”, which can sometimes be very unfortunate! hahaha

  41. Lauren A says:

    I get inspired by everything around me, from something i may see in the store, to something I see in nature. Inspiration can be found anywhere like the wing of a silkmoth…. :)


  42. Maria Kievit says:

    Inspiration all around me from what others wear, and sometimes I will copy, other times just admire their outfit when they wear it. Thanks for another wonderful giveaway.

  43. Paula says:

    I am inspired by many websites that show variations of different fabrics you can use.

  44. Serina Dalton says:

    I get ispired by looking in magazines and whats in stores today, and older clothing.

  45. Lin says:

    I am inspired by the nature around me when it comes to color. I struggle with design, but get inspired by pics of past years.

  46. Katia Tsvetkova says:

    My sewing inspiration comes from the fabric and also from seeing certain outfits in real life. Working downtown, I get to see all sorts of interesting and elegant outfits, and sometimes I want to copy that but with different fabrics.

  47. Sue Haver says:

    I find inspiration by looking at ready to wear in stores and in magazines, also by looking on line at the new patterns available from the pattern companies.

  48. Victoria Mccomber says:

    I got my sewing inspiration from looking at my Mom’s old pictures, the dresses were awesome and the style is coming back, I make old fashioned 1940-1950 aprons, I love the old look with a new twist, so thats my inspiration to sew. I love it.

  49. Rhonda Halcomb says:

    I find inspiration from classic styles, personal preferences, and some current trends.

  50. Jeanne says:

    I am inspired to sew garments when I go to the store and discover the vast numbers of poorly sewn and ill fitting clothing made from inferior materials that are being sold for exhorbitant prices!