Beginner's Mistakes

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We’ve all made the mistakes of a new sewist. Wrong fabric, cutting corners, and skipping steps. Want to learn how to make your garments look more professional? The Selfish Seamstress (our very own Elainemay) has five, hilarious tips that will help you along your sewing journey. (By the way, it’s nice to see that even celebrities make some of the same mistakes too!)

BurdaStyle's Last-Minute Gift Series: Yarn Bangles

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If you have a few too many plastic bangles on hand, turn them into stylish yarn- and ribbon-wrapped bangles, particularly for the fashionistas on your holiday gift-giving list. Festive stocking stuffer, anyone? These are quick to whip up, and if you are a knitter and crocheter with yarn lying around, you already have most of the supplies! Learn how to make them <a href= “http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/assorted-fabric-bangles&#8221;&gt; here.

This perfect Last-Minute Gift is brought to you by Alicia Kachmar. Alicia Kachmar is a jane of all trades, born and raised in Pittsburgh, but now living in New York City. Formerly a teacher at such institutions as The New York Botanical Garden and The New-York Historical Society, she is currently a writer and runs a crafty business on <a href= “http://www.etsy.com/shop/EternalSunshine&#8221;&gt; Etsy and beyond, crocheting up smiling and frowning objects like safety cones, s’mores, silver-lined clouds and gourmet cheeses. Have a crochet design challenge for her? She loves those! She also enjoys long bike rides, collecting and wearing vintage aprons, baking pies, reading classic novels and generally adventuring. Check out her <a href= “http://www.aliciakachmar.com/&#8221;&gt; website!

We can’t wait to see your fabric bangles!

Holiday Giveaway: Win Betz White's Sewing Green and a 5 Piece Sample Set of Her Organic Fabric !

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/8 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s we are giving away two great prizes from Betz White, her book, Sewing Green and a 5 piece sample set of her amazing organic fabric.

Holiday Giveaway: Win two books from Nicole Smith: Fashion DIY and DORM DÉCOR

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/7 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s we are giving away two books from Nicole Smith: Fashion DIY: 30 Ways to Craft Your Own Style and DORM DÉCOR: Remake Your Space with More than 35 Projects

Holiday Giveaway: Win the Antoinette Necklace!

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/6 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s Giveaway is the Antoinette Necklace from New York-based design company Chauncey P. Graham. The Antoinette Necklace is a beautiful mixture of crochet and macrame work, handmade with %100 organic cotton yarn. Its muted color yet bold design pattern gives it versatility for both day and evening.

Holiday Giveaway: Win a "Ich Liebe BurdaStyle" Tee Shirt!

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/5 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Vintage Sewing: Top Five Retro Items for Your Wardrobe

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Want to incorporate some retro or vintage items into your wardrobe, but aren’t sure where to start? As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m in the midst of a blog project in which I’m sewing every fashion from a 1952 book called Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing. The book is comprised of 14 essential items for a well-rounded wardrobe. So far, I’ve made 7 or the 14 projects, and having these basics has transformed the way I dress.

Here are five great fundamental pieces that you can make too. These are all easy to sew, and they can be effortlessly integrated into a contemporary wardrobe. For instance, I’ll pair a pencil skirt with a modern knit top, or my bow-tied blouse with jeans and heels. Just because you like vintage doesn’t mean you have to dress like you’re going to a sock-hop!

BurdaStyle's Last-Minute Gift Series: The Leather Brooch!

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For all your multi-tasking crafters out there, here is another great Last-Minute gift that you can make in an hour or less!

This adorable leather brooch idea is brought to you by Living Creatively, an online community dedicated to creativity.

Holiday Giveaway: Win a 500 Colored Pencil subscription by Felissimo

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/4 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today we are giving away a 500 Colored Pencils subscription by Felissimo

Spark your imagination 500 times over…

The only set in the world that matches the span and wonder of human creativity. Each pencil is its own story. A unique hue with an inventive name to inspire the far corners of your creativity. Like a time-release of inspiration and color, each month, over 20 months, a set of 25 colored pencils is delivered to the collector.

