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Get Inspired by Alabama Studio Style Contest


We are so excited to bring you a new competition. It’s perfect for every skill level, and we encourage you all to enter! This one is all about taking inspiration from Natalie Chanin’s new book, Alabama Studio Style.

From her studio in Florence, Alabama, Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of the acclaimed fashion and lifestyle company Alabama Chanin, works with local artisans to create handmade organic cotton-jersey clothing sought by connoisseurs of beauty and sustainable style worldwide. In Alabama Studio Style, a follow-up to the celebrated Alabama Stitch Book, Chanin takes her fans on another compelling journey of creativity, technique, and inspiration, this time sharing many more of her beautiful stenciling, stitching, and beading methods, and a collection of over 20 projects, including her award-winning dresses and skirts. You may remember that last year we did a two-part series on Natalie’s amazing work and philosophy, which you can read here

Vote for your Favorite Project in the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo


With over 115 entries this has been our biggest competition ever! Click through both the Part 1 and the Part 2 slide show to see all the entries. You must be signed in to vote and may only vote for each creation once, though you can vote for as many different entries as you like! Voting will be open till 11:59 pm EST on the 16th of Feb so get going!

Menswear Influence


Today I am taking note of the alluring refinement of menswear. I have always admired a nicely dressed man. While living in Florence, Italy, I found myself at times completely awestruck of how magnificently the men were dressed- not to mention the women. In Italy, it was common for most people to own just a few high-quality designer pieces. These designer pieces would be worn and re-worn time and time again, such was protocol, and very well taken care of. How different this is from American fashion today, where many of the pieces the general public purchases are disposable? Transient. Fleeting. Cheaply made.

What I love about menswear is the simplicity. Styles and silhouettes remain very much the same over the decades, yet the newness lies in the precision of detail. A boldly printed bow tie with a fried egg pattern looks like classic paisleys from afar, but up close offers a freshness & sense of humor to fashion. Tailored coats made to be worn for years continue to be created, only changing slightly in fabric and texture. Paul Smith is a well known example of someone taking these classical elements and simply changing the details (colorful striped linings, iridescent button holes, polka dotted ties).

Do you pull inspiration from menswear? Do you ever wear mens clothing, steal cozy pieces from your boyfriend or husband?

Photos from The Sartorialist

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Message from a Leader


Highlighted as one of our most active clubs, the BSC of Brooklyn, New York is filled with super-talented creatives from all sewing skill levels who come together and share their love for all things sewing!

Since it’s inception last year, their club has proven to be extremely beneficial to their individual growth as sewers. The following is written by Valerie (brooklynstitch), the co-leader of their club. If you are interested in forming a club of your own, perhaps hearing a leaders’ own experience will show that it certainly isn’t as difficult as it my seem. In fact, it is an amazing way to have fun with fellow sewers right in your area!

Sewing Vintage: What's Your Fashion Era?


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There was a fashion article on Jezebel over a year ago that’s really stuck with me: “Practical Tips for Personal Style Or, Why Not to Listen To Women’s Magazines.” This post was so interesting to me as a vintage fashion lover because Sadie, the writer, posited that the key to finding your personal style was finding the right fashion era of the 20th century for your body. As she wrote, “If you go through the major fashion eras of the 20th C, you’ll see that different silhouettes and body types were in vogue. Find the one that matches you . . . Skinny? 20s and 60s. Curves? Go for 50s, sexy 70s or 80s.”

Featured Member: Kszabo123


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Im an Aussie, currently living in the Nations Captial (Canberra). I’ve lived here almost all my life, but hope to move to Melbourne one day :)

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh. I think the first thing i ever made was a little pink jumper for my Piglet toy. This was with the help of my Grandma, who i used to make things with all the time.

Best of January


Hey all,
Just wanted to let you know that the Best of January slideshow is up! Did your favorite creations make it in? Did your own creations make it in? Take a look!

Win a Copy of "The September Issue"!


Enter to win the must-have fashion accessory of the year, The September Issue!

What to Sew for Spring


Even though we have 8 inches of snow on the ground, I know that spring is just around the corner. For me, that means starting on a new wardrobe. With all the new patterns that have been released, tutorials on the web, and a plethora of magazines (not to mention books) that have begun stacking up, it’s hard to chose. So how do you determine what to sew first? A pattern that catches your eye? The item that you need the most? The project that you have all the supplies on hand?

And the "Tweet to Win" Winner Is....


BurdaStyle member Nuiwida23!

Second Annual Kent State Design Challenge


On the weekend of January 29 students will compete in the second annual “Project Runway”-type design challenge. Sophmores through seniors will only have two days to create a garment out of materials given to them by the sponsors. The fashion show takes place on Sunday, January 31, so they better be ready. The garments will be judged and the winner of the design challenge will receive a $1,500 scholarship from Coats and Clark and runners-up will receive prizes including a BERNINA activa 220 sewing machine from the Sewing Republic as well as products from Singer® Sewing Co., Haan®, Simplicity Creative Group. One lucky winner will even win an internship here at BurdaStyle. We are very excited to see what these talented, creative students come up with!

Raw Talent


London Fashion Week [ Central Saint Martins Ready-To-Wear ] Autumn/Winter 2009-10

Each year Central Saint Martins College of Art, London’s most promising source of pure, raw fashion talent, hosts a catwalk show for Fashion Design major’s body of work. This show attracts numerous international editors from around the globe, anxious to see what is NEXT for fashion design and who is behind it. 17 student designer collections are showcased with the chance to win £5,000 from the event’s sponsor, Harrods, as well as the chance to show off his or her collection in the store’s windows.

Isabella Blow discovered McQueen here. Katharine Hamnett graduated from CSM in 1969 and is famed for her political designs. Her slogan t-shirts are iconic to this day. John Galliano graduated in 1984. Giles Deacon graduated in 1992. He worked for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Bottega Veneta and Gucci before setting up his own successful label in 2004.

What do you think of the current talent? Are these designer’s predicting what’s to come in your eyes? Are these looks wearable? Inspired? Desirable? Click here to view a slide show of my favourite looks from the show.

Featured Member: Elegantmusings


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from the Washington, D.C. area and now live in Florida with my husband.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh—I started sewing so long ago I can’t really remember! I’ve been interested in sewing since I was about 5 years old; I used to make a lot of dolls clothes and such, so I think those would have been my first projects. I am basically self-taught when it comes to my sewing skills: I have read a lot of books on everything from general sewing to patternmaking—I’m a sewing geek, I guess! The internet has been an invaluable tool for expanding my knowledge and learning new skills, along with a few classes and interning for a short period with a pattern designer.

Rodarte for Target


Rodarte’s exclusive line for Target has arrived (well, it’s old news now but I’ve just gotten around to putting together some shots from the look-book). What do you think about this collection, with pieces starting at $12.99? Anna Sui’s Target line is in stores now and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s American pop inspired line hits store March 7th.

Last week to enter the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo


Just a reminder, you have until 11:59pm EST January 31st 2010 to either upload or email an image of the completed Pink & Red garment to BurdaStyle. So many great projects have already come in and we are excited to see what is to come! See all the rules here


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