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All pattern purchases are working successfully.

Not all members experienced issues with pattern purchasing, but if you have attempted to purchase a pattern in the last few days and were unable to retrieve it due to a site issue, please e-mail Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com. We are currently refunding all members who have already contacted us requesting a refund.

We appreciate your patience as our team works to provide refunds to those affected.

The Official Preppy Fashion Handbook + 10 Preppy Sewing Patterns

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I grew up on Cape Cod, an island of Massachusetts, deep in the throes of an extremely prevalent preppy subculture. Derived from the word preparatory, prep or preppy describes the mannerisms, etiquette, education, speech patterns, and most importantly, the dress of certain North Eastern teenagers. The preppy style originated in the 1950s and still holds strong today. This post features 10 new patterns showcasing preppy designs from the earlier years of the prep (the 60s!). Read on and check out these versatile sewing patterns!

Site Issue: Unable to Retrieve Purchased Patterns?

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Beginning on Friday, February 25th, some of you have reported that when attempting to purchase patterns, you are led to a 500 Server Error or are otherwise unable to retrieve your pattern. Please note that we are currently working with our Technical Support team to resolve this issue, and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have attempted to purchase a pattern and are unable to retrieve it due to this issue, please e-mail Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com. We are currently refunding all members who have already contacted us requesting a refund.

We appreciate your patience as our team works diligently to solve this issue and provide refunds.

Last Week to Submit: Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest!

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Sewing School is in session and we are learning a lot! Thanks to you guys and your amazing submissions to our Fiskars Unzipped: The Technique Contest, we’re adding all kinds of tricks to our sewing encyclopedia. Haven’t had the time to upload your technique yet? You still have a few more days left to submit your step-by-step photos or short video complete with detailed instructions to our Learning section with the words “Fiskars Unzipped” in the title before Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 11:59PM EST for your chance to win great prizes from Fiskars! There’s no limit to the number of tutorials you can post for the competition!

Which Fashion Era Are You?

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Today we’re exploring four exciting eras in fashion: the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Which one are you? Read on and see more images and get the patterns to create these looks yourself!

Upcycle Like a Princess

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For most of us, upcycling, transforming a old, outdated, or unflattering garment and turning it into something updated and modern, is not a new technique. However, new eyes are turning to this trend as even (future) royalty are embracing it. Recently, Kate Middleton stepped out in an altered herringbone coat which not only has people talking, but is sparking a new interest in refashioning an existing wardrobe. Don’t quite know where to start? Check out Little Green Dresses: 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials, and ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs for great tips and the inspiration to get you started!

Link Love: "Interview" with Proenza Schouler, Make a Dress for $6, McQueen's Savage Beauty

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Chloe Sevigny interviews Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, The Met readies for McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit and Abi from Vanilla & Lace makes the most adorable pair of bloomers – all in this week’s roundup of great links from around the web.

See more after the jump!

Embellish It!

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Whether done with thread, beads, lace or sequins, embellishment adds a luxe texture and dimension to garments or accessories. Are you an embroidery maven or just an admirer? Check out some gorgeous examples including garments by Mary Katrantzou and Oscar de la Renta, as well as loads of tips and how-tos so you can get started.

Bridging Design and Social Consciousness with Awamaki Lab

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In an age where we’re more conscious than ever about where and how we are spending our money, the spotlight on fair trade and consumer consciousness is brighter than ever. To meet this new demand, a number of small non-profit companies are working to spearhead the movement of the sort of “farm-to-closet” fashion as I like to call it, where consumers know not only exactly where their clothing is coming from, but can tie a direct line back to the people manufacturing it and their communities.

Sewing for Profit - A Time Honored Tradition

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As many of you know by now, my latest book, Vintage Notions, was inspired by Mary Brooks Picken and the organization she founded and ran, The Women’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences in Scranton, PA. Founded in 1916, The Institute’s mail order curriculum and classroom instruction attracted students from all over the world, eventually counting over 300,000 women in their ranks.

Featured Member: ladyshape

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I grew up in a village in the North East of Scotland called Newburgh, but have called Edinburgh my home for 11 years now. It is a beautiful historic city – small enough to cycle around, lots of green space and an extinct volcano right in the middle of the city. I work in a little art house cinema called the Cameo to pay my rent and am currently setting up a studio. I plan to start a business this year selling vintage inspired and reproduction clothing.

From The Runway To Your Wardrobe

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London fashion week has officially kicked off and it’s about time! I excitedly await the European collections every season, as many of my favorite design houses are across the Atlantic. See some of my favorite looks and get some new pattern downloads to match! Pictured above is a fun new collection by Holly Fulton.

Throw a House Party with SINGER®!

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When do you get the chance to host one of 800 sewing parties happening in three days across the United States? May 6th-8th, that’s when! If you’ve ever wanted to share your passion for sewing with your friends and neighbors here’s your chance because Singer has partnered up with the party-planning experts at House Party to give you the opportunity to host your own SINGER Sew Very Easy House Party. You and 15 of your closest friends will be able to try out a brand new SINGER® Confidence Stylist™ machine and score a party pack full of goodies from Singer, Martha Stewart and BurdaStyle!

Comment to Win a Copy of Wendy Mullin's New Book, "Built by Wendy Coats and Jackets"!

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Wendy Mullin is an established designer, author, and all around indie creative force. Her line, Built by Wendy, is continually considered one of the gems of independent fashion and her series of books and patterns have established her as a DIY design icon for a new generation of sewing enthusiasts.

BurdaStyle's Trip to CHA 2011

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BurdaStyle flew across the country to the Craft & Hoby Association‘s Winter Conference and Trade Show, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from January 28th to February 1st. It was a jammed packed weekend full of CRAFTS galore! This recap is a long time coming, we had a gazillion (yes, that’s a number) photos to sort through.

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