Featured Member: Serendipity

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

I’m from Germany and live in Bavaria.

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

Like every child I sewed some easy things at primary school, for example cushions. But I only started sewing clothes one year ago at a sewing class where I made a skirt and a coat. But the sewing process took so long so I got sick of them and haven’t finished them yet.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It plays a very big part in my life as I always seem to be thinking about how to sew something or what to do next. I sometimes even cannnot fall asleep at night when I’m in the middle of a project and it won’t get off my mind.

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

My favorite thing is to find new projects and the right fabric for them and also to alter patterns. The thing I dislike the most is when the whole process of sewing just doesn’t seem to come to an end and all this little details have to be done to get a good result.

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

I’ve sewn some pajama pants for my sisters. But at the moment I wouldn’t dare to make anything else for another person. I don’t have enough practice for that.

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

Every week I look forward to the newest pattern and I really appreciate all the how tos from which you can learn a lot of new techniques. It would be good if the posting dates were shown for every creations.

7. What is your motto?

Am I bovvered?

Serendipity has some wonderful creations! Her creations come from Burda World of Fashion, BurdaStyle and various How Tos.

Featured Member: MadameWu

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

I was born in Chojnice, Poland. Chojnice is approximately one hundred thirty kilometers from Toruń where I am studying at Nicolaus Copernicus University.

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

I started sewing when I was six – seven years old. My first models were my dolls and Barbies :). I remember that my grandmother was knitting some tiny sweaters for them too.
I always wanted to sew but I started it for real last year when I realized that we have a sewing machine at home. My very first clothing was a long skirt for my mother – she loved it! That was a success! :) Then I made a dress for Her…, and then I had a few months break. When this year’s summer holiday started I decided that I needed to do something in my free time and then I saw my sewing machine. I guess that was the moment… it became my most important hobby.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Very big! While sewing I forget about stress. It is so calming and relaxing.

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

My least favorite thing is basting or pinning… when something, for example Anita’s trousers that I made, have a lot of parts… I don’t like cutting either. And my favorite thing about sewing? Well I like putting parts of fabric together… and jump into new clothes or watch other people in them! Especially when they suit well.

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

For everybody who would like to wear my clothes! And well it would always be my mother. I’d like to (maybe soon) try to do something for men. And if I should choose celebrity it would be… I don’t know, maybe Cameron Diaz. She is so slim and beautiful.

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

I found this site when I was looking for some free patterns and inspiration. In my opinion, a site like this is a great place for people who like sewing. It is so interesting to see what other members are doing with basic patterns or at their projects.

7. What is your motto?

My motto is a verse of Wisława Szymborska’s poem “Nic dwa razy” – “Nothing Twice”.

Why are you, the bad hour,

mingling with needless fear?

You are here now – but will be gone.

You will be gone – and that’s beautiful!

MadameWu ’s creations can often be seen on the front page. When you look at her work you can tell she is having fun. Keep up the great work, we are excited to see what comes next!

Featured Member: Schickchick

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

I was born in Illinois, USA & lived there until I was 10. Now I live in Mexico.

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

I remember making sock dolls, pillows & bags when I was younger. My mom sewed a lot when I was growing up, So I guess just watching her is how I started.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It’s a job, hobby, pass time…I think its a great way to express myself!

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

My Favorite thing is being able to materialize the ideas running wild in my head, but then…It sinks when the ideas are too big & something doesn’t turn out perfect.

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

Haha, I don’t know! If it was someone famous I’d freak out & it wouldn’t turn out right. But maybe someone on the BurdaStyle team or Rob & Corinne from ThreadBanger. And, I’d probably make them…a sweet bag, Or if I had super powers, would make them all neat dresses & (for the guys) suits. :]

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 patterns & I LOVE seeing other peoples creations & taking inspiration from them. I can’t think of anything that should be improved. BurdaStyle rocks my socks the way it is!

7. What is your motto?

“We live, We love, We forgive and never give up. ’Cause the days we are given are gifts from above, And today we remember to live and to love…” -SuperChic[k] (I guess this is a lyrics quote, but I love it!)

