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Behind the Scenes: My Experience Filming It's Sew Easy


Hello, fellow BurdaStyle members! I’m super excited to be here today talking about my experience filming for the new TV show It’s Sew Easy. I can’t tell you how honored I was to be chosen for the spot, especially with so many amazing entries. I think I only squealed a little when I found out I was chosen. (Okay, I squealed a lot. A LOT.)

Last Day to Submit: BERNINA Presents the Show Us, Don't Tell Us - Brand Ambassador Competition


BERNINA USA is looking far and wide for three US-based Brand Ambassadors to experience and help spread the word for their new BERNINA 3 Series machine, so BurdaStyle has partnered with BERNINA on a competition to help find the best candidates for the job! But have no fear, this contest is international! BERNINA still wants to show some love to our community outside the US, so we made this a two-part competition.

We want you to Show Us, Don’t Tell Us: How do you express your love for sewing?

Comment To Win: ReSew


Loving our Project of the Week today? Comment to win your very own copy of ReSew!

500,000 Members - A Brief BurdaStyle History


We’re incredibly happy to celebrate that our amazing community has now 500,000 members!

Time for a quick look back! We started about four years ago, occupying two desks at the Etsy office. Benedikta and I set out to create a truly social and fun website for people who want to make their clothes. And I think we managed to do that! We are thrilled to have built a platform that now counts 55,000 projects, over 800 patterns, and over 500 techniques, and 260 sewing clubs worldwide, giving access to beautiful and useful tools and resources that have inspired and taught and improved people’s sewing skills.

Comment to Win a Brother Project Runway Limited Edition Innov-ís 40 Sewing Machine


Want to sew like your favorite fashion designer? Of course you do, and BurdaStyle is here to help! We’re giving away one of Brother’s awesome new Project Runway Limited Edition Innov-ís 40 sewing machine to a lucky BurdaStyle member to make their fashion sewing dreams come true! Rival designer looks and show off your unique creativity with your own handmade creations. Click through to learn how you can comment to win your own fantastic Innov-ís 40 machine!

Technical Update: Upcoming Site Downtime


The site will be in maintenance mode on Monday, March 28th at 8am EST for about half an hour. We are deploying fixes to some recent site issues. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Visit our Support page for all technical updates and to report a problem to the BurdaStyle team.

Fashion and Flix: Inspired by I Am Love


When it comes to fashion there are a handful of modern actresses who I think can properly wear the title of “icon”, and with her androgynous cool and penchant for killing it on the red carpet in draped Lanvin gowns and sharp Jil Sander ensembles, Tilda Swinton is one of those actresses. While her choices are a bit less accessible than those of her tinseltown counterparts, Swinton’s appearance is always a fresh contrast to traditional Hollywood garb.

I’ve expressed my love for Tilda before, however this musing is not really about her, per se, but rather about one of best her films – and one of my favorite films in general – I Am Love. To be more specific, it is in reference to Swinton’s costumes for the movie and how they not only create their own sub-story throughout the film, but also translate beautifully into any modern wardrobe.

How to Buy a Vintage Sewing Machine


I’ve spent much of the last year on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness, writing about the many machines I sew with — I love them all!

Last week’s article about vintage sewing machines elicited such a strong response, I wanted to follow up with some information about how to buy a vintage machine: what questions to ask, what precautions to take, what models to look for.

So let’s get started!

Tips from Beginning Sewers: Basic Sewing at the Textile Arts Center


When it comes to sewing, I was a bit of a late bloomer. Though I always had an interest in fashion (dating back to as early as my tween years when I designed my eighth grade graduation dress), I didn’t touch a sewing machine until three and a half years ago. I had recently moved away from New York for a new job, and – convincing myself that I had just this much more free time – signed up for a four-hour handbag class. I had the hardest time wrapping my brain around how to thread the machine (what was this U-turn business?) and wind a bobbin, but walked away with a finished project, wooden handles and all!

Zipper Accessories


I’m not the first to say this, nor will I be the last…but zippers are here to stay (and I don’t mean to simply close pieces of fabric together). From the design studios of Philip Lim, Versace and Balmain to jewelry designers and hobbyists throughout the world, zippers are leaving the seams and taking a prominent place as decorative elements and fashion accessories in their own right.

Featured Member: mcphoon


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

I’m from Subang Jaya, Malaysia. I have just graduated with a degree in Food Technology.

How did you start sewing?

I started sewing when I was rather young. I guess watching my mom working wonders with the machine got me to try it out too. I remember that I was always into making my own little projects. I think it started off with making pretty dresses for my Barbie with my mom. Then I moved on to my little pouches, pencil cases and little bags.

I only started sewing clothing for myself a few years back and I have been actively sewing ever since. I always had problems finding clothes that fit well as I’m really petite. And the imported commercial brands that carry petite lines are too expensive for me to splurge on! One day I thought “ I could totally make that!”, it was a simple smocked top and there I moved on to many weekly projects to fill my wardrobe!

Our Facebook Page is 10,000+ Strong!


This past weekend, we reached the 10,000 ‘Like’ mark on our Facebook page!

Retro Inspiration

I was scrolling through Trendland today and found something our community may love: Collages and videos made up of images from vintage 1966 Burda magazines by artist Raul Ronald Moreno Cardenas— check them out!

Collage burda _retrospective from radial movenet on Vimeo.

Own It: 5 Fun Sewing Projects for Different Fashion Personalities


The Artist: When I lived in Mexico, I fell in love with the indigenous Huichol people and their artwork. They would press tiny, colorful plastic beads into wax, completely covering the shape of a jaguar head or skull shape. They would dress in vibrant colors too. I’ve longed to incorporate their work into fashion…

BurdaStyle in Austin: DIY Fashion Show Roundup!

BurdaStyle and Etsy present D.I.Y. Fashion Show @ Venue 222 South by Southwest 2011 from Magic Spoon Productions on Vimeo.

Last week we packed our bags and headed to Austin, Texas! While taking in our fair share of technological innovations, new music and fantastic street vendor grub, we helped sponsor a DIY fashion show with some seriously talented designers from around the country. Held at Etsy’s Awesome in Austin space, the show highlighted 15 designers and their handmade creations in front of a huge audience of fashion fans, bloggers, BurdaStyle and Etsy members and tons of SXSW attendees. See photos from the show after the jump!

Video by Jose Lozano at Magic Spoon Productions


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