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[Update 11/21/2011] – Congratulations to nellyvdb for winning this contest!

Featured Member: lauramae


Where are you from and where do you live? What do you do other than sewing?
I currently reside in the city of Novato, in Marin County, California. I grew up in Marin County, and have lived here my entire life (excepting a brief stint at school).

Editor's Pick: Our Top Coat Patterns


Baby it’s cold outside, so it’s time to cozy up and sew yourself a beautiful new winter coat, complete with your very own personal touches. We’ve made this process easier for you by narrowing down the coat pattern options to a few of our favorites, so read on to see them all!

Dressing the Part: Holiday Party Attire


I don’t know about you, but this year has flown by, I can hardly believe it’s already November. Whether or not you’re ready, it’s time to start gearing up for the holiday season and that means planning your holiday party attire.

Here in the U.S. we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks – the rest of the holiday season just seems to snowball from there – and I thought I would pull together a few outfit ideas and BurdaStyle patterns to help get your wardrobe holiday ready, hopefully with some time to spare.

Behind the Scenes at The BurdaStyle Book Launch Party in New York!


Thank you to all of our amazing members, friends, partners and contributors who came out to Housing Works in NYC last night to celebrate the release of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook!

Special thanks to SINGER® for sponsoring the event which included a great Make + Take booth, glitter tattoos, book signings and loads of other fun activities. SINGER® was also on hand celebrating their 160th anniversary with MySINGERStory. Head over to MySINGERStory.com to share your sewing story and be a part of this historic anniversary.

Couldn’t make it to the party? Check out our awesome photo booth pictures courtesy of Have Booth Will Travel. Make sure to check back Monday for a full wrap-up of the festivities!

Up Close and Personal at the International Quilt Festival


You don’t need to be a quilter to enjoy a visit to the International Quilt Festival. The quilts on display are full of incredibly craftsmanship that shows the talent of these artists. Here are some close-ups of the fine details for your viewing pleasure.

The BurdaStyle Designer's Guide: Your Business Foundation


It’s been about a month since BurdaStyle debuted the Fashion Designer’s Guide, and I thought I’d start by asking what’s changed and what steps have you been taking since we started? I know there is still a lot to go over, but I’m hoping even with the two posts under our belt you got the ball rolling or have some new thoughts about your business.

Happy Birthday to Two Icons of Style: Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn


November is a month full of stylish birthdays: Marie Antoinette, Vivienne Leigh, Hedy Lamarr and Lauren Hutton just to name a few. Two icons of style who would be celebrating birthdays this week as well are Katharine Hepburn (Nov. 8) and Grace Kelly (Nov. 12).

Visibly at opposite ends of the style spectrum, both ladies were – and still are – regarded as icons in their own right and continue to influence legions of stylish ladies and designers alike. Whether you’re keen on Grace’s ladylike charms or Katharine’s rebellious swagger, you’re sure to find loads of sartorial inspiration from these Hollywood stars.

An Introduction to The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

November 1st marked the release of our very first publication, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook! We are spending the week eagerly preparing for our official book launch party this Thursday at Housing Works in New York and are excited to meet new faces, connect with old friends and spend an evening sharing the love of sewing and DIY.

In honor of our book release, we had videographer and media producer Dan Delaney create an introductory video featuring BurdaStyle co-founder Nora Abousteit and creative director Alison Kelly. Get to know the co-authors and learn a little bit more about the background of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, plus make sure to stay tuned for more coverage, behind the scenes looks and sneak peeks from our very first book!

Central St. Martins Fall '11 Grad Show


If you missed the Central St. Martins Fall ’11 Grad Show in February you can view some of the highlights here. I find these collections to include some of the most innovative and exciting fashion-forward designs, and oddly enough, completely unrelated to current trends and hype. Check it out! Above image: Phoebe English (top) and Yeori Bae (bottom)

Comment to Win a "My Double Deluxe" Dress Form from Dritz!


[Update 11/14/2011] – Congratulations to mad14kt, who was randomly selected to win this dress form!

Hello Glamour: 7 Sexy New Women's Sewing Patterns


Are you ready to get your glamour on? This week we have 7 mouth-watering patterns for those who love a bit of silver screen drama and pizazz. Channel your inner Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich or Marilyn Monroe. Read on the see the looks modeled by German actress Barbara Schöneberger* whose lovely figure inspires.

Featured Member: Arianna Mazzoleni


Where are you from and/or where do you live now? What do you do other than sewing?
I’m from a small village near the city of Bergamo, North of Italy. I studied History of Art at Milan University and “Tailoring for Showbiz” at Teatro alla Scala Academy. I’ve also worked in Rome for a few weeks at a costume house that are preparing costumes for a Turandot opera. My plan, though, is to open my own handmade shop. That’s my dream!

Devil in the Details: The Style Evolution of Anna Wintour


This week Vogue‘s indomitable EIC Anna Wintour celebrated her 62nd birthday and more than a few fashion outlets took it upon themselves to dig through the archive of Wintour style and pull up her greatest hits and misses. I couldn’t help but get a laugh out of some of her ensembles (proof that the 80s wasn’t nice to anyone) and thought I would share some of my favorites.

Trend On Trend: Bra Tops


We’re just starting to feel the first bit of winter chill in New York and it already has me dreaming of spring’s warm return. Until then, I’m just going to stare longingly at all the beautiful spring collections and dream of what I want to make for myself once the temps start climbing again. For our Southern Hemisphere dwellers, you can get started on spring 2012 trends now – and the first one I’m bringing to you is (whether you love it or hate it) the bra top.


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