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Meet the Designer: Fotoula Lambros

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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.

It's Sew Easy: Sweater Remake with Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving

If you don’t always have the time (or the patience) to make a garment from start to finish, another great way to exercise your sewing capabilities is by giving the clothes you already own a little make over. In this edition of the nationally syndicated sewing show It’s Sew Easy, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving from Stitch magazine show you how to give a basic sweater a new edge with just a few snips and stitches. Check out their fun and easy project and get inspired to search your closet and let the make over begin!

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

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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!

Couture Sewing: Darts

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With the cold weather setting in the Northern hemisphere, what’s better than to wrap yourself in warm woolen garments? Especially if they are made by yourself.

A few couture techniques may help you achieve more professional and polished look for your next tweed blazer or bouclé dress. A seemingly basic construction element – a dart – can be key in accomplishing this task.

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!

What to Make Right Now

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This week we’re excited to reveal 6 gorgeous patterns all made from rich and romantic reds. Looking for a blazer or a duffel coat, or the perfect holiday ensemble? Check these out and get sewing!

Get Ready for the 2011 BurdaStyle Holiday Giveaway!

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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!

Featured Member: janene

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Where are you from and where do you live now? What do you do other than sewing?
I was born in Surrey, England but eventually settled in West London where I work as a freelance Graphic Designer. My work is very creative and varied, and I currently have the absolute pleasure of designing childrens books. That said, I crave sewing time and my obsession grows by the day!

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: The Pencil Skirt

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A classic piece that can easily transition into just about any style, the pencil skirt is not only a great wardrobe staple but it’s also the perfect project for beginners. Check out one of our favorite pencil skirt patterns and 3 different ways you can create and style yours to make it truly your own!

Style Sheets: Vintage Autumn Fashions

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There are a lot of reasons why fall is the unchallenged queen of all seasons for me. The blazing leaves, the smell in the air, and yes… the plaid! Dipping temperatures are perfect for my more-is-more fashion philosophy and it’s made all the happier whenever I can incorporate a whole lotta chunky textures and a profusion of prints. It’s especially exciting this season as colors, prints and layers dominate the runways as well as the streets. Consider this look at similarly inspired glories of autumn fashions from the past as a love letter to my most favorite 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 ONE MORE "My Double Deluxe" Dress Form from Dritz!

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[Updated 12/1/2011] – Congratulations to diediedarling, who was picked at random to win this giveaway!

Featured Member: remostar

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Where are you from and where do you live? What do you do other than sewing?
I was born in Oakland, California. The Navy moved my family to Jacksonville, Florida where I was raised since I was 4 years old.

Our Terms Section Needs YOU!

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We have an amazing Terms section, filled with a huge selection of key sewing and craft words. We want to spruce this section up a bit, and would love your help!

Smells Like Teen Spirit: 7 New Grunge-Inspired Women's Sewing Patterns

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If you’re a fan of early 90s grunge looks a la Kurt Cobain, the perfect leather trousers paired with a chambray button-down, or mixing petticoats with plaid jackets, these patterns are for you. Read on to see all of the details!

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