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MySINGERStory.com: Jackie Ayres

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Continuing our series celebrating 160 years of SINGER®, we get the scoop on designer Jackie Ayres who is a third generation dressmaker and SINGER® machine user. Click through to read more about Jackie and see photos of her stunning collections, plus make sure to check back all through the month of September for more member stories. Want to share yours? Head over to MySINGERStory.com to tell your story for the chance to win a brand new Singer 160™ machine!

Featured Member: smallfire

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Where are you from and where do you live now? What do you do other than sewing?
I am originally from Malaysia. To escape the humidity and heat, I took up an offer with a US based company… Recently, my fiance and I moved from Iowa to Washington. There are a few other things that occupy my time namely watercolor painting, knitting, and polymer clay sculpting. There are just too many things to do!

Win Two Tickets to New York Maker Faire 2011!

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BurdaStyle is giving away three pairs of FREE tickets to the upcoming New York Maker Faire!

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - Metallic Embroidery

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From the romanticism of Alexander McQueen to the rock ‘n’ roll rebellion of Balmain, metallic embroidery is adding a luxe edge to some of fashion’s latest looks. Check out some of our favorite embroidered creations and try it on your next project with Amann Group Mettler Poly Sheen® thread. A larger surface area means the thread reflects more light and is sure to bring attention to wherever you decide to stitch it. Toss in a few sequins or beads for a textural effect and take your garment project to the next level.

DIY To Try: Have an Arm Party with Fabric Covered Bangles

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I can’t help, but be TOTALLY charmed by The Man Repeller. From the first time I read Leandra’s site, I knew that my blog roll had just gotten way more fun. The more-is-more fashion philosophy, the hilarious photos and maybe my favorite of all, the “arm party”! If you are not familiar with her fantastic blog, I highly recommend it – she has an awkwardly endearing way of making serious fashion seriously fun.

In true Man-Repeller spirit, I decided why make a single recycled bracelet project, when I could make an “arm party”??

New York Maker Faire 2011

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Get ready because BurdaStyle is bringing back our famous Make + Take Lounge to Maker Faire New York in just a couple weeks. It’s time to pack up our sewing machines and head over to the New York Hall of Science in Queens for a weekend of sewing September 17th and 18th, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this amazing creative event once again!

Invisible Details of a Couture Garment: The Waist Stay

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“Dress malfunction!”
“Help with strapless dress, please!”
“How do you make your strapless stay up?!”

Readers, these are just a few of the many, many cries for help from those who have had bad experiences with strapless dresses. Who wants to have a dress slide down and expose your bosom while you’re trying to enjoy a night of dancing, right?

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Peter Lappin's Halter Dress - Step 1

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For the month of September we’re hosting a Sew Along with our good friends at Coats & Clark, FreeSpirit Fabrics and Tula Pink. Each week we’ll be posting steps for our Halter Dress Pattern courtesy of Peter Lappin! Click through for Peter’s instructions for getting started on this sassy project and stay tuned for more steps and info throughout September!

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Gretchen Hirsch's Skirt - Step 1

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For the month of September we’re hosting a Sew Along with our good friends at Coats & Clark, FreeSpirit Fabrics and Tula Pink. Each week we’ll be posting steps for our Skirt with Front Pleats courtesy of Gretchen Hirsch! Click through for Gretchen’s instructions to get started on this beginner-friendly project and stay tuned for more steps and info throughout September!

MySINGERStory.com: EllaLeoncio

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To celebrate the 160th anniversary of SINGER®, we asked a few of our members to share their sewing stories. This week we spoke with Aussie member EllaLeoncio to get the lowdown on how she started sewing, her inspirations, and the history behind her Singer machine. Stay tuned through the month of September for more stories and head over to MySINGERStory.com and share yours for the chance to win a brand new Singer 160™ machine!

10 New Fall Sewing Patterns You May Fall Hard For

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Get ready for some super fresh Fall patterns that will have you salivating! Read on to see the looks + get the patterns…

Featured Member: charlotteauzou

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
Hi there, my name is Charlotte, I am 26 and I am from France. I grew up in Brittany but I have been living in Paris for more than three years. It’s a great city even if sometimes I miss living by the sea… I have a 9 to 5 daily job that isn’t far from home (quite great in a big city) so I don’t waste a lot of time commuting every day and I can focus more on my sewing projects.

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing in 2005 because I wanted a floral dress that I’ve seen on a Cacharel runway show.

A Week in the Desert: Fashion and Crafting at WWDMagic

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Twice a year Las Vegas explodes with the latest in clothing, accessories, shoes and more for the market tradeshow Magic. BurdaStyle was invited to set up a DIY crafting station on the floor at WWDMagic, the area of the show for contemporary lines for women and teens. We partnered up with Alicia DiRago, the lady behind Dismount Creative, who whipped up 3 awesome projects. We had so much fun at this event and met so many great people in fashion and retail, not to mention the fact that we got to scope out all the trends for spring 2012. Click through to check out pics from our Vegas adventure.

Meet the Designer: Emili Adamé

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I started making handmade, high-end gem jewelry in late 2007, early 2008. I was bored, working for an energy company and feeling like this couldn’t be where I was going to end up. I knew that there was something more in store for me.

I have always been creative. My mother says that as a child I would stay up until all hours of the night and into the morning creating, cutting, pasting, drawing, sewing and painting – which got me in trouble more than not seeing that it was 3:00 am and I had school the next day. I would create everything from paper dolls to greeting cards, I never limited myself on my creations, the sky was the limit and I believe it still is.

The Humble Housedress

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Growing up in the 70s and 80s my mother would often talk about the way housewives from her mother’s generation were treated unfairly and how the only job my grandmother could get outside of the home was as a waitress. My mom also had books like The Cinderella Complex and early editions of Cosmopolitan magazine on her nightstand.

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