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Katie Vardijan on: Millinery 101: Making a Top Hat, Part 2

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In the last installment we began making a top hat using buckram for the base and millinery wire along some of the edges. Now let’s finish the hat!

Fashion Week is Here!

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I can’t believe fashion week snuck up on me again! In New York, the tents are up at Lincoln Center and the excitement is intense. This season also sees another installment of Fashion’s Night Out, which now takes place in over 15 countries from France to Russia to South Korea!

The Trend is Jeggings

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Right now, the hot trend in fashion is the Jegging. An alternative to skinny jeans, jeggings look like denim, but are much softer and have more stretch. Thinking about making a pair of your own? Try BurdaStyle’s Carol legging, Jalie 2920, or Kwik Sew’s latest pattern, 3807.

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Featured Member: laurwyn

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am a European girl. I come from Belgium and after a while spent in Ireland, I now live in The Netherlands, in Tilburg.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I have three first things… Does that count?

My first hand sewing happened when I was 4 or 5. My Grand Ma’ was a seamstress, and when she looked after me, I would look at her too. She taught me the basic hanstitch and I made basic Barbie dolls tube dresses (no hem, and a belt in old nylon from broken tights)

For 20 years, nothing. Then, last Halloween, I decided to make my Fiona dress (from Shreck) with green IKEA curtain fabric. I did two huge rectangles, sew them together, and then I pinched uneven darts on myself.

For a few months, nothing! After receiving my first sewing machine, I started my first project this April 2010. It is on this website. After ripping way too many stitches, I was really proud of the end result. And I still enjoy wearing that dress.

Are You Mad?

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Are you obsessed with the TV series Mad Men? I have to admit I have never seen the show, but I cannot escape the reality of TV shows infiltrating my psyche in this day and age. In short, I have indeed swooned over the Emmy Award winning, madly cool costume design from Mad Men and want to highlight the celebrated style this week.

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All That Jazz

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Twice a year Governor’s Island in New York plays host to cool cats and jazz babies from all over the city for it’s bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. From ladies in drop waist dresses and fascinators to guys rocking fedoras and three piece suits, it’s a scene straight out of a Fitzgerald classic and a wealth of fashion inspiration.

Liesl Gibson on: Designing a Fabric Collection

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The first Oliver + S fabric collection will be arriving in stores next month. When people hear that I’ve designed a collection of fabrics, they often ask how it’s done.
To create a coherent group of approximately 10 designs, each printed in three or more colorways, it’s helpful to start a collection from a single source of inspiration. I wanted this collection to feel urban and contemporary, yet clean and serene—not cute or nostalgic, or bold and loud, or overpowering.

FashionStake Launches

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Fashion enthusiasts now have a whole new way to support up and coming talent. The recently launched FashionStake brings consumers that much closer to the designers by allowing them to not only purchase pieces from their collections, but also to help fund them in the process.

Featured Member: KateXXXXXX

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
My parents were both Scots, and while as a child I followed my father round with the RAF, I consider myself still a Scot. I now live far from home as a ex-patriot, in the South of England, perched almost on top of the North Downs in Kent, opposite a cherry orchard half way between London and Dover.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I have no idea! Lost in the mists of time… The oldest surviving bit of my sewing is an embroidery made for may grandmother when I was about five. I first ‘sewed’ with my maternal grandmother, standing between her feet at her grandmother’s treadle machine in the kitchen in Kirkcaldy, pumping the treadle with one foot and being steered by Granny’s hands on top of my own.

En Plus

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Four cool patterns for Fall and how you could style them— for sizes 44-52 (US 12- 20)!

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Waistcoats | Do You Wear Them?

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Waistcoats, vests, vestees (if you’re Canadian), sleeveless upper-body garments covered in sequins, studs, embroidery— call it what you will, the point is, waistcoats make any outfit a little bit cooler.

Red Carpet Glamour From the Emmys

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When I was a little girl I wanted to be an actress. Not that I necessarily had any talent, but that didn’t matter because what I really wanted was to go to an award show. Forget the acting part, I wanted the dresses! Ok, so maybe I didn’t want to be an actress, so much as have the means (and the option) to wear extravagant designer creations, but you can’t fault a girl for finding an excuse to wear pretty things.

Style for Less

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You could pay $60 (or more, depending on where you shop) for a cute cotton dress which resembles a German Wiesn Dirndl— or you could make your own, like Grosgrain did. Can you guess which dress was made by Kathleen from Grosgrain and which one was made for ready-to-wear? Want to make your own modern Wiesn Dirndl? Check out this tutorial.

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