Schickchick has two websites to share with us, her handmade Etsy shop and her vintage clothing shop. For a while there she was making cool vests and taking cool pictures of them to the point that she was on the home page with every new post. How could we resist putting her as featured member. Great job Schickchick!

Featured Member: Carolinesj

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

I’m originally from Dunedin, a university town in the south of New Zealand, but about a year ago I moved to Nelson, a sunny little town at the top of the island. It’s surrounded by national parks and beaches, which is awesome, but it’s pretty small and lacking in fashion and art so most of my inspiration comes from magazines, blogs and websites.

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

What was the first thing you made? How did you start sewing?
As a kid I did any craft I could get my hands on. My mum taught me to sew and I started with dolls clothes and toys before moving on to clothes for myself. In terms of actual wearable stuff, I made a hoodie and skirt when I was about 13 and realized how easy it was to have cool and different clothes, and I’ve sewn ever since.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It’s a creative outlet, my favourite hobby and a part-time job! It’s quite calming and really rewarding, especially getting comments about my own clothes and also from people I sew for.

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

Favourites:
When I mail and out-of-town a friend a package of something I’ve made for them I always get a super excited text message when they open it up – such a good feeling! I also love just chilling out in my sewing room with the stereo pumping and forgetting about time, looking through vintage patterns and reworking vintage clothes.
Least favourites:
Being too rushed and messing up a piece of clothing – such a bummer! Sewing at night and making mistakes, or ending up with 10cm less fabric than I need for a project.

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

Nothing special – I would just make amazing dresses for my friends, so when they’re famous they can wear them on tv/stage…! One of my friends is a hairstylist and I work with a photographer so we all collaborate and it’s exciting just seeing my creations with hair, makeup and in nice photos, even if it’s just for fun.

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

I really like checking out other people’s variations of patterns. Free/cheap patterns are the best thing ever, so thank you! BurdaStyle is an amazing form of inspiration and motivation. I really like the blog as well. The site is much faster now – don’t change a thing!

7. What is your motto?

As soon as you make a stupid mistake, you’ve been sewing too long/late. Go to bed or do something else! There’s a reason why you’re sewing the wrong sides together…

Carolinesj has incredible craftsmanship, there is no way around that. Check out her creations to see what I mean. My personal favorite is her yellow Gucci dress (I think I like it better than the original). Update! check out her blog!

Featured Member: Miss_B

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

I’m from Slovenia, Europe.

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

I honestly can’t remember when or how I started sewing. It was my mother that got me and my sister (another BurdaStyle member, merita) into sewing. I started very young by making clothes for my dolls and gradually that evolved into sewing clothes for myself.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It’s a creative outlet and a way to relax after work. Sewing is something I love to do because it’s very rewarding, you actually create something, either for yourself or others.

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

My favorite thing about sewing is the creativity, tweaking the patterns or simply making new ones, experimenting. Least favorite is the fact that you have to iron every seam you make, I find that tedious and boring. And sewing zippers, I hate that.

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

I only sew for myself, the thought of sewing for others makes me nervous and I start doubting my sewing abilities. So if anything, my first goal would be to overcome that fear and actually try sewing for others. And I’d probably start with something simple and straightforward to first gain some confidence.

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

I love the tightly-knit community, people from all over the world ‘bonding’ over sewing. It’s amazing how helpful everyone here is, and how friendly. Sharing everyone’s creations and patterns is great, it gives me new ideas for clothes to make, it’s also challenging when I see a complicated design and I then try to make it myself. I can’t think of anything that would need improvement.

7. What is your motto?

I think the important thing in life is to always give it our best, to be passionate about the things that we do. We may fail, but trying hard is what counts, knowing that you really did the best you could.

Miss_B writes a fabulous blog where she writes of her other passions: photography and writing. She also has an Etsy Shopwhere you can find some of her creations. Thanks Miss_B!

