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Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - The Prints and Patterns of Milan Fashion Week

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Italian designers and fashion houses are known the world over for their luxury and flair for the dramatic, and this season during Milan fashion week it was no exception as designers like Miuccia Prada, Consuelo Castiglioni and Roberto Cavalli turned out fresh, fun and daring looks for spring 2012. Ready to get a jump start on the season? The Milan runways were full of vibrant patterns ranging from the pop art florals at Marni to the jazzy art deco looks at Etro and we pulled together a few of our favorites to inspire you to dig through your fabric stash and start playing with your prints!

Style Sheets: Looking Back at the Bra

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In the world of commonly worn apparel, no item comes anywhere close to having created such polarizing feelings as the brassiere. For many people, bras represent nothing more than a mundane part of their dressing routine, practiced out of practicality or mere habit. For others, this undergarment has far surpassed its mode of functionality to enter realms ranging from the fetishized to the political. It’s a pretty impressive feat for an article that spends most of its time hidden beneath layers of clothing!

With the October kickoff of Breast Cancer Awareness Month now being only days away, it seems like the perfect time to spotlight everyday wear’s most infamous article of clothing…

Sell Your Patterns, Designs and Fashions with TabJuice!

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How many of you out there have toyed with the idea of selling your amazing, one-of-a-kind creations? Whether you are already selling your garments or you’re just starting to think about it but aren’t sure where to start, let us introduce you to the newly launched social commerce application TabJuice.

Show Us Your Sew Along Garment!

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Now that we’ve reached the end of our awesome September Sew Along, it’s time to play show and tell! How did you personalize your Halter Dress or Pleated Skirt project? Did you follow Peter and Gretchen’s instructions word for word, or did you add your own ideas and techniques into the mix? Upload your finished garment with the phrase “Sew Along” in the title by 9am EST on Monday, October 3rd for the chance to be featured in our Sew Along slideshow and win fantastic prizes including fabric from Free Sprit Fabrics and an assortment of thread from Coats & Clark!

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Additional Steps - Butterfly Border and Belt for Halter Dress

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Have you finished sewing up your Halter Dress with Peter yet? Whether you’re just getting started or rounding out your garment, we have some great additional techniques from our friends at Coats & Clark to help you put the perfect finishing touches on your fantastic dress projects.

Also, don’t forget to upload your finished projects by Monday, October 3rd with the phrase “Sew Along” in the title for a chance to be featured in our Sew Along Slideshow and win great prizes from both Coats & Clark and Free Spirit Fabrics!

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Additional Steps - Scalloped Border and Zipper Piping for Pleated Skirt

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Last week Gretchen put the finishing touches on her adorable Skirt with Front Pleats project. How is your skirt coming along? If you’ve finished up but are still in need of some Sew Along love, check out these great additional steps from our friends at Coats & Clark.

Also, don’t forget to upload your finished projects by Monday, October 3rd with the phrase “Sew Along” in the title for a chance to be featured in our Sew Along slideshow and win great prizes from both Coats & Clark and Free Spirit Fabrics!

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Peter Lappin's Halter Dress - Step 5

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This week marks the final installments of our September Sew Along with Coats & Clark, Free Spirit Fabrics and Tula Pink. If you’re just joining us, you can start from the very beginning with Peter’s Halter Dress project instructions or following along as he puts the final touches on his beautiful dress. Also make sure to check out the great additional steps our friends at Coats & Clark created to help you make a perfectly coordinated border appliqué and belt.

Already finished with your project? Make sure to upload your gorgeous garments by Monday, October 3rd with “Sew Along” in the title for the chance to be a part of our Sew Along Slideshow and win great prizes from Coats & Clark and Free Spirit Fabrics!

Featured Member: Anne Wagenhauser

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born and brought up in South Africa, but now live in the UK with my husband and two teenage daughters. I live in a small market town called Shipston-on-Stour in South Warwickshire near Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s a great little town with a fabulous old fashioned identity, but unfortunately no fabric shop. Currently I work for myself and my girls! I used to teach fashion part-time in adult education, but with the funding being as it is for adult education at the moment, I get to sew at home all day, everyday!

Amann Group Mettler Trend Reports - Highlights from London Fashion Week

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Ah, London…I’ve always had such a romantic notion of London and the UK in general. I suppose I naively base my assumptions on one too many Masterpiece Theatre dramas, but a girl can still dream, right? Another reason I am so in love with London is that I feel like fashion is much less restrained than it is here in the US.

The Importance of Sewing Scissors: Shozaburo Japanese Tailor Shears

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If you sew then I don’t need to tell you about how important it is to have a good pair of scissors. Shears to be precise. I had a great pair years ago and my kids got ahold of them, used them on who knows what and they were ruined forever. Take note, NEVER let your kids near your sewing shears!

The Creative Connection was a Blast!

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Last week in St. Paul, Minnesota we ventured out to The Creative Connection, a 3-day conference celebrating women and entrepreneurs. We met with some of our favorite bloggers like Alicia Dirago of Dismount Creative, Mena Trott of the Sew Weekly and vintage style maven Gretchen Hirsch of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing taught our BurdaStyle classes. Singer® enabled our activation at The Creative Connection, click through for more pics after the jump!

Color Saturation: New Patterns + Variations

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This week we release five new patterns and five variations to get you geared up for fall. Made in a range or beautifully saturated hues, these pieces are sure to get you excited to pull out your machines and start sewing! Which pattern or variation is your favorite?

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Peter Lappin's Halter Dress - Step 4

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It’s nearing the end of September, but our Sew Along is still going strong! Follow Peter as he starts to put the finishing touches on his adorable Halter Dress project and stay tuned next week when we round out our month long celebration of National Sewing Month.

Are you close to finishing up your dress, too? We are dying to see how you each let you individuality shine with this project, so make sure to upload your finished garments with “Sew Along” in the title for the chance to be a part of our Sew Along slideshow and win great prizes from Coats & Clark and Free Spirit Fabrics!

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Gretchen Hirsch's Skirt - Step 4

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We’re almost through the month of September, but our Sew Along is still going strong! Check in with Gretchen as she finishes up her Skirt with Front Pleats project and make sure to stay tuned for last minute sewing tips and tricks from all of our participants.

Have you finished up your skirt yet? We are dying to see how you each let you individuality shine with this project, so make sure to upload your finished garments with “Sew Along” in the title for the chance to be a part of our Sew Along slideshow and win great prizes from Coats & Clark and Free Spirit Fabrics!

The Winner of the "Show Your Support" Bra Challenge is...

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It was a tough race among the 23 amazing and creative submissions for the “Show Your Support” Bra Challenge, presented in partnership with the American Sewing Expo (ASE), and sponsored by Coats & Clark.

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