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Sew the Trends: London & Milan Fashion Week, Fall '16

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As one would imagine, the looks that walked down the runway in London and Milan the past few weeks were much darker and heavier overall than what we saw in New York. Two of the main trends we saw in several shows was the surplus of sequins and velvet, these two fabrics will be mainstays for day and night this year. Things to make now? Bow front blouses, sequin everything, velvet shorts and flowing midi dresses. Things to make later? Dramatic statement capes, monochromatic hounds tooth suits, long sleeve velvet dress and outrageously large coats.

Take a look at the top seven trends we saw walk the London and Milan runways and that we can’t wait to start making now and later!

Runway to Reality with Brother: Meg's Look

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Introducing our first look reveal for our Runway to Reality look book with Brother! The look book will be available at the beginning of April, and leading up to the launch we are debuting the looks along with our prep work. The sewing tutorial images with Brother machines will be in the look book so you can easily follow along and sew these looks yourself from New York Fashion Week. This first post is my look, so read on to see how I transformed our Long Sleeve Sheath Dress into a dress inspired by this look from the Proenza Schouler show.

Sew the Trends of New York Fashion Week

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Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, leaving us with a slew of old and new trends to look forward to sewing this year. Technically, these collections are for fall 2016 but we couldn’t help but notice that many of the pieces presented were springy in nature from skin-baring cocktail dresses to flowing off the shoulder tops that were ever-present this past summer. We can easily chalk this up to global warming or embrace that designers are coming to terms with a demanding customer base that want to shop the latest runway looks immediately rather than waiting six months.

Take a look at the top 10 trends we saw grace the New York runways and that we can’t wait to start making!

Runway to Reality with Brother!

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Hi BurdaStylers, today is my first day back from vacation and I’m excited to be back to the Burda world. Now that I am back in the swing of things I am so excited to get really started on our Runway to Reality look book with Brother! You will be hearing a lot about this look book for the next month as we will release a ‘new look’ inspired by the Fall 2016 shows from New York Fashion Week every week starting Feb 29th! We have been looking at all the shows and starting to pair the looks we like with BurdaStyle patterns to bring these runway looks to reality. Check out this post where I have done some brainstorming and started to gather the looks I like…

Sew Your Superbowl Style

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We’re only days away from Superbowl 50 and we want to make sure you’re representing your team in style this weekend!

BurdaStyle Team Valentine's Day Style Bundles

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you’re going out with your man or your best friends, it’s time to start planning your outfit! The girls at BurdaStyle have picked outfits have each picked out a three-piece outfit and discounted all three to $11.99! Shop them here and start sewing your outfit for the biggest date night of the year!

4 Last Minute Things you can Make Before NYE!

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New Year’s Eve is only a few days away, but don’t worry you still have time to whip something up to wear even if you don’t have any plans yet! I challenged myself with making a dress from scratch (only starting last night) but if you feel like starting from scratch you can easily add trim to an existing dress or make an accessory in no time. A little black dress can take you very far… So grab yours and read on to see the ways that you can add to it.

2015 In Review: The Top Selling Sewing Patterns of the Year!

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We can’t believe that it is time to wrap up 2015 and take a look at what you loved sewing this year! The list includes tried and true patterns that you have treasured for years such as the Dress with Gathered Rectangle Skirt as well as new patterns including the super-hit, Capped Sleeve Crop Top, which has been a best seller since its debut in February.

Pantone Color(s) of the Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity

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Pantone shook up their yearly tradition of selecting one color of the year by picking two – Rose Quartz and Serenity! Both are beautiful colors that evoke a sense of calm, peace and, well, serentity. In celebration of these two colors that we will sure embrace for the next year, we’ve created a dedicated collection of patterns that embody these lovely colors and even styled a few looks. Read the blog post here.

How to Style Your BurdaEasy Patterns

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This year we’ve been releasing BurdaEasy patterns to BurdaStyle.com as digital downloads. BurdaEasy patterns are formatted to be an easy sew and all have detailed sewing instructions with picture diagrams! Here is some style inspiration for a few of our favorite BurdaEasy patterns, which can be made up to four different ways. The options are really endless and for only $5.99, it’s a pretty great deal!

Buy or Make: Cape & Wrap Jacket Edition

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It’s been said that every year when the leaves change colors and the air gets crisp it’s like a rebirth for us all. Well…we like to think it is, at least for our closets! This fall we can’t wait to sew up a cape. They are so cozy, chic and fun to wear. It can also be a very versatile piece, especially when you get to make it yourself! Lose the sleeves, add a belt, incorporate illusion sleeves, the options are nearly endless!

We’ve chosen a few of our designer cape favorites and paired them with look-a-like BurdaStyle patterns so that you can get the look for way less! Now, we know that you are probably not purchasing $3,000 capes and believe us, we aren’t either! But we love fashion and it’s fun to look at those out-of-reach items and imagine how we can at least look like our outfit cost as much as our car. Fashion is fun, so have a little fun with it!

Reintroducing our Design Academy Collection: 7 Revamped Patterns

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We are throwing it back this Thursday with this revamped collection from the 04/2015 issue! Since all the winners were chosen from our 2nd Ultimate Member Model Challenge for our original Design Academy collection, we wanted to reintroduce you to this fashionable and wearable pattern collection. Included are some great dresses with various silhouettes, and our member’s winning projects for these styles are sure to inspire future sewers of these patterns.

Weekly Trend Curations

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Here are our newest trend curations that will each be going on sale week by week. We’ve picked these specific categories and patterns based on current trends that will perfectly transition you into fall. See all four curations under the What’s New section on the homepage and keep an eye out for 30% off deals!

July 2015 Favorites

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Here is our monthly roundup of the top-selling patterns! This July we saw a lot of new patterns in the mix, which is always great to see as well as the most-loved, Cap Sleeve Cropped Top. Take a look at the others that made this list including the Wrap Shorts and Necktie Blouse.

Weekly Trend Curations

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We have an exciting announcement! Each month we’ll be curating four different style categories based on current fashion trends that will live for a full month under our What’s New section in the Pattern Store. What’s more? We’ll be discounting one category each week to 30% off so that you can sew stylish items and save a buck!

Since we generally look to the city streets for style inspiration, we pulled some of our favorite real-life looks that inspired our current curations. Take a look below!

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