Top Ten Summer Dress Patterns

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The full heat of summer has yet to hit us here in New York, which is why we are bringing you the top 10 summer dress patterns on BurdaStyle. Perfect for the sultry month of August and early September these dresses will carry you through the remainder of the hot summer days.


  1. Azalea

  2. Maryy

  3. Mila

  4. Dots Invasion Dress by AnaJan

  5. Sabrina

  6. Kristen

  7. Coffee Date Dress by Elainemay

  8. Paola

  9. Ulla-Maaria

  10. African Dress by AnaJan

Awesome Bag Making Event

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This past weekend’s Bags for the People/Etsy/303Grand event went wonderfully! Participants were very creative and resourceful whether they knew how to sew or learned at the event. There was an abundance of bags made that were given out on Sunday at the Rooftop Farms market and will be given out at the Union Square Farmers Market. Check out photos from the event here and here. Thank you to everyone who helped organize and attended this event. For more information check out Bags for the People

Volunteers Needed!

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I need volunteers to help me out at the Sydney Stitches and Craft Show.

::Wednesday August the 19th, Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st.
::10am til 4 or 5pm.
::Willing to work between the Wardrobe Refashion Reconstruction Zone and the BurdaStyle stand.
::Must be able to use a sewing machine and know how to thread one.
::You will be helping people with their creations, keeping the area tidy and giving out information about BurdaStyle.

If you think you can help me out please email me at nikkishell@burdastyle.com. In return for your time you will receive a small thankyou gift. I hope you can join me, it will be heaps of fun!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Melbourne CBD, AUS!

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With 12 members and growing, the BSC of Melbourne, Australia is certainly a sewing super-group from Down Under!

Led by the talented and fabulous Nikkishell, this BSC is sure to have an inspiring and creative time at each meeting. For there next one, they plan to host a Sewing Swap, where members can bring in fabric, patterns or fun books to trade with each other. They are also going to dive into the world of fabrics and learn about different types, their histories and the type of fabrics that are best for specific garments. If that isn’t enough, a fun quiz will be given at the end where members can compete for awesome prizes!

The next meeting will be held at July 23rd at 6:30 p.m., and will be hosted at Tessuti, one of Australia’s best fabric stores! Participants are encouraged to bring completed projects to show everyone, a sewing machine (if available), and a desire to have lots of fun! For more information, check out their Ning page.

For comprehensive listing of all the current BSCs, check out our Directory. Interested in starting your own? Send us an e-mail at team[at]burdastyle[dot]com.

Have a great weekend!

- David
BSC Coordinator

Join BurdaStyle, Etsy and Bags for People at 303Grand this Saturday to Sew up Reusable Grocery Bags

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On July 18th, BurdaStyle, Bags for the People & Etsy will be at 303GRAND (in Brooklyn NY) with an all day event called “The Sweatshop” from 1pm-6pm.

Bags for the People is a non-profit organization that provides people with a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. The organization makes re-usable bags from recycled clothing and fabric and handed them out at New York City’s Green Markets for free. In addition to giving out free bags, Bags for the People holds workshops and events to help people make the switch from plastic to re-usable and teach the importance of sustainability.

There will be up to 15 sewing machines set up in the store and loads of fabric and patterns available to create a hands-on experience of designing your own unique reusable bag. There will also be sewing tutorials, complimentary drinks and snacks and music playing all day.

Check out the 303Grand website for more information

EMAIL TO RSVP FOR THE EVENTinfo@303grandnyc.com

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Aiken, SC, USA!

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Seven ladies with different backgrounds and skills make up this fun BurdaStyle Sewing Club!

Meeting at their local library, they cover everything from hemming each other’s dresses to creating super cute aprons. Visit their group blog, SewAiken.YolaSite.com, and check out their upcoming projects, including how to make a blouse from men’s shirts and their future plans to help out The Aiken Community Playhouse, a local theatre company. They also encourage their members to bring their own personal projects and share their special talents. One member from India, for instance, plans to share a special draping technique!

There first meeting on June 20th was a great success, and they are busily preparing for the next date on July 11th, where they hope to discuss fun projects to make with bandanas!

For more information, contact leader AthenaWeeena.

Great job guys!

- David
BSC Coordinator

The BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs are on Ning.com!

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With over 200 BSCs in existence, we wanted to create a place for all the clubs to meet and mingle. Share group pictures, discuss sewing tips and techniques, and plan group meetings with BSCs all over the world on our Ning social networking site! Go to BurdaStyleClubs.ning.com today to sign up and start the fun!

BSC Leaders should create groups for their clubs. Please title all groups as “BSC [City, State, Country],”or “BSC [City, Country]” if international, in order for members and prospective members to easily find your club.

