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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!

White on White: Stark New Sewing Patterns

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Whether you’re in the Northern or Southern hemispheres, there is one color that may sneak it’s way into your wardrobe: white. There are some people who have always appreciated a crisp white blouse or button-down, and whether you’re in season to do winter whites or summer whites— these new patterns shall make nice editions to your wardrobe. Check them out…

Be the Next "Fresh Face in Fashion" with GenArt

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Anyone familiar with GenArt knows about their amazing ability to find and promote new talent in fashion, film, art and music and was both saddened and surprised by their sudden departure from the scene last summer. However, GenArt is back and officially relaunching it’s “Fresh Faces in Fashion” shows which in the past has helped to catapult the careers of Zac Posen, Phillip Lim, Geren Ford, Rebecca Taylor and Vena Cava, just to name a few.

Work It

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Maybe you’re just heading off to your first “grown up” job, recently made a career change or perhaps you’ve been in the working world for longer than you care to recall – but sometimes a surprisingly stressful part of the job is just figuring out what to wear. I’ve had the privilege of working in creative environments where I was encouraged to show my personality through my clothing choices and even though some of my employers had “guidelines” in place, they usually left lots of room for interpretation.

ABURY Gives Traditional Artistry New Life

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ABURY is a non-profit organization looking to preserve and revive traditional arts and crafts from places like Morocco, Bangladesh and Thailand by exposing them to a worldwide audience while in turn providing education and work opportunities within the various communities. For it’s first project, ABURY is working in Morocco to source vintage Berber bags which reflect the rich culture and heritage of the indigenous Berber people.

Tattoo....YOU?

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BurdaStyle readers, a question: How do you feel about tattoos?

I’m on the fence about them, especially as their popularity has grown and almost everybody seems to have one. Tattoos can certainly be stunning works of art, as above. And they can make a powerful statement — every day and for the rest of your life. I’m not sure there’s any statement I’m THAT committed to making, but that’s me.

Comment to Win "Growing Up Sew Liberated!"

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter to win a copy of “Growing Up Sew Liberated,” written by Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated and published by Interweave!

A Hankie a Day

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I’m an avid collector. Or, an obsessive collector, depending on whether you ask my family or not. I’ve happily come to terms with this part of me, although I can’t say that the storage space in my house has in equal measure. As well, I have also come to terms with why I love to be a collector: I love the thrill of the hunt. I love finding a missing item from a collection, running across a Mary Brooks Picken’s-related piece or finding something completely new that charms me from the minute I see it.

Featured Member: laurafm

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Where are you from and where do you live?
I live in Oviedo, a beautiful but boring city in Asturias, at the North of Spain. I’ve been living here my whole life. I am a nurse, and now I’m working in developing the software at the new hospital. I started sewing at the age of 14. I’d seen my mom and grandma making their own garments all my life and I become envious, so I took a piece of fabric and it turned out as a skirt.

New Patterns = New Wardrobe

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These retro-inspired patterns could have been worn in the French Riviera by Brigitte Bardot in the 60s, but today they still hold up on their own and are full of fun. Have fun mixing and matching tops with bottoms and get creative by embellishing + personalizing: Check them out!

Our Crafty Weekend at Renegade Brooklyn

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We weren’t going to let a little bit of rain (or a lot) spoil our weekend at Renegade Craft Fair! Despite the wind and drizzle on Saturday, we still had loads of people come through our Make + Take booth to stitch up a drawstring bag and when the sun finally decided to come out on Sunday it ended up being another great craft weekend for the BurdaStyle team. Click through to check out a few pictures from our booth as well as a great video put together by Society HAE!

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