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Autumn Coats: What are you wearing?


The last days of summer are among us in New York city. Fashion week has come to the big apple and has migrated to other parts of the world. Now it’s time to make a list of what you’re going to sew for yourself this Autumn. Most particularly, a coat! Have you decided on a Autumn/Winter coat yet?

Featured Member: kaiju


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

I’m originally from Japan, and I currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I am going to school, majoring in graphic design.

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

The first thing I made was an animal-shaped felt pochette for a community fair when I was like 8 years old. I made a few of them, and they were all hand-sewn. And the first thing I made with my mom’s sewing machine was a little dress for a door ornament. Then I was hooked into making my own clothes about 10 years ago, from skirts, at first. I measured myself and came up with a simple A-line skirt, which I still wear at home. Nobody around me sewed anything (not even my mom), so I have taught myself pretty much everything I know about sewing so far.

A New Look for Your News!


As the BurdaStyle community grows and changes, so do the awesome ad-ons that come with being a BurdaStyle member! We have just redesigned our weekly newsletter and are very happy with the new look! Check your inboxes later today to see the new design and fresh look! And if you aren’t already signed up, join our newsletter today by going to our homepage and signing up!

Backstage with G-Star Raw and Comment to Win!

BurdaStyle Backstage at G-Star from Lindsey Ibarra on Vimeo.

Last week Nora and I headed over to Pier 94 to attend the Spring 2011 G-Star presentation. Check out our backstage interview with women’s designer Rebecca Bach and get a first hand look at what goes down before the models hit the runway!

World Maker Faire Comes to New York


September 25th and 26th join us at the New York Hall of Science on the World’s Fair Grounds in Queens for the very first World Maker Faire in New York! An amalgamation of creativity from all sectors, Maker Faire is a truly unique festival celebrating all that is DIY. We are excited to be part of this amazing event and hope to see lots of you stitching your own drawstring bag at our free Make and Take booth!

From Fashion Week: Cynthia Rowley's Punch Bowl


During New York Fashion Week I had the pleasure of attending the Cynthia Rowley show in the main tent at Lincoln Center. Flirty with some hints of retro in the shape of mod-ish shift dresses and easy trouser-leg pants, Rowley kept it interesting with a recurring theme in the form of punched out circles and colorful circular cabochons, which adorned some of the more simple silhouettes. You can get a jump on the Spring trend and try the look for yourself on some of our classic patterns.

Reminder: 1 Week to Submit Your Creations for the Project Runway ReMake Challenge presented by Rowenta


How are those remakes coming along? Figured out how to incorporate that iron yet? This is just a reminder you have 1 week to get your photos and description into us and give those Season 8 Project Runway kids a run for their money. Send all the pictures and info in to submissions[at]burdastyle[dot]com by September 30, 2010 at 11:59pm (EST).

Haven’t started yet? There is still time! Check out all the rules here for your chance to win that amazing prize package by Project Runway and Rowenta! Check out Rowenta’s facebook page to stay up to date on the show!

Introducing StyleTrek!


“I have nothing to wear!” A common complaint amongst many of my friends, especially during uber-style conscious Fashion Week. However, there is a newly launched site that might very well erase that line from your vernacular. Enter StyleTrek, a socially-savvy new online shop offering the best in up-and-coming talent from all over the world and a platform to interact directly with the designers as well as other fashion lovers from all corners of the globe.

Textile Arts Center - Grand Opening


BurdaStyle is proud to announce that starting in November, the Textile Arts Center will be teaching intermediate sewing classes using BurdaStyle patterns! This past Friday was the grand opening event for the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY. With its curved felt-covered walls, custom-designed light grid, and plenty of worktables, the Center is designed to serve the established and emerging creative community of Brooklyn. We couldn’t be happier about such a great new center in our very own city!

The People Behind the Fashions


It comes as no surprise that many of the jobs that were once performed for designers during fashion week are now being outsourced to companies overseas. Ever wonder who’s survived? I stumbled across this article early in the week and found it interesting to see what designers still look for at home – perfect embellishment, unique leathers, and precise patterns. Know of any other fabulous jobs that help out designers, we’d love to hear about them!

Spanish Scientist Creates Spray On Clothing

Spanish scientist/designer Manel Torres has created a new material that can be sprayed directly on to the body, forming a literal second-skin piece of clothing. Made from a suspension of minuscule cotton fibers and plastic, the material can be washed and re-worn as well as dissolved back into its liquid form to be reused as another garment! Check out the video from New Scientist and let us know what you think about this amazing new way to make clothing.

Featured Member: Bhs


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

I am from Latvia, country near the Baltic sea. I live in city Jelgava.

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

I have been big crafter from childhood. In childhood I dealt more with knitting. I was tempted to sewing too, because my cousin did a little sewing and I thought this is so cool to do clothing and accessories by myself, but I did not have sewing machine and our family couldn’t afford it at that time.

The first thing that I sewed was trouser skirts at school. Later I used to borrow sewing machine from my moms friend for sewing. First things were: skirts, dresses, trousers. At that time I was about 14-15 years old. I didn’t stop dreaming about my sewing machine, but unfortunately it didn’t come true. With borrowed sewing machine I sewed dresses for my sister, myself, my mom and little sister.

Then I left sewing for several years until I started to work and finally was able to buy my first sewing machine, which I am still using. I bought it five years ago.

Jackie O-La La


Jackie-O has been influencing the world of fashion for years. Her iconic style will, for many years to come, be adored by people all over the world, and is regularly referenced and reinterpreted in fashion.

Comment to Win Tickets to Maker Faire New York!

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Exposed Zippers: In or Out


Exposed zippers have been seen on the international runways for the last few seasons, but I have more recently begun to contemplate their role in fashion. Zippers are not only a functional closure— today they are being used more widely as accessories (necklaces, bracelets, embellishments) and can be super-exposed (on the outside of silk satin or down the front of a dress). What do you think about this exposure?


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