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All-You-Can-Create at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn

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We know you’ve got skills. You’re a sewer, a designer and an all-around super-creative person.

That’s why we’re such big fans of Brooklyn’s “innovation incubator”, 3rd Ward — a place where you can make all your DIY dreams come true. They host sewing classes (using Burdastyle patterns!), fashion illustration courses, and jewelry workshops; we’ve even shot some of our looks in one of their spacious photo studios! 3rd Ward’s awesome class schedule offers loads of options for creative activities you’ve perhaps wanted to try but haven’t had the guts to yet – like brunch welding, screenprinting, urban beekeeping, photography and tons more. For people who love to create, welcome to you Wonderland!

Want to Sew Menswear? Here's Where to Start!

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Let’s face it: for the guy who wants to sew his own clothes (or for women who want to sew menswear), there aren’t a whole lot of resources out there. In-print books like David Coffin’s classic, Shirtmaking, are few. I’ve been writing extensively about men’s sewing over on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness, and I’m delighted that BurdaStyle has given me the opportunity to address the topic here.

A Little Bias(ed)

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I admit…I’m a little bias about bias. As someone who has spent the better part of their life involved in sewing and quilting, I absolutely love bias tape. For so many patterns, projects and quilts, a coordinating or contrasting binding can really add a lovely and distinctive finishing touch.

BurdaStyle Goes to Austin!

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Next week the BurdaStyle team is heading south for the winter to Austin, TX to attend the South By South West Conference (SXSW)! We are taking part in so many amazing events that we’ve been bursting at the seams to tell you about!! Check our facebook page to RSVP and for the full details! Nora, Rachel, Carol and Ruth will all be down from March 10th-March 16th so make sure to check out one of these great events after the jump!

Featured Member: nyphertiti

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

I’ve lived and traveled all over the world but I always come home to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. It’s a very small city almost right smack dab in the middle of Canada. During the day I work in a government office where I assist organizations in my community that work with homeless people. We develop projects that will move people towards independence, anything from mentorship programs up to building an emergency shelters or other housing. It’s very challenging but also very rewarding.

Site Issue Update: Pattern Purchases Back in Action!

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All pattern purchases are working successfully.

Not all members experienced issues with pattern purchasing, but if you have attempted to purchase a pattern in the last few days and were unable to retrieve it due to a site issue, please e-mail Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com. We are currently refunding all members who have already contacted us requesting a refund.

We appreciate your patience as our team works to provide refunds to those affected.

The Official Preppy Fashion Handbook + 10 Preppy Sewing Patterns

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I grew up on Cape Cod, an island of Massachusetts, deep in the throes of an extremely prevalent preppy subculture. Derived from the word preparatory, prep or preppy describes the mannerisms, etiquette, education, speech patterns, and most importantly, the dress of certain North Eastern teenagers. The preppy style originated in the 1950s and still holds strong today. This post features 10 new patterns showcasing preppy designs from the earlier years of the prep (the 60s!). Read on and check out these versatile sewing patterns!

Site Issue: Unable to Retrieve Purchased Patterns?

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Beginning on Friday, February 25th, some of you have reported that when attempting to purchase patterns, you are led to a 500 Server Error or are otherwise unable to retrieve your pattern. Please note that we are currently working with our Technical Support team to resolve this issue, and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have attempted to purchase a pattern and are unable to retrieve it due to this issue, please e-mail Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com. We are currently refunding all members who have already contacted us requesting a refund.

We appreciate your patience as our team works diligently to solve this issue and provide refunds.

Last Week to Submit: Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest!

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Sewing School is in session and we are learning a lot! Thanks to you guys and your amazing submissions to our Fiskars Unzipped: The Technique Contest, we’re adding all kinds of tricks to our sewing encyclopedia. Haven’t had the time to upload your technique yet? You still have a few more days left to submit your step-by-step photos or short video complete with detailed instructions to our Learning section with the words “Fiskars Unzipped” in the title before Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 11:59PM EST for your chance to win great prizes from Fiskars! There’s no limit to the number of tutorials you can post for the competition!

Which Fashion Era Are You?

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Today we’re exploring four exciting eras in fashion: the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Which one are you? Read on and see more images and get the patterns to create these looks yourself!

Upcycle Like a Princess

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For most of us, upcycling, transforming a old, outdated, or unflattering garment and turning it into something updated and modern, is not a new technique. However, new eyes are turning to this trend as even (future) royalty are embracing it. Recently, Kate Middleton stepped out in an altered herringbone coat which not only has people talking, but is sparking a new interest in refashioning an existing wardrobe. Don’t quite know where to start? Check out Little Green Dresses: 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials, and ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs for great tips and the inspiration to get you started!

Link Love: "Interview" with Proenza Schouler, Make a Dress for $6, McQueen's Savage Beauty

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Chloe Sevigny interviews Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, The Met readies for McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit and Abi from Vanilla & Lace makes the most adorable pair of bloomers – all in this week’s roundup of great links from around the web.

See more after the jump!

Embellish It!

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Whether done with thread, beads, lace or sequins, embellishment adds a luxe texture and dimension to garments or accessories. Are you an embroidery maven or just an admirer? Check out some gorgeous examples including garments by Mary Katrantzou and Oscar de la Renta, as well as loads of tips and how-tos so you can get started.

Bridging Design and Social Consciousness with Awamaki Lab

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In an age where we’re more conscious than ever about where and how we are spending our money, the spotlight on fair trade and consumer consciousness is brighter than ever. To meet this new demand, a number of small non-profit companies are working to spearhead the movement of the sort of “farm-to-closet” fashion as I like to call it, where consumers know not only exactly where their clothing is coming from, but can tie a direct line back to the people manufacturing it and their communities.

Sewing for Profit - A Time Honored Tradition

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As many of you know by now, my latest book, Vintage Notions, was inspired by Mary Brooks Picken and the organization she founded and ran, The Women’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences in Scranton, PA. Founded in 1916, The Institute’s mail order curriculum and classroom instruction attracted students from all over the world, eventually counting over 300,000 women in their ranks.

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