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Buy or Make: Polka Dot Edition

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Some are big, some are small…either way, they are back for spring 2015! This classic print comes in a myriad of different styles and looks great on every type of garment from shorts to skirts to blazers. It adds a timeless, girlie and all-out cool feel to every outfit and we can’t wait to sew up our favorite patterns in a polka dot print. We’re seeing spots (pun intended!) for this trend!

Trend Spotting: Apron/Wrap Pants

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Give your basic trousers a twist with this new trend that we’ve seen fashion bloggers, celebrities (favorites Kendall Jenner and Emma Watson!) and runways models sporting since the S/S 15 shows this past September, the apron or wrap trousers. Don’t be afraid to mix things up every once in awhile, these pants will add a freshness to your spring wardrobe.

April 2015 Favorites

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Shop the best selling styles for the month of April, as chosen by fellow BurdaStyle members!

This roundup includes a few tried-and-true favorites, a new vintage inspired piece and slopers for days when you’re feeling inspired and want to create your very own design. These are the BurdaStyle sewing patterns that topped the list for April 2015!

Most Viewed Member Projects of April 2015

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Each month BurdaStyle members upload their latest sewing projects and we are constantly blown away by the creativity and passion that is shared within this crafty community. Below, we’ve rounded up the top five most viewed BurdaStyle member projects from April 2015. We hope you are as inspired by these sewaholics as much we are!

Dress It Up, Dress It Down: V-Neck Flutter Dress & Sew-Along Video

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Have you seen our new Sew-Along videos on the BurdaStyle Academy site? In the past month we’ve uploaded over 20 videos featuring our expert instructors as they take you through the making of a BurdaStyle pattern from start to finish.

This week we’re highlighting the V-Neck Flutter Dress, which is from the May 2015 issue of BurdaStyle magazine currently one of my favorite patterns. It’s the perfect go-to dress to have in your closet for a last minute cocktail party or for a basic BBQ, you can dress it up or you can dress it down! Even better, you have the opportunity sew the dress along with one of our expert sewers in the sew-along video.

Celebrity Style Inspiration: Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon is the picture of elegance and class, on and off the red carpet. She’s a natural beauty and her all-American, classic style has made her not only “America’s sweetheart” but a fashion industry darling.

We love that Reese keeps her fashion choices interesting with bold prints and fun accessories while sticking to a pretty solid “uniform.” This often consists of a skirt and blouse/sweater, paired with a structured bag, polished hair and makeup and heels. She consistently looks put together, like she has fun being a girl and putting together a new outfit every morning.

We’ve taken a few styling cues from Reese for spring and paired some of our favorite BurdaStyle patterns that will give you a look so similar to Reese Witherspoon you might catch yourself speaking with a southern drawl!


Full Skirts for the Win

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In a time when we see so many oversized, boyfriend, boxy styles (all of which I whole-heartedly love by the way) it’s nice to mix things up with something that screams femininity and flatters nearly every figure. Full skirts are in full swing for spring, hitting just below the knee and cinching at the waist with a fuller effect. This look can be styled a multitude of ways and we’ve put together some of our favorite looks including a sweet style for a bridal brunch, a romantic date night look and a downtown cool outfit for afternoons shopping in SoHo.

Buy or Make: Gingham Edition

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The sweeter cousin of plaid, gingham is the print of spring 2015. It was popularized by style icon Brigitte Bardot and has the optimistic feeling of 50s and 60s French Riviera-meets-classic-Americana. This past September designers including Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenburg and Altuzarra sent the retro print down the runways in modern silhouettes and unexpected colors. We’ve seen the trend on the street in matching seperates, sweet shirtdresses and button-down shirts playfully tied in the front. It’s easy to wear, understatedly sexy and ultra-feminine, we’ll be wearing this print all season long.

We’ve taken a few of our favorite looks from the runway and paired them with nearly identical BurdaStyle patterns that will help you get the look – for a lot less! Just pick up your favorite gingham printed fabric and get sewing.

Find The Perfect Spring Dress For Your Body Type

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The key to looking good-no matter what you wear? Confidence. A dress that accentuates your favorite feature while flattering your figure will make you look and feel amazing!

Boho Days

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It’s that time of year, festival season will officially be kicking off next weekend with the first weekend of Coachella in Indio, CA. Alas, the BurdaStyle team is not going to be in attendance but that doesn’t mean we can’t dress like it. Boho style comes back year after year, evolving but never fading. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite boho BurdaStyle patterns for your sewing pleasure. Check out the below picks that we’ve styled with our most coveted accessories and stop by our full boho curated selection here.

Throw Back Thursday: New Audrey Hepburn Inspired Vintage Patterns!

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Check out these new vintage patterns in store from the 04/2015 of BurdaStyle magazine. This matching cropped shirt and high waisted pant combo makes for an outfit inspired by the one and only Audrey Hepburn.

Project Sew-Alongs: The Romantic Maxi Dress

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We’re excited to announce that we now have Project Sew-Along videos available for purchase at the BurdaStyle Academy! There are currently 13 Sew-Along videos available for you to watch ranging from dresses, to jackets, skirts and even a swimsuit. Plus, we’ll be adding to videos to the library regularly.

Celebrate Spring with Florals

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It’s officially spring here in the US and we could not be more excited! After a long winter and some serious snow storms we’re welcoming warmer temperatures, sunny days and spending time outside enjoying this rejuvenating time of year. With a new season comes an updated wardrobe and we’re craving bold, floral prints to brighten up our closets.

We’ve rounded up all the BurdaStyle patterns we could get our hands on in our specially curated floral category for spring. Below are a few of our favorites as well as our most coveted floral fabric recommendations from Mood Fabrics.

Sew like the Irish: My St. Patrick's Day Style!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone! It is one of my favorite holidays because 1. Green is my favorite color, and 2. I’m Irish! Leggings are the best thing to quickly sew up for any special occasion/themed holiday. I made a pair of green and white leggings using our Leggings Sloper and paneled some different fabrics together. I’ll even wear these after St. Patrick’s Day!

Wear This Dress All Spring

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We’re suckers for a timeless dress and it doesn’t get much better than a classic shirt dress. It’s a closet staple that is seeing a huge resurgence this season. Perfect for this transitional time of year when dressing in layers and wearing versatile pieces are a must. It suits every body type and there are a number of ways you can modify this flattering silhouette to suit you and your style. Try an assymetric hemline for an edgy look, stay classic with a button down or go bold with a fun floral printed fabric.

See below just a few of our favorite BurdaStyle shirt dress patterns along with fabric picks from Mood Fabrics. To view the full range of shirt dress patterns, take a look at our specially curated shirt dress category here where you will find plenty of options to choose from!

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