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Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I grew up in a village in the North East of Scotland called Newburgh, but have called Edinburgh my home for 11 years now. It is a beautiful historic city – small enough to cycle around, lots of green space and an extinct volcano right in the middle of the city. I work in a little art house cinema called the Cameo to pay my rent and am currently setting up a studio. I plan to start a business this year selling vintage inspired and reproduction clothing.

From The Runway To Your Wardrobe

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London fashion week has officially kicked off and it’s about time! I excitedly await the European collections every season, as many of my favorite design houses are across the Atlantic. See some of my favorite looks and get some new pattern downloads to match! Pictured above is a fun new collection by Holly Fulton.

Throw a House Party with SINGER®!

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When do you get the chance to host one of 800 sewing parties happening in three days across the United States? May 6th-8th, that’s when! If you’ve ever wanted to share your passion for sewing with your friends and neighbors here’s your chance because Singer has partnered up with the party-planning experts at House Party to give you the opportunity to host your own SINGER Sew Very Easy House Party. You and 15 of your closest friends will be able to try out a brand new SINGER® Confidence Stylist™ machine and score a party pack full of goodies from Singer, Martha Stewart and BurdaStyle!

Comment to Win a Copy of Wendy Mullin's New Book, "Built by Wendy Coats and Jackets"!

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Wendy Mullin is an established designer, author, and all around indie creative force. Her line, Built by Wendy, is continually considered one of the gems of independent fashion and her series of books and patterns have established her as a DIY design icon for a new generation of sewing enthusiasts.

BurdaStyle's Trip to CHA 2011

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BurdaStyle flew across the country to the Craft & Hoby Association‘s Winter Conference and Trade Show, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from January 28th to February 1st. It was a jammed packed weekend full of CRAFTS galore! This recap is a long time coming, we had a gazillion (yes, that’s a number) photos to sort through.

Book Review: Shadowfolds

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If you’re a fan of the pleat king Issey Miyake, Japanese shibori techniques or geometric tessellations, this book is sure to inspire. Read on…

The New Wave

Central Saint Martins is arguably one of the most prestigious fashion design schools in the world. Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, John Galliano, and Stella McCartney have all studied within it’s hallowed walls and it continues to turn out some of the most buzzed about young talent in fashion. To help kick off London Fashion Week, the school showcased collections from it’s senior MA students, including L’Oreal Professional Prize award winners Phoebe English and Viktor Smedinge, and drummed up excitement for the next wave of great fashion talent.

See my favorite looks from Central Saint Martins’ students and let me know which up-and-coming designers you think are the next big names in fashion.

Link Love: Barbie and Ken Together at Last, Grammy (High) Fashion, DIY Projects to Try This Weekend!

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Lots of things happening this Valentine’s week! Hope everyone had a great one. Now, on to the weekend!

Check out some of my favorite stories and projects after the jump.

Fall 2011 Trends - Make Them Now: That 70's Look

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I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with the 70’s. Led Zeppelin, flared jeans, platform shoes – as a matter of fact I am a) listening to Led Zeppelin and b) wearing both flared jeans and ridiculously (ie: dangerously) high platform boots as I write this piece, and it doesn’t seem that I’m the only one who’s smitten. American designers including Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch expressed their love for the decade in recent Fall 2011 runway shows and as an avid 70’s enthusiast I couldn’t be more excited.

Featured Member: tinybows

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born and raised in California. I moved to Montana when I was 17, where I went to college at the University Montana Western. I moved to Philadelphia two years ago, and I reside in the area currently. Right now I am working on going back to finish my education. I was a fine arts major at UMW, but I took some time off to decide what I really want to do. My main focus is in photography, and in Philly there are so many amazing schools that specialize in the arts. I’m looking into going to Moore right now.

Making Button Rings + Comment to Win a Copy of "Button Ware"!

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There’s no way around it, buttons are magical. They are both commonplace and remarkable, functional and decorative. Did you know that, even though buttons appear as far back as 2000 BC, the buttonhole did not appear until the thirteenth century? Before that, they were solely for show. They’ve been made of wood and metal, plastic and bone, rubber and mother of pearl.

10 New Patterns + Looks to Inspire Them

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There are certain patterns that are just classics— from them you can build a wardrobe you could hold on to for decades. A bustier, a pencil skirt and a cropped jacket make for a fun retro look, and by changing the fabrics, you can update these classic silhouettes so easily. Read on to see them all!

Comment to Win with Yvette Stanton!

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Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win “The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion” and “The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion,” written by Yvette Stanton!

At The Show: STUDY NY

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This week I went to the fashion presentation of Ecco Domani “Sustainable Design” winner Tara St. James of STUDY NY . Have you heard about the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation? It’s a wonderful organization geared towards launching exiting new fashion and accessory lines. Read on to see more of the show!

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…

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