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Holiday Giveaway: Day 10 - Win a goodie bag from Blumenthal Lansing!

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Welcome to day 10 of our Holiday Giveaway! Today, enter to win a fantastic goodie bag from Blumenthal Lansing! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Saturday, December 11th to be entered to win!

English Countryside Cool

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Ahhh the windswept romance of the English countryside.

I am indeed a sucker for English heritage style – nubby tweeds, heavy plaided wools, thick knitted socks and a pair of rubber wellies, maybe a couple of Welsh corgis in the yard. For centuries these classic pieces have been standbys of the traditional English wardrobe and inspiration for many a born-and-bred Brit designer (ie: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Luella Bartley, John Galliano et al). Despite their occasional presence on the runway, these staples are anything but trends, burned into the consciousness of the English people and adopted by those wishing to mimic the lush yet simple lifestyle they often connote.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 9 - Win ModCloth Accessories!

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Welcome to day nine of our Holiday Giveaway! Today, enter to win a set of two fantastic prizes from ModCloth.com! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Friday, December 10th to be entered to win!

Featured Member: kelepso

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

I was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Currently, I live minutes away from Downtown Miami in a very progressive neighborhood, called Morningside. It is filled with lots of art, design, culture, food and fashion. It’s a fun place to be.

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

One of the very first things I can remember making as a child are Barbie doll clothes, made by hand from old discarded socks. As a young adult, it was two small matching pouches for my partner and I. Each one had our first initials hand sewn with beads. It was a bit afrocentric, when I was going through that phase.

Vintage in Detail: Braided Rickrack

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What in the world did we do before there was rickrack? The myriad uses of this notion made it a fabric
store staple before your grandmother was big enough to even sit at the sewing table. You probably
already know that you can applique a skirt with it, gather it into flowers for a crazy quilt, use it as
an edging on a pincushion or pillow, crochet around it and even incorporate it into nifty embroidery
designs.

But, did you know you can braid rickrack?

Holiday Giveaway: Day 8 - Win Spoonflower $100 Credit - Two Winners!

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Welcome to day eight of our Holiday Giveaway! Spoonflower is giving away two $100 credits for custom fabric printed fabric! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Thursday, December 9th to be entered to win!

To Lee, With Love

To Lee, With Love, Nick - A Tribute to Alexander McQueen By Nick Knight from SHOWstudio on Vimeo.

At today’s British Fashion Awards in London, photographer/videographer Nick Knight showcased a short tribute video to his late friend, Alexander McQueen, in honor of the designer’s posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design. Complete with an exclusive track by Bjork, the short film is beautiful, haunting, and truly moving. I think McQueen would have approved.

How To Become A Star Style Blogger

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This week, Refinery29 sheds a humorous light on becoming the next biggest blogger. From dressing the part to choosing your blog self-portrait pose— this guide is sure to make you giggle, if not give you the gumption to start blogging.

Fashionista.com's Panel "How I'm Making It: What It Takes To Be Successful In Fashion"

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Last night I trekked over to the Cantor Film Center at NYU in near freezing temperatures and gusty winds to hear a pretty awesome panel of up-and-coming designers and retailers give their advice on how to get started and survive in the often cut-throat and unpredictable industry that is fashion. Timo Weiland, Rebecca Minkoff, Jeff Halmos from Shipley & Halmos, Nellie Partow, Michael Mente from FarFetch.com and Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai from Odin shared their backgrounds, how they found their passions and what they’ve learned along the way. I took notes to break down a few of the more reiterated topics which I hope may help inspire some of you to be fearless and go after your dreams!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 7 - Win Mood Fabrics $100 Gift Card!

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Welcome to day seven of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a $100 Gift Card from Mood Fabrics! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Wednesday, December 8th to be entered to win!

A Step Closer to Protecting Your Designs?

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Last week the fashion world was abuzz with talk that the highly touted Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (or IDPPA for short) had made it past the Senate Judiciary Committee and was on it’s way to the House for final approval. The passing of this bill has the potential to be huge for designers who for years have been unsuccessful in trying to copyright and protect their designs in the U.S. Over the last decade or so we’ve seen “fast fashion” stores like Forever 21 and H&M use these loopholes in copyrighting as the backbone of their business, causing a chain effect that blocks designers who cannot compete with the low prices and large quantities of their fast fashion counterparts and allows these quick-turnover retail stores to rely solely on their ability to pirate work and doesn’t challenge them to create their own.

7 Retro-Inspired Projects

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I have been away the past 3 weeks traveling through Chile & Argentina (where it is Springtime and absolutely wonderful) and had a very fine holiday. Today back in the office I was perusing the talent of our members and was struck by these very cool retro-inspired projects!

Lula Magazine + Rodarte = A Trip Down Rodarte Lane

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Does anyone out there love Lula magazine and Rodarte as much as I do? Lula Issue 11, guest edited by the sisters of Rodarte, features Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst wrapped in their ethereal, gauzy gowns.

Dress Up Your Holiday Wardrobe

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The holiday’s are upon us which means one thing – the parties are about to start. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to dress up your wardrobe, try sewing a fabulous clutch to carry all your party essentials. Since most clutch patterns are essentially fabric rectangles (closures are optional), even a beginner seamstress can make a show stopping bag. Here’s a few free patterns to get you started!

Last Day to Vote: The BERNINA Party Through the Decades International Competition

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Have you voted for your favorite party outfit yet? Better do it now because your chance to pick the winner of our Party Through the Decades Competition presented by BERNINA 3 Series ends at 4 pm EST this Wednesday, December 8th! Check out the slide show of the top 50 entries and pick your favorite, but hurry you only have a couple more days left so get those votes in now. Remember, you can’t vote for the same look twice, but you can vote for as many different looks as you like!

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