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Last Chance to Enter the Show Us Your A–Line Skirt Competition

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Better hurry up! Tomorrow is the last day to submit your skirt variation to us at submissions (at) burdastyle.com and be entered to win:

Grand Prize- Pfaff sewing machine, retail value ($1000), Twinkle by Wenlan sewing fabric, sewing accessories by Coats & Clark, Whish Body Products, and an autographed copy of Twinkle Sews…

Mood Board

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Do you ever make mood boards? I remember back when I was in fashion school our projects were always accompanied by a mood board. I loved making them and I still do. I used to love finding vivid imagery in COLORS magazine, which highlights global themes from an unconventional perspective. Purple magazine was full of edgy avant-fashion and wild poetry and content. It’s funny, I used to buy so many art, fashion & photography books and magazines- I guess I factored them into my monthly allowance as necessities but these days I seldom purchase a $45 magazine… Luckily today you can find so many images online, from past & present, to make a cohesive and meaningful mood board.

Right now I am really into monotone fabrics embellished with textures: like white cotton & lace, creme colored cotton eyelet over light silk, brocade and silk jacquard. W magazine has many gorgeous photographs of textures, and if you’re thirsty for camp AnOther magazine will quench.

Winter Sewing Projects

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If you live in one of the many parts of the United States hit by the cold snap this weekend, you may have realized that winter is right around the corner. For me this means putting aside the capri and skirt patterns (because I’d rather go for the warmth of a good pair of wool pants than a cute skirt once the snow falls) and sewing up some cool weather gear. One of the first things on my list? Accessories – especially this hat from jessyratfink. Not only does it work as a kitschy chapeau but could double as a Max (from Where The Wild Things Are) costume. I also considered sewing up my own Snuggie\Slanket – yes, I was that cold.

Top Ten Sewing Accessories You Can’t Live Without

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Brought to you by BERNINA and the Sewing Republic

Having the right tools while you sew can make all the difference between a beautiful skirt and something that will go into your scrap pile. Using these easy little accessories can shave minutes, even hours off your total time. Check out this list… see anything missing? Let us know!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: 1st Meeting Recaps

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Thinking of starting a BurdaStyle Sewing Club but don’t know what to expect? Many first-time leaders share similar worries, but often end up having very good experiences! Here are recaps of two leaders who hosted meetings for the first time.

Love the 80s?

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The images above are not from 30 years ago. They are fresh off the international runways emitting an 80s decadence so BIG you cannot ignore. Shoulder pads. Flat tops. Androgyny. Leather. Fringe. I have MTV’s “I Love the 80s” computer voice intro ringing in my head as I look at these images. I was born in the 80s and went through some of the fashion trends with innocent dignity (over-sized sweaters with tight black stir-ups, jazz pants even when I wasn’t dancing), but I was very young, too young to get into boxy jackets, enormous shoulder pads and androgyny of the time. These silhouettes have humor, are ironic, bold and brazen. Do they make you nostalgic for the good old days or simply want to never see shoulder pads again?

Featured Member: Abarefoot

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
My name is Anicia (like Alisha but with an ‘n’) Barefoot and in the little town of San Luis Obispo, California.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing that I can remember making was a simple pillow. My mother showed me how to work her very old machine and I would make these strange little pillows. I think the satisfaction that I got from making something that I could use influenced me a lot and thus I really came to enjoy sewing.

And the WINNER of the SEWING REPUBLIC Scarf Dress Competition is…

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Congratulations to Damiana_Designs! Her Scaly Scarf Dress blew away the judges and has won her a brand new activa 210 sewing machine from BERNINA! We would also like to congratulate our runners up: Scarf Dress Ruffled by Pltnmblondelife and Scarf Dress by javiertellez.

As you may have noticed, the voting on several of the entries became unethically compromised by a few of the contestants; and because of this we were forced to choose the winner a different way. Therefore, an esteemed panel of judges from BERNINA sifted through all of the entries, narrowed it down to the top five contestants, and chose the grand prize winner!

