Retro Inspiration

I was scrolling through Trendland today and found something our community may love: Collages and videos made up of images from vintage 1966 Burda magazines by artist Raul Ronald Moreno Cardenas— check them out!

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The Maxi Skirt

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Being a short person, I jumped on the maxi dress trend a little late thinking it would look horrible on me. However, after finally giving in and sewing one, I have to admit, with the right design and fabrics, it looked fabulous on. This spring, maxi dresses are the ‘it’ look and I don’t plan on letting this trend go by. The problem? There’s hardly any patterns available, so what’s a girl to do?

Pin It!

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How do you catalog your ideas? Do you rip inspirational photos out of a magazine and put them on a bulletin board or notebook? Do you sketch out the design after seeing something that catches your eye? Or do you do it virtually with sites like Pinterest (there’s even an app coming soon for your iPhone)?

Personally, I’m totally excited about Pinterest. With me being able to read so many of my favorite inspirational magazines on an eReader, I’ve lost the ability to rip out favorite photos and look at them for inspiration. Now I’m not limited by magazines, I have the whole internet to pin!

Which Fashion Era Are You?

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Today we’re exploring four exciting eras in fashion: the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Which one are you? Read on and see more images and get the patterns to create these looks yourself!

Upcycle Like a Princess

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For most of us, upcycling, transforming a old, outdated, or unflattering garment and turning it into something updated and modern, is not a new technique. However, new eyes are turning to this trend as even (future) royalty are embracing it. Recently, Kate Middleton stepped out in an altered herringbone coat which not only has people talking, but is sparking a new interest in refashioning an existing wardrobe. Don’t quite know where to start? Check out Little Green Dresses: 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials, and ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs for great tips and the inspiration to get you started!

Link Love: "Interview" with Proenza Schouler, Make a Dress for $6, McQueen's Savage Beauty

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Chloe Sevigny interviews Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, The Met readies for McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit and Abi from Vanilla & Lace makes the most adorable pair of bloomers – all in this week’s roundup of great links from around the web.

See more after the jump!

Throw a House Party with SINGER®!

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When do you get the chance to host one of 800 sewing parties happening in three days across the United States? May 6th-8th, that’s when! If you’ve ever wanted to share your passion for sewing with your friends and neighbors here’s your chance because Singer has partnered up with the party-planning experts at House Party to give you the opportunity to host your own SINGER Sew Very Easy House Party. You and 15 of your closest friends will be able to try out a brand new SINGER® Confidence Stylist™ machine and score a party pack full of goodies from Singer, Martha Stewart and BurdaStyle!

Book Review: Shadowfolds

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If you’re a fan of the pleat king Issey Miyake, Japanese shibori techniques or geometric tessellations, this book is sure to inspire. Read on…

Link Love: Barbie and Ken Together at Last, Grammy (High) Fashion, DIY Projects to Try This Weekend!

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Lots of things happening this Valentine’s week! Hope everyone had a great one. Now, on to the weekend!

Check out some of my favorite stories and projects after the jump.

At The Show: STUDY NY

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This week I went to the fashion presentation of Ecco Domani “Sustainable Design” winner Tara St. James of STUDY NY . Have you heard about the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation? It’s a wonderful organization geared towards launching exiting new fashion and accessory lines. Read on to see more of the show!

Getting Crafty for Anti-Valentine's Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day. While tutorials and links abound for creating love themed items, what about those who are against the holiday? It’s a fairly new trend that’s becoming more popular across the country – Anti-Valentines. So how can you ‘celebrate’? You can start by baking cupcakes (non-love themed of course), whip up a themed shirt, stitch up a voodoo doll, and send out a few gifts (or just keep them for yourself). Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not is up to you, but no matter which you choose, there’s something crafty you can make to show love….or disdain for the day!

Fashion Week 2011: Great Expectations?

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Fashion Week is right around the corner in New York city, what do you expect to see on the runways this February? Which trends will die? Which will live?

Project to Try: Hat Making

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Regardless of what Phil has to say, I’m feeling like winter is never going to end (I mean, 6+ more inches in the forecast for us tomorrow?). Since my winter coat has become a permanent fixture on my body lately, I was looking for some ‘fun’ accessories to spruce it up and decided on… a hat! While constructing a hat may seem daunting, there are a number of books, patterns, and tutorials that can simplify the process. One of my favorites? Saturday Night Hat: Quick, Easy Hatmaking for the Downtown Girl. Even though this title has been around for awhile, it has some great basic styles to get you started, fantastic tips, and inspiration on sprucing up some vintage finds. Looking for a few more ideas? Check out this article from DIY Design – not only are there lots of styles to think about, but links to tutorials and patterns to make them up.

Link Love: The Air Purifying Dress, Every Stitch You'll Ever Need, How to Give a New Life to Old Sweaters and More!

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Lots of fun stuff this week. From an ambitious state-themed dress projects to a comprehensive guide for all the embroidery and needlework stitches you’ll ever need, to great DIY projects to keep you occupied! Learn more after the jump.

Sewing with SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show: Meet the Winners!

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We were so excited to be able to share the SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show video series with our BurdaStyle members. Thanks to everyone who viewed and commented! Read on to see which lucky members picked up prizes from SINGER®, and stay tuned for our next great contest!

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