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[Updated – 12/14/2011] – Our technical team is currently investigating a site issue that may be related to our payment system. As a result, they have very temporarily restricted access to this portion of the site. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, and hope to have everything up and running again soon.

2011 BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition: Last Week to Submit!

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We’re down to the wire in our 2011 BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition, but don’t worry you still have time to upload your project for the chance to win awesome cash prizes or a brand new 3 Series machine from our friends at BERNINA! Remember that your project must have the phrase “BERNINA Halloween 2011” in the title and all entries are due by October 23rd to be eligible. Are you putting the final touches on your costume? If you need some last minute inspiration, check out our latest post full of great costume ideas to rock this Halloween!

Featured Member: sprucedoll

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Lincoln City, Oregon (the central coast), but now live in Brooklyn, New York. I’m a writer (a journalist and also a budding screenwriter).

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
I’d take you to the discount “jobbers” on 39th street between 7th and 8th for great deals on cottons and silk, then to B&J on 7th Avenue to drool at the amazing selection of dream fabrics. We’d go to Purl Soho for awesome quilting fabrics. In Brooklyn, we’d go down to Red Hook to Brooklyn General Store, a sweet little knitting and fabric shop that carries all natural fiber textiles.

So...What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?

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Halloween is upon us and if you don’t already know, we’re hosting a pretty fantastic contest with BERNINA. Whether you’ve already submitted your entry (and we’re starting to see some amazing ones as evident by the images above), are putting the finishing touches on your costume or you’re still in need of a last-minute get up, we pulled together a few fun costume ideas and some of our favorite BurdaStyle patterns that you can use to make your look complete.

Making Machine Embroidery Hip for a New Generation

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Niamh O’Connor, Art Director for the offbeat embroidery website Urban Threads, paired up with the design duo from KMKostumes to create a one-of-a-kind dress project to help facilitate the revitalization of machine embroidery. No longer relegated to quilts and crafty wall hangings, Urban Threads aims to push traditional machine embroidery out from it’s dusty past and bring it to a new generation of fashion savvy designers and crafters (sounds a little like the beginnings of BurdaStyle, huh?).

The BurdaStyle Designer's Guide: Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?

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As members, you know BurdaStyle is the destination for modern sewing, patterns, tips, articles, discussions and a community of sewers around the world. We’ve sewed-along and discussed couture, but many of you have recently reached out about taking your sewing ideas to the next level and starting your own clothing line.

I’ve been a BurdaStyle member for a couple of years, and was recently profiled on BurdaStyle’s blog for the pop-up shop for my line Silk and Cyanide this past April in New York City. Taking your requests into consideration, BurdaStyle reached out and asked me to write a series of articles about starting your own business through my story, experience and research.

Pulp Arts: The Paper Fashions of Artist Isabelle de Borchgrave

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Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave has taken the marriage of art and fashion to the next level with her amazing paper dress creations. At first glance her work looks like intricate ensembles from bygone eras or period costumes from a museum archive, but in fact each piece of “clothing” is crafted entirely out of pattern paper. De Borchgrave, a painter and teacher, was initially inspired to create her paper dresses by a trip to a Yves Saint Laurent retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1994. Her first collection, Papiers à la Mode, was de Borchgrave’s take on the history of fashion with inspiration ranging from Marie Antoinette and Turkish sultans to pieces from Chanel and Dior.

100 Years of Fashion in Under Two Minutes

A very clever marketing tool from the folks behind Westfield Stratford City, a massive “urban shopping center” which just opened last month in East London. From flappers and fedoras to punk rockers and b-boys, this video covers the last 100 years of fashion in swinging London. Loads of history and inspiration has been squeezed into just under 2 minutes – not to mention that these two have some serious moves!

BurdaStyle Ambassadors Rock The Sewing Summit!

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Hi Everyone! Sunni Standing from A Fashionable Stitch here, checking in with you to let you know the happenings at the Sewing Summit which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah over this past weekend. It was the first event of its kind here in SLC that lasted a short 3 days and offered classes on both quilting and garment sewing, plus a sprinkling of classes on blogging and photography. Having a mix of both quilters and garment sewers this year, I’m interested to see what the future holds for both groups in terms of this annual event and I do hope that the option to include the garment sewing side of things keeps growing. Having lived in Salt Lake City for a long time I haven’t been exposed to too many “serious garment sewing enthusiasm”, so it was refreshing to meet people who sew their own clothing and are really passionate about it.

Black + White: 10 Classic Wardrobe Staples

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Black and white have forever been a chic color combination, and no matter the season or current trend, black and white clothing, whether worn together or alone, make for timeless classics. Worn together there is a play on masculine/feminine, sometimes bold and edgy and sometimes romantic yet structured. Check out these 10 new patterns and exciting ways to wear black and white together…

Featured Member: thefabledneedle

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m a native Californian living in Los Angeles. Besides sewing, I love to draw, cook, collect vintage, and grow things.

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
L.A. has a lot to offer—and not just tourist traps! First, I’d suggest coming in the spring when the jacarandas are in bloom. We have so many flowering trees here, something is blooming year round but I think the purple flowers of the jacaranda are the most striking.

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - Paris Fashion Week

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Ok, I’m going to make a little confession: as soon as fashion week starts I always wish I had a fast forward button that would skip immediately to the Paris shows. It’s not that I don’t love what designers in New York, London and Milan are doing – but there’s something about the beauty and artistry of Paris fashion week that still makes me as giddy as it did when I was a little girl waiting by the mailbox for my giant copy of Vogue to arrive. Regardless of where your favorite designers show or what city inspires you the most, there were loads of great looks on the Parisian runways just begging for you to try them next spring, and we rounded up our last batch of favorites as fashion month officially comes to a close and we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring 2012.

It's Sew Easy: Make the Linda Skirt with Gretchen Hirsch

We were so excited to be a part of the new national sewing television show It’s Sew Easy and we were even more excited that our own BurdaStyle Ambassador Gretchen Hirsch was invited to host a segment using our Linda Skirt as her on-air project! Watch Gretchen to get great tips for creating your own vintage-inspired skirt, including how to use a horsehair hem for a super-femme, full skirted effect.

Shopping LA's Garment District with Sew Country Chick

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We truly are spoiled living in New York City with the Garment District little more than a train ride away, providing us with thousands of fabric, trim and notion choices at our finger tips. However, we often forget that there are abundant districts in other cities that provide inspiration and materials to sewers and crafters throughout the United States and the globe. One such district is in Los Angeles, California and guest writer Justine Abbit from Sew Country Chick documented a recent trip to the LA garment district to share her tips for getting the most out of the LA scene!

Fashion Design Collaborations: Which Ones Work?

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Many of our readers are not only handy with a sewing machine, but they follow the goings-on of the fashion industry as well. And if you’ve been paying attention to the current collaboration climate, you’ve noticed there are many. From Karen Elson + Nine West, Target + Missoni, to Kenzo for Opening Ceremony, which ones are a hit? A miss? Read on to see more photos and voice your opinion…

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