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Sweet + Vicious: New Retro Sewing Patterns

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There’s a reason why fashion designers and sewers will often reference the past when making clothes in the present— there are certain classic that will always be timeless, classy and elegant. How many of you refer to a certain decade or era when designing? Why do you think these looks come back in style? Will they still be worn on 100 years? Read on and get 7 brand new patterns. Above: Model in yellow dress from Vogue, 1938; Madisyn (in Alberta Ferretti ad campaign).

DIY Grecian Style

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I’m sure that I can’t be the only one that does it… watch runway and awards shows just to see what everyone is wearing. One of the hottest trends this season are Grecian-style dresses and top – not only do these look flattering to almost any shape, they can be quite simple to make. These designs are typically made from lightweight materials such as chiffon, thin jersey, and even some satins which give these garments the drape and pleats which are the defining element for this style. Don’t know where to start on making this look for yourself or how to handle these materials? This great article by DIY Design will teach you how.

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: The Shift Dress

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Making your own one-of-a-kind garment takes a heck of a lot more time that picking one up at a boutique. With all the hours spent making sure your seams are perfectly aligned and your hem just so, you want to get as much wear out of your sewing project as possible, right? Of course you do! Check out my favorite ideas for extending the life of one of our project patterns – a simple shift dress – and see fun ways you can rock this project all weekend long.

BurdaStyle Day is Coming Soon!

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BurdaStyle Day, May 12th is only days away!

Over 40 groups have formed on our official Meetup page, and we are so excited for all of you to meet one another live and in-person!

Do You Have a "Look"?

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Readers, I do not have a look. Or if I do, I am not aware of it.

I have always wanted a look but it never came naturally to me, which is strange since I am, and always was, interested in fashion. I just lacked the energy to make it happen, I guess. It also has to do with my being raised to believe you weren’t supposed to put too much emphasis on appearances, as well as growing up male in a culture where men are not supposed to be overly interested in clothes.

Vintage Patterns: The Importance of Paper

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It’s no secret that I have a deep love of history, especially when it comes to fashion. Over time, I have come to appreciate and understand how the domestic arts have empowered women and, in turn, affected their societal roles. This is one of the reasons I love sewing. This simple craft has, over time, had a measurable affect on women across generations. Sewing gave women control. In the early days, it gave women a place to find solace and, within the confines of their homes, allowed them to maintain their traditional roles while exploring new ones.

Featured Member: ellohdesign

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I was born in Texas and grew up in Southern California. I moved to Utah last July with my husband to explore, work, and put some roots down.

I’m a freelance graphic designer, working in web, print, and information design. I’ve been on my own with my own clients for a year now and I’ve absolutely LOVED the freedom and room for extra creativity. I like how I have time to branch out of designing with my computer and experiment with clothing/toy/and textile design.

Celebrating Alexander McQueen at the Met

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Alexander McQueen has been the name on everyone’s lips for the past few days and all that talk culminated in a celebration of his life and life’s work at last night’s Costume Institute Gala. The Metropolitan Museum’s ode to McQueen entitled “Savage Beauty” opened to great adoration as friends of the designer, including Daphne Guinness and Sarah Jessica Parker, walked the red carpet in his breathtaking creations. Click through to see some of my favorite looks and tell me who you think stole the show.

Design Process: Finding Fabrics to Suit Your Fancy

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Designers say that they are often inspired by fabrics, which will then ignite an idea for a design. I must admit this happens to me quite often, when I’m perusing a fabric shop or swatch book, ideas pop into my mind inspired by the fabrics themselves. How do you begin you design process?

Comment to Win "Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing!"

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Comment on the blog or follow us on Twitter to win “Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing,” a novel by Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica!

Sewing for Men

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How many of you sew for men? Or are men sewing for yourselves? When it comes to fashion design and the sewing world, menswear tends to take a back seat to womenswear— why do you think that is? Well I haven’t forgotten about menswear and the patterns listed in the post are sure to inspire. Read on + get the pattern downloads.

Weird, Wacky and Wonderful: The Hats of the Royal Wedding

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Now that the focus has shifted (somewhat) from Kate’s dress, suddenly everyone is talking about all those hats at the Royal wedding last week. What did you think of the fancy and potentially dangerous headwear the ladies of European aristocracy were sporting during the festivities? Click through to see a few of my favorites and ones that would have been better off left in the hat box.

Bay Area Maker Faire 2011

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It’s that time of year again, time to pack up our sewing machines and head out West for Maker Faire San Mateo and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this amazing creative event once again! Watch out for our Make + Take Lounge where we’ll be helping newbies learn how to sew and giving you stitching veterans a chance to show us your stuff with our fun and Easy Drawstring Bag project. Come hang out, test your skills on one of BERNINA’s amazing new 3 Series machines and whip up your own bag with one-of-a-kind fabric specially printed for us by our friends at Spoonflower.

Get 50% Off "Sewing Studio: Fashion Fitting, Home Decor & More"!

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Want to learn to sew but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve been sewing for years and want to take your skills to the next level. With the Sewing Studio: Fashion Fitting, Home Decor & More video course, you’ll learn the essential tricks and techniques you need to get started or take your sewing skills from amateur to professional in no time.

Rose Bowl Flea Market: Shopping for Vintage Sewing Supplies

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You might think that a flea market in a major metropolitan area like Los Angeles would be overpriced but I can assure you the Rose Bowl Flea market still has many diamonds in the rough to be found. That’s because prices for stalls range from about $250 for the best situated to around only forty dollars in the farthest reaches. So this flea market runs the gamut from professional dealers selling at retail prices to people just cleaning out their garages.

I have sold there myself, and there are a LOT of people so you want to get there early not only to get the pick of the day but also because the Pasadena area gets very hot in the late spring and summer months. The Flea Market is huge, taking place in the parking lots and around the perimeter of the famous Rose Bowl Stadium, where college teams play on New Year’s Day after the Rose Parade ends.

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