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


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


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!


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!


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


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.

Meet the Designer: Mari Koppanen Makes it to Project Runway in Finland!


We love it when our members are recognized for their amazing talents, especially when it’s something huge like Project Runway! Mari Koppanen (aka: maryy) has been with BurdaStyle since almost the very beginning and it’s been so fun and rewarding to watch her sewing progress over the years. Mari is currently participating in the latest season of Project Runway in Finland and we caught up with her to see how she started, what it’s like being on the show and what the future holds for this talented creator.

Featured Member: lizajane09


Where are you from?
“I live in Greenville, SC and I am an elementary school art teacher by day. I teach every grade at my school, four year old kindergarten through fifth grade. It’s a great job—busy, but very rewarding. I help kids make art all day long. I dabble in drawing, painting and printmaking myself. I’d love to illustrate a children’s book one day. At night, I sew fanatically. When I’m not actually sewing or cutting something out, I’m planning what I’m going to sew next. I love to make things. My mom is also an art teacher/artist, so I grew up immersed in all sorts of creative art projects and craftiness.”

Prints on Prints: What's Your Take?


Layering of prints in bold colors of complimentary or contradictory hues? Is it a hit or miss look?

Vivienne Westwood: Happy (Belated) Birthday to The First Lady of Punk Fashion


Malcolm McLaren was a major force behind the punk sound that emerged from London in the mid 1970’s. While it can be disputed whether or not it was McLaren who came up with the concept for his protegee band, the Sex Pistols, or if it was the band members themselves (i.e., Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious) no one can dispute that it was his partner Vivienne Westwood who actually created and sewed the looks that the band wore. By studying the fashions of London’s seedier occupants like bikers and sex workers, Westwood and McLaren conceptualized the new deconstructionist fashion phenomenon known as the “punk look”.

Hippie Chic: New Patterns for the Freespirited Gal


This week we have 8 brand new patterns with a hippie-chic vibe. Perfect for making Spring/Summer maxi dresses and laid-back boho looks. Read on to get the patterns + get inspired to sew!

Every Seven Seconds


A friend recently asked me how I managed to get so much sewing done – especially with a young child at home. I jokingly said “You know how they say men think about sex every seven seconds? I think about sewing that much.” While everyone knows that “seven seconds” is a myth, it did get me to wondering, is it just me, or am I the only one that thinks about my projects (current and future) that much?

Comment to Win A Felt Universe!


Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter for your chance to win a copy of Jeanette Lim’s book, Big Little Felt Universe, or a complete felted grill set!

A Night to Remember


Ah, the prom. For high school girls, does the Spring season mean anything else? The dress, the shoes, the date….all in an attempt to make it the most memorable night of your high school life. Well, if you were (or are) anything like me, you generally grabbed your dress at the last minute, asked one of your friends a few days before and tried to hide your parent’s camera so they wouldn’t embarrass you by documenting every movement while you waited for your date to arrive.

Weaving Love, Creating Hope with Design21


Our friends at Design21 are hosting a great new competition and we want our BurdaStyle members to get involved! The contest offers two categories in which to submit: textile design and product design. The winning entries will be produced and sold by Grameen Felissimo, benefitting the local markets and communities of Bangladesh through employment and economic independence.

How to Spread the Sewing Meme (or How to Grow Home Sewing)


Readers, do you ever feel like you spend a disproportionate amount of your day talking/thinking/writing about sewing?

When you mention your sewing projects, do you ever catch friends or colleagues rolling their eyes, glancing at their watches, and suddenly having to catch the 5:15 train — and they drive to work? Do you yourself retreat daily to the comforting, marshmallow, everybody-sews-here worlds of sites like BurdaStyle or your favorite sewing blog?


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