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Holiday Giveaway: Day 5 - Win The Colette Sewing Handbook, Three Patterns, and a $25 Gift Certificate from Colette Patterns!


Welcome to Day 5 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win The Colette Sewing Handbook, Three Patterns, and a $25 Gift Certificate for the Colette Patterns shop from Colette Patterns! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Tuesday, December 6th to be entered to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 4 Win $100 worth of items from Oilcloth By The Yard!


Welcome to Day 4 of our Holiday Giveaway! This is your chance to win $100 worth of items (of your choosing!) from Oilcloth By The Yard. Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Monday, December 5th to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 3 Win a Craftsy "Hall Pass"


Our amazing friends at Craftsy are giving you the opportunity to win unlimited access to classes, plus a chance to win an iPad! Answer their question below by Sunday December 4th, at 10:00am EST to win!

Holiday Giveaway: Day 2 - Win a Three-Year Subscription to Selvedge Magazine!


Welcome to Day 2 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Three-Year Subscription to Selvedge Magazine! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Saturday, December 3rd to be entered to win!

Meet the Designer: Fotoula Lambros


This summer we were invited to Las Vegas during the market trade shows Magic, Project and POOL to set up a DIY booth on the floor of the women/teen contemporary show, WWDMagic. It was a great opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the fashion retail industry and also a chance to check out some fantastic up-and-coming designers in the process. One in particular who caught our attention was Detroit-based Fotoula Lambros. A self-taught designer who focuses on eco-friendly fabrics and avant garde design, we were instantly attracted to Fotoula’s easy yet interesting style not to mention the enthusiasm she exudes for her city of residency: Detroit, Michigan.

Holiday Giveaway: Day 1 - Win a Collection of Titles from Fox Chapel Publishing!


Welcome to Day 1 of our Holiday Giveaway!

Let’s start the season off with a chance to win a collection of titles from Fox Chapel Publishing! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Tuesday, December 6th to be entered to win!

Tips From The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: Getting to Know Your Fabric

Attention beginners: Ever wondered what the difference between the grain and the cross grain of your fabric is? Or what in the world the word` “selvedge” means? You’re in luck because we’ve called on the talents of BurdaStyle member Sunni Standing (aka: sunnilj9) to help you decipher the mysteries of your fabric before you start cutting and sewing. Check out Sunni’s easy guide and stay tuned for more exclusive coverage from The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook!

Get Ready for the 2011 BurdaStyle Holiday Giveaway!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time for another round of the BurdaStyle Holiday Giveaway! We are so excited about this year’s giveaway we can hardly contain ourselves. Between all the amazing prizes from BERNINA, Blumenthal Lansing, Spoonflower, Brother, Rowenta and many more – we’re certain this is going to be a very, very happy holiday season!

Tips From The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: How to Read a Sewing Pattern

Knowing your way around a pattern before you start sewing will save you serious time and headaches down the road. Once again we call on talented BurdaStyle member Sunni Standing (sunnilj9) to help you familiarize yourself with the basics of a sewing pattern like the ones featured in The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook.

Check out Sunni’s tips and share your tricks for mastering patterns in the comments below!

Comment to Win Your Favorite Piece of Jewelry From JewelMint - U.S. Only.


Attention all jewelry lovers: JewelMint is a great club that offers you personalized, affordable jewelry picks straight to your inbox each month. Designed by actress Kate Bosworth and Hollywood stylist Cher Coulter, JewelMint is like having your own personal shopper on hand. Membership is free and each month you will receive personalized jewelry picks based on your style and aesthetic profile. Whether you’re trendy or timeless, JewelMint has something to suit just about every taste and at just $29.99 for each piece you can experiment with new looks, try a whole new style or find your perfect piece of jewelry without breaking the bank.

Tips From The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: How to Thread Your Sewing Machine

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook a great resource whether you’re a garment expert or just starting your sewing journey. Not only is the book filled with great patterns and variation ideas, but it’s also packed with loads of helpful tips for getting started including how to set up your sewing room and what tools you’ll need to familiarize yourself with before you begin. One major step in getting started on the right foot is knowing how to thread your machine properly. While each machine is different and you should consult your owner’s manual before you begin, we thought we’d call on BurdaStyle member Sunni Standing (sunnilj9) to show you the basics using a fantastic Confidence machine from SINGER®!

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook New York Launch Party!


Over a year in the making, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook has officially been released in the U.S. and we decided to celebrate by throwing a party at Housing Works in NYC! Friends, partners, contributors and BurdaStyle members (some even flew in from out of the country!) all came through for a great night of seeing new faces, catching up with old friends and celebrating our first publication.

Special thanks to SINGER® for making the party possible; Housing Works for the event space; Spoonflower for providing the fabric for our Make + Take booth; Megan Nicolay for her glitter tattoo skills; the great crew at Random House; the folks at Have Booth Will Travel and photographer Vanessa Rees for the awesome pictures; videographer John Sabia; and our amazing contributors, members, friends, and partners – you all made this an event to remember!

Behind the Scenes at The BurdaStyle Book Launch Party in New York!


Thank you to all of our amazing members, friends, partners and contributors who came out to Housing Works in NYC last night to celebrate the release of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook!

Special thanks to SINGER® for sponsoring the event which included a great Make + Take booth, glitter tattoos, book signings and loads of other fun activities. SINGER® was also on hand celebrating their 160th anniversary with MySINGERStory. Head over to MySINGERStory.com to share your sewing story and be a part of this historic anniversary.

Couldn’t make it to the party? Check out our awesome photo booth pictures courtesy of Have Booth Will Travel. Make sure to check back Monday for a full wrap-up of the festivities!

The BurdaStyle Designer's Guide: Your Business Foundation


It’s been about a month since BurdaStyle debuted the Fashion Designer’s Guide, and I thought I’d start by asking what’s changed and what steps have you been taking since we started? I know there is still a lot to go over, but I’m hoping even with the two posts under our belt you got the ball rolling or have some new thoughts about your business.

An Introduction to The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

November 1st marked the release of our very first publication, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook! We are spending the week eagerly preparing for our official book launch party this Thursday at Housing Works in New York and are excited to meet new faces, connect with old friends and spend an evening sharing the love of sewing and DIY.

In honor of our book release, we had videographer and media producer Dan Delaney create an introductory video featuring BurdaStyle co-founder Nora Abousteit and creative director Alison Kelly. Get to know the co-authors and learn a little bit more about the background of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, plus make sure to stay tuned for more coverage, behind the scenes looks and sneak peeks from our very first book!


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