Featured Member: FancyClothing

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I grew up in a small town on the perpetually green Olympic Peninsula called Quilcene. I and my husband currently live in limbo, which means that we’re on our third house-sitting stint this year and planning for another, as we continue to contemplate the direction of our next major move.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

My mother and grandmother have always sewn, so I think I had many projects shepherded along by their expertise. My first independent sewing accomplishment was a mint green eyeglass case, made with quilted fabric and eyelet lace, and a button fastener. It was marvelous.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Sewing is necessary for my survival— and not in a specialized, esoteric sense that only fellow seamstresses can really understand, but in a makes-me-money-so-that-I-can-eat sense. During college and my first year of marriage I was fortunate enough to be able to submit my pieces to obliging boutiques for a bit of supplementary income, but was never required to make it my bread and butter. After a stint in Africa, my husband and I came back to Portland and a tough job market that drove me, after papering the streets of downtown with my impressively perky resumes and receiving nary a bite, to sew in earnest. I lobbed wads of my clothing at every boutique I came across, and in the cutthroat fashion climate of Portland, I was fortunate to eventually worm my clothing into three stores. In the mean time I set up shop on Etsy.com, and the rest is history!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I love stumbling on a design that works well and expresses the evolving personality of Fancy Clothing. I never use patterns, so any new design I create comes from eyeballing another design and thinking about translating into Fancy Clothing terms. Patterns are probably my LEAST favorite thing about sewing, but I’m trying to discipline myself into learning the right way, and not just my way. Ugh— patience and details are my biggest problems. I want to get things done!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

Hmm… I would probably make things for me! It’s something I never seem to have the time to do— any piece that I keep has some hole that I had failed to notice while making it, or something like that. I would love to learn how to make jeans and jackets and SHOES (how amazing, right?) with all of those lovely details competently worked out, and then I would wear only my own creations, all made from thrift store fabric that cost me less than $1 a yard. And I would finally be stylish. Sigh.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

Burda is so amazing— it, more than anything else, had inspired me to buckle down and learn how to really do things, like sew from patterns and pay attention to terms and whatnot. I found this amazing tutorial on how to use those old button-hole attachments, and I was floored!

I would love to have more and more How-To’s! And free patterns, of course…

7. What is your motto?

I didn’t have one until last night, when I read this World War II mantra in a book I was thumbing through:

Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Do without.

It’s so obvious, so austere. But just right.

Just by looking at FancyClothing’s profile you get a smile on your face, and then you see her creations. Her awesome pinafores have graced the front page of BurdaStyle many a time. You may also recognize her from her Etsy shop Necessity is the mother. Make sure to check out her top ten

Featured Member: Cheriered

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born in Australia, in a little town called Orange. My parents then moved us to sunny Queensland where we found our home on the Redcliffe Peninsula because it was just too cold in Orange.

My parents are from Norway and Estonia so I’d like to think I’ve got a bit of European flowing through me as well, I just like warm weather that’s all.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

The first thing I think I ever remember making was a care bear cut from a ready-made material pattern with my nana in her sewing room.

My nana, who is from Estonia & my Pop who is from Poland, came to Australia after the war and settled in Orange. My nana started her own little sewing and mending business from her sewing room and from as young as I can remember I always helped her with cutting out patterns with my Pop, threading needles (because she couldn’t see well :)), threading bobbins and of course making clothes! She still sews and has her little sewing business – same prices as 50 years ago – nothing has changed!

After we moved to Queensland I didn’t have the same content of sewing in my life but I still did bring out the old machine once in a while, for my formal (prom) dress and when I went feral in my first year at Uni. I liked the idea of creating my own style and couldn’t really afford to buy clothes all the time. I was a poor student.

