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BurdaStyle at Maker Faire


This past weekend BurdaStyle (along with 96,000 others) were at Maker Faire in San Mateo, California.
If you guys are not familiar with Maker Faire, it is the country’s best science fair created by Make Magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset.”
While there we taught hundreds of people how to sew using our quick-and-easy free make + takes with Singer sewing machines and Britex fabric. Check out our slide show from the event.

To all those interested in joining BurdaStyle, click here.

We wanted to give a huge shout out to those who made this event possible.

Movie Premiere Dress


My friend Elyse went to the Sex and The City 2 movie premiere this Monday in a dress I created for her with BurdaStyle and WOW she looked hot!

Featured Member: Rifka


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Israel, but left very young to spend my school years in the suburbs just east of San Francisco. I moved to Seattle 15 years ago and currently live there with my husband and two sons.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My first sewing venture was a western shirt for my youngest. It was sewn from a vintage pattern (Simplicity 7685), which is still one of my favorites. I think I must have made six versions of this shirt before trying anything else those first few months. I’ve been sewing for about two years now, but have been in the mist of some creative endeavor for as long as I can remember.

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


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