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Museum Hopping: Style in the Aisle at Seattle's Museum of Flight + Airline Looks Then & Now

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Was it really that long ago that people actually dressed to take a trip? I can hardly remember the time before (much to my visual dismay) sweatpants, backpacks and Ugg boots were considered suitable travel attire. Gone are the days when it was a luxury to fly the friendly skies, now we’re just happy to take off and land with all of our belongings and our sanity still intact. Also gone are the days of the uber-hip and glamourous airline stewardess in her micro mini and go-go boots – she has since been replaced by conservative men and women in dark and frumpy sack-like suits usually with little or no attention paid to style and tailoring.

Behind the Scenes at Nashville Fashion Week with Designer Melissa Tabor

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Editor’s Note: I met Melissa Tabor a few years ago while I was living in Atlanta, Georgia and was (and continue to be) so incredibly impressed with her talent as a designer. She has since moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she continues to build her label and after hearing that Melissa was showing her line at the very first Nashville Fashion Week, I wanted to give her the opportunity to share her experience with our community and show that designers don’t have to be in New York or Paris or Milan to be successful. I’ll let Melissa take it from here…

My name is Melissa Tabor and I am a Nashville based womenswear designer. I initially started my clothing when I was living in Atlanta in 2006—(that is where I met Lindsey Ibarra who asked me to share my experiences with the BurdaStyle community). Looking to relocate my line to a new city in 2009, I moved to Nashville and relaunched my line last Fall.

BurdaStyle Adventures at Maker Faire San Mateo!

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Another year, another successful trip to Maker Faire! We were so excited to once again be a part of this amazing festival of DIY and for the wonderful opportunity we have to teach people how to sew and expose them to what we do here at BurdaStyle. Click through to see pictures of our adventures on the West Coast and join us in September when we bring you another Make + Take right here in our own backyard with Maker Faire New York.

Why I Bother Sewing With a Treadle

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Readers, have you ever sewn with a vintage treadle sewing machine? Have you ever wanted to?

I bought a 1920’s-era Singer treadle a few months ago, and I use it all the time. It’s not the only sewing machine I sew with, but it is one of my favorites.

I was making men’s shirt on it recently, and I thought to myself: Why am I putting myself through the trials of treadling? I could certainly make an equally-good-if-not-better-looking shirt faster on one of my many mechanical machines, like my precise, fully-electrified Singer 15-91. It’s not as old as my 1920 Singer 66 treadle, but it’s still nearly 60. Isn’t that enough? The short answer is no!

Redesigning With Denim

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The current trend to recycle, upcycle and reuse is wonderful to see. However, as sewers this is nothing new to us. Sometimes it’s as simple as a button, other times we’ll tear down a vintage dress and remake it into something altogether different and altogether spectacular. Interestingly, over the years I’ve found that one material has consistently been repurposed more than any other: that material is denim.

Crafts Gone Courant

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Over the last couple of seasons I’ve noticed a lot of old-world crafts and handiwork incorporated into fashion. I appreciate that designers are leaning in the direction of clothing which appears to have been touched and delicately cared for by human hands. Do you incorporate any crafts into sewing? Like beading, crochet, or applique? Read on to see some beautiful examples of these techniques…

Featured Member: jorth

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up on a dairy farm in the state of Victoria, Australia. Fascinating as cows can be, I yearned for the bright lights of the big city, so sat down with my dad at the age of 18 and told him the sad news.

Me: “Dad, I’ve been accepted into a uni course in Melbourne, so I’ll be moving there at the end of summer.”

Dad: “What? The local community college doesn’t have a course for you here?”

Me: (Trying to stifle the screams of horror in my head at being stuck in a one-cow town) “Er, um, sadly no. So long!”

His + Hers: New Sewing Patterns for Ladies and Gents

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Do you female sewers ever sew clothing for men? Do the men? I find that most of the time, I am designing and sewing for myself (and other women) but occasionally my boyfriend has a special request for a specific garment. For today’s post I combined some great new women’s patterns with men’s patterns— pairing these looks could be so fun for summer parties or lazy Sundays. Read on + get the patterns…

Comment to Win a Lisette Sewing Pattern!

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter to win one of two Lisette sewing patterns by Liesl + Co.

Turn Your Sewing Notions Into Jewelry

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If you’re like me, your sewing room is overflowing with notions – pins, rulers, markers seem to dominate every corner of table. But now your notions don’t just have to be left in the sewing room…. transform them into jewelry and wear them everywhere!

BurdaStyle Day 2011

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BurdaStyle Day 2011 was a success!

On Thursday, May 12th the BurdaStyle team celebrated our official day at Purl Soho, eating pops and talking everything from sewing schedules and future projects to favorite materials, designers and more! Check out a few of the photos from the event and find out how you can get involved by starting your own Meetup event where you live!

Yohji Yamamoto: This is My Dream

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2011 has been a great year for fans of Yohji Yamamoto (me included). After the heartbreak of watching both his New York store and New York office close over the past couple of years, then bankruptcy threatening to shut down his operations entirely, it’s been a relief to see the spotlight return to his talents as a designer and his contribution to fashion over the span of his 30+ year career. Earlier this year, Yamamoto released his autobiography entitled My Dear Bomb and now comes another peek into the life of one of the most thoughtful and fascinating designers of the last few decades with the documentary This is My Dream.

Tassels, Tassels Everywhere

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One trend I haven’t been able to ignore this Spring is the use of tassels on everything from belts and bags to hemlines and necklines. Once known as a symbol of luxury, tassels were originally used to distinguish rank in both military and religious orders. During the 16th and 17th centuries, tassel making – or passementerie as it was known in France, was a booming business with people clamoring for the luxury accessory which represented both wealth and standing within Parisian society.

Although the process of making tassels in our modern age is decidedly less time consuming, the adornment still holds a certain air of opulence in both decor and fashion. Click through to see some of my favorite uses of tassels this Spring and even a few ways you can add this embellishment to your garment projects.

Why Do YOU Sew?

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Readers, sometimes I get so caught up in the drama of whatever sewing project I’m involved in that I forget why I’m sewing in the first place. Does this every happen to you?

BurdaStyle Book II: Take Our Survey

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BurdaStyle’s second book project is underway and we want your help! Take our quick, four minute survey to give your input on our next book endeavor and let your voice be heard! What decades of fashion are you inspired by? What patterns would you find most useful for your sewing projects? Click here to begin!

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