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How-To: Make a Pinup Bikini

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Like many women of my generation, I love pinup bathing suits. I admire the Coke bottle shape our grandmothers sported on the beach, and as an avid swimmer, Esther Williams—in all her sparkly-spangled swimsuit goodness—has long been one of my style icons. However, I’m also a fan of comfort and I doubt those old suits, made of sturdy cottons (or wools!) and boning, can compete on that front with my quick-drying Speedo.

A Guide For the Modern Bride: Plus 6 New Wedding Gown Sewing Patterns

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Are you a bride considering whether or not to design and sew your own wedding dress? This week, we bring you a selection of sewing patterns (including plus size styles) perfect for the modern bride and highlight inspiration from both the runway and BurdaStyle member studios to help you get started.

My First Sewing Class

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I had just moved to NYC – friends were few and my new apartment didn’t lend well to my favorite hobby, oil painting. The need to take steps to fulfill my social and creative needs was evident. I began doing a little online research, attempting to find an affordable painting and/or sewing class in Brooklyn. This is when I stumbled upon 3rd Ward. Before I knew it I was touring the facility, seeing everything 3rd Ward had to offer, from woodworking to graphic design to fashion. Because I was looking for a painting class more advanced than the ones offered at 3rd Ward, it was clear I was meant to take their Sewing: Level I class instead.

Indigo Summer: 11 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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Take a look at this new pattern collection. These casual designs are softly tailored and sure to meet your needs both on a comfort and style level. Make yourself a top with matching shorts or a great dress!

Get the Look: Paris Haute Couture Week

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Check out what the celebrities wore to the fashion shows during Haute Couture Week in Paris and how you can easily achieve a similar look!

Haute Couture Week: Highlights From Paris

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Check out the highlights from Paris Haute Couture Week, where all eyes were on Dior as Raf Simons showed his first line as new creative director for the fashion house.

Behind the Seams: The Making of a Couture Flapper Dress

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This is it – the perfect theater or evening dress I was lacking in my wardrobe. Breezy and luxuriously soft, the dress is extremely light and comfortable. It is going to get a lot of wear this summer!

Summer Sewing Challenge: Win a Sewing Machine from SINGER!

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We have teamed up with SINGER for this fun Summer Sewing Challenge! Create a new favorite summer outfit, whether it’s one you wear for a day on the beach, brunch on your favorite restaurant patio, or a night on the town, and enter it for a chance to win a brand new sewing machine!

Summer Blouses: 6 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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Check out this wonderful collection of blouses from the July issue of burda style magazine. These light and airy blouses are perfect for summertime and offer both comfort and style.

Sail Away: 6 New Plus Size Sewing Patterns

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We share with you these lovely new plus size patterns from burda style magazine. The sailor inspired pattern collection has a nod to the 50s and includes some great fitted dresses alongside knit tops and maxi skirts.

Member Projects: Best of June 2012

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Every day, our talented members post new projects on the site leaving us nothing short of inspired. We compiled a few eye-catching member projects below, just in case you missed them.

Plus Size Members: Pattern Feedback Needed!

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Attention plus size members! Burda style magazine would like your opinions and feedback on plus size patterns. Take this opportunity to request a pattern design or share your thoughts on the recent patterns.

Featured Member: jaderbug

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I’m from San Diego, California where I still reside today! I do a few things other than sewing. I write a personal style fashion blog called These Days, have a part time job, and I’m a student. In general I’m a DIY kind of girl, but other than that I like to play the piano, video games, and spend time on the computer.

The Roaring Twenties: 8 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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This great new pattern collection from the July issue of burda style magazine is inspired by the 1920s, and we love all the dropped waist silhouettes and features. Make yourself a glamorous dress for a special occasion or the perfect summer day dress!

Meet Dagmar Bily: Editor-in-Chief of Burda Style Magazine

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We chat with Dagmar Bily, editor-in-chief of burda style magazine and ask her about her work with the magazine, the patterns and where she gets her inspiration.

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