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Tassels, Tassels Everywhere

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One trend I haven’t been able to ignore this Spring is the use of tassels on everything from belts and bags to hemlines and necklines. Once known as a symbol of luxury, tassels were originally used to distinguish rank in both military and religious orders. During the 16th and 17th centuries, tassel making – or passementerie as it was known in France, was a booming business with people clamoring for the luxury accessory which represented both wealth and standing within Parisian society.

Although the process of making tassels in our modern age is decidedly less time consuming, the adornment still holds a certain air of opulence in both decor and fashion. Click through to see some of my favorite uses of tassels this Spring and even a few ways you can add this embellishment to your garment projects.

Why Do YOU Sew?

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Readers, sometimes I get so caught up in the drama of whatever sewing project I’m involved in that I forget why I’m sewing in the first place. Does this every happen to you?

BurdaStyle Book II: Take Our Survey

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BurdaStyle’s second book project is underway and we want your help! Take our quick, four minute survey to give your input on our next book endeavor and let your voice be heard! What decades of fashion are you inspired by? What patterns would you find most useful for your sewing projects? Click here to begin!

Featured Member: missdandy

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I’m a transplanted Southern girl (born and raised in North Carolina) currently living in the Midwest (Springfield, Missouri). I’m currently a stay at home mom to my 17-month-old son Brydon, and in my spare time I run both a vintage sewing pattern shop and a small vintage clothing shop on Etsy.

How Realistic Are Runway Trends?

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Trends. There are new trends each season, and sometimes we see things on the runways that just makes us utter aloud “Is that fashion? Would people really wear that in real life?” Sometimes a designer uses the runway as a prop— to parade down ensembles that are more fantastic than realistic just to make a splash. I want to hear your opinions of some of these questionable trends— read on + speak up!

Vote For Your Favorite in the 5th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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Between now and June 15th you can cast your vote for Audience Fan Favorite in the 5th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards. This year’s contest is packed with amazing entries in categories ranging from Best Handmade Handbag to Best Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag. Winners will be announced on June 15th and will be featured in the September 2011 issue of InStyle Magazine. Head over to InStyle.com to check out all the entries and cast your vote for the next big handbag designer!

New Sewing Patterns = Countless Variations!

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Sometimes a photo shoot, the model, the fabric or styling can completely turn one off to a piece of clothing or ensemble. Today I’ve released 9 new patterns and various ways to interpret them. We all come in different shapes and sizes, and we all have our own personal style— see if you can personalize any of these great patterns into your wardrobe!

Win a Copy of Erin Gilday's Stripped Down Patchwork!

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You may remember back in fall of 2010 when the amazing Erin Gilday was on board doing some fantastic guest columns for the BurdaStyle blog. For those of you who miss Erin’s sharp wit and extensive knowledge of vintage sewing notions and techniques, she’s back to share a sneak peek of her latest project, Stripped Down Patchwork, and give our readers a chance to win her new book filled with great project ideas based on Seminole Patchwork.

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: Wide Leg Trousers

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If you’re looking to perk up your wardrobe with a fresh sewing project that’s classic yet totally on trend, look no further than the wide leg pant. There are so many great ways to wear these babies that are both trendy and timeless. Click through to see some fun styling options, as well as a few of the fantastic and diverse ways BurdaStyle members created their own versions!

Is Glamour Dead?

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Readers, I recently borrowed an interesting book entitled Glamour, A History by Stephen Gundle, a British writer. It’s a study of the concept of glamour throughout history; its origins and its varying definitions during different eras (the 1930s and 40s in particular), up to and including the present.

I haven’t quite finished it but it has me wondering: Do women aspire to be “glamorous” anymore? Do you?

Grommets: A Hole Lotta Style

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I thought it was about time to write a short, simple post on an unheralded style trend of which I’m quite fond: grommets. Now, there’s nothing terribly exciting about a grommet, which probably explains its lack of broader adoption in the fashion world. This functional little ringlet, whose name originates from early the 17th century French word “grommette,” (i.e. the curb of a bridle), made its debut as functional detail on saddles, armor, bridles and tents. Later, its highly functional usage began appearing on flags and luggage.

Featured Member: froggypondd

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I am from Whangamata, New Zealand – a town of around 2,000 on the Coromandel Peninsula. I’m currently living in Hamilton, around 1 hours drive from my home town and a first year at the University of Waikato studying a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies, majoring in Theatre and Screen and Media studies.

Shoe Debate: Flatforms, Platforms, Wedges-- Yes or No?

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Flatforms, platforms, wedges— are you for or against them? What do you think about the word "flatform?

Comment to Win from Arrow & Kangaroo Sewing Cabinets

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Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win a Gidget II table from Arrow & Kangaroo Sewing Cabinets!

8 New Dress Sewing Patterns From Simple to Chic!

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Springtime is in full bloom here in Manhattan and I’m quite excited about building my summer wardrobe. Many of the patterns featured in this article will be part of my new wardrobe— will they be a part of yours too?

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