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Comment to Win Recap: Winner Roundup

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In the past few months we have had a number of truly awesome “Comment to Win” giveaways! Fantastic companies, authors and personalities like Indygo Junction and Nancy Zieman have given away fantastic products, from books to sewing tables.

The Wacky World of Men's Shirt Patterns

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Readers, I am a huge vintage pattern fan and spend more time than I care to admit searching online, usually on sites like Etsy and eBay, for treasures. There are so many to be found! Vintage patterns are a wonderful window into styles of the past as they were actually worn — even in the relatively unchanging world of men’s fashion.

Men’s shirt patterns are generally all pretty similar, but I have discovered quite a broad range of shirt styles, some of which I actually remember as the fashion of the day, others from old Hollywood movies, and others still from a recurring nightmare where I’m watching nonstop re-runs of I Love Lucy.

Found Treasure: Needlecraft of the Baker Lake Artists Vintage Calendar

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One of my favorite things about living in Brooklyn is the informal recycling program that takes place on the city streets. Instead of trashing unwanted items, people often place them on the stoop of their building for others to take. My natural tendencies toward being a scavenger find it impossible not to at least take a peek, especially when it comes to the books!

It was through these means that I came into possession of Needlecraft of the Baker Lake Artists 1974 Engagement Calendar.

Featured Member: mokosha

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from Serbia, from a small mountain town, though I live in Belgrade (which is a capital of Serbia ) for 10 years now. I graduated in art history and would know a few things about medieval manuscripts but never was too serious about getting anywhere with that. Instead, I do few other jobs, half of the year I work as an archeologist spending days in a dirt and sweat digging prehistory loving every second of it!

The other half of the year I spend working as personal assistant in my dad’s company (which is nice, since I work from home and have lots of free time that I can use to sew and try to start my own mini fashion line (wish me luck with that).

I Guess You Can Call Me a Dreamer....

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How a dream led me into quilting.

One night I woke up from a dream with an idea to do Quilted Photography. The idea was how to make photo pixels out of fabric and then sort the fabric by color value – I thought that my idea was either crazy or genius! It took me a week to try out the idea and I found out that my dream was a real gift…because it worked!

In my first career I was a fashion industry professional…but I had never made a quilt. In fact, the only thing I knew about quilting was what I saw on Simply Quilts and Quilt In A Day television shows. I had also never seen anything like this new quilting style, so I was inspired and very excited by it and my excitement grew with every new quilt I made.

Flower Children: Lovely New Sewing Patterns for Kids

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In lieu of today’s featured frocks we thought it was time to showcase some of our wonderful children’s patterns— perfect for using remnants, for boys and girls.

Making Midtown: How Would You Save the Garment District?

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In an article in this morning’s WWD, Rosemary Feitelberg highlighted that both The Design Trust for Public Space and the Council of Fashion Designers of America are collaborating on a project to hopefully revitalize New York City’s Garment District through their Making Midtown: Sustaining Design and Production in an Evolving Garment Center initiative.

Links We Love: Janie Bryant for BR, Haute Couture Bust Forms + More!

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It’s been awhile since we’ve rounded up links for your viewing pleasure and today we’re playing catch up. Click through to see what we dug up this week…

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: Tailored Shorts

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Shorts – once relegated solely to backyard BBQs and Summer beach parties – have taken a suddenly chic turn and become a standby for both dressy and casual attire. I vividly remember refusing to wear shorts from about the age of 15 to 21 (my mother thought I had completely lost my mind), but I finally gave in when the Atlanta heat proved too powerful for my feeble attempts at keeping cool in rolled up jeans and cropped pants.

Trend Watching: The Future of Home Sewing

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Readers, when you sew all day and write a sewing blog like Male Pattern Boldness, it’s easy to lose perspective on the popularity of home sewing.

Before I learned how to sew, I didn’t know anybody who even owned a sewing machine. Today, I think it’s totally normal to sew your own boxers and snicker at the men who don’t. I just assume everyone sews!

A Classic French Jacket: 70 Hours to the Dream!

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Ok, let’s start with a cliché: Chanel jackets are one of the most coveted garment pieces for women all over the world. Check! Their Haute Couture versions reportedly sell for some $30,000, while a ready-to-wear version sells for around $5,000 and up. Check! It inspired countless imitations, by runway designers as well as home seamstresses. Check!

Pictured: The jacket that spawned a thousand copies – a Chanel tweed next to jackets by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Milly and Tory Burch which have obviously been inspired by the original.

Featured Member: evamarie

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from the American Heartland. After getting an art history degree I moved to France to teach English and ended up marrying a kind French gardener. We now live in Alsace together.

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing in order to get to know my Mother-in-Law a little better. She speaks French with an Alsatian accent and I speak French with a Anglo Saxon accent, but somehow we understand each other perfectly when we sew! She received her couturier degree in the 1940’s before World War II and she is a complete 86 year old wonder!

Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

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Whether you are or are not familiar with artist Sonia Delaunay (November 14, 1885 – December 5, 1979), you are in for a treat. A forerunner of the Orphism Movement, Delaunay’s body of work spans from paintings in bright, bold Cubist colors to textile and set design. Thanks to the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, who recently housed a Delaunay exhibit, we can show those who can’t come to New York City an insider’s view of the retrospective!

Connect: Join A BurdaStyle Sewing Club

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While we are an online community, the activity of sewing is decidedly offline. From the feel of the fabric to the maintenance of a sewing machine, sewing is a tactile craft, requiring a physical connection that can never be replaced. Our offline BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs (BSCs) further this physical connection by offering face-to-face support and friendship with fellow passionate sewers.

Comment to Win a Florida Tote Set from Nancy Zieman

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter for your chance to win a “Florida Tote Set” by Nancy Zieman!

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