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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!

Join ELLE and Swarovski for a Night with Designer Rodrigo Otazu

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This Tuesday join ELLE Magazine and Swarovski at their amazing CRYSTALLIZED concept store in New York for an event celebrating the work of jewelry designer Rodrigo Otazu. From 6-8:30 PM you can browse some of Otazu’s amazing pieces and purchase special items available for one night only during the event. Also take advantage of discounts on all New York designer collections and waltz home with your very own gift bag full of fun Swarovski baubles. Make sure you get your name on the list for this event by sending your RSVP to rsvp.NY[at]crystallized[dot]com or stop by the store and register in person:

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ SOHO
499 Broadway (Between Spring and Broome)
+1 212 966 3322

Tell Us How You Do More With Less and You Could Win a Brand New Windows 7 Phone! (U.S. Only)

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One of the things that’s so great about living in our modern society is the range of technological advances through the past few decades that have enabled us to streamline many of our crafting processes and ultimately achieve more in less time with less effort. From software that aides us in design to machines that help to execute what our hands alone may not, to the vast expanse of Internet platforms allowing us to share and learn, it’s now easier than ever for us to not only create but to engage and share our creativity with the rest of the world.

1 Week to Submit: The BERNINA Party Through the Decades International Competition

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Hey party people, it’s crunch time on those frocks! We can’t wait to see your skills on those finished garments and learn the inspiration behind your work for our Party Through the Decades Competition presented by BERNINA!

'Party Through the Decades' Inspiration: Marvel at the Musicals, the 1930’s - 50’s

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In was in the late 1920s when a new art form ‘Musical Film’ came about. The public found the collaboration between sound and film was so new and exhilarating that it created a new revolution for the Hollywood and film industries.

Creative Fuel: Check Out BurdaStyle's Inspiration Page!

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Have you heard? BurdaStyle is on Tumblr! Check it daily for new inspirational images caught in our net. Take a look and get hooked! Do you have an inspirational Tumblr page? We want to follow you!

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Check out these gems…

Empowering Women and Fair Trade with Proxy Apparel and BurdaStyle

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The brainchild of HeatherJean MacNeil, Proxy Apparel was founded with the mission of creating sustainable fashion while empowering women through sweat-shop free and fair trade labor practices. MacNeil’s company now works with worker-owned cooperatives in Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua, crafting cool, socially responsible apparel and accessories and helping the women in those areas to expand their businesses and strengthen their communities.

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Barkcloth

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You might not know it, but you’ve seen barkcloth before.

You know those soft, thick, pebble-y drapes hanging over grandma’s window? It’s probably barkcloth. If its dotted with smart boomerangs or atomic designs, its DEFINITELY barkcloth. You know where else you’ve seen barkcloth? Mad Men. The kitchen at the Draper residence, Betty’s shrink’s office, even Joan’s apartment – barkcloth, barkcloth and more barkcloth!

Featured Member: sunnilj9

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

I’m from a small town in the southwestern portion of Utah called Cedar City. It’s one of those places where you don’t have to lock your doors at night and you know nearly everyone who lives there. It was a dream growing up there. I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when I started college and that’s where I live now.

Free Designer Patterns from ShowStudio

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John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Antony Price, Junya Wantanabe, Maison Martin Margiela, and Yohji Yamamoto – Seven Designer Patterns Available

Patterns are available for free download for either a home printer or copy shop printing. It looks like these designs were released as part of a competition from 2009, but luckily for you they’re still available for download!

If you’re up for a challenge, try out these avante garde designs. It’s sure cheaper than buying a designer piece from the store!

A preview of the Alexander McQueen pattern…

Creating Sharp Shoulders

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While the dramatic shoulder pads of the 1980’s may not quite be back in style, these little pieces of fabric batting are making a comeback. Want to add a bit more definition to your jackets and tops? Then learn how to Create a Sharp Shoulder after reading this article.

BurdaStyle at International Houston Quilt Market

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Last week BurdaStyle’s indomitable partnership manager, Carol, packed her bags and headed to Houston, Texas for the International Quilt Festival and Market. 50,000 people were in attendance for the week-long event showcasing amazing talent from around the Quilting industry, including Kaffe Fasset, Amy Butler, Michael Miller and our friends at Westminster Fabrics and BERNINA. We were excited to be a part of such a huge creative event and get a first hand look at all the beautiful and inspiring things happening in quilting!

Meet the Winner: Halloween Costume Contest 2010!

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Thank you to all of the superbly talented members who took part in our Halloween Costume Contest!

GoneWandering‘s project Jaws Halloween took a bite out of the competition with her jaw dropping costume (I can’t resist the puns)!

GoneWandering will receive fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun, thread from Mettler, and her own BurdaStyle “Stitches” T-Shirt!

I can’t wait for next year! 356 days and counting…

Rate The Runway-- Project Runway Finale Show

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Been keeping up with Project Runway Season 8? Discuss here!

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