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Retro Looks: In or Out

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Today’s Oregon Rail Dress got me to thinking about retro-inspired fashions— think Dita Von Tesse when she is offstage in a tailored pastel colored suit (pictured bottom right), or 50s-inspired dresses with full skirts and ruffles. Do you like this look?

BurdaStyle is 400,000 Strong!

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We are very excited to announce that our membership has now reached 400,000!

Comment to Win with The Global Fund's 'Born HIV Free' Campaign!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a Born HIV-Free T-Shirt from The Global Fund!

Show Your Support Bra Challenge

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This is a really fun and quick contest to join in on! The American Sewing Expo and Coats & Clark are joining forces int the Show Your Support Bra Challenge. Pick up a new bra and use your creative juices to decorate it how you see best: fun, serious, themed, abstract – just about anything will do. All entries will be accepted with a $5 entry fee. All proceeds will be given to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Online voting will determine winners, and all bras will be on display at the show. Bras must be new and covered inside and out. Make sure to use thread in any way you see fit.
Check out all the rules and entry form and let’s show our support in the cure for cancer!

Washed Out Colors: 4 Edgy Women's Sewing Patterns

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I LOVE washed out colors. The collections I design for my clothing line usually consist exclusively of black, white, grey, dusty rose, sage green— any color one may see a few moments after the sun has set, at dusk, when they sky is awash in washed out pastels. These washed out looks are super cool silhouettes for a muted color palate.

Featured Member: Cam557

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m from Casilda, a beautiful city in Argentina. After graduating high school I moved to Rosario, one of the most important cities of the country, to study Fashion Design. Now I live in both places.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was a bag out of old jeans, when I was 15 years old. I was so happy with it that I used to wear it all the time! My formal learning began when I started fashion school, but I’ve also learned a lot on my own, experimenting, trying different things, making mistakes.

How Do You Rock Gingham?

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Gingham has crept into all different types of fashion style— from hippy-chic, to rockabilly, to the pages of Vogue magazine. Do you do gingham?

Temporary Site Error - burda style Magazine patterns

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[Update] – All 404 or 500 Errors regarding patterns should now be resolved. If you are experiencing otherwise, please e-mail us at Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com.

Are you receiving a 404 or 500 Error when attempting to download a burda style Magazine pattern?

Cloth Napkins Elegance

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In this weekend’s paper, there was an article about “bringing beautiful back into your home”. Since I absolutely despise ironing, you will never see crisp, pressed sheets gracing my bed (not even the pillowcases). However, one suggestion I can live with is using cloth napkins. Not only is it ‘green’, but it really does add a touch of elegance to any meal – maybe I could even get the kids to use theirs for a change!

Five BurdaStyle Members Infuse GAP Denim with their Personality – Sponsored Post

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You may remember Alison’s post last week about denim; well she wasn’t the only one who got a chance to explore her inner stylista. About a month ago, five BurdaStyle members were chosen for a top-secret project.

Featured Member: kaitui_kiwi

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand and moved to Perth, Western Australia about 6 years ago with my partner. Wellington is a super creative city and you can’t help but become a creative person just by living there, the influences are everywhere.

FlyNY's Kite Design Competition

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FlyNY is New York City’s annual international kite design competition co-hosted by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Affiliate of Architecture for Humanity. The event aspires to inspire design novices and professionals alike through the challenge of designing and flying a kite. Join us in celebration of New York City and its Parks as a place of culture, community, and play with a fun day of kite making and flying activities. To contribute, simply upload your original design ideas on Architizer.com by August 10th and make your way to Pier I at 70th Street in Riverside Park South on August 21st to showcase your finished product. A special pre-launch event will take place Friday, August 20th where 40 kite designs will be on display for a jury panel, which includes Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity and BurdaStyle’s own co-founder Nora Abousteit.

We’re excited to be part of such a creative event, and can’t wait to see the innovative designs flying high at the Pier. For more information and submission requirements visit FlyNY on Architizer’s Project page.

Share Your Work with your Facebook Friends

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Facebook Connect allows you to share not only with the BurdaStyle community but also with your entire online community of friends!

Back to School Bags and Projects

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For some of us, school will be starting in just a few short weeks. Besides a new wardrobe, there are lots of other ‘essentials’ needed for the big day – backpacks, lunch bags, and even covers for new books. Learn how to whip up your own back to school gear with BurdaStyle’s Messenger or Diana patterns, and lunch bags (link provided in credits). Need a few more ideas? Check out these free pattern links provided by About.com.

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a La Petite Embroidery Kit from Sublime Stitching!

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