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Around the World: Highlights from Tokyo Fashion Week

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With all of the hustle and bustle surrounding New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks – we can often forget that there are loads of other fantastic fashion week showcases all over the world. From Nashville to LA, Berlin to Moscow – fashion is an international language with each city putting it’s own unique spin on clothing and style. One of my favorite places to watch fashion unfold is Tokyo. Japanese designers and fashionistas are known the world over for their trendsetting (or trend bucking) creations – from the high-fashion, avant garde designs of Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo to street style trends like Lolita and Agejo, Japan is an amazingly artistic and unique environment that provides loads of inspiration for almost any sewing or DIY endeavor.

The BurdaStyle Designer's Guide: An Entrepreneurial Path

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I was so excited to see the positive response and the number of BurdaStyle members eager to take the next step and get their business ideas off the ground. Over the next few articles I’ll be delving more into the process of making that dream a reality, but first I wanted to review the life of an entrepreneur and the reality of starting your own business. Some of you may be thinking – “But I’m a designer and I’m doing this to focus on design!” I hate to burst anyone’s bubble or dream, but the truth of the matter is that you’ll most likely only be spending a small part of your time on design and the rest on running your business. Which is why it’s so important to have a great business foundation for yourself and be mentally and financially prepared.

Style Sheets: Scare Wear From Halloweens Past

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As much as I love Halloween, the week before never fails to find me sans costume. Generally, my best Halloween ideas come to me shortly after the holiday has passed and then disappear long before the day has rolled around again. Alas, this year is no different. As the creepy decorations go up and jack-o-lanterns are alighted, this month’s Style Sheets is dedicated to filling the trick-or-treat bags of us procrastinators with a little inspirational eye candy.

Comment to Win a Gift Certificate from Britex Fabrics

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[Update 11/1/2011] – Congratulations to the winners of this contest, Tallaslint and rdejam!

5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Social Selling with TabJuice!

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If you’re not already familiar with TabJuice, you should be. It’s a great way for you to create your own online store using only the (free!) TabJuice app and your Facebook page. They call it social commerce, we call it genius!

Added benefits to setting up your store through the TabJuice platform are that you have access to your friends, fans and potential customers through the power of Facebook’s nearly 800 million strong user base, and TabJuice doesn’t charge you for a thing – no fees for using the app, no fees for posting your products and no fees when you sell. You really can’t argue with free…

BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition: Time to Vote!

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[Update 10/26/2011] – Thank you all for your feedback regarding this contest. To assist in viewing all of the amazing submissions, we have created a Flickr set , which allows you to view them in bulk, as thumbnails.

Circus Costumes from the 50s

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When David shared these photos with me last week I was absolutely in awe. I adore 40s + 50s fashion as many folks do— but I had no idea the spunk and creativity that went into vintage circus costumes, and they are indeed amazing, as are the photos, discovered on howtobearetronaut. Read on to see them all!

Featured Member: mollykatherine

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Where are you from and/or where do you live now? What do you do other than sewing?
I was born in Long Beach, California, but grew up on Sydney’s Northern beaches. I am the younger of only two siblings and grew up a part of a close, creative and colourful family in an old return serviceman’s house that was built in the late 1940’s. My childhood was always spent following one creative pursuit or another, be it sewing little clothes and beds for “the garden fairies” or writing quirky, albeit somewhat morbid tales. I now live in Sydney’s inner west in an old Victorian Terrace called “Horaceville” and work full time as a receptionist for a fashion house.

Under the Influence: Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Fashion

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Last week we were given the opportunity to share the results of a fantastic collaboration between Urban Threads and KMKostumes. The product was an amazing Steampunk-inspired dress that got me thinking about how much Steampunk and Victorian-era style has influenced fashion over the last few years, and vice-versa. Not only that, but tons of our talented BurdaStyle members have uploaded amazing creations inspired by both romantic Victorian style and the Steampunk aesthetic (which draws a good amount of it’s influence from the former).

DIY To Try: Glitter Shoes

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One thing I couldn’t help but notice during the month long fashion week marathon was that the undisputed shoe choice of the season was Miu Miu’s glitter booties. Editors, stylists, show attendees – no one seemed to be able to escape the allure of the sparkly shoe. Ask most girls and we will tell you that we never really outgrow our childhood love of all things sparkled, spangled and glittered, so it makes sense that this girlish fantasy manifested into shoe form would make even the most matured of fashion hearts swoon. After seeing these and other glittery versions by Louboutin, Marc Jacobs, and Versus, I thought to myself (as most of you probably have at one time or another) hey I could do that – or at least I could try!

What's In the Grain?

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We all know how important it is to cut fabric on grain, right? Yet, how many of you use grain lines as a guide for fitting? I must confess that I have been ignorant of grain lines for quite some time.

Before, I was fitting garments using a trial-and-error approach: pulling fabric on one side, letting out on the other… The result? DISTORTED BALANCE!! The garment pulled and twisted, especially after washing. Wasted time, and a growing stash of UFOs because of poor fit. Are you familiar with this scenario, dear readers? I am, unfortunately!

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: Get the Scoop From the New Dedicated Page!

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The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook has been an amazing labor of love for everyone involved and we are so excited to share the finished product with you all in the next few months! But, if you’re like us and you just can’t handle the suspense, we’ve created a new dedicated page on BurdaStyle.com where you can score exclusive previews including sneak peeks at book pages, technical illustrations of our patterns, as well as the full list of our fantastic member contributors!

Site Update: Pattern Purchases

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[Updated – 12/14/2011] – Our technical team is currently investigating a site issue that may be related to our payment system. As a result, they have very temporarily restricted access to this portion of the site. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, and hope to have everything up and running again soon.

2011 BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition: Last Week to Submit!

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We’re down to the wire in our 2011 BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition, but don’t worry you still have time to upload your project for the chance to win awesome cash prizes or a brand new 3 Series machine from our friends at BERNINA! Remember that your project must have the phrase “BERNINA Halloween 2011” in the title and all entries are due by October 23rd to be eligible. Are you putting the final touches on your costume? If you need some last minute inspiration, check out our latest post full of great costume ideas to rock this Halloween!

Featured Member: sprucedoll

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Lincoln City, Oregon (the central coast), but now live in Brooklyn, New York. I’m a writer (a journalist and also a budding screenwriter).

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
I’d take you to the discount “jobbers” on 39th street between 7th and 8th for great deals on cottons and silk, then to B&J on 7th Avenue to drool at the amazing selection of dream fabrics. We’d go to Purl Soho for awesome quilting fabrics. In Brooklyn, we’d go down to Red Hook to Brooklyn General Store, a sweet little knitting and fabric shop that carries all natural fiber textiles.

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