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Vintage Notions: The Magic Pattern + Free Project Download!

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My newest book, Vintage Notions, takes much of its is inspiration from the newsletter produced by the Woman’s Institute of Scranton, PA. This remarkable school taught dressmaking via correspondence courses and newsletters to over 300,000 women in the 1920s and ‘30s. A popular feature was always the “Magic Pattern.” These clever and timeless patterns were so simple to make, they seemed like “magic.” The “magic” continued when a student realized no paper patterns were required, as cutting your pieces was based solely on diagrams and measurements.

Featured Member: mixtlii

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1. Where are you from and where do you live?

I was born in Paris, but I grew up in Normandie and then in the south of France. I live now in Montpellier. I am a 4th-year medical student, and I love it! But I am afraid I’ll soon have to pause sewing, because it demands more and more studying…

10 New Sewing Patterns That Are Oh So Chic!

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Are you into romantic, flirty designs with vintage looking yokes and soft lines? If so, you’re in luck, meet 10 of our newest pattern additions.

Comment to Win with Mark Cesarik and Free Spirit Fabric!

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Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win 3 yards of fabric from the “Calypso Swing” collection at Free Spirit, designed by Mark Cesarik!

Last Week to Submit: BurdaStyle DIY Fashion Show!

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Wow! Your submissions are blowing us away, there’s sooo much talent out there! There’s still time though, submission deadline is this Thursday, February 10th, at 9am EST!

We adore our creative community and we’re so excited to feature them in Austin this March. If you are, or plan to be, in the Austin area we would love you to participate in our fashion show!

This is your chance to take center stage with a dream audience: 500 guests, including influential fashion bloggers, DIY world influencers, and the BurdaStyle family.

Fashion Week 2011: Great Expectations?

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Fashion Week is right around the corner in New York city, what do you expect to see on the runways this February? Which trends will die? Which will live?

Project to Try: Hat Making

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Regardless of what Phil has to say, I’m feeling like winter is never going to end (I mean, 6+ more inches in the forecast for us tomorrow?). Since my winter coat has become a permanent fixture on my body lately, I was looking for some ‘fun’ accessories to spruce it up and decided on… a hat! While constructing a hat may seem daunting, there are a number of books, patterns, and tutorials that can simplify the process. One of my favorites? Saturday Night Hat: Quick, Easy Hatmaking for the Downtown Girl. Even though this title has been around for awhile, it has some great basic styles to get you started, fantastic tips, and inspiration on sprucing up some vintage finds. Looking for a few more ideas? Check out this article from DIY Design – not only are there lots of styles to think about, but links to tutorials and patterns to make them up.

Link Love: The Air Purifying Dress, Every Stitch You'll Ever Need, How to Give a New Life to Old Sweaters and More!

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Lots of fun stuff this week. From an ambitious state-themed dress projects to a comprehensive guide for all the embroidery and needlework stitches you’ll ever need, to great DIY projects to keep you occupied! Learn more after the jump.

The Case for Lace

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Lace has always been an indicator of elegance, wealth and beauty. It’s first recorded use (in a very rudimentary form) was in ancient Egypt, where artists would weave colored threads into geometric designs to adorn flax cloth, while the Greeks and Romans accidentally discovered lace as a byproduct of twisting and tying the edges of their togas to keep the threads from fraying.

Tips for Online Fabric Shopping

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Buying fabrics online will never replace the satisfaction of shopping in a well-stocked fabric store, because seriously, who can resist petting, fondling and draping fabric in person. But you know what comes close? Ordering fabric online, opening the package when it arrives, and discovering yay!, it’s just what you wanted. Online fabric shops are a boon to home sewers in areas where the nearest fabric store is miles away. Just follow these tips and you’ll become an online fabric shopping pro in no time.

Featured Member: seinde

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

I am from Anhui, China, but have been in the states for very many years now. Currently, I live in Chicago where I am a Biochemistry student at the University of Chicago.

Win a Copy of Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun!

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Amy Barickman, founder and owner of both Indygo Junction and The Vintage Workshop is a leader in the sewing, needle arts and retail crafting industry. Amy will be guest blogging here with us at BurdaStyle and wanted to take a moment to introduce herself and give you guys the chance to win a copy of her fantastic book, Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun. Read on to see what inspired Amy to write Vintage Notions and how you can comment to win your very own copy!

Wardrobe Staples + 3 New Sewing Patterns

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When I lived in Florence my Italian friends taught me something very interesting about Italian women. No, not about “La Bella Figura”, that was in Fashion 101, but that most Italian women shop very little, and own just a few designer items that they wear them over and over again. Pictured above: W magazine fashion spread images; romantic fabric swatches.

Sewing with SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show: Meet the Winners!

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We were so excited to be able to share the SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show video series with our BurdaStyle members. Thanks to everyone who viewed and commented! Read on to see which lucky members picked up prizes from SINGER®, and stay tuned for our next great contest!

Fabric Indentity: Liberty of London

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A look inside the makeup of Liberty of London fabrics! Read on…

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