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Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - Paris Fashion Week

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Ok, I’m going to make a little confession: as soon as fashion week starts I always wish I had a fast forward button that would skip immediately to the Paris shows. It’s not that I don’t love what designers in New York, London and Milan are doing – but there’s something about the beauty and artistry of Paris fashion week that still makes me as giddy as it did when I was a little girl waiting by the mailbox for my giant copy of Vogue to arrive. Regardless of where your favorite designers show or what city inspires you the most, there were loads of great looks on the Parisian runways just begging for you to try them next spring, and we rounded up our last batch of favorites as fashion month officially comes to a close and we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring 2012.

It's Sew Easy: Make the Linda Skirt with Gretchen Hirsch

We were so excited to be a part of the new national sewing television show It’s Sew Easy and we were even more excited that our own BurdaStyle Ambassador Gretchen Hirsch was invited to host a segment using our Linda Skirt as her on-air project! Watch Gretchen to get great tips for creating your own vintage-inspired skirt, including how to use a horsehair hem for a super-femme, full skirted effect.

Shopping LA's Garment District with Sew Country Chick

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We truly are spoiled living in New York City with the Garment District little more than a train ride away, providing us with thousands of fabric, trim and notion choices at our finger tips. However, we often forget that there are abundant districts in other cities that provide inspiration and materials to sewers and crafters throughout the United States and the globe. One such district is in Los Angeles, California and guest writer Justine Abbit from Sew Country Chick documented a recent trip to the LA garment district to share her tips for getting the most out of the LA scene!

Fashion Design Collaborations: Which Ones Work?

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Many of our readers are not only handy with a sewing machine, but they follow the goings-on of the fashion industry as well. And if you’ve been paying attention to the current collaboration climate, you’ve noticed there are many. From Karen Elson + Nine West, Target + Missoni, to Kenzo for Opening Ceremony, which ones are a hit? A miss? Read on to see more photos and voice your opinion…

Enter the 2011 BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition!

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We can’t believe this year has flown by so quickly and that it’s almost time for our favorite holiday, Halloween! We’ve already started breaking out our favorite fabrics and wackiest embellishments in anticipation and now we’re giving you the chance to do the same with the BERNINA 2011 Halloween Costume Competition.

Show Us Your Sew Along Garment - Deadline Extended!

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Now that we’ve reached the end of our awesome September Sew Along, it’s time to play show and tell, and we’ve extended our original deadline to give you just a little more time to finish up those gorgeous garments! How did you personalize your Halter Dress or Pleated Skirt project? Did you follow Peter and Gretchen’s instructions word for word, or did you add your own ideas and techniques into the mix?

Upload your finished garment with the phrase “Sew Along” in the title by 9am EST on Monday, October 10th for the chance to be featured in our Sew Along slideshow and win fantastic prizes including fabric from Free Sprit Fabrics and an assortment of thread from Coats & Clark!

70's Glamour: 9 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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Are you a fan of wide leg trousers, long flowing maxi dresses, glitter platforms, Anita Pallenburg or Janis Joplin? If so, read on to see these luxurious new patterns with a modern take on the 70’s…

Featured Member: urbandon

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Where do you live?
I live in Sydney, Australia. Inner West Sydney is a real creative and quirky area –full of cool cafes and junk shops- I love it. Besides sewing I make jewellery from found objects.

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
Sydney has some amazing and famous landmarks but I would take creative visitors to the great industrial waste recyclers like Reverse Garbage or The Bower- both within walking distance of home.

Discover the Southern Women's Show + Comment to Win FREE Tickets!

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The Southern Women’s Show returns for its 21st year in Orlando, Florida, and you’re invited to join the awesome fun!

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - The Prints and Patterns of Milan Fashion Week

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Italian designers and fashion houses are known the world over for their luxury and flair for the dramatic, and this season during Milan fashion week it was no exception as designers like Miuccia Prada, Consuelo Castiglioni and Roberto Cavalli turned out fresh, fun and daring looks for spring 2012. Ready to get a jump start on the season? The Milan runways were full of vibrant patterns ranging from the pop art florals at Marni to the jazzy art deco looks at Etro and we pulled together a few of our favorites to inspire you to dig through your fabric stash and start playing with your prints!

Style Sheets: Looking Back at the Bra

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In the world of commonly worn apparel, no item comes anywhere close to having created such polarizing feelings as the brassiere. For many people, bras represent nothing more than a mundane part of their dressing routine, practiced out of practicality or mere habit. For others, this undergarment has far surpassed its mode of functionality to enter realms ranging from the fetishized to the political. It’s a pretty impressive feat for an article that spends most of its time hidden beneath layers of clothing!

With the October kickoff of Breast Cancer Awareness Month now being only days away, it seems like the perfect time to spotlight everyday wear’s most infamous article of clothing…

Sell Your Patterns, Designs and Fashions with TabJuice!

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How many of you out there have toyed with the idea of selling your amazing, one-of-a-kind creations? Whether you are already selling your garments or you’re just starting to think about it but aren’t sure where to start, let us introduce you to the newly launched social commerce application TabJuice.

Show Us Your Sew Along Garment!

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Now that we’ve reached the end of our awesome September Sew Along, it’s time to play show and tell! How did you personalize your Halter Dress or Pleated Skirt project? Did you follow Peter and Gretchen’s instructions word for word, or did you add your own ideas and techniques into the mix? Upload your finished garment with the phrase “Sew Along” in the title by 9am EST on Monday, October 3rd for the chance to be featured in our Sew Along slideshow and win fantastic prizes including fabric from Free Sprit Fabrics and an assortment of thread from Coats & Clark!

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Additional Steps - Butterfly Border and Belt for Halter Dress

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Have you finished sewing up your Halter Dress with Peter yet? Whether you’re just getting started or rounding out your garment, we have some great additional techniques from our friends at Coats & Clark to help you put the perfect finishing touches on your fantastic dress projects.

Also, don’t forget to upload your finished projects by Monday, October 3rd with the phrase “Sew Along” in the title for a chance to be featured in our Sew Along Slideshow and win great prizes from both Coats & Clark and Free Spirit Fabrics!

BurdaStyle Sew Along: Additional Steps - Scalloped Border and Zipper Piping for Pleated Skirt

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Last week Gretchen put the finishing touches on her adorable Skirt with Front Pleats project. How is your skirt coming along? If you’ve finished up but are still in need of some Sew Along love, check out these great additional steps from our friends at Coats & Clark.

Also, don’t forget to upload your finished projects by Monday, October 3rd with the phrase “Sew Along” in the title for a chance to be featured in our Sew Along slideshow and win great prizes from both Coats & Clark and Free Spirit Fabrics!

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