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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Follow Us On Twitter

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Many of you are already following us on Twitter (thanks!), but for those of you that aren’t, here are a list of reasons why you should:

Looking for more competitions and career changing opportunities?

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I stumbled upon Talenthouse.com through Laura Bolčina’s project Florence Forever. Laura is participating in a design competition which may put her dress on Florence, of Florence + the Machine! Other prizes include $500 cash, an article in LuckyMag, signed copies of the album and more. Very exciting stuff! If you are looking for more competitions which may help further your career in the arts and design, or to simply win some amazing prizes, check out Talenthouse.

Adding Seam Allowance

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You may be familiar with the fact that many of the burda style magazine patterns do not include seam allowance. Some of you may already have figured your way around this, but if you’re still stuck I found this really simple tutorial from Five Green Acres using 2 pencils and some tape. Give it a try!

Featured Member: stitchywitchy

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I’ve lived my whole life in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m a professional musician, and the arts community here is wonderful – it’s very different from they way I think people imagine Kentucky would be! I would never want to live anywhere else. I have a great love for old houses, and we are lucky that there are so many here! My husband and I own an old Victorian, and my second passion (after crafting) is restoring the house to its former glory.

Blair and Sibylle

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Is it just me or did it look like Blair was sporting a variation of our Sibylle dress on last night’s episode of Gossip Girl? Perhaps a bit of wishful thinking, but with a few tweaks our pattern could totally be ready for the campus of Columbia!

Inspiration of the Week

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A few weeks ago my mother gave me a wool cardigan from H&M that has little brass beads scatteredly sewn over the shoulders (a lookbook.nu model models it above left). I instantly fell in love and have been kind of obsessed with the thought of beading and embellishing something common, vintage or used…

Meet the Winners of the Project Runway ReMake Challenge Presented by Rowenta!

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Thank you to all of the amazing members who took part in our ReMake project presented by Rowenta! We’ve tallied the votes and are excited to announce the winners:

What's Your Favorite DIY?

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As a community of creative people we’re always looking for inspiration. There are so many beautiful and unique things out there, it seems impossible to find it all! BurdaStylers are amazing crafters and always keen on what is happening in DIY, so we want to know: where do you get inspired? What DIY’ers, websites, blogs or artist are making the things that make you swoon? What fantastic things are happening in DIY that we just have to see? It can be jewelry, woodworking, paper arts, weaving, sewing…if it’s cool DIY, we want to know about it!

Oliver + S Patterns Now Available Through BurdaStyle!

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Children’s clothing has come a long way since I was a tot. I distinctly remember my mother putting me in some very, er, questionable ensembles usually consisting of a sort of ribbon motif or lace bib. Not so for the modern babe, these days kids have better clothing options than adults! That’s why you might, on occasion, catch me in the children’s department trying to squeeze my way into a child’s size 16 sweater or jacket (I mean, it basically equals an adult size 2, right?) Children’s sewing patterns have come a long way too, mostly with the help of Liesl Gibson. Her company, Oliver + S, creates some of the cutest kids patterns on the market and we at BurdaStyle are excited to announce that you can now buy Liesl’s adorable patterns through her BurdaStyle studio! I caught up with Liesl to get the scoop on how she started Oliver + S and what inspires her cute and quirky designs.

Putting a Voice to Your Style

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In our current era of “fast fashion” and mass consumption retail, the desire for one-of-a-kind garments is becoming ever more prevalent. Asserting individuality through the way that we dress is nothing new, however using your voice to aid in the process might be. Enter Berlin-based Trikoton, a knitwear company that can harness the frequency of your voice and turn it into unique patterns that allows you to personalize their sweaters, leggings and scarves.

Wal-Mart Rumored to Bring Back Fabric Department

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There’s a rumor going around that Walmart may be bringing back their fabric department. Now I’ll be the first to admit that the quality of much of their fabrics just wasn’t there, but they had a great novelty cotton section, lots of notions and patterns (not to mention that they price matched), and every now and then you could find a ‘gem’. Plus you can’t beat the fact that they were always open – perfect for when you ran out of thread or needed a button late at night. What are you seeing at your local stores?

Silver Screen Sewing: Cinderella

If only we had a group of little mouse friends to do our sewing for us — and to make us a ballgown at that!

Mary-Kate and Ashley's The Row

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen discuss their design process and share a quick peek of their collection for Spring 2011.

Featured Member: embaby

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am born and bred in Singapore, a tiny urban island in Southeast Asia. I lived in Brisbane, Australia for three years while pursing my postgraduate degrees and have been back in Singapore.

Channeling Coco

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A new book mysteriously appeared in my mailbox a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t been able to put it down. Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life is an in depth look at the force that reshaped the way women dressed in the early 20th century. From her humble beginnings in a French convent to her worldwide fashion success, Chanel was a complicated, demanding woman known as much for her free spirit as her beautiful designs.

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