Once I got married and had my children I kind of got lost for a while, studying, working and doing house-wifey things until just recently. My husband, tired of me saying “I’m bored” told me to “get a hobby.” Now he totally regrets those infamous 3 words. I have now taken over the dining room and formal lounge room with fabric, patterns, cotton and PINS! For so long I was looking for my passion (sitting right under my nose for most of my life) and I have found it much to his dismay (he is now a sewing widow :))!

I completed a pattern making course with one my girlfriend’s at The Australian Institute of Fashion & Design just last year to help me with the whole design process. I was so happy with the course I’m planning to do more this year to help enhance my skills.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

I own a restaurant which is a lot of of hard work and very stressful at the best of times so sewing has definitely given me a new lease on life.

I sew daily now and have just opened up my own Esty store www.zacobe.etsy.com (check out my store!) which I hope will lead me onto my new business venture once I sell my restaurant (Yes it’s on the market – is anyone looking to buy a restaurant? It’s really awesome!).

I love designing and making beautiful clothes, I think I miss wearing nice clothes working in my restaurant because I have to wear black all the time and my clothes just never smell the same once I wear them to to work – they smell like pizza. Hence, I love working with colours and making things that I would definitely not wear to work!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

Most favourite thing I like about sewing would have to be the finished product or just when I’m getting to the end – it’s the anticipation of what it’s finally going to look like on! I get really excited :))!

My least favourite thing is bobbin winding – I think I overdid as a kid and now it has become a pet hate of mine. Also having to change the colour of the cotton on my overlocker, how painful.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I would love to make a beautiful gown for Miranda Kerr. She is stunning! I love her from head to toe. I could see her in one of my dresses! Oh, and i could then possibly meet Orlando Bloom – Yum!

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

Like everyone, I think this site is awesome for anyone who sews and likes to share their creations and ideas with like-minded people. I have learnt so much from Burdastyle since becoming a member and have taken my sewing further than just a hobby.

I love that users become a star for the day on the front page under user creations. And i also love browsing the daily creations that everyone puts up – so inspiring!

I love tutorials that people add and I love that people can comment on your creations and give you advice. Sharing is caring.

I don’t like seeing things other than sewing on the site. Call me biased but i just like looking at sewing creations nothing else, sorry.

7. What is your motto?

Don’t know if I actually have one… but this i like to live by….

My friend Bec once told me which I never forget and I think it would make the whole world a better place:

Whenever someone did something to erk me she would say “Oh Cherie, just send them the love…” in other words don’t put out negative energy back it only creates more negativity. Send them love and positive energy and you will feel much better for it by letting go and in turn create more positive energy.

She’s my fabulous spiritual advisor and also my best friend – she’s read all the books – a little walking spiritual library. Perfect.

Check out Cheriered’s creations and her Etsy store: Zacobe where you can purchase many of the creations you see here. Also, don’t miss her favorite creations!

Featured Member: Jem1022

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I live in New Jersey, in a little town or actually a borough called Riverdale. It’s cute but very quiet.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

The very first thing I made was a sweater that was this gray cashmere with black buttons , which took some time to get the sewing done just right, since it was my first project. After I had finished it , I wore it to work the next day and everyone loved it, but when I got home I accidentally put in the dryer after the washing machine and it shrunk . A couple of years ago, I started sewing certain things that I wore that were either getting torn or worn out from use and started to fix them by hand until later my sewing developed to a point where I can make my own clothes. My aunt had such a profound influence on me because she knew how to sew and would fix and sometimes make clothes for me.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

At this point in my life, sewing is a necessity because I rarely go out to buy clothes because its too expensive especially now and would rather make it with fabric I can buy to make shirts and pants that’s less than the retail price in certain stores. Since I have a sewing machine, it is probably the best investment I have ever made.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favorite thing about sewing is the process of making the pattern and actually sewing the pieces together. Its like solving a puzzle with great results at the end once it fits perfectly. The least favorite thing about sewing is that I sometimes brake the needle which is a pain to replace, especially if it’s late at night and you want to wear that garment the next day.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I would love to make an outfit for my aunt because she was the one who got me into sewing and right now she is in Iraq for her second tour. I would love to make a cute dress for her so she can wear it to work or to parties because she deserves it and she would be thrilled to receive a gift from her nephew.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

When I first looked at this site several months ago, I really liked how everyone posted everything they created for others to see and it was very unique for a site to show handmade clothes or how to’s. This is what intrigued me into looking for other people who can be creative and make a plethora of garments just like me. I love the how to’s and wish it came with like a video or like a youtube- like instruction guide to make certain clothes. Other than that, I think the site is one of a kind because there really is no other site like this.

