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Make + Takes from Maker Faire

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If you are in the Bay Area this weekend (May 22&23) you should come by Maker Faire and join us for a Make + Take! We will be having two, quick and easy projects to create. You can sign up for either the Easy Drawstring Bag or Roll-Up Organizer.

We will have awesome fabric provided by Britex, the four story, amazingly inspirational landmark fabric store in San Fransisco and sewing machines and a brand new line of irons provided by SINGER (who are also a part of the Swap-O-Rama-Rama tent.) Once your project is created, you’ll also be able to iron on some cool graphics!

It’s going to be a lot of fun! So, stop by booth 218 in the expo hall, pick up great goodies and create something!

See you all this weekend!
-Alden

And the Winners of the Sitches & Craft Runway Competition are....

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Those who attended the Stitches & Craft Show in Melbourne had the opportunity to vote for their favorites in the Stitches & Craft Show Runway Competition Brought to you by BurdaStyle and Tessuti. They voted and the lucky winners are….

Bob Martin on: Starting from the Beginning and not the End

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Last time I posted, I talked about how as designers we sometimes start creating or designing way too early. Don’t get me wrong … I am all for getting a pattern or downloading one from my free patterns page, or one here on BurdaStyle, buying some fabric you love, and just sewing it together. I also encourage projects like randomly taking some embellishments, and or thread, and stitching them on your old Converse Chuck Taylors to give them some “pizzazz “. There is something relaxing and worry free about jumping right into a creative project like these without any preconceived ideas, or expectations…what can result is something amazing or something that is absolutely horrid… one or the other it almost always looks spontaneous and you almost always walk away having learned something new.

Help Those Affected by the Nashville Floods

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Being part of BurdaStyle, as I have been for the past 2 1/2 years, you develop relationships with people all around the world. One such person I have had the pleasure to get to know is our member Ashchaser. When her status was updated last week to: “We Nashvillians need your help! Clothes, shoes, anything, will do!” I knew BurdaStylers would love to help. From Ashchaser herself here is a first hand account of the devastation and what you can do to help:

When witnessing the effects of natural disasters on the news you cannot help but feel sympathetic to those far away people, trying to deal with what has happened to them in the best way possible. Yet on May the 1st and 2nd my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee would experience something which has left me with so many more feelings than just sympathy itself. In two days our midstate received about 13 inches of torrential rain, making for the first monsoon I had ever seen in my life. On that Saturday it started with just flash floods, as well as the advice to just stay put wherever you are and wait it out, without panicking. Although many people like myself were out and trying to get back to the city, packing the roadways towards what would be the epicenter of the chaos. Soon the interstates were overtaken by nearby rivers and streams, causing many to abandon vehicles for their lives, and ripping up the asphalt wherever it was in the way. The situation became dire when those who stayed at home noticed that floodwaters were quickly reaching their back doors, and would end up needing rescue by boat with few belongings and their pets.

A Designer From The Past Comes To Light

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“French fashion designer Renee Marciel once graced the walkways of the international fashion world. Marciel was known for sophisticated designs with a daring dramatic twist—think Audrey Hepburn in leggings beneath a Chanel dress, or Jackie Kennedy in an off-bias jacket over a short straight skirt. " Today, few people know Marciel’s name or her contributions to American fashion, but last weekend on Cape Cod (where Marciel would summer), Shift boutique owner’s Amy DuFault and Amanda Converse paid homage to this talented woman.

The Uniform Project Complete

Uniform Project Picture Book from The Uniform Project on Vimeo.

One of our favorite blogger/fashionist/activists has finished her journey. 1 dress 365 days, nearly 220 kids in school

Behind The Scenes

Bob Martin on: Introduction to the Design Process

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The Design Process is a “Personal System” that a designer uses to take an idea… or rather a notion, and turn it into a well thought out design. Have you ever seen a design and wondered “how did they come up with that”? Many people often believe that great design just happens and that the designer is just “blessed”.
People tend to think that everything a good designer touches turns into something amazing. This is not true for any designer. There is a good chance that all great designs are created by designers who have developed and refined their own personal design process. They have found the method of developing their inspiration, ideas, and talents towards great design.

Featured Member: RachelNYC

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I spent the first 18 years of my life in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating high school, I moved to NYC to attend college at Parsons School of Design, where I completed my BFA in fashion design. I currently live in beautiful Brooklyn and work at wonderful BurdaStyle!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I did all sorts of craft projects as a kid. I always had some “project” going. I was completely self-taught until my formal education. I remember making a pair of bell-bottoms when I was about 10 years old. I sliced open the legs of a regular pair of jeans and hand stitched triangles of assorted fabrics, I was making godets! When I look back now, I used a lot of traditional patterning techniques without knowing. I never saw a sewing pattern until I was in school. The first semester of school was very hard. I had to “learn” all the technique I’ve already been using, except now there were all these rules!

Cowboy Chic

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I am so excited about all of the new patterns we are releasing from burda style magazine!

Sex and The City: Take 2

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Last week I wrote about how I am designing a dress for a friend to wear to a movie premier in May. Elyse had her first fitting for the dress on Monday and we’re moving along…

Fashion Designer Bob Martin inspires you, to get your creative juices flowing

Fashion designer Bob Martin of “How to Fashion Design with Bob Martin” will be with us over the next few weeks teaching all of us through video and blogs the art and skill of fashion design.

Having a deep desire to become a Fashion Designer, Bob Martin, moved to London, England to attend American InterContinental University. He won various award and graduated Valedictorian of his class, among talented classmates such as Christian Siriano, winner of Project Runway. Though he has worked for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Michael Azu, and Edward Griffiths and designed for theater and films such as Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd” and “Batman Dark Knight”, it was his time at AIU in which he developed a passion for relating to students and awaking the Designer in others

His time working with and helping students in workshops sparked his interest in teaching and mentoring. With a strong passion to see the very best come out in people and with his team at KKC Enterprise, he created “How to Fashion Design with Bob Martin”, an interactive program for people of all ages who are serious or even just curious about Becoming a Fashion Designer. Check out his site for more information and keep an eye out for more of his amazing upcoming blogs!

Sandra Betzina on Sewing with Sheer Fabric

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One of the big fashion trends right now is the semi-transparent/sheer jacket or overblouse. This is beautiful worn over a dress or a camisole.

One pattern which works well for both an overblouse and a jacket is Vogue 1165. You can eliminate most of the work by making the roll up sleeves (View B) rather than the cuff and placket version. You can use sheer fabrics such as Chiffon, Georgette and my favorite, Silk Organza.

Comment to Win with Britex Notions from Britex Fabrics!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Britex Notions!

burda style magazine patterns are now available on BurdaStyle.com!

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BurdaStyle is pleased to announce the introduction of burda style magazine patterns onto the site! Beginning today, we are presenting 51 hand picked patterns from the existing 2010 issues of burda style magazine. Each month hereafter, we will be showcasing more than 30 burda style magazine patterns specially chosen by our creative team expressly for you, our wonderful community! These fresh new patterns include plus-size options, children’s patterns and spot on trends.

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