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.

What Is Your Fashion Personality?

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Do you think you could sum up your fashion personality in 1 word? I see fashion magazines do it all the time, and then offer outfits to suit your look. But being the talented designers & sewers we are, doesn’t our fashion personality vary from day-to-day or project-to-project? I know that I have a very specific silhouette I stick to at least 5 days out of the week: one of my Dahl dresses or high-waisted skirts, some sort of cool stockings or black opaques, a vintage or worn-in cropped cardigan and long, unkempt hair. I feel most comfortable in Dahl & vintage. All I can think of is Penelope Cruz in Volver, she wears outfits like that everyday, but what amuses me is that she is supposedly dressing like a middle aged, not dressing to impress, not-very-well-to-do housewife, but I think she looks stunning (yes, I know she’s insanely sexy- but these outfits make her even more so)! The prints & textures of her attire is what really kills me. So would my label be “Spanish Housewife”? Or perhaps more appropriately suited would be “Woman in an Almodovar Film”.

See my Almodovar Heroines Slideshow here!

Regardless, I would like to know if you label your style. Do you have a strong fashion personality? If you would sum it up in 1 word or phrase, what would it be?

BurdaStyle Post on LifeScoop

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Hey Everyone!
BurdaStyle has done a post on LifeScoop. Take a moment and check out the top 8 online sewing resources!

Featured Member: Desira_pesta

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from Scranton, Pennsylvania, but I have been living in New York State for eight years and NYC for almost four years. Brooklyn to be exact.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gee, I have no idea. I was (and am) really into drawing and architecture as a child, as well as furniture, so I think one of my first projects was reupholstering a vintage armchair with denim. This combined a little bit of architecture with sewing and served as a catalyst for other sewing endeavors including a purple halter top which I somehow got to fit me perfectly without using a pattern.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing has taken over my life! I really really enjoy transferring ideas or two-dimensional drawings into something wearable. I love that with practice and education anything is possible. Understanding how pieces fit together and how seams create a look have also affected other areas of my design and art. I sew 4-10 hours a day and I am fine with that, although an intern or two would be swell.

BurdaStyle Section Sponsorship

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BurdaStyle is now offering the sponsorship of our website sections: Projects, Patterns, Learning, Discussions and our Blog. You can advertise your business, product or Etsy store in the top left corner of each of our most popular website areas. These ads help drive traffic to your website or Etsy store.

Members, check out our section sponsors as we only pick products and services that are of interest to you, the community.

This is great for Etsy sellers and independent businesses with limited budgets. Discounted advertisement packages are available by contacting carol (at) burdastyle (dot) com

Dahl T-Shirt Giveaway!

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This week I am participating in a giveaway for EcoSalon, a fashion savvy, environmentally conscious blog which covers interesting tips & hints for those trying to make their lives a bit more green. Anyone can enter this contest by simply leaving a comment here, it couldn’t be more simple.

I am giving away one of my 3-tiered Tencel tops which is made from 100% Tencel, an environmentally friendly textile made from wood pulp cellulose, it’s the softest stuff I have ever worn. Why do a giveaway? Well, sometimes participation in a giveaway can provide traffic to your website or online store, get your line press which may lead to more sales or write-ups, and keeps the buzz alive. The last giveaway I did was for Cosmopolitain magazine and Caress soap, where I designed 3 looks based off of Caress’ new skin care line. For this project I was given a budget & a stipend, so I took the opportunity to design some more high-fashion looks and had so much fun with the entire project. Giveaways are a great way to get free advertising in exchange for one of your designs.

Thanksgiving Sewing

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For those who live in the United States, Thanksgiving will be celebrated this Thursday. Not only is it a time for a wonderful array of food and friends and family to gather together, but it’s also a perfect time for last minute sewing! Needing a few ideas on how you can put your sewing skills to work and dress up your table this year (or just bring a killer gift to your hostess)? Here’s a few to get you started:

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