Sewing Universe News Feed: 19 March 2008

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Bust magazine is getting crafty! On Sunday, April 27 they will hold their first ever Spring Fling Craftacular in Brooklyn. Not only will you be able to shop among 50 crafty vendors, but your ($2) ticket will put you into a raffle drawing for $2,000 worth of prizes. If you’re interesting in becoming a vendor for this show, be sure to fill out this entry form before March 30.

BurdaStyle Easter Egg Hunt Hint of the Day

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Here’s your next hint to help you gather eggs in the BurdaStyle Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!

A red skirt with pleats, you’ll fit right in with the bright spring flowers.

Letter From the Editors: Backstage and Bye Byes!

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We at the BurdaStyle team are just bursting at the seams with excitement! Why, you might ask? Because we just had an incredible photo shoot! With the help of our troupe of style mavens, this has proved to be the best shoot yet! Because of this, we have decided to go ahead and give you a sneak peak at our upcoming collection! Unfortunately, we can’t give away all of our secrets, but you’ll get the idea. Along with the sneak peak of the creations, you will see some of what goes into a photo shoot. We had so much fun, we almost forgot we were working.

Sewalong MiniChallenge- Voting Begins!

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Over the past two weeks, plus or minus a few days due to some technical difficulties on our end, we have seen a wide variety of variations of the Sidonie skirt pattern. We are thrilled and impressed by how many people stepped up to the plate! We have a total of 21 entries which are all beautiful, creative, and inventive, and honestly, we’re glad we left the voting up to you this time, because it would just be too hard to choose one!

Anyone may vote, even if you didn’t make your own creation. To view all of the entries, choose MiniChallenge Entries from the categories drop down menu in the Creations gallery.

Photos of the creations are also shown when you vote.

Choose only 1 creation. They are split between two questions, so if your selection is not an option in the first question, skip ahead to the second question. Please do not choose one from both questions.

Voting ends on Friday, March 21st, at 11:59 pm.

The member who made the entry with the most votes will receive sewing books full of inspiration and tips, cool sewing notions, and special BurdaStyle swag, as well as well-earned recognition on the site!

The votes will be tallied over the weekend and the winner announced on Monday!

VOTE HERE!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 18 March 2008

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The Commercial Pattern Archive at the University of Rhode Island is a collection of 25,000 electronically scanned patterns and envelope covers for clothing dating back to 1868. Even if you can’t journey to visit the actual archive, you can search a digital catalog on disk from the University. Just browsing the few sample patterns on the web site is loads of fun. The project is part of the “Save America’s Treasures” initiatives. [via]

BurdaStyle Easter Egg Hunt Hint of the Day

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Here’s your next hint to help you gather eggs in the BurdaStyle Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!

A pretty wrap top is just what the Bunny ordered.

Sewing Universe News Feed: 17 March 2008

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I’ve been a big fan of Anna Maria Horner’s work for a while. I started out being completely inspired by her gorgeous designs and brilliantly colorful work. When I found out she’s only a few years older than me and has five children (I only have two) … my admiration and appreciation for her unique designs deepened. When I start to get frustrated about not having enough creative time to myself, I stop and remember that people like Anna Maria Horner are out there creating amazing art, fabric and inspiration – on top of being a mom. I was really happy to see that Jennifer at CraftSanity has just posted an extended interview with Horner in which she discusses “her work, he being a mother of 5 and the challenges and blessings she’s experienced on the road to becoming the successful designer she is today.”

Sewalong MiniChallenge: Deadline Extended

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The Sewalong MiniChallenge deadline has been extended!

BurdaStyle is so sorry about the problems with image upload over the weekend! We understand that many of you were unable to upload your creations and How Tos, and especially your MiniChallenge entries. Therefore, we have extended the deadline for the posting of your entries.

All MiniChallenge entries must be uploaded to the site by the end of today, Monday, March 17, before 11:59 pm, U.S. Eastern Time.

Just for a refresher, here are the rules again.

RULES:

• You need to be a registered member to take part.

• You must use the Sidonie skirt pattern.

• You must upload your creation into the new ‘Mini Challenge’ category by March 15th.