Featured Member: XmasKid74

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

I originally came from Korea about 9 years ago to study in US. After finished my degree, I found a job in Albany, NY which located about 180 miles north from New York. All my family is still staying in Korea so I miss them so much.

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

My mom was a avid knitter when I was little and she taught me how to make knits and pearl stitches. I should say the first thing I ever made was a small knitted scarf for my Barbie. As I grow up, my interests on making things gets greater and greater. I took up every craft such as knitting, crochet, jewelry making, bookmaking and so on. I didn’t start sewing until recently because buying sewing machine intimidated me both financially and emotionally (^^). After I got my new job and started having regular paychecks, I bought my first sewing machine. Since then, I’m sewing only and nonstop.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It’s the only thing I never get tired of. It’s is so rewarding that you can create the look you dream. So many ideas I want to try and I never get bored. Also there is something therapeutic about sewing. After a long and stressful day, I can be calm and relaxed by focusing on my projects. I once thought about quitting my job and devoting fully to the career in fashion and I even tried to be a part-time student for a while, but I found out that I might enjoy sewing less if this is a real job. Now I can be more easy-going on my not-so-perfect outcomes.

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

I hate putting zippers. I just can’t make it very nice. I’m trying hard to avoid them by using stretch fabrics and elastic bands. Luckily I don’t expose much of my midriff so that I can always substitute pants zippers to the elastic bands. My favorite part of sewing is to put it on after everything is done. It’s such a great feeling of accomplishments.

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

I love to make something to my little niece. She just turned one year old and she is as cute as pie. Good thing is that she can’t complain yet about the uneven hem lines.

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

I searched over internet and so far BurdaStyle.com is the best site and the most valuable site I have ever found. I didn’t do much of pattern modification because I prefer draping, but now I can make clothing a lot quicker just by changing existing patterns. Overall I’m very pleased with BurdaStyle.com. One thing can be improved would be the connection speed. Sometimes it takes so long to connect and see the creations.

7. What is your motto?

There is no motto for me in formal words, but I want to live today without looking back. Without worrying too much about future, and without regretting too much about past, I’d like to live today fuller. Also I want to be a person who can fit every corner of the life. I can be very graceful having dinner at Daniel but I can be playful buying hot dogs from the street vender.

XmasKid74 Has some great creations and a great sense of style. She keeps a blog (in Korean) taking a picture of her outfit everyday. Because she has great taste in her outfits, even though I can’t read Korean, it is fun to look at the clothes and gain inspiration. Keep up the great work!

Featured Member: Kgallagher3

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

I’m from Tallahassee, Florida and I’m currently going to school at Georgia Tech and living in Atlanta, GA.

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

I don’t really remember probably a pillow or tote bag out of scraps from my mom. The first thing I remember making on my own was a huge messenger bag for school. I started sewing because I wanted cool clothes and accessories that no one else had, I had always seen my mom sewing so it was easy for me to pick up.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

I literally sew something everyday. I go to a school that is very structured and sewing is my creative outlet, not to mention way cheaper than buying clothes.

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

My favorite thing about sewing is when people ask me where I got something I’m wearing and I get to reply “I made it”. My least favorite thing about sewing is when I mess up and have to spend 30 minutes ripping out seams.

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

I would make a cool sling for my dad (he broke his elbow) because he doesn’t like his black one. I’d also love to make myself a fantabulous wedding dress someday.

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 to learn more about sewing, I’ve learned a lot from this site and I look forward to learning more! I can’t think of any improvements I love this site! I love to look at user creations, I think there are so many talented people on this site, I could sit at my computer and flip through the creations all day.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t really have one, I guess it would be never give up, cause I never give up on my sewing projects.

Kgallagher3’s creations are sweet feminine and stylish. Her Potato Stamped Anda was one of my personal favorites for the Anda Sewalong Mini Challenge. Her status say’s she is sewing up fall clothes and I, for one, am excited to see what her fall clothes turn out to be

Featured Member: Polychromatin

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

I originally come from a small town in Germany, called Eisleben, but since I started studying I live in Halle, which is only 30 km away from my hometown.

