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Très Chic: 7 Glamorous New Dress Sewing Patterns

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Many of us who sew often look to the past for inspiration and love vintage— we muse over old Hollywood glamour and the uber-feminine silhouettes of the 40s and 50s. If you’ve got a bit of silver screen siren in you, be sure to check out these new patterns!

Featured Member: aniomatronika

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in Lodz, it’s a large city in the center of Poland. I have love and hate relationship with this place, it’s depressing and inspiring at the same time. I am currently attending University majoring in Psychology.

How did you start sewing?
My mum can sew (she is really good!) and growing up in my home we always had a sewing machine. She stayed at home when my brother and I were younger and she was making a lot of clothes for us. The sound of a sewing machine is one of my childhood memories. My first “creation” was a dress for my plush elephant. I was about seven when I made it. I distinctly remember sewing way too fast, neglecting every rule and braking many needles.

Links We Love: The Mullet Dress, A Perfect Summer Skirt Tutorial, Kanye Makes Clothes + More!

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Catch up on our favorites stories, projects and general goings-on from around the web this week!

DIY We Tried: Eco Dyeing

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A few weeks ago Jamie, Martyna and I decided to try a little DIY project of our own. Inspired by a book we recently received in the office, India Flint’s Eco Colour, we embarked on a eco dyeing adventure in my tiny apartment in Brooklyn. For our project we decided to focus on three different types of dyeing: fruit-based, onion skin and flower smashing. These are three of the easiest techniques and a good starting point to try your hand at eco-conscious dyeing.

Guy-Cons, or 10 Famous Men with Style for the Ages

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Readers, today I want to discuss male style icons, or what I call guy-cons.

Coming up with the names of ten people I wouldn’t mind dressing/looking like wasn’t hard. I’ll be honest though: I added some of them not because they’ve influenced me personally, but because I think they’ve achieved guy-conic status in the wider world.

Best Books for Couture Enthusiasts

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Actually, it’s top nine, readers! The first one doesn’t count – it is, in fact, a 1959 Soviet book with a title “Conversations About Housekeeping”. Forgive me, as it was my first and most precious sewing reference, inherited from my Siberian grandmother!

Photos: Chance or coincidence? My first sewing reference was printed in 1959, when USSR sanctioned the first ever couture show in the country’s capital Moscow. Yes, it’s Dior!

Do Your Clothes Fit You?

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Whether homemade or store bought, do clothes tend to fit you well? If you’re like me, chances are you’ve had countless occasions in life where you’ve fallen in love with a gorgeous dress only to find that the fit is totally off. Or you’ve excitedly cut into your precious cloth with a sewing pattern you adore only to find there’s no way in the world the design is ever going to fit. That’s why we sew, I gather, to try to achieve perfection in fit and style, but there will always be those alterations which need to be done in order to achieve that close-to-perfect (if not flawless) fit. But there’s hope! Read on…

Style vs. Comfort: 9 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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This week we have proof that in addition to looking stylish— you can be comfortable as well. Check out these new luxe looks made from jersey and soft fibers. Read on to get the patterns and judge the looks for yourself…

Go Behind the Scenes of Sew Retro with Gretchen Hirsch + Get 50% Her Bombshell Dress Class!

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Hey, BurdaStyle members! I am so excited to be here guest blogging about my new online course, Sew Retro: Perfect Bombshell Dresses! The course was produced by Craftsy.com, and it features a fantastic BurdaStyle pattern.

Meet the Winners of Core77's Inaugural Design Awards!

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Core77 is taking an innovative approach to announcing the winners of their Inaugural Design Awards by broadcasting the announcements live via webcast through July 22nd. Check out who has taken home the prestigious prize so far in categories such as Furniture and Lighting and Interactive Web/Mobile and check back all week to see who takes top honors in Soft Good/Apparel Design, DIY/Hack/Mod, Design for Social Impact and more.

Head over to Core77 to watch all the winning announcements!

Featured Member: lanternwaste33

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
My name is Morgan. I’m a 19 year old American girl. I’ve lived in the state of Georgia, outside of Atlanta all my life. I have finished high school and am currently working on getting my GED as I’ve been home schooled from 3-12 grade. I dream of someday going to design school or majoring in Fashion and Design. I started my own business last year selling handmade doll clothes online.

1 Pattern, 4 Looks: The Lightweight Blazer

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I broke out of my usual 3 looks this time to bring you 4 – hope that doesn’t cause any problems!

One of my favorite pieces of clothing ever created has to be the blazer. There is something about slipping into one made so perfectly to measure that it almost feels like a second skin. It’s a near religious experience. I have no less than 8 blazers of different shapes, sizes and colors floating around my closet with a long wish list of others I would like to add (I have never been ambitious enough to make one from scratch, only subtly nipped and tweaked ones I’ve purchased), and I can think of few occasions where sporting a blazer would seem out of place. Ok, well maybe the pool isn’t exactly the best setting…

Learning to Sew: Peter's Top Ten Tips!

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I am often asked how I learned to sew and what advice I would give beginners. Since I started sewing only two years ago, it’s all very fresh in my mind!

So here, in no particular order, is my entirely subjective, highly biased top ten tips list:

Summer Pattern Trends: The New Basics

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We style three of hot patterns for summer with bright new fabrics from MichaelMillerFabrics.com.

Meet the Designer: Julie Pinzur

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We met Julie Pinzur when she wowed us with her fun and whimsical designs at our indie designer fashion show in Austin, TX during SxSW. Drawing heavily from Japanese culture and style, Julie’s line Mokuyobi Threads is a fresh take on bags, accessories and clothing that encompass a youthful and modern sense of humor and we are excited to share her talents with the BurdaStyle community!

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Julie Pinzur and I grew up in the North suburbs of Chicago.

What is your design medium of choice? Clothing, handbags, accessories, etc?

All of the above. There really is no limit to what I can and want to make.

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