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My Vintage Vinyl Fashion Inspiration!

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Readers, is it normal that a grown man should find style inspiration in an 11 1/2-inch vinyl doll?

Meet Mattel’s Ken!

Avoid the Homemade Look with the Right Sewing Tools

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Getting asked “Did you make that?” by friends and family is a loaded question: Are they asking us because they know we sew and are making pleasant conversation, or because it looks—horrors—homemade? Michael Kors routinely cuts Project Runway contestants down to size by telling them their fashions look “Becky Home Ecky.” A popular fashion blog recently described a celebrity’s clothes as having “a tendency to look a little home sewn…you can see the darts at 20 paces.”

Would You Rock It: Feather Extensions

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I guess I’m a little behind on the trends because I had no idea how popular feather extensions were until I read this article in the Seattle Times about the sudden run on fly-fishing stores in rural towns around the country for the coveted new hair accessory. Blame it on Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler who has been seen sporting the look on the job as an American Idol judge, and Ke$ha – whose style is questionable to say the least, but she seems to hold a significant amount of sway amongst the fickle tween demographic.

Rooster saddle feathers are currently the foul/fowl accessory of choice and the demand has caused the price to soar from the $60/package you would normally see at fly shops to somewhere between $200 and $400! Hmm…rent or poultry hair accessories – life is full of tough decisions.

The New Influencers: Kate Middleton vs. Michelle Obama

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In case you haven’t heard, the new Duchess and the First Lady can seriously move some merch! Mrs. O has positioned herself as a fashionably refreshing alternative to the drab suit and TV anchor helmet-hair of First Ladies past and has been dubbed the “3-billion dollar woman” for her ability to impact retail and fashion with her clothing choices. Meanwhile Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge is proving to be a formidable opponent on the worldwide stage with her fashion choices being watched as closely as any celebrity or public personality. See how these two influencers stack up and let me know what you think!

Featured Member: emily-marie

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from and live in Bellingham, Washington, which is between Vancouver B.C. & Seattle. Right now I have the crazy luxury of doing this and that (I’m doing lots of alterations at the moment), but I’m getting ready to set up shop in the next few months.

Comment to Win Zipper Accents from Indygo Junction!

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter to win Zipper Accents from Indygo Junction by Amy Barickman.

10 New Sewing Patterns for Madras, Eyelet, Prints + More!

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These new patterns are full of summery fun and screaming to be cut out from patchwork madras, bright silky prints and beachy bright linens— read on and check them out…

Be Safe: How to Pick a Secure Password

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In recent months, there have been a number of hacker attacks and security breaches on popular websites, including Ravelry, Plentyoffish, Sony and Lastpass. For many of these incidents, usernames and passwords were accessed and potentially exposed. At BurdaStyle, we are observing these recent attacks very closely, and are doing all we can to ensure that the information you have entered is kept safe and secure.

6 New Plus Size Sewing Patterns [Updated]

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Updated: June 9, 2011
Dear BurdaStylers,

Thank you all so much for your thoughtful, intelligent responses. BurdaStyle is home to not only the most talented sewers in the world, but also some of the brightest, most articulate community members on the world wide web. Our team has heard your input, and sincerely appreciate them. This has been a very meaningful learning experience for us.

Renegade/2011

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Start your Summer off right by joining us in McCarren Park June 11-12 for another crafty weekend at Renegade Brooklyn! Stop by our Make + Take booth to stitch up your own drawstring bag on one of BERNINA’s amazing 3 Series machines, learn how to properly sew on a button with the skilled experts from Blumenthal Lansing, or just pop in and say hello. With over 300 artists on hand showing off their creations, plus workshops and loads of great food – this is one weekend festival you don’t want to miss!

Museum Hopping: Style in the Aisle at Seattle's Museum of Flight + Airline Looks Then & Now

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Was it really that long ago that people actually dressed to take a trip? I can hardly remember the time before (much to my visual dismay) sweatpants, backpacks and Ugg boots were considered suitable travel attire. Gone are the days when it was a luxury to fly the friendly skies, now we’re just happy to take off and land with all of our belongings and our sanity still intact. Also gone are the days of the uber-hip and glamourous airline stewardess in her micro mini and go-go boots – she has since been replaced by conservative men and women in dark and frumpy sack-like suits usually with little or no attention paid to style and tailoring.

Behind the Scenes at Nashville Fashion Week with Designer Melissa Tabor

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Editor’s Note: I met Melissa Tabor a few years ago while I was living in Atlanta, Georgia and was (and continue to be) so incredibly impressed with her talent as a designer. She has since moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she continues to build her label and after hearing that Melissa was showing her line at the very first Nashville Fashion Week, I wanted to give her the opportunity to share her experience with our community and show that designers don’t have to be in New York or Paris or Milan to be successful. I’ll let Melissa take it from here…

My name is Melissa Tabor and I am a Nashville based womenswear designer. I initially started my clothing when I was living in Atlanta in 2006—(that is where I met Lindsey Ibarra who asked me to share my experiences with the BurdaStyle community). Looking to relocate my line to a new city in 2009, I moved to Nashville and relaunched my line last Fall.

BurdaStyle Adventures at Maker Faire San Mateo!

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Another year, another successful trip to Maker Faire! We were so excited to once again be a part of this amazing festival of DIY and for the wonderful opportunity we have to teach people how to sew and expose them to what we do here at BurdaStyle. Click through to see pictures of our adventures on the West Coast and join us in September when we bring you another Make + Take right here in our own backyard with Maker Faire New York.

Why I Bother Sewing With a Treadle

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Readers, have you ever sewn with a vintage treadle sewing machine? Have you ever wanted to?

I bought a 1920’s-era Singer treadle a few months ago, and I use it all the time. It’s not the only sewing machine I sew with, but it is one of my favorites.

I was making men’s shirt on it recently, and I thought to myself: Why am I putting myself through the trials of treadling? I could certainly make an equally-good-if-not-better-looking shirt faster on one of my many mechanical machines, like my precise, fully-electrified Singer 15-91. It’s not as old as my 1920 Singer 66 treadle, but it’s still nearly 60. Isn’t that enough? The short answer is no!

Redesigning With Denim

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The current trend to recycle, upcycle and reuse is wonderful to see. However, as sewers this is nothing new to us. Sometimes it’s as simple as a button, other times we’ll tear down a vintage dress and remake it into something altogether different and altogether spectacular. Interestingly, over the years I’ve found that one material has consistently been repurposed more than any other: that material is denim.

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