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Links We Love: Janie Bryant for BR, Haute Couture Bust Forms + More!

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It’s been awhile since we’ve rounded up links for your viewing pleasure and today we’re playing catch up. Click through to see what we dug up this week…

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: Tailored Shorts

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Shorts – once relegated solely to backyard BBQs and Summer beach parties – have taken a suddenly chic turn and become a standby for both dressy and casual attire. I vividly remember refusing to wear shorts from about the age of 15 to 21 (my mother thought I had completely lost my mind), but I finally gave in when the Atlanta heat proved too powerful for my feeble attempts at keeping cool in rolled up jeans and cropped pants.

Trend Watching: The Future of Home Sewing

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Readers, when you sew all day and write a sewing blog like Male Pattern Boldness, it’s easy to lose perspective on the popularity of home sewing.

Before I learned how to sew, I didn’t know anybody who even owned a sewing machine. Today, I think it’s totally normal to sew your own boxers and snicker at the men who don’t. I just assume everyone sews!

A Classic French Jacket: 70 Hours to the Dream!

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Ok, let’s start with a cliché: Chanel jackets are one of the most coveted garment pieces for women all over the world. Check! Their Haute Couture versions reportedly sell for some $30,000, while a ready-to-wear version sells for around $5,000 and up. Check! It inspired countless imitations, by runway designers as well as home seamstresses. Check!

Pictured: The jacket that spawned a thousand copies – a Chanel tweed next to jackets by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Milly and Tory Burch which have obviously been inspired by the original.

Featured Member: evamarie

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from the American Heartland. After getting an art history degree I moved to France to teach English and ended up marrying a kind French gardener. We now live in Alsace together.

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing in order to get to know my Mother-in-Law a little better. She speaks French with an Alsatian accent and I speak French with a Anglo Saxon accent, but somehow we understand each other perfectly when we sew! She received her couturier degree in the 1940’s before World War II and she is a complete 86 year old wonder!

Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

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Whether you are or are not familiar with artist Sonia Delaunay (November 14, 1885 – December 5, 1979), you are in for a treat. A forerunner of the Orphism Movement, Delaunay’s body of work spans from paintings in bright, bold Cubist colors to textile and set design. Thanks to the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, who recently housed a Delaunay exhibit, we can show those who can’t come to New York City an insider’s view of the retrospective!

Connect: Join A BurdaStyle Sewing Club

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While we are an online community, the activity of sewing is decidedly offline. From the feel of the fabric to the maintenance of a sewing machine, sewing is a tactile craft, requiring a physical connection that can never be replaced. Our offline BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs (BSCs) further this physical connection by offering face-to-face support and friendship with fellow passionate sewers.

Comment to Win a Florida Tote Set from Nancy Zieman

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter for your chance to win a “Florida Tote Set” by Nancy Zieman!

White on White: Stark New Sewing Patterns

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Whether you’re in the Northern or Southern hemispheres, there is one color that may sneak it’s way into your wardrobe: white. There are some people who have always appreciated a crisp white blouse or button-down, and whether you’re in season to do winter whites or summer whites— these new patterns shall make nice editions to your wardrobe. Check them out…

Be the Next "Fresh Face in Fashion" with GenArt

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Anyone familiar with GenArt knows about their amazing ability to find and promote new talent in fashion, film, art and music and was both saddened and surprised by their sudden departure from the scene last summer. However, GenArt is back and officially relaunching it’s “Fresh Faces in Fashion” shows which in the past has helped to catapult the careers of Zac Posen, Phillip Lim, Geren Ford, Rebecca Taylor and Vena Cava, just to name a few.

Work It

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Maybe you’re just heading off to your first “grown up” job, recently made a career change or perhaps you’ve been in the working world for longer than you care to recall – but sometimes a surprisingly stressful part of the job is just figuring out what to wear. I’ve had the privilege of working in creative environments where I was encouraged to show my personality through my clothing choices and even though some of my employers had “guidelines” in place, they usually left lots of room for interpretation.

ABURY Gives Traditional Artistry New Life

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ABURY is a non-profit organization looking to preserve and revive traditional arts and crafts from places like Morocco, Bangladesh and Thailand by exposing them to a worldwide audience while in turn providing education and work opportunities within the various communities. For it’s first project, ABURY is working in Morocco to source vintage Berber bags which reflect the rich culture and heritage of the indigenous Berber people.

Tattoo....YOU?

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BurdaStyle readers, a question: How do you feel about tattoos?

I’m on the fence about them, especially as their popularity has grown and almost everybody seems to have one. Tattoos can certainly be stunning works of art, as above. And they can make a powerful statement — every day and for the rest of your life. I’m not sure there’s any statement I’m THAT committed to making, but that’s me.

Comment to Win "Growing Up Sew Liberated!"

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter to win a copy of “Growing Up Sew Liberated,” written by Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated and published by Interweave!

A Hankie a Day

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I’m an avid collector. Or, an obsessive collector, depending on whether you ask my family or not. I’ve happily come to terms with this part of me, although I can’t say that the storage space in my house has in equal measure. As well, I have also come to terms with why I love to be a collector: I love the thrill of the hunt. I love finding a missing item from a collection, running across a Mary Brooks Picken’s-related piece or finding something completely new that charms me from the minute I see it.

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