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Style Sheets: Vintage Autumn Fashions

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There are a lot of reasons why fall is the unchallenged queen of all seasons for me. The blazing leaves, the smell in the air, and yes… the plaid! Dipping temperatures are perfect for my more-is-more fashion philosophy and it’s made all the happier whenever I can incorporate a whole lotta chunky textures and a profusion of prints. It’s especially exciting this season as colors, prints and layers dominate the runways as well as the streets. Consider this look at similarly inspired glories of autumn fashions from the past as a love letter to my most favorite season.

Tips From The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: How to Read a Sewing Pattern

Knowing your way around a pattern before you start sewing will save you serious time and headaches down the road. Once again we call on talented BurdaStyle member Sunni Standing (sunnilj9) to help you familiarize yourself with the basics of a sewing pattern like the ones featured in The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook.

Check out Sunni’s tips and share your tricks for mastering patterns in the comments below!

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[Updated 12/1/2011] – Congratulations to diediedarling, who was picked at random to win this giveaway!

Featured Member: remostar

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Where are you from and where do you live? What do you do other than sewing?
I was born in Oakland, California. The Navy moved my family to Jacksonville, Florida where I was raised since I was 4 years old.

Our Terms Section Needs YOU!

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We have an amazing Terms section, filled with a huge selection of key sewing and craft words. We want to spruce this section up a bit, and would love your help!

Smells Like Teen Spirit: 7 New Grunge-Inspired Women's Sewing Patterns

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If you’re a fan of early 90s grunge looks a la Kurt Cobain, the perfect leather trousers paired with a chambray button-down, or mixing petticoats with plaid jackets, these patterns are for you. Read on to see all of the details!

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Attention all jewelry lovers: JewelMint is a great club that offers you personalized, affordable jewelry picks straight to your inbox each month. Designed by actress Kate Bosworth and Hollywood stylist Cher Coulter, JewelMint is like having your own personal shopper on hand. Membership is free and each month you will receive personalized jewelry picks based on your style and aesthetic profile. Whether you’re trendy or timeless, JewelMint has something to suit just about every taste and at just $29.99 for each piece you can experiment with new looks, try a whole new style or find your perfect piece of jewelry without breaking the bank.

Under the Influence: Cyberpunk Style

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This may or may not come as a surprise to you – but I am a huge sci-fi fan. Books, television shows, movies…fashion. Yes, fashion – and I’m not just talking Star Trek costumes.

Books like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick and Neuromancer by William Gibson offered decidedly postmodern views of the future – dystopias full of pumped-up artificial intelligence, big-brother style law enforcement, vigilante justice and grand ideas of what the future of technology looked like. Film took these futuristic views a step further by creating solid visuals we could tie to all of these ideas, including amazing clothing and set design that is just as much anchored to the definition of Cyberpunk as the original writings from which the genre was born.

Behind the Scenes: Visiting a Textile Archive

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A few months ago, Jamie and I headed a couple blocks down from our Midtown office to spend the afternoon immersed in one of the most amazing textile archives in the city. Dimitrios Apostolou has been collecting vintage textiles, swatches, paintings and garments from estate sales, auctions and private collectors for over 40 years. His collection boasts nearly 4 million pieces from all around the world including a hand embroidered shawl from 13th century China as well as an entire collection of swatches from the house of Chanel. Check out some of the amazing things we found in Dimitrios’ collection after the jump!

Enter Krrb's 12 Days of Gifting Give Away!

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The holidays are right around the corner and our friends at Krrb (a great website where you can buy, sell, trade, borrow or give to your neighbors — locally and in-person) are getting in the spirit with their 12 Days of Gifting Give Away! Everyday from December 6-22, Krrb will be giving lucky winners the chance to score great prizes including The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook , specially made accessories from Lamia Designs, a gift pack from Sprout Wellness, a $250 cash prize and much more!

The Unsung Notion: Beeswax

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Hundreds of sewing patterns, sewing books, magazines and instructions and hardly any mention of this most useful sewing notion: beeswax.

Tips From The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: How to Thread Your Sewing Machine

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook a great resource whether you’re a garment expert or just starting your sewing journey. Not only is the book filled with great patterns and variation ideas, but it’s also packed with loads of helpful tips for getting started including how to set up your sewing room and what tools you’ll need to familiarize yourself with before you begin. One major step in getting started on the right foot is knowing how to thread your machine properly. While each machine is different and you should consult your owner’s manual before you begin, we thought we’d call on BurdaStyle member Sunni Standing (sunnilj9) to show you the basics using a fantastic Confidence machine from SINGER®!

Pattern Purchase Update

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Our payment system is now restored!

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook New York Launch Party!

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Over a year in the making, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook has officially been released in the U.S. and we decided to celebrate by throwing a party at Housing Works in NYC! Friends, partners, contributors and BurdaStyle members (some even flew in from out of the country!) all came through for a great night of seeing new faces, catching up with old friends and celebrating our first publication.

Special thanks to SINGER® for making the party possible; Housing Works for the event space; Spoonflower for providing the fabric for our Make + Take booth; Megan Nicolay for her glitter tattoo skills; the great crew at Random House; the folks at Have Booth Will Travel and photographer Vanessa Rees for the awesome pictures; videographer John Sabia; and our amazing contributors, members, friends, and partners – you all made this an event to remember!

Comment to Win ANOTHER "My Double Deluxe" Dress Form from Dritz!

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[Update 11/21/2011] – Congratulations to nellyvdb for winning this contest!

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