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One Week Left: Calling Future Sewing Stars! It’s a BurdaStyle Talent Search!

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The submissions are pouring in and looking FANTASTIC! There’s still time though, you’ve got one week to email your video submission in for consideration.

It’s Sew Easy, the new television program to be broadcast nationally (in the United States) on Public Television, is looking for a BurdaStyle member to star in a 10 minute television spot instructing a national audience on a BurdaStyle sewing project!

Links of the Week - Dress Up Your Pets, Working With a Double Needle, Is Fashion Losing it's Creativity?

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My favorite finds from around the web – read on to see what landed in my inbox this week!

What's Your Biggest Sewing Blunder?

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We’ve all had them in our sewing journey — the inevitable mistakes. A stitch on the wrong side, a stabbed finger by a sewing needle, a burnt piece of fabric — yep, been there, done that.

Projects and Tips for Beginner Sewers

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How many of your make New Year’s resolutions? How many of you tell yourselves “This is the year I’m really going to start sewing!” I’ve done this a few time myself – but life always seems to get in the way. Chances are, if you are clicking around BurdaStyle you either know how to sew or you want to learn so I’ve pulled together some simple patterns for beginners and great tips from all around the web to help you (and maybe me too!) get started. Whether you want to just get familiar with the craft or really dig in and start making your own pieces, hopefully these tips will give you the drive and the confidence to finally start sewing!

Vintage in Detail: Cutwork

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Cutwork is one of the sexiest vintage details out there. It’s also the brainchild of nuns. Go figure.

A forerunner of needle madee lace, cutwork is an umbrella term that is used for a number of different techniques – Broidery Anglaise, Renaissancee Embroidery, Richelieu and Venetian Embroidery. They all pretty much result in a similar effect, that is, a cut-out shape in linen or some other tightly woven
fabric where the raw edges are bound by satin stitches, buttonhole stitches or, in the case of Richelieu, a modified buttonhole stitch.

Featured Member: missymellie

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

I live in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. I am in my final year of studying Industrial Design and work at a fabric store part-time.

2. How did you start sewing? What’s your favorite project in your BurdaStyle studio?

I was taught to sew by my grandmother. She wanted me to learn to sew by hand before trusting me with her sewing machine and so I hand sewed a Goldilocks doll and dress with her help at the age of seven. I then spent a great deal of my childhood making clothes and soft furnishings for my dolls. Since starting university, discovering the wonders of three month summer holidays and getting my childhood ‘dream job’ working at Spotlight (a fabric chain here), I practically sew everything I wear. At the moment my Hey Now and Christmas Dresses are my favourite projects, mainly because it is the season for pretty party dresses!

Folk Art Fashion: Make The Look

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Are you a fan of handiwork: crochet, embroidery, beading? Do you love bright Liberty of London prints? Folk Art has had a stunning influence on fashion for centuries. Read more to see how you can incorporate some color and fun into your own wardrobe!

Comment to Win "The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques!"

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter for your chance to win The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard!

Sewing with SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show: A Great New Way to Upcycle Your T-Shirts!

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Did you know that each year over 500 billion plastic bags are thrown away by consumers worldwide? And that it can take up to 1,000 years for those plastic bags to biodegrade? Kristin St. Clair, one of the crafty minds at The Martha Stewart Show, came up with a great way to replace those troublesome plastic options and get a new life out of some old tee shirts hanging around your closet.

Trousers: 5 Fresh Patterns for the New Year!

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Behold: I am pleased to introduce 5 fresh trouser patterns for the new year! Read on…

Join Our Team! BurdaStyle is Looking for Marketing Interns!

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Want to help out with one of the fastest-growing DIY fashion sewing sites around? Of course you do!

BurdaStyle is seeking fantastic online marketing students in the New York City area to join our team and play a key role in our daily growth. This person should have an interest in fashion, art, or design, and seeks experience with an online platform.

Proper Sewing Machine Maintenance

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As I gear up to change the serger blade on my new machine for the first time, I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone about proper (preventative) maintenance for you machine. Since your sewing machine is the largest investment you’ll have to make, it’s important to take care of your equipment!

Clean House this New Year with the Krrb Corner Contest!

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Our friends at Krrb.com cordially invite you to clean house this New Year with the Krrb Corner Contest. Krrb is a fun, friendly and safe place to buy, sell, trade, borrow or give to your neighbors — locally and in-person. Each person on Krrb gets their own personal ‘corner’ shop—think of it as a virtual garage sale—where you can post your own classified listings and interact with other users. By joining Krrb now and creating a fabulous corner, you can win a SINGER® Fashion Mate 7256 plus cash prizes!

Weekend Project: Warm up With Faux Fur

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The snow was really coming down in New York this morning. Although it’s pretty to watch from inside the office, it’s quite another story to be outside in it.

To be honest, I don’t like much about winter except winter accessories. Scarves, hats, gloves – I have too many to count. One accessory that I’m really loving for winter (and that’s making it a little easier to bear…) is the faux fur scarf. Dries Van Noten made my favorite of the season and I’ve been on the hunt to find one. Then I thought to myself – that has to be so easy to make! So I dug around the internet and pulled together a few tutorials that show you how to make really simple faux fur winter accessories as well as some tips from our guest bloggers for the best ways to work with the fabric.

What We Got: Our loots from the holidays!

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It’s the first week of the New Year! We had a blast in 2010 and what better way to end it with a bang surrounded by family, friends and of couse – presents!

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