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What's Your Take On Plaid?


What are your thoughts on plaid (or tartan)— one of the most popular and classic woven textiles in the world? (Pictured above: Missoni, Sonia Rykiel and Versus)

Behind the Scenes: Karl Lagerfeld Prepares for Chanel Couture Spring Show

Hilary Alexander from The Telegraph (side note: does her fur hat have a tail?!) interviews Karl Lagerfeld as he gets ready to debut his Spring 2011 couture collection for Chanel. Lagerfeld admits to Alexander that he still thinks of himself as lazy and that he is often running late, not because he is being rude but because he never remembers to look at his watch. It’s interesting to see someone like Lagerfeld who is so lauded by the fashion world be so self-critical. Especially amidst the astounding praise he receives as the Creative Director for Chanel and head designer for Fendi. And lazy? This man designs upwards of 6 collections (Spring and Fall Ready-to-Wear, Pre-Fall, Resort, Spring and Fall Couture) for Chanel a year, not to mention the regular season collections for Fendi. Lazy, Mr. Lagerfeld? I doubt so, very much.

Meet the Winners: Clean House with Krrb Corner Contest!


We are so excited to announce the winners of the Clean House with Krrb Corner Contest! Congratulations to all who participated, you now have more room to sew!

Krrb is a fun, friendly and safe place to buy, sell, trade, borrow or give to your neighbors — locally and in-person. Each person on Krrb gets their own personal ‘corner’ shop—think of it as a virtual garage sale—where you can post your own classified listings and interact with other users.

Get to Know Nancy Zieman and Comment to Win Her New Book, Nancy's 101 Favorite Notions!


Have you ever dreamed of hosting your own sewing program or growing your small Etsy shop to a multimillion dollar business? Well, to BurdaStyle members who may not know her, we are happy to introduce the inspirational story of Nancy Zieman. For many women around the world, Nancy is the woman who taught us how to sew just about anything! She is probably best known as the host of the longest-running sewing-oriented series on US Public Broadcast Television – ‘Sewing with Nancy’. From modest beginnings she has created a remarkable tapestry of internationally recognized sewing businesses.

Sewing with SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show: Make Your Own Reversible Purse


Each month Singer Sewing Company hosts a sewing class for the employees at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (aren’t they lucky!). For our third installment of SEWING MADE EASY™ how-to video series, one of those employees, Jamila Jordan, joins Martha to show off how to make a super cute reversible purse using the SINGER® Curvy™ sewing machine. The template and instructions for this adorable bag are available here so you can whip up your own version at home!

Planning Your Spring Sewing Projects


Snow may still be on the ground, but spring is right around the corner. For many of us, we’re still busily sewing for winter. However, for others, preparations for a new spring wardrobe has begun. If you’re ready to ditch the wool then here’s a few tips on how to jump start your spring fashions:

Printed Matter Part II: Make Those Prints Yourself!


What’s better than crafting your own one-of-a-kind garment? Making the fabric you use to craft your super one-of-a-kind garment! After posting yesterday’s prints and patterns inspiration, I thought it might be great to show you guys a few ways to make those prints yourself. Fabric companies don’t always bestow us with the most…uh, fashionable prints (dinosaurs and stars, anyone?) and often times the idea we see in our heads is hard to find in real life. I think that’s the reason many of us sew, to make the things we want but can’t find anywhere. Check out these ideas – from digital printing to stenciling – for taking that print you desire and turning it into your own unique fabric!

Printed Matter


Are you afraid of prints? You better come to terms with that fear quick because this Spring is going to be full of them. From fruit bowls to flower beds to planets in space (courtesy of JPG), designers were taking inspiration from loads of different places and splashing them on everything from tops to jumpsuits for their collections. Check out the most popular – and eye popping – prints of the season and try the trend out on a few patterns perfect for testing out the look!

Etsy Success Symposium


We know many of our members are Etsy enthusiasts, so we are excited to share this AWESOME opportunity!

Etsy is hosting a day of workshops for long time or full time Etsy sellers at Etsy Labs in DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York on February 8, 2011!

Attendees will encounter a day full of educational workshops, networking, and great food (Eatsy!). There’s only spots for 100 attendees, so hurry up and get your tickets today!

Shop the Garment District with Lindsay T. Sews


Despite reports of its imminent demise due to clothing designers and manufacturers moving production overseas, New York City’s Garment District is still the best place in the world to shop for fabric, trims, notions and everything else sewing- and craft-related. I shop there two to three times a week and write about it for my web site Shop the Garment District, but I still manage to discover something new and exciting every time I’m there. BurdaStyle asked me to share my Garment District store recommendations with you, so I’ve put together three shopping itineraries that can be accomplished in an afternoon or a day. Addresses, store hours and a map are all available on Shop the Garment District.

Mabel Pike: Portrait of a 91 yr old Moccasin Maker

Handmade Portraits: Mabel Pike from Etsy on Vimeo.

After a lovely visit to our dear friends at Etsy today, I have spent the better part of my morning poking around on in their video archives to find this gem. It’s a video feature of 91 year old needlecrafter, Mabel Pike who has been sewing since she was 6 years old. (She’s in her 9th decade of sewing and still going strong!)

Featured Member: melisloppa


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

I was born and raised in Norway, and I’m just back from Sweden, and living happy days in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Right now I have an internship as a photo assistant which is part of my Digital Media education at Hyper Island.

The Best of Upcycled Fashion on BurdaStyle


Take a look at some of my favorite upcycled and reclaimed projects that have stood out on BurdaStyle for their quality, good photography and fun styling! If you’re into reclaimed or upcycled fashion read on!

Comment to Win Robert Kaufman Fabrics!


Connect with us on Twitter or comment on this blog for your chance to win 12 yards of Robert Kaufman fabric!

Sewing Rooms for the BurdaStyle Book


Are you proud of your colorful, organized, and beautifully lit sewing room? A sewing studio with enough care can become a work of art! The upcoming BurdaStyle book is seeking images of your sewing rooms. Your studio can be big or small, beige or bright pink! It’s not about the space itself, it’s about what YOU have done to the space. We are looking for creative solutions to decorating and organizing. Share your sewing room with the world!


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