7. What is your motto?

My motto is to live your life to the fullest because you have only shot at this and you can’t exchange for another one.

Jem1022‘s wonderful creations are so imaginative and unique that it’s nearly impossible not to feature them. As you can see, he has an amazing eye for design and style that just draws the viewer in. Check out his favorite top ten creations on BurdaStyle and keep up the great work!

Featured Member: Allie31991

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I have lived in Portland , OR my entire life and love this city! Next year, though, I am heading off to college in a smaller town south of here, go beavers!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

The first thing that I can remember making is a pair of pajama pants, though if I remember correctly my mom did most of the sewing. My mom always used to sew me dresses and doll clothes, since I wished to be just like her I decided I too wanted to sew and thus my obsession began. Following this I attempted to make halter tops and other similar pieces (items which my mother would never buy me) during elementary school with little success but by the end of middle school I was much more competent and began sewing more wearable garments.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Sewing plays an important roll in my life as a creative outlet, I love math and science and am planning on studying engineering in college, so a little sewing on the weekends is a wonderful way for me to channel my creativity. Though, I would say the same part of my brain which works out physics problems enjoys figuring out how to make a garment, both activities take creativity in problem solving.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My least favorite part of sewing is the finishing aspects (hems etc.), it is just too tedious, and thus many projects sit around a few steps away from being done. My favorite part about sewing is wearing the item the first time; it is so gratifying knowing that I made it myself.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

Currently, if I could make something for anyone it would be Michelle Obama, I think she is so beautiful and graceful!

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

On Burdastyle I am looking for a space to share my creations and get inspiration for more. I really like the new picture album function of the site. Honestly, I really love this site, but one thing I would suggest is making things more interconnected, like if someone adds another member as a favorite maybe they are notified when they add a new creation or how-to.

7. What is your motto?

Don’t take anything too seriously; it can only end in stress.

Allie31991 has so many wonderful creations (as you can see from her picture.) I think her Ruby Pants are to die for! Check out her top ten favorite creations and keep up the great work!

Featured Member: Stacey6970

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I have lived in Poole in Dorset on the south coast of England all my life, apart from 3 years when I lived in Bristol where I studied for my degree in forensic science. I don’t think I could live anywhere else – I try not to take the beautiful beaches and countryside for granted!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I think it was a pillow when I was at school! My mum sewed and knitted quite a lot of clothes for me and my brother when we were kids, so I guess I just followed her lead. Just recently I’ve started taking it more seriously, when I first started I would usually just be making something for an occasion that I would wear just that once, but now the things I make are everyday and work clothes that I wear all the time.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It saves me a lot of money! I am a total shopaholic, so making clothes is definitely a much cheaper option than buying them! Plus if I’m busy sewing I don’t have time to shop! I just really enjoy it – I love the feeling that I have created something – it makes me feel a lot more special when I wear something that I have made, something that is one of a kind and made to measure.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favorite thing is when I get to try the finished garment on, and then when I wear it out for the first time – I feel really proud of myself when I’ve created something I love and it makes me really happy when I wear it and get nice comments from friends.
My least favorite thing is unpicking! I really hate when something goes wrong – not only do I have to re-do something, but I have to un-do it first!!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I dream of making my own wedding dress one day, and the bridesmaids dresses too.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
<p Initially I joined for the free/cheap patterns – I love the range of styles and that they can be so easily downloaded – and then discovered this fantastic community of people with similar interests! I love looking through the creations and seeing how people interpret the patterns differently and make them their own.
I think it would be cool to be able to search members by location, so you could see if there were any other sewers in your area!>

7. What is your motto?

You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Cheesy – but I think true!! =)

As you can see, Stacey6970 has some amazing creations. Make sure you take a look at the awesome Envelope Clutch Bag pattern that she has posted, as well as her How To on making a Travel Wallet. Check out what inspires her! .

