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Featured Member: denisedamedesigns

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How did you start sewing?
I was a stay at home mom who wanted to learn how to sew eleven years ago. I bought a 1960’s Singer sewing machine with desk and all attachments at a yard sale for $25. Using the manual as a guide I made lavender sachets, pillows, curtains for our RV and a few very simple little girl dresses. Fast forward 10 years later – I am back at my career and I cannot find a dress for a company party that fits me so I decided 2010 was the year I would dust off my sewing machine and learn to sew clothes.

Color Blocking: Fresh Combos to Try + Patterns

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While my closet is packed with it’s fair share of neutral hues, make no mistake about how much I love color. Spring runways were packed with fun new ways to pair shades ranging from acid brights to deep blues and I pulled together a few of my favorite new combos that you can rock well into fall’s crisp weather. Click through to see my picks and dare to make yourself a colorful new ensemble!

Peter's 30 Sewing Dos and Don'ts

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Editor’s Note: I want to start this post by saying what a pleasure it has been having Peter on board with us here at BurdaStyle. He has brought a unique and personal approach to both sewing and fashion and we will miss his weekly doses of witty commentary and technical prowess. Thanks again, Peter!

75 Sex Tips!

55 Things You Can Learn About Him in 10 Minutes!!

38 Ways to Get Rid of Belly Fat!!

If you read magazines, you know that people love a good list. And lists are just as much fun to write as they are to read. Well, almost.

How I Quilted My Way To Japan

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I woke up much too early in the morning on January 21st, 2009. I guess I really did not want to be late for the flight that was scheduled to leave later that day. I was awake because of my excitement about the amazing experiences ahead of me: my first trip to Japan! I couldn’t sleep so I decided to double check my bags to make sure they contained all of my quilts, the special gifts for the new friends I was expecting to make, and comfortable shoes!

BurdaStyle and TechShop: A Match Made in Creative Heaven!

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We’ve partnered up with the world’s first DIY workshop, TechShop, to extend the online BurdaStyle experience to the offline world by becoming the official sewing partner for all TechShop locations! With spots in Menlo Park, San Francisco and San Jose, California; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and a Detroit location scheduled to open later this year, TechShop offers member-based, do-it-yourself workshops with high-quality machines, tools and software along with training and workspace for all creative skill levels.

Dress Like A Duchess: 16 Wonderful Women's Sewing Patterns

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The royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has caused quite a stir, and many of us are excited to see what Kate will be wearing whenever she’s captured on film. This week I’ve put together a collection of eclectic patterns fit for a Duchess. See the looks!

Featured Member: suzeb

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in New York City now, but I am from Vancouver Island, British Columbia — a world away from New York and about as different as two places can be. When I’m not sewing (or drafting patterns) I can usually be found playing with my daughter, who is almost three.

How did you start sewing?
My mom taught me how to machine sew when I was about 10, I think. My first project was a Hawaiian-print cotton skirt with an elastic waistband. Following that, I sewed off and on through my teens and early 20s (mostly adapting items of clothing I bought at second-hand stores), but it wasn’t until I was about 25 that I got seriously into making clothes.

Men's Fashion: The Most Endangered List

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Readers, nothing lasts forever, even in the relatively stable world of men’s fashion. I categorize most of the garments below under “Going, Going, Gone,” and store a few in my top-secret “Good-bye and Good Riddance” folder.

BurdaStyle is Hiring: Graphic Designer based in NYC

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BurdaStyle.com is seeking a creative, smart freelance graphic designer in the New York City area to help generate/execute/produce great designs for our online editorial, marketing and sales materials, ads, newsletters, contests, sponsored editorials, banners and creative for offline events like fairs and shows. The designer must understand the BurdaStyle brand and ensure brand consistency. The designer must be capable of working independently and within a small team environment.

Couture Classes

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You may prefer quick sewing to lengthy couture hand sewing, but one thing is sure – couture sewing classes are in demand.

Earlier this April I contacted Claire Shaeffer, author of Couture Sewing Techniques and instructor, asking for information on her Chanel suit class. Imagine my surprise when I learned that all classes for 2011 were full and the first available class was in January 2012!

Hat Lovin'

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In a desperate attempt to give my way-too-quick-to-burn skin a break from the sun, I seem to impulsively buy some random hat off of the street every summer. Maybe it’s overheated delirium, maybe it’s my sole desire in these moments to hide my reddening skin under the biggest brim I can find, but I’m usually unhappy with what I’ve picked by the time I get home.

This year I’m breaking this ugly cycle and taking on the fun new endeavor of creating my own summer hat.

BurdaStyle Brides | DIY Wedding Gowns + Patterns

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It’s a moment many girls have dreamed of their entire lives; or it happens by chance; or love just simply inspired you to have one: a wedding. A public display of promising love. It can get pretty sappy, but there’s one aspect of weddings I adore: the gowns. Check out these stunning, inspiring + exciting ideas…

The Devil Wears Burda: 9 Runway-Worthy Women's Sewing Patterns

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How many of you have read the book (or seen the film) The Devil Wears Prada? Meryl Streep makes quite a fascinating Anna Wintour, though I’d have to say The Hours is one of my favorite Meryl roles, as Clarissa Vaughan, but I’m rambling. Are you ready for your next LBD or the perfect 40s-cut skirt? Read on…

Featured Member: molly-sews

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am from Oregon, but have lived in New Orleans for the last 9 years. I teach middle school social studies/history. I am moving to Chicago this summer!

How did you start sewing?
My mom always sewed for us, so she taught me as a child. I starting sewing more after college, around 2007. My favorite project is my Cape of Awesomeness. It was made from a 1940s pattern. It took me a long time to make it and it forced me to learn new techniques and improve my skills.

Take On the "Show Your Support" Bra Challenge!

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Yep, it’s a bra challenge, and it’s for an amazing cause.

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