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ABURY Gives Traditional Artistry New Life

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ABURY is a non-profit organization looking to preserve and revive traditional arts and crafts from places like Morocco, Bangladesh and Thailand by exposing them to a worldwide audience while in turn providing education and work opportunities within the various communities. For it’s first project, ABURY is working in Morocco to source vintage Berber bags which reflect the rich culture and heritage of the indigenous Berber people.

Tattoo....YOU?

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BurdaStyle readers, a question: How do you feel about tattoos?

I’m on the fence about them, especially as their popularity has grown and almost everybody seems to have one. Tattoos can certainly be stunning works of art, as above. And they can make a powerful statement — every day and for the rest of your life. I’m not sure there’s any statement I’m THAT committed to making, but that’s me.

Comment to Win "Growing Up Sew Liberated!"

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter to win a copy of “Growing Up Sew Liberated,” written by Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated and published by Interweave!

A Hankie a Day

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I’m an avid collector. Or, an obsessive collector, depending on whether you ask my family or not. I’ve happily come to terms with this part of me, although I can’t say that the storage space in my house has in equal measure. As well, I have also come to terms with why I love to be a collector: I love the thrill of the hunt. I love finding a missing item from a collection, running across a Mary Brooks Picken’s-related piece or finding something completely new that charms me from the minute I see it.

Featured Member: laurafm

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Where are you from and where do you live?
I live in Oviedo, a beautiful but boring city in Asturias, at the North of Spain. I’ve been living here my whole life. I am a nurse, and now I’m working in developing the software at the new hospital. I started sewing at the age of 14. I’d seen my mom and grandma making their own garments all my life and I become envious, so I took a piece of fabric and it turned out as a skirt.

New Patterns = New Wardrobe

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These retro-inspired patterns could have been worn in the French Riviera by Brigitte Bardot in the 60s, but today they still hold up on their own and are full of fun. Have fun mixing and matching tops with bottoms and get creative by embellishing + personalizing: Check them out!

Our Crafty Weekend at Renegade Brooklyn

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We weren’t going to let a little bit of rain (or a lot) spoil our weekend at Renegade Craft Fair! Despite the wind and drizzle on Saturday, we still had loads of people come through our Make + Take booth to stitch up a drawstring bag and when the sun finally decided to come out on Sunday it ended up being another great craft weekend for the BurdaStyle team. Click through to check out a few pictures from our booth as well as a great video put together by Society HAE!

Happy Sewing Machine Day!

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Today gives all of us sewists a reason to celebrate – over 100 years ago, the sewing machine was invented! While Karl Friedrich Gegauf’s machine was just a simple commercial hemstitch, it’s evolved into more sophisticated models. Read more about it’s history and how you can celebrate and share your love of sewing. Happy Sewing Machine Day!

Ladies Who Tux

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At Monday night’s CFDA Awards, Leelee Sobieski, Phoebe Philo and Kirsten Dunst all showed up sporting sleek tuxedos. What do you think about their choice of evening wear? Who rocked the look best? While I’m not a huge fan of her shoes, my overall vote goes to Leelee who wore a suit by her husband, designer Adam Kimmel. She looks a bit like a cross between young versions of Lauren Hutton and Glenn Close, no?

Surf's Up!

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Anyone else noticing the surf/wetsuit influence infiltrating some of the Resort 2012 collections? Summer is a great time to test out bright, sporty looks and the zip up dresses from Michael Kors or the rash guard inspired tops from Derek Lam are the perfect inspiration to get you started. Check out a few of my favorite designer translations of the trend, plus get great BurdaStyle patterns to make your own fresh and modern surfer girl look!

My Vintage Vinyl Fashion Inspiration!

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Readers, is it normal that a grown man should find style inspiration in an 11 1/2-inch vinyl doll?

Meet Mattel’s Ken!

Avoid the Homemade Look with the Right Sewing Tools

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Getting asked “Did you make that?” by friends and family is a loaded question: Are they asking us because they know we sew and are making pleasant conversation, or because it looks—horrors—homemade? Michael Kors routinely cuts Project Runway contestants down to size by telling them their fashions look “Becky Home Ecky.” A popular fashion blog recently described a celebrity’s clothes as having “a tendency to look a little home sewn…you can see the darts at 20 paces.”

Would You Rock It: Feather Extensions

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I guess I’m a little behind on the trends because I had no idea how popular feather extensions were until I read this article in the Seattle Times about the sudden run on fly-fishing stores in rural towns around the country for the coveted new hair accessory. Blame it on Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler who has been seen sporting the look on the job as an American Idol judge, and Ke$ha – whose style is questionable to say the least, but she seems to hold a significant amount of sway amongst the fickle tween demographic.

Rooster saddle feathers are currently the foul/fowl accessory of choice and the demand has caused the price to soar from the $60/package you would normally see at fly shops to somewhere between $200 and $400! Hmm…rent or poultry hair accessories – life is full of tough decisions.

The New Influencers: Kate Middleton vs. Michelle Obama

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In case you haven’t heard, the new Duchess and the First Lady can seriously move some merch! Mrs. O has positioned herself as a fashionably refreshing alternative to the drab suit and TV anchor helmet-hair of First Ladies past and has been dubbed the “3-billion dollar woman” for her ability to impact retail and fashion with her clothing choices. Meanwhile Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge is proving to be a formidable opponent on the worldwide stage with her fashion choices being watched as closely as any celebrity or public personality. See how these two influencers stack up and let me know what you think!

Featured Member: emily-marie

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from and live in Bellingham, Washington, which is between Vancouver B.C. & Seattle. Right now I have the crazy luxury of doing this and that (I’m doing lots of alterations at the moment), but I’m getting ready to set up shop in the next few months.

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