Featured Member: Etcpantoufle

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from the Bay Area, although I moved around as a kid, which allowed me to see different fashion cultures. Right now, I’m back in my home base of San Francisco.

Featured Member: Lynds

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from Kenya, i was born their. But i have lived in Tanzania, all my life since i was six months old.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

They first thing i ever made was when i was about 12 and they were a pair of bean baby bunnys. then i didn’t sew for a while cause of school.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Well sewing is something i have always been interested. im a creative person who loves the feeling of making some thing.

Sewing is also some thing that entertains me because of where i live. Which is on a farm far from any thing.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

my least favorite is when a creation just does not turn out how it was in your mind as well as having to fix mistakes. My favorite is being able to say “i made that” and being able to making something at a fraction of the price which it is in the shop.

Featured Member: Djoule

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

My mother is norwegian and my father french, so I’m from both places ! I was born in a little village near Lyon in France. 3 month ago, I moved to Oslo in Norway.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I think the first thing I made (with a little help from my mom), was a doll for my best friend. After that I started sewing with my mother, and learned a lot from her. In high school I began making pants and bags (made a lot of bags for my friends !).

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It has become a really important thing in my life. When I have a project in my mind, I think about it all the time ! Although it sometimes drives me crazy, I find it very relaxing!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favourite thing is when I start to put the pieces of a pattern together. I’m a film editor, so I guess I just like to put stuff together to make something new ! I also like to go fabric shopping. I just moved here, so it’s fantastic to discover new shops ! My least favourite thing would be assembling the pattern after print, and cutting the fabric.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I often make clothes for the people I love. I think it’s a great birthday/christmas gift because it’s unique in a way. But I don’t always have the time !

Maybe next time, I’ll do a jacket for my brother. I also want to make something for my mom one day !

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

The first thing I look for on Burdastyle is inspiration. Other members creation is an endless source of inspiration, and I really love to be a part of this community ! I ‘m also looking for new techniques to learn, and I really find it in the how to’s. I think I’ve improved my sewing skills a lot since I’ve discover this site !

I also really like to share creations, give and get feedback and of course find great patterns !

I would love to see more how to’s about pattern drafting, and maybe more videos ?

7. What is your motto?

"Man skal ikke plage andre,

Man skal være grei og snill,

Og for øvrig kan man gjøre hva man vil."

This comes from a norwegian childens book, and means :

“You should not bother others,

you should be nice and kind,

Otherwise you can do as you please."

Djoule‘s creation’s always catch my eye when they pop up. It has been so nice to see her take more risks and grow as a sewer. Keep it up! Check out her top ten favorite creations.

Featured Member: Sakko

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born in Japan and I lived there most of my life. After I went to London to study Graphic Design for a year in 2005/2006, I traveled around Europe. During the trip I got to know a German guy, so I decided to come to Germany. Since 2007 I have lived in Berlin. My boyfriend and I have spent good time together, so we got married last year.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

