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Featured Member: suzeb

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in New York City now, but I am from Vancouver Island, British Columbia — a world away from New York and about as different as two places can be. When I’m not sewing (or drafting patterns) I can usually be found playing with my daughter, who is almost three.

How did you start sewing?
My mom taught me how to machine sew when I was about 10, I think. My first project was a Hawaiian-print cotton skirt with an elastic waistband. Following that, I sewed off and on through my teens and early 20s (mostly adapting items of clothing I bought at second-hand stores), but it wasn’t until I was about 25 that I got seriously into making clothes.

Men's Fashion: The Most Endangered List

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Readers, nothing lasts forever, even in the relatively stable world of men’s fashion. I categorize most of the garments below under “Going, Going, Gone,” and store a few in my top-secret “Good-bye and Good Riddance” folder.

BurdaStyle is Hiring: Graphic Designer based in NYC

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BurdaStyle.com is seeking a creative, smart freelance graphic designer in the New York City area to help generate/execute/produce great designs for our online editorial, marketing and sales materials, ads, newsletters, contests, sponsored editorials, banners and creative for offline events like fairs and shows. The designer must understand the BurdaStyle brand and ensure brand consistency. The designer must be capable of working independently and within a small team environment.

Couture Classes

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You may prefer quick sewing to lengthy couture hand sewing, but one thing is sure – couture sewing classes are in demand.

Earlier this April I contacted Claire Shaeffer, author of Couture Sewing Techniques and instructor, asking for information on her Chanel suit class. Imagine my surprise when I learned that all classes for 2011 were full and the first available class was in January 2012!

Hat Lovin'

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In a desperate attempt to give my way-too-quick-to-burn skin a break from the sun, I seem to impulsively buy some random hat off of the street every summer. Maybe it’s overheated delirium, maybe it’s my sole desire in these moments to hide my reddening skin under the biggest brim I can find, but I’m usually unhappy with what I’ve picked by the time I get home.

This year I’m breaking this ugly cycle and taking on the fun new endeavor of creating my own summer hat.

BurdaStyle Brides | DIY Wedding Gowns + Patterns

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It’s a moment many girls have dreamed of their entire lives; or it happens by chance; or love just simply inspired you to have one: a wedding. A public display of promising love. It can get pretty sappy, but there’s one aspect of weddings I adore: the gowns. Check out these stunning, inspiring + exciting ideas…

The Devil Wears Burda: 9 Runway-Worthy Women's Sewing Patterns

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How many of you have read the book (or seen the film) The Devil Wears Prada? Meryl Streep makes quite a fascinating Anna Wintour, though I’d have to say The Hours is one of my favorite Meryl roles, as Clarissa Vaughan, but I’m rambling. Are you ready for your next LBD or the perfect 40s-cut skirt? Read on…

Featured Member: molly-sews

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am from Oregon, but have lived in New Orleans for the last 9 years. I teach middle school social studies/history. I am moving to Chicago this summer!

How did you start sewing?
My mom always sewed for us, so she taught me as a child. I starting sewing more after college, around 2007. My favorite project is my Cape of Awesomeness. It was made from a 1940s pattern. It took me a long time to make it and it forced me to learn new techniques and improve my skills.

Take On the "Show Your Support" Bra Challenge!

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Yep, it’s a bra challenge, and it’s for an amazing cause.

Fashion That Rocks: 4 Musicians with Serious Style

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When I was younger I dreamed about being a rock star. To me it seemed as if they lived entirely by their own set of rules; they could get away with anything – fashionably speaking and otherwise. I loved and was inspired by women like Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Shirley Manson and Kim Gordon, who were each beautiful in their own way – they didn’t need to rely on the stereotypes of over-sexed, under-dressed airheads in order to be considered attractive or desirable. I also loved how each of these women cultivated their own personal style.

Pre-Shrinking Interfacing -- Do You or Don't You?

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Readers, you know that saying that goes “the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know”?

A while back, I was interfacing the collar and cuffs of a cotton shirt I was making, using a hot iron at a medium-low setting, no steam, and pressing for 10 seconds. (The way I’d always done it, which I’d learned…I can’t remember where!) The results were not encouraging.

Meet the Designer: Reese Juel

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Reese is another talented designer we met during our fashion show adventures in Austin, TX during SxSW. She puts her spin on found objects – reconstructing clothing and creating mixed media projects, and spends her days immersed in fashion, music and art.

What is your name and where are you from?

Reese Juel, Philadelphia, PA – USA

What is your design medium of choice?

Accessories and reconstructed clothing, using found objects and mixed media.

Hunting for Vintage Fabrics with Sandy Stone

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Was I born too late? My love of all things vintage makes me wonder sometimes if I was really meant to live in a different time period….and I sew! Who does that anymore?

For many years I have been collecting and tinkering around with vintage fabrics and furnishings in a way that has recently been labeled “upcycling” and you can see many of my (mostly) home-dec creations in my first book, Fabric Remix.

Learn How to Sew Like a Pro With eSewingWorkshop.com

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve told yourself week after week, month after month, that you are finally going to get around to signing up for that sewing class. Whether you want to learn the basics, or (again, like me) you need to sharpen up your rusty machine skills but can’t seem to find the time, then eSewing Workshop is what you’ve been looking for.

Très Chic: 7 Glamorous New Dress Sewing Patterns

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Many of us who sew often look to the past for inspiration and love vintage— we muse over old Hollywood glamour and the uber-feminine silhouettes of the 40s and 50s. If you’ve got a bit of silver screen siren in you, be sure to check out these new patterns!

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