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Spring Awakening: 7 Fresh New Women's Sewing Patterns

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Today we released 7 brand new patterns for Spring— including a super cute blouson jacket! Read on, get the patterns and see the mood boards…

Independent Designer Kristen Elmer Sets up Shop in NYC

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How many of you have dreamed of quitting your day job and sewing full time? Well, Kristen Elmer did just that when she left her job as a buyer at Lord & Taylor to focus on her dream of designing. A year later, Kristen has set up a pop-up shop in Nolita where she will be selling her line, Silk & Cyanide, through the month of April.

Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling Those Fabric Scraps!

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How many buckets, plastic bins and sacks of fabric scraps do you have lying around? Leftovers from garment projects, dresses gone wrong or pieces that you were sure you’d use (eventually) but have instead ended up relegated to some long lost corner of your sewing nook. Well, get ready to break out those banished scraps because in honor of Earth Day I’ve pulled together some really fun ideas and tutorials from around the crafty web to show you just how many ways you can put those leftover pieces to good use!

Announcing BurdaStyle Day!

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Everyday at the BurdaStyle office, we are amazed at how beautiful the BurdaStyle community is. Not only do we have fantastic sewers, we simply have fantastic people, supportive of each others’ creative journeys, willing to offer help, and willing to share in each others’ frustration, fears and successes. We are an online community with old-neighborhood charm — over 500,000 strong and growing.

In celebration of this supportive environment, we had an idea: Wouldn’t it be fun to have a BurdaStyle Day?

Personal Style: Are You Naughty or Nice?

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So here’s the thing, BurdaStyle readers:

I’ve noticed that most people’s style tends in one of two directions: naughty or — you guessed it! — nice. I’m talking about people’s personal style here, not their personalities. You may be an ax murderer and that would be naughty indeed, but not relevant to the topic at hand.

Hawaii 2.0

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Last week I poked around a textile show here in New York and was a bit surprised to see how many Hawaiian prints were showcased. I suppose if ever there was a time to go ahead and break out the giant florals, it’s summer.

Seeing how textiles are another barometer for what we can expect in the realms of fashion, home and accessories, it looks as though we’re poised for yet another Hawaiian print revival. What do you think about these prints? Are they outdated or on trend? Do you plan to use Hawaiian prints for any of your sewing projects this summer?

Featured Member: dian 1024

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?
“I am from Indonesia, an archipelago country in Southeast Asia. It lies along the equator making the weather warmer, we only have sunny and rainy days. But the city I live is in the highland area, so is not really hot. I work as accountant from Monday to Friday and become a self seamstress in the week end. I wish I can enter into design school someday to improve my sewing skill, because I’m still a beginner.”

Needle Felting

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Felting, the process of matting woolen fibers together, is one one the oldest fiber techniques known, dating back to the 6th Century BC. In fact, prior to the invention of weaving & knitting tools, looms and spinning wheels, felting was the primary process that was used to produce cloth for everything from shoes to hats and rugs to yurts.

Vote for BurdaStyle's Panel at Internet Week NY!

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Please support BurdaStyle’s panel at NY Internet Week on a topic that is very close to our hearts: Collaboration!

Vote here to get our panel, “The New Economics of Collaboration”, on the AOL stage which will be broadcast live during Internet Week this June 6th through 13th! BurdaStyle’s founder Nora will moderate this session with stars from the DIY/Maker/Collaboration scene including Scott Heiferman, founder of Meetup; Jennifer Magnolfi, R&D at Herman Miller; Malcolm Ong, co-founder of Skillshare; and Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot and Thingiverse.

Six Super Fun New Women's Sewing Patterns

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This week we’ve released 6 brand new patterns which make up a pretty enviable wardrobe! Read on and get the patterns…Above: Inspired by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alice + Olivia, Jil Sander, Vivienne Westwood Red Label.

Mechanical, Computerized or Electronic. What's Your Sewing Machine of Choice?

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I recently had a friend decide that she’d like to take up sewing. The first question she had for me is, “What machine should I buy?” While I think that’s a difficult question to answer (I equate buying a sewing machine to buying a car – while I may like one particular model, it may not work for you), we were able to ‘narrow down the field’ a bit by determining what she might like to do with her sewing machine and how much she might want to spend.

Fashion & Flix: My Favorite Audrey Hepburn Films

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It’s hard not to love Audrey Hepburn. From her gamine looks to her refined air of elegance, she was an icon for the ages. Everyone is well familiar with her creative partnership with designer Hubert de Givenchy, who outfittet her for several movie roles (most notably for her character in Funny Face). While many a book, blog and magazine has covered Audrey’s personal style and influential film characters from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Sabrina, I wanted to take a look at some of the more underrated classics which capture the fun and quirky on-screen style of a few of my favorite film characters that Audrey has brought to life.

BERNINA Show Us Don't Tell Us: Meet the Winners and Ambassadors!

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The search is finally over! Everyone’s submissions were so incredible that BERNINA chose FOUR (4) Brand Ambassadors instead of 3!

Additionally, THREE (3) BurdaStyle members (open to all members) were chosen by you to be awarded cash prizes!

See the winning videos….

I'm Not Just a Celebrity, I'm a Fashion Designer!

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Madonna. Sarah Jessica Parker. Lindsay Lohan. Jessica Simpson. Jennifer Lopez. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen. Sean Diddy Combs. Justin Timberlake. Beyonce Knowles. Britney Spears. The list goes on and on.

How many of our most popular young — and not so young — celebrities are also talented clothing designers?

Enter Core77's Inaugural Design Awards

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Core77, a leading resource for the design community, is announcing it’s first international awards program called the Core77 Design Awards. Entrants can submit into one of 15 categories ranging from apparel and DIY to interactive and design for social impact.

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