My first sewing thing with sewing machine was a bag, I think. My mother learnt to sew, and there was a sewing machine at home, but I couldn’t enjoy sewing that much at home because my mother tried to babysit me. In Berlin I found second hand sewing machine, so I just bought it. I felt much more free to try many things without my mother’s very very strict tutorial. My first wearable thing was a shirring dress, which I made last year.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Sewing is my day, my night, my everything right now. My thinking is almost everything about sewing. I daydream quite often and that time my thought is full of sewing.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favorite thing about sewing and my least favorite thing about sewing are actually same; thinking about sewing project. I think about very often about sewing, what I want to wear, what kind of fabric I can use, colour coordination and fashion coordination with existing clothes and so on. That is the lovely moment in my day, but at the same time, I need to think about reality bites, how much it costs, if my skill allows me to make such a thing, I make too many same style thing and that is quite boring or so. My ideas are really big in my head, but my skill is not following it. But when I start the project, I enjoy everything.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I would love to make something for my baby, whom I will see hopefully in the near future. My husband and I wait for pregnancy, but it doesn’t work that easily. I often daydream about making baby clothes.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I enjoy on BurdaStyle website by seeing others’ creations most. That is actually amazing that there are so many free patterns. More I see the others’ creations from the same pattern, I surprised all the time how different they are. I can get many inspirations and next sewing ideas.

It would be really nice if everybody showed their sizes on the creations with Burda pattern. I am too small for most of Burda patterns, and I sew some people wondering about the size or fit of pattern. It helps people a lot to make “real fit” if they can see others’ sizes (maybe just height and bust sizes) with creation size! Normally body size is not something to reveal, but here is sewing community, so I could imagine that many people would love to share.

7. What is your motto?

In Germany as a Japanese girl, I cannot do many things so easily just as in my home country. I used to be so irritated with many things. Then my husband gave me the words “Lockerer bleiben (Stay relax)”. Since then that is my motto. I am not that good sewer yet, I did sometimes mistakes and choose wrong sizes or something like that. But I try to stay calm and say this words “Locker bleiben” to myself. When my creations are too big for me, I try to think “I need sometimes practice, this is a good practice!” and donate to Red Cross or some charity shops.

Sakko has over 70 ceations, 70! Her creations are beautiful and can often be found in the featured creations and best of the month slide show. Take a look at her favorite creations!

Featured Member: Sushi

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am originally from St Johann in Tirol, which is a small place in the alps in Austria. The last 5 years I was living and working in Dublin, Ireland, and recently moved to Utrecht in the Netherlands.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

The first thing I made was an apron – and it was the last thing I made for a long time. When I was about 10 and in secondary school we had to learn cooking and all the basic handicrafts like knitting, sewing etc. additionally to the usual subjects. For our cooking classes we had to sew an apron – using a pattern. I didn’t like tracing patterns at all – not to mention sewing by hand. Though I was always dreaming of becoming a fashion designer and filling journals with my designs when I was little, I swore myself to never touch needle and threat again. Years later when I was already in Ireland I picked up a Burda magazine in a shop and I so wanted to start sewing that I bought a sewing machine and started again. I also attended some pattern drafting classes for a while and learned some of the basics of pattern drafting. This and a lot of exercise taught me patience and now I love spending hours sewing.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Sewing is very important to me as it allows me to express myself creatively. It is such an amazing feeling to be able to realize one’s ideas. When I moved to the Netherlands I decided to take a few month off to spend more time on sewing and being creative. I am glad I took that chance because now I am sure that I want to pursue it further and I am currently applying for a place on a fashion design course. I also recently set up a small shop on dawanda (WunderMaedchen).

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I love buying fabrics and notions and just everything I can use for sewing and I spend hours arranging them on the dress form. When I finally have all pattern pieces cut out I really enjoy sewing them together – it’s so quick and easy (I always admire people who have the patience to knit…)

I guess the least favourite thing is still the copying of the pattern pieces. It’s a lot more fun when I can draft them myself. And I always seem to be fighting with button holes – but I am blaming my sewing machine for this..

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I guess you just discovered my weak point. At the moment I pretty much only sew for myself – except for the few pieces I offer on my online shop. But my boyfriend is pestering me for a while now to sew a coat for him. So I guess that will be next on my list.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I spend a lot of time looking through the creations. They are so inspiring. And also uploading some of my own and getting such a nice feedback on them helped me to be more confident in what I do. Naturally I like the free and cheap patterns on the website and the ‘How tos’ provide inspiration and sometimes help me to solve a sewing problem I encounter.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t really have a motto but I guess something like: think positive, dare to dream and nothing is impossible would be descriptive for my approach towards life.