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

I think the really first thing I made was some patchwork pillow case, I must’ve been 13 years old. Then a long pause followed until 6 month ago I decided to start sewing again, because I wanted garments that actually suit and appeal me! I searched the internet and found BurdaStyle, and the story began ;)

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Ask my boyfriend, actually half of the time I search the internet for fabrics and/or patterns, the other half I sew ;D No, that is not exactly the case, but I’m a little bit of a fabric-addict and sewing became my hobby number one. I don’t have my own sewing machine and only have the possibility to sew, when I visit my parents on weekends or during semester break. I actually could buy my own sewing machine, but I think that would change my priorities to the disadvantage of my study …

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

I absolutely love to start a new project, to transfer the pattern, to cut the fabric and the first steps of sewing, because mostly they’re the easiest and fastest ;) To finish a project completely is also very satisfying! Not so enjoyable is a project that just doesn’t come to an end, because the fabric is difficult to handle and I have to rip seams and redo a lot of steps or I have to alter a lot until the fit is how I imagined it (which could take long, because I’m a little perfectionist).

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

I never thought about this opportunity, but I guess it would be really cool to make a dress for an actress for her Oscar night or something, but I think I have to practice a little bit until I get there ;)

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

Of course I love the patterns, the How-To-section and the other member creations! It is a great inspiration and very interesting to see what other people are doing! And the forum is a great platform when you have questions!

BurdaStyle is a really great site, but as I am from the design field I think you should check on the usability! Especially the forum and the profile site are a little bit confusing.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t have a real motto, but in the past “Wait and see” turned out to be a good advice ;)

I cannot believe that Polychromatin only started to sew 6 months ago. Her creations are fun and daring. From the patterns she chooses, it is obvious that she is not afraid of a challenge. We look forward to seeing her grow and develop around the site. Best of luck at school!

Featured Member: SenaSews

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

I was born and raised in Dortmund, Germany. Now I’m living in a region in the center of Germany which is famous for the river Rhine and its medieval castles.

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

Both of my grannies have been seamstresses and my mother used to sew a lot as well. So I’ve always been fascinated by sewing. I made my very own attempts to sewing nearly a year ago by making a dress for me. It was absolutely not wearable but it was such a joy to make that I’ve stuck to sewing.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

For me sewing is a good compensation to my every day work. I usually sit the whole day in front of a PC. So for me it’s joy being creative and it’s somehow satisfying creating something I can touch and feel.

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

I really love everything about sewing – planning a project, choosing a pattern, buying the fabric (oh, that’s one of my favorite things), tracing the pattern, cutting the fabric and seeing how an idea turns into a real piece of clothing. When I start sewing something, I always have a concrete imagination of the finished piece. So I don’t like not finding the right fabric, the right buttons, … or when a project doesn’t turn out as I imagined.

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

…….

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

What I love the most about BurdaStyle is that it is a steady source of inspiration it gives me. I love to see other members creations and how they turned i.e. a basic pattern into something so unique and special.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t really have a motto. I try not to fear trying things and just do it. So I try not to fear making difficult clothes as a beginner, cutting expensive fabrics, working with knits or trying out new techniques.

You know senaSews from the Anda Sewalong Minichallenge I can’t read German, so I was very excited to find that almost every blog post is written in both German and English. She shows us how she did her beautiful diamond smocking as well as tips for other patterns. I was sucked into her blog and I think you will be too!

Featured Member: Maryy

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

I am from Finland and I live in a town called Tampere. I moved here when I started high school and been living in Tampere almost two years now.

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

I think that the first thing I’ve ever made was some kind of costume for a doll or Barbie. We used to sew lots of things for toys with my sister! My mum has always sewn, knit and crochet a lot so I have grown up in a creative environment. After Barbies, I started sewing things to myself and made my first trousers. It took weeks until I finished them and I wasn’t that pleased with the outcome, so I never wore them. :~>

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Oh, it plays quite a role at the moment. I hadn’t taken sewing that serious until last year when it became my dearest hobby! Now I sew almost every day and it’s just something I need. It’s the best way for me to relax. I have even thought that maybe I could make it for a living some day.

