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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.

And 'The September Issue' Winners Are...

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From the site, our Facebook and Twitter pages, we received nearly 400 entries for ‘The September Issue’ DVD giveaway! Answering the question “why do you love fashion,” you all inspired us so much, and reinforced why we love this great community.

The Other Side of the Picture

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I <3 Olivier Theysken. At the age of 18 Belgian born Olivier attended the renown École Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre to study fashion design. He dropped out 2 years later to launch his own line. Creator of demicouture macabre, gothic-inspired garments the designer made his first collection out of bedsheets, though these pieces did sell well, financial restrictions led him to shutter the label shortly thereafter.

Featured Member: Catchannette

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Germany, but one might say that I am also from Taiwan. My father is German and my mother is Taiwanese. Also I have always spent my summer vacation in Taiwan because I have a huge family over there. So I feel like coming from 2 different countries.
I live in Dinslaken, which I guess is unknown to the world. Nevertheless it is a nice and calm place and it is part of the European Capital of Culture 2010.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
That must have been in my childhood. I think it was a simple heart-shaped pin cushion for my mother. Today, I would never sew a heart-shaped pin cushion again!…hearts and needles just do not go well together!

I started sewing thanks to my wonderful mother. She used to sew clothes for herself and our family since I am able to think and remember. The noise of a sewing machine always reminds me of my childhood. She is my sewing teacher and I owe her all of my sewing skills. I really appreciate her advise because of her great sewing experience. I can always ask her for help when having a sewing problem. So it seems that she simply infected me with this sewing fever.

Wardrobe Sewalong

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After Thursdays Club meet i was very inspired by the other members. I had originally planned to make Jorinde, Linda and Ute but discovered i don’t have enough fabric for the Linda skirt i wanted to make and realised that i’m not really much of a a blouse kind of girl so i’m in the process of rethinking my ‘wardrobe’. While i do that i am going to get started on my Jacket, i’m using the Jorinde pattern and have had fabric sitting in my stash for this project for about 2 years now, put it this way, i was pregnant when i bought it and Heidi turns 2 next month! Anyway, i’ll be doing the sensible thing and will be making a muslin from calico to check on the fit before cutting into my beautiful fabric.

Cool Things

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We’ve just had a photo shoot here at BurdaStyle and we are all completely ecstatic about it! You will find out more of this soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to highlight some inspiring things.

Sponsored Post: Hip Projects at The Sewing Republic

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You’re always on the lookout for the latest, most innovative projects you can whip up right at your own sewing machine. Finding the time, let alone the inspiration, is often hard to come by. But don’t fret, The Sewing Republic sponsored by BERNINA boasts everything the sewing enthusiast seeks. Whether you’re looking to spice up your closet with a trendy Scarf Dress, mix fun and function with the Juice Pouch, or sew something for your little one, like the Toddler Scarf, The Sewing Republic promises to deliver.

Get Inspired by Alabama Studio Style Contest

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We are so excited to bring you a new competition. It’s perfect for every skill level, and we encourage you all to enter! This one is all about taking inspiration from Natalie Chanin’s new book, Alabama Studio Style.

From her studio in Florence, Alabama, Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of the acclaimed fashion and lifestyle company Alabama Chanin, works with local artisans to create handmade organic cotton-jersey clothing sought by connoisseurs of beauty and sustainable style worldwide. In Alabama Studio Style, a follow-up to the celebrated Alabama Stitch Book, Chanin takes her fans on another compelling journey of creativity, technique, and inspiration, this time sharing many more of her beautiful stenciling, stitching, and beading methods, and a collection of over 20 projects, including her award-winning dresses and skirts. You may remember that last year we did a two-part series on Natalie’s amazing work and philosophy, which you can read here

Vote for your Favorite Project in the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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With over 115 entries this has been our biggest competition ever! Click through both the Part 1 and the Part 2 slide show to see all the entries. You must be signed in to vote and may only vote for each creation once, though you can vote for as many different entries as you like! Voting will be open till 11:59 pm EST on the 16th of Feb so get going!

Menswear Influence

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Today I am taking note of the alluring refinement of menswear. I have always admired a nicely dressed man. While living in Florence, Italy, I found myself at times completely awestruck of how magnificently the men were dressed- not to mention the women. In Italy, it was common for most people to own just a few high-quality designer pieces. These designer pieces would be worn and re-worn time and time again, such was protocol, and very well taken care of. How different this is from American fashion today, where many of the pieces the general public purchases are disposable? Transient. Fleeting. Cheaply made.

What I love about menswear is the simplicity. Styles and silhouettes remain very much the same over the decades, yet the newness lies in the precision of detail. A boldly printed bow tie with a fried egg pattern looks like classic paisleys from afar, but up close offers a freshness & sense of humor to fashion. Tailored coats made to be worn for years continue to be created, only changing slightly in fabric and texture. Paul Smith is a well known example of someone taking these classical elements and simply changing the details (colorful striped linings, iridescent button holes, polka dotted ties).

Do you pull inspiration from menswear? Do you ever wear mens clothing, steal cozy pieces from your boyfriend or husband?

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