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Last Day to Submit: The BERNINA Party Through the Decades International Competition

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We hope you’re rounding the corner on finishing those party looks because today is the last day to get your submissions in for the Party Though the Decades Competition presented by BERNINA!

Announcing our 2010 Holiday Giveaway!

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Happy Holidays! It’s that time of the year again and we are so excited to kick off our third year of holiday giving. Our first giveaway will be posted in one week, right here on the BurdaStyle blog. From November 30th – December 30th, we will be announcing a new prize EVERY DAY!

This is our way of thanking you all for your support, talent, creativity, and sharing! You inspire us everyday and BurdaStyle wouldn’t be what it is without this amazing community.

OptiTex Offering Free CAD Pattern Making Webinar

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For those of you using or interested in using the OptiTex CAD software, they are offering a free webinar this Tuesday, November 23rd at 2pm EST. Even if you don’t use the software to draft your patterns, trainer Julia Shaw will be demonstrating general pattern making techniques in real time that you can use with or without the software. The webinar is free but you must register is advance. For more information on this and future OptiTex webinars check out Fashion Incubator and to learn more about OptiTex software head over to their website.

Petticoats Please

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I’m sure you all know what a petticoat (or underskirt) is— but I wonder, would you wear one today? For a retro inspired wedding or to puff-up a prom dress? Check out these petticoat looks and tell us what you think about them.

Cute and Unexpected Thanksgiving Projects

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With America’s Thanksgiving holiday just a few days away, so many of us are making last minute preparations in the sewing room: napkins, place mats, table cloths and runners, maybe even a few embellished napkin rings. If you’re fortunate enough to have all your crafting already finished, why not whip up some less mainstream projects? Sew up a centerpiece or two by creating a fabric turkey or cornucopia stuffed with adorable fabric pumpkins.

'Party Through The Decades' Inspiration: French New Wave Nostalgia

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Peter Pan collars? Check. Marinière stripes? Double check. French New Wave films of the 1960s, a decade that began in black and white, introduced us to a fresh new look in both cinema and fashion. Similar to Swinging Sixties London, it was a time when art, music, youthful iconoclasm, and fashion all converged. Style icons embodying the French ‘effortless chic’ aesthetic – several of whom who also had careers as pop singers – continue to dot mood boards and wield influence on runway looks of designers such as Jason Wu and John Galliano for Christian Dior.

Lanvin for H&M

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Ladies…hold on to your wallets. Lanvin for H&M launches in select stores this weekend and in the worlds of fashion blog darling Bryan Boy, “It’s going to be a bloodbath”. What do you think about Alber’s collection for the high-street chain? Will you be camped outside your local H&M waiting to get your hands on an affordable Lanvin frock?

Inspired by: CFDA Fashion Fund Nominees

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Since 2004, Vogue and the CFDA have paired up to offer financial funding to up-and-coming American designers through their Fashion Fund awards. With an illustrious list of past nominees including Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Isabel Toledo, Michael Bastian, Jason Wu and Doo.Ri, just to name a few, the pool from which the council chooses their winners is as talented as they are varied.

Opening Ceremony's Legacy

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As a child some of my favorite movies were (in no particular order): E.T., The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal and of course TRON. Suffice to say my leanings toward sci-fi and futuristic dystopian theorizing has followed me well into adulthood, so imagine how amped I was to hear that Disney was coming out with a follow-up to the cult classic TRON called Tron: Legacy. My impending excitement was turned up another notch when it was announced that Daft Punk would be the masters of audio for the film and then my mind was totally blown when I saw this Tron Legacy Opening Ceremony capsule collection.

BurdaStyle <3's Pendleton

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A few weeks ago, we reached out to one of our favorite wool companies, Pendleton to see if they would provide us with some of their amazing fabrics to do some great projects with. Today our mailbox was full of yards and yards of wonderful wool!

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Cotton Sateen

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Quick – what fabric comes in many different weights, is easy to sew, luxurious to hold, resistant to wrinkles and sensibly machine washable?

Why, cotton sateen, of course.

Cotton sateen feels and looks like satin but stands up to everyday washing machine abuse like cotton. Cotton sateen is easy to handle in the sewing room – it feeds evenly and stays put when you want it to – but unlike many cotton fabrics, it also has a yummy drape to it. Printed or solid, cotton sateen is made in many different weights, making it a good choice for nighties AND upholstery. Now, how many other fabrics can do that?

Featured Member: magdamagda

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

I’m from Lasi, the Romanian cultural hub city of 7 hills and from there I landed in the sunny temple state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Pop: 4 Women's Sewing Patterns

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It’s all about the color of the fabric you use if you want your look to POP! Check out these 4 bold colored projects to make!

Better Than the Boys

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There is something so subtly seductive about a woman in a man’s jacket, an ease and sensuality that isn’t as overt as a plunging neckline or high hemline but if done in the right fashion can be just as effective.

Party Frocks: Make It!

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Refinery29 continually has it’s finger on the pulse of what is going on in the fashion world, and their 10 Party Dresses To Grab Now post is rocking as usual— especially if you’d like to take a stab at making your own (for our “Decades” competition perhaps?). Check out these looks & get the patterns!

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