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Inspired By: Teddy Boys (and Girls) of 50's London


There seem to be a lot of trends from the 50’s being referenced in fashion right now. They say every decade cycles back around at some point, and I suppose with all the stresses of our modern world looking back towards the relative innocence and simplicity of the 50’s is comforting in a way.

Teenage rebelliousness was just starting to come to a head. The sexual revolution wouldn’t break until the 60’s, but you could feel an undercurrent of the youth movement making it’s way towards the surface. Kids were adamantly pushing against the status quo, embracing a look and attitude that was highly influenced by the new sounds of rock music and American counterculture – from their icons (Marlon Brando, James Dean) to their hairstyles (I believe it was coined the “Duck Arse”) to their music and fashion (Bill Haley, Johnny Ray, creepers).

Daphne Guinness to Showcase Personal Collection at F.I.T.


Things I’m looking forward to in 2011: Getting to peer into Daphne Guinness’ closet – even if it is only through her upcoming exhibition at FIT.

Starting in September of 2011, the ever-eclectic Ms. Guinness will be sharing pieces from her amazing and extensive wardrobe at the school’s museum, with the exhibition’s catalog to be printed up in book form by the Yale University Press. Close personal friend and muse of Alexander McQueen, sometime designer and aesthetics performance artist, Guinness is one of the most adventurous fashion advocates of our time.

Calling Future Sewing Stars! It’s a BurdaStyle Talent Search!


It’s Sew Easy, the new television program to be broadcast nationally (in the United States) on Public Television, is looking for a BurdaStyle member to star in a 10 minute television spot instructing a national audience on a BurdaStyle sewing project!

Vintage in Detail: Cording


Cording – cord wrapped in fabric that’s been cut on the bias – is an ancient embellishment that packs as much punch today as it did in the 1730’s or the 1940’s. Whether you use it to make appliqued motifs, corded pin tucks, frogs, spaghetti straps or piping, cording is one of the most versatile weapons in your sewing arsenal. Still not sure how to use it? Well, as with everything sewing, there is a lil’ trick to it. I’ll show you how!

Featured Member: mahaila


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from one of the most isolated capital cities in the world Perth, Australia. Only since moving to the other side of the planet have I realised how isolated Perth is. I currently reside in Berlin.

My Project Journal: 2011


Have you ever wondered what/how much you make in a given year? One of my New Year’s resolutions of 2010 was to journal information about the projects I made, chronicling what patterns (if any) I used, the amount of yardage, and who or what it was for. I’ll admit after several months, I just gave up keeping track of how much material I used (sometimes it was less than a pattern called for, sometimes I used more if I ‘experimented’ with design and it all became too much work), but I never stopped recording all the items I made…. and it payed off one year later.

Ballet Inspiration


Right before Christmas my boyfriend and I went to see The Nutcracker performed by the New York City ballet at Lincoln Center. I used to dance as a little girl and always dreamed of seeing this performance around the Holidays in New York— well my dream came true and we loved the performance, but for me, I especially adored the costumes. It got me to thinking about ballet’s influence on fashion and vice versa. In the collage above: Dujour Magazine: Such a Cheeky Life: Ballerinas, Natalie Portman in Black Swan, A Rodarte sketch for the film, Dujour magazine, Chanel S/S 2010

Comment to Win "Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred!"


Connect with us on Twitter or comment on this blog for your chance to win “Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids” by David Erik Nelson!

Meet the Winners: Handmade Holiday Contest Presented by ModCloth x BurdaStyle


We teamed up with ModCloth, the fantastic emporium of all things cute and retro, to get everyone in the giving spirit by challenging you all to make a holiday present for someone you love using ModCloth’s handmade and DIY section as inspiration.

Congratulations to the first BurdaStyle competition winners of 2011….

Holiday Giveaway: Winners of Janome Serger and Interweave Giveaways!


Happy New Year!

Congratulations to PriBing who won the Janome Magnolia 7034D Serger!

Congratulations to ivorykohl who won Three Sewing Books + Copies of Stitch Magazine from Interweave!


We can’t wait till the 2011 BurdaStyle Holiday Giveaway. Only 11 months away until December 1st, start counting down!

2010 Fashion Recap


2010 was filled with many exciting fashion moments. It was a fun and challenging task to browse through archives from 2010 to find the most exciting looks, so here’s a post with some of my favorite fashion movements from the past year. What were your favorite fashion moments of 2010? Pictured left to right: Cacharel, Giles, Louis Vuitton

Holiday Giveaway: Day 31 Win Three Sewing Books + Copies of Stitch Magazine from Interweave!


Welcome to day 31, the last day of our Holiday Giveaway! It’s been a great month, giving away the best products for your creative enjoyment!

We’re ending this years giveaway with the chance to win copies of 49 Sensational Skirts by Alison Willoughby, Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist by Meg McElwee, and Carry Me: 20 Boutique Bags to Sew by Yuka Koshizen + two copies of Stitch magazine!

Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, January 3rd to be entered to win!

Last Minute New Year's Sparkle


If you’re anything like me, you leave that whole “What am I wearing for New Year’s Eve?” dilemma until the last minute. Don’t have time to whip up an amazing frock or dash off to your favorite boutique to scoop up a new outfit? I threw together some super quick and easy DIY ideas for fun accessories that are sure to perk up whatever you pull out of your closet!

Full Throttle


Nipped waists, full skirts, feminine charms….the woman is definitely back! For Fall 2010, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Prada all celebrated La Dolce Vita, showcasing the finer aspects of the womanly sex and ushering in an era of full-skirted femininity that we’re sure to see carry over into the Spring season.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 30 Win a Sulky Thread Assortment!


Welcome to day 30 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a starter assortment of Sulky’s brand new PolyLite thread. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Friday, December 31st to be entered to win!


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