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Meet the Designers: BurdaStyle DIY Fashion Show!

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Watch out Austin! Our DIY Fashion show is less than a month away and with our 15 designers chosen, it looks like we’re going to pack a powerful punch!

It was a tough job narrowing it down to 15, but we’ve made our decision and we’re so excited to have you to meet this group.

Let us introduce the participating designers…

Announcing Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest!

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At BurdaStyle we love sharing new things with our members. New project ideas, new patterns, new trends to love or hate. We also love sharing new techniques! From stitching button holes to inserting zippers to interfacing a collar we think having an arsenal of different techniques and tips makes your sewing life so much easier.

Fiskars & BurdaStyle want you to share a fantastic technique or tutorial with us! For the month of February Fiskars is challenging all BurdaStyle members to create and upload a great technique to our Learning section for the chance to win some awesome prizes from Fiskars!

Getting Crafty for Anti-Valentine's Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day. While tutorials and links abound for creating love themed items, what about those who are against the holiday? It’s a fairly new trend that’s becoming more popular across the country – Anti-Valentines. So how can you ‘celebrate’? You can start by baking cupcakes (non-love themed of course), whip up a themed shirt, stitch up a voodoo doll, and send out a few gifts (or just keep them for yourself). Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not is up to you, but no matter which you choose, there’s something crafty you can make to show love….or disdain for the day!

The Australian Museum Presents Fashion Less Waste 2011

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Heads up to our Aussie members, entries are now being accepted for the Australian Museum’s Fashion Less Waste 2011! This year contestants are asked to take inspiration from the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Rituals of Seduction. In maintaining the mission of the competition, which is promoting sustainability in fashion, outfits and accessories must be constructed from materials not traditionally used for clothing. Plastic cups, candy wrappers, electrical cording…you really get to think outside the box for this one!

Iris Van Herpen - 3D Printed Couture

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Last Friday for my weekly roundup of all things cool, crafty and fashionable I added a link to designer Iris van Herpen’s “Escapism Couture” collection which she debuted at Paris Couture Week back in January. I thought van Herpen’s collection was too amazing to just be a link, so I decided to dig deeper and share with you a little bit more about van Herpen and her amazing 3D printed couture creations. Learn more after the jump!

(Photo courtesy of danielwidrig.com.)

The New Elegance

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There’s a great story about socialite Nan Kempner who, after being told she could not enter the chic La Cote Basque in NYC wearing pants, simply stripped them off and entered sporting only her tunic. The idea that a woman could not enter a restaurant in a pair of pants is a bit baffling now and a testament to how our ideas of what is considered elegant and chic are constantly shifting. In our busy modern times it seems appropriate that chicness is now being aligned with comfort and no longer are we required to bind ourselves up in complicated clothing to be seen as well dressed and put together.

I Wear My Heart on My Knees

With Valentine’s Day coming up on Monday, we’ve been scouring the web for some ideas of what to wear on the day of the year dedicated to love. When we came across this amazing little DIY tutorial from ModCloth, our hearts just melted!

Vintage Notions: The Magic Pattern + Free Project Download!

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My newest book, Vintage Notions, takes much of its is inspiration from the newsletter produced by the Woman’s Institute of Scranton, PA. This remarkable school taught dressmaking via correspondence courses and newsletters to over 300,000 women in the 1920s and ‘30s. A popular feature was always the “Magic Pattern.” These clever and timeless patterns were so simple to make, they seemed like “magic.” The “magic” continued when a student realized no paper patterns were required, as cutting your pieces was based solely on diagrams and measurements.

Featured Member: mixtlii

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

I was born in Paris, but I grew up in Normandie and then in the south of France. I live now in Montpellier. I am a 4th-year medical student, and I love it! But I am afraid I’ll soon have to pause sewing, because it demands more and more studying…

10 New Sewing Patterns That Are Oh So Chic!

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Are you into romantic, flirty designs with vintage looking yokes and soft lines? If so, you’re in luck, meet 10 of our newest pattern additions.

Comment to Win with Mark Cesarik and Free Spirit Fabric!

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Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win 3 yards of fabric from the “Calypso Swing” collection at Free Spirit, designed by Mark Cesarik!

Last Week to Submit: BurdaStyle DIY Fashion Show!

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Wow! Your submissions are blowing us away, there’s sooo much talent out there! There’s still time though, submission deadline is this Thursday, February 10th, at 9am EST!

We adore our creative community and we’re so excited to feature them in Austin this March. If you are, or plan to be, in the Austin area we would love you to participate in our fashion show!

This is your chance to take center stage with a dream audience: 500 guests, including influential fashion bloggers, DIY world influencers, and the BurdaStyle family.

Fashion Week 2011: Great Expectations?

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Fashion Week is right around the corner in New York city, what do you expect to see on the runways this February? Which trends will die? Which will live?

Project to Try: Hat Making

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Regardless of what Phil has to say, I’m feeling like winter is never going to end (I mean, 6+ more inches in the forecast for us tomorrow?). Since my winter coat has become a permanent fixture on my body lately, I was looking for some ‘fun’ accessories to spruce it up and decided on… a hat! While constructing a hat may seem daunting, there are a number of books, patterns, and tutorials that can simplify the process. One of my favorites? Saturday Night Hat: Quick, Easy Hatmaking for the Downtown Girl. Even though this title has been around for awhile, it has some great basic styles to get you started, fantastic tips, and inspiration on sprucing up some vintage finds. Looking for a few more ideas? Check out this article from DIY Design – not only are there lots of styles to think about, but links to tutorials and patterns to make them up.

Link Love: The Air Purifying Dress, Every Stitch You'll Ever Need, How to Give a New Life to Old Sweaters and More!

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Lots of fun stuff this week. From an ambitious state-themed dress projects to a comprehensive guide for all the embroidery and needlework stitches you’ll ever need, to great DIY projects to keep you occupied! Learn more after the jump.

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