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A Rainbow of Gem Tones

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Sometimes a fabric choice can really make a simple dress just POP— sometimes a dress pattern alone is just intricate enough for one solid color of fabric. This week I have both options; from a simple tunic top in an opal palate, to a flowing evening gown in solid, glowing Amethyst…

Liesl Gibson on: The Principles of Fabric Selection

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Last month I wrote about some of my favorite fabrics for sewing. But, as you know, selecting a fabric is just the first choice you need to make when you’re planning a project.

Since our Oliver + S sewing patterns are sold primarily in independent quilting shops, we design most of our patterns for quilting cotton. And since most quilting cottons are printed, selecting a print is something most of our customers do.

Editor's Pick: Blouses

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Blouses can be worn all year round— but the summertime is the most fun time to wear blouses, as they can really make the entire outfit.

Charitable Links

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Sewing for yourself can be quite rewarding, but if you’re looking to for the ultimate reward, consider making something for those in need. If you’ve thought about putting your skills to work for a charity, but didn’t know where to turn, this list at We All Sew is quite expansive and is updated weekly.

Museum Collections: the Perfect Source of Inspiration

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One of may favorite things to do is look through past fashions and see how they influence today’s looks. Living in New York City you can see people wearing vintage pieces and styles from almost every decade from the past century. Living here also provides the opportunity to go visit the vast collections around the city. Many cities have these collections and I highly recommend going to visit them if for no other reason than to be inspired. Many of these collections are available online as well, it’s the perfect way to see details, go through the centuries and spend an afternoon.

Check out the Met’s Costume Institute (let alone their Gala)

The Brooklyn Museum also has an amazing collection up through August

KICKSTARTING Your Line

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Have you heard of the website KICKSTARTER? It’s a specially curated platform for creative minds to kick start their dreams by seeking donations— anywhere from $10 to $1000, and in return, you’ll get special treats from the artist if they reach their goal.

Comment to Win with Maker Faire Detroit!

BurdaStyle is giving away three sets of four tickets to the upcoming Detroit Maker Faire!

Sandra Betzina's Sewing Retreat Wrap Up

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Carol and I were lucky enough to get to spend a week with Sandra Betzina and a group of amazing (and amazingly talented) women. We were walked through all our questions, given tips, tricks and advice to help us complete the best project we possibly could. It is that reason exactly that I now know how to do bound buttons holes instead of just copping out and doing them by machine. Those who are lucky enough to have met Sandra in person or even more, have had the opportunity to take one of her amazing retreats also knows she is a stellar person as well as an engaging spirit. We highly recommend all BurdaStyle members to consider attending one of her hands on retreats. It’s an enlightening experience, with one week of skill building, inspiration, and friendship. We learned amazing techniques, how to properly fix patterns to your individual body type, how to fix common sewing boo boos and challenges; Sandra provides any sewer the skill to sew with confidence. Those who are not able to attend are encouraged to check out the Power Sewing WebTV Show on her site.

The Best Shorts Lineup

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Whether going to the beach or going to town with friends, shorts are an absolute essential for the hot summer months. Whether you like them super short or right above the knee, high-waist or low-waist, we have a fantastic collection of patterns to get you well-prepared. Here are some of our favorites:

Subscribe to BurdaStyle magazine!

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Book Review: Sew Serendipity

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Kay Whitt has a certain style that makes her patterns so distinctive. I’ve long admired some of her bags and dresses, so when I saw she was writing a book, I put it on my Amazon wishlist. I’ve had several weeks to thumb through Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear and I have to say, I’m not disappointed.

Comment to Win with the CHA Craft SuperShow!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter and Facebook for your chance to win two tickets to the upcoming CHA Craft SuperShow!

Featured Member: SianySiany

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SianySiany’s adorable and chic creations have wowed us for quite some time. We are pleased to announce her as this week’s featured member! Read below to learn about her love of hand-sewing, her inspiration sources and her favorite thing about sewing. Then take a look at her top ten BurdaStyle creations from other members!

And check out her awesome Etsy shop, too!

Editor's Pick: Prairie Girls

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A white top or dress makes for the perfect summer outfit. It’s up to you how you will embellish these patterns, whether with crochet or jewelry, but the Prairie Girl look is in…

Carol and Alden at Sandra Betzina's Sewing Retreat!

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Carol and I are at a week long sewing retreat with one of our favorite bloggers (and teachers, and designers and people!) Sandra Betzina.

This week long retreat is such a treat! We are in a room with 9 other amazingly motivated and talented women all sewing together, improving our knowledge and honing our skills.

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