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Holiday Giveaway: Day 1 - Win a Brother Sewing Machine!

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Welcome to day one of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a sewing machine from Brother! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Tuesday, December 7th to be entered to win!

Whether you’re new to fashion sewing or a skilled veteran of the fitting room, you’ll love the ‘Project Runway’ Limited Edition Innov-ís 40. Dream it, then do it with the Innov-ís 40’s wide array of decorative stitches and convenient machine features. With 40 built-in stitches including 5 one-step auto-size buttonhole styles, 7-point feed dogs, a built-in needle threading system, Quick-set™ bobbin and free-motion stitching, sewing is easy and enjoyable. Made by Brother International Corporation, the exclusive sewing and embroidery licensee of ‘Project Runway,’ and top rated by consumer research magazines, it’s a perfect gift idea this season.

My New Hobby - Screen Printing

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As if I needed a new hobby, I’ve decided to take up screen printing. I thought that this might give me a chance to create more original items and add a bit more ‘flare’ to some of my sewing creations and even purchased items. If you’re thinking of trying it out for yourself, there’s several ways you can start out:

Start Voting: The BERNINA Party Through the Decades International Competition

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Who’s ready to party!? You guys really showed your skills for this competition and we are so thrilled to share the top 50 entries in our Party Through the Decades Competition presented by BERNINA 3 Series! Congratulations to everyone who participated! It was really difficult for us to narrow it down. Check out the slide show of the top 50 garments and the inspiration behind them and vote for your favorite.

Sports Casual

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At first glance sports and fashion don’t exactly seem to go hand-in-hand, although with tennis players designing their own uniforms and Olympic champions posing for luxury advertisements, the lines do seem to be blurring a bit more, don’t they? While I’m pretty certain the world could do with less of the design talents of Serena Williams, it is interesting to see designers take influence from sports and translate the casual, technical aspects in a more high-end way. Check out some of my favorite sporty-chic pieces and patterns to help translate the look into your wardrobe.

What We Wore: Earthy-Chic Shoes

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Nestled in little offices in Midtown, New York, amid three-piece suits, khakis and wool skirts, lies the BurdaStyle crew, a bunch of bouncy creative types who love to sew, crochet and discuss cooking recipes. We’re certainly a unique bunch, to say the least, and it shows in our style.

INDUSTRIE Magazine Names 50 Most Influential in Fashion

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The Business of Fashion recently released a preview of INDUSTRIE Magazine’s list of the 50 most influential people in fashion. A laundry list of fashionable movers and shakers, check out who makes up the “new creative establishment” and see if you agree. Check out top 10 after the jump, and see the entire list here.

Featured Member: loversandhaters

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born in Hong Kong but have lived most of my life in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There are a lot of young crafters in this city and a variety of venues (markets, craft fairs, independent businesses) that sell handmade goods. I really appreciate the DIY spirit here, especially having come from a highly commercial culture like Hong Kong’s.

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Barathea

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Polyester is for push-overs. When you want respect, you wear barathea.

Regularly appearing at such well-heeled places as West Point, English Court, Westminster Abbey and black tie events everywhere for the last 200 years or so, barathea began its illustrious career as a powerhouse fabric in the men’s formalwear world. Commonly found in black or blue-black, barathea’s soft, smooth, springy hand makes for one classy evening coat.

Cloud Computing Simplifies Your Life - Sponsored Post

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Last Day to Submit: The BERNINA Party Through the Decades International Competition

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We hope you’re rounding the corner on finishing those party looks because today is the last day to get your submissions in for the Party Though the Decades Competition presented by BERNINA!

Announcing our 2010 Holiday Giveaway!

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Happy Holidays! It’s that time of the year again and we are so excited to kick off our third year of holiday giving. Our first giveaway will be posted in one week, right here on the BurdaStyle blog. From November 30th – December 30th, we will be announcing a new prize EVERY DAY!

This is our way of thanking you all for your support, talent, creativity, and sharing! You inspire us everyday and BurdaStyle wouldn’t be what it is without this amazing community.

OptiTex Offering Free CAD Pattern Making Webinar

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For those of you using or interested in using the OptiTex CAD software, they are offering a free webinar this Tuesday, November 23rd at 2pm EST. Even if you don’t use the software to draft your patterns, trainer Julia Shaw will be demonstrating general pattern making techniques in real time that you can use with or without the software. The webinar is free but you must register is advance. For more information on this and future OptiTex webinars check out Fashion Incubator and to learn more about OptiTex software head over to their website.

Petticoats Please

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I’m sure you all know what a petticoat (or underskirt) is— but I wonder, would you wear one today? For a retro inspired wedding or to puff-up a prom dress? Check out these petticoat looks and tell us what you think about them.

Cute and Unexpected Thanksgiving Projects

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With America’s Thanksgiving holiday just a few days away, so many of us are making last minute preparations in the sewing room: napkins, place mats, table cloths and runners, maybe even a few embellished napkin rings. If you’re fortunate enough to have all your crafting already finished, why not whip up some less mainstream projects? Sew up a centerpiece or two by creating a fabric turkey or cornucopia stuffed with adorable fabric pumpkins.

'Party Through The Decades' Inspiration: French New Wave Nostalgia

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Peter Pan collars? Check. Marinière stripes? Double check. French New Wave films of the 1960s, a decade that began in black and white, introduced us to a fresh new look in both cinema and fashion. Similar to Swinging Sixties London, it was a time when art, music, youthful iconoclasm, and fashion all converged. Style icons embodying the French ‘effortless chic’ aesthetic – several of whom who also had careers as pop singers – continue to dot mood boards and wield influence on runway looks of designers such as Jason Wu and John Galliano for Christian Dior.

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