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BERNINA Presents the Show Us, Don't Tell Us - Brand Ambassador Competition

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BERNINA USA is looking far and wide for three US-based Brand Ambassadors to experience and help spread the word for their new BERNINA 3 Series machine, so BurdaStyle has partnered with BERNINA on a competition to help find the best candidates for the job! But have no fear, this contest is international! BERNINA still wants to show some love to our community outside the US, so we made this a two-part competition.

We want you to Show Us, Don’t Tell Us: How do you express your love for sewing?

Over 25 Capes + Patterns To Make One!

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Who doesn’t love to make a dramatic entrance in a flowing cape? If you’re unsure about fitting a cape into your wardrobe, read on, you may fall in love!

Pictured above: Lindsey Thornburg’s Pendleton Mini Cloak Jackets.

BurdaStyle in Austin : Etsy Crafternoon & Texas Style Council Conference Day 2

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Well it’s day 2 here in Austin and today the Etsy venue opened up on E. 6th St. and we were there to join in the fun and do some amazing make & take projects! Thanks to the Singer Co. & The Martha Stewart Show how-to on upcycling t-shirts into grocery bags, and our friends over at Threadless, we were able to teach tons of SXSW attendees how to sew!

BurdaStyle in Austin: The Swap at Texas Style Council Conference

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Ever find yourself with that pile of old clothes you don’t wear anymore, or that old purse you’re never going to use again, but don’t want to just give it away without something in return? Well, let us introduce you to Swap.com! The amazing people behind Swap hosted an event in Austin tonight at the Texas Style Council Conference and we were there to sponsor it and join in the fun! Check out the rest of the action after the jump!

BurdaStyle in Austin : SXSW Interactive Day 1!

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Well it’s Day 1 of SXSW Interactive and we are already having the time of our lives! Austin is sunny and warm which makes us VERY happy. Such a nice break from the winter still lingering in NYC. :D We’ll be live tweeting from SXSW for the next two weeks so make sure you’re following us on twitter to get all the updates. AND don’t forget to tweet at us and hashtag #BurdaStyle2Austin to stay in the convo! Check out what we did today after the jump!

The Tunic: Minimal vs. Bohemian

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The tunic is a great staple piece for any wardrobe. Whether you keep it low key or play more on the flashy side, chances are you can find a tunic style that suits your every mood. Tunics are also quick projects that provide a great basic template to really express your individuality and creativity – make it in a beautiful print, simple cotton or add your own finishing touch with beads and applique – there’s really no limit to the ways you can customize a tunic to make it truly your own.

Spring is right around the corner (and I can’t think of a better season to bring out this style) so check out great ideas for tunic projects – both wild and tame to get you in a creative mood!

Whither the Convertible Collar Shirt?

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One of the many delights of learning to sew has been experimenting with old patterns and recreating the popular styles of yesteryear.

One of my recent Etsy finds was a vintage 1939 men’s shirt pattern with a convertible collar. Convertible means that the shirt can be worn either with the collar buttoned on or with just the collar band. For the record, according to shirt guru David Coffin, the collar band is what you see on a shirt with no collar. The collar stand is what supports the collar on a shirt that has one. So for this 1939 shirt, I’d be making both a band and a stand.

Mother of Pearl Buttons: A Uniquely American Triumph

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I love mother of pearl buttons. Over the years, as I was searching for samples, I began to learn the fascinating story of their rise to popularity and the uniquely American slant to their success. I thought I would share that with you today.

Examples from my book Button Ware

Featured Member: tiffa34

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Where are you from and/or where do you live? What do you do for a living/are you a student?

I’m an Australian currently dividing my time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, working as a graphic designer and part time student.

How did you start sewing?

I first began making things like clothing and accessories when I was in primary school, however I’d always been creative and loved to draw and create things from an early age.

Michael Miller and Spoonflower's Search for the Next Fabric Designer!

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Spoonflower and Michael Miller Fabrics have teamed up to offer the amazing opportunity to create a licensed line of fabrics through their Project Selvage initiative! Upload your original design over at Spoonflower by March 24th for the chance to be one of 75 semi-finalists who will be posted on Spoonflower.com where voters will decide which fabrics make the final cut. The 10 designers garnering the most votes will be asked to create an additional five prints to be voted on to determine the winner who will score a licensing contract to print their designs with Michael Miller Fabrics, $1,000 and an all expense paid trip to Houston, Texas for Quilt Market 2011.

BurdaStyle Members Featured in the Pages of SewStylish!

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We love to see our BurdaStyle members receive recognition for their creativity and passion. Most recently two of our members, grosgrain (Kathleen Frances) and elegantmusings (Casey Cartwright) were given the opportunity to show off their creations in the March issue of SewStylish, and we couldn’t be more excited for them!

Check out The BurdaStyle Resource Map!

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Are you new in town and looking for the best fabric store in the area? Or perhaps you’re traveling and itching for a craft fix? The BurdaStyle Resource Map is here for you!

Comment to Win a Copy of "Flirt Skirts"!

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One of Brooklyn’s most beloved boutiques, Flirt, is gearing up to release it’s first sewing book called Flirt Skirts, and we are giving away two copies to our BurdaStyle members!

With 3 basic patterns, Flirt’s creative minds Patti Gilstrap and Seryn Potter show you how to make 20 different skirt variations plus provide tips for adding unique details to create your own customized pieces! Easy to follow diagrams, step-by-step instructions and great styling tips make this a must-have book for all skirt enthusiasts.

Meet the Winners! Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest

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Thanks to everyone who submitted amazing technique tutorials to our Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest.

Thank again to Fiskars for inspiring and supporting this contest and to all our amazing members for once again blowing us away with your creativity and sewing savvy! And don’t forget to check out Fiskars on Facebook for more info on the latest tools and some great projects you can use with your new scissors!

Now, for the exciting part! The winners are…

Join Us! BurdaStyle Seeks Marketing/Sales Team Member in the New York City Area

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BurdaStyle seeks a marketing/sales jack of all trades with a strong background in online properties, preferably with experience in the fashion/style/sewing/DIY industry. This is a cross-discipline position that requires prior experience in sales as well as a solid understanding of marketing, promotions, developing partnerships and management of team goals. We are a digital property that needs a New York City-based Sales and Partnerships Manager. The chosen candidate will have opportunities to take ownership of specific partnership prospects, and will grow such relationships to benefit both BurdaStyle and our partners.

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