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

It's Show Time!

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BurdaStyle will be at the Stitches and Craft Show from Wednesday August 19th until the 23rd. Visit our booth and see our creations in the daily fashion show.

Entry is only $10!! Under 10’s get in FREE!!

Rosehill Racecourse, Unwin Street, Rosehill, NSW. Details of how to get to the show are here.

Check out the website for more details.

See you there!!!
Nikkishell.xx

BurdaStyle Welcomes BERNINA

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Hey everyone, just wanted to keep you in the loop on some exciting news! BERNINA will be sponsoring areas of BurdaStyle in the coming weeks. You may have noticed the cool Sewing Republic ad on the home page! BERNINA has also sponsored this week’s newsletter and will enable some blog content. Keep your eyes peeled for more fun stuff!

The New BurdaStyle

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We have received lots of comments on the new site and would like to thank you for contributing. We collected all the great feedback from the private beta testers (both feedback and feature suggestions) and are still noting all your ideas and thoughts from the discussion section. Our priority right now is to get all the bugs out of the system and then to work down your feature wishes. We have a tight budget but hope to implement a lot!

Right before we opened the site up to all of you, we had one last big final migration. During that transfer some lines got crossed, e.g. several comments and projects (formerly creations) got shifted. The development team is working on all these issues at this moment.

Please continue reporting any bugs you find in the forums, we will forward any bugs to the programmers. Thank you for your patience and diligence in reporting these issues! We will keep you up to date as soon as we have more information.

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!

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