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Magazine Giveaway: SewStylish Summer 2011

You could win a copy of SewStylish Summer Fashion 2011.

The latest issue of SewStylish is now available, and you won’t want to miss it. It’s filled with great inspiration and fabulous information to help your summer sewing “bloom” with great ideas. You’ll find step-by-step instructions to guide you through important construction techniques; advice about how to give your sewn garments a personal touch; wonderful ideas for restyling clothes you already own but don’t wear; and amazing ways to reproduce runway designer techniques. It’s overflowing with exciting sewing suggestions and tips.

If this magazine sounds exciting to you, you’ll want to enter our MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY. Just leave a comment on this post explaining what you plan to sew for summer. The deadline to comment is 11:59 pm, Tuesday, June 21. The winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, June 22. If you’re not lucky enough to be one of the two winners, you can purchase the issue at your local sewing store or newsstand, or buy it on our website.



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  1. jennieMB | | #1

    I`m going to make some cotton sundresses that look kind of vintage

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    kvenkat | | #2

    Summer is a great time to start thinking about what to make for Christmas gifts. I always start too late but this year I'm going to get on the ball a bit earlier. I'm thinking of a personalized tote bag filled with goodies.

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    WillaMcNeill | | #3

    I need to sew some tech cozies......

  4. kehrhahn | | #4

    I am working on some knit tops from rayon and silk jersey and a dress. Love to win the magazine. :)

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    Becca102 | | #5

    On my list are a floaty pale blue skirt and black & white slacks.

  6. bekabug8 | | #6

    I want some dresses and skirts!

  7. Horse4Hmom | | #7

    trying to get ideas for my daughter to enter in 4-H county fair this summer. we can always use inspiration!!

  8. SewingSteph | | #8

    I plan to make Vogue's Ralph Rucci shirtdress an a fun sundress as well as some T-shirts.

  9. silpadagirl | | #9

    I plan on making a pillow for my mom (with my daughter's help) for all the doggy sitting she does, a new bed pillow sham for my daughter (again w/her help). I hope to get to make a couple of dresses for myself.

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    01roberts | | #10

    I'm going to sew a 4th of July shirt and motorcycle shirt for my husband, chair cushions for the kitchen chairs, and pillows for the living room. Yay Sewing!

  11. mags | | #11

    My goal is to get some new tnt patterns in my repertoire. To that end, I've already made a purse, a top and skirt. I also plan to make a wardrobe for travelling from blue and white -- trousers, tops, t-shirts, and skirts, using patterns I've wanted to try. Summer is a wonderful time to sew!!

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    kkegeland | | #12

    I've already delved into my summer sewing!
    Last week I made my very first swimsuit (turned out so cute! I'll be posting photos soon)
    This week I am finishing up a cute mini dress to wear as a beach/pool cover-up.
    After that is done I am looking to make some fun shorts and another swim suit.
    This issue sounds like it has some fresh ideas to help keep me inspired :)

  13. txcatwoman | | #13

    I plan on making more caftan, for me and friends. Also purses and bags for the beach. And pajamas, couch throws for gifts. Other things too numerous to mention !

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    2tango | | #14

    I will be sewing lots of skirts and peasant tops, fun and simple

  15. NordicRedhead | | #15

    I'm making a Cynthia Rowley dress in blush-colored broadcloth.

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    bkinyorkton | | #16

    I plan to sew a dress, blouse, and jacket... for me.

  17. Michelina | | #17

    Silouette patterns yoga skirts and pants and a jacket and the wrap tops from Jalie!

  18. Retrojean | | #18

    Just moved to a new house, so my first project will be to make new curtains for my sewing room! Want something bright and cheery, because I am so excited about this room!! I haven't planned beyond that yet, but once I get rolling, I'll have the pedal to the metal!

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    racu | | #19

    a few tops from Jalie!

  20. Susan545 | | #20

    I have a sky blue skirt and top in the works.

  21. ejshus | | #21

    I am sewing for our summer trip. I am in the middle of making a pattern for an empire waisted/flared dress, I have the muslin of a cowl neck a-line dress, and will be making a sheath dress. The material for these three dresses are purchased. I would like to make some capri length pants, too.

  22. daglag | | #22

    I just finished a large purse; pattern and fabric by Amy Butler. Next up is a knit dress.

  23. simonde | | #23

    I just finished a purse and am now making two urban diaper bags. Flowing, flowery skirts after that.

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    sewhappybjm | | #24

    I'm going to sew some purses.

  25. MachineQueen | | #25

    I'm in the middle of making a jacket featuring samples of men's suit wool pieced together.

    And I've ordered fabric for pants and 2 knit tops.

    When those projects are done, I can start on the Hawaiian print rayons. Probably about the time it warms up here in the Pacific Northwest.

  26. krncpa | | #26

    I've been sewing skirts. Plan to sew some more, plus knit tops to go with them and a few knit dresses.

  27. o2bkatie | | #27

    I am making window toppers and dog clothes!

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    bowlady | | #28

    I love your magazine! I am smocking and making outfits for my grandchildren. One girl and one boy! Lots of fun!

