Start a Local BurdaStyle Sewing Club!

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[Updated 7/1/2011 – For information on how to start a club or connect with one of your own, please visit this dedicated blog post.

Badges to promote your BSC can now be found directly on site. Download them here.]

Several members have expressed the wish to meet with other sewing enthusiasts near them. So we thought it would be great to help initiate BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs!

A BurdaStyle Sewing Club (BSC) is a group that meets regularly to discuss sewing related issues. Each one is uniquely tailored to fit its members, and each leader is given control over what is discussed, taught and created.

Find all your Sewing and Pattern Making Supplies at the New BurdaStyle Store

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As some of you may have noticed, last week we launched an online store. In our new online store, we compiled tons of helpful products, books, and fabric . The store was designed keeping all skill levels in mind. Pick up helpful notions, check out our pattern making supplies and browse our reference library to further your techniques, all at the new BurdaStyle Store.

When the Ruff gets Romantic

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Hey everyone,

This week MerryK’s post is taking a brief hiatus (don’t worry she will be back next week) but we are still bringing you a history of fashion inspired blog piece, written by our awesome intern Rachel

It’s no secret that fashion repeats itself; rarely are trends and styles born unique and completely free of historical reference. How apparent the particular influence the past has on renewed fashion varies from trend to trend and often can go unnoticed. But many times a style is revived that can be dated back to its very invention.

Although in today’s industry, womenswear generally reigns high above menswear, there was a time when the two were equal, a time when menswear was just as risky and just as forward, a time when lace and ruffles served as symbols of a fashion savvy man. This attitude, however, dates back centuries ago.

During the late mid-sixteenth century, the ruff was developed in western Europe and soon became a wide-spread necessity. To this day it serves as one of the most recognizable details of the period. Although both men and women eventually wore the ruff, it was made popular by men, which can be said by much historical fashion. As all fashion is developed, the trendy form of the ruff was a result of a purely functional garment. It began as a way to protect a mans doublet, which can most be associated with a modern day mens jacket, from becoming dirty since washing these elaborate garments was extremely rare and often impossible. It started as a small removable ruffle controlled by a drawstring around the neck of a man’s shirt that itself could be changed and washed. As time went on, it evolved into a style, later becoming a completely separate garment that ruled the fashion scene. At it’s peak, the ruff could extend a completely impractical foot or more from the wearer’s neck. As all trends do, they continue to the extreme and then cycle in the other direction or disappear altogether. It seemed to fall out of fashion by the end of the sixteenth century and was pretty much absent by the mid-seventeenth.

Since then, a ruffled neckline may have made a comeback or two but one only needs to scan the runway to arrive at the conclusion that these updated versions of a historically menswear style is an important must have for the coming seasons. Although this style has become decidedly feminine and romantic and only the bravest of men would sport such a look today, historical menswear continues to inspire modern fashion and will forever serve as a reference for the best kind of trend innovation.

Check out our mock ruff

Video: How a Dress Form is Made

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Ever wondered how a professional dress form is produced? Have a look at this great video on the Science Channel – How It’s Made: Dress Form. Thank you wzrdreams for posting this on Facebook! Click here to start watching.

More Bow Ties Coming In!

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You gals rock! In the last two days we got 4, yes 4 bow ties! We got three awesome pink ones from Fatmouse in Biloxi, MS: one in Burlap, one in Seersucker and one in Elvis Print. We also got a wonderfully soft black bow tie made from bamboo by mecb in Portland. Keep up the great work!

Learn about our pledge of 150 bow ties to the American Cancer Society and send your own in your own by May 4th!

Get everything you need for a bow tie right here!

Button It Up!

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Do you have a pile of buttons? I know that I have a jar of beautiful vintage buttons just sitting there to be admired. Unfortunately they have been in the jar for the past 3 decades and I just can’t find uses for all of them. Fortunately, Susan Beal’s new book, Button It Up is out, with over 80 projects for all of us button lovers.

You Decided, New Plus Size Sewing Pattern: Paola

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We asked you which you preferred and the answer was pretty clear: Paola! We are working on drafting up a pattern and addressing the bust fit concerns. Thanks for all your feedback, you can look for this in the Fall/Winter 09 collection!

Celebrate Spring: Get the Winning Pattern Combo

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You voted and we listened. Combination 2 was the clear winner, despite a last minute push for Combination 1. Until March 23rd 2009, you can download the Ute Blouse free from BurdaStyle and order Skirt 2656 from Simplicity at a great spring discount of $5 (with no additional shipping fees within the continental United States)! To get your skirt from the Simplicity website, at this amazing spring discount, follow these easy steps:

  1. Follow this link, and click “Proceed to Checkout”

  2. Click the tab that reads “Promotion Codes” in the Shopping Cart.

  3. Click “Add Promotion Code” button.

  4. Type in the code CELEBRATE – please note the code is case-sensitive.

  5. Click “Apply”

  6. Click the tab that reads “Items” to get back to the Shopping Cart; you will see the new price applied in the total.

We had so much fun with this event, and we hope you did too. Both the BurdaStyle and Simplicity teams are very excited to see your creations. Happy sewing!

Bow Ties Coming In!

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Hi Everyone,

Today we received another bow tie! It is so beautiful, it even has a little anchor embroidered on to it. Thank you scgeraci for a great bow tie, also check out her site. We can’t wait to see the rest of the bow ties that you have all pledged!

Learn about our pledge of 150 bow ties to the American Cancer Society and send your own in your own by May 4th!

Get everything you need for a bow tie right here!

