BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Upcoming BSC Meetings!

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You don’t have to sew alone!

BSCs all over the world are gearing up for their latest meetings, and with the advent of our <a href= “http://burdastyleclubs.ning.com/&#8221;&gt;Ning Social Networking site, finding out upcoming dates is easier than ever! Here is a look at a few of the latest BSC happenings. Interested in joining one? Simply visit their respective Ning group page, or contact the BSC Leaders directly.

Beginner's Sewing Blog: Done! Well, sorta.

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I am finally pretty much done with my skirt, it only took a few more awkward moments and seams ripped out.

My lining is all kindsa crazy. We didn’t have enough big pieces, so I had to Frankenstein it together out of 5 smaller pieces. Some pieces just barely squeezed by, with slight chunks missing out of the bottom here and there. Attaching the lining was fairly easy, but of course, I did it a roundabout way so it took me much longer than it should have. Yet again, this is a good example of why you should read everything carefully. Once that was in place, I was set to hem!

Cardigans Patterns for the Fall

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Fall is in the air and the leaves are starting to turn. There is nothing better in the cool whether than to cuddle up in a comfy sweater, a good book and warm cup of tea. Before it gets too cold, make one of these for yourself:

Sydney Stitches & Craft Show

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The Sydney Stitches and Craft Show was a huge success. I enjoyed meeting all you new members who have joined since visiting the stand at the show and long time members who came to say hi. I was worn out by the end of the week, it was my first visit to Sydney and my hosts showed me the sights, i visited the Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and The Opera House at night!
I’d like to thank the volunteers who helped out throughout the week especially Turina and Cynthia who held the fort on Sunday morning so i could have a sleep in and breakfast with my hosts, thanks so much i wouldn’t have managed without you all.
Nikki.xx

Beginner's Sewing Blog: Well, no one can say that I’m not learning anything

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In my last blog I showed you how I successfully made a skirt with wobbly seams which was WAY too big, I certainly have been learning a lot making this project. I learned that when sewing two pieces of checkered fabric together, it is best to not sew at the end of a row but rather right up the middle. When you sew up the middle, the seam fits in as opposed to looking like a thick stripe, it also happens to be much better at hiding wobbly seams. So I went back in and sewed the seams again with this in mind.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Denver, CO, USA

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Nestled among Colorado’s mountainous landscape, the BSC of Denver, Colorado is creating a lot of sewing magic!

Back To School: Dorm Life Essentials

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As important as grades are, making a dorm room feel like home is just as challenging. We compiled a list of essentials to help you get ready for the big move.

Beginner's Sewing Blog: This Skirt Has Something Against Me

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I started to sew my first wearable project! I’ve been told the easiest thing to sew is a nice, flowy, simple skirt. The Linda skirt seemed to meet all the requirements so I set to work. As easy as the project was, I managed to make it a very, very difficult.

Now, all of you who sew and know what you are doing are going to think of me as absolutely nuts when I tell you this next bit. I decided on using gingham with all those little ¼ inch contrasting boxes; and as if that weren’t enough, it wasn’t the right width so I had to finagle it and add some seams in the front and back.
Between the little boxes and the new seems, I was hunched over the pattern table pinning everything together for over an hour.

BSC Update: BSC Brooklyn, NY, USA!

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On Monday, August 24th, the BSC of Brooklyn conducted their sixth meeting. Once I realized how close they were to the BurdaStyle offices, I decided to drop by for a visit! Held at one of the members’ beautiful loft, the five ladies and I had a wonderful time talking about everything from their current projects to Project Runway!

Perfect Fall Jacket Patterns!

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As much as students dread it and parents love it, it’s undeniable… it’s back-to-school time! What better way to start off the school year than with a perfect fall jacket? Go from the warm summer nights into cool fall days with these chic BurdaStyle patterns!

The Beginner's Sewing Blog: The Big No Sew

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Well, again, my time at the sewing table has been minimal this week, but that is because my ankle is the size of a softball. Yup. Softball. Wednesday night I rolled the hell out of it, so I have been laying on the office couch, keeping my ankle elevated and doing all the things I’m supposed to to make it mend…except for last night.

Last night we had our New York meet up and I just couldn’t sit still! We got to meet many of the incredible member/friends that we’ve made through the site (picture above, more to come next week!) I was so inspired by all these amazingly talented women, women who work so hard during the day and come home and

Wednesday's Repairs

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As you know, we have been fighting off the bugs you reported as fast as we can! On Wednesday the site was down for repairs and we were able fix some of the major ones that have been lurking on the site. So now, without further ado, here are the changes that you will notice throughout the site

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Columbus, OH, USA!

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Founded by talented BurdaStyle member Shaunda, the burgeoning BSC of Columbus, Ohio is off to a great start! They are preparing for their first meeting on Saturday, September 19, and hope to have future meetings on the first and third Saturday of every month.

For their inaugural meeting, they are going to do a simple “Meet and Greet.” All you need to bring is some creative ideas for future group meetings, and a couple of your favorite projects for a Show-and-Tell. Any of your favorite sewing tips and techniques are also welcome.

Time is at a Stand Still

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Bugs or problems of inconvenience related to the new site recent migration, search no more, the problem is, and I would like to underline it, Analogue. Buster Keaton lost his balance a long time ago for the purpose of his most iconic film sequence! The clock building hosting the BurdaStyle indicates an evident standstill, since the launch of the site. A historic moment needs a creation myth, a little legend. I noticed the inoperative clock the first day of my internship, I found it weird, New York is supposed to be one of the fastest city of the world, and a forgotten clock in the heart of the city, well…Brooklyn might just be in a different time-zone. That day, I hung around the block postponing the intimidating time of my first visit. As you can see on the picture (taken at 11.16 am NY time), the clock is stuck on 5 past 11, the other side of the clock on 11:27. Now you would think taking the picture between those to contradicting times may not prove my point sigh…

I am trying to help the best I can, but there is not much I can do when it comes to bug tracking, all I can testify is that it is nerve wracking for the team members. I have been working on a simple shirt involving knitted implements and a few how-tos related to it, sharing the pattern table with Larisa. For now, I am off to visit one of my BurdaStyle member friend in Upstate New York and I am much looking forward to meeting all New York/Brooklyn based BurdaStyle members. Until then, happy sewing!

Beginner's Sewing Blog: The No-Sew Tutu

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This week with all the bug hunting and reporting, I barely had time to leave my computer let alone get Larisa to teach me about patterns, so I cheated. I did create something this week, though it wasn’t sewn. I am kinda in love with it. It’s a multi-colored, floaty tutu for my two and a half year old niece (you may recognize her from the Sophia) who I am babysitting tonight.

This was a fun quick project to make, and I will be putting up the super easy instructions sometime next week. Time slipped quickly away all week, and finally at 5:30, everything slowed down and I was inspired. While looking for something on the site, I found this adorable project. I remembered that we had some tulle lying around from the Heidi prom dress variation that had yet to find a good home. At first I tried to make it out of a stiff, pink tulle. It looked good, but I soon realized that 1) it would not feel good against her delicate baby skin and 2) it was a pain in the butt to work with! I suggest using a finer, softer tulle if you are going to be doing this. Driven by the excited look I knew I was going to get, I worked away until 6:30 when I had a presentable tutu.

Once I arrived at her house I was greeted by a shreik of pure joy and the orders to put it on her, followed quickly by a please. We marched, and sang and danced for hours. After playing with it in every possible way (tutu, wig, lions mane, car wash) the princess of Neep-a-neep (as she wishes to be called) is all tuckered out and I

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