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Be A Bombshell: Try your hand at Gertie's Sewing Class

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Every girl deserves to feel like a bombshell, and have a little va-va- voom in her step! So many members have raved about Gretchen Hirsch’s class for Craftsy.com and some have even uploaded their own gorgeous creations of the famous Bustier Dress that Gertie uses for the class. Why not give it a shot yourself?

Silk Lining for a Couture Finish

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Selection of lining fabric is probably one of the most neglected steps in sewing. While we carefully choose the quality, type, drape and color of fashion fabric, time and money is often saved on linings. I used to be ignorant about linings myself, using polyester for almost every project. Only once I became interested in couture sewing, I learned that silk linings – characteristic for couture – could considerably improve the look and the feel of a garment.

However, silk is available in a different weight, weave and quality. Which one to choose? The following sampling represents some of the most common choices in couture. Use these luxurious textiles for your special projects, or –if budget is not an issue – for everyday clothing as well.

Get Ready for National Sewing Month with Our September Sew Along!

[UPDATED, August 17, 2011] Start gearing up National Sewing Month by joining BurdaStyle, Coats & Clark, Tula Pink, and FreeSpirit Fabrics for our awesome September Sew Along! Hosted by designer Tula Pink and featuring the sewing talents of some familiar BurdaStyle faces, Peter Lappin and Gretchen Hirsch, each week in September we’ll be posting new steps, tips and techniques to guide you through creating two of our fantastic patterns: the Skirt with Front Pleats and the Halter Dress!

SINGER® Celebrates 160 Years with MySINGERStory.com!

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Since 1851, SINGER® has been at the forefront of American sewing and they are celebrating their 160th anniversary with the launch of MySINGERStory.com! From their first prize win at the 1855 World’s Fair to their introduction of the first electronic sewing machine in the 1970s, SINGER® has a rich history in the sewing and craft world and now they’re giving you the opportunity to share your sewing story for the chance to win one of their fantastic new SINGER 160™ machines!

Tropical Glam: 7 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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If you like piña coladas, or getting caught in the rain… then you may just love this week’s new patterns. Read on to see the styles + get the pattern downloads.

Featured Member: denisedamedesigns

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How did you start sewing?
I was a stay at home mom who wanted to learn how to sew eleven years ago. I bought a 1960’s Singer sewing machine with desk and all attachments at a yard sale for $25. Using the manual as a guide I made lavender sachets, pillows, curtains for our RV and a few very simple little girl dresses. Fast forward 10 years later – I am back at my career and I cannot find a dress for a company party that fits me so I decided 2010 was the year I would dust off my sewing machine and learn to sew clothes.

Color Blocking: Fresh Combos to Try + Patterns

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While my closet is packed with it’s fair share of neutral hues, make no mistake about how much I love color. Spring runways were packed with fun new ways to pair shades ranging from acid brights to deep blues and I pulled together a few of my favorite new combos that you can rock well into fall’s crisp weather. Click through to see my picks and dare to make yourself a colorful new ensemble!

Peter's 30 Sewing Dos and Don'ts

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Editor’s Note: I want to start this post by saying what a pleasure it has been having Peter on board with us here at BurdaStyle. He has brought a unique and personal approach to both sewing and fashion and we will miss his weekly doses of witty commentary and technical prowess. Thanks again, Peter!

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38 Ways to Get Rid of Belly Fat!!

If you read magazines, you know that people love a good list. And lists are just as much fun to write as they are to read. Well, almost.

How I Quilted My Way To Japan

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I woke up much too early in the morning on January 21st, 2009. I guess I really did not want to be late for the flight that was scheduled to leave later that day. I was awake because of my excitement about the amazing experiences ahead of me: my first trip to Japan! I couldn’t sleep so I decided to double check my bags to make sure they contained all of my quilts, the special gifts for the new friends I was expecting to make, and comfortable shoes!

BurdaStyle and TechShop: A Match Made in Creative Heaven!

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We’ve partnered up with the world’s first DIY workshop, TechShop, to extend the online BurdaStyle experience to the offline world by becoming the official sewing partner for all TechShop locations! With spots in Menlo Park, San Francisco and San Jose, California; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and a Detroit location scheduled to open later this year, TechShop offers member-based, do-it-yourself workshops with high-quality machines, tools and software along with training and workspace for all creative skill levels.

Dress Like A Duchess: 16 Wonderful Women's Sewing Patterns

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The royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has caused quite a stir, and many of us are excited to see what Kate will be wearing whenever she’s captured on film. This week I’ve put together a collection of eclectic patterns fit for a Duchess. See the looks!

Featured Member: suzeb

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in New York City now, but I am from Vancouver Island, British Columbia — a world away from New York and about as different as two places can be. When I’m not sewing (or drafting patterns) I can usually be found playing with my daughter, who is almost three.

How did you start sewing?
My mom taught me how to machine sew when I was about 10, I think. My first project was a Hawaiian-print cotton skirt with an elastic waistband. Following that, I sewed off and on through my teens and early 20s (mostly adapting items of clothing I bought at second-hand stores), but it wasn’t until I was about 25 that I got seriously into making clothes.

Men's Fashion: The Most Endangered List

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Readers, nothing lasts forever, even in the relatively stable world of men’s fashion. I categorize most of the garments below under “Going, Going, Gone,” and store a few in my top-secret “Good-bye and Good Riddance” folder.

BurdaStyle is Hiring: Graphic Designer based in NYC

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BurdaStyle.com is seeking a creative, smart freelance graphic designer in the New York City area to help generate/execute/produce great designs for our online editorial, marketing and sales materials, ads, newsletters, contests, sponsored editorials, banners and creative for offline events like fairs and shows. The designer must understand the BurdaStyle brand and ensure brand consistency. The designer must be capable of working independently and within a small team environment.

Couture Classes

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You may prefer quick sewing to lengthy couture hand sewing, but one thing is sure – couture sewing classes are in demand.

Earlier this April I contacted Claire Shaeffer, author of Couture Sewing Techniques and instructor, asking for information on her Chanel suit class. Imagine my surprise when I learned that all classes for 2011 were full and the first available class was in January 2012!

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