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Sandra Betzina's Sewing Retreat Wrap Up

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Carol and I were lucky enough to get to spend a week with Sandra Betzina and a group of amazing (and amazingly talented) women. We were walked through all our questions, given tips, tricks and advice to help us complete the best project we possibly could. It is that reason exactly that I now know how to do bound buttons holes instead of just copping out and doing them by machine. Those who are lucky enough to have met Sandra in person or even more, have had the opportunity to take one of her amazing retreats also knows she is a stellar person as well as an engaging spirit. We highly recommend all BurdaStyle members to consider attending one of her hands on retreats. It’s an enlightening experience, with one week of skill building, inspiration, and friendship. We learned amazing techniques, how to properly fix patterns to your individual body type, how to fix common sewing boo boos and challenges; Sandra provides any sewer the skill to sew with confidence. Those who are not able to attend are encouraged to check out the Power Sewing WebTV Show on her site.

The Best Shorts Lineup

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Whether going to the beach or going to town with friends, shorts are an absolute essential for the hot summer months. Whether you like them super short or right above the knee, high-waist or low-waist, we have a fantastic collection of patterns to get you well-prepared. Here are some of our favorites:

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Carol and Alden at Sandra Betzina's Sewing Retreat!

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Carol and I are at a week long sewing retreat with one of our favorite bloggers (and teachers, and designers and people!) Sandra Betzina.

This week long retreat is such a treat! We are in a room with 9 other amazingly motivated and talented women all sewing together, improving our knowledge and honing our skills.

Discover Smashing Darling!

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SmashingDarling.com is a cutting edge online boutique merging independent fashion designers with individuals looking for a unique fashion edge. They currently feature over 660 designers from top cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. If you are a designer or fashion-lover, find just what you need at Smashing Darling!

Shop at Bellaga!

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Need to update your wardrobe, but want to invest in unique pieces that you’re sure no one will have? You could, of course, make some new clothes yourself (you are on BurdaStyle, after all), or could also discover the indie designers at Bellaga!

The Updated 2010 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!

Fourth of July with Schlosser Designs!

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Back in May, Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs sent us such a fantastic idea for a Mother’s Day-themed dining room set that we just had to show it off. This time, Erin is back with a dining set that’s perfect for Fourth of July. Best of all, both projects use the same template!

eazy magazine!

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We just received the very first issue of eazy magazine, Burda’s latest pattern magazine release. While most of (including me) cannot read German to save our leben, eazy magazine’s vibrant, colorful and fun aesthetic had us hooked!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Mountain View, CA, USA

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While attending the recent Maker Faire in California, we were so excited to meet some of our super-special BurdaStyle members, including BSC Mountain View, CA leader MrsKirko. MrsKirko, better known simply as Hannah, came with her little baby in tote, and was just as wonderful in-person as she seemed online. She also came well-prepared to promote her growing sewing club, complete with sign-up lists and information tags! It was great seeing her initiative and excitement, so of course I had to ask her to give us the rundown of her club:

BurdaStyle at Renegade Craft Fair

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Last weekend BurdaStyle was deep in the heat of Brooklyn, NY. at the Renegade Craft Fair. With over 300 amazing vendors, our tent was whirring away teaching dozens of people how to sew. We had four year-olds learning how to sew next to established designers and all of them creating these amazing bags on the Singer sewing machines.

Check out our photo slide show with action shots from the event.

Best of May Slide Show is Up!

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Check it out, see if your creation made it and vote for your favorites for our end of the year round up!

Join Nora at New York's Internet Week!

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In the NYC area? Join our co-founder Nora, Mike Hudack from Blip.tv and Rachel Sterne of Ground Report as they discuss their personal stories in creating some of New York’s most successful recent online start-ups!

Junky Styling

After countless nights of creating and wearing deconstructed clothing for the early 90s club scene, designers Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager decided to bring their unique, free-form sense of style to the masses, creating a clothing company aptly named Junky Styling.

Liberty Prints Abound

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Liberty prints have always been a favorite of mine, and as of late, they have taken the runways (and sewing rooms worldwide) by storm!

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