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Enter Krrb's 12 Days of Gifting Give Away!

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The holidays are right around the corner and our friends at Krrb (a great website where you can buy, sell, trade, borrow or give to your neighbors — locally and in-person) are getting in the spirit with their 12 Days of Gifting Give Away! Everyday from December 6-22, Krrb will be giving lucky winners the chance to score great prizes including The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook , specially made accessories from Lamia Designs, a gift pack from Sprout Wellness, a $250 cash prize and much more!

The Unsung Notion: Beeswax

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Hundreds of sewing patterns, sewing books, magazines and instructions and hardly any mention of this most useful sewing notion: beeswax.

Tips From The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: How to Thread Your Sewing Machine

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook a great resource whether you’re a garment expert or just starting your sewing journey. Not only is the book filled with great patterns and variation ideas, but it’s also packed with loads of helpful tips for getting started including how to set up your sewing room and what tools you’ll need to familiarize yourself with before you begin. One major step in getting started on the right foot is knowing how to thread your machine properly. While each machine is different and you should consult your owner’s manual before you begin, we thought we’d call on BurdaStyle member Sunni Standing (sunnilj9) to show you the basics using a fantastic Confidence machine from SINGER®!

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The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook New York Launch Party!

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Over a year in the making, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook has officially been released in the U.S. and we decided to celebrate by throwing a party at Housing Works in NYC! Friends, partners, contributors and BurdaStyle members (some even flew in from out of the country!) all came through for a great night of seeing new faces, catching up with old friends and celebrating our first publication.

Special thanks to SINGER® for making the party possible; Housing Works for the event space; Spoonflower for providing the fabric for our Make + Take booth; Megan Nicolay for her glitter tattoo skills; the great crew at Random House; the folks at Have Booth Will Travel and photographer Vanessa Rees for the awesome pictures; videographer John Sabia; and our amazing contributors, members, friends, and partners – you all made this an event to remember!

Comment to Win ANOTHER "My Double Deluxe" Dress Form from Dritz!

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[Update 11/21/2011] – Congratulations to nellyvdb for winning this contest!

Featured Member: lauramae

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Where are you from and where do you live? What do you do other than sewing?
I currently reside in the city of Novato, in Marin County, California. I grew up in Marin County, and have lived here my entire life (excepting a brief stint at school).

Editor's Pick: Our Top Coat Patterns

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Baby it’s cold outside, so it’s time to cozy up and sew yourself a beautiful new winter coat, complete with your very own personal touches. We’ve made this process easier for you by narrowing down the coat pattern options to a few of our favorites, so read on to see them all!

Dressing the Part: Holiday Party Attire

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I don’t know about you, but this year has flown by, I can hardly believe it’s already November. Whether or not you’re ready, it’s time to start gearing up for the holiday season and that means planning your holiday party attire.

Here in the U.S. we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks – the rest of the holiday season just seems to snowball from there – and I thought I would pull together a few outfit ideas and BurdaStyle patterns to help get your wardrobe holiday ready, hopefully with some time to spare.

Behind the Scenes at The BurdaStyle Book Launch Party in New York!

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Thank you to all of our amazing members, friends, partners and contributors who came out to Housing Works in NYC last night to celebrate the release of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook!

Special thanks to SINGER® for sponsoring the event which included a great Make + Take booth, glitter tattoos, book signings and loads of other fun activities. SINGER® was also on hand celebrating their 160th anniversary with MySINGERStory. Head over to MySINGERStory.com to share your sewing story and be a part of this historic anniversary.

Couldn’t make it to the party? Check out our awesome photo booth pictures courtesy of Have Booth Will Travel. Make sure to check back Monday for a full wrap-up of the festivities!

Up Close and Personal at the International Quilt Festival

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You don’t need to be a quilter to enjoy a visit to the International Quilt Festival. The quilts on display are full of incredibly craftsmanship that shows the talent of these artists. Here are some close-ups of the fine details for your viewing pleasure.

The BurdaStyle Designer's Guide: Your Business Foundation

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It’s been about a month since BurdaStyle debuted the Fashion Designer’s Guide, and I thought I’d start by asking what’s changed and what steps have you been taking since we started? I know there is still a lot to go over, but I’m hoping even with the two posts under our belt you got the ball rolling or have some new thoughts about your business.

Happy Birthday to Two Icons of Style: Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn

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November is a month full of stylish birthdays: Marie Antoinette, Vivienne Leigh, Hedy Lamarr and Lauren Hutton just to name a few. Two icons of style who would be celebrating birthdays this week as well are Katharine Hepburn (Nov. 8) and Grace Kelly (Nov. 12).

Visibly at opposite ends of the style spectrum, both ladies were – and still are – regarded as icons in their own right and continue to influence legions of stylish ladies and designers alike. Whether you’re keen on Grace’s ladylike charms or Katharine’s rebellious swagger, you’re sure to find loads of sartorial inspiration from these Hollywood stars.

An Introduction to The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

November 1st marked the release of our very first publication, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook! We are spending the week eagerly preparing for our official book launch party this Thursday at Housing Works in New York and are excited to meet new faces, connect with old friends and spend an evening sharing the love of sewing and DIY.

In honor of our book release, we had videographer and media producer Dan Delaney create an introductory video featuring BurdaStyle co-founder Nora Abousteit and creative director Alison Kelly. Get to know the co-authors and learn a little bit more about the background of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, plus make sure to stay tuned for more coverage, behind the scenes looks and sneak peeks from our very first book!

Central St. Martins Fall '11 Grad Show

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If you missed the Central St. Martins Fall ’11 Grad Show in February you can view some of the highlights here. I find these collections to include some of the most innovative and exciting fashion-forward designs, and oddly enough, completely unrelated to current trends and hype. Check it out! Above image: Phoebe English (top) and Yeori Bae (bottom)

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