• When you upload your creation you must give a detailed description of how you made your version of the skirt, the alterations you may have made and materials used etc.

• How-to’s and pattern alterations are encouraged and may earn you Brownie points!

The mini challenge will be judged by you the members.
Voting will still begin tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th of March, and run through Thursday. When voting you should take the following into consideration:

• Creativity and variation

• Difference in appearance from original

• Skills and techniques used

• And of course your favourite!

• You can vote once only

Can’t wait to see the rest of the creations!

If you are still having any troubles uploading your creation, please let us know by emailing answers@burdastyle.com. We will do everything we can to help out!

For official rules, please see here.

Sewalong MiniChallenge: Time is Running Out!

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There’s only 1 day left for the Sewalong MiniChallenge!

If you haven’t uploaded your entry yet, you still have until 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on Saturday March 15th!

Don’t forget to upload it into the MiniChallenge Entry category!

RULES:

• You need to be a registered member to take part.

• You must use the Sidonie skirt pattern.

• You must upload your creation into the new ‘Mini Challenge’ category by March 15th.

• When you upload your creation you must give a detailed description of how you made your version of the skirt, the alterations you may have made and materials used etc.

• How-to’s and pattern alterations are encouraged and may earn you Brownie points!

The mini challenge will be judged by you the members. Voting will start on Tuesday the 18th of March, more details about how to vote will be given at a later date. When voting you should take the following into consideration:

• Creativity and variation

• Difference in appearance from original

• Skills and techniques used

• And of course your favourite!

• You can vote once only

Can’t wait to see the rest of the creations!

If you are having any troubles uploading your creation, please let us know by emailing answers@burdastyle.com. We will do everything we can to help out!

BurdaStyle Easter Egg Hunt Hint of the Day

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Here’s your second hint to help you gather eggs in the BurdaStyle Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!

What do you get when you cross wind, bikes, rip-stop nylon and a load of creativity? When you find out, you’ll find an egg!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 13 March 2008

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Are you a designer living in or near the Dallas area? If so, the Pin Show is looking for you! They are looking for 30 of the most influential independent designers for their July show. Applications are being accepted until April 1 for clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Those that are accepted will be able to show their collections to before boutique owners, buyers, and over 500 participants!

Susan Beal: Sewing Resources in Portland

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Hi, I’m Susan Beal — I’m a writer and crafter in Portland, Oregon. I write a daily craft blog called West Coast Crafty, and I co-wrote Super Crafty with the PDX Super Crafty collective. I also have a new book coming out in March called Bead Simple. I love sewing and designing my own clothes and accessories, and I’m very excited to be contributing to BurdaStyle! I’m hoping to focus on indie designers and events, and all kinds of sewing and fashion resources for crafters. I’ll be posting every two weeks and I’d love to hear what you think of my column… thanks for reading!

Sewing Resources in Portland

For my first regular column, I wanted to spotlight some of my favorite places to shop for fabric, notions and all things sewing in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Many of these shops do online sales, swatching, or mail order, so even if you’re not in town you might like to browse their websites.

Bolt Fabric Boutique

2136 NE Alberta St, Portland

503-287-BOLT

This colorful shop has a well-edited selection of prints and patterns, from bold to delicate, at great prices. Look for stylish apparel and home dec fabrics as well as great extras like plain hemmed tea towels, fabric paints, indie patterns of all types, and notions galore. They also offer classes on basics and beyond.

Don’t miss: a great selection of graphic Marimekko fabrics.

Cool Cottons

2417 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland.

503-232-0417

This lovely shop, on the first floor of a beautiful old house in Southeast, offers a huge mix of fabrics for quilting, apparel, and crafts. The store is incredibly user-friendly, with tons of space and a gigantic cutting table in the back that’s great for effortlessly looking over all your selections at once — and perfect for quilting projects. The owners offer a regular open crafting night and classes in quilting and other home-dec projects, and they’re happy to give advice and tips on everything from basting to appliqué.

Don’t miss: their new quilt block of the month club — a 1930s project with a different Art Deco floral pattern available each month.

