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Happy Sewing Machine Day!


Today gives all of us sewists a reason to celebrate – over 100 years ago, the sewing machine was invented! While Karl Friedrich Gegauf’s machine was just a simple commercial hemstitch, it’s evolved into more sophisticated models. Read more about it’s history and how you can celebrate and share your love of sewing. Happy Sewing Machine Day!

Behind the Scenes at Nashville Fashion Week with Designer Melissa Tabor


Editor’s Note: I met Melissa Tabor a few years ago while I was living in Atlanta, Georgia and was (and continue to be) so incredibly impressed with her talent as a designer. She has since moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she continues to build her label and after hearing that Melissa was showing her line at the very first Nashville Fashion Week, I wanted to give her the opportunity to share her experience with our community and show that designers don’t have to be in New York or Paris or Milan to be successful. I’ll let Melissa take it from here…

My name is Melissa Tabor and I am a Nashville based womenswear designer. I initially started my clothing when I was living in Atlanta in 2006—(that is where I met Lindsey Ibarra who asked me to share my experiences with the BurdaStyle community). Looking to relocate my line to a new city in 2009, I moved to Nashville and relaunched my line last Fall.

Crafts Gone Courant


Over the last couple of seasons I’ve noticed a lot of old-world crafts and handiwork incorporated into fashion. I appreciate that designers are leaning in the direction of clothing which appears to have been touched and delicately cared for by human hands. Do you incorporate any crafts into sewing? Like beading, crochet, or applique? Read on to see some beautiful examples of these techniques…

Turn Your Sewing Notions Into Jewelry


If you’re like me, your sewing room is overflowing with notions – pins, rulers, markers seem to dominate every corner of table. But now your notions don’t just have to be left in the sewing room…. transform them into jewelry and wear them everywhere!

How Realistic Are Runway Trends?


Trends. There are new trends each season, and sometimes we see things on the runways that just makes us utter aloud “Is that fashion? Would people really wear that in real life?” Sometimes a designer uses the runway as a prop— to parade down ensembles that are more fantastic than realistic just to make a splash. I want to hear your opinions of some of these questionable trends— read on + speak up!

Shoe Debate: Flatforms, Platforms, Wedges-- Yes or No?


Flatforms, platforms, wedges— are you for or against them? What do you think about the word "flatform?

Pulling from the Past: Wedding Gown Inspiration


The clock is ticking, I have something like 126 days until my wedding and I couldn’t be more calm. Maybe it’s all of the lavender I’ve been smelling, as I want to use it for table arrangements, it’s said to relax and calm you. I’m still making mood boards for my gown. I now plan to make two: a long, filmy ceremony gown, and a party dress that still says “bride”. Check out my latest inspiration from the 20s, 30s and 40s….

DIY Grecian Style


I’m sure that I can’t be the only one that does it… watch runway and awards shows just to see what everyone is wearing. One of the hottest trends this season are Grecian-style dresses and top – not only do these look flattering to almost any shape, they can be quite simple to make. These designs are typically made from lightweight materials such as chiffon, thin jersey, and even some satins which give these garments the drape and pleats which are the defining element for this style. Don’t know where to start on making this look for yourself or how to handle these materials? This great article by DIY Design will teach you how.

Design Process: Finding Fabrics to Suit Your Fancy


Designers say that they are often inspired by fabrics, which will then ignite an idea for a design. I must admit this happens to me quite often, when I’m perusing a fabric shop or swatch book, ideas pop into my mind inspired by the fabrics themselves. How do you begin you design process?

Amazing Lengths: Fabrics, ribbons, beading + lace in hairdos


I mused today over braiding my hair with strips of printed fabric, as is the current trend, and upon researching this look I found some amazing photos of runway-ready hairdos that incorporate fabric, ribbon, lace and beading into the looks. Read on to see the glamour shots!

Independent Designer Kristen Elmer Sets up Shop in NYC


How many of you have dreamed of quitting your day job and sewing full time? Well, Kristen Elmer did just that when she left her job as a buyer at Lord & Taylor to focus on her dream of designing. A year later, Kristen has set up a pop-up shop in Nolita where she will be selling her line, Silk & Cyanide, through the month of April.

Mechanical, Computerized or Electronic. What's Your Sewing Machine of Choice?


I recently had a friend decide that she’d like to take up sewing. The first question she had for me is, “What machine should I buy?” While I think that’s a difficult question to answer (I equate buying a sewing machine to buying a car – while I may like one particular model, it may not work for you), we were able to ‘narrow down the field’ a bit by determining what she might like to do with her sewing machine and how much she might want to spend.

Meet the Designer: Mari Koppanen Makes it to Project Runway in Finland!


We love it when our members are recognized for their amazing talents, especially when it’s something huge like Project Runway! Mari Koppanen (aka: maryy) has been with BurdaStyle since almost the very beginning and it’s been so fun and rewarding to watch her sewing progress over the years. Mari is currently participating in the latest season of Project Runway in Finland and we caught up with her to see how she started, what it’s like being on the show and what the future holds for this talented creator.

Prints on Prints: What's Your Take?


Layering of prints in bold colors of complimentary or contradictory hues? Is it a hit or miss look?

Every Seven Seconds


A friend recently asked me how I managed to get so much sewing done – especially with a young child at home. I jokingly said “You know how they say men think about sex every seven seconds? I think about sewing that much.” While everyone knows that “seven seconds” is a myth, it did get me to wondering, is it just me, or am I the only one that thinks about my projects (current and future) that much?


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