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Second Annual Kent State Design Challenge


On the weekend of January 29 students will compete in the second annual “Project Runway”-type design challenge. Sophmores through seniors will only have two days to create a garment out of materials given to them by the sponsors. The fashion show takes place on Sunday, January 31, so they better be ready. The garments will be judged and the winner of the design challenge will receive a $1,500 scholarship from Coats and Clark and runners-up will receive prizes including a BERNINA activa 220 sewing machine from the Sewing Republic as well as products from Singer® Sewing Co., Haan®, Simplicity Creative Group. One lucky winner will even win an internship here at BurdaStyle. We are very excited to see what these talented, creative students come up with!

Raw Talent


London Fashion Week [ Central Saint Martins Ready-To-Wear ] Autumn/Winter 2009-10

Each year Central Saint Martins College of Art, London’s most promising source of pure, raw fashion talent, hosts a catwalk show for Fashion Design major’s body of work. This show attracts numerous international editors from around the globe, anxious to see what is NEXT for fashion design and who is behind it. 17 student designer collections are showcased with the chance to win £5,000 from the event’s sponsor, Harrods, as well as the chance to show off his or her collection in the store’s windows.

Isabella Blow discovered McQueen here. Katharine Hamnett graduated from CSM in 1969 and is famed for her political designs. Her slogan t-shirts are iconic to this day. John Galliano graduated in 1984. Giles Deacon graduated in 1992. He worked for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Bottega Veneta and Gucci before setting up his own successful label in 2004.

What do you think of the current talent? Are these designer’s predicting what’s to come in your eyes? Are these looks wearable? Inspired? Desirable? Click here to view a slide show of my favourite looks from the show.

Featured Member: Elegantmusings


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from the Washington, D.C. area and now live in Florida with my husband.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh—I started sewing so long ago I can’t really remember! I’ve been interested in sewing since I was about 5 years old; I used to make a lot of dolls clothes and such, so I think those would have been my first projects. I am basically self-taught when it comes to my sewing skills: I have read a lot of books on everything from general sewing to patternmaking—I’m a sewing geek, I guess! The internet has been an invaluable tool for expanding my knowledge and learning new skills, along with a few classes and interning for a short period with a pattern designer.

Rodarte for Target


Rodarte’s exclusive line for Target has arrived (well, it’s old news now but I’ve just gotten around to putting together some shots from the look-book). What do you think about this collection, with pieces starting at $12.99? Anna Sui’s Target line is in stores now and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s American pop inspired line hits store March 7th.

Last week to enter the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo


Just a reminder, you have until 11:59pm EST January 31st 2010 to either upload or email an image of the completed Pink & Red garment to BurdaStyle. So many great projects have already come in and we are excited to see what is to come! See all the rules here

Basic Fabric Terminology


Hi Everyone,
We would like to introduce you to our newest blogger, Liesl Gibson. Having earned her degree from FIT here in New York, she has worked for high profile brands as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. After the birth of the daughter, she was disappointed by the lack of contemporary design and the outdated fit specifications she found in most kids patterns. So what did she do? She started her own line of amazingly beautiful patterns for kids under the name Oliver + S. Take a look at her patterns and projects here on BurdaStyle.
So, without further ado, here is Liesl.

In upcoming months, I’ll be writing a series of posts here about fabric. Topics will range from how to select appropriate cotton prints for your projects, to the different types of fabrics available for garment sewing, to how designers create a collection of printed fabrics.

Oh Anni...


This past weekend my friend Julia came to visit me from Boston. There’s nothing like good old pals. On Saturday we went to the High Line in Chelsea, to take in the view and walk in the sun, and, after trying on every single perfume in the Comme des Garcons shop we drifted to the MoMa where we saw the stunning Bauhaus exhibition.

I am already familiar with the constructivist-style collages and paintings of my favorite artist, László Moholy-Nagy, and it was a thrill to see many of his pieces up close, but what blew my mind was the textile work of Anni Albers. Utilizing a mechanical Jacquard loom invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801, Albers created mathematically inspired rugs and drapery that, to me, would make the most astounding textiles even today. The Jacquard loom uses a punch card system which was an important conceptual precursor to the development of computer programming. One is able to create extremely complex designs, seeing that these looms often have thousands of threads and can take days to re-thread. Hanging next to the draperies were numerous renderings in gouache depicting design patterns for the loom. The complexity and harmony so moving.



Being a person who crafts, it’s important to know that there are some things that must never be made. What are they? A Craftastrophe. Craftastrophe’s site is devoted to showcasing some of the weird and unusual handmade items that appear on the web spruced up with hilarious commentary. While some are amazing, others are downright, well, wrong. Like the tagline states, “because handmade isn’t always pretty.”

Tweet to Win with BurdaStyle!


On Friday, January 29th, BurdaStyle will host its first ever Twitter contest!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Mad Men Headbands


If you are a fan of BurdaStyle and have also hopped on the Mad Men bandwagon (impatiently waiting for Season 4), you are no doubt captivated by the fashion and accessories splashed across every scene. Alicia Kachmar, expert crafter and blogger, is also a fan and decided to whip these super-cute headbands just for our BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs!

