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The Wonderful Apron: Utilitarian Couture

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While an apron-like garment can be traced back to ancient Egypt, aprons, as we know them, evolved from the middle ages and their use by tradesmen – blacksmiths, cobblers, butchers, etc as protective gear. As other trades began to adopt the apron in their practice, they began to be made from cloth (versus leather for the rougher trades such as blacksmithing). And, as cloth began to establish itself as the material of choice, colors began to appear, denoting specific skills – barbers wore a checked pattern; butchers and porters, green; masons, white. The word “apron,” in fact , is a more modern word coming from the French word “naperon," meaning napkin or small tablecloth.

Featured Member: frkbustad

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from Stavanger, Norway, but I have lived in Bergen for the past 7 years and consider myself as a local. I finished my master’s degree in medical cell biology one and a half year ago, and I’m currently working on a project that hopefully will turn in to my PhD.

How did you start sewing?
My mum used to sew a lot of clothes for me and my sister, and the sewing machine was always around when I was a kid, so I guess I have always sewn. Also, having both a granddad and a great-granddad who were tailors, and a grandma who sewed a lot, make me think that sewing is in my genes.

Handmade Fashion Roundup + Must-Have Sewing Patterns

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Seeing that we now have over half of a million members on BurdaStyle, I thought I’d do a lil feature of some truly inspiring work + showcase some patterns you’ve got to download for Spring!

BERNINA Show Us, Don't Tell Us: shopjomama - Click through to vote!

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shopjomama had a blast making this video and hopes you enjoy it too!

BERNINA Show Us, Don't Tell Us: twoboos - Click through to vote!

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Check out twoboo’s video entry. She definitely committed to the challenge!

BERNINA Show Us, Don't Tell Us: tinybows - Click through to vote!

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Check out tinybows‘s video, it’s adorable!

BERNINA Show Us, Don't Tell Us: elsamary - Click through to vote!

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Take a peek at UK-based elsamary’s video. It’s sure to spark your imagination!

BERNINA Show Us, Don't Tell Us: xxmazenxx - Click through to vote!

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xxmazenxx’s video proves she is one crafty member, and her video is an inspiration in itself!

BERNINA Show Us, Don't Tell Us: Time to Vote

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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! BERNINA still wants to show some love to our community outside the US, so we made this a two-part competition.

Three weeks ago, we asked you guys to Show Us, Don’t Tell Us: How do you express your love for sewing? The result was an awesome selection of super creative videos!

We had so much fun watching them! It was tough, but we were able to narrow down your awesome entries to our top five.

Winner Announced: Brother Project Runway Limited Edition Innov-ís 40 Sewing Machine

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Congrations to dpiddy who won the Comment To Win

Random Number generator gave us #72, and that turned out to be dpiddy! Check out the screenshot:

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Stay tuned for our next Comment To Win for your chance to score some amazing prizes!

Wedding Gown Guide: For Savvy Chicks Who May Sew Their Own

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Is anyone getting married any time soon? Are you making your gown? If so, read on and check out these brand new sewing patterns for wedding gowns!

The Muse Files: Classic Elizabeth Taylor

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Recently Hollywood lost a legend as screen star Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79. Known as much for her tabloid-making relationships (7 marriages in all) as for her on-screen presence, Taylor was also a noted philanthropist working with amFAR and establishing of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Once considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world, she was also a closely watched fashion icon and always the picture of perfect glamour and womanly charms.

Why More Men Don't Sew and Does It Matter?

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Readers, as a very visible man who sews, I am often asked the question, Why don’t more guys sew? We know a lot of fashion designers and nearly all tailors are male, so why aren’t there more male home sewists?

My answer is always, well, some men do sew. But even I know that the number is very small compared to the number of women who sew.

Having grown up male in the United States, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that most men don’t sew and probably would never consider it. Here are some of the reasons (in no particular order) and maybe you’ll have some of your own to add.

Fiber Play + Win a Copy of Laura Zukaite's Book, Luxe Knits!

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People often ask me where do I get my inspiration. Inspiration comes to me in many shapes and forms. I often find myself inspired by fibers themselves: using different textures, colors, and weights of yarn can create very unexpected results!

Using mohair and silk together is one of my favorite combinations! The sheen of silk and the matte texture of mohair balance each other beautifully. Combining them in a way that uses lace weight and worsted weight yarns gives the piece a very delicate look.

Featured Member: liaspace

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am Indonesian and I live in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. I work full time for my own company, an interior contractor and furniture manufacturing company. I am also a mom to two little misfits

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing after having my first child. I was mesmerized by patchwork quilts, then I started taking some quilting lessons, but I think hand quilting is not my thing and so I bought my first sewing machine, hoping I’ll quilt using the machine.

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