Knittn Kitten

7530 NE Glisan St., Portland

503-255-3022

This crafty thrift store has an ever-changing and ever-affordable mix of vintage fabrics by the yard as well as remnants, laces and trims, notions, patterns, buttons, beads, embroidery supplies, felt, and everything else you never knew you needed in the way of vintage crafty! The shop is organized by genre, with fabric and sewing supplies as a major component. The owners also take special requests if you’re looking for something specific.

Don’t miss: the vintage rick-rack, seam binding, and lace collection or the vintage linens room.

Josephine’s Dry Goods

521 SW 11th Ave, Portland

503-224-4202

Josephine’s carries beautiful, opulent fabrics of all types, from wool and cashmere suiting to dupioni silks and brocades, along with a nice selection of notions, patterns, buttons and trim. The shop has a fantastic sale twice a year and offers sewing classes at all levels as well. Look for the inspiring sample garments displayed around the store to get ideas on your own projects, too.

Don’t miss: the gorgeous Liberty prints.

Button Emporium + Ribbonry

914 SW 11th Ave., Portland

503-228-6372

This small, pretty shop carries ribbons of all types and styles, along with a huge selection of vintage and new buttons individually or in larger quantities. It’s just a few blocks from Josephine’s on the streetcar line — and one of the Portland Fiber Arts District shops (along with Knit Purl and the Playful Needle).

Don’t miss: the vintage glass and celluloid buttons on their original cards.

Fabric Depot

700 SE 122nd Ave., Portland

503-252-9530

This cavernous store carries just about anything you could possibly imagine in the way of fabric and sewing supplies. Join their mailing list or check their website for their frequent 30% and 40% off sales, which get incredibly crowded — but if the cutting counter is mobbed, just take your fabrics to the wholesale area, where you can have your materials cut and pay for everything at the same time, saving yourself two long lines. During the summer, they also have an Outdoor Sale with many fabrics marked down to $1 or $2 a yard.

Don’t miss: the never-ending wall of notions (especially during sales!)

Mill End

9701 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland

503-786-1234

This shop also has a huge selection of sewing supplies and fabric, including bridal and home dec specialty areas. Their laces and trims are particularly nice. Join their postcard mailing list to find out about their 25% off sales, too.

Don’t miss: The Annex at the back, which offers tons of yardage and remnants at a steep discount.

Letter From the Editor: Site News!

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We’ve had so much going on these past few weeks, we decided to send out an additional Letter from the Editors just to keep you all updated!

First, and the biggest news is. . .

BurdaStyle Easter Egg Hunt

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Hippity hop, hippity hop!! Eggs and baskets and pretty dresses and lace gloves and ham and cookies! All of these can only mean one thing, the Easter Bunny and all his fun is here again! We love Easter: decorating eggs, grass and budding trees, warmer weather and longer days… Super yay!

The Easter Bunny and the BurdaStyle team have joined forces to bring you a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. We’ve hidden 10 eggs around the website, and will be giving clues through the week. Eggs will be in picture files within content created by BurdaStyle. Three lucky winners will receive a $100, $50, or $25 fabric voucher.

Before midnight Saturday March 22, send us ONE email only to answers@burdastyle.com, listing where you found all of your eggs (ie: Osman Tie, Picture 3 or “Octoberfest!” Blogpost). Do not send an email as you find each egg, but rather gather all eggs into your basket, and then send us an email telling us everything you found.

Remember to include your name, user name, email address, telephone number and postal address.

Winners will be picked from the pool of people who find the most eggs.

You can view the official rules and regulations here.

Happy hunting!!!

Here’s your first hint:

Easter showers bring May flowers! You can stop singing “Rain, Rain go away! Come again some other day…” because you just made what?

Sewing Universe News Feed: 12 March 2008

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Recycled fashion is a great way to go green, and it can inspire some really amazing, inventive designs. Discarded to Divine is a recycled clothing design competition held by St. Vincent de Paul, a charity organization. The creations are nothing short of spectacular, and include a gorgeous denim wedding dress. Read more about the contest and visit the Flickr group for more inspiration. [via]

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