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Sewing Vintage: Selecting Fabrics

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Isn’t this pattern from 1950 just fabulous? It’s featured in Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing as the “background dress.” Meaning, I suppose, that the sheath-style dress is the background for the scarf embellishment. I love how they show you all the different ways you can style it on the pattern envelope. But what I really wanted to highlight about this pattern is the recommended fabrics and how wildly they differ from today’s fabric choices.

Holiday Giveaway: Win The INSPIRA(R) Needle Guide and Nearly 40 Sewing Machine Needles

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/11 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win nearly 40 sewing machine needles and one INSPIRA® Needle Guide

Holiday Looks to You Can Rock Around The Clock

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Does anyone actually have any time to make themselves a to-die-for Holiday dress this season? I say if you’re going to make anything for yourself in the next few weeks that New Years Eve probably provides the best excuse to make something amazing! I was going to make an inspiration board for you all but I’m feeling generous this year: I’m giving you patterns! Well, ideas of which patterns to use to make the new year even more glorious!


Top left features a lovely lounging lady wearing the Minna dress. By using a metallic embellishment you can shine like the North star. Here’s another Minna variation to dream about as well. Make it in a gem colored tone and pair it with a cozy cardigan.

Moving clockwise the next dress is simply gorgeous and definitely has a stage presence. If you want to look like a ballerina from the Nutcracker you should make something like this show stopper.

Nothing says sophistication like knife pleats and wool. The Lancey dress embodies all of those traits & more. Download the pattern here.

Be the Belle of the Ball with bows and pleats in this cute holiday dress. Wear it with style with vintage gloves and a cape. Get the pattern here.

Compete with shiny ornaments and make a Madison in red dress, which is based off of our original 40s dress pattern.

BurdaStyle's Last Minute Gift Series: Ideas From BurdaStyle

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Whether you’re ready or not, the clock is ticking towards the Holidays and the inevitable day of gift-giving. Depending on the proper preparation, this day can be received with open arms or shunned in fear, and we at BurdaStyle certainly want you to do the former!

In keeping with our weekly Last-Minute Gift Series, here are few a great ideas from the BurdaStyle vaults that would make amazing gifts. Of course they are perfect for beginners, but even experienced sewers would enjoyable these super-cute projects!

Featured Member: Reggiebaby

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I live in kent on the isle of sheppey but spend half of the year in Leicester where i am studying contour fashion at university.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first garment i made was a floral dress using the Azalea pattern, looking back now the sewing was appalling but i was hooked from then on. I had always been interested in fashion, particularly lingerie design. Although at school i never got to study textiles or learn any pattern cutting skills i was offered a place at De Montfort University to study Contour Fashion. The summer before i started uni i decided to teach myself how to sew and learn some basic skills as i didnt want to be the worst in the class.

BurdaStyle Gets Crafty With Lotta Jansdotter!

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Yesterday, members of the BurdaStyle Team attended a DIY Holiday Gifting Party, sponsored by <a href= “http://www.rowenta.com/&#8221;&gt; Rowenta , and hosted by textile designer and author<a href= “http://jansdotter.com/&#8221;&gt; Lotta Jansdotter.

Holiday Giveaway: Win Lena Corwin's PRINTNG BY HAND, fabric samples from Lena's line and Field Notes notebooks to print on.

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/10 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win Lena Corwin’s PRINTNG BY HAND (STC Craft), fabric samples from Lena Corwin’s line and Field Notes notebooks to print on.

Fabric Sourcing: Silk

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Lately I have been shifting towards a greener horizon. Specifically, I have been asked to design some eco-friendly pieces for a few boutiques and I gladly took on the challenge. I am wary of labels. I don’t wish to be an eco-designer or activist at the moment. I do wish, however, to take small steps towards lessening my business’s carbon footprint by utilizing materials I adore which are also organic or eco-friendly.

Holiday Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Certificate from Sawyer Brook Fabrics!

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/9 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s we are giving away a $100 gift certificate to Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics.

Congrats to the launch of burdastyle.de!

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Dear Members,

Some of you might have seen this today: The German Burda Fashion site is relaunched and the name is burda style (it’s spelled with small caps and with a space).

Both BurdaStyle (BurdaStyle.com) and burda style (burdastyle.de) are part of the German publishing house Hubert Burda Media, yet, the sites’ concepts differ a bit and they were launched and are operated separately.

Beginner's Mistakes

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We’ve all made the mistakes of a new sewist. Wrong fabric, cutting corners, and skipping steps. Want to learn how to make your garments look more professional? The Selfish Seamstress (our very own Elainemay) has five, hilarious tips that will help you along your sewing journey. (By the way, it’s nice to see that even celebrities make some of the same mistakes too!)

BurdaStyle's Last-Minute Gift Series: Yarn Bangles

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If you have a few too many plastic bangles on hand, turn them into stylish yarn- and ribbon-wrapped bangles, particularly for the fashionistas on your holiday gift-giving list. Festive stocking stuffer, anyone? These are quick to whip up, and if you are a knitter and crocheter with yarn lying around, you already have most of the supplies! Learn how to make them <a href= “http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/assorted-fabric-bangles&#8221;&gt; here.

This perfect Last-Minute Gift is brought to you by Alicia Kachmar. Alicia Kachmar is a jane of all trades, born and raised in Pittsburgh, but now living in New York City. Formerly a teacher at such institutions as The New York Botanical Garden and The New-York Historical Society, she is currently a writer and runs a crafty business on <a href= “http://www.etsy.com/shop/EternalSunshine&#8221;&gt; Etsy and beyond, crocheting up smiling and frowning objects like safety cones, s’mores, silver-lined clouds and gourmet cheeses. Have a crochet design challenge for her? She loves those! She also enjoys long bike rides, collecting and wearing vintage aprons, baking pies, reading classic novels and generally adventuring. Check out her <a href= “http://www.aliciakachmar.com/&#8221;&gt; website!

We can’t wait to see your fabric bangles!

Holiday Giveaway: Win Betz White's Sewing Green and a 5 Piece Sample Set of Her Organic Fabric !

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/8 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s we are giving away two great prizes from Betz White, her book, Sewing Green and a 5 piece sample set of her amazing organic fabric.

Holiday Giveaway: Win two books from Nicole Smith: Fashion DIY and DORM DÉCOR

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/7 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s we are giving away two books from Nicole Smith: Fashion DIY: 30 Ways to Craft Your Own Style and DORM DÉCOR: Remake Your Space with More than 35 Projects

Holiday Giveaway: Win the Antoinette Necklace!

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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/6 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today’s Giveaway is the Antoinette Necklace from New York-based design company Chauncey P. Graham. The Antoinette Necklace is a beautiful mixture of crochet and macrame work, handmade with %100 organic cotton yarn. Its muted color yet bold design pattern gives it versatility for both day and evening.

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