Site Update: Pattern Purchases

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[Updated – 12/14/2011] – Our technical team is currently investigating a site issue that may be related to our payment system. As a result, they have very temporarily restricted access to this portion of the site. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, and hope to have everything up and running again soon.

Making Machine Embroidery Hip for a New Generation

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Niamh O’Connor, Art Director for the offbeat embroidery website Urban Threads, paired up with the design duo from KMKostumes to create a one-of-a-kind dress project to help facilitate the revitalization of machine embroidery. No longer relegated to quilts and crafty wall hangings, Urban Threads aims to push traditional machine embroidery out from it’s dusty past and bring it to a new generation of fashion savvy designers and crafters (sounds a little like the beginnings of BurdaStyle, huh?).

Pulp Arts: The Paper Fashions of Artist Isabelle de Borchgrave

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Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave has taken the marriage of art and fashion to the next level with her amazing paper dress creations. At first glance her work looks like intricate ensembles from bygone eras or period costumes from a museum archive, but in fact each piece of “clothing” is crafted entirely out of pattern paper. De Borchgrave, a painter and teacher, was initially inspired to create her paper dresses by a trip to a Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1994. Her first collection, Papiers à la Mode, was de Borchgrave’s take on the history of fashion with inspiration ranging from Marie Antoinette and Turkish sultans to pieces from Chanel and Dior.

100 Years of Fashion in Under Two Minutes

A very clever marketing tool from the folks behind Westfield Stratford City, a massive “urban shopping center” which just opened last month in East London. From flappers and fedoras to punk rockers and b-boys, this video covers the last 100 years of fashion in swinging London. Loads of history and inspiration has been squeezed into just under 2 minutes – not to mention that these two have some serious moves!

It's Sew Easy: Make the Linda Skirt with Gretchen Hirsch

We were so excited to be a part of the new national sewing television show It’s Sew Easy and we were even more excited that our own BurdaStyle Ambassador Gretchen Hirsch was invited to host a segment using our Linda Skirt as her on-air project! Watch Gretchen to get great tips for creating your own vintage-inspired skirt, including how to use a horsehair hem for a super-femme, full skirted effect.

The Creative Connection was a Blast!

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Last week in St. Paul, Minnesota we ventured out to The Creative Connection, a 3-day conference celebrating women and entrepreneurs. We met with some of our favorite bloggers like Alicia Dirago of Dismount Creative, Mena Trott of the Sew Weekly and vintage style maven Gretchen Hirsch of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing taught our BurdaStyle classes. Singer® enabled our activation at The Creative Connection, click through for more pics after the jump!

We Got Crafty at Maker Faire New York

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Drawing on the success from it’s first outing last year in New York, Maker Faire was back and double the fun this past weekend at the New York Hall of Science in Queens! We were there with our BERNINA Series 3 machines, gorgeous Renaissance Ribbons and custom printed Spoonflower fabric stitching up our famous Make + Take drawstring bags.

Spoonflower Goes to New York Fashion Week

To say that we are merely fans of Spoonflower might be a bit of an understatement. The fact that we can make our wildest fabric dreams come true through their custom printing services gets us just as hot and bothered as a load of new sewing patterns or a split-second flash of inspiration. However, we’re not the only ones showing one of our favorite fabric creators some love, designer Malan Breton used custom printed fabric from Spoonflower to create garments for his spring 2012 runway show during New York Fashion week and we hope that this is just the beginning of designers taking advantage of the amazing range of possibilities Spoonflower provides!

MySINGERStory.com: ashchaser

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SINGER® is celebrating their 160th anniversary and we’re getting in on the party by bringing you exclusive stories from our members and staff for MySINGERStory.com! Keep checking back for more interviews and behind the scenes scoops from some of our amazing BurdaStyle members. Up this week, ashchaser from Nashville, Tennessee.

Looking for Halloween Costume Ideas!

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Last week, we asked our Facebook community about what we should be for Halloween, but are still undecided. What would you all suggest?

Leave your idea below and we may end up making your idea in our Halloween themed Project of the Week!

Ten Years Ago Today: Remembering 9/11

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. As many of you may (or may not) know, BurdaStyle is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and our staff are all proud New Yorker City residents. As we took a moment to reflect on this day, we couldn’t help but be moved by the heartfelt words of friend and fellow creative Natalie Chanin who was in New York on September 11th ten years ago, and we wanted to share her story here with you.

Our hearts go out to everyone who lost loved ones on 9/11 and we thank Natalie for letting us share her words with you.

Join Us at the 2011 Creative Connection in St. Paul, Minnesota!

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Join us September 15th through 17th at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul, Minnesota for the 2011 Creative Connection! Celebrating women and entrepreneurs, this 3-day conference marries the passion for handmade goods with technological savvy through a range of panels discussing DIY and craft as well as business and marketing strategies. Hands-on workshops, social networking and business panels and tips for building and running a creative company, the Creative Connection is a wealth of resources and support for both the new and established entrepreneur!

Meetup at the American Sewing Expo!

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You are cordially invited to the BurdaStyle MeetUp at The American Sewing Expo!

MySINGERStory.com: Jackie Ayres

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Continuing our series celebrating 160 years of SINGER®, we get the scoop on designer Jackie Ayres who is a third generation dressmaker and SINGER® machine user. Click through to read more about Jackie and see photos of her stunning collections, plus make sure to check back all through the month of September for more member stories. Want to share yours? Head over to MySINGERStory.com to tell your story for the chance to win a brand new Singer 160™ machine!

New York Maker Faire 2011

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Get ready because BurdaStyle is bringing back our famous Make + Take Lounge to Maker Faire New York in just a couple weeks. It’s time to pack up our sewing machines and head over to the New York Hall of Science in Queens for a weekend of sewing September 17th and 18th, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this amazing creative event once again!

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