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

I love that you can create exactly that kind of clothes you like and they’re unique. You’ll develop all the time and sewing is very rewarding! I’m a student and it’s is a great way to save money, too! Yet I haven’t found any negative things.

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

I love Björk and her strange outfits she wears on the stage. I would love to design her some kind of huge dress with open back, lace and details.

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

I always get inspiration when watching others’ creations! It’s nice to get feedback from other sewers and see what they’ve made. I also love photographing so my two passions, sewing and photography, are related in BurdaStyle.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t actually have any motto, but one wise lyric says: If you don’t live for something you’ll die for nothing.

Though Maryy doesn’t have a blog, she has a photo gallery full of beautiful pictures. If you take a look at her creations you will see that her aesthetic runs through her work no matter what the medium. Thank you Maryy for all you incredible work!

Featured Member: Chipdale7

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

I am originally from Japan. I grew up there. I came to the States for the first time when I was 17 as an exchange student. After a year of exchange program, I went back to Japan. There I finished high school and started college. In 2004, I transfered to the University in Philadelphia. Since then, I’ve been in Philly.

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

I don’t remember the first thing I made…probably some stuffed animal or something. I always loved creating things! I grew up seeing my mom making bags and some decoration stuff. So I just imitated her. The first clothes I made was a black shirt. I traced a pattern from one of my shirts. First thing I made from BurdaStyle was Azalea dress. It took me almost like 8 hours to complete! Thankfully, it doesn’t take that long anymore:p

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
 

Sewing is an essential part of my life! I get jittery when I’m not sewing for a few days, wanting to touch my sewing machine.

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

My favorite thing about sewing is when I’m putting each piece together, when I’m actually sewing. And I love wearing it.
My least favorite thing is installing a zipper… I hate doing it just because I’m so bad at it. That’s why I use stretchy material for most of my dresses, so I can omit the zipper part. I don’t like ironing either. And I avoid button halls!

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

I want to make a dress for my little sister. I’m working on it right now actually. She loves wearing dresses like I do, and she requested me to make a halter dress for the summer.
People always ask me if I make clothes for my husband. I don’t like making clothes for my husband, and I don’t think I ever will (sorry Andy!) because all he wears is a white T-shirts and wife beaters! No fun in that.

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

Looking for free/cheap patterns! It’s so great that you guys offer free downloads. I really like to look user creations. They are all so creative, and inspire me a lot!

7. What is your motto?
 

vivat veritas. “May truth live”. “vivat veritas” is my husband’s tattoo on his arm, and I took it as a name of my clothing line.

Chipdale7 has created the perfect summer dresses. Her creations are light and girly but still both classic and trendy. Check out her Etsy shop to see more of her work!

Featured Member: Myra_Lee

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



I am originally from Adelaide, Australia but moved east to Melbourne about 5 years ago where I live with my boyfriend, 2 cats and dog.





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



My grandmother was a dress maker in the Philippines and she and my mother and auntie would sew me clothes when I was little. I dabbled in a bit of hand sewing when I was much younger but didn’t learn how to properly use a sewing machine until November 2007. I enrolled in an 8 week CAE beginners class and the thing I made was a pair of pj pants. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to match unsymmetrical plaid though, so that was my first big lesson!



My Mum brought over her old Elna machine for me and I have been happily sewing away at home since. The second item I made was a 1950s style dress, as part of a 3 week project class at a new sewing lounge in North Melbourne called Thread Den. Since then I did a few other classes there too like a trousers class and a beginners pattern making class to build my confidence, and have been using many of the fabulous patterns from Burda Style to start making some items on my own at home.