If you have not done so already, join The BurdaStyle Club Flickr group, and post pictures of your club meetings, group creations and anything else you’d like! Feel free to send us group photos directly too! Send them to team[at]burdastyle[dot]com along with a short description of the group’s last meeting itinerary and information on your next meeting date.

Also, be sure check out our new forum category at burdastyle.com/forum/. Scroll down to the second to last category to advertise your club, offer comments or suggestions or meet other club members!

Interested in creating a sewing club in your area? Send an e-mail to team[at]burdastyle[dot]com. And for a complete list of all the current BSCs, please visit http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/show/917.

Best,

David
BSC Coordinator

Your Ultimate Make-it-Yourself, DIY, Sewing Summer Guide!

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Summer is absolutely upon us. We have decided to give you the ultimate backyard fun and beach guide. Sew and craft up all of these projects to create your perfect summer!

Style for a Cause

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Growing up in Trinidad meant that I spent my entire childhood and adolescence in a school uniform. They were strict about everything- if I wore socks that didn’t match, we had to change them or go without, and if our skirts were too short or our blouses were too tight, we’d have to go to the supply closet to wear a new one!

Sheena Matheiken grew up in India, where it was mandatory for her as well to wear a school uniform. Recently, she decided to embark on a activity inspired by her experience called the Uniform Project. Part exercise in sustainability, part fund raising venture, Sheena’s decided to wear the same dress a day for an entire year. Boring? No! Each day, Sheena comes up with an outfit that’s quirky and inventive, making use of layers, accessories (most of which are donated), thrift store finds, and crafty alterations. The dress itself is pretty innovative- designed by her friend Eliza Starbuck, it can be worn both ways (front-to-back, back-to front) and as a blouse or jacket. The best part about the project is that it raises money for the Akanksha Foundation in India. Pioneered by college students in India, this foundation provides children from the slums with all the supplies (and uniforms!) that they need for school, and also runs summer camps, drama, computer, and dance classes to equip kids with the skills they need to succeed. Every day Sheena donates a dollar to the organization, and also accepts donations of money for the organization and accessories to keep reinventing her outfits.

Check out Sheena’s site, as well as the site for the Akanksha foundation. Get involved by donating to the Uniform Project, or even by signing up to volunteer to assist the kids with the foundation in India. Well worth a trip, don’t you think?

-Amanda
BurdaStyle Team

We'll Miss You, Michael!

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Yesterday, the whole BurdaStyle office was in shock. It seemed so strange that the King of Pop would be gone so soon. Though his life was plagued with controversy, Michael Jackson has had an undeniable influence on culture, music, and style. Michael Jackson singlehandedly popularized aviator glasses, leather jackets, gloves, and his signature white socks. He resisted fads, sticking to his own edgy and unique take on fashion. Most of us in the office grew up listening to and watching Michael Jackson, and like the rest of the world, we’re still in shock. Rest in peace Michael! We’ll miss you.

BurdaStyle Team

All pictures are from www.gallery.steady-laughing.com.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: The Milwaukee Sewing Club!

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The BurdaStylers of Milwaukee were armed with their sewing gear and ready to mingle at this Tuesday’s very first Sewing Club! This event was packed with a super-fun show-and-tell and conversations on what the next meeting would bring.

This club mixes sewing veterans with beginners, and aims to have fantastic sewing fun for both! Tentative plans for what they may do in the future include sewing quilts for an international adoption agency and baby kimonos for local hospitals. How cute!

At the next meeting, though, the first order of business is to work on the pleated clutch pictured above. Their next meeting will be held July 21st at 7 p.m. If you are in the Milwaukee area and would like to join, please contact Club Leader Tekstile.

For more information on BSC Milwaukee, visit their blog at MilwaukeeSewingClub.wordpress.com.

Keep up the great work guys!

-David
BSC Coordinator

Join one in your neighborhood!

Size Range Expanded for Cheeky Panties Patern

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Hey guys,

The cheeky panties pattern originally posted by EmilyKate is now available in sizes 32-46, thanks to ParaNoire! Here’s the link to Cheeky Panties 2.0, and here’s the link to the original pattern . of course, you can still follow EmilyKate’s awesome step-by-step tutorial showing how to make these.

Above: Paranoire’s leopard-print pair!

Everything is Illustrated! A Look at Fashion Illustration

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As we continue to receive entries for BurdaStyle’s call for Design Submissions, it would definitely be best for us to feature the art of fashion illustration.

According to good old trusty wikipedia, fashion illustration’s been around for almost 500 years, but has been on the decline due to the rise of fashion photography. Vogue’s covers, for example, used to be completely illustrated, but after the 1930s they were replaced with photographs.

