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Featured Member: Catchannette

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Germany, but one might say that I am also from Taiwan. My father is German and my mother is Taiwanese. Also I have always spent my summer vacation in Taiwan because I have a huge family over there. So I feel like coming from 2 different countries.
I live in Dinslaken, which I guess is unknown to the world. Nevertheless it is a nice and calm place and it is part of the European Capital of Culture 2010.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
That must have been in my childhood. I think it was a simple heart-shaped pin cushion for my mother. Today, I would never sew a heart-shaped pin cushion again!…hearts and needles just do not go well together!

I started sewing thanks to my wonderful mother. She used to sew clothes for herself and our family since I am able to think and remember. The noise of a sewing machine always reminds me of my childhood. She is my sewing teacher and I owe her all of my sewing skills. I really appreciate her advise because of her great sewing experience. I can always ask her for help when having a sewing problem. So it seems that she simply infected me with this sewing fever.

Wardrobe Sewalong

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After Thursdays Club meet i was very inspired by the other members. I had originally planned to make Jorinde, Linda and Ute but discovered i don’t have enough fabric for the Linda skirt i wanted to make and realised that i’m not really much of a a blouse kind of girl so i’m in the process of rethinking my ‘wardrobe’. While i do that i am going to get started on my Jacket, i’m using the Jorinde pattern and have had fabric sitting in my stash for this project for about 2 years now, put it this way, i was pregnant when i bought it and Heidi turns 2 next month! Anyway, i’ll be doing the sensible thing and will be making a muslin from calico to check on the fit before cutting into my beautiful fabric.

Cool Things

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We’ve just had a photo shoot here at BurdaStyle and we are all completely ecstatic about it! You will find out more of this soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to highlight some inspiring things.

Sponsored Post: Hip Projects at The Sewing Republic

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You’re always on the lookout for the latest, most innovative projects you can whip up right at your own sewing machine. Finding the time, let alone the inspiration, is often hard to come by. But don’t fret, The Sewing Republic sponsored by BERNINA boasts everything the sewing enthusiast seeks. Whether you’re looking to spice up your closet with a trendy Scarf Dress, mix fun and function with the Juice Pouch, or sew something for your little one, like the Toddler Scarf, The Sewing Republic promises to deliver.

Get Inspired by Alabama Studio Style Contest

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We are so excited to bring you a new competition. It’s perfect for every skill level, and we encourage you all to enter! This one is all about taking inspiration from Natalie Chanin’s new book, Alabama Studio Style.

From her studio in Florence, Alabama, Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of the acclaimed fashion and lifestyle company Alabama Chanin, works with local artisans to create handmade organic cotton-jersey clothing sought by connoisseurs of beauty and sustainable style worldwide. In Alabama Studio Style, a follow-up to the celebrated Alabama Stitch Book, Chanin takes her fans on another compelling journey of creativity, technique, and inspiration, this time sharing many more of her beautiful stenciling, stitching, and beading methods, and a collection of over 20 projects, including her award-winning dresses and skirts. You may remember that last year we did a two-part series on Natalie’s amazing work and philosophy, which you can read here

Vote for your Favorite Project in the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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With over 115 entries this has been our biggest competition ever! Click through both the Part 1 and the Part 2 slide show to see all the entries. You must be signed in to vote and may only vote for each creation once, though you can vote for as many different entries as you like! Voting will be open till 11:59 pm EST on the 16th of Feb so get going!

Menswear Influence

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Today I am taking note of the alluring refinement of menswear. I have always admired a nicely dressed man. While living in Florence, Italy, I found myself at times completely awestruck of how magnificently the men were dressed- not to mention the women. In Italy, it was common for most people to own just a few high-quality designer pieces. These designer pieces would be worn and re-worn time and time again, such was protocol, and very well taken care of. How different this is from American fashion today, where many of the pieces the general public purchases are disposable? Transient. Fleeting. Cheaply made.

What I love about menswear is the simplicity. Styles and silhouettes remain very much the same over the decades, yet the newness lies in the precision of detail. A boldly printed bow tie with a fried egg pattern looks like classic paisleys from afar, but up close offers a freshness & sense of humor to fashion. Tailored coats made to be worn for years continue to be created, only changing slightly in fabric and texture. Paul Smith is a well known example of someone taking these classical elements and simply changing the details (colorful striped linings, iridescent button holes, polka dotted ties).

Do you pull inspiration from menswear? Do you ever wear mens clothing, steal cozy pieces from your boyfriend or husband?

Photos from The Sartorialist

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Message from a Leader

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Highlighted as one of our most active clubs, the BSC of Brooklyn, New York is filled with super-talented creatives from all sewing skill levels who come together and share their love for all things sewing!

Since it’s inception last year, their club has proven to be extremely beneficial to their individual growth as sewers. The following is written by Valerie (brooklynstitch), the co-leader of their club. If you are interested in forming a club of your own, perhaps hearing a leaders’ own experience will show that it certainly isn’t as difficult as it my seem. In fact, it is an amazing way to have fun with fellow sewers right in your area!

Sewing Vintage: What's Your Fashion Era?

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There was a fashion article on Jezebel over a year ago that’s really stuck with me: “Practical Tips for Personal Style Or, Why Not to Listen To Women’s Magazines.” This post was so interesting to me as a vintage fashion lover because Sadie, the writer, posited that the key to finding your personal style was finding the right fashion era of the 20th century for your body. As she wrote, “If you go through the major fashion eras of the 20th C, you’ll see that different silhouettes and body types were in vogue. Find the one that matches you . . . Skinny? 20s and 60s. Curves? Go for 50s, sexy 70s or 80s.”

Featured Member: Kszabo123

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Im an Aussie, currently living in the Nations Captial (Canberra). I’ve lived here almost all my life, but hope to move to Melbourne one day :)

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh. I think the first thing i ever made was a little pink jumper for my Piglet toy. This was with the help of my Grandma, who i used to make things with all the time.

Best of January

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Hey all,
Just wanted to let you know that the Best of January slideshow is up! Did your favorite creations make it in? Did your own creations make it in? Take a look!

Win a Copy of "The September Issue"!

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Enter to win the must-have fashion accessory of the year, The September Issue!

What to Sew for Spring

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Even though we have 8 inches of snow on the ground, I know that spring is just around the corner. For me, that means starting on a new wardrobe. With all the new patterns that have been released, tutorials on the web, and a plethora of magazines (not to mention books) that have begun stacking up, it’s hard to chose. So how do you determine what to sew first? A pattern that catches your eye? The item that you need the most? The project that you have all the supplies on hand?

And the "Tweet to Win" Winner Is....

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BurdaStyle member Nuiwida23!

Second Annual Kent State Design Challenge

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On the weekend of January 29 students will compete in the second annual “Project Runway”-type design challenge. Sophmores through seniors will only have two days to create a garment out of materials given to them by the sponsors. The fashion show takes place on Sunday, January 31, so they better be ready. The garments will be judged and the winner of the design challenge will receive a $1,500 scholarship from Coats and Clark and runners-up will receive prizes including a BERNINA activa 220 sewing machine from the Sewing Republic as well as products from Singer® Sewing Co., Haan®, Simplicity Creative Group. One lucky winner will even win an internship here at BurdaStyle. We are very excited to see what these talented, creative students come up with!

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