3. What role does sewing play in your life?



It’s my new favorite hobby and I think it’s one that’s going to last. I love projects and being able to have something to show for my efforts at the end. And I find it a great way to get my mind off work and other things – sewing is the best procrastinator! I get great satisfaction after finishing a piece of clothing I’m really happy with and being able to wear it or give it a friend to wear out. Since I have started doing more sewing I find myself thinking about the construction of clothes a lot more. When a see a dress or shirt I like, I don’t just look at the cut and the pattern, I find myself inspecting the inside and seeing how it was put together, if there’s a yoke, and getting ideas for adding detail.



I think it’s an important creative outlet for me, and also makes me feel like I’m carrying on a family skill.


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



My favourite things are finding new sewing patterns to try and thinking of ways to individualize them. I adore hunting for fabric I LOVE and inspires me to turn them into items of clothing. I recently went to Paris and Lisbon and had a great time rummaging through fabric stores there to find something special. I also love blogging my projects once they are done and sometimes joke that I am making clothes more for the blog than for me! And I love meeting other sewers through BurdaStyle, my blog and at Thread Den and finding inspiration in each other’s projects and sharing encouragement and ideas.



My least favorite thing would have to be doing all the measuring and cutting! It always takes so much longer than I think it will, and calculating measurements is definitely harder to do when you’re tired which can make an after work class a bit of a challenge! Oh and of course unpicking… Which I inevitably seem to end up doing at least a bit of each project… Hopefully I am improving and doing less of this as I gain more experience.





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



Hmm… I would really love to be able to make a well cut suit for my boyfriend – Marc Jacobs style!



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



I love the patterns and looking at everyone’s creations and uploading my own. And the How Tos are a god send too, so helpful! I love receiving comments from other members about my creations and I love leaving comments about creations that inspire me to make my own. I’d love if were a bit easier to find other members in my area.



7. What is your motto?



I don’t really have one. But how about – find what inspires you!



Between her cute dolls and her cool clothes, myra_lee’s is a master of choosing patterns for each piece she creates. You should check out her blog, it chronicles her adventures in travels, shopping, music and of course sewing.

Featured Member: Podge

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was Born and bred in Manchester England, I discovered the true essence of Manchester in my teens and have loved it ever since.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was clothes for my cat when I was eight years old. She used to make horrendous noises and walk backwards to try and get away from my creation but I’d just think that maybe it needed something extra, maybe a bonnet. I come from a very creative family, my mother is a seamstress by trade and she was always either sewing, knitting or crocheting and my father was an avid painter. I have always been creative and into making things but it kind of took a backwards step and everyday life took over, until that is I was given a sewing machine for Christmas 2007 by my beloved husband and soon after I discovered BurdaStyle and I’ve been hooked ever since.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
A happy release from the stresses of everyday life, I hate having to find time to sew, I would love to sew every day and I would love love love to be able to create something that i have designed. I enjoy following patterns and i love seeing the end creation but you see so many people on this site that have come up with amazing designs, I am always inspired to create something of my own but it never works. I always end up copying someone else’s idea, I just wish I could come up with something to inspire others.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
My favourite thing about sewing is seeing your creation come together and just feeling free from the world, I love taking my sewing machine table out into the garden and sewing in the sunshine. My least favourite thing is transferring all the pattern lines onto your chosen fabric, I usually end up skipping this part and just stick pins where the lines should be, but then as you sew the pins end up falling out and you then have to go back to putting your half sewn garment back onto the pattern piece in order to find out where the lines should be. I usually then end up hearing screams from my husband as he has stood on the pin that has fallen out!! Oooops!!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would like to make something for my husband, he is a big muscley guy and he finds it hard to find clothes to fit him. He has a 20 inch neck and a 56 inch chest so I’m afraid the items for men on the site won’t go near him. When I am a little more experienced I will try to make a pattern from his measurements and hopefully make him something he will be willing to go out in public in. So watch this space………..

