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Bob Martin on: Finding your Inspiration

Where do I look for fashion design research?

Flower Power


Floral prints dominated the 2010 Spring Runways and have been seeping into all areas of fashion.

Julia Sews

If you happen to be near a television set, be sure to catch today’s episode of Oprah. Her guest for this episode is actress, Julia Roberts. Even though Julia’s primary reason for appearing is to promote her latest new movie, viewers will discover her latest hobby….. sewing. Julia admits, “This is my new skill to keep my brain firm. I made some big pillows for the kids and some really simple pants for Danny.”

Comment to Win with Coats!


Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a 50-Spool Assortment from Coats!

Bob Martin on: Allowing your inspiration to lead you to Discovery!

What do I need to find and collect to establish a design process? What should it contain?

Bob Martin on: The Brief is your Friend


If you attend a design university, enter a competition, or are working on a project for a certain client or company, you are often given a “brief” to follow. The brief is designed to inspire you and outline the objectives and aims of the project. In a brief you may find the following parameters, constraints and conditions.

Make + Takes from Maker Faire


If you are in the Bay Area this weekend (May 22&23) you should come by Maker Faire and join us for a Make + Take! We will be having two, quick and easy projects to create. You can sign up for either the Easy Drawstring Bag or Roll-Up Organizer.

We will have awesome fabric provided by Britex, the four story, amazingly inspirational landmark fabric store in San Fransisco and sewing machines and a brand new line of irons provided by SINGER (who are also a part of the Swap-O-Rama-Rama tent.) Once your project is created, you’ll also be able to iron on some cool graphics!

It’s going to be a lot of fun! So, stop by booth 218 in the expo hall, pick up great goodies and create something!

See you all this weekend!

And the Winners of the Sitches & Craft Runway Competition are....


Those who attended the Stitches & Craft Show in Melbourne had the opportunity to vote for their favorites in the Stitches & Craft Show Runway Competition Brought to you by BurdaStyle and Tessuti. They voted and the lucky winners are….

Bob Martin on: Starting from the Beginning and not the End


Last time I posted, I talked about how as designers we sometimes start creating or designing way too early. Don’t get me wrong … I am all for getting a pattern or downloading one from my free patterns page, or one here on BurdaStyle, buying some fabric you love, and just sewing it together. I also encourage projects like randomly taking some embellishments, and or thread, and stitching them on your old Converse Chuck Taylors to give them some “pizzazz “. There is something relaxing and worry free about jumping right into a creative project like these without any preconceived ideas, or expectations…what can result is something amazing or something that is absolutely horrid… one or the other it almost always looks spontaneous and you almost always walk away having learned something new.

Help Those Affected by the Nashville Floods


Being part of BurdaStyle, as I have been for the past 2 1/2 years, you develop relationships with people all around the world. One such person I have had the pleasure to get to know is our member Ashchaser. When her status was updated last week to: “We Nashvillians need your help! Clothes, shoes, anything, will do!” I knew BurdaStylers would love to help. From Ashchaser herself here is a first hand account of the devastation and what you can do to help:

When witnessing the effects of natural disasters on the news you cannot help but feel sympathetic to those far away people, trying to deal with what has happened to them in the best way possible. Yet on May the 1st and 2nd my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee would experience something which has left me with so many more feelings than just sympathy itself. In two days our midstate received about 13 inches of torrential rain, making for the first monsoon I had ever seen in my life. On that Saturday it started with just flash floods, as well as the advice to just stay put wherever you are and wait it out, without panicking. Although many people like myself were out and trying to get back to the city, packing the roadways towards what would be the epicenter of the chaos. Soon the interstates were overtaken by nearby rivers and streams, causing many to abandon vehicles for their lives, and ripping up the asphalt wherever it was in the way. The situation became dire when those who stayed at home noticed that floodwaters were quickly reaching their back doors, and would end up needing rescue by boat with few belongings and their pets.

A Designer From The Past Comes To Light


“French fashion designer Renee Marciel once graced the walkways of the international fashion world. Marciel was known for sophisticated designs with a daring dramatic twist—think Audrey Hepburn in leggings beneath a Chanel dress, or Jackie Kennedy in an off-bias jacket over a short straight skirt. " Today, few people know Marciel’s name or her contributions to American fashion, but last weekend on Cape Cod (where Marciel would summer), Shift boutique owner’s Amy DuFault and Amanda Converse paid homage to this talented woman.

The Uniform Project Complete

Uniform Project Picture Book from The Uniform Project on Vimeo.

One of our favorite blogger/fashionist/activists has finished her journey. 1 dress 365 days, nearly 220 kids in school

Behind The Scenes

Bob Martin on: Introduction to the Design Process


The Design Process is a “Personal System” that a designer uses to take an idea… or rather a notion, and turn it into a well thought out design. Have you ever seen a design and wondered “how did they come up with that”? Many people often believe that great design just happens and that the designer is just “blessed”.
People tend to think that everything a good designer touches turns into something amazing. This is not true for any designer. There is a good chance that all great designs are created by designers who have developed and refined their own personal design process. They have found the method of developing their inspiration, ideas, and talents towards great design.

Featured Member: RachelNYC


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I spent the first 18 years of my life in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating high school, I moved to NYC to attend college at Parsons School of Design, where I completed my BFA in fashion design. I currently live in beautiful Brooklyn and work at wonderful BurdaStyle!


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