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Featured Member: RachelNYC

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I spent the first 18 years of my life in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating high school, I moved to NYC to attend college at Parsons School of Design, where I completed my BFA in fashion design. I currently live in beautiful Brooklyn and work at wonderful BurdaStyle!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I did all sorts of craft projects as a kid. I always had some “project” going. I was completely self-taught until my formal education. I remember making a pair of bell-bottoms when I was about 10 years old. I sliced open the legs of a regular pair of jeans and hand stitched triangles of assorted fabrics, I was making godets! When I look back now, I used a lot of traditional patterning techniques without knowing. I never saw a sewing pattern until I was in school. The first semester of school was very hard. I had to “learn” all the technique I’ve already been using, except now there were all these rules!

Cowboy Chic

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I am so excited about all of the new patterns we are releasing from burda style magazine!

Sex and The City: Take 2

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Last week I wrote about how I am designing a dress for a friend to wear to a movie premier in May. Elyse had her first fitting for the dress on Monday and we’re moving along…

Fashion Designer Bob Martin inspires you, to get your creative juices flowing

Fashion designer Bob Martin of “How to Fashion Design with Bob Martin” will be with us over the next few weeks teaching all of us through video and blogs the art and skill of fashion design.

Having a deep desire to become a Fashion Designer, Bob Martin, moved to London, England to attend American InterContinental University. He won various award and graduated Valedictorian of his class, among talented classmates such as Christian Siriano, winner of Project Runway. Though he has worked for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Michael Azu, and Edward Griffiths and designed for theater and films such as Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd” and “Batman Dark Knight”, it was his time at AIU in which he developed a passion for relating to students and awaking the Designer in others

His time working with and helping students in workshops sparked his interest in teaching and mentoring. With a strong passion to see the very best come out in people and with his team at KKC Enterprise, he created “How to Fashion Design with Bob Martin”, an interactive program for people of all ages who are serious or even just curious about Becoming a Fashion Designer. Check out his site for more information and keep an eye out for more of his amazing upcoming blogs!

Sandra Betzina on Sewing with Sheer Fabric

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One of the big fashion trends right now is the semi-transparent/sheer jacket or overblouse. This is beautiful worn over a dress or a camisole.

One pattern which works well for both an overblouse and a jacket is Vogue 1165. You can eliminate most of the work by making the roll up sleeves (View B) rather than the cuff and placket version. You can use sheer fabrics such as Chiffon, Georgette and my favorite, Silk Organza.

Comment to Win with Britex Notions from Britex Fabrics!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Britex Notions!

burda style magazine patterns are now available on BurdaStyle.com!

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BurdaStyle is pleased to announce the introduction of burda style magazine patterns onto the site! Beginning today, we are presenting 51 hand picked patterns from the existing 2010 issues of burda style magazine. Each month hereafter, we will be showcasing more than 30 burda style magazine patterns specially chosen by our creative team expressly for you, our wonderful community! These fresh new patterns include plus-size options, children’s patterns and spot on trends.

Sell at the Artist and Fleas Market in McCarren for 50% off!

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A few days ago, we told you about a wonderful opportunity for New York-based BurdaStylers to sell their amazing sewing creations in the BurdaStyle-designated booth at the Artist and Fleas Market in McCarren. Now, we have another fantastic incentive for extra-ambitious crafters and sewers in or around Brooklyn!

Today is National Apron Day

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Every year, National Apron Day is celebrated the Monday after Mother’s Day….. and today is that day. Now you have an excuse to wear your favorite kitchen creation or vintage piece all day long! Can’t wear your apron today, but want to get in on the fun? Check out some of these blogs devoted to aprons: The Apronista, Apron a Day, Angry Chicken (home of the original tie-one-one), Apron-iCity, and The Apron Goddess, just to name a few! Have a favorite apron blog? Be sure to share it here!

Featured Member: Perrineco

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am French and grew up in Peyrehorade, a little French town near Biarritz. I studied and lived in Paris for 10 years, and I’ve been living in London for 4 years, with my husband and my two (very cute!) kids. I truly appreciate London, a city where people are creative, funny and shameless when it comes to fashion and clothing. It is very inspirational and helped me become even more creative!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My mother had a very basic Singer sewing machine and she allowed me to use it. I can’t exactly remember the first thing I sewed with it but I do remember I tried to sew clothes for my Barbie doll, a purse, a pencil case… I designed and sewed my first dress when I was 15 years old. I still have a green kimono I made for my doll and I drafted the pattern from… a Burda book (calculating the different lengths from a woman pattern). Little by little, I tried more and more difficult projects. By chance, I could ask my mother whenever I had an issue, as Internet wasn’t widely available yet. She always knew what needed to be done and she saved several projets. I always tried to understand how a garment was built so that I could do the same.

Mother's Day with Schlosser Designs!

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Isn’t this adorable?!

Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs, a fantastic sewing and craft company, sent over this super-cute and creative dining room set called The Cafe Collection, complete with table runner, place mat, and napkin rings!

Sex And The City

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My friend Elyse is going to the Sex And The City 2 movie premier on May 24th and I am creating a dress for her.

Comment to Win with Selvedge Magazine!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a digital subscription to Selvedge Magazine!

Open Call Closed

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Thank you for your submissions! Due to the volume of entries, all accepted participants will be notified by 6pm EST, on May 14, 2010.

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