Thank you, to everyone, for all of your amazing entries and we look forward to seeing more of your creative work in the future!

Happy Sewing!

Sponsored by BERNINA and the Sewing Republic

Halloween Costume Contests for 2009

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October is already here which means it’s time for me to kick my Halloween sewing into high gear. If you’re planning on stitching up a few costumes this season, why not check out a few contests that you can enter your handmade creations into:

Probably one of the most unforgettable costumes I’ve ever seen was entered into last year’s DIY Halloween Costume Contest by Craftster. Think you can top that? Be sure to try your hand in their 2009 challenge.

Picks from the SS10 Collections

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Has anyone been following the Spring/Summer 2010 collection presentations? I normally do not start salivating until the circuit reaches Paris where the dreams of the likes of Lanvin, Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, Martin Sitbon come to life in a live pulsating masquerade. It appears to me, after studying the runways thus far, that black is the new black, & black is back. At times my favorite color (my boyfriend jokes with me that it is not a color, I retort that black is indeed every color), I was also excited to see some wild prints with ethnic influences (Vivienne Westwood), more florals (Stella McCartney)- some digitalized, some abstract, obscure layering of various textured textiles (Preen).

What have you seen that you LOVE? Do you want to see more color or more monotones in fashion? Who are your favorite designers?

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Beginner's Sewing Blog: Costume Creation

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So, apparently it’s October, I’m convinced September just never happened. October brings good things: fall leaves, butternut squash and most importantly, Halloween. Better than the presents from Christmas and Chanukah, being stuffed silly on thanksgiving, or even my birthday, Halloween is my absolute favorite day of the year.

When I was growing up dress up was always my favorite game and Halloween was huge event. Some examples of costumes I have had: a waterfall, a fish in a fishbowl, a salt shaker and a Picasso painting (it took 4 washes to get out all the dye from my hair.) With September just up and disappearing, I have started to get a little panicky about not having a costume yet, I know I have a month, but I have a reputation to live up to! The trick is to come up with one that it simple, isn’t too big and is easily recognizable, like this one and this one.

Fringe Benefits

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Do you <3 fringe? Lately there has been a resurgence of fringe- and no offense to those who have been rocking fringe all along- a la suede jackets from the 60s and moccasins- but there is a new kind of fringe on the horizon. This fringe is soft and slinky (Rodarte), conceptually cut in leather (Balenciaga), dyed in an ombre fashion (Topshop), and quite feminine, yet is has an edge that is very current.

I used to be a dancer and my costumes always seemed to have some sort of neon fringe attached to them, and this same fringe is now on skirts, t-shirts, bags- but it is dyed neutral tones creating an almost gothic look, like Marchesa Casati might have worn. I am really loving the comeback. Do you?

Featured Member: Damiana_Designs

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Sacramento California but grew up from the age of 9 in a small rural town in western Washington. I have since migrated to the mountain town of Sandpoint in North Idaho.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I started sewing with my mom’s old Singer when I was about 12 years old. My mom showed me how to use the machine and helped me with my first garment, an A-line purple corduroy skirt. I was in 4-H at the time and entered it in the county fair and got Grand Champion. It was a nice way to start out.

Show us your A-Line and Win!

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In honor of Wenlan Chia’s new book, Twinkle Sews: 25 Handmade Fashions from the Runway to Your Wardrobe, we are holding a contest to see your best A-line skirt.

The A-line pattern available, Twinkle Sews book, or can be downloaded by visiting BurdaStyle.com. Submissions must be received by October 14th, (11:59 pm EST). Create your variation of the A-Plus, A-Line, and kindly send a photo to submissions@burdastyle.com with the header “A-Plus, A-Line”. Submissions will be put into a slideshow where, Wenlan Chia, founder and designer of Twinkle by Wenlan will then pick her three favorite creations.
Three winners will be chosen:

Grand Prize- Pfaff sewing machine, retail value ($1000), Twinkle by Wenlan sewing fabric, sewing accessories by Coats & Clark, Whish Body Products, and an autographed copy of Twinkle Sews.

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