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Celebrating Alexander McQueen at the Met


Alexander McQueen has been the name on everyone’s lips for the past few days and all that talk culminated in a celebration of his life and life’s work at last night’s Costume Institute Gala. The Metropolitan Museum’s ode to McQueen entitled “Savage Beauty” opened to great adoration as friends of the designer, including Daphne Guinness and Sarah Jessica Parker, walked the red carpet in his breathtaking creations. Click through to see some of my favorite looks and tell me who you think stole the show.

Design Process: Finding Fabrics to Suit Your Fancy


Designers say that they are often inspired by fabrics, which will then ignite an idea for a design. I must admit this happens to me quite often, when I’m perusing a fabric shop or swatch book, ideas pop into my mind inspired by the fabrics themselves. How do you begin you design process?

Comment to Win "Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing!"


Comment on the blog or follow us on Twitter to win “Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing,” a novel by Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica!

Sewing for Men


How many of you sew for men? Or are men sewing for yourselves? When it comes to fashion design and the sewing world, menswear tends to take a back seat to womenswear— why do you think that is? Well I haven’t forgotten about menswear and the patterns listed in the post are sure to inspire. Read on + get the pattern downloads.

Weird, Wacky and Wonderful: The Hats of the Royal Wedding


Now that the focus has shifted (somewhat) from Kate’s dress, suddenly everyone is talking about all those hats at the Royal wedding last week. What did you think of the fancy and potentially dangerous headwear the ladies of European aristocracy were sporting during the festivities? Click through to see a few of my favorites and ones that would have been better off left in the hat box.

Bay Area Maker Faire 2011


It’s that time of year again, time to pack up our sewing machines and head out West for Maker Faire San Mateo and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this amazing creative event once again! Watch out for our Make + Take Lounge where we’ll be helping newbies learn how to sew and giving you stitching veterans a chance to show us your stuff with our fun and Easy Drawstring Bag project. Come hang out, test your skills on one of BERNINA’s amazing new 3 Series machines and whip up your own bag with one-of-a-kind fabric specially printed for us by our friends at Spoonflower.

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Want to learn to sew but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve been sewing for years and want to take your skills to the next level. With the Sewing Studio: Fashion Fitting, Home Decor & More video course, you’ll learn the essential tricks and techniques you need to get started or take your sewing skills from amateur to professional in no time.

Rose Bowl Flea Market: Shopping for Vintage Sewing Supplies


You might think that a flea market in a major metropolitan area like Los Angeles would be overpriced but I can assure you the Rose Bowl Flea market still has many diamonds in the rough to be found. That’s because prices for stalls range from about $250 for the best situated to around only forty dollars in the farthest reaches. So this flea market runs the gamut from professional dealers selling at retail prices to people just cleaning out their garages.

I have sold there myself, and there are a LOT of people so you want to get there early not only to get the pick of the day but also because the Pasadena area gets very hot in the late spring and summer months. The Flea Market is huge, taking place in the parking lots and around the perimeter of the famous Rose Bowl Stadium, where college teams play on New Year’s Day after the Rose Parade ends.

Kate Middleton Marries in McQueen


After weeks of speculation, new Royal Kate Middleton finally revealed her dress designer choice to the world when she walked down the aisle this afternoon in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. First let me say that I am not a sucker for weddings, nor do I consider myself a hopeless romantic, but when Ms. Middleton stepped out of that car I couldn’t help but gasp for breath. She looked truly stunning – balancing perfectly between the modesty expected of her by the Royal Family and contemporary style, Middleton was the picture of a princess. See more pictures and videos courtesy of the BBC after the jump.

Meet Artist Susan Wasinger + Win a Copy of Her New Book, Sewn by Hand!


If you’re a foodie, you know all about the slow food movement; taking care to know not only where your food is coming from, but how it is prepared – to be more in touch with what you’re eating and the process involved. This mindset has taken hold in the world of sewing and craft as well and spawned a new generation of creators who are not only more conscientious about their consumption but are also more aware of how their creations impact the world around them.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: How Sewing Changed the Lives of an Afghan Family


In 2004, political journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon left her ABC News post to pursue an MBA at Harvard. During this time Lemmon began researching women in conflict and post-conflict zones who were starting businesses and establishing entrepreneurial roots in their communities and through her research met Kamila Sidiqi. As a teenager in Afghanistan during the brutal Taliban rule, Sidiqi started a sewing and tailoring business in her home which not only helped her family overcome a sudden and oppressive lifestyle change, but also brought a sense of hope back to a community of women who had been mercilessly stripped of their former way of life. Lemmon tells Kamila’s story in a simple, straight forward way that foregoes grandiose drama and instead focuses on the real, everyday struggles of the Sidiqi family and how they used sewing to reestablish themselves during a fearful and challenging time.

Sewing as a Protest


BurdaStyle readers, a question: Since so many of us live in parts of the world where clothes can be purchased relatively cheaply and few people are forced by economic necessity to make their own, why are we doing it?

I had this conversation with a friend recently. We agreed that there is a growing do-it-yourself crafts movement afoot and wondered what might be fueling it. My friend wisely pointed out that few of us are doing work that actually involves making anything anymore; we’re writing at a computer, or processing numbers, or providing services. It feels good to create something with our own hands. It’s a form of self-expression.

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BurdaStyle is seeking creative contributors for our second book!

We are looking for our core writer and designer – it could be a duo or one very talented individual! Ideal applicants will have a background in fashion design with an understanding of patternmaking.

Tips for Sewing Lingerie + Win a Copy of Sweet Nothings!


Have you tried making your own lingerie yet? It’s delightfully quick and simple to make sexy panties when you use stretch lace. When I developed the book Sweet Nothings, designer Elise Olsen’s Sugarberry Panties inspired me to make my own dainty things. The wide stretch lace trim that forms the body of the panty needs no finishing, which makes it super easy to create these darling little unmentionables.

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I am a California girl born and raised. I grew up in a small surfing town on the central coast, and attended UC Berkeley for college. I now run a non-profit mentoring program at a middle school. Yet as much grant writing and volunteer recruiting as I do, I like to say that at the end of the day you can’t wear a thesis! At work I try to make a palpable difference in the lives of our students, and at home I like to create for myself—knitting, sewing and working with my hands.


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