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Alexander McQueen (1969-2010)

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With his bold shapes, cinematic flair, and eclectic color palette, Lee Alexander McQueen quickly emerged as one of the top names in fashion.

And 'The September Issue' Winners Are...

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From the site, our Facebook and Twitter pages, we received nearly 400 entries for ‘The September Issue’ DVD giveaway! Answering the question “why do you love fashion,” you all inspired us so much, and reinforced why we love this great community.

The Other Side of the Picture

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I <3 Olivier Theysken. At the age of 18 Belgian born Olivier attended the renown École Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre to study fashion design. He dropped out 2 years later to launch his own line. Creator of demicouture macabre, gothic-inspired garments the designer made his first collection out of bedsheets, though these pieces did sell well, financial restrictions led him to shutter the label shortly thereafter.

Featured Member: Catchannette

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Germany, but one might say that I am also from Taiwan. My father is German and my mother is Taiwanese. Also I have always spent my summer vacation in Taiwan because I have a huge family over there. So I feel like coming from 2 different countries.
I live in Dinslaken, which I guess is unknown to the world. Nevertheless it is a nice and calm place and it is part of the European Capital of Culture 2010.

Wardrobe Sewalong

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After Thursdays Club meet i was very inspired by the other members. I had originally planned to make Jorinde, Linda and Ute but discovered i don’t have enough fabric for the Linda skirt i wanted to make and realised that i’m not really much of a a blouse kind of girl so i’m in the process of rethinking my ‘wardrobe’. While i do that i am going to get started on my Jacket, i’m using the Jorinde pattern and have had fabric sitting in my stash for this project for about 2 years now, put it this way, i was pregnant when i bought it and Heidi turns 2 next month! Anyway, i’ll be doing the sensible thing and will be making a muslin from calico to check on the fit before cutting into my beautiful fabric.

Cool Things

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We’ve just had a photo shoot here at BurdaStyle and we are all completely ecstatic about it! You will find out more of this soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to highlight some inspiring things.

Sponsored Post: Hip Projects at The Sewing Republic

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You’re always on the lookout for the latest, most innovative projects you can whip up right at your own sewing machine. Finding the time, let alone the inspiration, is often hard to come by. But don’t fret, The Sewing Republic sponsored by BERNINA boasts everything the sewing enthusiast seeks. Whether you’re looking to spice up your closet with a trendy Scarf Dress, mix fun and function with the Juice Pouch, or sew something for your little one, like the Toddler Scarf, The Sewing Republic promises to deliver.

Get Inspired by Alabama Studio Style Contest

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We are so excited to bring you a new competition. It’s perfect for every skill level, and we encourage you all to enter! This one is all about taking inspiration from Natalie Chanin’s new book, Alabama Studio Style.

From her studio in Florence, Alabama, Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of the acclaimed fashion and lifestyle company Alabama Chanin, works with local artisans to create handmade organic cotton-jersey clothing sought by connoisseurs of beauty and sustainable style worldwide. In Alabama Studio Style, a follow-up to the celebrated Alabama Stitch Book, Chanin takes her fans on another compelling journey of creativity, technique, and inspiration, this time sharing many more of her beautiful stenciling, stitching, and beading methods, and a collection of over 20 projects, including her award-winning dresses and skirts. You may remember that last year we did a two-part series on Natalie’s amazing work and philosophy, which you can read here

Vote for your Favorite Project in the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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With over 115 entries this has been our biggest competition ever! Click through both the Part 1 and the Part 2 slide show to see all the entries. You must be signed in to vote and may only vote for each creation once, though you can vote for as many different entries as you like! Voting will be open till 11:59 pm EST on the 16th of Feb so get going!

Menswear Influence

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Today I am taking note of the alluring refinement of menswear. I have always admired a nicely dressed man. While living in Florence, Italy, I found myself at times completely awestruck of how magnificently the men were dressed- not to mention the women. In Italy, it was common for most people to own just a few high-quality designer pieces. These designer pieces would be worn and re-worn time and time again, such was protocol, and very well taken care of. How different this is from American fashion today, where many of the pieces the general public purchases are disposable? Transient. Fleeting. Cheaply made.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Message from a Leader

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Highlighted as one of our most active clubs, the BSC of Brooklyn, New York is filled with super-talented creatives from all sewing skill levels who come together and share their love for all things sewing!

Since it’s inception last year, their club has proven to be extremely beneficial to their individual growth as sewers. The following is written by Valerie (brooklynstitch), the co-leader of their club. If you are interested in forming a club of your own, perhaps hearing a leaders’ own experience will show that it certainly isn’t as difficult as it my seem. In fact, it is an amazing way to have fun with fellow sewers right in your area!

Sewing Vintage: What's Your Fashion Era?

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There was a fashion article on Jezebel over a year ago that’s really stuck with me: “Practical Tips for Personal Style Or, Why Not to Listen To Women’s Magazines.” This post was so interesting to me as a vintage fashion lover because Sadie, the writer, posited that the key to finding your personal style was finding the right fashion era of the 20th century for your body. As she wrote, “If you go through the major fashion eras of the 20th C, you’ll see that different silhouettes and body types were in vogue. Find the one that matches you . . . Skinny? 20s and 60s. Curves? Go for 50s, sexy 70s or 80s.”

Featured Member: Kszabo123

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Im an Aussie, currently living in the Nations Captial (Canberra). I’ve lived here almost all my life, but hope to move to Melbourne one day :)

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh. I think the first thing i ever made was a little pink jumper for my Piglet toy. This was with the help of my Grandma, who i used to make things with all the time.

Best of January

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Hey all,
Just wanted to let you know that the Best of January slideshow is up! Did your favorite creations make it in? Did your own creations make it in? Take a look!

Win a Copy of "The September Issue"!

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Enter to win the must-have fashion accessory of the year, The September Issue!

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