BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Seattle, WA, USA!

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The BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs are growing at a lightning-fast pace! New clubs are sprouting up all over the world, and established ones are gaining members, and having really engaging and creative meetings. Here is one club you should know about!

A group of Washingtonians with nine members strong, the Seattle BSC is excitedly gearing up for their next August 15th meeting. They are going to have an inspiring and thought-provoking look into the world of fabrics, ranging from ways to determine the contents within fabric fiber by how it burns, and the best local and online fabric resources. Participants are even encouraged to bring their own fabric swatches to share!

The meeting will be held at Stitches, a hip and chic fabric store in the heart of Seattle. For Seattle sewers,

Beginner's Sewing Blog: Project Charlie Bag Complete

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Charlie bag- done! So amidst the launch craziness I took a break to sew up my Charlie bag. I diligently cut and pinned (I think I over pin if there is such a thing) managed to stab my poor fingers a couple times but after a little while and couple of seams ripped apart and resewn, I put the final touches on the bag, I even used flat feld seams on the handles, see how pretty? I was so proud, I announced it to the office and slipped it on my shoulder just to discover I had sewn the handles the wrong way… I was so frustrated after this discovery that I sat down and my desk and worked on the site for an hour or so.

Once I had calmed down and looked at the bag as my practice version I set about to make one as well as I could. So I cut, pinned and triple checked my handles, flat felled seams no matter how often I read the instruction and practice, I always mess up. Remember, when using flat felled seams start with wrong sides facing each other, otherwise it doesn’t work.

After a day of work I have one correct bag and one semi-functional bag. I serged the edges because, we have a serger and, why not? I practiced on a couple scraps, it was pretty easy with only a couple little mishaps (the curved surged on the first bag missed the edge a couple times) but second bag went pretty well. I think I will use my new bag for a Saturday picnic in the park. Lets hope the weather holds out, otherwise it might be an indoor ice cream social.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Welcome to the New BurdaStyle

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As you can see after months and months of hard work and testing we have finally moved from private beta to public beta!

You may notice a slight delay in your access to the new site, this is because changes to DNS records sometimes take up to 48 hours reach all areas of the internet. If you are experiencing trouble accessing the new site these little tricks may help: try restarting your computer, clearing the cache or disconnecting from the internet, hopefully that will resolve the problem.

We are very excited to bring you the new site and offer you some long awaited additions. Once on the new site, you will notice an activity feed where you can follow your favorite members, you are able to view the instructions for a pattern before you purchase it, and Projects (formerly Creations) that you can make include step-by-step online instructions where you can ask questions at each step. There is more renaming: How Tos are now called Techniques and Forums are found under Discussions!

BurdaStyle Intern: CarotteSauvage

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Hello Burdies of the world, Guten Tag, Bonjour, Hola from Burdastyle headquarters in Brooklyn.

My name is Hélène best known as CarotteSauvage on BurdaStyle.
Last January, I wrote an email to the team and asking if I could intern during the summer, sent my resume, outlined briefly what I would like to achieve or which aspect of the position would be of any interest, together with an updated CV. The answer was positive to my great delight.

In short, I have become an intern as opposed to being an extern to the site, which we all have been for the last couple of years.

Imagine… wherever you are just traversing the screensaver of your computer; we could actually shake hands right now…. Anyway, I am more than happy to ditch the PC for 5 weeks I am after all on my annual leave I love involving holidays and involved is the way that I felt as soon as I passed the doorframe, or shall I say the studio’s’ threshold’, between the virtual and the real. I greeted Alden, Larissa the pattern wizard and all the rest of team. I saw Doryon ’in the flesh’ and was relieved that she is not just a romper-playing suit; accounting is no playing matter anyway. It is not the right season , just a few weeks to go, for Hikaru to actually wear ‘herself’. David, the only bloke around isn’t tied to his bow tie. I wonder where Ute is, in Munich perhaps. Someone said she might be a bit stuck up, but I have the impression just by looking at the way

BurdaStyle Fashion Show at the American Sewing Expo!

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In late September, BurdaStyle is heading to the American Sewing Expo in Novi Michigan and we are having a fashion show featuring your work. We are so excited to show all of the attendees the caliber of our incredible members work. Send submission photos/urls of your creations to submissions (at) BurdaStyle (dot) com with the subject line “fashion show” and you may be picked for our fashion show.

If you are in the Michigan/Novi area and would be interested in strutting your stuff (and creations!) down the runway, let us know! There is no “look” we are going for, you can be tall, short; big, small; purple or green for all we care. We would love to meet our members and see their incredible creations in person on the person it was intended for. Just indicate that you would be willing to walk when you send the photo/url.

Photos need to be submitted by Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 to be considered. Send us photos/urls of as many different creations as you’d like, we are very excited to see what comes in.

