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Personal Style: Are You Naughty or Nice?


So here’s the thing, BurdaStyle readers:

I’ve noticed that most people’s style tends in one of two directions: naughty or — you guessed it! — nice. I’m talking about people’s personal style here, not their personalities. You may be an ax murderer and that would be naughty indeed, but not relevant to the topic at hand.

Hawaii 2.0


Last week I poked around a textile show here in New York and was a bit surprised to see how many Hawaiian prints were showcased. I suppose if ever there was a time to go ahead and break out the giant florals, it’s summer.

Seeing how textiles are another barometer for what we can expect in the realms of fashion, home and accessories, it looks as though we’re poised for yet another Hawaiian print revival. What do you think about these prints? Are they outdated or on trend? Do you plan to use Hawaiian prints for any of your sewing projects this summer?

Featured Member: dian 1024


Where are you from and/or where do you live?
“I am from Indonesia, an archipelago country in Southeast Asia. It lies along the equator making the weather warmer, we only have sunny and rainy days. But the city I live is in the highland area, so is not really hot. I work as accountant from Monday to Friday and become a self seamstress in the week end. I wish I can enter into design school someday to improve my sewing skill, because I’m still a beginner.”

Needle Felting


Felting, the process of matting woolen fibers together, is one one the oldest fiber techniques known, dating back to the 6th Century BC. In fact, prior to the invention of weaving & knitting tools, looms and spinning wheels, felting was the primary process that was used to produce cloth for everything from shoes to hats and rugs to yurts.

Vote for BurdaStyle's Panel at Internet Week NY!


Please support BurdaStyle’s panel at NY Internet Week on a topic that is very close to our hearts: Collaboration!

Vote here to get our panel, “The New Economics of Collaboration”, on the AOL stage which will be broadcast live during Internet Week this June 6th through 13th! BurdaStyle’s founder Nora will moderate this session with stars from the DIY/Maker/Collaboration scene including Scott Heiferman, founder of Meetup; Jennifer Magnolfi, R&D at Herman Miller; Malcolm Ong, co-founder of Skillshare; and Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot and Thingiverse.

Six Super Fun New Women's Sewing Patterns


This week we’ve released 6 brand new patterns which make up a pretty enviable wardrobe! Read on and get the patterns…Above: Inspired by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alice + Olivia, Jil Sander, Vivienne Westwood Red Label.

Mechanical, Computerized or Electronic. What's Your Sewing Machine of Choice?


I recently had a friend decide that she’d like to take up sewing. The first question she had for me is, “What machine should I buy?” While I think that’s a difficult question to answer (I equate buying a sewing machine to buying a car – while I may like one particular model, it may not work for you), we were able to ‘narrow down the field’ a bit by determining what she might like to do with her sewing machine and how much she might want to spend.

Fashion & Flix: My Favorite Audrey Hepburn Films


It’s hard not to love Audrey Hepburn. From her gamine looks to her refined air of elegance, she was an icon for the ages. Everyone is well familiar with her creative partnership with designer Hubert de Givenchy, who outfittet her for several movie roles (most notably for her character in Funny Face). While many a book, blog and magazine has covered Audrey’s personal style and influential film characters from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Sabrina, I wanted to take a look at some of the more underrated classics which capture the fun and quirky on-screen style of a few of my favorite film characters that Audrey has brought to life.

BERNINA Show Us Don't Tell Us: Meet the Winners and Ambassadors!


The search is finally over! Everyone’s submissions were so incredible that BERNINA chose FOUR (4) Brand Ambassadors instead of 3!

Additionally, THREE (3) BurdaStyle members (open to all members) were chosen by you to be awarded cash prizes!

See the winning videos….

I'm Not Just a Celebrity, I'm a Fashion Designer!


Madonna. Sarah Jessica Parker. Lindsay Lohan. Jessica Simpson. Jennifer Lopez. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen. Sean Diddy Combs. Justin Timberlake. Beyonce Knowles. Britney Spears. The list goes on and on.

How many of our most popular young — and not so young — celebrities are also talented clothing designers?

Enter Core77's Inaugural Design Awards


Core77, a leading resource for the design community, is announcing it’s first international awards program called the Core77 Design Awards. Entrants can submit into one of 15 categories ranging from apparel and DIY to interactive and design for social impact.

Meet the Designer: Mari Koppanen Makes it to Project Runway in Finland!


We love it when our members are recognized for their amazing talents, especially when it’s something huge like Project Runway! Mari Koppanen (aka: maryy) has been with BurdaStyle since almost the very beginning and it’s been so fun and rewarding to watch her sewing progress over the years. Mari is currently participating in the latest season of Project Runway in Finland and we caught up with her to see how she started, what it’s like being on the show and what the future holds for this talented creator.

Featured Member: lizajane09


Where are you from?
“I live in Greenville, SC and I am an elementary school art teacher by day. I teach every grade at my school, four year old kindergarten through fifth grade. It’s a great job—busy, but very rewarding. I help kids make art all day long. I dabble in drawing, painting and printmaking myself. I’d love to illustrate a children’s book one day. At night, I sew fanatically. When I’m not actually sewing or cutting something out, I’m planning what I’m going to sew next. I love to make things. My mom is also an art teacher/artist, so I grew up immersed in all sorts of creative art projects and craftiness.”

Prints on Prints: What's Your Take?


Layering of prints in bold colors of complimentary or contradictory hues? Is it a hit or miss look?

Vivienne Westwood: Happy (Belated) Birthday to The First Lady of Punk Fashion


Malcolm McLaren was a major force behind the punk sound that emerged from London in the mid 1970’s. While it can be disputed whether or not it was McLaren who came up with the concept for his protegee band, the Sex Pistols, or if it was the band members themselves (i.e., Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious) no one can dispute that it was his partner Vivienne Westwood who actually created and sewed the looks that the band wore. By studying the fashions of London’s seedier occupants like bikers and sex workers, Westwood and McLaren conceptualized the new deconstructionist fashion phenomenon known as the “punk look”.


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