Of course, fashion illustration still plays a major role in the industry- sketches and technical garments of drawings are still an integral aspect of a young designer’s portfolio, and are definitely a huge help in communicating your designs to others, and helping to visualize the look you have in mind! Although there are some designers who seem to be able to construct a garment without having sketched it, illustrating your ideas is definitely a useful skill to possess.

Recently, fashion illustration seems to be making a comeback. There are quite a few young, talented artists throughout the globe who’ve been receiving a lot of attention for their highly stylized, creative designs.

Check out Ana Laura Perez from Argentina who even designs her own textiles, and the amazing Danny Roberts from California who’s posted his entire sketchbook online so you can map his journey from beginner to expert- super-encouraging!

If you’ve never thought about trying your hand at sketching, now’s your chance! Fashion Era’s a huge resource for budding illustrators. There’s also a very useful how-to on our site for technical drawings.

We’re so excited to see what you come up with! Right now, we’ve got a huge board with all the design submissions posted up, and we can’t stop ourselves from oo-ing and ah-ing over all the cool stuff you’ve sent. Keep ‘em coming!

Pics- Above: Danny Roberts, Bottom: Ana Laura Perez

Amanda,
BurdaStyle team

Get Your BurdaStyle Sewing Club Badge!

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The BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs are up and running! Since we introduced the concept to the BurdaStyle community in April, we have had such a wonderful response from people like you who were willing to share their love of sewing with fellow members. Many of you have begun to establish regular meetings, and have already started to tell us how fun meeting like-minded sewers is. We are truly thrilled, and look forward to hearing more on the progress of your clubs!

In order for you to promote your club on blogs and social networking sites, we have designed a custom Sewing Club Badge for you, which you can display on your blog or website. Each badge contains your specific city and state (or city and country for international leaders), in order for interested people in your area to know about your fabulous BSC. Other people who may not live in your area can follow the link and find a sewing club in their city too!

Sounds good?

Send us an e-mail at team[at]burdastyle[dot.com, Attn: Sewing Club Badge. Include your city and state, or city and country, and we’ll send you the file. Each badge is a 125px square listing your club’s city and state.

And join our BSC Flickr Group too at http://www.flickr.com/groups/burdastylesewingclub/, where you can post pictures of your group projects, snapshots of members and anything else from your Sewing Club fun. Leaders please tell your club members to join as well!

We have also created a Forum group on the BurdaStyle website just for Club issues. Tell us how we could help to make your club a success, and connect with other BurdaStyle members, including prospective members for your club.

We also need to make sure that all our information is up-to-date. To be sure, we need the following from all BSC Leaders:

• The number of members in your club.
• The names of each club member.
• Weekly, Bi-Weekly or Monthly Meeting Dates (if established)
• Meeting Times (if established)
• Meeting Location (This can be the meeting address or, if you prefer, just the city and state)
• Group Website, if created

This information will help us to connect interested members to you, and help us plan future incentives for BurdaStyle clubs, including the upcoming Club Packets.

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. We look forward to receiving more updates on your sewing clubs!

Best,

David from the BurdaStyle Team

Knock-Offs Knocked Out!

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Above: left, dress from Anna Sui’s Sring 2007 RTW; right, Forever 21’s Maven Top from nitrolicious.com nitrolicious.com

Below: Acne’s cage skirt; Norwegian Wood’s cage skirt; Topshop’s cage skirt

“It’s time for those who rip off the work of others to know that it just won’t fly anymore." – Zac Posen

Where does inspiration stop and flat-out copying begin?

A bevy of designers, including Zac Posen and Diane Von Furstenberg, have been fighting for the Design Piracy Protection Act for quite some time. Currently, no law exists in the US to protect clothing designs from copyright infringement, which is why it’s so easy to buy a knock- off of the handbag you’ve been coveting on Ebay or Canal St.

If this bill is passed, what does this mean for the indie crafting world, as well as the fashion industry as a whole? On one hand, it would ensure that indie designers, who have quite often been victims of intellectual theft by bigger companies are better protected; it would mean that all the hard work gone into designing and creating clothing for sale are not all attempted in vain.

On the other hand, will the bill potentially stifle the creativity of young designers and crafters? Painters and artists often exchange ideas- in the past, this inspired artistic movements. When asked about their favorite fashion designers or influences, fashion students usually have a long list of names they’re able to recite by rote.

How does one specifically pinpoint where design elements come from, or who they’ve truly been inspired by?

Additionally, there are those who argue that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and that if the clothes made by these high-end designers were made more affordable so that everyone would enjoy them, there’d be no need for knock-offs. What do you guys think?

-Amanda

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