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Museum Collections: the Perfect Source of Inspiration

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One of may favorite things to do is look through past fashions and see how they influence today’s looks. Living in New York City you can see people wearing vintage pieces and styles from almost every decade from the past century. Living here also provides the opportunity to go visit the vast collections around the city. Many cities have these collections and I highly recommend going to visit them if for no other reason than to be inspired. Many of these collections are available online as well, it’s the perfect way to see details, go through the centuries and spend an afternoon.

Check out the Met’s Costume Institute (let alone their Gala)

The Brooklyn Museum also has an amazing collection up through August

KICKSTARTING Your Line

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Have you heard of the website KICKSTARTER? It’s a specially curated platform for creative minds to kick start their dreams by seeking donations— anywhere from $10 to $1000, and in return, you’ll get special treats from the artist if they reach their goal.

Comment to Win with Maker Faire Detroit!

BurdaStyle is giving away three sets of four tickets to the upcoming Detroit Maker Faire!

Sandra Betzina's Sewing Retreat Wrap Up

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Carol and I were lucky enough to get to spend a week with Sandra Betzina and a group of amazing (and amazingly talented) women. We were walked through all our questions, given tips, tricks and advice to help us complete the best project we possibly could. It is that reason exactly that I now know how to do bound buttons holes instead of just copping out and doing them by machine. Those who are lucky enough to have met Sandra in person or even more, have had the opportunity to take one of her amazing retreats also knows she is a stellar person as well as an engaging spirit. We highly recommend all BurdaStyle members to consider attending one of her hands on retreats. It’s an enlightening experience, with one week of skill building, inspiration, and friendship. We learned amazing techniques, how to properly fix patterns to your individual body type, how to fix common sewing boo boos and challenges; Sandra provides any sewer the skill to sew with confidence. Those who are not able to attend are encouraged to check out the Power Sewing WebTV Show on her site.

The Best Shorts Lineup

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Whether going to the beach or going to town with friends, shorts are an absolute essential for the hot summer months. Whether you like them super short or right above the knee, high-waist or low-waist, we have a fantastic collection of patterns to get you well-prepared. Here are some of our favorites:

Subscribe to BurdaStyle magazine!

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Book Review: Sew Serendipity

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Kay Whitt has a certain style that makes her patterns so distinctive. I’ve long admired some of her bags and dresses, so when I saw she was writing a book, I put it on my Amazon wishlist. I’ve had several weeks to thumb through Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear and I have to say, I’m not disappointed.

Comment to Win with the CHA Craft SuperShow!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter and Facebook for your chance to win two tickets to the upcoming CHA Craft SuperShow!

Featured Member: SianySiany

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SianySiany’s adorable and chic creations have wowed us for quite some time. We are pleased to announce her as this week’s featured member! Read below to learn about her love of hand-sewing, her inspiration sources and her favorite thing about sewing. Then take a look at her top ten BurdaStyle creations from other members!

And check out her awesome Etsy shop, too!

Editor's Pick: Prairie Girls

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A white top or dress makes for the perfect summer outfit. It’s up to you how you will embellish these patterns, whether with crochet or jewelry, but the Prairie Girl look is in…

Carol and Alden at Sandra Betzina's Sewing Retreat!

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Carol and I are at a week long sewing retreat with one of our favorite bloggers (and teachers, and designers and people!) Sandra Betzina.

This week long retreat is such a treat! We are in a room with 9 other amazingly motivated and talented women all sewing together, improving our knowledge and honing our skills.

Katie Vardijan on: Millinery 101: Making a Top Hat, Part 1

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Last week we talked about some of the tools, trim, and notions used in millinery, this week I’m going to show you how to make a fabric-covered top hat!.

Choosing a Pattern:

There are many hat patterns on the market today to choose from: current fashions, historical, and vintage-inspired.. Before selecting a pattern, study the materials needed carefully as you may have to buy some of the supplies online if they are not available to you locally. You will also need to figure out your head size. To do this, wrap a tape measure around your crown, right above your eyebrows and ears, where the hat will sit. The average size is 22.5 inches but your head can be larger or smaller than this size. Measure accurately, there is nothing worse than putting all of the time into making a hat only to have it be too small or too large! If you are making a fascinator or other “perching” style of hat your head size will not be an issue.

Acid Yellow: From the runway to your wardrobe

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Call it acid yellow, call it chartreuse; it’s a color that POPS and heats up any summer wardrobe.

Discover Smashing Darling!

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SmashingDarling.com is a cutting edge online boutique merging independent fashion designers with individuals looking for a unique fashion edge. They currently feature over 660 designers from top cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. If you are a designer or fashion-lover, find just what you need at Smashing Darling!

365 Days, 365 Dresses, 365 Dollars

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Do you think it’s possible to make 365 dresses in 365 days for $365? One woman is determined to find out. Marisa Lynch, owner of the blog, New Dress A Day is upcycling some ‘unfashionable’ pieces (complete with photos) and turning them into trendy dresses, one day at a time. With 141 days to go and $140, it just might be possible, but it looks like we’ll all have to stay tuned to find out.

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