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BurdaStyle <3's Pendleton


A few weeks ago, we reached out to one of our favorite wool companies, Pendleton to see if they would provide us with some of their amazing fabrics to do some great projects with. Today our mailbox was full of yards and yards of wonderful wool!

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Cotton Sateen


Quick – what fabric comes in many different weights, is easy to sew, luxurious to hold, resistant to wrinkles and sensibly machine washable?

Why, cotton sateen, of course.

Cotton sateen feels and looks like satin but stands up to everyday washing machine abuse like cotton. Cotton sateen is easy to handle in the sewing room – it feeds evenly and stays put when you want it to – but unlike many cotton fabrics, it also has a yummy drape to it. Printed or solid, cotton sateen is made in many different weights, making it a good choice for nighties AND upholstery. Now, how many other fabrics can do that?

Featured Member: magdamagda


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

I’m from Lasi, the Romanian cultural hub city of 7 hills and from there I landed in the sunny temple state of Tamil Nadu, India.

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

I inherited sewing genes from my grandmothers, so it was just a matter of time till I started sewing. One of my grandmothers taught me how to knit by the age of 4 and that’s also when i started to fervently fill notebooks with dress designs. In primary school I was filling my spare time with a bit of everything – fashion sketches, knitting with brushes (coz my mother used to hide the knitting needles from me – yes, I was the ultimate threat to useful thread, and yes I was that determined!). Also curtains were transformed into skirts, skirts into tops thanks to my voracious and obsessive talent:)).



It’s all about the color of the fabric you use if you want your look to POP! Check out these 4 bold colored projects to make!

Better Than the Boys


There is something so subtly seductive about a woman in a man’s jacket, an ease and sensuality that isn’t as overt as a plunging neckline or high hemline but if done in the right fashion can be just as effective.

Party Frocks: Make It!


Refinery29 continually has it’s finger on the pulse of what is going on in the fashion world, and their 10 Party Dresses To Grab Now post is rocking as usual— especially if you’d like to take a stab at making your own (for our “Decades” competition perhaps?). Check out these looks & get the patterns!

Join ELLE and Swarovski for a Night with Designer Rodrigo Otazu


This Tuesday join ELLE Magazine and Swarovski at their amazing CRYSTALLIZED concept store in New York for an event celebrating the work of jewelry designer Rodrigo Otazu. From 6-8:30 PM you can browse some of Otazu’s amazing pieces and purchase special items available for one night only during the event. Also take advantage of discounts on all New York designer collections and waltz home with your very own gift bag full of fun Swarovski baubles. Make sure you get your name on the list for this event by sending your RSVP to rsvp.NY[at]crystallized[dot]com or stop by the store and register in person:

499 Broadway (Between Spring and Broome)
+1 212 966 3322

Tell Us How You Do More With Less and You Could Win a Brand New Windows 7 Phone! (U.S. Only)


One of the things that’s so great about living in our modern society is the range of technological advances through the past few decades that have enabled us to streamline many of our crafting processes and ultimately achieve more in less time with less effort. From software that aides us in design to machines that help to execute what our hands alone may not, to the vast expanse of Internet platforms allowing us to share and learn, it’s now easier than ever for us to not only create but to engage and share our creativity with the rest of the world.

1 Week to Submit: The BERNINA Party Through the Decades International Competition


Hey party people, it’s crunch time on those frocks! We can’t wait to see your skills on those finished garments and learn the inspiration behind your work for our Party Through the Decades Competition presented by BERNINA!

'Party Through the Decades' Inspiration: Marvel at the Musicals, the 1930’s - 50’s


In was in the late 1920s when a new art form ‘Musical Film’ came about. The public found the collaboration between sound and film was so new and exhilarating that it created a new revolution for the Hollywood and film industries.

Creative Fuel: Check Out BurdaStyle's Inspiration Page!


Have you heard? BurdaStyle is on Tumblr! Check it daily for new inspirational images caught in our net. Take a look and get hooked! Do you have an inspirational Tumblr page? We want to follow you!

Check out these gems…

Empowering Women and Fair Trade with Proxy Apparel and BurdaStyle


The brainchild of HeatherJean MacNeil, Proxy Apparel was founded with the mission of creating sustainable fashion while empowering women through sweat-shop free and fair trade labor practices. MacNeil’s company now works with worker-owned cooperatives in Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua, crafting cool, socially responsible apparel and accessories and helping the women in those areas to expand their businesses and strengthen their communities.

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Barkcloth


You might not know it, but you’ve seen barkcloth before.

You know those soft, thick, pebble-y drapes hanging over grandma’s window? It’s probably barkcloth. If its dotted with smart boomerangs or atomic designs, its DEFINITELY barkcloth. You know where else you’ve seen barkcloth? Mad Men. The kitchen at the Draper residence, Betty’s shrink’s office, even Joan’s apartment – barkcloth, barkcloth and more barkcloth!

Featured Member: sunnilj9


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

I’m from a small town in the southwestern portion of Utah called Cedar City. It’s one of those places where you don’t have to lock your doors at night and you know nearly everyone who lives there. It was a dream growing up there. I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when I started college and that’s where I live now.

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

I started sewing little scraps of fabric my mother would give me into Barbie clothes when I was quite young. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of “making something” and I’ve always been very much into style and fashion. My education in sewing was very natural and self motivated with exploration of self being the key. I started sewing with sewing patterns when I was high school where I learned how to read pattern lingo and such. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really cultivated the craft in my life by learning more and educating myself about extended techniques, design and becoming more involved in the online community.

Free Designer Patterns from ShowStudio


John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Antony Price, Junya Wantanabe, Maison Martin Margiela, and Yohji Yamamoto – Seven Designer Patterns Available

Patterns are available for free download for either a home printer or copy shop printing. It looks like these designs were released as part of a competition from 2009, but luckily for you they’re still available for download!

If you’re up for a challenge, try out these avante garde designs. It’s sure cheaper than buying a designer piece from the store!

A preview of the Alexander McQueen pattern…


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