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[Update] – All 404 or 500 Errors regarding patterns should now be resolved. If you are experiencing otherwise, please e-mail us at Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com.

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Cloth Napkins Elegance

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In this weekend’s paper, there was an article about “bringing beautiful back into your home”. Since I absolutely despise ironing, you will never see crisp, pressed sheets gracing my bed (not even the pillowcases). However, one suggestion I can live with is using cloth napkins. Not only is it ‘green’, but it really does add a touch of elegance to any meal – maybe I could even get the kids to use theirs for a change!

Five BurdaStyle Members Infuse GAP Denim with their Personality – Sponsored Post

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You may remember Alison’s post last week about denim; well she wasn’t the only one who got a chance to explore her inner stylista. About a month ago, five BurdaStyle members were chosen for a top-secret project.

Featured Member: kaitui_kiwi

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand and moved to Perth, Western Australia about 6 years ago with my partner. Wellington is a super creative city and you can’t help but become a creative person just by living there, the influences are everywhere.

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

I remember my Mum had this amazing scrap bag that she let my sister and I cut up and hand sew to make clothing for our Barbies and Cabbage Patch dolls. That bag represents so many wonderful early sewing memories for me that now I have my own scrap bag which is full of off-cuts from some of my favourite pieces and I even bought myself a collector Barbie doll so that I can get back to my sewing roots and make her a few items from those special scraps just for fun.

All my early sewing knowledge came from my Mum, when I was old enough she taught me how to use her Globe sewing machine (which still chugs along to this day). She taught me all the important basics like inserting the bobbin, holding the threads when you start sewing, reversing at the end and her most important rule: only turn the hand wheel the correct way! I really enjoyed sewing on that robust little machine, it was so forgiving and made me very picky when it came time for me to invest in my first machine. I really value everything my Mum taught me and her foresight to nurture my early interest in sewing.

FlyNY's Kite Design Competition

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FlyNY is New York City’s annual international kite design competition co-hosted by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Affiliate of Architecture for Humanity. The event aspires to inspire design novices and professionals alike through the challenge of designing and flying a kite. Join us in celebration of New York City and its Parks as a place of culture, community, and play with a fun day of kite making and flying activities. To contribute, simply upload your original design ideas on Architizer.com by August 10th and make your way to Pier I at 70th Street in Riverside Park South on August 21st to showcase your finished product. A special pre-launch event will take place Friday, August 20th where 40 kite designs will be on display for a jury panel, which includes Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity and BurdaStyle’s own co-founder Nora Abousteit.

We’re excited to be part of such a creative event, and can’t wait to see the innovative designs flying high at the Pier. For more information and submission requirements visit FlyNY on Architizer’s Project page.

Share Your Work with your Facebook Friends

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Facebook Connect allows you to share not only with the BurdaStyle community but also with your entire online community of friends!

Back to School Bags and Projects

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For some of us, school will be starting in just a few short weeks. Besides a new wardrobe, there are lots of other ‘essentials’ needed for the big day – backpacks, lunch bags, and even covers for new books. Learn how to whip up your own back to school gear with BurdaStyle’s Messenger or Diana patterns, and lunch bags (link provided in credits). Need a few more ideas? Check out these free pattern links provided by About.com.

Comment to Win with Sublime Stitching!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a La Petite Embroidery Kit from Sublime Stitching!

Scheduled Maintenance Friday morning

Hey all just wanted to give you a heads up that this friday (7/30) there is some scheduled maintenance on the site that should last about 30 minutes or so.

Digital Summer 2010

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After a wildly successful first outing, Ubergizmo is back with another edition of Digital Summer. Once again taking place at San Francisco’s beacon of green nightlife, Temple, the event on August 25th promises to bring together technology, art, fashion and sustainability for a night of creativity and socializing. If the event is anything like last year’s – with over 800 attendees, a fashion show featuring sustainable clothing company Edun and new product test drives – the 2010 outing should be a smash. With partners Girls in Tech and the Innovative Fashion Council of San Francisco, Digital Summer is setting the standard for the continually evolving integration of fashion and technology.

From live-streaming fashion shows to integrative design software, fashion is embracing technology more than ever and we here at BurdaStyle are definitely no strangers to the cause. If you’re in the SF area you should definitely register and find your way to Temple and let your tech-girl-geek-flag fly with pride!

See all the details here

GAP 1969 Women's Denim – Sponsored Post

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My aunt once told me that in the late 60s she would soak her new blue jeans in the ocean for days, so as to soften them up and take the “newness” away. There’s something to say for vintage washes or worn-in clothing; they appear to have a soul or personality. You feel instantly laid back or easy going when you’re wrapped up in an old classic piece. When I tried on a pair of GAP 1969 Special Wash Always Skinny jeans they felt as if they could have been my Aunt’s jeans from decades past—super soft, perfectly frayed and gently worn-in. A prevalent trend in New York City amongst my generation is to dress in an effortlessly chic manner. Girls will throw their boyfriend’s beat up denim shirt over leggings and expensive shoes and come off as blasé about their look, or wear a playful silk georgette dress over rolled up acid wash jeans and heels.

Featured Member: Lala86

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I live in a suburb called Ituzaingó.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’ve always made crafts and sewn, specially jewlery. But what I think it was a the real beginning of my sewing life was a denim skirt I made when I was 14 years old. It was all hand sewn and that made my mom feel sorry for me so she bought a sewing machine that waited for me upon my bed in a box with a big bow on it (and so I thought it was a tv set). So I learned by myself and by the time I went to the university I did the majority of my clothes.

A Rainbow of Gem Tones

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Sometimes a fabric choice can really make a simple dress just POP— sometimes a dress pattern alone is just intricate enough for one solid color of fabric. This week I have both options; from a simple tunic top in an opal palate, to a flowing evening gown in solid, glowing Amethyst…

Liesl Gibson on: The Principles of Fabric Selection

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Last month I wrote about some of my favorite fabrics for sewing. But, as you know, selecting a fabric is just the first choice you need to make when you’re planning a project.

Since our Oliver + S sewing patterns are sold primarily in independent quilting shops, we design most of our patterns for quilting cotton. And since most quilting cottons are printed, selecting a print is something most of our customers do.

Editor's Pick: Blouses

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Blouses can be worn all year round— but the summertime is the most fun time to wear blouses, as they can really make the entire outfit.

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