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8 New Dress Sewing Patterns From Simple to Chic!

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Springtime is in full bloom here in Manhattan and I’m quite excited about building my summer wardrobe. Many of the patterns featured in this article will be part of my new wardrobe— will they be a part of yours too?

Making the BurdaStyle Blog More Interactive With Thinglink!

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Maybe you’ve noticed that in our last few blog posts there have been some extra features hanging around our pictures, collages and mood boards. We are now using Thinglink on our blog, a new way to tag photos, share links and make our blog posts more informative and fun. When you see a dot on a blog picture, simply let your mouse hover over the area and a box with a link will pop up. Follow the link to learn more about what’s in the picture, share the photo with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email or embed the image to your own blog!

Win Two Tickets to Bay Area Maker Faire 2011!

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BurdaStyle is giving away two pairs of free tickets to the upcoming Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo County, California!

Honored Guests: What to Make for Summer Weddings

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So it’s Springtime and wedding season is in full force. My boyfriend’s sister is getting married this summer and I’ve been going back and forth for weeks over what to wear. To be honest, I haven’t been to many weddings during my adult years and the puffy floral dress with matching dyed shoes I wore to my aunt’s wedding when I was 5 years old doesn’t do much for inspiration today.

Age Appropriate Dressing

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Readers, have you ever heard the expression that goes, “If you were old enough to wear it the first time around, you’re too old to wear it the second time around”? (I think this originally applied to mini skirts.) Not very affirming, is it?

Do you think this truism still applies today? I believe that — at least here in the USA — it does not. We are living in an “anything goes” period fashion-wise, where sixty-year-olds routinely dress like teens and teens routinely dress like…well, you decide.

Enter the BurdaStyle and Instructables Fashion Challenge!

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We’ve partnered up with the amazing mecca of all things DIY, Instructables, to host a unique fashion challenge perfect for all you crafty designers, DIY maestros and hobby sewing enthusiasts. Check out contest details and how to enter after the jump!

You Know You're a Couture Aficionado If...

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Last autumn I took an online class in hand stitches (after several years, I finally decided to perk up my rusty sewing skills, and it was the only class available that month) and after the first session I knew that all I wanted to do was learn couture sewing. Fortunately, there are now many resources available for anyone who wants to master this amazing and exquisite craft. Couture sewing is not cheap, neither it is fast, but the results are worth it! Even if you use only one technique in a garment, such as a balanced dart for example, you will be surprised how it elevates your garment from mass production. And you know what? There is a remarkable number of home seamstresses using couture techniques in their sewing.

Definition: What is a member project?

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As our community is expanding and we are welcoming new members, we thought it would be helpful and informative to communicate how a BurdaStyle Member Project is defined.

Currently, over fifty five thousand member projects have been shared on BurdaStyle. That’s a BIG number!

Our projects section is as diverse as our members. Whether you are inspired by fantastical cos play costumes, retro looks, glamorous ball gowns, or classic and clean silhouettes, there’s certainly something for every taste!

Featured Member: girlofmanycolors

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I’m from Marietta, Ohio. A small river town that boarders West Virginia. I grew up in the same house my entire life, and I moved to Columbus, Ohio, where I currently reside, to attend Columbus College of Art and Design. I graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design in 2009 and I now work at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (the best ice cream in the world) by day, and sew my heart out by night.

Pulling from the Past: Wedding Gown Inspiration

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The clock is ticking, I have something like 126 days until my wedding and I couldn’t be more calm. Maybe it’s all of the lavender I’ve been smelling, as I want to use it for table arrangements, it’s said to relax and calm you. I’m still making mood boards for my gown. I now plan to make two: a long, filmy ceremony gown, and a party dress that still says “bride”. Check out my latest inspiration from the 20s, 30s and 40s….

Comment to Win "Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women's Clothing!"

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Comment on the blog or follow us on Twitter for your chance to win a copy of “Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women’s Clothing!” by Suzy Furrer.

Have Rising Cotton Costs Affected Your Sewing Projects?

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Cotton, the fabric of our lives, has been increasing in price since Fall of last year and continuing speculations show no signs of stopping. I read a headline the other day that said cotton is at it’s highest price since the Civil War and it got me thinking, has the higher price and worldwide shortage of cotton affected your sewing or project plans? Cotton is a staple in sewing and craft and with a shortage in China (the world’s largest supplier of cotton) and natural disasters in Texas (the #2 supplier of cotton in the U.S.) what does that mean for our everyday sewing endeavors? Will higher cotton prices have you using other fabrics? Skipping out on muslin? How much does fabric price factor into your projects? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Sweet + Vicious: New Retro Sewing Patterns

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There’s a reason why fashion designers and sewers will often reference the past when making clothes in the present— there are certain classic that will always be timeless, classy and elegant. How many of you refer to a certain decade or era when designing? Why do you think these looks come back in style? Will they still be worn on 100 years? Read on and get 7 brand new patterns. Above: Model in yellow dress from Vogue, 1938; Madisyn (in Alberta Ferretti ad campaign).

DIY Grecian Style

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I’m sure that I can’t be the only one that does it… watch runway and awards shows just to see what everyone is wearing. One of the hottest trends this season are Grecian-style dresses and top – not only do these look flattering to almost any shape, they can be quite simple to make. These designs are typically made from lightweight materials such as chiffon, thin jersey, and even some satins which give these garments the drape and pleats which are the defining element for this style. Don’t know where to start on making this look for yourself or how to handle these materials? This great article by DIY Design will teach you how.

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