Featured Member: Bows


1.Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Im from, and currently living in, Guelph Ontario Canada

2.What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I think the first thing I made (or attempted to make) was a skirt. I was like 10 and it was hand sown and didn’t fit or look good at all. I don’t think I ever even wore it!
12 years later my sister got a sewing machine for her birthday and I just thought id try it out! It took me about a month to figure out how to even tread it but after that I just couldn’t stop sewing. So I’ve been sewing and teaching myself for about 7 months now and this is where I am.

SPOTTED: People Having Fun With Winter Dress


I just bought some red lip tint and rosebud salve and I am already feeling better about these gloomy winter days. Why? Because there is hope. I took an imaginary trip to the Nordic countries and found, thanks to The Sartorialist & CopenhagenStreetStyle some hidden diamonds in the rough.

Trends Spotted
Vintage. Back in the olden days they knew how to make a warm coat. Before fleece and technologically enhanced textiles a good old fashion down-stuffed parka or a wool peacoat was worn in the winter months. But sometimes these lovely finds just don’t seem to fit. Here’s a How To Reszie A Vintage Jacket Tutorial for you.

Going Up. No matter the coat you’re wear- stay warm! stay dry! if you find yourself on a fair day with no rain in the forecast, don a pair of wedge heels with some warm tights. Not only does they raise you up, they lift your spirits too. (I am actually wearing some today and feeling lighter)

Paint it Red. It was all over the Spring/Summer runways on people’s lips, nails & cheeks- and is spotted now all over the streets. (Personally I dislike lipstick, hence the tint & rosebud salve I’ll don instead and the smell is aromatheraputic). Whatever the day, whether dull or drab, red is exciting & fresh and a welcomed relief from the monotony of winter.

Chunky Scarves. The bigger, the better. My mother got me Yokoo’s Pembroke Cowl for Christmas and I actually get excited to go out just to wear it. I wrap it around my neck twice then pull over my head as a hood. So cozy.

Mr. Fox. Love it or hate it, I’ve seen many a gal wrapped up in huge vintage fur coats, hats, boots & stoles. It is a guaranteed method to channel your inner spirit animal towards staying warm if you don’t mind the possible repercussions.

Plaid. For many years, brands like Woolrich and international Army regiments have been making toasty lined woolen plaid coats for guys & dolls. Check out this plaid coat made from the Elizabeth pattern b one of our users to inspiration.

300,000 Members! Woo Hoo!


We have over 300,000 members, how crazy is that??? Remember back in the summer of ought eight we celebrated 100,000? Oh how we have grown! Keep up the amazing work, you are an inspiration to everyone on the site. We can’t wait for the next milestone, half a million members!

We're Heading West!


Carol and I are heading out to Anaheim, CA for the Craft and Hobby Associations Super Show. We are going to be checking out all kinds of crafty techniques and products. Though the show is full of awesome crafts (who knew scrapbooking was so big?!?) we will probably be spending the majority of our time in the National Sewing Council Pavillion. We are very excited to learn all the new techniques, shop a little and participate in a few make and takes. Learn more about the National Sewing Council Pavillion here.

Are any of you planning on attending the Super Show? Come meet us! We will be at the NSC Pavilion on Saturday from 10am-12pm, (booth # 929) Just ask for Alden or Carol!

Full of Pride & Prejudice


Last Spring my boyfriend & I bought a home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. After looking at dozens of old brownstones which had been raped & pillaged over the years (i.e. modernized with cheap, synthetic materials & cheated of their original charm), we found a diamond in the rough: a modest brownstone circa 1877 with most of it’s original details intact, but desperately needing some love and tons of work. Over the months we have been reviving this old house of it’s strong points and step by step, day by day, making it more livable and improved.

Our bedroom is finally finished and so far it’s my favorite room (as I love to sleep), and we can lay in bed at night and watch films. The point of this post is that I have become completely obsessed with films which were set in the time our house was current, and Jane Austen’s novels behold the stuff of which I am fawning over: Victorian decor & Regency dress. (Though the Regency was from 1811-1820, the fashion aesthetic appears in these films more broadly via artistic license. It was the time of transition between the Georgian and Victorian eras).

Think empire waists with gathered, waterfall skirts. The dresses were modest, lacking the forced silhouette of extremely tight corsets with bursting cleavage, and underneath a simple chemisette (a side opening half-blouse) was worn, which made for a Classical look, inspired by Grecian draped gowns. Normally made from embroidered fine white lawn, muslin or batiste these dresses were primarily made in white (which can easily soil), which symbolized social status. Austen’s heroines always wear a small, cropped jacket over one of the empire waist dresses when outside, lace up leather boots and a pair of short leather gloves.

Above is a collage I’ve created of Regency dress and how to interpret that into a modern wardrobe. Our Francesca Dress offers a very similar silhouette. Enjoy!


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