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Four cool patterns for Fall and how you could style them— for sizes 44-52 (US 12- 20)!

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Waistcoats | Do You Wear Them?


Waistcoats, vests, vestees (if you’re Canadian), sleeveless upper-body garments covered in sequins, studs, embroidery— call it what you will, the point is, waistcoats make any outfit a little bit cooler.

Red Carpet Glamour From the Emmys


When I was a little girl I wanted to be an actress. Not that I necessarily had any talent, but that didn’t matter because what I really wanted was to go to an award show. Forget the acting part, I wanted the dresses! Ok, so maybe I didn’t want to be an actress, so much as have the means (and the option) to wear extravagant designer creations, but you can’t fault a girl for finding an excuse to wear pretty things.

Style for Less


You could pay $60 (or more, depending on where you shop) for a cute cotton dress which resembles a German Wiesn Dirndl— or you could make your own, like Grosgrain did. Can you guess which dress was made by Kathleen from Grosgrain and which one was made for ready-to-wear? Want to make your own modern Wiesn Dirndl? Check out this tutorial.

BurdaStyle Book – Behind the Scenes Scoop


As many of you know, we are putting together the first BurdaStyle book! Beginning late July, our FedEx deliveries became the highlight of our day. Everyday we were welcomed to the office by 7 packages stacked high on our desks. Each package was a wonderful surprise, revealing unique and creative garments sewn from you, the members. We read aloud each hand written note and were impressed with your incredible skills (embroidery, beading, knitting, pleating,…you name it!). In the end, we received 78 garments from 23 countries to be to be considered for the book. Members shipped creations from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Phillipines, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, and USA.

Afraid You Can't Afford Advertising? Advertise with BurdaStyle!


Many of you are not only amazing sewers, crafters and designers, but are also shop owners and savvy business-people. Did you know that BurdaStyle offers advertising opportunities for small businesses and indie operations like you?

The Best Transitional Dresses for Summer to Fall


That’s right, it’s time to start thinking about falling leaves, back to school and cooler weather. This past summer has been all about dresses, mini, maxi and everything in between. Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to our favorite warm weather dress. Throw on some warm tights or wear your dress over a long sleeve shirt to make it more appropriate for the season. Check out these awesome dresses which will make the transition right along with the season, which one’s your favorite?

Share Your Sewing Room With Us!


A few months ago, our lovely Creative Director, Alison, shared her sewing room with us. We adored her feminine, whimsical aesthetic and light color palette, and can see how her creative environment influences her work (top left). Recently, our intern Marina (a.k.a. marina_glory) shared her fun, lavender-colored space with us, as well (top right).

Now we would love to see your own sewing space.

Return of the Prep


In my opinion the best part about summer is that it leads into fall. I suppose I enjoy a warm day and an afternoon at the beach as much as the next girl, but there is something about the crisp breezes and rich colors of fall that no other season can touch. Another reason I love fall is because I still associate it with “Back to School”. While I haven’t personally had to hit the books in a few years, whenever the leaves start to turn I always find myself getting a bit nostalgic for classic campus style.

Show Your Support Bra Challenge!


Hey all just a reminder!

The American Sewing Expo and Coats & Clark are joining forces in the Show Your Support Bra Challenge.

Its super easy, just pick up a new bra and use your creative juices to decorate it how you see best: fun, serious, themed, abstract – just about anything will do. All entries will be accepted with a $5 entry fee. All proceeds will be given to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Online voting will determine winners, and all bras will be on display at the show. Bras must be new and covered inside and out. Make sure to use thread in any way you see fit.

Check out all the rules and entry form and let’s show our support in the cure for cancer!

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Fashion and Tech


What happens when technology and fashion meet? You get the latest in sustainable textiles – 3D printed fabric. While I think it’s fabulous that you can not only get a perfect fit, but that there is little to no waste to creating clothing, I just can’t see that this technique will “make needle and thread obsolete.” Now my real question is, how long until home sewists get something like this?

Jean Paul Gaultier's Exclusive T-shirt for the 'Born HIV Free' Campaign

We love when the fashion community utilizes their influence for social change. As sewers, we all know how rewarding creativity is to our own lives. Here is one example of how one designer’s creativity was used to influence the lives of others.

Skirts-- How Do You Style Skirts?


Do you ever peer into your closet and say “I have absolutely nothing to wear!”? Skirts are one staple in my wardrobe I couldn’t live without. They are also the easiest garment to make when you’re desperate for a new look! I’ve gotten it down to a science where I can make a simple, high-waist skirt from 1 yard of fabric in one hour. I use my own pattern which has been perfected for my curves and I’ll add slight alterations for the style I’m going for— it’s a pattern that translates easily into many different fabrics so I know I’ll be happy with the outcome.

How do you wear skirts?


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