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Perfect Gifts for the DIY'er in Your Life

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With less than a week of holiday shopping left it’s easy to panic finding gifts for the rest of the people left on your list. But if you have a sewer, this list (or this one, or even this one just for crafters) can help you find the perfect present for all the DIYer’s in your life.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 20 Win HUSQVARNA VIKING® Sewing Machine!

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Welcome to day 20 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win the HUSQVARNA VIKING® HICLASS™ E20 from HUSQVARNA VIKING®! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, December 27th (that’s a full week) to be entered to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 19 Win Fiskars Fabric Scissor Set!

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Welcome to day 19 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a fabric scissor set from Fiskars!
Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, December 20th to be entered to win!

Designers Sketch Dream Dresses for the Future Princess Kate

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Many a female heart was broken the day it was announced that Prince William had finally proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Now that the majority of us have come to terms with the fact that we are indeed not in the running to be British royalty, we can focus our attention on what Ms. Middleton will be wearing when she weds her Prince. WWD asked designers ranging from Vera Wang and Karl Lagerfeld to Jason Wu and Frida Gianinni to sketch their dream dresses for the new Princess. Who do you think should outfit Kate on her wedding day?

Sketches from Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka and Ralph Rucci

Holiday Giveaway: Day 18 Win Lark Needlearts Knitting Books!

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Welcome to day 18 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win knitting books from Lark Needlearts!
Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Sunday, December 19th to be entered to win!

What We Wore: The Knitted and The Gifted

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“Oh, the weather outside is frightful.” You’ve got that right. While its a bit (a.k.a a lot) chilly outside, the BurdaStyle crew refuses to sacrifice our style.

Pantone Picks the Color of 2011: Honeysuckle

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The undisputed “authority on color”, Pantone, has released their Color of the Year for 2011. Enter Honeysuckle. “A brave new color for, a brave new world,” the pinkish hue is said to be a powerful color that elevates the psyche and wards off the blues. It seems a few designers, including Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung (and us – that looks at lot like our signature BurdaStyle pink if you ask me!), were a little bit ahead of the curve on this color selection, adding the bold pink to accessories and ensembles for Spring 2011. What do you think about their Honeysuckle selection? Will you use (or have you already) the color in your projects for 2011?

Holiday Giveaway: Day 17 Win an Oliso Smart Iron!

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Welcome to day 17 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win an Oliso® Steam Iron with iTouch™ Technology – TG1100!
Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Saturday, December 18th to be entered to win!

Spotted!

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Fashion has cycled through leopard so much that it now seems more like a staple than a seasonal trend. Whether confined to accessories or unleashed in full-on ensembles, I think it’s safe to say that the spots are here to stay.

Clockwise from left: Vogue Nippon’s Anna Dello Russo in a Balmain dress, strapless dress by Matthew Williamson, top from See by Chloe, skirt from Marc by Marc Jacobs, button up shirt by Equipment.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 16 - Win Pendleton Fabric!

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Welcome to day 16 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win two yards of Pendleton’s colorful Rio Rancho jacquard wool, matching turquoise felt binding and a Pendleton hand-sewn label! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Friday, December 17th to be entered to win!

Vintage in Detail: Arrowhead Tacks

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Before seamstresses had the opportunity to “cheat” with fusible interfacing, we had to reinforce points of wear in our clothing the old fashioned way. You could use plain old interfacing by itself but the prettiest option available – in my opinion – was the Arrowhead Tack, sometimes also known as the Sprat’s Head stitch.

Though you’d be hard pressed to find an example of an Arrowhead Tack on any item of clothing made today – excepting, of course, upscale western wear – but in 40’s and 50’s clothing this eye-catching embellishment was commonplace.

Featured Member: zaarissima

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1. Where do you live?

Since 2003 we live in a very rural area, in a small town called Engelskirchen (in Germany).

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

I started to sew in school, in the 60’s there was a lesson called “Handstill” on the schedule – I hated it…it was Fräulein Schwarz. We learned handmade sewing (pin-cushions, pot-holders and table runners). She made me redo every stitch and gave me a bad grade at the end. She noted, “You are totally untalented and you would be never a good housewife.”

Holiday Giveaway: Day 15 - Win Two Thread Collections from Coats & Clark!

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Welcome to day 15 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win two thread collections from Coats and Clark! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Thursday, December 16th to be entered to win!

Free Twinkle Sews Dress Pattern on Craftstylish

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Remember when BurdaStyle offered a blouse & skirt pattern from Twinkle by Wenlan? Well, I was just browsing through the Spring ’10 issue of sewstylish magazine and realized that they have a free Twinkle dress download! Get it here.

Garmz Helps Young Design Talent Produce Garments Through Crowdsourcing

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Designing a collection is one thing, getting it produced is an entirely different story.

Taking the concept of crowdsourcing and applying it to fashion, newly launched design incubator Garmz provides up and coming designers with a platform to showcase their work to a worldwide audience and the potential to have their garment produced and sold through the Garmz webshop – all at no cost to the designer.

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