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Link Love: Barbie and Ken Together at Last, Grammy (High) Fashion, DIY Projects to Try This Weekend!

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Lots of things happening this Valentine’s week! Hope everyone had a great one. Now, on to the weekend!

Check out some of my favorite stories and projects after the jump.

Fall 2011 Trends - Make Them Now: That 70's Look

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I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with the 70’s. Led Zeppelin, flared jeans, platform shoes – as a matter of fact I am a) listening to Led Zeppelin and b) wearing both flared jeans and ridiculously (ie: dangerously) high platform boots as I write this piece, and it doesn’t seem that I’m the only one who’s smitten. American designers including Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch expressed their love for the decade in recent Fall 2011 runway shows and as an avid 70’s enthusiast I couldn’t be more excited.

Featured Member: tinybows

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

I was born and raised in California. I moved to Montana when I was 17, where I went to college at the University Montana Western. I moved to Philadelphia two years ago, and I reside in the area currently. Right now I am working on going back to finish my education. I was a fine arts major at UMW, but I took some time off to decide what I really want to do. My main focus is in photography, and in Philly there are so many amazing schools that specialize in the arts. I’m looking into going to Moore right now.

Making Button Rings + Comment to Win a Copy of "Button Ware"!

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There’s no way around it, buttons are magical. They are both commonplace and remarkable, functional and decorative. Did you know that, even though buttons appear as far back as 2000 BC, the buttonhole did not appear until the thirteenth century? Before that, they were solely for show. They’ve been made of wood and metal, plastic and bone, rubber and mother of pearl.

10 New Patterns + Looks to Inspire Them

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There are certain patterns that are just classics— from them you can build a wardrobe you could hold on to for decades. A bustier, a pencil skirt and a cropped jacket make for a fun retro look, and by changing the fabrics, you can update these classic silhouettes so easily. Read on to see them all!

Comment to Win with Yvette Stanton!

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Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win “The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion” and “The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion,” written by Yvette Stanton!

At The Show: STUDY NY

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This week I went to the fashion presentation of Ecco Domani “Sustainable Design” winner Tara St. James of STUDY NY . Have you heard about the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation? It’s a wonderful organization geared towards launching exiting new fashion and accessory lines. Read on to see more of the show!

Meet the Designers: BurdaStyle DIY Fashion Show!

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Watch out Austin! Our DIY Fashion show is less than a month away and with our 15 designers chosen, it looks like we’re going to pack a powerful punch!

It was a tough job narrowing it down to 15, but we’ve made our decision and we’re so excited to have you to meet this group.

Let us introduce the participating designers…

Announcing Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest!

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At BurdaStyle we love sharing new things with our members. New project ideas, new patterns, new trends to love or hate. We also love sharing new techniques! From stitching button holes to inserting zippers to interfacing a collar we think having an arsenal of different techniques and tips makes your sewing life so much easier.

Fiskars & BurdaStyle want you to share a fantastic technique or tutorial with us! For the month of February Fiskars is challenging all BurdaStyle members to create and upload a great technique to our Learning section for the chance to win some awesome prizes from Fiskars!

Getting Crafty for Anti-Valentine's Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day. While tutorials and links abound for creating love themed items, what about those who are against the holiday? It’s a fairly new trend that’s becoming more popular across the country – Anti-Valentines. So how can you ‘celebrate’? You can start by baking cupcakes (non-love themed of course), whip up a themed shirt, stitch up a voodoo doll, and send out a few gifts (or just keep them for yourself). Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not is up to you, but no matter which you choose, there’s something crafty you can make to show love….or disdain for the day!

The Australian Museum Presents Fashion Less Waste 2011

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Heads up to our Aussie members, entries are now being accepted for the Australian Museum’s Fashion Less Waste 2011! This year contestants are asked to take inspiration from the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Rituals of Seduction. In maintaining the mission of the competition, which is promoting sustainability in fashion, outfits and accessories must be constructed from materials not traditionally used for clothing. Plastic cups, candy wrappers, electrical cording…you really get to think outside the box for this one!

Iris Van Herpen - 3D Printed Couture

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Last Friday for my weekly roundup of all things cool, crafty and fashionable I added a link to designer Iris van Herpen’s “Escapism Couture” collection which she debuted at Paris Couture Week back in January. I thought van Herpen’s collection was too amazing to just be a link, so I decided to dig deeper and share with you a little bit more about van Herpen and her amazing 3D printed couture creations. Learn more after the jump!

(Photo courtesy of danielwidrig.com.)

The New Elegance

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There’s a great story about socialite Nan Kempner who, after being told she could not enter the chic La Cote Basque in NYC wearing pants, simply stripped them off and entered sporting only her tunic. The idea that a woman could not enter a restaurant in a pair of pants is a bit baffling now and a testament to how our ideas of what is considered elegant and chic are constantly shifting. In our busy modern times it seems appropriate that chicness is now being aligned with comfort and no longer are we required to bind ourselves up in complicated clothing to be seen as well dressed and put together.

I Wear My Heart on My Knees

With Valentine’s Day coming up on Monday, we’ve been scouring the web for some ideas of what to wear on the day of the year dedicated to love. When we came across this amazing little DIY tutorial from ModCloth, our hearts just melted!

Vintage Notions: The Magic Pattern + Free Project Download!

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My newest book, Vintage Notions, takes much of its is inspiration from the newsletter produced by the Woman’s Institute of Scranton, PA. This remarkable school taught dressmaking via correspondence courses and newsletters to over 300,000 women in the 1920s and ‘30s. A popular feature was always the “Magic Pattern.” These clever and timeless patterns were so simple to make, they seemed like “magic.” The “magic” continued when a student realized no paper patterns were required, as cutting your pieces was based solely on diagrams and measurements.

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