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Men's Sewing Patterns

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Guys need clothes too. Because such a vast majority of our members are women-sewing-for-women, we have designed a lot of patterns exclusively for the fairer sex. Today, let’s think about designing for him.

Issey Miyake Brings New Meaning to Folding Your Garments

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Teaming up with computer scientist Jun Mitani, innovative Japanese designer Issey Miyake and his team at Reality Lab have created the origami-based addition to the Miyake design family, 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE. Taking a Mitani created software program which generates formulas to construct three-dimensional, geometric shapes out of single sheets of paper, Miyaki and his design team adapted the process to fabric resulting in flat, folded shapes (rather than cutting and sewing, the fabric is held in place by a series of strategic, permanent creases) that literally pop-up into wearable garments.

Showcase your DIY Halloween Costume for a Prize!

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Making your own Halloween costume this year? You may be the best on the block, but let’s see how you compare with other BurdaStyle members. Submit to our spooky slideshow for the chance to win!

PBS To Run New Sewing Show

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Once upon a time, not so many years ago, a cable network station carried a plethora of sewing and crafting shows. Once DIY home repairs became popular those shows slowly met their demise and crafty television was left with very little options. However, with the increased interest in sewing a new show is in the works and ready to air spring 2011. From the creators of Sew News and Sew It All magazines comes Sew It All – a program devoted to teaching new techniques and projects each week. Look for it on your local PBS station.

Silver Screen Sewing: Annie

“It’s a hard knock life,” says Annie and the other children in the orphanage in this clip from the hit 1980s musical, Annie. You’ve got that right.

Arcade44 Presents: Best Dressed // Trovata + Sophomore

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Meet John Whitledge of Trovata and Chrissie Miller and Madeline von Froomer of Sophomore, two labels that embody the idea of clothing you can live in. Staying away from overly hyped trends, both Trovata and Sophomore are proof that well-constructed, thoughtful basics can resonate with consumers just as much as show-stopping runway looks.

The Long and The Short of It

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Maxi vs. Mini: the showdown continues. Loads of designers lowered their skirt hemlines for fall, making the maxi skirt a must-have piece for the season. However, not all trend-setters have followed suit. Runways still saw their share of bare knees and coupled with other hot fall trends like thigh-high boots and socks, it doesn’t look like you have to store those minis away through the winter after all. So this begs the question: are you an above the knees or to the floor kind of girl?

Learn to Sew with 3rd Ward and BurdaStyle

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Hey New York, do you want to learn how to sew? Through the months of October and November, 3rd Ward in Brooklyn is offering two classes using our awesome BurdaStyle patterns. For beginners, you can jump in the Level I class and learn how to stitch up our reusable Charlie Bag. If you’re a little more comfortable behind a machine you can sign up for Level II and try your hand at our comfy Corinne Pants.

Would You Pay $500 For a Pair of Socks?

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The sister duo behind Rodarte have elevated to the ranks of fashion darlings based on their home-spun take on couture techniques. Loopy knits, patchwork materials and an overall sense of nomadic naivete have been the calling cards of the Rodarte aesthetic, along with the ridiculously hefty price tags their one of a kind designs carry. Case in point: these $500 socks hand-crocheted from a mohair/alpaca blend that cannot be washed (only spot cleaned) nor could they probably withstand more than a handful of wearings.

Inspired by: Balenciaga

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I keep no secrets about my love for Nicolas Ghesquiere. Nearly every collection he has turned out for Balenciaga since he stepped in as the house’s designer in 1997 has ended up on my favorites list. While I have an appreciation for what many designers across the board do, there is something about Ghesquiere’s designs that speak right to my aesthetic, no matter how all over the map that might be.

Featured Member: sandrasews

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

I live in Sydney, Australia. I actually grew up in Darwin in the far north of Australia in the tropics. I’ve also lived in California and London!

Comment to Win with City Weekend!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Twitter or comment on this blog for your chance to win a fabric jelly roll or layer cake from City Weekend, Oliver + S founder Liesl Gibson’s first fabric collection, courtesy of Moda and Oliver + S!

Make Karl Lagerfeld's Designs

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If you could get a sewing pattern from your favorite designer in the world who would that be?

Halloween with Schlosser Designs

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Along with your witches’ brew and bag of skulls, decorate your creepy, crawly lair this Halloween with this great table set from Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs.

BurdaStyle Members Create One of a Kind Garments with Liberty Art Fabrics

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Recently we offered ten BurdaStyle members the opportunity to craft one of a kind garments using burda style magazine patterns and the amazing textiles of Liberty Art Fabrics created by Kaffe Fassett. We are excited to share the results with the rest of the community and we’re sure that you will be as awed and inspired as we were.

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