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Basic Sloper Patterns: Priceless

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Do you own any basic slopers or pattern blocks? Well, if you went to fashion school, you do, and you know how incredibly useful they are. But if you didn’t- well perhaps you don’t have to go to school for this, with the resources available to the sewing community these days.

Featured Member: stephiaffi

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Vienna, Austria, and have lived here for most of my life, but my mother is from Norway, so I spent all my childhood summers in Norway with my grandmother and still try to go there as often as I can.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I ever made was a quilted oven mitten in school. My mum still has it hanging in her kitchen. But the first real item of clothing I ever made was a ball

BurdaStyle is Hiring Again!

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The Part-Time Administrative Assistant position at BurdaStyle is a unique opportunity to join a small, high-growth company and contribute to its organization and office management.

Sandra Betzina on Denim, Can’t find jeans that fit? – MAKE YOUR OWN!

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If we took a poll for a favorite fabric, denim would win hands down, not only in the United States, but much of the rest of the rest of the world. Don’t believe me? think about all the jeans you own. Denim wears like iron, even improving with age. I have been a denim fan forever, not only the classic, blue denim, but black, charcoal grey and even white denim for the warmer months. Denim is great because it runs the gamut from casual to dressy all depending on what you pair it with.

BurdaStyle Heads to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo

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We are so excited to be heading to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington! The show runs from the 25th through the 28th from 8:30 am – 6 pm (most days) If you have never been to the show, it is held at a huge fair grounds and is chock full of classes and vendors, a place for serious sewers. We are looking forward to seeing what the show has t ooffer, the fabric, the vendors, the classes; it is going to be a blast! We are especially excited about seeing the entries in the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show in person on Sunday morning, one of us is even be walking down the runway too.

Come visit us! We will be at our good friend Sandra Betzina’s booth #123 in the Pavilion on Saturday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, if you are at the show come by, say hi and pick up some awesome BurdaStyle goodies!

Natural Fibers Used for Manufacturing Fabric

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As I was writing this post, and as I was thinking about last month’s post, I realized just how fabric-geeky this series is turning out to be.

Stick with me, though. This basic terminology will offer a pay-off later. I promise.

Now, to the topic at hand. Natural fibers, as the name implies, are derived from plants and animals. Plant fibers come from the stems, leaves, or seeds of plants. Animal fibers come from animals’ fur—or their cocoons, in the case of silk.

RESTYLE SERIES

BurdaStyle RESTYLE series: the SHAKIRA dress from Susanna Locascio on Vimeo.

Introducing the first behind the scenes video from our BurdaStyle RESTYLE photo shoot. This week we feature Alden in our newly modified Shakira tunic dress. We tore off the sleeves, hemmed the armhole, took in some girth, chopped off some length and cinched the waist. See our team of talented people make this dress come alive again!

And the Winners of Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo are.....

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Congratulations to our top vote-getters!

They used pink, red and thread in the most incredible ways, and inspired us with their diverse creativity and unique approach to the challenge! All the winners are invited to attend and model in the “Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show” at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. (along with a plethora of other prizes!)

New York Fashion Week A/W2010

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It’s fashion week here in New York city and it is off to a, awkward start- I was devastated to learn of Lee Alexander McQueen’s sudden suicide last week, as he has been an idol of mine for the past decade. He was the reason I studied Fashion Design in Italy, his collections covered my walls and inspiration boards, and it was his collections that I always looked forward to viewing the most each season. I just can’t get over it really…that his talent has gone away.

Featured Member: Nessie

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in the South of France, but I travelled a lot when I was a child. I lived in Tahiti and visited several countries (United States, Australia, New Zealand…). Now I’m back in France, between Toulouse and Paris!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I think the first thing I ever made was a little dress for my doll when I was 7! My mother always encouraged me into crafts, and I started sewing and crocheting very early. But my “real” start was at the age of 18 when I borrowed my mother’s sewing machine and started to make actual clothes!
I am a real self-taught (never took a class in my life), I learned by lurking on sewing websites and forums, and with basic sewing books. The rest is practice, practice, practice…

Join The BurdaStyle Team!

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BurdaStyle is seeking a fantastic sales person in the New York City area to help sell online advertising space including banners, newsletters, contests and sponsored editorials as well as offline events like fairs and shows.

Vote for BurdaStyle at NY Fashion Camp

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BurdaStyle is participating at Parsons’ Fashion Camp and needs your help – please vote for us!

On February 20-21 in NYC, FashionCamp will bring together the worlds of fashion and technology for a two day, volunteer-run conference at Parsons, the New School for Design. It will bridge the gap between these two communities; illustrating the many ways they affect each other through new techniques, materials, business models, and possibilities. This is the second year that FashionCamp will be bringing together mainstream, indie and vintage fashion worlds along with the wearable technology fashion community for a weekend of learning and exploring. Over the course of these two days attendees participate in open workshops. The event doesn’t cost any money, but there is a price: most of the attendees must give a demo, present a talk, or assist. FashionCampNY is made possible through the generous support of community and businesses. Sponsorship and presentation opportunities are available.

Vote for and come see Nora’s talk on “Collaborative and Crowdsourcing Design" here!

Doors open at 9am, attendance is free but participation and assistance is strongly encouraged. Rsvp to attend this awesome event!

Qui Etes-Vous Renee Marciel?

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“I’m very unstable”, explained Renee Marciel. Machines “make me nervous” and she could hardly sew. Yet, Renee Marciel ended up being an incredibly successful force in fashion and one of the most unconventional designers of the 1950s Miami scene.

Lingerie Sewing

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Valentine’s Day may be over, but it’s still not too late to make your own romance by sewing yourself up beautiful lingerie. While this particular project may seem daunting, creating your own undergarments, slips, and camisoles can be easy if you keep in mind a few tips:

  • Always use a new needle appropriate for the fabric type (e.g. ball point for knits) and weight (e.g. #9 fine point needle for silks).
  • If you’re using a standard sewing machine with knits, always use a stretch or zigzag stitch. For a ready to wear look, finish seams and attach stretch lace inserts with a twin needle. Both of these techniques will keep your stitches from popping when your fabric stretches.
  • Many patterns recommend elastic lengths, but it’s always best to fit your waist, leg, and lower bust area yourself so that it’s comfortable.
  • When using flat lace, attach with a small zig-zag stitch then trim away excess material from behind stitching to give a beautiful lace edged finish.
  • Think about cutting your material on the bias – this give you fabric a bit of stretch (and may eliminate the need for bulky fasteners), makes it more comfortable to wear, and gives your finished design excellent drape.

Have tips that work well for you? Share them here!

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010)

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With his bold shapes, cinematic flair, and eclectic color palette, Lee Alexander McQueen quickly emerged as one of the top names in fashion.

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