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Q&A With Tina Sparkles: Author of Little Green Dresses

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Tina Sparkles, author an exciting, project-filled new book (which features 50 pattern-making projects), Little Green Dresses, was kind enough to not only share her Ultra-Miniskirt pattern tutorial with BurdaStyle, but to also answered a couple of questions about her design sense.

New York Maker Faire: We Were There!

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This weekend we packed up our Singer Confidence sewing machines and headed out to Queens for the very first Maker Faire in New York! What an amazing event: fire-breathing whirly rides, fish bicycles, soldering workshops, crocheting classes and too much more to remember!

Swap-O-Rama-Rama This Weekend in Philly

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It’s a new season, which means it’s time to clean out those closets and the fine folks at Swap-O-Rama-Rama are here to help with their 3rd annual Philly Swap! Taking place on October 3rd at the Urban Outfitters headquarters located at the Philly Naval Yard in Philadelphia PA, this community-wide event invites you to bring in clothing items you no long wear and swap them out for gently used garments from other SORR attendees.

Got a Question? Check out our Brand New FAQ Page!

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Need to know how to upload a technique or how to print a pattern through a Copy Shop? Visit our brand-new FAQ and Support pages for the answers!

DIY Fall Accessories

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It’s finally felt like fall here which means that I can stop thinking about ‘hot weather clothing’ and start shifting my focus onto sewing up cozy jackets, long-sleeved shirts, and fabulous accessories. Oddly enough while surfing blogs over the weekend, I stumbled across this entry on “How to Make Fall Accessories” – not only were there some good tips on making your finished designs look professional, but there were fantastic (and new-to-me) resources as well. So, my question now is – what’s your first fall weather sewing project going to be?

The Day Before: Nina Ricci


Have you visited the website Full Frontal Fashion? Here you can find behind-the-scenes videos of designers, models and stylists days before their collections hit the runways. Have fun browsing through the different categories and get an inside look at the makings of a wholesale collection.

Fashion's Funny Bone

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Ever wonder how fashion designers find inspiration? Over at Fashematics, see the break down of extravagant runway looks in hilarious visual equations.

At The Office: 4 New Looks

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Do you ever have bittersweet “back to school” feelings when September comes? My mother used to take me and my sister school shopping, and while my sister would strike gold, I’d never be happy with what was there. So my mother and I would sew my clothes. Going to the fabric store was pure inspiration for me. Now that some of us aren’t dressing for school days anymore— we can still dress for the office right? Here are 4 office friendly patterns to play with.

BurdaStyle Classes Announced at Textile Arts Center

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Starting November 2nd, the Textile Arts Center will be offering sewing classes featuring BurdaStyle! The first class of the BurdaStyle Series will be: Intermediate Sewing — Jakob Buttondown Shirt – a perfect intermediate, unisex project.

Autumn Coats: What are you wearing?

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The last days of summer are among us in New York city. Fashion week has come to the big apple and has migrated to other parts of the world. Now it’s time to make a list of what you’re going to sew for yourself this Autumn. Most particularly, a coat! Have you decided on a Autumn/Winter coat yet?

Featured Member: kaiju

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

I’m originally from Japan, and I currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I am going to school, majoring in graphic design.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

The first thing I made was an animal-shaped felt pochette for a community fair when I was like 8 years old. I made a few of them, and they were all hand-sewn. And the first thing I made with my mom’s sewing machine was a little dress for a door ornament. Then I was hooked into making my own clothes about 10 years ago, from skirts, at first. I measured myself and came up with a simple A-line skirt, which I still wear at home. Nobody around me sewed anything (not even my mom), so I have taught myself pretty much everything I know about sewing so far.

A New Look for Your News!

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As the BurdaStyle community grows and changes, so do the awesome ad-ons that come with being a BurdaStyle member! We have just redesigned our weekly newsletter and are very happy with the new look! Check your inboxes later today to see the new design and fresh look! And if you aren’t already signed up, join our newsletter today by going to our homepage and signing up!

Backstage with G-Star Raw and Comment to Win!

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Last week Nora and I headed over to Pier 94 to attend the Spring 2011 G-Star presentation. Check out our backstage interview with women’s designer Rebecca Bach and get a first hand look at what goes down before the models hit the runway!

World Maker Faire Comes to New York

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September 25th and 26th join us at the New York Hall of Science on the World’s Fair Grounds in Queens for the very first World Maker Faire in New York! An amalgamation of creativity from all sectors, Maker Faire is a truly unique festival celebrating all that is DIY. We are excited to be part of this amazing event and hope to see lots of you stitching your own drawstring bag at our free Make and Take booth!

From Fashion Week: Cynthia Rowley's Punch Bowl

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During New York Fashion Week I had the pleasure of attending the Cynthia Rowley show in the main tent at Lincoln Center. Flirty with some hints of retro in the shape of mod-ish shift dresses and easy trouser-leg pants, Rowley kept it interesting with a recurring theme in the form of punched out circles and colorful circular cabochons, which adorned some of the more simple silhouettes. You can get a jump on the Spring trend and try the look for yourself on some of our classic patterns.

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