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Wardrobe Staples + 3 New Patterns

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When I lived in Florence my Italian friends taught me something very interesting about Italian women. No, not about “La Bella Figura”, that was in Fashion 101, but that most Italian women shop very little, and own just a few designer items that they wear them over and over again. Pictured above: W magazine fashion spread images; romantic fabric swatches.

Sewing with SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show: Meet the Winners!

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We were so excited to be able to share the SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show video series with our BurdaStyle members. Thanks to everyone who viewed and commented! Read on to see which lucky members picked up prizes from SINGER®, and stay tuned for our next great contest!

Fabric Indentity: Liberty of London

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A look inside the makeup of Liberty of London fabrics! Read on…

Submit Your Designs to the 2011 Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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When it comes to sewing contests and competitions sometimes it feels like garments get all the love. I know we have tons of talented handbag designers out there, so listen up because we have an amazing opportunity for you guys!

The Independent Handbag Designer Awards is now accepting entries for its 2011 contest and we want you to enter. Simply head over to their website for all the details, including how you can submit your one-of-a-kind handbags and designs to categories such as Best Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag and Best Handmade Handbag. We’re sponsoring the Best Handmade category along with our friends at SINGER®, but BurdaStyle members are free to submit to any category.

Making Projects with Tyvek

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For many crafters, recycling Tyvek into bags, wallets, and wearables isn’t new. This material commonly used in building materials, billboards, and mailing envelopes is beginning to become more “mainstream” as many projects have appeared in books such as Betz White’s Sewing Green and Simplicity’s Go Green patterns. Looking to try this product out for yourself? Be sure to check out the awesome projects here on BurdaStyle (like nycdesigner’s awesome jacket) or Material Concepts – a website devoted to innovative Tyvek uses. Be sure to read up on how to work with this material before you sew -great information from du Pont themselves!

Weekend Watching: Fashion Documentaries

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I love fashion, I love movies. Put the two together and there’s little you can do to pull me away. What I love more than seeing fabulous fashion in movies is watching movies about the making of fabulous fashion, and luckily for me there have been a handful of really great documentaries released in recent years which have provided unprecedented views into the often mysterious world of high fashion. I pulled together some of my favorites (and ones I’ve been meaning to see) for you to get sucked into this weekend.

Sewing with SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show: Reviving Vintage Garments with the Girls from Some Odd Rubies

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How many times have you stumbled on a gorgeous vintage print, only to find that the garment itself looks like your great grandmother’s muumuu? Summer Phoenix and Ruby Canner, the girls behind Some Odd Rubies vintage clothing store in NYC, have come to the rescue to show you how to revamp a frumpy second-hand find into a fabulous new piece on this segment of The Martha Stewart Show. For this project the girls show you step-by-step how to take a vintage skirt and rework that outdated shape into an adorable and modern silhouette using one of the new Heavy Duty sewing machines from SINGER®. With a few simple steps and quick stitches, you can have a whole new look!

BurdaStyle DIY Fashion Show!

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BurdaStyle loves connecting creative talent. Whether your looking to score a one of a kind find or you want the tools and inspiration to make it yourself, BurdaStyle is home to the most talented DIY’ers in the world.

Looking Forward: Menswear for Fall 2011

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I’ve been so busy the past few weeks that I’m just now getting around to poking through pictures of the recent menswear shows in Milan. I love, and I mean LOVE menswear. I take influence from it, I occasionally buy some of it and I definitely steal a lot of it out of my boyfriend’s closet. It’s a shame that more boys aren’t adventurous with their fashion choices, there are a lot of great designs and trends out there that can be easily pulled off with the right amount of attitude and sense of humor. Buck up boys, it’s time to stop being afraid.

Exploring Sustainable Manufacturing in China with Snoozer Loser and FINCH

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Shanghai… arguably the most dynamic city in the world’s fastest growing nation. In a place that seems like one giant monument to capitalism—with a constantly morphing skyline, residents working seven days a week, and multinationals flocking to set up offices—I wanted to investigate firsthand what options were available for independent designers like myself to sustainably manufacture and sell.

Photo: Busy Street Photo of Shanghai’s Yuyuan Gardens (home of many trim/fabric markets)

Featured Member: iroiro

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

I live in a tiny village in South Gloucestershire, UK. There is not much there in the way of shops…or anything really. I seem to spend most of my time on the bus at the moment, in search of civilisation. But that is fine; whilst you cannot sew in a moving vehicle, knitting is ideal, which is another of my hobbies. I’ve recently starting studying Fashion Design at college, which is great. Doing what I love everyday is like a dream.

What's Your Take On Plaid?

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What are your thoughts on plaid (or tartan)— one of the most popular and classic woven textiles in the world? (Pictured above: Missoni, Sonia Rykiel and Versus)

Behind the Scenes: Karl Lagerfeld Prepares for Chanel Couture Spring Show

Hilary Alexander from The Telegraph (side note: does her fur hat have a tail?!) interviews Karl Lagerfeld as he gets ready to debut his Spring 2011 couture collection for Chanel. Lagerfeld admits to Alexander that he still thinks of himself as lazy and that he is often running late, not because he is being rude but because he never remembers to look at his watch. It’s interesting to see someone like Lagerfeld who is so lauded by the fashion world be so self-critical. Especially amidst the astounding praise he receives as the Creative Director for Chanel and head designer for Fendi. And lazy? This man designs upwards of 6 collections (Spring and Fall Ready-to-Wear, Pre-Fall, Resort, Spring and Fall Couture) for Chanel a year, not to mention the regular season collections for Fendi. Lazy, Mr. Lagerfeld? I doubt so, very much.

Meet the Winners: Clean House with Krrb Corner Contest!

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We are so excited to announce the winners of the Clean House with Krrb Corner Contest! Congratulations to all who participated, you now have more room to sew!

Krrb is a fun, friendly and safe place to buy, sell, trade, borrow or give to your neighbors — locally and in-person. Each person on Krrb gets their own personal ‘corner’ shop—think of it as a virtual garage sale—where you can post your own classified listings and interact with other users.

Get to Know Nancy Zieman and Comment to Win Her New Book, Nancy's 101 Favorite Notions!

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Have you ever dreamed of hosting your own sewing program or growing your small Etsy shop to a multimillion dollar business? Well, to BurdaStyle members who may not know her, we are happy to introduce the inspirational story of Nancy Zieman. For many women around the world, Nancy is the woman who taught us how to sew just about anything! She is probably best known as the host of the longest-running sewing-oriented series on US Public Broadcast Television – ‘Sewing with Nancy’. From modest beginnings she has created a remarkable tapestry of internationally recognized sewing businesses.

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