Beginner's Sewing Blog: First Pattern Project

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Growing up, my grandmothers were always sewing. Did I learn from them? No. Am I kicking myself? Absofreakinlutely.
Between visiting my two grandmothers and helping my mom with Halloween costumes, the sewing machine was just as ordinary as the coffee pot. I credit this exposure with my lack of fear when I’m around one. I know that for many beginners, it can take a lot of psyching up to even get to the point of sitting down at a machine, so I’m very grateful I don’t have that fear, but I do have another…patterns.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Perth, AUS

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The talented sewers behind the BSC of Perth, Australia are excitedly gearing up for their next August 8th meeting date! With four members and growing, the meeting is sure to be a creatively inspiring and fun time for all who come!

Hosted at the fabulous Sewanista studio, which features state-of-the-art sewing machinery, large working spaces and dress dummies, they encourage prospective members to come armed with loads of creativity and ideas to share!

The Merge of BurdaStyle and BurdaFashion

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Hi Everyone,

As you have been informed, in the future there will be a merger for BurdaStyle and BurdaFashion.

As you can see from the overlay, this merger is to integrate us with BurdaFashion in order to offer you the entire pattern catalog as well as content from the magazine. The overlay is to inform you of these changes in advance, we are looking at at least 4 – 6 months before the actual merge. Nothing is going to change in the immediate future, however it was important to us to share this information at an early stage with you via the overlay.

We are very excited about this merger and what this will mean for BurdaStyle and our community. Though all of this is in the very beginning of talks, we can share with you some information:

Get Inspired for Back to School

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With fall right around the corner, thoughts turn to heading back to school. Luckily we have started to put together some outfits that will help inspire you to create your own fabulous combinations.

  1. JJ (created by Ceregana)
  2. Judy
  3. Andrew (created by NattyJane)
  4. Lydia (created by Beckercs)
  5. Anna Boho Bag
  6. Bella (created by miho555)
  7. Kasia
  8. Anita

Get Your BSC Leadership Packet Today!

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Hi Everyone,

The Official BurdaStyle Sewing Club (BSC) Leadership Packet is ready, and have been sent out to all listed leaders!

Have you received yours?

It contains everything you need to start and maintain a successful club, including:

Beginner's Sewing Blog: My Style

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I was born in the wrong decade. I should have been around in the late 40s and early 50s. Between my broad shoulders, bust, hips and general aesthetic (see above), that’s when I fit in. But, alas, I am around now and though I love the majority of today’s fashions, they are made for the complete opposite body type. Walk through the streets of New York, look at the satorialist, or flip through the fashion magazines you will see somewhat waifish girls (small hips, small bust, small shoulders) rocking the latest fashions and trends. I long to wear many of these trends, but I also know that with my particular body type and height (I’m 5’ 11”) that they A) wouldn’t fit, and B) if I were to wear something that had no waist definition or certain kinds of empire waists I would look like

Top Ten Summer Dress Patterns

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The full heat of summer has yet to hit us here in New York, which is why we are bringing you the top 10 summer dress patterns on BurdaStyle. Perfect for the sultry month of August and early September these dresses will carry you through the remainder of the hot summer days.


  1. Azalea

  2. Maryy

  3. Mila

  4. Dots Invasion Dress by AnaJan

  5. Sabrina

  6. Kristen

  7. Coffee Date Dress by Elainemay

  8. Paola

  9. Ulla-Maaria

  10. African Dress by AnaJan

Awesome Bag Making Event

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This past weekend’s Bags for the People/Etsy/303Grand event went wonderfully! Participants were very creative and resourceful whether they knew how to sew or learned at the event. There was an abundance of bags made that were given out on Sunday at the Rooftop Farms market and will be given out at the Union Square Farmers Market. Check out photos from the event here and here. Thank you to everyone who helped organize and attended this event. For more information check out Bags for the People

Volunteers Needed!

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I need volunteers to help me out at the Sydney Stitches and Craft Show.

::Wednesday August the 19th, Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st.
::10am til 4 or 5pm.
::Willing to work between the Wardrobe Refashion Reconstruction Zone and the BurdaStyle stand.
::Must be able to use a sewing machine and know how to thread one.
::You will be helping people with their creations, keeping the area tidy and giving out information about BurdaStyle.

If you think you can help me out please email me at nikkishell@burdastyle.com. In return for your time you will receive a small thankyou gift. I hope you can join me, it will be heaps of fun!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Melbourne CBD, AUS!

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With 12 members and growing, the BSC of Melbourne, Australia is certainly a sewing super-group from Down Under!

Led by the talented and fabulous Nikkishell, this BSC is sure to have an inspiring and creative time at each meeting. For there next one, they plan to host a Sewing Swap, where members can bring in fabric, patterns or fun books to trade with each other. They are also going to dive into the world of fabrics and learn about different types, their histories and the type of fabrics that are best for specific garments. If that isn’t enough, a fun quiz will be given at the end where members can compete for awesome prizes!

The next meeting will be held at July 23rd at 6:30 p.m., and will be hosted at Tessuti, one of Australia’s best fabric stores! Participants are encouraged to bring completed projects to show everyone, a sewing machine (if available), and a desire to have lots of fun! For more information, check out their Ning page.

For comprehensive listing of all the current BSCs, check out our Directory. Interested in starting your own? Send us an e-mail at team[at]burdastyle[dot]com.

Have a great weekend!

- David
BSC Coordinator

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