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Issey Miyake Brings New Meaning to Folding Your Garments

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Teaming up with computer scientist Jun Mitani, innovative Japanese designer Issey Miyake and his team at Reality Lab have created the origami-based addition to the Miyake design family, 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE. Taking a Mitani created software program which generates formulas to construct three-dimensional, geometric shapes out of single sheets of paper, Miyaki and his design team adapted the process to fabric resulting in flat, folded shapes (rather than cutting and sewing, the fabric is held in place by a series of strategic, permanent creases) that literally pop-up into wearable garments.

Silver Screen Sewing: Annie

“It’s a hard knock life,” says Annie and the other children in the orphanage in this clip from the hit 1980s musical, Annie. You’ve got that right.

Arcade44 Presents: Best Dressed // Trovata + Sophomore

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Meet John Whitledge of Trovata and Chrissie Miller and Madeline von Froomer of Sophomore, two labels that embody the idea of clothing you can live in. Staying away from overly hyped trends, both Trovata and Sophomore are proof that well-constructed, thoughtful basics can resonate with consumers just as much as show-stopping runway looks.

Learn to Sew with 3rd Ward and BurdaStyle

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Hey New York, do you want to learn how to sew? Through the months of October and November, 3rd Ward in Brooklyn is offering two classes using our awesome BurdaStyle patterns. For beginners, you can jump in the Level I class and learn how to stitch up our reusable Charlie Bag. If you’re a little more comfortable behind a machine you can sign up for Level II and try your hand at our comfy Corinne Pants.

Would You Pay $500 For a Pair of Socks?

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The sister duo behind Rodarte have elevated to the ranks of fashion darlings based on their home-spun take on couture techniques. Loopy knits, patchwork materials and an overall sense of nomadic naivete have been the calling cards of the Rodarte aesthetic, along with the ridiculously hefty price tags their one of a kind designs carry. Case in point: these $500 socks hand-crocheted from a mohair/alpaca blend that cannot be washed (only spot cleaned) nor could they probably withstand more than a handful of wearings.

Halloween with Schlosser Designs

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Along with your witches’ brew and bag of skulls, decorate your creepy, crawly lair this Halloween with this great table set from Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs.

BurdaStyle Members Create One of a Kind Garments with Liberty Art Fabrics

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Recently we offered ten BurdaStyle members the opportunity to craft one of a kind garments using burda style magazine patterns and the amazing textiles of Liberty Art Fabrics created by Kaffe Fassett. We are excited to share the results with the rest of the community and we’re sure that you will be as awed and inspired as we were.

Silver Screen Sewing: Peter Pan

Where would we be without our shadows?

Halloween Costume Ideas

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Halloween is about two weeks away (gasp!). Are you dressing up for this night of ghoulish delight? If you need a some inspiration for DIY costumes, you’ve come to the right place!

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Follow Us On Twitter

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Many of you are already following us on Twitter (thanks!), but for those of you that aren’t, here are a list of reasons why you should:

Looking for more competitions and career changing opportunities?

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I stumbled upon Talenthouse.com through Laura Bolčina’s project Florence Forever. Laura is participating in a design competition which may put her dress on Florence, of Florence + the Machine! Other prizes include $500 cash, an article in LuckyMag, signed copies of the album and more. Very exciting stuff! If you are looking for more competitions which may help further your career in the arts and design, or to simply win some amazing prizes, check out Talenthouse.

Adding Seam Allowance

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You may be familiar with the fact that many of the burda style magazine patterns do not include seam allowance. Some of you may already have figured your way around this, but if you’re still stuck I found this really simple tutorial from Five Green Acres using 2 pencils and some tape. Give it a try!

Blair and Sibylle

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Is it just me or did it look like Blair was sporting a variation of our Sibylle dress on last night’s episode of Gossip Girl? Perhaps a bit of wishful thinking, but with a few tweaks our pattern could totally be ready for the campus of Columbia!

What's Your Favorite DIY?

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As a community of creative people we’re always looking for inspiration. There are so many beautiful and unique things out there, it seems impossible to find it all! BurdaStylers are amazing crafters and always keen on what is happening in DIY, so we want to know: where do you get inspired? What DIY’ers, websites, blogs or artist are making the things that make you swoon? What fantastic things are happening in DIY that we just have to see? It can be jewelry, woodworking, paper arts, weaving, sewing…if it’s cool DIY, we want to know about it!

Oliver + S Patterns Now Available Through BurdaStyle!

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Children’s clothing has come a long way since I was a tot. I distinctly remember my mother putting me in some very, er, questionable ensembles usually consisting of a sort of ribbon motif or lace bib. Not so for the modern babe, these days kids have better clothing options than adults! That’s why you might, on occasion, catch me in the children’s department trying to squeeze my way into a child’s size 16 sweater or jacket (I mean, it basically equals an adult size 2, right?) Children’s sewing patterns have come a long way too, mostly with the help of Liesl Gibson. Her company, Oliver + S, creates some of the cutest kids patterns on the market and we at BurdaStyle are excited to announce that you can now buy Liesl’s adorable patterns through her BurdaStyle studio! I caught up with Liesl to get the scoop on how she started Oliver + S and what inspires her cute and quirky designs.

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