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Would You Pay $500 For a Pair of Socks?


The sister duo behind Rodarte have elevated to the ranks of fashion darlings based on their home-spun take on couture techniques. Loopy knits, patchwork materials and an overall sense of nomadic naivete have been the calling cards of the Rodarte aesthetic, along with the ridiculously hefty price tags their one of a kind designs carry. Case in point: these $500 socks hand-crocheted from a mohair/alpaca blend that cannot be washed (only spot cleaned) nor could they probably withstand more than a handful of wearings.

Inspired by: Balenciaga


I keep no secrets about my love for Nicolas Ghesquiere. Nearly every collection he has turned out for Balenciaga since he stepped in as the house’s designer in 1997 has ended up on my favorites list. While I have an appreciation for what many designers across the board do, there is something about Ghesquiere’s designs that speak right to my aesthetic, no matter how all over the map that might be.

Featured Member: sandrasews


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

I live in Sydney, Australia. I actually grew up in Darwin in the far north of Australia in the tropics. I’ve also lived in California and London!

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

The first thing I made was probably something like a tote or zipper case in home economics at school. Do they even teach sewing at school these days? I remember watching my mum sew but I think my first experience was in that class at school. My favorite piece in my BurdaStyle studio is currently my Anda dress. It’s so quick to make and easy to wear. I think if you can get a lot of wears out of a handmade item, it’s a hit. I used to spend my time making complicated dresses that would barely get worn. An example of something I spent way too much time on making was when I decided to try my hand at tailoring using couture techniques on a blazer. It was literally sewn by hand and so laborious that I actually had to put it away for a few years before I could look at it again and finish it.

Comment to Win with City Weekend!


Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter or comment on this blog for your chance to win a fabric jelly roll or layer cake from City Weekend, Oliver + S founder Liesl Gibson’s first fabric collection, courtesy of Moda and Oliver + S!

Make Karl Lagerfeld's Designs


If you could get a sewing pattern from your favorite designer in the world who would that be?

Halloween with Schlosser Designs


Along with your witches’ brew and bag of skulls, decorate your creepy, crawly lair this Halloween with this great table set from Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs.

BurdaStyle Members Create One of a Kind Garments with Liberty Art Fabrics


Recently we offered ten BurdaStyle members the opportunity to craft one of a kind garments using burda style magazine patterns and the amazing textiles of Liberty Art Fabrics created by Kaffe Fassett. We are excited to share the results with the rest of the community and we’re sure that you will be as awed and inspired as we were.

Working With Fake Fur


Werewolf and monster costumes just wouldn’t be the same without a little faux fur somewhere in them. If making your ideal costume has scared you off because you need to work with a plush, napped fabric, there’s plenty of help available to assist you in working with these materials. This article on is a great place to start – it not only covers how to sew faux furs, but also cutting them as well. Even if you don’t plan on sewing with a faux fur for Halloween, it’s a great reference to have when making holiday wraps and jackets as well!

Silver Screen Sewing: Peter Pan

Where would we be without our shadows?

Halloween Costume Ideas


Halloween is about two weeks away (gasp!). Are you dressing up for this night of ghoulish delight? If you need a some inspiration for DIY costumes, you’ve come to the right place!

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Follow Us On Twitter


Many of you are already following us on Twitter (thanks!), but for those of you that aren’t, here are a list of reasons why you should:

Looking for more competitions and career changing opportunities?


I stumbled upon through Laura Bolčina’s project Florence Forever. Laura is participating in a design competition which may put her dress on Florence, of Florence + the Machine! Other prizes include $500 cash, an article in LuckyMag, signed copies of the album and more. Very exciting stuff! If you are looking for more competitions which may help further your career in the arts and design, or to simply win some amazing prizes, check out Talenthouse.

Adding Seam Allowance


You may be familiar with the fact that many of the burda style magazine patterns do not include seam allowance. Some of you may already have figured your way around this, but if you’re still stuck I found this really simple tutorial from Five Green Acres using 2 pencils and some tape. Give it a try!

Featured Member: stitchywitchy


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

I’ve lived my whole life in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m a professional musician, and the arts community here is wonderful – it’s very different from they way I think people imagine Kentucky would be! I would never want to live anywhere else. I have a great love for old houses, and we are lucky that there are so many here! My husband and I own an old Victorian, and my second passion (after crafting) is restoring the house to its former glory.

Blair and Sibylle


Is it just me or did it look like Blair was sporting a variation of our Sibylle dress on last night’s episode of Gossip Girl? Perhaps a bit of wishful thinking, but with a few tweaks our pattern could totally be ready for the campus of Columbia!


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