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Black on Black: 6 Patterns for the New Year

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Black on black is something we see in New York city all of the time. Sometimes it can seem a bit boring or dull— especially in the winter months when we crave warmth, but sometimes, varying monochromatic textures can be exciting!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 28 Win a Prize Pack from Plaid!

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Welcome to day 28 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a selection of Plaid favorites. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Wednesday, December 29th to be entered to win!

Time to Vote: Handmade Holiday Contest Presented by ModCloth x BurdaStyle

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You guys must have some really special people in your lives because these handmade holiday gifts are AWESOME! The amazing editors over at ModCloth narrowed down your entries to their favorite 25! Now it’s your turn to let us know who you think should walk away with a $100 gift certificate to ModCloth.

Remember, two winners will be chosen – one based on votes of our members and one chosen by the ModCloth editors themselves – and each winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to ModCloth!

2010: Best of the Blog

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2010 was a big year for BurdaStyle! Between finishing up a book, working on projects and making new friends in all corners of the world, we’ve been a bunch of busy bees. As we look ahead to all the amazing possibilities the new year brings, we also want to look back at the last 12 months and share our (and your) favorite blog articles from 2010. Whether we were covering fashion trends, finding cool new crafts or sharing a little bit about ourselves and what we do, we are looking forward to continuing learning, collaborating, sharing and growing for many more years to come!

In the New Year

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Now that the bulk of the holidays are over, it’s time to focus in on the New Year. For many of us that means making New Year’s resolutions – some personal, some sewing. Every year I strive to work on something new – whether a new technique or perfecting a skill (this almost always includes better fitting and pattern alterations for me) and take the time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished over the year (I created a ‘diary’ to help me easily look back on what I have done). How about everyone else? Do you make resolutions? Reflect on your year’s sewing? Make a collage of your work over the past 12 months?

Holiday Giveaway: Day 27 Win a Janome Magnolia 7034D Serger!

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Welcome to day 27 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Janome Magnolia 7034D Serger. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, January 3rd (that’s a whole week!) to be entered to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 26 Win a Rhinestone Start Up Kit from M&J Trimming!

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Welcome to day 26 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Rhinestone Start Up Kit from M&J Trimming. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, December 27th to be entered to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 25 Win Japanese Pattern Books from Tessuti!

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Welcome to day 25 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win Japanese pattern books from Tessuti Fabrics. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Sunday, December 26th to be entered to win!

Weekend Project: Safety Pin Chic

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I believe the last time I used safety pins as a fashion statement I was an angsty 15 year old slashing up tee shirts and pinning the band logos to the back of my jean jacket, switching them out as my musical tastes evolved (or devolved, depending on who you ask).

As much as the slashed and pinned look has been a sort of trademark of the anti-establishment rebellion of the 70’s and 80’s punk movement, the look – or rather just the safety pin itself – has carried over into high-end fashion, evolving in a sort of avant-garde, rock ‘n roll way, while always retaining the rebelliousness of it’s roots.

What We Want : We have been good ~

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It’s finally here, after hours of preparation, (and for some stressing out what to get for your love ones and friends): the end of the year holidays. We hoped that some of you have already checked off your holiday wishlist from our daily giveaway! ( 7 more days of gifts to go! ) And of course, like everybody else, the BurdaStyle team also has something on our wishlist to what we really want for these magical weeks.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 24 Win a Gütermann Thread Box!

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Welcome to day 24 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Gütermann Thread Box. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Saturday, December 25th to be entered to win!

Inspired By: The Sleek Minimalism of Celine

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Simple lines, easy shapes, neutral colors – at first take minimalism doesn’t exactly sound like the most exciting movement in fashion. However, in the hands of Phoebe Philo, new minimalism has exploded into a look and lifestyle that’s hard to ignore. Fresh off receiving the 2010 title of British Designer of the Year, I thought it appropriate to take a look at Philo’s work for the house of Celine that has spawned a worldwide club of dedicated followers (otherwise known as the Philophiles) and how you can achieve that sleek look with BurdaStyle patterns and projects.

BurdaStyle Holiday Cooking Party

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This year, our co-founder Nora surprised the BurdaStyle team with a secret holiday outing. Were we going ice skating? Paint balling? Bowling? Let’s just say she had the whole gang in suspense, speculating the possibilities throughout the entire subway ride to our mystery locale. Only one clue was given: we were all heading to Brooklyn. And indeed we did, to The Brooklyn Kitchen for a private group cooking class!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 23 Win a Clover Prize Package!

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Welcome to day 23 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win an awesome prize package from Clover. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Friday, December 24th to be entered to win!

Vintage in Detail: Dorset Buttons

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Thread wound Dorset buttons date back to the mid-18h century when dorset button making was a booming cottage industry for families, prison inmates and orphans throughout southern England. John Ashton’s button machine put the whole lot of them out of work in 1851 but the machine-made button still has nothing on these beauties!

Dorset buttons are easy to make and they add a ton of old school flair to your winter coats, vests, dresses and blouses. Here’s how you do it:

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