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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!

Vintage in Detail: Scallops


Scalloped hems, necklines, front edges and peplums abound in vintage clothing and making them is a cinch! Though scallops peaked in popularity in the 20s and again in the 50s, you can find them throughout fashion and design history. Want scallops on your next project? Of course you do! Here’s how to do it.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 29 Win Rowan Thread Collections by Kaffe Fassett!


Welcome to day 29 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win Rowan Thread Collections by Kaffe Fassett. Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Thursday, December 30th to be entered to win!

Featured Member: carottesauvage


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

I am originally from France. I was raised in the Loire Valley near Le Mans, famous for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. It is not far from Alençon in Normandy, a town known for its intricate lace: le point d’Alençon. [This feature is sponsored by the French expats’ tourist board. ;-)] I came to work in England in 1996, first in a small town near Bristol, then in London. I have been working while studying Fine Arts: I am a part-time librarian and I recently completed a research project at the Royal College of Art. I often feel stuck here in London, but I guess these are not the best economic times to leave the city. Rotterdam is my preferred location: it oozes with down-to-earth creative energy. There, over the last 4 years, I have learned how to hand process and print my own film footage (mainly 16 mm). I am a film buff.


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