Between her wonderful pictures and fabulous creations it’s pretty easy to fall in love with Sushi. Check out her store and browse through her favorite creations

Featured Member: CandyJoyce

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am originally from a small town called Braintree in Essex, I moved south about 6 years ago to study fashion at Winchester School of Art and now I live in the Dock City of Southampton in Hampshire, UK.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I first made a quilted tea cosy shaped like an elephant when I was about 10. I remember thinking I was the bee’s knees when I proudly gave it to my mum. I imagine she still has it in the loft or a cupboard somewhere. I think the first item of clothing that I made was a fairly awful blue and yellow corduroy top with a big ruffle down the front. If I can find either of these things I will definitely upload them so everyone can have a giggle.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

I did a degree in menswear and designed and made an entire collection for a catwalk show at Graduate Fashion Week and also got chosen to show in Barcelona. I loved it but it was quite intense and I didn’t really sew for a few years afterwards. I started again when I inherited my Nan’s sewing machine. I am now slowly converting the spare room into a studio and have been designing a lot more. After a boring day at the office I love being able to come home and do something rewarding and creative. I would like to work in fashion design, ideally with my own website or shop with my friend Anna. Anna and I can be talking about anything together but the conversation will always come back to sewing. We have set up an Etsy shop (everythingforever) and getting my first order through there was amazing so for that to be my daily job would be really uplifting!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

The part that stumps me is when I have to make decisions: I feel like I could make the same garment about 100 times with little variations. I will get excited about 3 different types of buttons or get torn between two colours of fabric and hate the moment when I have to choose. This indecision also creeps in when I am pattern drafting which makes the whole process a bit long and painful. I also think that someone should have invented a better way of attaching the pattern to the fabric for cutting out as pins are such a pain. It sounds like I generally hate the whole process but I do love pretty much everything else from having the beginning idea (or fining an awesome pattern on Burda) through to sewing, doing the finishing touches (I love making buttonholes) to wearing, selling or giving the finished garment away as a gift.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

For me it would be making cool clothes for “normal!” people. I’d love to develop a collection for a concession in a store like H&M. It would be awesome to walk down the street and see people wearing something I’ve designed.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I stumbled across BurdaStyle by accident and was so amazed and grateful at the service you provide. Free (or really cheap) patterns for everyone. Hooray! I really like seeing so many other people making things and offering their knowledge to others, I think that people are really getting into sewing clothes and home wares for themselves again which is great because sewing is a skill that shouldn’t die out. Having the ability to comment on other peoples creations and to receive comments is great. It would be good to have the option to receive an email if someone posts a comment on your garment or sends you a message. And as suggested above, a gallery of the first things that people ever made would be fun!

7. What is your motto?

It’s not mine but it’s a sentiment that I quite like:

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

- Henry Ford

Follow CandyJoyce on her blog, her Facebook group and make sure to check out her awesome Etsy shop. Also make sure to check out her top ten favorite BurdaStyle creations

Featured Member: NattyJane

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born and raised in Berkeley and Oakland, California. I spent the last four years in Santa Cruz where I received my bachelors in mathematics from UCSC, but I couldn’t stand being away from the Bay Area and moved back as soon as I was done. Now I’m working part time as a lifeguard and living with/ taking care of my 90 year old grandma.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

My mom is the person who got me started in the world of sewing. My mom is an artist and I owe my creative, crafty, and artsy side to her. When we were little, my mom would work on all sorts of craft projects with my sister and I including sewing projects. I remember making shirts for my teddy bears, sachets of lavender, and simple bags. A few years ago I started to make my own handbags. I mostly used canvas which I would first paint and then sew into a bag. I didn’t think I could make clothing until a few months ago when I decided to finally try a pattern. Now I’m using patterns and making up my own and I’m completely addicted.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

