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Creating Sharp Shoulders


While the dramatic shoulder pads of the 1980’s may not quite be back in style, these little pieces of fabric batting are making a comeback. Want to add a bit more definition to your jackets and tops? Then learn how to Create a Sharp Shoulder after reading this article.

BurdaStyle at International Houston Quilt Market


Last week BurdaStyle’s indomitable partnership manager, Carol, packed her bags and headed to Houston, Texas for the International Quilt Festival and Market. 50,000 people were in attendance for the week-long event showcasing amazing talent from around the Quilting industry, including Kaffe Fasset, Amy Butler, Michael Miller and our friends at Westminster Fabrics and BERNINA. We were excited to be a part of such a huge creative event and get a first hand look at all the beautiful and inspiring things happening in quilting!

Meet the Winner: Halloween Costume Contest 2010!


Thank you to all of the superbly talented members who took part in our Halloween Costume Contest!

GoneWandering‘s project Jaws Halloween took a bite out of the competition with her jaw dropping costume (I can’t resist the puns)!

GoneWandering will receive fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun, thread from Mettler, and her own BurdaStyle “Stitches” T-Shirt!

I can’t wait for next year! 356 days and counting…

Rate The Runway-- Project Runway Finale Show


Been keeping up with Project Runway Season 8? Discuss here!

Ruched Up


Ruched clothing is extremely tricky terrain. If properly executed, the technique can magically flatter all body types and make for some cool, avant-garde texture. However, if not, it can create a seriously tacky eyesore. That’s why I’ve pulled together some figure flattering and fashion forward ideas for how to incorporate ruching into your garments, as well as a few patterns that utilize the look in a simple, non-distracting way.

'Party Through The Decades' Inspiration: 1960s and 70s Afro Cool


The late Sixties to early Seventies was certainly an eventful period. It was filled with unprecedented cultural shifts, rebelliousness and liberation, and ultimately a new era of expression. Free love and peace signs appeared in abundance, and singer-songwriters poured their hearts out over strummed guitars and self-penned lyrics.

StyleTrek Now Offers International Shipping


Back in September we shared with you the launch of a fantastic new shopping site, StyleTrek, which bridges social media with independent fashion design from around the world. We also scored you the opportunity to save 10% on your purchases from StyleTrek, which was a bummer for a lot of our BurdaStyle members because the New York-based company hadn’t started shipping outside the U.S. yet. Well I am psyched to announce that StyleTrek is now offering international shipping, which means each and everyone one of you can score hard to find indie designers AND save some cash. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty sweet deal.

Featured Member: oranereuland


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

I am from Geneva, Switzerland. I also lived in Lausanne. About 2 1/2 years ago my husband and I decided to live abroad for some time. We first moved to Bermuda, a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We lived there for about a year and a half. We then traveled in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia for 8 months, before finally settling in New Zealand. We currently live in Wellington, New Zealand.

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Feedsack


When I finish a sewing project, the last thing I want to hear is “You look like you’re wearing a bag!” but for many women between 1930 and 1950, that was actually a compliment.

Buttoning Down


A button down men’s shirt, or a buttoned up blouse lends a sharpness to your look— it can instantly pull together a disheveled outfit and I love the sometimes androgynous edge a nicely tailored button down can give the silhouette. Check out these brand new patterns to make your own buttoned look!

A Sleeveless Trench and the Right to Bare Arms


It’s been unseasonably warm in New York the past few weeks, making it pretty difficult to get in the swing of Fall. Temps pushing seventy degrees don’t exactly get you excited to break out the jackets and start layering up. However, there is one option that will keep you looking cool while staying cool: enter the sleeveless trench.

Time to Vote: Halloween Costume Contest


Halloween has passed and it’s now time to vote for your favorite costumes!

Voting ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th in the newsletter and via our blog.

Your favorite Halloween costume winner will receive an awesome prize package including fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun, thread from Mettler, and your very own BurdaStyle “Stitches” T-Shirt!

Check out some of the looks the BurdaStyle Team sported this Halloween weekend….

Party Through the Decades: Contest Inspiration


The current BERNINA Party Through The Decades competition is one of our best! Not only is the contest open to each and every BurdaStyle member (finally a contest non-US members can enter)— it’s an exciting platform to showcase your joie de vivre in a fabulous party look.

Make Your Own Bella Trousers


Check out our members’ renditions of the Bella trousers!

Get an Early Start on Those Holiday Gifts


Sewing is one of those hobbies that can, when done right, save you a ton of money. With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be thinking about sewing up a few gifts for friends and family, but looking to save money at the same time. Besides the number of inexpensive and free patterns at BurdaStyle, be sure to look for sites that offer tutorials such as SewMamaSew, Craftster, and Cut Out + Keep. Free e-books are also available as well such as these offered by AllFreeSewing.com. Now what are you waiting for?


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