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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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{image courtesy of www.fashion-era.com}

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!

What to Sew for Spring

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Even though we have 8 inches of snow on the ground, I know that spring is just around the corner. For me, that means starting on a new wardrobe. With all the new patterns that have been released, tutorials on the web, and a plethora of magazines (not to mention books) that have begun stacking up, it’s hard to chose. So how do you determine what to sew first? A pattern that catches your eye? The item that you need the most? The project that you have all the supplies on hand?

And the "Tweet to Win" Winner Is....

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BurdaStyle member Nuiwida23!

Second Annual Kent State Design Challenge

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On the weekend of January 29 students will compete in the second annual “Project Runway”-type design challenge. Sophmores through seniors will only have two days to create a garment out of materials given to them by the sponsors. The fashion show takes place on Sunday, January 31, so they better be ready. The garments will be judged and the winner of the design challenge will receive a $1,500 scholarship from Coats and Clark and runners-up will receive prizes including a BERNINA activa 220 sewing machine from the Sewing Republic as well as products from Singer® Sewing Co., Haan®, Simplicity Creative Group. One lucky winner will even win an internship here at BurdaStyle. We are very excited to see what these talented, creative students come up with!

Raw Talent

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London Fashion Week [ Central Saint Martins Ready-To-Wear ] Autumn/Winter 2009-10

Featured Member: Elegantmusings

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from the Washington, D.C. area and now live in Florida with my husband.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh—I started sewing so long ago I can’t really remember! I’ve been interested in sewing since I was about 5 years old; I used to make a lot of dolls clothes and such, so I think those would have been my first projects. I am basically self-taught when it comes to my sewing skills: I have read a lot of books on everything from general sewing to patternmaking—I’m a sewing geek, I guess! The internet has been an invaluable tool for expanding my knowledge and learning new skills, along with a few classes and interning for a short period with a pattern designer.

Rodarte for Target

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Rodarte’s exclusive line for Target has arrived (well, it’s old news now but I’ve just gotten around to putting together some shots from the look-book). What do you think about this collection, with pieces starting at $12.99? Anna Sui’s Target line is in stores now and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s American pop inspired line hits store March 7th.

Last week to enter the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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Just a reminder, you have until 11:59pm EST January 31st 2010 to either upload or email an image of the completed Pink & Red garment to BurdaStyle. So many great projects have already come in and we are excited to see what is to come! See all the rules here

Basic Fabric Terminology

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Hi Everyone,
We would like to introduce you to our newest blogger, Liesl Gibson. Having earned her degree from FIT here in New York, she has worked for high profile brands as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. After the birth of the daughter, she was disappointed by the lack of contemporary design and the outdated fit specifications she found in most kids patterns. So what did she do? She started her own line of amazingly beautiful patterns for kids under the name Oliver + S. Take a look at her patterns and projects here on BurdaStyle.
So, without further ado, here is Liesl.

In upcoming months, I’ll be writing a series of posts here about fabric. Topics will range from how to select appropriate cotton prints for your projects, to the different types of fabrics available for garment sewing, to how designers create a collection of printed fabrics.

Oh Anni...

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This past weekend my friend Julia came to visit me from Boston. There’s nothing like good old pals. On Saturday we went to the High Line in Chelsea, to take in the view and walk in the sun, and, after trying on every single perfume in the Comme des Garcons shop we drifted to the MoMa where we saw the stunning Bauhaus exhibition.

I am already familiar with the constructivist-style collages and paintings of my favorite artist, László Moholy-Nagy, and it was a thrill to see many of his pieces up close, but what blew my mind was the textile work of Anni Albers. Utilizing a mechanical Jacquard loom invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1801, Albers created mathematically inspired rugs and drapery that, to me, would make the most astounding textiles even today. The Jacquard loom uses a punch card system which was an important conceptual precursor to the development of computer programming. One is able to create extremely complex designs, seeing that these looms often have thousands of threads and can take days to re-thread. Hanging next to the draperies were numerous renderings in gouache depicting design patterns for the loom. The complexity and harmony so moving.

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