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Summer Pattern Trends: The New Basics


We style three of hot patterns for summer with bright new fabrics from MichaelMillerFabrics.com.

Meet the Designer: Julie Pinzur


We met Julie Pinzur when she wowed us with her fun and whimsical designs at our indie designer fashion show in Austin, TX during SxSW. Drawing heavily from Japanese culture and style, Julie’s line Mokuyobi Threads is a fresh take on bags, accessories and clothing that encompass a youthful and modern sense of humor and we are excited to share her talents with the BurdaStyle community!

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Julie Pinzur and I grew up in the North suburbs of Chicago.

What is your design medium of choice? Clothing, handbags, accessories, etc?

All of the above. There really is no limit to what I can and want to make.

Into the Cloth: The Science Behind Various Fibers


Jeremy Fordham is an engineer who is excited about encouraging dialogue in unique spaces. He contributes to resources promoting Ph.D. programs and is an advocate of sustainability and green energy.

Fabrics are an essential part of everyday life. From their functional purposes as clothing, carpets and curtains to their to aesthetic incarnations as wearable art, fabrics have enriched human existence for centuries. While cotton, wool, silk and linen have been utilized by cultures around the world for generations, scientific research over the last century has yielded a plethora of new, synthetic fibers. While these innovations have made lives infinitely richer, they have also greatly complicated the arts of sewing and fabric design.

30s and 40s Fashion & Photography


I once wrote an article on Which Fashion Era Are You and learned that a ton of our members adore the 30s and 40s, as do I. Today let’s get inspired by the infamous fashion house of Madame Grès and some stunning fashion photographers from her time. Read on…

Making Soft Dolls with Lotta Craft

If you’re looking for a quick, easy project that’s great for both kids and adults, Lotta Jansdotter has the solution! Using her son’s drawings of super heroes and monsters, Lotta created adorable soft dolls using transfer paper and lightweight cotton fabric. Watch the video to see how simple this project is and try it out for yourself! It’s a great way to spend an afternoon getting creative with kids of all ages (and adults, too!).

The Romantics: 9 New Women's Sewing Patterns


For those who love old Hollywood boudoir inspired garb, or have a nostalgic flare when it comes to dressing, you’re in for a treat! This new patterns may just get your heart racing! Read on…

Meet the Winners of the BurdaStyle x Instructables Fashion Challenge!


For all of you who have been eagerly anticipating the results of the BurdaStyle x Instructables Fashion Challenge, the wait is over! Click through to see whose creation took home the grand prize, including an industrial sewing machine from Singer, as well as all the first prize winners and runner-ups.

Featured Member: table-calender


Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born in Singapore and spent my whole life growing up there until 5 years ago. I moved to Palembang, Indonesia with my Singaporean husband, Brian who helps out with his father’s business. It was a decision we both made together, to experience a different lifestyle in a foreign country and most importantly to spend time with my aging father in law, an Indonesian based in Palembang.

Besides being a wife, I’m now a happy mother to a 3 year old son, Kaeden. I spend most of my time playing and coaching Kaeden at home. I get to crafting and sewing whenever I get my ‘me’ time!

Best Patterns to Beat the Heat


Yesterday our resident sewing and style expert Peter Lappin lamented his wardrobe choices as summer’s blazing heat descends upon New York City. I don’t know about you, but I am seriously feeling his pain as my clothing options seem to get slimmer and slimmer as the temperatures get hotter and hotter. I pride myself on being a tomboy who loves her pants and button-up shirts, but I admit to completely wimping out during summer’s intense heat and find that it takes all of my strength not to wake up and throw on a giant linen muumuu every morning (call it my equivalent to Peter’s pajama suit).

Summer Style vs. Summer Comfort


Readers, summer has arrived here in New York City and it is definitely having an effect on how I dress.

In my heart of hearts I long to dress elegantly — head to toe linen, white shoes, maybe even a vest, like a dapper 20s dandy sailing on the Ile de France (that’s an ocean liner) en route to, I don’t know, Capri or something.

Toile, Anyone?


Do all garments you sew fit perfectly, readers? Pockets are where you wanted them to be, the neckline is not gapping and is high enough, and there is no ugly pulling on the back of your pants?

I have to confess, my early sewing attempts had a rather low success rate. Whatever didn’t end up in a UFO bin, was worn once at most. This is when I started this self-imposed couture challenge – I really wanted to wear every project I cut, with dresses that fit, trousers that don’t pull, and jackets that have flattering proportions for my figure. Have I achieved it? Yes! With the help of a toile [twal], or trial garment.

Madeleine Vionnet and the Bias Cut


Madeleine Vionnet was a revolutionary designer for her time; not as universally well known as Coco Chanel but just as influential to the world of fashion. She is credited with creating the bias cut, a technique of cutting on the diagonal grain of the fabric which creates a sinuous and slightly clingy silhouette. The designer regularly had fabric custom made for her as wide as 180 inches to cut her dresses from.

BurdaStyle Upgrade: Check Out Our New Homepage!


We’ve been working hard on a redecorating project and are super excited to share it today!

As you may have noticed, we’ve made a few changes to our homepage that we hope will improve your experience on the site. The homepage is your door to all of the exciting things happening in this growing community. During the redesign, our goal was to make sewing, creating, learning and sharing even more fun and accessible for our fantastic members.

Ladies of the Canyon: 10 New Women's Sewing Patterns


I’m super excited about these new patterns— they form an eclectic mix of desert princess maxi dresses that would just as gracefully float through Topanga Canyon as they would the streets of Brooklyn, flowing skirts and relaxed tops which can be cut from soft and supple jersey or bamboo for extreme comfort. Check them out!

Featured Member: groovymama


Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in Denmark in a small town called Hobro with my husband and our 4 children, Luna (12), Albert (7), Bertram (5) and Wilma (4) – and I’m dreaming of at least one more child. I used to be a social worker (and before that I was a bank clerk), but when we had our fourth child I decided to look for another job which allowed me to spend more time with my kids. I’m now a child minder and open my own house as a sort of day care center every morning.


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