  29. tinapickles | | #29

    What a cool giveaway.

    This summer I'm making: a maxi dress, a pair of shorts, a handful of skirts, another handful of tank tops. It's hot here in Philly!

  30. sewcietymaven | | #30

    New grandbaby due in July, so baby clothes!

  31. Tru | | #31

    looking to make some quick and cool comfortable throw-ons. Lazy days call for easy clothes.

  32. dawn | | #32

    I'm planning a summer dress and trying to make a coordinated wardrobe capsule for work.

  33. lvstosew | | #33

    This Summer I'm going to be sewing up a storm I am going to be making myself some sundresses, shorts and tops also plan on sewing a nice laptop bag for a graduation gift and some cute summer dress for my grand baby cant wait to get started its going to be a great way to spend the to hot to be outside days in right beside my sewing machine .

  34. SM2 | | #34

    DRESSES!! and a bed quilt for my daughter :) a fun summer is planned!

  35. lou19 | | #35

    I'm collecting fabrics for 2 Koos van den Akker skirts.Vogue patterns
    Also hope to make some tops and blouses.
    have a gorgeous vintage wrap dress pattern too.
    I have just bought a Miyake 1980's Vogue dress pattern and have started to revisit my 1980's Vogue individualist patterns.

  36. shirley97128 | | #36

    I will be making some pieces for family and friends to have fun wearing to a Renaissance Faire. Adults and kids have fun dressing up a little. And I have so much fun fulfilling thier fancy.

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    mclickbooz | | #37

    I am making a ring bearer pillow with a matching flower girl basket liner for my cousin's wedding. Also, I'm making a bias cut (2 different fabrics), striped wiggle dress w/a shear wide sleeved contrasted top for myself for this wedding. And, to top it all off, a renaissance costume for a friend - something that a herb lady would wear (comfortable w/hidden pockets.)

  38. DrivesSewMachBest | | #38

    I have two projects in mind - a dress for myself and re-designing a purse pattern I love. Could use some tips.....

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    Robyn_sews | | #39

    Bathing suits! And all the other normal summer stuff. But with two long and lanky tweens it is a must to make bathing suits or they just don't fit. Also, I want to make a button front sleeveless blouse for myself soon too. I was going through fabric looking for summer stuff and found this piece that would be perfect for that.

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    emadethis | | #40

    I'm working on some shorts and some lightweight cotton tops to help beat the heat.

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    MissPat | | #41

    Costumes for the 74-member cast of "Hairspray" for The Carmel Repertory Theatre." Followed immediately by costumes for another large cast of "Annie!" for the same theatre. "Hairspray" is 1962 so all my patterns from the 1960's will be used. "Annie" is 1933. Fun vintage stuff.

  42. LouiseSews | | #42

    I will be working on some quilts for our Guild's 2012 show. I purchased two batik fabrics to complete a quilt this week. I will be making my daughter a top from one of those fabrics.

  43. LRGDesigns | | #43

    My good friend and president of NAWIC is stepping down this year so as a thank you for all her hard work I am quilting a Wizard of Oz tote bag for her. She loves everything Wizard of Oz and I happened to find some wonderful fabric. Other members of our org are going to add their own personal gift to include in the bag. A great way to say thanks.

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    Jen_NYC | | #44

    I've grown tired of RTW summer clothes that don't fit quite right, so this summer is dedicated to replacing and updating all that! I've finished one pair of shorts so far, with 2 more to go. A sundress or two is also on the horizon, and "lounge shorts" for the spouse...

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    jen461 | | #45

    This summer I am going to work on some fall clothing. I like working with recycled denim. I go to the thrift shops and buy the biggest denim dresses I can find and make skirts and shirts. This summer I am going to try to make a jacket.

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    sewinggal1 | | #46

    I'm planning to make a new basic wardrobe, been putting it off too long. Also want to finish up a throw for my grandson to snuggle up in when he visits, and I need a couple of tote bags and a purse with a divided insert. I also need to recover a chair. The list goes on...

  47. sew_classyt | | #47

    Sew Stylish is one of my favorite sewing mags; love it. My sewing skills improved with this magazine. Thank you.

  48. EmSewCrazy | | #48

    Dresses for me too! As well as some knit shirts that go beyond the average tee shirt!

  49. sewmylady | | #49

    I plan on re-designing some outdated clothing this summer.

  50. RosemaryG | | #50

    I plan to finish the summer skirt I just started and make a couple of knit tops to match.

  51. gr8tgirl | | #51

    I plan on sewing some purses for my daughters and some beautiful coats for my rescued greyhounds, all 4 of them. thinking about a few new pillows for the living room..

  52. teenak | | #52

    I am planning to sew some pants and tops for myself and get some things ready for Christmas. My husband wants a shirt and jacket pattern made so that he can sew it himself.

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    Kate_W | | #53

    I'm sewing to complete the linen/cotton grey pants with the high 3" paperbag waistline finish inspired by last summer's SewStylish.

