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Ruched Up

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Ruched clothing is extremely tricky terrain. If properly executed, the technique can magically flatter all body types and make for some cool, avant-garde texture. However, if not, it can create a seriously tacky eyesore. That’s why I’ve pulled together some figure flattering and fashion forward ideas for how to incorporate ruching into your garments, as well as a few patterns that utilize the look in a simple, non-distracting way.

'Party Through The Decades' Inspiration: 1960s and 70s Afro Cool

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The late Sixties to early Seventies was certainly an eventful period. It was filled with unprecedented cultural shifts, rebelliousness and liberation, and ultimately a new era of expression. Free love and peace signs appeared in abundance, and singer-songwriters poured their hearts out over strummed guitars and self-penned lyrics.

StyleTrek Now Offers International Shipping

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Back in September we shared with you the launch of a fantastic new shopping site, StyleTrek, which bridges social media with independent fashion design from around the world. We also scored you the opportunity to save 10% on your purchases from StyleTrek, which was a bummer for a lot of our BurdaStyle members because the New York-based company hadn’t started shipping outside the U.S. yet. Well I am psyched to announce that StyleTrek is now offering international shipping, which means each and everyone one of you can score hard to find indie designers AND save some cash. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty sweet deal.

Featured Member: oranereuland

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

I am from Geneva, Switzerland. I also lived in Lausanne. About 2 1/2 years ago my husband and I decided to live abroad for some time. We first moved to Bermuda, a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We lived there for about a year and a half. We then traveled in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia for 8 months, before finally settling in New Zealand. We currently live in Wellington, New Zealand.

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Feedsack

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When I finish a sewing project, the last thing I want to hear is “You look like you’re wearing a bag!” but for many women between 1930 and 1950, that was actually a compliment.

Buttoning Down

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A button down men’s shirt, or a buttoned up blouse lends a sharpness to your look— it can instantly pull together a disheveled outfit and I love the sometimes androgynous edge a nicely tailored button down can give the silhouette. Check out these brand new patterns to make your own buttoned look!

A Sleeveless Trench and the Right to Bare Arms

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It’s been unseasonably warm in New York the past few weeks, making it pretty difficult to get in the swing of Fall. Temps pushing seventy degrees don’t exactly get you excited to break out the jackets and start layering up. However, there is one option that will keep you looking cool while staying cool: enter the sleeveless trench.

Time to Vote: Halloween Costume Contest

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Halloween has passed and it’s now time to vote for your favorite costumes!

Voting ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th in the newsletter and via our blog.

Your favorite Halloween costume winner will receive an awesome prize package including fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun, thread from Mettler, and your very own BurdaStyle “Stitches” T-Shirt!

Check out some of the looks the BurdaStyle Team sported this Halloween weekend….

Party Through the Decades: Contest Inspiration

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The current BERNINA Party Through The Decades competition is one of our best! Not only is the contest open to each and every BurdaStyle member (finally a contest non-US members can enter)— it’s an exciting platform to showcase your joie de vivre in a fabulous party look.

Make Your Own Bella Trousers

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Check out our members’ renditions of the Bella trousers!

Get an Early Start on Those Holiday Gifts

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Sewing is one of those hobbies that can, when done right, save you a ton of money. With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be thinking about sewing up a few gifts for friends and family, but looking to save money at the same time. Besides the number of inexpensive and free patterns at BurdaStyle, be sure to look for sites that offer tutorials such as SewMamaSew, Craftster, and Cut Out + Keep. Free e-books are also available as well such as these offered by AllFreeSewing.com. Now what are you waiting for?

Announcing the BERNINA "Party Through the Decades" International Competition!

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Calling all independent designers, sewing hobbyists and D.I.Y. crafters from around the world: Here’s your chance to win a BERNINA 3 Series sewing machine or cash prizes by putting your design skills to the test!

PayPal Experiencing Technical Difficulties

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For those of you planning to purchase patterns today, it has come to our attention that an internal update at PayPal is causing some hiccups in their check out system. While we have not experienced any issues ourselves, nor had any complaints, we wanted you to be aware of the situation in case any of you encountered problems trying to pay for your patterns through PayPal. Check out PayPal’s Development Network for more information, live site stats and updates.

Nora Featured on Fast Company!

BurdaStyle co-founder Nora Abousteit was recently featured in Fast Company’s video series highlighting risk-taking, young entrepreneurs called Change Generation! Check out Nora talk about the beginnings of BurdaStyle, what she’s learned along the way and what it takes to start and run a successful business. Go Nora!

Instructables Halloween Competition!

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Our good buddies over at Instructables are having one of the biggest/best halloween contests on the internet with some incredible prizes in their craft category from Singer! We know there’s only a couple days left before Halloween, but this one is worth entering! Plus you can submit entries through Nov. 7th, 2010!

The Instructables Halloween Contest has different categories, each with its own awesome set of prizes. Win something cool in Costumes, Decorations, Props, Food, Green, Video and Slideshow for those who just want to share their photos. Don’t worry about what category your entry will be in, just enter the best Halloween-related Instructable you can and they’ll take care of the rest!

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