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Beginner's Sewing Blog: Halloween Costume Countdown - Lydia Shirt to Dress

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With the recent cold snap, (it might even snow tonight) I am hoping to avoid the mistake I make every year. I always plan out costumes forgetting that it will be bloody freezing in NYC by the time I get around to wearing them. That’s why I have decided that for my Yellow Brick Road costume I am going to lengthen the Lydia to make a shirt dress. However, all my sewing helper buddies are out of the office, so I’m really on my own for this transformation.

Top Ten Sewing Accessories You Can’t Live Without

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Brought to you by BERNINA and the Sewing Republic

Having the right tools while you sew can make all the difference between a beautiful skirt and something that will go into your scrap pile. Using these easy little accessories can shave minutes, even hours off your total time. Check out this list… see anything missing? Let us know!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: 1st Meeting Recaps

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Thinking of starting a BurdaStyle Sewing Club but don’t know what to expect? Many first-time leaders share similar worries, but often end up having very good experiences! Here are recaps of two leaders who hosted meetings for the first time.

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Beginner's Sewing Blog: Costume Creation

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So, apparently it’s October, I’m convinced September just never happened. October brings good things: fall leaves, butternut squash and most importantly, Halloween. Better than the presents from Christmas and Chanukah, being stuffed silly on thanksgiving, or even my birthday, Halloween is my absolute favorite day of the year.

When I was growing up dress up was always my favorite game and Halloween was huge event. Some examples of costumes I have had: a waterfall, a fish in a fishbowl, a salt shaker and a Picasso painting (it took 4 washes to get out all the dye from my hair.) With September just up and disappearing, I have started to get a little panicky about not having a costume yet, I know I have a month, but I have a reputation to live up to! The trick is to come up with one that it simple, isn’t too big and is easily recognizable, like this one and this one.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: New BSCs Around the World!

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When checking the BurdaStyle e-mail this weekend, I was met with a slew of e-mails from people interested in forming a BSC in their area! What was even more amazing was that these requests came from all over the world.

BurdaStyle at the American Sewing Expo this Weekend!

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This weekend, we are heading out to Novi, Michigan for the American Sewing Expo! The Expo has some of the biggest names in the industry along with some amazing guests, and we are so excited to be making our first appearance!

If you happen to be in the Novi area from the 25th to the 27th stop by the Make and Take lounge to make one of three easy projects and a chance to win a brand new Pfaff sewing machine! With Pfaffsewing machines, Coats & Clark thread and Haberman fabrics, the projects are totally going to rock. We are also hosting a fashion show of classic and upcoming BurdaStyle patterns on Saturday afternoon, something that is not to be missed.

We are so excited to meet all our Midwest members, so come to the Expo, stop by our booth, say hello and enter to win a brand new Pfaff sewing machine!

Beginner's Sewing Blog: Vintage Love

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I’m throwing a party this weekend called the decades party, everyone shows up as the decade they fit into best. Now, you all know me, I should have been born in the 40s. I have the perfect dress, but it needs some love

The dress is a hand made beautiful printed pink silk floor length gown. Unfortunately, time hasn’t been kind to this gown, there are holes where the fabric has worn through, one of the shoulders broke apart last time I wore it, and the hem has fallen. If I am going was going to wear it this weekend I had to bring it to the office for some serious rehab.

Spolight on Designer Wenlan Chia of Twinkle by Wenlan

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We are excited to announce Wenlan Chia, an established designer of successful clothing, accessories and home décor lines. Twinkle by Wenlan, founded by Chia in 2000, has been rocking the runways at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week since its 2002 debut. Known for incorporating knitwear into collections, Twinkle by Wenlan has won international critical acclaim. In the coming weeks we will release two sewing patterns of hers, one of which can be found in her new book Twinkle Sews which will be released on September 29th, the other is an exclusive for you BurdaStyle members. But first, we would like to introduce you to the driving force behind it all: Wenlan Chia, Founder and designer for Twinkle by Wenlan.

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!

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