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Wedding Gown Guide: For Savvy Chicks Who May Sew Their Own

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Is anyone getting married any time soon? Are you making your gown? If so, read on and check out these brand new sewing patterns for wedding gowns!

The Muse Files: Classic Elizabeth Taylor

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Recently Hollywood lost a legend as screen star Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79. Known as much for her tabloid-making relationships (7 marriages in all) as for her on-screen presence, Taylor was also a noted philanthropist working with amFAR and establishing of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Once considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world, she was also a closely watched fashion icon and always the picture of perfect glamour and womanly charms.

Why More Men Don't Sew and Does It Matter?

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Readers, as a very visible man who sews, I am often asked the question, Why don’t more guys sew? We know a lot of fashion designers and nearly all tailors are male, so why aren’t there more male home sewists?

My answer is always, well, some men do sew. But even I know that the number is very small compared to the number of women who sew.

Having grown up male in the United States, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that most men don’t sew and probably would never consider it. Here are some of the reasons (in no particular order) and maybe you’ll have some of your own to add.

Fiber Play + Win a Copy of Laura Zukaite's Book, Luxe Knits!

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People often ask me where do I get my inspiration. Inspiration comes to me in many shapes and forms. I often find myself inspired by fibers themselves: using different textures, colors, and weights of yarn can create very unexpected results!

Using mohair and silk together is one of my favorite combinations! The sheen of silk and the matte texture of mohair balance each other beautifully. Combining them in a way that uses lace weight and worsted weight yarns gives the piece a very delicate look.

Featured Member: liaspace

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am Indonesian and I live in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. I work full time for my own company, an interior contractor and furniture manufacturing company. I am also a mom to two little misfits

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing after having my first child. I was mesmerized by patchwork quilts, then I started taking some quilting lessons, but I think hand quilting is not my thing and so I bought my first sewing machine, hoping I’ll quilt using the machine.

12 Ways Wear a Wrap Skirt

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Beginners pay attention: If you want a sewing project you can pull of with flying colors, try this brand new wrap skirt pattern— it’s easy to sew and fun to wear. Read on to get inspired and see how top designers personalize their wrap skirts…

Behind the Scenes: My Experience Filming It's Sew Easy

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Hello, fellow BurdaStyle members! I’m super excited to be here today talking about my experience filming for the new TV show It’s Sew Easy. I can’t tell you how honored I was to be chosen for the spot, especially with so many amazing entries. I think I only squealed a little when I found out I was chosen. (Okay, I squealed a lot. A LOT.)

Last Day to Submit: BERNINA Presents the Show Us, Don't Tell Us - Brand Ambassador Competition

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BERNINA USA is looking far and wide for three US-based Brand Ambassadors to experience and help spread the word for their new BERNINA 3 Series machine, so BurdaStyle has partnered with BERNINA on a competition to help find the best candidates for the job! But have no fear, this contest is international! BERNINA still wants to show some love to our community outside the US, so we made this a two-part competition.

We want you to Show Us, Don’t Tell Us: How do you express your love for sewing?

Comment To Win: ReSew

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Loving our Project of the Week today? Comment to win your very own copy of ReSew!

500,000 Members - A Brief BurdaStyle History

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We’re incredibly happy to celebrate that our amazing community has now 500,000 members!

Time for a quick look back! We started about four years ago, occupying two desks at the Etsy office. Benedikta and I set out to create a truly social and fun website for people who want to make their clothes. And I think we managed to do that! We are thrilled to have built a platform that now counts 55,000 projects, over 800 patterns, and over 500 techniques, and 260 sewing clubs worldwide, giving access to beautiful and useful tools and resources that have inspired and taught and improved people’s sewing skills.

Comment to Win a Brother Project Runway Limited Edition Innov-ís 40 Sewing Machine

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Want to sew like your favorite fashion designer? Of course you do, and BurdaStyle is here to help! We’re giving away one of Brother’s awesome new Project Runway Limited Edition Innov-ís 40 sewing machine to a lucky BurdaStyle member to make their fashion sewing dreams come true! Rival designer looks and show off your unique creativity with your own handmade creations. Click through to learn how you can comment to win your own fantastic Innov-ís 40 machine!

Technical Update: Upcoming Site Downtime

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The site will be in maintenance mode on Monday, March 28th at 8am EST for about half an hour. We are deploying fixes to some recent site issues. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Visit our Support page for all technical updates and to report a problem to the BurdaStyle team.

Fashion and Flix: Inspired by I Am Love

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When it comes to fashion there are a handful of modern actresses who I think can properly wear the title of “icon”, and with her androgynous cool and penchant for killing it on the red carpet in draped Lanvin gowns and sharp Jil Sander ensembles, Tilda Swinton is one of those actresses. While her choices are a bit less accessible than those of her tinseltown counterparts, Swinton’s appearance is always a fresh contrast to traditional Hollywood garb.

I’ve expressed my love for Tilda before, however this musing is not really about her, per se, but rather about one of best her films – and one of my favorite films in general – I Am Love. To be more specific, it is in reference to Swinton’s costumes for the movie and how they not only create their own sub-story throughout the film, but also translate beautifully into any modern wardrobe.

How to Buy a Vintage Sewing Machine

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I’ve spent much of the last year on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness, writing about the many machines I sew with — I love them all!

Last week’s article about vintage sewing machines elicited such a strong response, I wanted to follow up with some information about how to buy a vintage machine: what questions to ask, what precautions to take, what models to look for.

So let’s get started!

Tips from Beginning Sewers: Basic Sewing at the Textile Arts Center

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When it comes to sewing, I was a bit of a late bloomer. Though I always had an interest in fashion (dating back to as early as my tween years when I designed my eighth grade graduation dress), I didn’t touch a sewing machine until three and a half years ago. I had recently moved away from New York for a new job, and – convincing myself that I had just this much more free time – signed up for a four-hour handbag class. I had the hardest time wrapping my brain around how to thread the machine (what was this U-turn business?) and wind a bobbin, but walked away with a finished project, wooden handles and all!

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