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Zipper Accessories

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I’m not the first to say this, nor will I be the last…but zippers are here to stay (and I don’t mean to simply close pieces of fabric together). From the design studios of Philip Lim, Versace and Balmain to jewelry designers and hobbyists throughout the world, zippers are leaving the seams and taking a prominent place as decorative elements and fashion accessories in their own right.

Featured Member: mcphoon

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

I’m from Subang Jaya, Malaysia. I have just graduated with a degree in Food Technology.

How did you start sewing?

I started sewing when I was rather young. I guess watching my mom working wonders with the machine got me to try it out too. I remember that I was always into making my own little projects. I think it started off with making pretty dresses for my Barbie with my mom. Then I moved on to my little pouches, pencil cases and little bags.

I only started sewing clothing for myself a few years back and I have been actively sewing ever since. I always had problems finding clothes that fit well as I’m really petite. And the imported commercial brands that carry petite lines are too expensive for me to splurge on! One day I thought “ I could totally make that!”, it was a simple smocked top and there I moved on to many weekly projects to fill my wardrobe!

Our Facebook Page is 10,000+ Strong!

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This past weekend, we reached the 10,000 ‘Like’ mark on our Facebook page!

Retro Inspiration

I was scrolling through Trendland today and found something our community may love: Collages and videos made up of images from vintage 1966 Burda magazines by artist Raul Ronald Moreno Cardenas— check them out!

Collage burda _retrospective from radial movenet on Vimeo.

Own It: 5 Fun Sewing Projects for Different Fashion Personalities

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The Artist: When I lived in Mexico, I fell in love with the indigenous Huichol people and their artwork. They would press tiny, colorful plastic beads into wax, completely covering the shape of a jaguar head or skull shape. They would dress in vibrant colors too. I’ve longed to incorporate their work into fashion…

BurdaStyle in Austin: DIY Fashion Show Roundup!

BurdaStyle and Etsy present D.I.Y. Fashion Show @ Venue 222 South by Southwest 2011 from Magic Spoon Productions on Vimeo.

Last week we packed our bags and headed to Austin, Texas! While taking in our fair share of technological innovations, new music and fantastic street vendor grub, we helped sponsor a DIY fashion show with some seriously talented designers from around the country. Held at Etsy’s Awesome in Austin space, the show highlighted 15 designers and their handmade creations in front of a huge audience of fashion fans, bloggers, BurdaStyle and Etsy members and tons of SXSW attendees. See photos from the show after the jump!

Video by Jose Lozano at Magic Spoon Productions

Comment to Win 'Pure Elements' Fabric from Art Gallery!

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Comment on this blog post or connect with us on Twitter to win fabric from the new Pure Elements collection by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Safari Look: In or Out?

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Today we released 12 brand new patterns that you may love or hate— Tell us what you think about Safari looks? Are they in or out?

The Maxi Skirt

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Being a short person, I jumped on the maxi dress trend a little late thinking it would look horrible on me. However, after finally giving in and sewing one, I have to admit, with the right design and fabrics, it looked fabulous on. This spring, maxi dresses are the ‘it’ look and I don’t plan on letting this trend go by. The problem? There’s hardly any patterns available, so what’s a girl to do?

His & Hers Exhibition at The Museum at FIT: 250 Years of Men's and Women's Clothing

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I recently attended the His & Hers exhibition talk and tour, one of the many free fashion culture programs organized by The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. His & Hers examines the relationship between gender and fashion, addressing notions of masculine and feminine dress over the past 250 years. Exhibition co-curator Jennifer Farley led us through the Fashion and Textile History Gallery, starting with complimentary “his and hers” pairings from Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Versace, and Jean Paul Gaultier (pictured above). Saint Laurent, whose work is featured prominently throughout the exhibition, believed that men and women could dress similarly without dressing the same – a theme explored in His & Hers.

The Muse Files: Margot Tenenbaum

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When you start to get dressed in the morning do you ever have a specific person in mind? Not necessarily someone you want to impress, but someone you want to emulate? I think the same goes for sewing projects too. Whether or not it’s conscious, sometimes when we start making or altering garments we often have an end look in mind and usually that look is attributed to another person – our “muse” if you will.

Everyone has different fashion icons. Whether you’re attracted to the prim and proper looks of Jackie Kennedy or the rock ‘n’ roll rebelliousness of Kate Moss, I guarantee that there is at least one person out there (or in my case 3 or 4) whose style you covet. I thought it would be fun to explore some of the well known style influencers (as well as a few perhaps more obscure names and faces) who have helped define certain aesthetics and created new categories all their own. First up: miss apathy herself, Margot Tenenbaum.

Margot Tenenbaum paper dolls via claudiavarosio on Etsy, film stills via IMDB

The Joys of Vintage Sewing Machines

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A few months ago, I received an email from an enthusiastic Male Pattern Boldness reader, telling me I had helped convince her to buy a vintage Singer straight-stitch sewing machine. I’d been spreading the word about vintage sewing machines on my blog since the beginning, but I never thought anybody was actually paying attention!

I’d like to share some of my enthusiasm for these machines with all of you here at BurdaStyle today. Here are my TOP TEN REASONS TO GIVE A VINTAGE MACHINE A TRY.

Sew Vintage: Feedsack

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I thoroughly enjoyed writing last week’s history piece on mother-of-pearl buttons. So much so that I thought I would write another vintage/history post this week on the always glamorous topic of …wait for it…feedsacks.

Featured Member: dixiediy

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In celebration of this week’s SXSW events in Austin, Texas – we are excited to profile a BurdaStyler and an Austin native!

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

I’m from Austin, TX and right now I’m a video editor for a website but I like to make sewing and designing more of a full time gig.

Hello Fashion! Enter the EVOQUE Fashion Awards for the Chance to Have Your Designs Produced and Sold Worldwide!

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Garmz is a fantastic crowdsourcing site that gives burgeoning designers and fashion fans the potential to have their sketches brought to life and sold at no cost to the designer (how amazing is that!?). Submitted sketches are voted on by the Garmz community with the winning designs put into production and sold through the Garmz webshop. As if that opportunity alone wasn’t cool enough, Garmz has now partnered with Land Rover to offer aspiring designers the chance to have their sketches or full collections produced and sold, plus showcased in a runway presentation at the EVOQUE Launch Party in Berlin with the EVOQUE Fashion Awards!

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