For me sewing plays the role of a creative outlet in my life. I can turn on some music and get lost in a project for hours. It is a wonderful way to relax and let my mind wander.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favorite thing about sewing is coming up with the project idea. I love looking for fabric and buttons and I love writing down ideas in my sketchbook and thinking about how I can make the ideas a reality. I have an interesting mix of approaches when it comes to sewing because on one hand I have a mathematical mind that wants to plan out measurements and make sure things are in order, but on the other hand I enjoy diving right in to my creativity and seeing where it takes me. My least favorite thing about sewing is cutting out patterns and following directions. For example, I didn’t start using buttons until recently because I absolutely didn’t want to read how to make the button holes in my sewing machine manual (I finally broke down and read it though and found out they are rather easy. I guess that’s a lesson to myself, instructions help!).

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I’d really like to start making things for the people I love most. I think that hand made gifts come from the heart and can show how much you care. My best friend has been pestering me to make her a romper so maybe I should start there (I just have to figure out how to size things for someone other than myself).

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I absolutely love BurdaStyle because I can share my creativity and explore the creativity of others. It’s a great website for sewing knowledge and inspiration. Plus it’s another way to stay in touch with my sister. She lives in another state, but Burda allows us to share our latest projects and ideas with each other. I also really like the patterns that you can print at home (although maybe not the piecing together and cutting out part).

7. What is your motto?

I recently found a fortune cookie fortune floating around my room that read: “the lovely things of life are as necessary as the air by which you live.” I don’t normally pay much attention to fortune cookies, but this message got me thinking about the lovely things in my life and sewing is definitely one of them.

NattyJane has 17 wonderful creations that always catch my eye. Check out where she gets her inspiration from on her favorite top ten

Featured Member: Lizzie225

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I’m from Germany. I come from Halle/Saale and now study in Flensburg.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I didn’t really start with sewing, i started stitching. There were tons of boring jeans or shirts that i would stitch stars on, or pictures of ‘Emily Strange’ because i didn’t have the money to buy the clothes (later I used fabric colours). Then i moved on to making easy things like skirts of old dresses/shirts and tote bags and those felt puppets that are on here too.

My mum and her sisters have always made their clothes by themselves. And I am glad I grew up in a family where handcrafts were still something normal. Otherwise I would have never started sewing. Plus we have all the stuff you need for sewing, I never needed to buy zippers or buttons or anything like that. My mum knows a lot about sewing and can help me with everything.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

I haven’t been sewing that much before. Only a few pieces a year. And then I’ve spent a year abroad where I didn’t have time for sewing nor did I have my beautiful sewing machine with me. But now I finally rediscovered sewing as a passion of mine. I dared to use patterns too – I’ve always been afraid because they look so confusing. And now that I have holidays I started making one piece after another and am really surprised and proud of what they came out to be. I’ve never thought I could sew a vest! My next aim will be making pants!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

What I love about sewing is creating something unique and let your fantasy play. You can imagine your perfect prom dress and try sewing it. And although it might not be perfectly made, it will still be the best dress ever because you put so much effort and love in it. And it means a lot more than any bought dress.
Or that old shirt of your mum that has a history of itself and that she didn’t throw away yet. You wouldn’t even think of wearing it because it shows the belly or whatever. But since the fabric is so nice you can make a top or skirt of it and continue the history of that piece.

What I don’t like about sewing is first of all that fabrics are way too expensive. Nowadays clothes are so very cheap. So why spend lots of money on fabric to create something? For me – as an admitted shopaholic :D – it takes some motivation to get away from buying clothes and rather create unique pieces myself.
And then most creations take tiiiime. I always get so excited and want to see the result as soon as possible (I think that’s also why my creations are always so ugly inside haha). For me it’s hard to stop before the piece isn’t finished, so sometimes there are working nights involved. Because if I’d stop it is most unlikely that I continue the next day.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

Currently im really into the series ‘Gossip Girl’. It’s a great series and with lots of stylish clothes that inspire me. If I could sew something for anyone, I would like to make a dress for one of the characters – my favorite one is Jenny Humphrey, she creates clothes too :] – and she would wear it in the series.

