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Back To School (or Office) Wardrobe Staples + Patterns

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The changing of the seasons can sometimes cause one to be melancholy— saying goodbye to warm summer days and your laissez-faire attitude towards life. But it can also be exciting, many people choose Fall as their favorite time of the year, and not only because of the changing of the leaves or apple cider— it means a new wardrobe! If you’re looking for some back to school tips (or an updated work wardrobe) read on for patterns and inspiration!

Comment to Win a Kanzashi Flower Maker from Clover!

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter to win one of three Kanzashi Flower Maker tools from Clover.

BurdaStyle is Hiring! - Pattern Manager

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We are looking for a skilled seamstress or seamster to manage the user experience of patterns available on our site.

MySINGERStory.com, by rachelnyc

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As Community Manager here at BurdaStyle and coordinator of our Featured Member articles, I’ve had the supreme pleasure of learning about all of the inspiring sewing stories from around our wonderful online community. In honor of SINGER’s 160th anniversary, I am happy to share MY story!

My love of fashion and clothes started very early. I remember being incredibly picky with my outfits in preschool and kindergarten. I had a love for all things very girly, although now I am less interested in pink and feminine frills.

Featured Member: redviv

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m born and bred in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. I haven’t strayed far from the nest, living only 10 minutes from where I grew up, but it’s an inner city suburb full of curiosities, chaos and culture so there’s not too many reasons to leave.

I work as a social worker on the other side of Melbourne, so I spend my days helping people finding their way to recover from experiences of psychiatric disability. I have a big space in my heart for social justice and equity which fuels my work with people amongst the most marginalized in our society.

BurdaStyle Upgrade: Our New Gallery Section!

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Say goodbye to our old “Photos” section. Today we’ve revealed our shiny new Gallery section and we can’t wait for you to check it out!

We are so thrilled to reveal this revamped and renamed section of BurdaStyle.com. Now, for an introduction…

Make it Yours: The Button Up Shirt

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How many button up shirts do you have in your wardrobe? Me – too many to count. They are without a doubt my go-to choice when it comes to covering my top half. They can be dressed up, dressed down and anything in between; exude both a pulled together and casual air; and fit into almost any aesthetic no matter whether you like yours oversized and boho or slim and minimal. I picked 3 of my favorite BurdaStyle patterns and created a few fun outfits that are sure to inspire you to whip up a classic button up shirt for your own styling adventures.

Enter the Blumenthal Lansing National Sewing Month Contest!

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National Sewing Month is upon us. Celebrate by entering Blumenthal Lansing’s National Sewing Month contest for the chance to win gift certificates from some of your favorite craft and hobby retailers! Simply whip up a sewing project – it can be a garment, accessory, toy, home furnishing – just make sure to include Blumenthal Lansing buttons as your finishing touch. Entries are due by Friday, September 30th and winners will be announced October 7th. Head over to Blumenthal Lansing to get all the contest info and check out their amazing selection of buttons that are sure to kickstart your creativity!

DIY To Try: (Re)Make Your Own Sandals!

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Today we bring you two great DIYs from two great DIY outlets! The first comes courtesy of our good friends at Etsy, whose “How Tuesday” column always gets us inspired. The second comes from new BurdaStyle guest blogger Kat Roberts (aka Whitehaus) and her blog We Can Re-Do It! which is filled with great projects for you to try! So enough with the talking – let’s get started on these projects, shall we?

Be A Bombshell: Try your hand at Gertie's Sewing Class

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Every girl deserves to feel like a bombshell, and have a little va-va- voom in her step! So many members have raved about Gretchen Hirsch’s class for Craftsy.com and some have even uploaded their own gorgeous creations of the famous Bustier Dress that Gertie uses for the class. Why not give it a shot yourself?

Silk Lining for a Couture Finish

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Selection of lining fabric is probably one of the most neglected steps in sewing. While we carefully choose the quality, type, drape and color of fashion fabric, time and money is often saved on linings. I used to be ignorant about linings myself, using polyester for almost every project. Only once I became interested in couture sewing, I learned that silk linings – characteristic for couture – could considerably improve the look and the feel of a garment.

However, silk is available in a different weight, weave and quality. Which one to choose? The following sampling represents some of the most common choices in couture. Use these luxurious textiles for your special projects, or –if budget is not an issue – for everyday clothing as well.

Get Ready for National Sewing Month with Our September Sew Along!

[UPDATED, August 17, 2011] Start gearing up National Sewing Month by joining BurdaStyle, Coats & Clark, Tula Pink, and FreeSpirit Fabrics for our awesome September Sew Along! Hosted by designer Tula Pink and featuring the sewing talents of some familiar BurdaStyle faces, Peter Lappin and Gretchen Hirsch, each week in September we’ll be posting new steps, tips and techniques to guide you through creating two of our fantastic patterns: the Skirt with Front Pleats and the Halter Dress!

SINGER® Celebrates 160 Years with MySINGERStory.com!

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Since 1851, SINGER® has been at the forefront of American sewing and they are celebrating their 160th anniversary with the launch of MySINGERStory.com! From their first prize win at the 1855 World’s Fair to their introduction of the first electronic sewing machine in the 1970s, SINGER® has a rich history in the sewing and craft world and now they’re giving you the opportunity to share your sewing story for the chance to win one of their fantastic new SINGER 160™ machines!

Tropical Glam: 7 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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If you like piña coladas, or getting caught in the rain… then you may just love this week’s new patterns. Read on to see the styles + get the pattern downloads.

Featured Member: denisedamedesigns

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How did you start sewing?
I was a stay at home mom who wanted to learn how to sew eleven years ago. I bought a 1960’s Singer sewing machine with desk and all attachments at a yard sale for $25. Using the manual as a guide I made lavender sachets, pillows, curtains for our RV and a few very simple little girl dresses. Fast forward 10 years later – I am back at my career and I cannot find a dress for a company party that fits me so I decided 2010 was the year I would dust off my sewing machine and learn to sew clothes.

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