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Win a Copy of Erin Gilday's Stripped Down Patchwork!

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You may remember back in fall of 2010 when the amazing Erin Gilday was on board doing some fantastic guest columns for the BurdaStyle blog. For those of you who miss Erin’s sharp wit and extensive knowledge of vintage sewing notions and techniques, she’s back to share a sneak peek of her latest project, Stripped Down Patchwork, and give our readers a chance to win her new book filled with great project ideas based on Seminole Patchwork.

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: Wide Leg Trousers

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If you’re looking to perk up your wardrobe with a fresh sewing project that’s classic yet totally on trend, look no further than the wide leg pant. There are so many great ways to wear these babies that are both trendy and timeless. Click through to see some fun styling options, as well as a few of the fantastic and diverse ways BurdaStyle members created their own versions!

Is Glamour Dead?

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Readers, I recently borrowed an interesting book entitled Glamour, A History by Stephen Gundle, a British writer. It’s a study of the concept of glamour throughout history; its origins and its varying definitions during different eras (the 1930s and 40s in particular), up to and including the present.

I haven’t quite finished it but it has me wondering: Do women aspire to be “glamorous” anymore? Do you?

Grommets: A Hole Lotta Style

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I thought it was about time to write a short, simple post on an unheralded style trend of which I’m quite fond: grommets. Now, there’s nothing terribly exciting about a grommet, which probably explains its lack of broader adoption in the fashion world. This functional little ringlet, whose name originates from early the 17th century French word “grommette,” (i.e. the curb of a bridle), made its debut as functional detail on saddles, armor, bridles and tents. Later, its highly functional usage began appearing on flags and luggage.

Featured Member: froggypondd

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I am from Whangamata, New Zealand – a town of around 2,000 on the Coromandel Peninsula. I’m currently living in Hamilton, around 1 hours drive from my home town and a first year at the University of Waikato studying a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies, majoring in Theatre and Screen and Media studies.

Shoe Debate: Flatforms, Platforms, Wedges-- Yes or No?

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Flatforms, platforms, wedges— are you for or against them? What do you think about the word "flatform?

Comment to Win from Arrow & Kangaroo Sewing Cabinets

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Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win a Gidget II table from Arrow & Kangaroo Sewing Cabinets!

8 New Dress Sewing Patterns From Simple to Chic!

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Springtime is in full bloom here in Manhattan and I’m quite excited about building my summer wardrobe. Many of the patterns featured in this article will be part of my new wardrobe— will they be a part of yours too?

Making the BurdaStyle Blog More Interactive With Thinglink!

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Maybe you’ve noticed that in our last few blog posts there have been some extra features hanging around our pictures, collages and mood boards. We are now using Thinglink on our blog, a new way to tag photos, share links and make our blog posts more informative and fun. When you see a dot on a blog picture, simply let your mouse hover over the area and a box with a link will pop up. Follow the link to learn more about what’s in the picture, share the photo with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email or embed the image to your own blog!

Win Two Tickets to Bay Area Maker Faire 2011!

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BurdaStyle is giving away two pairs of free tickets to the upcoming Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo County, California!

Honored Guests: What to Make for Summer Weddings

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So it’s Springtime and wedding season is in full force. My boyfriend’s sister is getting married this summer and I’ve been going back and forth for weeks over what to wear. To be honest, I haven’t been to many weddings during my adult years and the puffy floral dress with matching dyed shoes I wore to my aunt’s wedding when I was 5 years old doesn’t do much for inspiration today.

Age Appropriate Dressing

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Readers, have you ever heard the expression that goes, “If you were old enough to wear it the first time around, you’re too old to wear it the second time around”? (I think this originally applied to mini skirts.) Not very affirming, is it?

Do you think this truism still applies today? I believe that — at least here in the USA — it does not. We are living in an “anything goes” period fashion-wise, where sixty-year-olds routinely dress like teens and teens routinely dress like…well, you decide.

Enter the BurdaStyle and Instructables Fashion Challenge!

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We’ve partnered up with the amazing mecca of all things DIY, Instructables, to host a unique fashion challenge perfect for all you crafty designers, DIY maestros and hobby sewing enthusiasts. Check out contest details and how to enter after the jump!

You Know You're a Couture Aficionado If...

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Last autumn I took an online class in hand stitches (after several years, I finally decided to perk up my rusty sewing skills, and it was the only class available that month) and after the first session I knew that all I wanted to do was learn couture sewing. Fortunately, there are now many resources available for anyone who wants to master this amazing and exquisite craft. Couture sewing is not cheap, neither it is fast, but the results are worth it! Even if you use only one technique in a garment, such as a balanced dart for example, you will be surprised how it elevates your garment from mass production. And you know what? There is a remarkable number of home seamstresses using couture techniques in their sewing.

Definition: What is a member project?

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As our community is expanding and we are welcoming new members, we thought it would be helpful and informative to communicate how a BurdaStyle Member Project is defined.

Currently, over fifty five thousand member projects have been shared on BurdaStyle. That’s a BIG number!

Our projects section is as diverse as our members. Whether you are inspired by fantastical cos play costumes, retro looks, glamorous ball gowns, or classic and clean silhouettes, there’s certainly something for every taste!

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