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PBS To Run New Sewing Show

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Once upon a time, not so many years ago, a cable network station carried a plethora of sewing and crafting shows. Once DIY home repairs became popular those shows slowly met their demise and crafty television was left with very little options. However, with the increased interest in sewing a new show is in the works and ready to air spring 2011. From the creators of Sew News and Sew It All magazines comes Sew It All – a program devoted to teaching new techniques and projects each week. Look for it on your local PBS station.

Silver Screen Sewing: Annie

“It’s a hard knock life,” says Annie and the other children in the orphanage in this clip from the hit 1980s musical, Annie. You’ve got that right.

Arcade44 Presents: Best Dressed // Trovata + Sophomore

Best Dressed // Trovata + Sophomore from Arcade44.tv on Vimeo.

Meet John Whitledge of Trovata and Chrissie Miller and Madeline von Froomer of Sophomore, two labels that embody the idea of clothing you can live in. Staying away from overly hyped trends, both Trovata and Sophomore are proof that well-constructed, thoughtful basics can resonate with consumers just as much as show-stopping runway looks.

The Long and The Short of It

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Maxi vs. Mini: the showdown continues. Loads of designers lowered their skirt hemlines for fall, making the maxi skirt a must-have piece for the season. However, not all trend-setters have followed suit. Runways still saw their share of bare knees and coupled with other hot fall trends like thigh-high boots and socks, it doesn’t look like you have to store those minis away through the winter after all. So this begs the question: are you an above the knees or to the floor kind of girl?

Learn to Sew with 3rd Ward and BurdaStyle

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Hey New York, do you want to learn how to sew? Through the months of October and November, 3rd Ward in Brooklyn is offering two classes using our awesome BurdaStyle patterns. For beginners, you can jump in the Level I class and learn how to stitch up our reusable Charlie Bag. If you’re a little more comfortable behind a machine you can sign up for Level II and try your hand at our comfy Corinne Pants.

Would You Pay $500 For a Pair of Socks?

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The sister duo behind Rodarte have elevated to the ranks of fashion darlings based on their home-spun take on couture techniques. Loopy knits, patchwork materials and an overall sense of nomadic naivete have been the calling cards of the Rodarte aesthetic, along with the ridiculously hefty price tags their one of a kind designs carry. Case in point: these $500 socks hand-crocheted from a mohair/alpaca blend that cannot be washed (only spot cleaned) nor could they probably withstand more than a handful of wearings.

Inspired by: Balenciaga

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I keep no secrets about my love for Nicolas Ghesquiere. Nearly every collection he has turned out for Balenciaga since he stepped in as the house’s designer in 1997 has ended up on my favorites list. While I have an appreciation for what many designers across the board do, there is something about Ghesquiere’s designs that speak right to my aesthetic, no matter how all over the map that might be.

Featured Member: sandrasews

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

I live in Sydney, Australia. I actually grew up in Darwin in the far north of Australia in the tropics. I’ve also lived in California and London!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

The first thing I made was probably something like a tote or zipper case in home economics at school. Do they even teach sewing at school these days? I remember watching my mum sew but I think my first experience was in that class at school. My favorite piece in my BurdaStyle studio is currently my Anda dress. It’s so quick to make and easy to wear. I think if you can get a lot of wears out of a handmade item, it’s a hit. I used to spend my time making complicated dresses that would barely get worn. An example of something I spent way too much time on making was when I decided to try my hand at tailoring using couture techniques on a blazer. It was literally sewn by hand and so laborious that I actually had to put it away for a few years before I could look at it again and finish it.

Comment to Win with City Weekend!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter or comment on this blog for your chance to win a fabric jelly roll or layer cake from City Weekend, Oliver + S founder Liesl Gibson’s first fabric collection, courtesy of Moda and Oliver + S!

Make Karl Lagerfeld's Designs

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If you could get a sewing pattern from your favorite designer in the world who would that be?

Halloween with Schlosser Designs

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Along with your witches’ brew and bag of skulls, decorate your creepy, crawly lair this Halloween with this great table set from Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs.

BurdaStyle Members Create One of a Kind Garments with Liberty Art Fabrics

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Recently we offered ten BurdaStyle members the opportunity to craft one of a kind garments using burda style magazine patterns and the amazing textiles of Liberty Art Fabrics created by Kaffe Fassett. We are excited to share the results with the rest of the community and we’re sure that you will be as awed and inspired as we were.

Working With Fake Fur

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Werewolf and monster costumes just wouldn’t be the same without a little faux fur somewhere in them. If making your ideal costume has scared you off because you need to work with a plush, napped fabric, there’s plenty of help available to assist you in working with these materials. This article on About.com is a great place to start – it not only covers how to sew faux furs, but also cutting them as well. Even if you don’t plan on sewing with a faux fur for Halloween, it’s a great reference to have when making holiday wraps and jackets as well!

Silver Screen Sewing: Peter Pan

Where would we be without our shadows?

Halloween Costume Ideas

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Halloween is about two weeks away (gasp!). Are you dressing up for this night of ghoulish delight? If you need a some inspiration for DIY costumes, you’ve come to the right place!

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