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Make Your Own Embelished Tops

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If you’ve been drooling over this season’s embellished tops, ruffly tanks, and dimensional, fabric florals, but don’t want to pay the hefty pricetag (or just prefer to do it yourself), then this great article will tell you how to make your own fantastic style just like the ones found on the rack. Move over Anthropologie, we’ll be designing our own looks this season!

Bathing Beauties

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For some of us, it’s almost time for summer, which means it’s time to start thinking about swimwear…

Featured Member: Melonhead

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I live in Roanoke Indiana. When I’m older I would love to live in London or Italy, or somewhere like that.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I ever sewed was a pair of yellow plaid pants with elastic at the top. They were pretty ugly, but I wore them everywhere!

I started sewing here and there around the 7th grade, but I didn’t really get into it until the 8th grade. I made pretty much all of my clothes because I didn’t like what was in all the stores at that time. Now it’s non-stop.

Sponsored Post: Spring Forward with Sewing Republic: The Ribbon Clutch

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The Sewing Republic, brought to you by BERNINA, is helping you clear away those dragging winter blues with some great spring tutorials! This week we are highlighting the Ribbon Clutch tutorial created by our own stacysews on behalf of Sewing Republic. Not only is this bag perfect for any night out, you can also make it to match any outfit! We all have a bag of beautiful ribbons we’ve collected through the years that just haven’t found the right project yet. Why not give all those gorgeous bits a home and create a one of a kind treasure. With your creativity and beautiful ribbon remnants, you can be sure that no one else will have a bag like yours. The best part? This project is perfect for any and all skill levels. What are you waiting for, check it out and get creating!

Shadows and Light: Joni Mitchell

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Is anyone else a Joni Mitchell fan? My boyfriend just bought me Shadows and Light The Definitive Biography of Joni’s life, written by Karen O’Brien, and I was pleased to learn that while in college Joni wrote a fashion column called “Fads and Fashions” sharing with her peers how to wear certain clothes and what was in vogue. I wish I could see some of these articles!

Project Runway Game

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I have a confession to make. Not only am I addicted to sewing, but I’m a video game ‘nerd’ as well. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that Project Runway has a game out for the Wii! Now, I don’t have to daydream about Tim Gunn telling me to ‘make it work’, now I can have him virtually tell me.

Unfortunately, the game falls a bit flat. Instead of having the ability to get creative with designing your own garments and competing against other players, Tim tells you what to wear. While this is a recipe for success, it leaves very little to the imagination. I will admit, however, getting the opportunity to ‘walk’ the catwalk was a bit fun.

Had a chance to play Project Runway for yourself? What’s your thoughts?

What Makes A Sewing Book Great? Tell Us and Be Entered to Win!

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The Sewing Bible, published by Potter Craft, is a fantastic resource of comprehensive tips and tutorials for sewers of all skill levels! Featuring over 20 sewing projects and a detailed fabric and tool guide, this handy companion is a necessity for your sewing room.

Until Monday, April 12th, enter to win this must-have book by answering the following question: What makes a sewing book great? Please read instructions below and provide page numbers for your examples where possible

BurdaStyle Visits Europe!

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BurdaStyle hit Europe with DIY and fashion frenzy!

How'd you Like our April Fools?

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For anyone who was on the site yesterday you may have seen our April Fools featured project Fabric Scrap Quilt ReStyle

For anyone who doesn’t have the background on this, last July we posted up the Fabric scrap quilt to less than rave reviews. This was a throwback for anyone who was on the site back then and we think a pretty silly one, though once we took the pictures it did look kinda rad (aside from not covering the back of me AT ALL)

Hope everyone had a good April fools and a great spring!

How thread is made

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Hey All,
Just found this cool article on how cotton goes from raw bales to the stuff we sew with every day. Check out the tour of Coats & Clark here

Winner of the The Sewing Republic Apron Remake Challenge is.....

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Congrats to all that entered, what amazing creativity was displayed! We love seeing how you take the basic patterns and transform them.

Site Error - Mistaken Giveaway Announcement

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[Updated 4/2/2012] – Dear Members,

This blog post was mistakenly posted from our queue. We do not have a giveaway at this time, and sincerely apologize for those who commented on this post.

Featured Member: Lily_Bart

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from a gorgeous little town in Western Australia called Albany, but now I live in the city (Perth). Perth is (allegedly) the most isolated city in the world, but it has a really strong art and fashion scene so there’s always heaps of inspiration around.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’ve always been preoccupied with clothes, but until I was about 19 I thought that sewing was REALLY (really, really) uncool. Eventually I started getting really frustrated with not being able to find things I wanted in the shops, so I taught myself how to sew and started designing and making my own clothes. I actually can’t remember the first thing that I finished making! I think I made about 10 disastrous things (I had numerous tantrums and gave up sewing countless times), but I think the first thing I made that I actually wore was a lavender ball gown with lace applique.

Plant-Based, or Cellulosic, Fibers Used for Manufacturing Fabric

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Last month when I wrote about natural fibers, I was pleased that several of you asked about bamboo. But before I answer your questions, I want to tell you about manufactured fibers and how they are made.

Originally, manufactured fibers were created to mimic more expensive natural fibers like wool and silk. Today, manufactured fibers are engineered specifically to have certain properties that natural fibers don’t. Manufactured fibers come in two primary types: cellulosic, which are plant-based, and petroleum-based.

Tweet to Win with The Doll Loft!

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For the past few weeks, we have really enjoyed peering into artist Ellen Lumpkin Brown’s wonderful world of doll making. Through her excellent blog posts, we were introduced to nearly all the aspects of her creative process, from getting the right materials to sculpting a cute face for your handmade doll.

Now, as her BurdaStyle guest blogging stint draws to a close, we are offering a chance for our Twitter and Facebook friends to win some amazing prizes!

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