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
love looking at everyone’s creations and I wait patiently (well I try to be patient!!) every Tuesday to see what the new pattern will be. I check the site at least 3 times a day to see what has been posted. I love the community feel of the site and that we are all like minded people. The site is great and is everything you could ever want or need from an open source sewing site, the only thing that I would like to see, is when you are searching for something, whether its a member or a pattern, it would be nice not to have to know the exact name, and the search engine could say, we couldn’t find anything that matched but we found this that is spelt similar. My favourite part of the site is the Creations and the blog, I like to see what people are doing and i love it when there is someone asking something that I can help with, or maybe I’m having the same problem and some one has posted an answer. I also love the way that members link to other items, whether its something they have used for inspiration or whether it is a blog or tutorial. I have found so many inspirational sites from doing this and I love it.

7. What is your motto?
Love life and be happy!!!

Her embroidery is awesome, and her skirts, dresses and bags are incredible too you have to check out Podge’s creations also make sure to check out her blog too!

Featured Member: Bloom

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Shizuoka, Japan, the city known for Mt. Fuji. Currently, I am living in the US.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
When I was a 2nd or a 3rd grader, I made my first flared skirt from a pattern. My mom was (and still is) a great sewer and so I fell in love with sewing before I could remember.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Stress reliever! Finding beautiful fabrics also nurses my stress.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Favorite – sewing with machine.
Least favorite – blind stitching.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
If I have enough skills, I would love to make men’s suite for my hubby.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I enjoy sharing creations with others. So fun to be able to see what others are making because it is very inspiring! This website is perfect!

7. What is your motto?
Life is short, enjoy, take it easy!

Bloom has quite an eye for creating clean lines out of fun fabrics. You have to check out her awesome skirts (Vintage Wool Marie,Jazz Concert Skirt,Gold Funky Marie,and finally her Red Wool Michelle) The creations just keep coming and they are wonderful. Keep up the great work!

Featured Member: Maya511

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Guam and my family moved to Southern California (just north of Orange County) when I was three. I currently live in Hollywood, so I didn’t stray too far from where I grew up.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
When I was a little girl, I used to hand sew little cushions that I stuffed with cotton balls stolen from my mother’s makeup drawer. The first thing I ever made with a machine was a super simple unlined mini tote bag. It’s a shame that I didn’t actually make an effort to learn how to sew until this year—in my mid 30s! I’d always wanted to learn, but for some unexplainable reason, I was extremely intimidated by sewing machines. I finally gathered the courage to enroll myself in a basic sewing class earlier this year (where I made the mini-tote) and I’m so glad I did.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
For me, it’s a well-needed creative outlet after a day at the office. Also, It’s just so gratifying to wear/use something that you’ve made yourself—a feeling to which I’m sure all of you Burdastyle.com members can attest. I can honestly say that it’s the most enjoyable hobby I’ve ever taken up, as well as the most addictive.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I’ve got two favorite things: 1) shopping for fabric and letting my imagination run wild 2) that feeling of exhilaration I get when I complete a project. What I like the least is deciphering pattern instructions. I’m primarily an aural and tactile learner and possess very poor spatial awareness —so sometimes diagrams actually serve to confuse more than to help. Oftentimes, I have to make a miniature model of the project in order to figure out the actual construction of it!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
Purely fantasy of course—I would make an insulated cooling wrap for the earth to slow down global warming!

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 inspiration, above all, and there’s plenty of it here! I love perusing member creations and I’m inspired by what I see on a daily basis. I’m also looking for stylish, versatile patterns, and BurdaStyle has got that covered as well. What’s more, there’s a real sense of community here, which I love. Everyone is so helpful and supportive. I honestly can’t think of anything I’d change!

7. What is your motto?
My general motto is a quote by Bertrand Russell: “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” My sewing motto is “Don’t sacrifice enjoyment for perfection!” I sometimes take a lot of short cuts when I sew for myself, which I don’t necessarily encourage, but I think it’s important, when undertaking any creative endeavor, to relax, have fun and to not beat yourself up when you make mistakes. I mean, when it stops being fun, what’s the point in doing it, right? That’s what I say, at least!

Maya511 has a great sense of color and style, just take a look at her fun floral top or any of her many creations. She also has a blog which chronicles her sewing adventures.

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