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We love the great business resources now listed, and are excited to present more in the future. Whether you are looking for places in your neighborhood to find great fabrics, notions or sewing classes, traveling and in search of a great local sewing lounge while away, or have a favorite local sewing spot you think others should know about, our Resource Map is created just for you.

BurdaStyle talk at Parsons


Hey Everyone!
Just wanted to extend this invitation to you, tonight at 6.30 PM EST Benedikta and Nora are giving a talk in the “Networked Design” Series at Parsons, organized by the ASS Graphic Design department. The talk will be on “The road to collaborative fashion design” and we would love you to come, listen, and ask questions! It’ll be fun. Find out more information here

Address: Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium,
66 Fifth Avenue (at 13th St.), Room 101, NYC


Not able to pass by? Watch the live stream of the event!

We are very excited for this talk and can’t wait to see you all there!

Calling All US Innovative Fashion Designers…


Calling all Innovative Fashion Designers…the Plastics Make it PossibleSM design competition began October 29th. Hosted by GenArt and Plastics, citizens of the 50 United States have the chance to win $10,000 and a ticket to New York city Fashion Week. For complete competition rules and regulations visit GenArt’s official website. The entrant must submit two separate, original designs of womenswear made entirely of these approved materials. Clearly the plastics industry is looking for some support, so if you haven’t gone green yet, here’s a chance to show off your talent in Lycra or polyester chiffon!

Submissions will be accepted starting on October 29, 2009. Deadline for entry is December 1, 2009. Users will be able to vote on their favorite designs from October 29 to December 15, 2009. Winner will be announced on or around December 21, 2009.

8 Stella Jackets


My dear friend Amy DuFault (who writes a cool fashion-conscious blog for EcoSalon) is opening up an eco-chic boutique on Cape Cod, where I’m from, and the opening ceremony is this Friday. Amy asked me if I had any jackets for the opening, and seeing that I am living in limbo, in the middle of moving, most of my patterns are packed deep in a storage unit & quite impossible to uncover- perhaps I don’t even have them anymore. Amy sent me the above (left) image of a jacket I designed a few years ago, closure being my hand-made sterling

Recycling Costumes


Halloween is over and as you’re slowly emerging from your sugar coma you are no doubt wondering, “What will I do this this year’s costume?” After countless hours slaving over a sewing machine only to have your design worn for a few precious hours, it feels such a shame to have to store your hard work into the back of a closet. So how can you recycle your costume? This article demonstrates 8 different ways (from places to donate your duds to links to reconstructing parts of your design) you can keep your costume alive for years to come.

Sewing Vintage: Three Essential Alterations for Vintage Patterns


Hello everyone, and welcome back to Sewing Vintage! This week I’m going to tell you about three of the most common pattern alterations needed for vintage sewing patterns. Personally, I like vintage style but I like the fit to be modern. So I make several alterations for a cute contemporary look, as well as for ease of wearing without vintage foundation garments like bullet bras and girdles.

All of these changes require that you start with some sort of fitting step. This can be a tissue fitting, a basted fitting, or a muslin. (Check out the book Fit For Real People for help with all this.) Making a muslin wasn’t a common practice of home sewing until recently, so the method used would be to tissue fit the pattern, and then machine baste all darts and seams for a basted fitting. Making a muslin never hurts, though, and it will ensure a perfect fit every time.

Amazing Halloween Makeup

So as you all know I am a bit of a fanatic about Halloween, but I just had to share this with you! Check out this amazing video from M.A.C., the Lichtenstein inspired costume is just mind blowing! Maybe next year

found via TashaMarie

Are You Dressing up for Halloween?


Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? If you’re stuck on a costume idea you should take a look through Alexander McQueen’s archives to be fully inspired! His runway looks are fit for the likes of Blade Runner or a Philip K. Dick novel, they are truly extraordinary! When I was little, I always went as a specific character or theme: Debbie Gibson, Fortune Teller, Punk- but as I get older, I find it more exciting to just make something extravagant (a la McQueen) and have a ball. We have some great ideas on BurdaStyle, like our Static Cling

Beginner's Sewing Blog: I Have a Costume for Halloween!


It is by no means done, but I followed your advice and have something that will certainly pass! I pulled it in here and there to get rid of the poof. Making it out of jersey didn’t hurt either, that little bit of stretch goes a long way (you were all right about the muslin)

I accidentally sewed the whole dress together in what I had originally decided was the wrong side out, I ended up leaving it because there was no clear right side/wrong side and this is only for a costume after all.

Featured Member: Susanne20_11


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am originally from the Netherlands, but I have been living in Copenhagen (Denmark) for the past 4 years. I moved to another country for my job, I am a scientist and just obtained a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Copenhagen. Next year I am hoping to move to Australia (Perth) for a few years, also for work. I am lucky to have a great boyfriend who is happy to move with me!

Screenprinting 101


A while back my beau and I launched a limited edition series of custom “I (heart)” organic tote bags & t-shirts as Dahl & Dane. The project proved to be quite successful, we were absolutely swamped with orders, and up to our ears in screen-printing madness. Currently we’re on hiatus from screen-printing mania, designing a new line I’ve mentioned in the past, but every once in a while I’ll get a very sweet email from someone who absolutely will die if they can’t get one of our custom pieces. So I really can’t say No…

Craft: Me, My Scarf, and I Contest


Our great friends over at CRAFT and SINGER have joined forced to bring you a fun new contest! Here’s a snippet:

CRAFT and SINGER® present the Me, My Scarf, and I Contest. Fall is upon us, and what better accessory than a scarf! We invite all of our crafty readers to participate and create a sewn scarf that best describes your personality! All entries must have some portion created using a sewing machine.

Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. PDT November 23, 2009. Each entry will be judged based on the following criteria: creativity of design, description of how the scarf represents the creator, and the use of a sewing machine in the creation process.

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- Looking for places in your neighborhood to find great fabrics, notions or sewing classes?
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Sewing Vintage: Vintage Patterns 101 - Top Tips


Hello everyone, and welcome back to Sewing Vintage! Through writing my blog, I’ve realized just how intimidating the world of vintage patterns can be. The prices vary wildly, the sizing is different from contemporary patterns, and the styles can be very intricate and complex. Not to mention how different the patterns themselves are: the instructions are much more abbreviated than today’s patterns. And some pattern tissues are even unprinted, meaning you only have perforated holes to guide you, rather than the nice black lines and symbols that we have now.

Halloween Costumes for Kids


This week I wanted to focus on an age group that we rarely feature: kids! As Halloween is right around the corner I’ve created a collage of some adorable costume ideas for kids as well as links to How-Tos, video tutorials, and patterns. Some of these costumes need very few ingredients to make you and your little one smile. Happy Halloween!

PB&J Sandwich

Basic Materials: Two square pieces of upholstery foam cushions, light brown and purple felt, suspenders, brown paint. Make It! -Kaboose


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