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Exploring Vintage Fabric: Barkcloth

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You might not know it, but you’ve seen barkcloth before.

You know those soft, thick, pebble-y drapes hanging over grandma’s window? It’s probably barkcloth. If its dotted with smart boomerangs or atomic designs, its DEFINITELY barkcloth. You know where else you’ve seen barkcloth? Mad Men. The kitchen at the Draper residence, Betty’s shrink’s office, even Joan’s apartment – barkcloth, barkcloth and more barkcloth!

Featured Member: sunnilj9

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

I’m from a small town in the southwestern portion of Utah called Cedar City. It’s one of those places where you don’t have to lock your doors at night and you know nearly everyone who lives there. It was a dream growing up there. I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when I started college and that’s where I live now.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I started sewing little scraps of fabric my mother would give me into Barbie clothes when I was quite young. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of “making something” and I’ve always been very much into style and fashion. My education in sewing was very natural and self motivated with exploration of self being the key. I started sewing with sewing patterns when I was high school where I learned how to read pattern lingo and such. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really cultivated the craft in my life by learning more and educating myself about extended techniques, design and becoming more involved in the online community.

Free Designer Patterns from ShowStudio

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John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Antony Price, Junya Wantanabe, Maison Martin Margiela, and Yohji Yamamoto – Seven Designer Patterns Available

Patterns are available for free download for either a home printer or copy shop printing. It looks like these designs were released as part of a competition from 2009, but luckily for you they’re still available for download!

If you’re up for a challenge, try out these avante garde designs. It’s sure cheaper than buying a designer piece from the store!

A preview of the Alexander McQueen pattern…

Creating Sharp Shoulders

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While the dramatic shoulder pads of the 1980’s may not quite be back in style, these little pieces of fabric batting are making a comeback. Want to add a bit more definition to your jackets and tops? Then learn how to Create a Sharp Shoulder after reading this article.

BurdaStyle at International Houston Quilt Market

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Last week BurdaStyle’s indomitable partnership manager, Carol, packed her bags and headed to Houston, Texas for the International Quilt Festival and Market. 50,000 people were in attendance for the week-long event showcasing amazing talent from around the Quilting industry, including Kaffe Fasset, Amy Butler, Michael Miller and our friends at Westminster Fabrics and BERNINA. We were excited to be a part of such a huge creative event and get a first hand look at all the beautiful and inspiring things happening in quilting!

Meet the Winner: Halloween Costume Contest 2010!

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Thank you to all of the superbly talented members who took part in our Halloween Costume Contest!

GoneWandering‘s project Jaws Halloween took a bite out of the competition with her jaw dropping costume (I can’t resist the puns)!

GoneWandering will receive fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun, thread from Mettler, and her own BurdaStyle “Stitches” T-Shirt!

I can’t wait for next year! 356 days and counting…

Rate The Runway-- Project Runway Finale Show

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Been keeping up with Project Runway Season 8? Discuss here!

Ruched Up

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Ruched clothing is extremely tricky terrain. If properly executed, the technique can magically flatter all body types and make for some cool, avant-garde texture. However, if not, it can create a seriously tacky eyesore. That’s why I’ve pulled together some figure flattering and fashion forward ideas for how to incorporate ruching into your garments, as well as a few patterns that utilize the look in a simple, non-distracting way.

'Party Through The Decades' Inspiration: 1960s and 70s Afro Cool

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The late Sixties to early Seventies was certainly an eventful period. It was filled with unprecedented cultural shifts, rebelliousness and liberation, and ultimately a new era of expression. Free love and peace signs appeared in abundance, and singer-songwriters poured their hearts out over strummed guitars and self-penned lyrics.

StyleTrek Now Offers International Shipping

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Back in September we shared with you the launch of a fantastic new shopping site, StyleTrek, which bridges social media with independent fashion design from around the world. We also scored you the opportunity to save 10% on your purchases from StyleTrek, which was a bummer for a lot of our BurdaStyle members because the New York-based company hadn’t started shipping outside the U.S. yet. Well I am psyched to announce that StyleTrek is now offering international shipping, which means each and everyone one of you can score hard to find indie designers AND save some cash. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty sweet deal.

Featured Member: oranereuland

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

I am from Geneva, Switzerland. I also lived in Lausanne. About 2 1/2 years ago my husband and I decided to live abroad for some time. We first moved to Bermuda, a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We lived there for about a year and a half. We then traveled in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia for 8 months, before finally settling in New Zealand. We currently live in Wellington, New Zealand.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I started to knit during our 8 months journey to New Zealand. When we arrived here, about 6 months ago, I decided to start to sew. That was the perfect situation because I had time and wanted to do something with my hands. My first piece was a very basic apron because I love to cook.

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Feedsack

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When I finish a sewing project, the last thing I want to hear is “You look like you’re wearing a bag!” but for many women between 1930 and 1950, that was actually a compliment.

Buttoning Down

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A button down men’s shirt, or a buttoned up blouse lends a sharpness to your look— it can instantly pull together a disheveled outfit and I love the sometimes androgynous edge a nicely tailored button down can give the silhouette. Check out these brand new patterns to make your own buttoned look!

A Sleeveless Trench and the Right to Bare Arms

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It’s been unseasonably warm in New York the past few weeks, making it pretty difficult to get in the swing of Fall. Temps pushing seventy degrees don’t exactly get you excited to break out the jackets and start layering up. However, there is one option that will keep you looking cool while staying cool: enter the sleeveless trench.

Time to Vote: Halloween Costume Contest

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Halloween has passed and it’s now time to vote for your favorite costumes!

Voting ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th in the newsletter and via our blog.

Your favorite Halloween costume winner will receive an awesome prize package including fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun, thread from Mettler, and your very own BurdaStyle “Stitches” T-Shirt!

Check out some of the looks the BurdaStyle Team sported this Halloween weekend….

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