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Guest Column: Doll Fashionistas – Sew It Yourself High Fashion Dolls

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I would like to introduce you to Ellen Lumpkin Brown of The Doll Loft she will be blogging with us for two weeks explaining the creation of a doll, how she choses materials, the fashions that she makes for them and the global history of this craft. With out further ado, please welcome Ellen Lumpkin Brown

I am thrilled to guest blog for BurdaStyle and introduce you to my sew-it-yourself, high fashion dolls. For me, dolls are more than a toy. Dolls can be that special friend that always understands and is there for you no matter what. I got started designing and making dolls because I wanted every girl in the world to be able to have the special doll exactly how she wants.

The BurdaStyle Resource Map (Revisited)


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Back in November, we introduced our Resource Map, a collection of great fabric, craft and sewing businesses around the world. The idea came from our desire to discover and share some the best places to get a proper sewing, notions or fabric-buying fix. Listening to some of your feedback, we have decided to revise the Resource Map a bit, in order fully utilize its incredible potential.

Oscar Night

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The Oscars had a bit more going on than recognizing the movie industry last night. Just like an episode from Project Runway, 9 up-and-coming designers were competing to have their gown worn by an Awards escort (the models who hand the award to the winners) during last nights program. Voting was determined by the pubic on the Oscar.com website and the competition was documented with their own Behind the Dress episodes. The winner? Designer Rania Salibi – who’s dress was not only modeled for the entire country to see, but also scored two tickets to last night’s Oscars to see it in person.

Featured Member: MissLivia

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I hail from a small town smack dab in the middle of Washington state, a rural agricultural area. I currently reside in Seattle, the big city, attending college for a degree in Chemistry.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I really started sewing because it was something my mom wanted to teach me. I grew up in beautiful handmade dresses, frequently matching with my two sisters. My

Oh My Prada

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What do you think of Muccia Prada’s A/W2010 runway show?

Join BurdaStyle at FIT's Intellectual Property Discussion and Fair

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Dear All,

On Thursday, March 4th, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) School of Art & Design is hosting a panel discussion and information fair on Intellectual Property Issues in Art and Design. I will be on-hand from 10 am – 1 pm to discuss BurdaStyle’s concept of open-source, copyright-free sewing patterns. If you are in or near the New York City area, I invite you to join me!

The Sewing Republic Apron Remake Challenge!

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Sewing Republic and BurdaStyle have teamed up again to bring you a great new challenge. During this month long Apron Remake Challenge, we are inviting you to use your creativity and imagination to reinvent the Two Tone Apron from The Sewing Republic brought to you by BERNINA. You have until 11:59 pm EST March 24th to submit your entries, so check out the rules and get started!

Prom Season

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As March hits, I begin noticing them – ads for prom and formal wear begin popping up all over the city. Thankfully, we can sew – which means we don’t have to wear cookie cutter, poorly made gowns and tuxes. But this year, while you make you fabulous dress, why not enter it in an online contest for a chance to win college scholarships? This year, Joann is giving away $50,000 cash for school (plus a $1,000 gift card) to one very lucky grand prize winner. Of course, if working with fabric isn’t your thing and you love the challenge of working with alternate materials, try your hand at Duck Tape’s annual Stuck At The Prom contest. The winning couple (this year they’ll be 20) will receive $3,000 cash scholarship, plus money for their school. Good luck and I can’t wait to see what everyone sews (or tapes) up this year!

Drawn Upon Dinosaurs for Inspiration

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Sean Cabezas dreamed up the skirt pattern we have featured here today on BurdaStyle. Sean is a senior at Parsons in New York City and offered his inspired look for us to turn into a pattern to share with our community.

Vote for Your Favorite in the Alabama Studio Style Inspiration Challenge

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It was hard but we narrowed it down to 50 amazing entries! Now it’s time for you to vote for your favorite! you have until march 2nd to cast your vote, you can vote for as many different entries as you’d like but only once on each. Check it out and get voting.

Basic Sloper Patterns: Priceless

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Do you own any basic slopers or pattern blocks? Well, if you went to fashion school, you do, and you know how incredibly useful they are. But if you didn’t- well perhaps you don’t have to go to school for this, with the resources available to the sewing community these days.

Featured Member: stephiaffi

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Vienna, Austria, and have lived here for most of my life, but my mother is from Norway, so I spent all my childhood summers in Norway with my grandmother and still try to go there as often as I can.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I ever made was a quilted oven mitten in school. My mum still has it hanging in her kitchen. But the first real item of clothing I ever made was a ball

BurdaStyle is Hiring Again!

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The Part-Time Administrative Assistant position at BurdaStyle is a unique opportunity to join a small, high-growth company and contribute to its organization and office management.

Sandra Betzina on Denim, Can’t find jeans that fit? – MAKE YOUR OWN!

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If we took a poll for a favorite fabric, denim would win hands down, not only in the United States, but much of the rest of the rest of the world. Don’t believe me? think about all the jeans you own. Denim wears like iron, even improving with age. I have been a denim fan forever, not only the classic, blue denim, but black, charcoal grey and even white denim for the warmer months. Denim is great because it runs the gamut from casual to dressy all depending on what you pair it with.

BurdaStyle Heads to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo

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We are so excited to be heading to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington! The show runs from the 25th through the 28th from 8:30 am – 6 pm (most days) If you have never been to the show, it is held at a huge fair grounds and is chock full of classes and vendors, a place for serious sewers. We are looking forward to seeing what the show has t ooffer, the fabric, the vendors, the classes; it is going to be a blast! We are especially excited about seeing the entries in the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show in person on Sunday morning, one of us is even be walking down the runway too.

Come visit us! We will be at our good friend Sandra Betzina’s booth #123 in the Pavilion on Saturday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, if you are at the show come by, say hi and pick up some awesome BurdaStyle goodies!

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