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Trend On Trend: Bra Tops

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We’re just starting to feel the first bit of winter chill in New York and it already has me dreaming of spring’s warm return. Until then, I’m just going to stare longingly at all the beautiful spring collections and dream of what I want to make for myself once the temps start climbing again. For our Southern Hemisphere dwellers, you can get started on spring 2012 trends now – and the first one I’m bringing to you is (whether you love it or hate it) the bra top.

It's Sew Easy: Sewing Jeans With Angela Wolf

Ever gone shopping for jeans only to leave empty-handed and frustrated, wishing you could go home and make your own made-to-measure pair? You’re in luck because designer Angela Wolf has been honing her jean crafting skills for years and shares a few of her trade secrets on the national sewing series It’s Sew Easy. Follow along with Angela as she shows you a few tricks of the denim crafting trade and get inspired to try your hand at sewing jeans.

Couture Seam Finishes: Hand Overcasting

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Honestly, I hardly know anyone who hand overcasts nowadays. Do you?

But the sewing nerd I am I could not resist making a case for it. You may say that hand overcasting takes ages, and that it is much easier to serge or zigzag the edges, or use Hong Kong finish, or anything else.

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Comment to win three tickets to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA!

2011 BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition: Meet the Winners!

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The votes have been counted. We are so excited to announce the winners of our Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by BERNINA!

Drumroll, please…

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: Ships From the U.S. Now!

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Today is the day. The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook hits retailers in the United States and we can hardly contain our excitement (international members: you can order your copy from a U.S. retailer and have the book shipped internationally)! If you haven’t had a chance yet, make sure to check out our dedicated page to get an exclusive preview of the book including pictures, pattern previews, technical drawings and more, then snag your copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or wherever books are sold!

Electric Lady Land: 5 New Plus Size Women's Sewing Patterns

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Have you ever mixed royal blue, electric purple and dark brown? Or what about bright mustard, khaki and tomato red? The Spring 2012 runways were full of eye popping color combinations all of which we find so refreshing and fun! These new patterns are great templates for color blocking and for creating everyday staples. Read on to see them all…

Time to Sew: 8 Essential Women's Sewing Patterns

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There’s a reason that certain trends or designs stay current forever— because many of these trends consist of classic shapes that can easily blend into our lifestyles, yet the variations come into play through fabrics, colors and styling. Read on to see 8 new patterns with a timeless elegance…

Featured Member: Apfelbluete

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Where are you from and/or where do you live now? What do you do other than sewing?
I am originally from the former capital of Kazakhstan, called Alamty, which I left 17 years ago. Currently, I live in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Get Designer Jewelry, Score a Sweet Deal: 50% Off Your First Purchase + Free U.S. Shipping from JewelMint!

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[Updated 10/31/2011] – It has just come to our attention that because JewelMint is a U.S.-based company, this offer is only valid for U.S. BurdaStyle members. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, and look forward to offering more amazing promotions that cater to all of our fantastic members across the globe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the Comments section below.

We Say Goodbye and Hello!

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Hey BurdaStylers,

It has been about a year and a half since I joined the BurdaStyle team as Project Manager of The BurdaStyle Handbook and then stepped into the role of Community Manager. Today is my last day at BurdaStyle. It is a bittersweet occasion for me as I leave this amazing role to attend graduate school and further my education.

Halloween Inspiration Boards

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One of our favorite holidays, Halloween, is upon us and we’re sure your weekend is going to be filled with costumes, candy and loads of other haunted happenings. What are you doing to celebrate? If you’re anything like me you’ve left your costume until the last minute and have already eaten your way through half the candy you were supposed to be passing out to trick-or-treaters….

Whether you’re going out or staying, I pulled together a few inspiration boards to get you in the spooky spirit.

Around the World: Highlights from Tokyo Fashion Week

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With all of the hustle and bustle surrounding New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks – we can often forget that there are loads of other fantastic fashion week showcases all over the world. From Nashville to LA, Berlin to Moscow – fashion is an international language with each city putting it’s own unique spin on clothing and style. One of my favorite places to watch fashion unfold is Tokyo. Japanese designers and fashionistas are known the world over for their trendsetting (or trend bucking) creations – from the high-fashion, avant garde designs of Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo to street style trends like Lolita and Agejo, Japan is an amazingly artistic and unique environment that provides loads of inspiration for almost any sewing or DIY endeavor.

The BurdaStyle Designer's Guide: An Entrepreneurial Path

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I was so excited to see the positive response and the number of BurdaStyle members eager to take the next step and get their business ideas off the ground. Over the next few articles I’ll be delving more into the process of making that dream a reality, but first I wanted to review the life of an entrepreneur and the reality of starting your own business. Some of you may be thinking – “But I’m a designer and I’m doing this to focus on design!” I hate to burst anyone’s bubble or dream, but the truth of the matter is that you’ll most likely only be spending a small part of your time on design and the rest on running your business. Which is why it’s so important to have a great business foundation for yourself and be mentally and financially prepared.

Style Sheets: Scare Wear From Halloweens Past

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As much as I love Halloween, the week before never fails to find me sans costume. Generally, my best Halloween ideas come to me shortly after the holiday has passed and then disappear long before the day has rolled around again. Alas, this year is no different. As the creepy decorations go up and jack-o-lanterns are alighted, this month’s Style Sheets is dedicated to filling the trick-or-treat bags of us procrastinators with a little inspirational eye candy.

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