  54. sewquilter | | #54

    I have been making fleece pet blankets for the Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter for charity for the dogs that they have had since the tornado. I am starting to make a bow tucks purse, a sewing organizer (I am taking a class on making the organizer in two weeks). I am also making two "A Little Something Jackets", both for me. I just finished a week or so ago a little something jacket for my mother. I also am going to make a string quilt. I am going on a sewing retreat in the middle of August, cannot wait! I will be organizing my sewing room at the same time I am sewing all these things.

  55. CaraAnn | | #55

    This summer I have just taken the huge step to become a missionary... given the new lifestyle, and budget(!) I am desperately needing clothes. Therefore my summer project is to make whatever I can wear from my 4 boxes of fabric stash. Tonight, A-line skirt. Next week, sundress. Then some shorts... By the end of the summer I hope to have some clothes that fit, vastly improved sewing skills, and more space. Yay.

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    elizabeth001au | | #56

    I recently bought some vintage 1960's Burda magazines, so plan on making a summer shift dress with classy detail from that.

  57. schmatta | | #57

    My summer ambition is to learn to work with the silk chiffon, charmeuse, and other challenging sheers I have collected. Sure do want to be wearing them!

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    PorcelainPoison | | #58

    I am a Lolita at heart so I plan to make skirts, dresses, skirts, dresses, some more skirts and some more dresses! All in varied ranges of lovely fabrics.

  59. jcw0110 | | #59

    I want to use up some of my fabric that I have been hoarding... hope to find some good ideas!

  60. Ajoywise | | #60

    I just like taking time to unleash my creativity without plans, or completions in mind. This girl just wants to have fun and try new things! :)

  61. katprince | | #61

    Im trying to use up my stash...summer dresses, cotton blouses, capri pants.

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    Karen61 | | #62

    I plan to sew juicy watermelon, sunshine, river shaded dresses and skirts for me, my grand-daughter and friends : )

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    MsMadisson | | #63

    My list of summer sewing projects consist of the following:

    - Redecorating/remaking the dining room and living room curtains. Still working on a color palette for the changes.
    - Definitely some summer pieces, like the blouse pattern from B5464 - Butterick, Vogue dress pattern V1191 - by Michael Kors, along with a couple of patterns from McCalls - M3219 - curtains, and a adorable summer dress M6346.
    - A couple of cooking aprons. Still looking for a pattern....
    - A business suit. You never know when an opportunity may presents itself. Still looking for a pattern.....

    I will definitely be busy. I can't wait. :)

    Hoping that everyone have a great time sewing your projects this Summer 2011. Take care everyone, will check back in a couple of weeks.

    Just keep sewing, keep sewing.

  64. JDNow | | #64

    I plan on celebrating losing 20 pounds since January by sewing shorts that fit, skirts three sizes smaller and finally being able to button my shirts without a cami underneath. LOOK OUT- bright colors and attention grabbing silhouttes ahead!

  65. ElaineElise | | #65

    This looks great!

  66. LunaMortus | | #66

    I plan to make the most exquisite Halloween costume this summer!

  67. sksalus | | #67

    I love the idea of "cut away" designs, particularly at the lower part of a skirt. It adds to the elegance of a white linen summer skirt.

  68. lindagee | | #68

    I'm just getting back to sewing and plan, this afternoon, to alter a pattern and cut out a blouse for myself. Wish me luck!!

  69. knitteresq | | #69

    I would love to make something for me! Seems like I'm always sewing for the kids...

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    oregonrose | | #70

    Back to school wardrobe for my daughter!

  71. mstootsie | | #71

    i am making a pair of royal blue double knit calvin klein
    pants with a sailor fabric short sleeve blouse.

  72. dpete | | #72

    I'm going to make my son a couple short-sleeved button-up shirts and my daughter a skirt and shorts. I have so much on my wish list to keep me busy!

  73. sandysewin | | #73

    After losing 55 lbs in the past year, I have a HUGE pile of fabrics waiting to be made into clothes that fit: a black denim jeans style jacket, a couple knit sarong shorts, cutwork t-shirts, two jackets, a few tops with sheer overlays, a dress and two trench coats, to name just a few.

    I also have a stack of garments that survived my closet purge because I like them enough to take the time to alter them to fit.

    I doubt that I'll be done with all this by Christmas, lol.

  74. Marvelus | | #74

    I recently purchased an Accuquilt cutter at a Quilt show, I plan on making numerous lap and baby quilts for my favorite hospital, using up my scraps. In between that I am making my youngest grandaughter some summer outfits, and teaching my oldest grandaughters how to use their sewing machines.

  75. EZAG | | #75

    I would like to sew a stylish skirt for my daughter. She is not sure home sewn clothes can look as good as a stores.

    Thank you

  76. heather36 | | #76

    I created a profile as I was impressed with your Bonus Pattern offer in Sew Stylish magazine (Summer 2011). It seems impossible to find the offer on your website.

    Maybe you could think of having a website that is more user-friendly.

  77. lizduenas | | #77

    I agree. I looked for 30 min trying to find the Bonus Pattern and the Sew a tote as described on pg 7. Never found it. WON'T
    be back!

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