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Best of January

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Hey all,
Just wanted to let you know that the Best of January slideshow is up! Did your favorite creations make it in? Did your own creations make it in? Take a look!

Win a Copy of "The September Issue"!

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Enter to win the must-have fashion accessory of the year, The September Issue!

What to Sew for Spring

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Even though we have 8 inches of snow on the ground, I know that spring is just around the corner. For me, that means starting on a new wardrobe. With all the new patterns that have been released, tutorials on the web, and a plethora of magazines (not to mention books) that have begun stacking up, it’s hard to chose. So how do you determine what to sew first? A pattern that catches your eye? The item that you need the most? The project that you have all the supplies on hand?

And the "Tweet to Win" Winner Is....

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BurdaStyle member Nuiwida23!

Second Annual Kent State Design Challenge

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On the weekend of January 29 students will compete in the second annual “Project Runway”-type design challenge. Sophmores through seniors will only have two days to create a garment out of materials given to them by the sponsors. The fashion show takes place on Sunday, January 31, so they better be ready. The garments will be judged and the winner of the design challenge will receive a $1,500 scholarship from Coats and Clark and runners-up will receive prizes including a BERNINA activa 220 sewing machine from the Sewing Republic as well as products from Singer® Sewing Co., Haan®, Simplicity Creative Group. One lucky winner will even win an internship here at BurdaStyle. We are very excited to see what these talented, creative students come up with!

Raw Talent

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London Fashion Week [ Central Saint Martins Ready-To-Wear ] Autumn/Winter 2009-10

Each year Central Saint Martins College of Art, London’s most promising source of pure, raw fashion talent, hosts a catwalk show for Fashion Design major’s body of work. This show attracts numerous international editors from around the globe, anxious to see what is NEXT for fashion design and who is behind it. 17 student designer collections are showcased with the chance to win £5,000 from the event’s sponsor, Harrods, as well as the chance to show off his or her collection in the store’s windows.

Isabella Blow discovered McQueen here. Katharine Hamnett graduated from CSM in 1969 and is famed for her political designs. Her slogan t-shirts are iconic to this day. John Galliano graduated in 1984. Giles Deacon graduated in 1992. He worked for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Bottega Veneta and Gucci before setting up his own successful label in 2004.

What do you think of the current talent? Are these designer’s predicting what’s to come in your eyes? Are these looks wearable? Inspired? Desirable? Click here to view a slide show of my favourite looks from the show.

Featured Member: Elegantmusings

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from the Washington, D.C. area and now live in Florida with my husband.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh—I started sewing so long ago I can’t really remember! I’ve been interested in sewing since I was about 5 years old; I used to make a lot of dolls clothes and such, so I think those would have been my first projects. I am basically self-taught when it comes to my sewing skills: I have read a lot of books on everything from general sewing to patternmaking—I’m a sewing geek, I guess! The internet has been an invaluable tool for expanding my knowledge and learning new skills, along with a few classes and interning for a short period with a pattern designer.

Rodarte for Target

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Rodarte’s exclusive line for Target has arrived (well, it’s old news now but I’ve just gotten around to putting together some shots from the look-book). What do you think about this collection, with pieces starting at $12.99? Anna Sui’s Target line is in stores now and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s American pop inspired line hits store March 7th.

Last week to enter the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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Just a reminder, you have until 11:59pm EST January 31st 2010 to either upload or email an image of the completed Pink & Red garment to BurdaStyle. So many great projects have already come in and we are excited to see what is to come! See all the rules here

Basic Fabric Terminology

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Hi Everyone,
We would like to introduce you to our newest blogger, Liesl Gibson. Having earned her degree from FIT here in New York, she has worked for high profile brands as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. After the birth of the daughter, she was disappointed by the lack of contemporary design and the outdated fit specifications she found in most kids patterns. So what did she do? She started her own line of amazingly beautiful patterns for kids under the name Oliver + S. Take a look at her patterns and projects here on BurdaStyle.
So, without further ado, here is Liesl.

In upcoming months, I’ll be writing a series of posts here about fabric. Topics will range from how to select appropriate cotton prints for your projects, to the different types of fabrics available for garment sewing, to how designers create a collection of printed fabrics.

Oh Anni...

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This past weekend my friend Julia came to visit me from Boston. There’s nothing like good old pals. On Saturday we went to the High Line in Chelsea, to take in the view and walk in the sun, and, after trying on every single perfume in the Comme des Garcons shop we drifted to the MoMa where we saw the stunning Bauhaus exhibition.

I am already familiar with the constructivist-style collages and paintings of my favorite artist, László Moholy-Nagy, and it was a thrill to see many of his pieces up close, but what blew my mind was the textile work of Anni Albers. Utilizing a mechanical Jacquard loom invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801, Albers created mathematically inspired rugs and drapery that, to me, would make the most astounding textiles even today. The Jacquard loom uses a punch card system which was an important conceptual precursor to the development of computer programming. One is able to create extremely complex designs, seeing that these looms often have thousands of threads and can take days to re-thread. Hanging next to the draperies were numerous renderings in gouache depicting design patterns for the loom. The complexity and harmony so moving.

Craftastrophe

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Being a person who crafts, it’s important to know that there are some things that must never be made. What are they? A Craftastrophe. Craftastrophe’s site is devoted to showcasing some of the weird and unusual handmade items that appear on the web spruced up with hilarious commentary. While some are amazing, others are downright, well, wrong. Like the tagline states, “because handmade isn’t always pretty.”

Tweet to Win with BurdaStyle!

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On Friday, January 29th, BurdaStyle will host its first ever Twitter contest!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Mad Men Headbands

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If you are a fan of BurdaStyle and have also hopped on the Mad Men bandwagon (impatiently waiting for Season 4), you are no doubt captivated by the fashion and accessories splashed across every scene. Alicia Kachmar, expert crafter and blogger, is also a fan and decided to whip these super-cute headbands just for our BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs!

Featured Member: Bows

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1.Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Im from, and currently living in, Guelph Ontario Canada

2.What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I think the first thing I made (or attempted to make) was a skirt. I was like 10 and it was hand sown and didn’t fit or look good at all. I don’t think I ever even wore it!
12 years later my sister got a sewing machine for her birthday and I just thought id try it out! It took me about a month to figure out how to even tread it but after that I just couldn’t stop sewing. So I’ve been sewing and teaching myself for about 7 months now and this is where I am.

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