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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

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,

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