You Decide: Which Should We Turn Into a Plus Pattern?

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We know that everyone isn’t between sizes 34 and 42! For the next collection, we want to let you, our members, vote on turning one of our patterns into a Plus pattern. Choose between two awesome styles: the Paola dress and the JJ blouse. When we posted the Paola in January, so many of you begged us to extend the size run! And the JJ blouse is such a fun perennial favorite…

You decide: vote here, in our slideshow, for which should we turn into a Plus pattern? You have until Wednesday the 18th of March to let us know!

Job Opportunity

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Not all of us fashion obsessed girls are lucky enough to be able to create their own wardrobe. Which makes our community a great resource for those that are not, AND it makes a great opportunity for us to make a couple of bucks.



Let me introduce you to Alessandra Lariu, our great friend and organizer of She Says, a woman driven organization creating events to connect woman in digital advertising and those who aspire to become one.



Here is the Deal:



Alessandra needs YOU. She lost her hood of her favorite jacket (See above). She has been an avid supporter of BurdaStyle and we thought, maybe we find somebody amongst our community that can help her to recreate a hoodie!



If YOU think you are the right one to help her, send an email to alessandra.lariu@gmail.com with your suggested price and estimated time of delivery and she can get back to you with more details as the neck measurement etc.



Don’t let this opportunity go by, Ale is one of the coolest girls out there that you could meet!

We're off to the show: NikkiShell in Melbourne!

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The Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show is only a few days away (update: 11 – 15 March! )and I will be there representing BurdaStyle. Not only will there be a BurdaStyle Fashion Show each day showcasing some of our favourite garments but i will also be running a Charlie Bag workshop. Stop by our stall in the Exhibition Pavillion to hang out and have a chat, we’re alongside the Wardrobe Refashion Reconstruction Zone and right near the Incubator which is full of wonderful Indie Crafters.

Other stuff happening at the show include:
The exclusive Australian premiere of Handmade Nation
FREE Craft Bars where you can have fun with papercraft, sewing, knitting or embroidery. Simply turn up, choose your “craft cocktail” from the menu and have a giggle!
Blogs Unplugged Meet your global community for a chat, or update your own blog. Swing by and meet some of the faces behind your favourite screen names
ThreadBanger Our fabulous friends will show onstage screenings of their well-known online ‘How to’ classes in a video format
There is much to learn in the Craft Labs and Studios,competitions, and oh so much more!

See the Show Guide for what’s on.

Forum Manager: Sew4my3

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Hi Everyone! We are so happy to introduce you to (though many of you already know her) our new forum manager: Sew4my3. You will see her around the forums Monday through Fridays, helping out and answering your questions. Without further ado, here is a little background and welcome Sew4my3!

I was born in Flint, Michigan USA in the late 60’s to hippie parents. Let’s just say creative thinking has always been a part of my life. Throughout my childhood I lived in many places, much like traveling gypsies and gaining insight into how many people live. Sewing has always been a part of my life. My grandmother, who had her own techniques for sewing, taught me to make doll clothes when I was six years old. She taught me to use the sewing machine, which I had sewn my finger right in to.

By the time I reached high school the desire to create my own clothing was strong and my parents fueled the fire by taking me to local fabric stores to purchase needed supplies. After high school, I soon married and started a family with twin girls being my first born. They were premature and required very tiny baby clothes, that either was not available or extremely expensive to purchase, so I began making their clothes. Five years later, we added a son to our family and I learned to appreciate the talent that goes into making boys clothing. Over the years I found sewing classes wherever we have lived to learn new techniques such as smocking and embroidery.

When all three of my children were in school I took the job of a pre-k teacher and was able to be at home when my children were home. Today, I live in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA and am still married to my high school sweetheart since 1986. My twin daughters are in college and my son is in high school. My son is also a member of BurdaStyle.com and you can check out his creations by searching for “”http://www.burdastyle.com/member/NathanL">NathanL".

I became a member of BurdaStyle to continue learning new techniques and found so much more, including a job! I am so flattered to be asked to be the “Forum Manager” and a part of the BurdaStyle team. My job is to help provide answers to questions and respond to concerns that the community has in regards to sewing and the site. Please be patient as I learn the ins and outs of my new job and I will try to provide you with the best services possible in the BurdaStyle spirit.

Happy Sewing!

Sew4my3

ANDREA ZITTEL's ‘Smockshop Berlin’

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Sprüth Magers Berlin is delighted to host Andrea Zittel’s artistic enterprise, ‘Smockshop’. This is the first time the Smockshop has set up its stall outside North America. Two artisans will work in the gallery for the first four days of the exhibition making the smocks that are available for purchase right after their production. The double wrap-around garments designed by Zittel collectively represent an aesthetically diverse yet functionally uniform body of work.

Each smock conforms to the same basic shape and form, but there is nonetheless an infinite array of colour, texture and pattern possibilities, as their method of manufacture derives from Zittel’s principle that ‘rules make us more creative’. Since it was founded in 2007, almost 300 smocks have been made by the collective. The process of making is collaborative, as each smocker is given license to interpret and rework Zittel’s designs according to their own interests and skills.

Sewing and Stitchery Expo Here We Come!

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We are busy getting everything ready for the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. This annual conference has over 32,000 passionate sewers, over 100 seminars a day, hands on workshops, 200 plus exhibitors…it’s going to be awesome! Stop by our booth 232, right near the food court in the Showplex or hear Nora and Benedikta speak! February 26th – March 1st from 9am -6 pm at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center. See you there!

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