In Or Out: Ruching, Lace & Gathers

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Ruching, lace & gathers bring to mind, for me at least, dated period costumes. But quite recently many designer’s have brought these old & loved techniques back to life with a new and increased vigor! Do you use lace in your designs? Do you make pieces with excessive gathers or pleats? Do you know how to incorporate ruching into your work?

Well, whether you love to utilize these techniques in your designs, or if you need some tips, this week’s posting should send you in the right direction.

Kasia Skirt
A ruched waist with an adorable buttoned-up placket is a great skirt for the Holidays.

Nadine and Nadine Plus
A sophisticated & sassy gathered coat which looks great in velvet or crepe wool.

Tikva Trench Coat
Recently featured but too good to not talk about again, this trench coat offers full swing & gathers.

Amanda and the Amanda Plus
A cute and flowing blouse for any time of the year, make it in a chiffon & wear a camisole underneath.

Featured Member: Leeshv

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I live near Simcoe which is a small town in Southern Ontario, Canada. I currently own and operate a agricultural consulting business. I was raised on a farm, so sewing and crafting has always been a big part of my life

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My Mother taught me to sew at a very young age. The first thing I can remember sewing was doll clothing but the most memorable project was my elementary school

Holiday Giveaway: Win a SINGER® CONFIDENCE™ 7467 Sewing Machine

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/3 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today we are giving away an amazing SINGER® CONFIDENCE™ Sewing Machine

SINGER® CONFIDENCE™ computerized sewing machines makes sewing simple and easy. New and skilled sewers alike can appreciate one-step functions, push button controls and automatic capabilities that enable endless creativity. Watch for the SINGER CONFIDENCE 7467 on the season premier of “Launch My Line” tonight only on BRAVO. Visit BravoTV.com for local times and listings.

To learn more, watch this video

To enter just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/3:
How long have you had your sewing machine? Are you the first owner?

Holiday Giveaway: Win a Wonder Wonder Gift Set

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by midnight EST and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today we are giving away an amazing gift set by our very own Wonder Wonder.

Wonder Wonder is a NYC based multi-disciplinary creative studio founded by Hikaru Furuhashi. The studio practices and exhibits works with the focus of graphic aesthetics, conceptual playfulness and the idea of designing by hand.

Sock, ornament, winter migration bird and knitting are lovely winter icons. What if they all form LOVE? This makes a fun and great gift for friends, family and kids to GIVE YOUR LOVE to. Tote Bag and Gift cards, silk screen printed in Brooklyn. Tote Size: 12.5″ × 13.5″
Check out her Etsy Store

To enter just leave your comment answering this questions by midnight EST:
What’s your favorite Wonder Wonder item?

Dahl T-Shirt Giveaway Winner Announced

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The winner of the EcoSalon and Dahl t-shirt giveaway has been announced and the lucky lady is Jennifer Miller. Does this happen to be a BurdaStyle member? Thanks to everyone who commented on the EcoSalon website, the traffic gave my friend, the EcoSalon fashion columnist Amy DuFault, many props from her editor!

My older sister Megan is working on my Christmas present: she’s making me business cards, stickers & mailing labels for my company Dahl. She’s an amazing graphic designer. I am to chose from the template above which color ways and pattern I like best and we’ll then go back to the drawing board until we’re both very excited. At first I thought it would be quirky & fun to use a fiore motif I fell in love with when I lived in Florence, Italy, but have since changed my mind once I saw her hand-drawn shapes (lower right). Which colors do you like best? Last year everything was strictly black & white and this year I want to add some pizazz. Importantly we are keeping the logo & font the same, but we had to change my address and showroom information. And soon- my sister is about to have a baby any minute!! Yay!!

On another note, GenArt has extended the deadline for the Plastics Makes It Possible design competition. Here’s your chance to win $10,000!

BurdaStyle's Last-Minute Gift Series: The Mini-Owl Ornament!

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With the flurry activities that inevitably occur during the Holidays (tree-hauling, Menorah-lighting, dinner-planning, sleigh-riding), we at BurdaStyle understand how overwhelming it may be for the crafter or DIY-er to create great gifts for their family and friends. While purchasing a sock set or gift card is always an easy way out, we all know that the best gifts are still those that are hand-crafted.

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