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Sewing with SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show: A Great New Way to Upcycle Your T-Shirts!

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Did you know that each year over 500 billion plastic bags are thrown away by consumers worldwide? And that it can take up to 1,000 years for those plastic bags to biodegrade? Kristin St. Clair, one of the crafty minds at The Martha Stewart Show, came up with a great way to replace those troublesome plastic options and get a new life out of some old tee shirts hanging around your closet.

Trousers: 5 Fresh Women's Sewing Patterns for the New Year

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Behold: I am pleased to introduce 5 fresh trouser patterns for the new year! Read on…

Join Our Team! BurdaStyle is Looking for Marketing Interns!

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Want to help out with one of the fastest-growing DIY fashion sewing sites around? Of course you do!

BurdaStyle is seeking fantastic online marketing students in the New York City area to join our team and play a key role in our daily growth. This person should have an interest in fashion, art, or design, and seeks experience with an online platform.

Proper Sewing Machine Maintenance

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As I gear up to change the serger blade on my new machine for the first time, I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone about proper (preventative) maintenance for you machine. Since your sewing machine is the largest investment you’ll have to make, it’s important to take care of your equipment!

Clean House this New Year with the Krrb Corner Contest!

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Our friends at Krrb.com cordially invite you to clean house this New Year with the Krrb Corner Contest. Krrb is a fun, friendly and safe place to buy, sell, trade, borrow or give to your neighbors — locally and in-person. Each person on Krrb gets their own personal ‘corner’ shop—think of it as a virtual garage sale—where you can post your own classified listings and interact with other users. By joining Krrb now and creating a fabulous corner, you can win a SINGER® Fashion Mate 7256 plus cash prizes!

Weekend Project: Warm up With Faux Fur

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The snow was really coming down in New York this morning. Although it’s pretty to watch from inside the office, it’s quite another story to be outside in it.

To be honest, I don’t like much about winter except winter accessories. Scarves, hats, gloves – I have too many to count. One accessory that I’m really loving for winter (and that’s making it a little easier to bear…) is the faux fur scarf. Dries Van Noten made my favorite of the season and I’ve been on the hunt to find one. Then I thought to myself – that has to be so easy to make! So I dug around the internet and pulled together a few tutorials that show you how to make really simple faux fur winter accessories as well as some tips from our guest bloggers for the best ways to work with the fabric.

What We Got: Our loots from the holidays!

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It’s the first week of the New Year! We had a blast in 2010 and what better way to end it with a bang surrounded by family, friends and of couse – presents!

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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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