My own self made wedding dress will definitely be on the list too.. when the time comes.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I really love this site. You get to know other sewing addicts all around the world, can find patterns and share them, the how to’s are very cool too, you can post your creations and see what others think of it and you get a lot of inspirations by the creations of others!

But I think patterns on here should be for free. I heard that they used to be.. And having to scale each picture to 400×555 pixels it really annoying too.

7. What is your motto?

Don’t throw away clothes. Fabric is so expensive that you should think twice before throwing something away. There is always something smaller that you can make out of it!

Lizzie225’s incredible creations have been catching our eye every time she uploads a new one. Check out her top ten! .

Featured Member: Dpiddy

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

Comstock Park, Michigan, USA. Been here all 22 years of my life

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

hmm well I think the first thing that i ever made was at school… I think I was ten? we had to make a quilt square that described us….. mine said I love gum. Haha kinda funny now because I hate gum, Oh and I think I sewed it to my pants when I was working on it. Other then that the first “garment” that I made was my blue cardigan thats on the site.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Sewing for me is something fun and creative to do. If i’m honest the real reason I started sewing clothes was because paying for school was suckin up all my money soooo my wardrobe was starting to suffer haha… and it doesn’t help that i’m drawn to pricey things. Im going for fashion design so its applicable anyway

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I love thinking up a sweet Idea for something… 90% of the time its a cardigan…but i love that and then I love putting the finished piece on…My least favorite part… haha this is funny, I really hate the whole in between part. You know when your not done and your just sewing… any project that takes a lot of work ahead of time… I get sick of …. pants ugh! I really wanna make em… but pockets and stuff…. lotta work

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

oh now this is hard!…. maybe Lady Gaga? (she’s a singer, she fabulous google her)
but she has really sweet stuff anyway so i’m not sure if I could compare….. Nope never mind mark ronson for sure (also sweet, google him) we kinda have the same style… totally make him a cardigan

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I look for encouragement haha and feedback always great to hear from people… also inspiration… I could look through the creations page for days… and change something… please BurdaStyle’s perfect

7. What is your motto?

The poorer I am the more I sew

oh and …peace love and “________” *insert applicable word

Dpiddy came on the BurdaStyle scene recently, but has taken it by storm! His cardigans are fabulous and it’s so great to see how he challenges himself by using new techniques and styles. Keep up the great work! Check out his top ten slideshow!

Featured Member: jåne

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I’m from Kgs. Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark. There I lived whit my mother and a younger sister. For a short time I stay in Skælskør. I’m 21 years old.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

Clothes for my Barbie I think. I have sewn as long I can remember, and as years have past I been better sewing and special for me. I love to sew dresses. But now I have so many dresses that I want to sew sewn other things, like blouses and blazer. I have sewn many make-up-bags for my friends.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Everything, I sew almost every day and when I don’t sewing I think about it or looking for some inspiration. I want to live off sewing one day and have my own little shop. I also make other things, like earrings, bracelets, knitting and repair old furniture.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I love that people can make so beautiful things out of so few things. I’m not satisfied before my creations are perfect. Some times that’s a mental problem for me!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I want to make clothe to the Danish singer Pernille Rosendahl from The Storm. It could be some kind of dress or jeans and shirt in black. I would use leather, pieces of laces, tutu, silk, feather and pearl.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I’m looking for pattern and inspiration from other members, and out of that I create my own still.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t have any motto, but all my creations are labeled with “J.C.MUNCH” and my logo.

Jåne creations are sweet and at the same time very rock and roll. Check out her favorites!

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