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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.

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!

Get Ready for National Sewing Month with Our September Sew Along!

[UPDATED, August 17, 2011] Start gearing up National Sewing Month by joining BurdaStyle, Coats & Clark, Tula Pink, and FreeSpirit Fabrics for our awesome September Sew Along! Hosted by designer Tula Pink and featuring the sewing talents of some familiar BurdaStyle faces, Peter Lappin and Gretchen Hirsch, each week in September we’ll be posting new steps, tips and techniques to guide you through creating two of our fantastic patterns: the Skirt with Front Pleats and the Halter Dress!

Making Soft Dolls with Lotta Craft

If you’re looking for a quick, easy project that’s great for both kids and adults, Lotta Jansdotter has the solution! Using her son’s drawings of super heroes and monsters, Lotta created adorable soft dolls using transfer paper and lightweight cotton fabric. Watch the video to see how simple this project is and try it out for yourself! It’s a great way to spend an afternoon getting creative with kids of all ages (and adults, too!).

Yohji Yamamoto: This is My Dream

Yohji Yamamoto: This Is My Dream from on Vimeo.

2011 has been a great year for fans of Yohji Yamamoto (me included). After the heartbreak of watching both his New York store and New York office close over the past couple of years, then bankruptcy threatening to shut down his operations entirely, it’s been a relief to see the spotlight return to his talents as a designer and his contribution to fashion over the span of his 30+ year career. Earlier this year, Yamamoto released his autobiography entitled My Dear Bomb and now comes another peek into the life of one of the most thoughtful and fascinating designers of the last few decades with the documentary This is My Dream.

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shopjomama had a blast making this video and hopes you enjoy it too!

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Check out twoboo’s video entry. She definitely committed to the challenge!

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Check out tinybows‘s video, it’s adorable!

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Take a peek at UK-based elsamary’s video. It’s sure to spark your imagination!

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xxmazenxx’s video proves she is one crafty member, and her video is an inspiration in itself!

BurdaStyle in Austin: DIY Fashion Show Roundup!

BurdaStyle and Etsy present D.I.Y. Fashion Show @ Venue 222 South by Southwest 2011 from Magic Spoon Productions on Vimeo.

Last week we packed our bags and headed to Austin, Texas! While taking in our fair share of technological innovations, new music and fantastic street vendor grub, we helped sponsor a DIY fashion show with some seriously talented designers from around the country. Held at Etsy’s Awesome in Austin space, the show highlighted 15 designers and their handmade creations in front of a huge audience of fashion fans, bloggers, BurdaStyle and Etsy members and tons of SXSW attendees. See photos from the show after the jump!

Video by Jose Lozano at Magic Spoon Productions

Behind The Scenes: A Musical Video of Our Recent Photo Shoot!

We love surprises and this one is great! At our last photo shoot, we didn’t know it, but there was a behind the scenes video being made by our photographers at WET PAINT Photography, that we just got surprised with! Check out the quick recap of the most recent BurdaStyle photoshoot and a huge thanks to Victor and Jonathan!

The New Wave

Central Saint Martins is arguably one of the most prestigious fashion design schools in the world. Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, John Galliano, and Stella McCartney have all studied within it’s hallowed walls and it continues to turn out some of the most buzzed about young talent in fashion. To help kick off London Fashion Week, the school showcased collections from it’s senior MA students, including L’Oreal Professional Prize award winners Phoebe English and Viktor Smedinge, and drummed up excitement for the next wave of great fashion talent.

See my favorite looks from Central Saint Martins’ students and let me know which up-and-coming designers you think are the next big names in fashion.

I Wear My Heart on My Knees

With Valentine’s Day coming up on Monday, we’ve been scouring the web for some ideas of what to wear on the day of the year dedicated to love. When we came across this amazing little DIY tutorial from ModCloth, our hearts just melted!

Behind the Scenes: Karl Lagerfeld Prepares for Chanel Couture Spring Show

Hilary Alexander from The Telegraph (side note: does her fur hat have a tail?!) interviews Karl Lagerfeld as he gets ready to debut his Spring 2011 couture collection for Chanel. Lagerfeld admits to Alexander that he still thinks of himself as lazy and that he is often running late, not because he is being rude but because he never remembers to look at his watch. It’s interesting to see someone like Lagerfeld who is so lauded by the fashion world be so self-critical. Especially amidst the astounding praise he receives as the Creative Director for Chanel and head designer for Fendi. And lazy? This man designs upwards of 6 collections (Spring and Fall Ready-to-Wear, Pre-Fall, Resort, Spring and Fall Couture) for Chanel a year, not to mention the regular season collections for Fendi. Lazy, Mr. Lagerfeld? I doubt so, very much.


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